Yesterday (August 5) was Underwear Day

National Underwear Day is on August 5, so let us brief-ly tell you why we love underwear. It keeps us from ‘jiggling’ in public by covering our unmentionables! Plus, underwear appears in nearly every culture. Today, it comes in all colors, sizes, and fabrics. So all hail our underwear on National Underwear Day!

Semper ubi

Sub ubi

Always wear under wear

National Underwear Day was originally created by the brand Freshpair in 2003, as a campaign promoting a positive body image. Although men were part of the initiative as well, the focus was more on women, and how society perceives their body image. This was during a time when being confident in one’s bare skin was somewhat a new concept, and market trends were rapidly changing. The movement went viral, and National Underwear Day has been celebrated on August 5 every year since.

The first underwear dates back to prehistoric times — with humans wearing a loincloth. During the Middle Ages, men wore linen shorts or ‘braies.’ Women wore a ‘shift’ under their dresses. In Britain, pants were long drawers covering the whole leg. (In fact, the word, ‘panties’ evolved from a shortened version of the word ‘pants.’) But women’s knickers didn’t appear until the 19th century.

While underwear is primarily for protecting clothes from getting stained, the rising demand for lingerie led to more fashionable varieties of underwear. Lady Duff-Gordon of Lucile was the first to create lingerie that freed women from tight corsets. Breakthrough brand Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 and made underwear and nightwear both fun and functional for daily wear.

National Underwear Day celebrates boxers, briefs, sports bras, and even some swimsuits. If it is worn underneath your clothing, it is an undergarment worth celebrating!

National Underwear Day was originally created by the brand Freshpair in 2003, as a campaign promoting a positive body image. Although men were part of the initiative as well, the focus was more on women, and how society perceives their body image. This was during a time when being confident in one’s bare skin was somewhat a new concept, and market trends were rapidly changing. The movement went viral, and National Underwear Day has been celebrated on August 5 every year since.

The first underwear dates back to prehistoric times — with humans wearing a loincloth. During the Middle Ages, men wore linen shorts or ‘braies.’ Women wore a ‘shift’ under their dresses. In Britain, pants were long drawers covering the whole leg. (In fact, the word, ‘panties’ evolved from a shortened version of the word ‘pants.’) But women’s knickers didn’t appear until the 19th century.

While underwear is primarily for protecting clothes from getting stained, the rising demand for lingerie led to more fashionable varieties of underwear. Lady Duff-Gordon of Lucile was the first to create lingerie that freed women from tight corsets. Breakthrough brand Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 and made underwear and nightwear both fun and functional for daily wear.

National Underwear Day celebrates boxers, briefs, sports bras, and even some swimsuits. If it is worn underneath your clothing, it is an undergarment worth celebrating!

Underwear riffs:

*Diphthong-a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another (as in coin, loud, and side ).

*Dipthong–where your thong disappears into your crack.

*Q: Mr. President, do you wear boxers or briefs? A: Depends.

  • I see Paris, I see France, I see someone’s underpants.
  • What kind of underthings to math teachers wear?

Algebras.

  • Why does a pirate wear underwear?

To hide his booty

*What are your dogs names ?”

“Calvin and Klein”

“Like the underwear?”

“They are boxers.”

38 thoughts on “Yesterday (August 5) was Underwear Day”

  1. You do come up with some good ones, Pat. I didn’t suspect that underwear has its own day. But this reminded me that “pants” in Britain means underwear; if you’re talking about the outer garment, you say “trousers.”

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    1. An interesting addition to the topic, Audrey. I like reading M.C. Beaton and her Agatha Raisin cozy mysteries. I did notice that Agatha wore trouser suits as do the women in Michael Higgin’s Sean Dillon series.

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  2. Well, I’ve learned new things today, not just that a national underwear day is celebrated but the history of underwear as well. Well done Pat!

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    1. Judy, although both Trump and Biden have been older than Reagan while in office, this joke originated during the Reagan administration so it’s been around for a while. It is a clever joke.

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  3. 💜 I Used to Wear White Y-Front “UnderWear” EveryOne; due to Skid Marks I Switched to Dark Coloured “Boxers” and SomeTimes Go Commando

    …💛💚💙…

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  4. Good fun. I have noticed a distinct lack of underwear in Olympic athletes – reminding me of a comment cried out in a cinema during a film in which Nureyev was dancing: “He’s got his bollocks hanging out”.

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