Would you wear a loincloth as part of your outfit, or maybe you prefer a pair of long drawers? Well, these were some choices people had to wear many years ago. On this blog, you’ll be taken on a journey through the evolution of men’s underwear, from the ancient loincloth to the innovative options of the 21st century. 

The early days of minimalism

Let’s start with the ancient world, where the loincloth was everybody’s favorite. From the deserts of Egypt to the grandeur of Rome, men’s underwear was very basic. The loincloth was a functional strip of fabric strategically draped around the body for modesty. Though simple in design, the loincloth set the stage for the subsequent undergarment evolution. 

Medieval Modesty

During medieval times, men’s undergarments started to change into a more structured form called drawers. Crafted from linen or wool, these loose-fitting garments provided a bit more coverage than their loincloth predecessors. The shift towards modesty becomes evident, marking a subtle yet significant transition in men’s intimate essentials. 

Renaissance Fashion

Moving on to the Renaissance, an era of enlightenment and rapidly increasing fashion consciousness that gave us the codpiece, a garment that served both functional and ostentatious purposes. Worn over breeches (short trousers fastened just below the knee), the codpiece protected and became a statement of fashion, blending with the other garments royals were wearing. 

Knickers Down

The 18th century witnesses a change from breeches to knee-length knickers, a way to show a departure from the more restrictive clothing of previous eras. Cotton and linen were the fabrics of choice, and men’s fashion took a step towards greater refinement. Knickers’ influence on fashion was so important that they became a precursor to what we know now as shorts, an essential in men’s underwear nowadays. . 

Industrial Innovation

When it comes to the 19th century, thinking about something different from the Industrial Revolution is difficult. Innovation was at the forefront, and it was present in everything, from construction to transportation, and yes, underwear. 

The union suit, a one-piece undergarment that covered the torso and extended to the wrists and ankles, not only offered coverage but also warmth. However, practical challenges arose because men’s underwear needed to be user-friendly to adapt to the demands of modern life. 

Boxers vs. Briefs

It was after the Industrial Revolution, at the beginning of the 20th century, when two iconic styles emerged, boxers and briefs. Inspired by the shorts worn by boxers in the ring, boxers became synonymous with comfort.  

On the other hand, briefs, with their snug fit and support, suit those seeking a more tailored option. The stage was set for the great debate that continues to echo today through changing fashion trends. 

Modern Times

In the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, men’s underwear has undergone a revolution. From the introduction of innovative designs to different kinds of fits and cuts, there has been a rise not only in styles but also in the materials usedNow it is more common to find high-tech fabrics that regulate temperature, wick away moisture, and allow more breathability, alongside recycled fibers

Wrapping up men’s underwear history, we find ourselves at the intersection of tradition and innovation. From the simplicity of ancient loincloths to the high-tech marvels of the present day, men’s underwear has not only evolved but has become an integral part of the ever-changing landscape of fashion. 

Currently, constant change is inevitable, and brands need to adapt to the changes and the needs of their customers. PUMP! is a brand that is constantly reinventing favorite styles while giving them a modern edge, that is why you can find options that cater to different tastes. 

So, the next time you put your favorite pair, remember the rich history that lies beneath the surface and that we’ve got you covered.