Boxers or Briefs?
My blog guest this week is Jennifer Jakes, a fellow member of Ozark Romance Authors. Yeah, I live in New England, but I’m still a distance member of this Missouri writers group. Allow me to introduce Jennifer using her own words:
“A chronic insomniac, I got used to making up stories while I waited to fall asleep. It was a lot more interesting than counting sheep. Maybe too interesting, because I started staying awake so I could figure out “what happened” to my characters. For the sake of my health, I began writing the stories on paper – during the day. So far it’s working out pretty good:)”
Glad Jennifer figured out how to use writing to cure her insomnia. I wonder sometimes how many of us turned to writing because it was cheaper than therapy! Anyway, Jen is here today to share a few choice tidbits about…
THE HISTORY OF MEN’S UNDERWEAR
A Boxer or Brief Discussion.
Remember that commercial with Michael Jordon? I’m sure that wasn’t the first time the boxer vs brief question was asked, but it did make the question popular.
Me, I’m a rebel. I prefer boxer briefs on my hubby. You get the best of both worlds. They’re tight enough to be sexy — because I hate that baggy boxer look — and yet, they don’t make me think of panties — as briefs do — when I look at them.
And because my hubby has really sexy legs and I like the way they look in boxer briefs . . . but I digress.
The first men’s underwear was probably the Loincloth, a simple strip of material or leather. A loincloth was also used to describe material pulled between the legs and fastened like a diaper. Not a good look for anyone :( Greek and Roman men reportedly wore Loincloth.
By Renaissance, Braies became shorter to accommodate longer styles of Chausses — and chausses gave way to hose. But since neither Braies nor chausses were meant to be worn beneath they weren’t technically underwear.
Codpieces came into fashion when doublets (coats) became shorter and the hose alone would have left a man’s privates exposed. They were the height of fashion from the 1540s to 1590s, becoming more decorative and padded rather than just a practical covering. Braies were replaced by cotton, silk or linen Drawers which were worn for years and years and years. And years. I couldn’t find much information on how much — if any — the basic design changed.
However, in the mid 1800’s mass production of underwear began and people started to buy their drawers instead of making them at home. The Unionsuit also became popular in the mid 1800’s – 1868 actually — and had the drop seat in the back.
The first underwear print ad ran in the Saturday Evening Post in 1911, an oil painting, not a picture. That would have been indecent! In WWI soldiers were issued button front shorts though they were often still worn with a union suit. (Which by the way became 2 pieces in 1910 – what we call long-johns).
By 1935 Coopers Inc. sold the world’s first men’s briefs, the design dubbed Jockey since it provided the support once only offered by a jock strap. 30,000 pairs of new Jockeys sold within the first 3 months of introduction. In the 1950’s manufacturers began to make men’s underwear from colored and/or printed material. In the 1970’s and 1980’s advertisers began appealing to the sexual side of selling, foregoing the long time ad practice of comfort and durability. Speaking of comfort – or lack thereof – the thong became popular in the 1990’s.
So, what do you prefer on your man? Boxer, brief, thong . . . or commando?
Thanks for the history lesson, Jennifer. I confess I never learned about this in school!
And now a treat for you all. Here’s a blurb for Jennifer’s new release – TWICE IN A LIFETIME
Be Careful What You Wish For. . .
No-nonsense stuntwoman Isabella Douglas will do anything to stop an unwanted divorce and reclaim the happy life she had, even allow her old friend to concoct a magical spell to turn back time. But when the spell goes awry, Izzy finds herself trapped aboard a 1768 Caribbean pirate ship with a captain who’s a dead ringer for her sexy as sin husband, Ian. Convinced he’s playing a cruel joke, she’s furious – until she realizes he doesn’t know her or believe they’re married.
Captain Ian Douglas does not have time to deal with an insane woman who claims to be his wife; he has to save his kidnapped sister. But as Izzy haunts his dreams and fills him with erotic memories he can’t explain, he’s forced to admit he feels more than lust.
Trapped in a vicious cycle of past mirroring present, Izzy knows they only have days to find Ian’s sister and prevent disaster from striking a second time. If she doesn’t, their marriage will be destroyed again – along with the man she loves.
It’s available on Kindle, SmashWords, ARe and BookStrand for a budget-pleasing 99 cents!
For more info or to read an excerpt visit: www.jenniferjakes.com
Be sure to leave a comment or question for Jennifer to be entered in her drawing for TWICE IN A LIFETIME.