Men’s underwear has come a long way from the days of the ancient loincloth that was just a piece of animal hide tied around the waist.
From there the use of string and/or rope was implemented to tie pieces of material on both the front and back of men, which allowed them to also cover-up the area between their legs. This was proven from material discovered in Egyptian tombs as far back as King Tut.
The Romans were the first to make trouser pants fashionable, after they stole the trend from an enemy that they conquered. This was all well and good until the Renaissance, when men decided to make their trousers into tights and add cod pieces to the ensemble.
For those that don’t know, a cod piece was originally designed to provide protection to a man’s sensitive areas, but soon rivalled today’s teenage girls bras in terms of the amount of stuffing they used to look ‘bigger’.
Today’s era of underwear was made popular in the early 20th century, and has only been growing in style and innovation since.