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    Posted: 09-Apr-2017 at 18:27
I had a reenactor from the 1750s North America dressed as a British soldier tell me he wasn't wearing any underpants. I have bumped into a number of "British" North American reenactors who tell me the Brits didn't wear any underpants. But they say it as "People didn't ware them back then." 

I know this is a half-truth (I research probate inventories. I never see women of British heritage with underpants in their inventories. Sometimes, men do. But not often and it is one pair. )  However, as much as I really want to say, "Not everyone who immigrated to America went commando during the colonial era", it would turn into an back and forth. And in the end, I sort of think they like it this way. 

Silly topic but ... does anyone know why British people didn't ware underpants until the Regency era? My hypnosis is that it 1) they lined their breeches for men, 2) women in under breeches offended men 3) they were erroneously associated with prostitutes who wore knee length silk breeches (they have a button closure) as opposed to the linen drawstring ones I find in inventories. 

Any thoughts? 

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Were codpieces classed as underwear?
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I remember reading that the Roman soldiers in (North) Britain were the first to wear "underpants".
So is the question why they stopped between Roman times and Regency?
And/or is it esp Brits in America(s)? (Like, climate maybe?)
(Robin Hood merry men often depicted/described in tights / stockings / leggings / long-johns / breeches?)
Expensive?

(Of course the modern western world socio-economic regime is a totally Unnatural tyranny & oligarchy (&  ochlocracy), so us moderns are not so adapted to natural climate etc extremities (so we are not inferior/unfit, because its massively forced on us (eg fluoridated water)).)



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"Community Fluoridation" = Communism. It is wrong/evil/slavery for the elite & common majority to force some of us non-rich to eat water with alot of fluoride every meal every day.
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My grandmother was Scottish. I once asked her what the men wore under the Kilt, and she just started laughing.
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  Quote EverythingBefore1812 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Apr-2017 at 22:43
Originally posted by Arthur-Robin

I remember reading that the Roman soldiers in (North) Britain were the first to wear "underpants".
So is the question why they stopped between Roman times and Regency?
And/or is it esp Brits in America(s)? (Like, climate maybe?)
(Robin Hood merry men often depicted/described in tights / stockings / leggings / long-johns / breeches?)
Expensive?


I didn't know the Brits wore them in Roman times. I know the Romans, and later Renaissance Italians did wear them and continued to do so through to modern times. So, yeah, why did the Brits stop waring them between Roman and Regency? But especially in the 17th and 18th century when breeches were worn. 

It does seem like the Scots are the last holdouts. 

In Italy it was the Catholic nuns. But even they went with it once they realized they could just share or have communal underpants. (They took a vow of poverty, in the 16th century "only the most destitute" were without the most basic of garments... underpants. Communal underpants got around the vow of poverty.) 
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  Quote EverythingBefore1812 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Apr-2017 at 22:58
Originally posted by .Sidney

Were codpieces classed as underwear?

No, not technically. So, drawers, underpants, and "underwear bottoms" are always worn as a first layer "under" an out-ter garment. 

So, Italian people had a briefs they wore under their one-peace tights. These were the cheapest form of underwear bottoms for them in the middle ages. They were not made as a "pair" but made from one piece of fabric. Both men and women wore them. There are other kinds, but the brief was the most common and basic. 


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