Everyone Needs Sexy Thongs and Panties

Today, sexy panties range from bikinis to boy shorts to thongs and g-strings. Most women own a collection of sexy panties as a part of their basic wardrobes. However, today’s panties are a relatively modern invention. Provided here is a guide to sexy panties through the ages.

Loincloths
The loincloth is believed to have been the earliest form of clothing. In warmer climates, the loincloth was often worn as the only garment. In colder temperatures, however, the loincloth was generally worn as a protective under layer beneath heavier clothing. Both men and women wore loincloths, and the sole purpose is believed to have been comfort and protection, not sex appeal. Sexy panties had not yet been conceived.

Medieval
In the Middle Ages, both men and women wore a type of leggings known as braies. Again, the purpose was functional, not sexual. Chastity belts are often associated with the Crusades, but this appears to be largely a mythological connection. Chastity belts appeared during the Renaissance, but were often worn by women trying to guard against sexual assault rather than those with jealous husbands.

The Age of Corsetry
During the Renaissance, the straight, boyish look of the medieval period gave way to styles that enhanced the woman’s figure. During this time, women wore layers of clothing, but underpants were generally not part of the ensemble. Pantaloons or pantalettes, long underwear made of white linen, became popular during the late 19th century to protect against chafing under crinolines and provide modesty with shorter skirts. Although pantaloons were not designed to be sexy panties, some sex appeal was inherent.

The bustle was briefly popular during the 1880s. Designed to exaggerate the size and shape of the buttocks, the bustle was an early example of sexy panties’ use in enhancing the body. However, the bustle itself, consisting of a padded frame, was anything but sexy.

Bloomers
Available in both underwear and outerwear designs, bloomers were popularized by athletic women in the early 20th century. Bloomers appear to have been a natural evolution of the earlier pantaloons, providing a billowy look and fastening just below the knee. Bloomers provided modesty and feminism to girls when bicycling, playing tennis or pursuing other sports.

The 1920s
The 1920s ushered in the age of the flapper. Flappers were outspoken and liberal, and bucked societal norms. The modern age of lingerie can be traced to the flappers of the 1920s. It was at this time that sexy panties were truly born.

The 1930s to Today
Styles have, of course, changed over the years. Along with changing fashions, the idea of what is sexy has also changed dramatically. Through the 1930s and 1940s, practicality was still highly emphasized. In the ’50s, a playful sexuality emerged.

Of course, it was the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s that gave us the wide variety of sexy panties that we enjoy today. Women wholeheartedly embraced their sexuality for the first time, and styles from sensual to outright sexual emerged. In the decades that followed, bikinis, thongs and g-strings have become wildly popular.