National Underwear Day _ August 5th

National Underwear Day

National Underwear Day is celebrated on August 5th.

National Underwear Day was originally created by the brand Freshpair in 2003, as a campaign promoting a positive body image and so everyone can embrace their underwear with confidence. Each year they do underwear giveaways along with runway shows and other fun events at Times Square in NY. Learn more about their events here.

Some Random Underwear Trivia in Honor of National Underwear Day

  • Underwear is any clothing worn under the outer clothes.
  • Women didn’t wear underwear until much later than men because it was considered “inappropriate” for women to wear anything in between their legs.
  • In the 19th century, because women didn’t yet wear underwear they would wear heavy petticoats to keep the cold breezes from blowing up to their nether regions.
  • According to the Museum of Menstruation, women’s underwear as we know it today generally didn’t exist until the 1930s. The first mention of “briefs” the museum could find was in the Sears Roebuck catalog of 1935, where special mention was made that they were “every day” briefs.
  • The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear.
  • It is said that many Scotsman do not wear underwear under their kilts.
  • The average woman will wear six different bra sizes throughout her life.
  • Giselle Bündchen was the highest paid underwear model at one time making nearly $5 million a year.
  • In Italy women wear red underwear on New Years because it is supposed to be good luck.
  • Classic men’s briefs were first sold on January 19, 1935, by Coopers, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois, at Marshall Field’s department store. They called them jockeys because of their similarity to jock straps.
  • 37% of women prefer to wear bikini underwear over other types.
  • For women to avoid UTIs they should wear cotton underwear and change them once a day.
  • October 27th is National Boxer Shorts Day.
  • At an auction in Edinburgh, a pair of Queen Victoria’s initialed underwear sold for $14,500.
  • Some early American settlers would sew themselves into their underwear for the winter because they found it hard to button and unbutton with their cold fingers in winter, so that meant they could not bathe until spring amongst other things.
  • A New York woman named Mary Phelps Jacobs is credited with creating the now modern bra after she had her maid sew together two handkerchiefs with some ribbon and a cord. She later patented her bra design under the label “brassiere” in 1914 and later sold it to the Warner Brothers Corset Company for $15,000.

  • The most popular color of women’s underwear sold is white at 29%, the next being black at 21%.
  • As for men, the most popular colored underwear is black (20%), blue (19%), red (16%). White was only 13%.
  • In the olden days, people used either a “dress protector” or a “shirt protector” to help absorb underarm sweat and prevent sweat marks from showing on outer layer of clothing.
  • 57% of men prefer briefs, while only 1/3 of women prefer men in briefs. Women prefer seeing their men in boxers. Tell us in the comments below what you prefer.
  • The Russians are experimenting with bacteria that will eat the worn underwear of astronauts on long space missions.
  • A young ten-year-old boy named Jack Singer of Warwick, New York, wore 215 pairs of underwear simultaneously on June 13, 2010 making a new World Record.

Sources for this article:
Fact Retriever
Me Undies
Underwear Experts
Money Talks News

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