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A brief (pun intended) history of men’s underwear

Mental_Floss has compiled an interesting history of men's underwear. Variations on the loincloth seem to have persisted into the Middle Ages, when loose-fitting trousers called braies came into fashion. These linen duds extended from the waist to around mid-calf, and once the wearer stepped into his breeches he had to lace

Queen Victoria’s underwear part of British heritage

The linen bloomers and chemis designed for Queen Victoria in the 19th century have been given "natioanl designated status". The bloomers are stored at Kensington Palace in West London and form part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection which is composed of 12, 000 items that were all once worn by royalty