Underwear Garments


Figure 1.--Here is an underwear ad showing two kinds of boys' underwear offered for sale by Hanes, the famous underwear manufacturer. It appeared in the "Saturday Evening Post" in October, 1930, just when the chillier weather was beginning to set in and boys were changing from summer underwear to winter longies or, if they wore short pants, changing into long stockings.

Today underwear means an under shirt and underpants and perhaps thermal underwear in cold weather. Underwar until the mid-20th century was more complicated, including garments that are relatively unknown to modern consumers. Garments like union suits, combination suits, and waist suits are unknown to modern children.This is an important part of HBC, because an understanding of many of these earlier underwear garments is important in understanding how many of the garments discussed on HBC were worn. This is because some garments attached to the underwear. The greater importance of underwear garments is in part because until after World War II mist American homes did not have central heating. With less well heated homes, dressing warmly was more important. Another trend in underwear garments is the shorter garments worn by boys and girls and the declining importance of long stickings. Thus the shorter boxers and nriefs became the standard underwear for boys. Here we provide readers tewo ways of looking up underwear garments. There is an alphabetical listing of all the major garments covered by HBC. Here is there is some overlasp because of different names used for identical or similar garments. We have also listed underwear garments by basic categories.

Alphabetical Listings

There is an alphabetical listing of all the major garments covered by HBC. Here is there is some overlasp because of different names used for identical or similar garments. There is also a problem of terms being used differently in various problems. Thos is a particular problem in America and Britain.

Category Listings

We have also listed underwear garments by basic categories. This will help readers interested in a specific type of garment, but who are unfamiliar with the various specific terms. The basic categories are: undershirts, undepants, one-piece suits, seasonal garments, and support garments.






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Created: 6:59 PM 10/13/2004
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