You wear underwear every day (or most days at least), but how much do you really know about it? You know your preferred colour and style, sure, but there is probably a lot you do not know. These are 9 true facts about underwear that you absolutely must know.
- Cotton is the most hygienic and breathable fabric for underwear to be made of. Though today’s underwear is created with a variety of different materials, such as silk, polyester, and satin, they almost all have cotton linings.
- Don’t wear underwear that is too tight. Tight underwear makes it harder for your skin to breathe and leads to the growth of bacteria.
- Around 10% of women own more than a month’s supply of underwear, more than 35 pairs.
- Experts believe as much as 64% of women wear the wrong bra size. It is important to get your bra size measured correctly as an ill-fitting bra can cause discomfort and back pain.
- Unless they are washed properly and worn infrequently, most bras should be replaced every six months. If they are used for longer, the elastic can get stretched out and they will not support you as well.
- It is unclear who created the very first bra as there are several legitimate claims. Most often a New York woman by the name of Mary Phelps Jacobs is credited with inventing the modern bra, in 1914. She had her maid sew together two handkerchiefs with ribbon and patented the design. Later on, she sold the patent to the Warner Brothers Corset Company for $15,000.
- Worldwide, the underwear industry has an estimated worth of over $30 billion. Bras make up over 50% of that market and briefs makeup close to 33%. The country with the fastest growing underwear market is China. They grow an estimated 20% each year.
- On June 13, 2010, a ten-year-old boy from New York broke the world record of most pairs of underwear worn simultaneously. Jack Singer put on 215 pairs at the same time, beating the previous record of 200.
- It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that women began wearing underwear. Before that point, it was thought to be improper for a woman to put anything between her legs. Pants were considered a men’s only garment. Women of that era had to wear heavy petticoats to prevent cold breezes from blowing up their skirts and exposing them. This is also why women rode sidesaddle on horses.