About a week ago, I wrote an article about The Evolution Of Bras & Thongs. According to that infographic, the first bra prototype was patented in 1859. Although that may have been the first time a bra design was official, it certainly wasn’t the first time women wore bras. As a matter of fact, it turns out that bras are even older than what historians originally thought.
Archaeologist Beatrix Nutz and her team recently discovered a bra and some underwear (which looks like a thong) that are both apparently about 600 years old. These were found in an Austrian castle. The bra looks very similar to the bras we wear today, and I’m surprised so little has changed in 600 years.
I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Now… about that underwear, that is a pair of men’s underwear. I know, it looks like a thong that a woman would wear, but medieval women didn’t wear underwear. Yup, that’s right. They frolicked through life with no panties. Ms. Nutz said that back then, “underpants were considered a symbol of mail dominance and power.” Maybe this is one of the places where the saying, “he wears the pants in the family” originates from. The surprising thing here is that people have always believed that when women got fed up with uncomfortable corsets, they switched to wearing bras; however, this proves that bras came first. Okay, this concludes our history lesson for the day. :)