Underwear or undergarments are clothes which are worn next to the skin under the normal clothes. They help in preventing the outer outfits from getting soiled by bodily secretions, and maintain the shape of the body by providing the desired shape and support. Winters invite the addition of long undergarments. They can serve as swimsuits, night-wear and in intimate cases, provide shades of erotica.
Undergarments are worn to cover the torso, or worn to cover the waist and legs. Some varieties can meet both the demands. Men undergarments generally include briefs and boxers, whereas women wear brassieres and panties. Undergarment items common to both the sexes are t-shirts, bikini underwear, thongs, sleeveless shirts and G-strings.
They provide many functions. As mentioned, they keep outer garments away from body perspiration, urine, menstrual blood, and semen. Brassieres are worn to provide support for the breasts. Men wear tight-fitting underwear and women prefer sports bra, for better support and protection during sports activities. Corsets can be worn by women to alter the body shape. In winters, an additional layer of undergarments provide protection against the cold.
Hence, the very need of the underwear cannot be neglected. It’s much needed clothing in one’s wardrobe.