Bikinis, boy shorts, thongs, and g-strings are all examples of sexy pants today. The majority of women have a selection of sexy underwear as part of their everyday wardrobes. But modern panties are a relatively recent invention. Here is a timeline of sexy underwear throughout history.


The earliest known form of clothing is thought to have been the loincloth. The loincloth was frequently the only clothing worn in regions with warmer climates. However, the loincloth was typically worn as a protective underlayer underneath bulkier clothing in colder climates. The only intended use of loincloths, which were worn by both sexes, is thought to have been comfort and protection rather than sex appeal. There had not yet been a conception of sexy panties.


Braies, a type of legging worn by both sexes in the Middle Ages, were worn by both men and women. Once more, the goal was functional rather than sexual. Although the Crusades are frequently linked to chastity belts, this association seems to be largely mythological. Chastity belts first appeared in the Renaissance, but rather than being worn by wives of envious partners, they were more frequently worn by women trying to protect themselves from sexual assault.

The Age of Corsetry

The straight, boyish appearance of the medieval era was replaced by styles that emphasized the female body during the Renaissance. Women dressed in layers during this time, but underwear was typically not included. Pantaloons or pantalettes, long undergarments made of white linen, gained popularity in the late 19th century to prevent chafing under crinolines and to provide modesty with shorter skirts. Pantaloons had some sex appeal even though they weren’t intended to be sexy panties.

The 1880s saw a brief period of popularity for the bustle. The bustle was a pioneering method of using sexy panties to accentuate the body, designed to accentuate the size and shape of the buttocks. The bustle itself, a padded frame, was anything but seductive.


Bloomers are similar to today’s sexy panties in many ways. Bloomers were a popular undergarment and outerwear choice in the early 1900s, especially among young, active women. They were an improvement over earlier pantaloons and typically fastened below the knee.

The 1920s

The flapper era started in the 1920s. Flappers defied social conventions and were outspoken liberals. The flappers of the 1920s are credited with ushering in the modern era of lingerie. At this point, sexy underwear truly took off.

The 1930s to Today

Obviously, styles have evolved over time. The concept of what is sexy has changed significantly along with changing fashions. Practicality was still strongly valued throughout the 1930s and 1940s. A fun sexuality began to emerge in the 1950s.

Women were able to fully embrace their sexuality thanks to the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. Sexy underwear became widely accessible during and after the sexual revolution and came in a variety of styles. At the moment, g-strings, thongs, and bikinis are particularly common.

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