into (or out of) something comfortable did not used to be a simple matter. The layers of
clothing inhibited facile stripping. In fact, many of the undergarments we take
for granted only came about through modern technology. The history of nylon and
nylon underpants is one tied closely to technology and the sexualization of
women’s underwear. Enter the nylon panty.
Vintage Lingerie - The History of Nylon Panties
The late 19th and early 20th century was a time of natural materials. It also saw two innovations. Mass production made clothing more readily available. This started around 1840 but the availability of sewing machines and advancements in assembly production made ready-made underwear more prominent after the 1860s. The Victorian mentality stifled freedom in many aspects of dress, including undergarments. However, the following period - 1890-1913, the Belle Epoque, produced extravagant, lighter and more sensual underwear. During this period of history, the word lingerie came into usage as a term to describe all forms of undergarments. Lingerie could come as a set: knickers, bust bodice, chemise and petticoat, all in one color and material.
For the working and the lower classes, the materials remained cotton and flannel, although wool and a wool-cotton blend were popular for “health” reasons. The wealthier began to experiment with cambrics, merino, and silks. These materials remained important and, for many, an extravagance. Lingerie was expensive to own. WWI upset the supply up materials but it was not until the arrival of the Great Depression that the old order was overturned. This, in part, was due to the emergence of synthetic materials such as the sometimes-explosive nitrocellulose (cotton and nitric acid), the more reliable rayon and the polyamide fiber - nylon.
Nylon but did not emerge as a commercial product until the late 1930s. It began as a practical substance. After its invention between 1927 and 1938 by the Du Pont laboratories, nylon functioned in various capacities. During World War II, nylon performed as parachute material. It became used as glider tow-ropes. There was no such thing as nylon panties – nylon knickers in the United Kingdom, until the 1950s. This is when this manmade fabric began to dominate in the production of underwear by such companies as Cooper’s Inc. (Jockeys). Initially non-porous, the formula of nylon was altered to meet the new demands.
Nylon Panties For Men
Meanwhile, male undergarments tended to play up the stereotype of men and protect “the boys.” As a result, men began to wear nylon briefs before women - nylon panty products for men were the norm.
The technology made such things as slinky, sheer nylon panties possible. Yet, the initial concentration was on nylon panties for men. This focus on freeing men’s genitalia while utilizing the most modern material has been a common thread throughout fashion history. Female garments tended to restrict movement and/or emphasize the specific role of women in the culture and period. Throughout history, it can be argued women sported underwear for one of 3 reasons:
- To alter their shape to suit the ideal
- To ensure they met hygiene standards
- For modesty
Vintage Nylon Panties
With the arrival of the sexual revolution in the late 1950s and the 1960s, women began to change their approach to there underpinnings. The short mini-skirts of the 1960s produced equally brief women’s nylon panties. The availability of nylon increased the use of this product and many chose the "new" nylon panty. It was inexpensive and provided a sense of freedom. Black nylon panties added a sexual allure while short, snug white nylon panties created a feeling of innocence and daring at the same time. Today, these early models represent vintage nylon panties, part of the clothing revolution.
The 1970s escalated the preference of women for comfortable nylon pantie sets. The 1980s and 1990s saw the arrival of nylon thongs. Popular first in South America, notably Brazil, the style had spread throughout North America in the 1990s. Today, thongs help women revealing the dreaded nylon panty line.
Types of Nylon Panties
The arrival of nylon and the sexualization of women coincided to create a variety of different types of undergarments. The nylon panty is not a singular style or shape.
- A person may prefer traditional full cut nylon
- Alternatively, they could avoid full nylon panties for high cut (French cut) nylon briefs.
Types of Nylon Briefs
Nylon briefs, themselves, come in different styles.
- There are the
- There are also the hipsters. These ride on the hips rather than
sit on the waist.
- Lower down, still, are the bikini briefs. They offer modest
protection and a sensuous feel. Other options on this brief subject are the
more daring innovations.
- You can wear thongs, tongas or even G-string underwear. You can find many a nylon thong in a woman’s underwear drawer. Some are flimsy-looking, but durable items. They are part of both everyday wear and erotic lingerie ensembles.
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jerry on September 12, 2019:
Yes I like panties. They are more comfortable today than yesterday and last year. I like the colors of the panties and especially the lacy panties. The lace is so nice and comfortable. It begs to be worn on male butts. I guess women like the lace too. Panties are the number one item in my lingerie cabinet. Years ago I discovered the wonderful feel of panties on my posterior and haven't looked back since. I used to feel uncomfortable wearing panties in public because I thought someone would notice or When I visit my Dr. My doctor is female and has been my Dr. for over thirty years and I feel comfortable in panties around her. I have large boobs too and she makes me get a breast exam ever two years. It is a little uncomfortable having to visit a gynocologist office for the breast exam and be stuck with all women and have to go to the back for the exam. I hate the breast machine and the way it clamps down on my breast and the way the technician tries to cover up the rest of my body for privacy. I do not wear bras being as I'm a male. She has suggested that I wear a bra from time to time but I don't like the wearing of a bra..
JERRY on September 11, 2019:
I enjoy wearing panties all the time. They are comfortable for men in the South. I t is very hot during the summer and wearing panties made of nylon is more comfortable than cotton under ware. I like the colors of women's panties. Men's under ware are in drab colors and get wet from sweat and are uncomfortable and cause chafing and monkey butt.
pinkpantieman on October 04, 2015:
53 years old been wearing nylon panties since I was about 10 wears old. Two sisters older than me .I was always fascinated from an early age by their panties compared to my cotton y fronts At first I wore my mums panties then ended up buying my own.PS its nice to know that they where made for men in the first place....
Hillary Burton from UK on November 27, 2012:
Nylon panties are nice worn under a crisp white nylon lace trimmed underskirt, itself worn under a lined traditionally cut skirt.
Gregorious on April 09, 2012:
A very informative hub. I like nylon panties a lot! Didn't know men were the first to wear them.
mickster on February 18, 2011:
I work with thirty guys! 25yrs up! barely any likes to see cotton panties or even nylon! that are not tight! and smooth! when worn in pics in bed or anywhere? >you girls do not have a clue!!
most older men thirties up like>> THE FULL SIDED OLDER STYLE IN PLAIN >WHITE/FLESH/BLACK >> THE NYLON VARIETY TENDS TO ACCENTUATE THE PHEROMONAL SCENT> WHICH IS A REAL TURN ON FOR US MIDDLE AGED GUYS.
IF I SEE COTTON IN MY HOME THEY ARE BURNT! LOL.
ANOTHER BIG TURN ON FOR US IS BOTTOMLESS GIRDLES THAT ARE SOFT AND SMOOTH! AND REMEMBER THE MAKERS SAY PANTIES GO OVER THE TOP- BESIDES ITS BETTER THAT WAY FOR SPONTANEOUS SEX! IF YOU WANT TO SEE PICS OF A WOMAN WEARING FF STOCKING -GIRDLES- PANTIES THE MOST SEXY WAY THEN SEND ME AN EMAIL AND I WILL RETURN PICS-THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO CHAIN YOUR GUY UP! FOR SOME PEACE AND QUITE LOL. MICKSTER
Sherman on November 19, 2010:
A day wearing other than nylon panties is a very uncomfortable day. Who needs it? Love Jockey no panty line tactel, Olga and Bali highcuts as well as pettipants under jeans. Smoooooth.
Didymus on August 22, 2010:
Girls who remove their pubic hair to make their silky smooth nylon panties more enticing, should also wear the most sensuous color, pink, thus making them sensual magnets!
Didymus on August 20, 2010:
I enjoy attractive women who wear pants or skirts with a visible panty-line. Nylon/spandex or nylon/polyester no corduroy or denim. And when I get a seemingly innocent or casual glimpse of their panties, nylon panties look the sexiest!
rocn4funn on June 08, 2010:
i go with kellydove that a something about a pair of nice silky satin panties too relax in is best as well as its not a guy thing my girl has no prob w/ it and hey im not protesting it one bit its just sexy fun
me on May 23, 2010:
Kewl, I just love nylon panties, feel is so exciting.. women in nylon arrr make me week at knees, dressin in panties and sex amazin.. Guys in panties same hot as... lov them.. soft sexy sheer paper thin imm
kellydove on May 16, 2010:
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anna on May 16, 2010:
we love nylon panties.
knicker wearer on May 13, 2010:
i love the feel of sexy knickers i wear my wifes french knickers and her pvc knickers every day ,i have about 120 pairs of womens knickers in my own collection
Annette on May 12, 2010:
I love wearing good old fashioned pretty full nylon brief style panties with double nylon crotch in pastel colors. I love showing off my visible panty lines under my clothes too. I find these silky nylon panties very sensual and feminine feeling to wear.
andy on April 20, 2010:
I prefer nylon panties weather they are prints or solids. I have my own panty drawer and at times i wear my wifes nylon panties and i also wear panties to work and since it's an airport i see a lot of panty-lines,panty-asses and straight up panties and i find it pantielishes that i might be wearing the same kind or color panty that i am checking out.
Lady Undies on April 12, 2010:
So men were the first to wear nylon panties! That's great information to know. If my family and friends find out that I wear nylon panties, I can tell them that men were the first to wear nylon panties. Thanks for the information Julie-Ann.
Oswald on February 07, 2010:
I like the double nylon gusset panties.
threesweds on January 12, 2010:
Nylon panties for men, why not? But not those made especially for men; only the women's panties are the most comfortable. I prefer a colorful high cut brief under my male clothing.
OpinionDuck on January 08, 2010:
Nylon panties for MEN, why
laswi from Sri Lanka on December 04, 2009:
The most important thing about a panty is that they should be washed properly. Anyway thanks for the nice hub.
Lisa Hess from email@example.com on October 20, 2009:
The world keeps getting more sexy and more beautiful - Got to love the woman!
London escorts on October 17, 2009:
Oh god, it's much better not to use any panties than to wear some of these :)
Julie-Ann Amos (author) from Gloucestershire, UK on October 09, 2009:
Not sure - I'd try "Warners lingerie vintage" as a search string or have a scout round google.
Kristian on October 09, 2009:
The most comfortable and pretty panties I even owned were a pair of Warners hipster panties that I bought in the late 80's or early 90's. They were very soft and silky but almost sheer with a small lace insert at the leg. I had a white pair and a black pair. The lightly elasticated leg, cut almost horizontal, ensured that 'the boys' didn't wander around. My wife was quite jealous at the time but had a rule that her panties were different from mine. I worked 'in the city' in Australia at the time and wore them under my suit trousers. But apart from a short few years when the Myers store stocked them (they always have had a lingerie department welcoming to men), the style and fabric was not repeated by Warners. I have never found a fabric quite like it again. Very light and airey. I do not recall the style number. Is there anywhere I can look up Warners styles of that time, Julie-Ann?
wsp2469 from Alta Loma, Ca on October 07, 2009:
What I don't like is how you go into a store and buy a pair of panties that are satin or even some nylon and they feel good when you rub the outside of them. Then you get them home and they feel totally different on the inside when you are wearing them.
I mean . . . so I hear . . .
phil on September 19, 2009:
love this hub. I have worn nylon panties since my teens. love full brief style.
Erica4U from Great Lakes Region on September 17, 2009:
Many of the vintage styles have a wider gusset which for a male is very comfortable! The other panties may cause something to jut out from under the elastic and "Ouch" let me tell you it can be very, very uncomfortable!
iwhcpanties on September 02, 2009:
Great info, but I like the nylon/spandex combinations though.
jonty on August 10, 2009:
wow .... this is awesome hub .... very nicely explained ... very informative ..... well written ..... keep up the good work ..... god bless u ......
LingerieGallery on June 20, 2009:
Reena Daruwalla from INDIA on June 16, 2009:
Thanks for that potted history of panties; made for interesting reading. Cannot personally stand nylon anything; India's just too hot!
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 13, 2009:
Your title made me wonder what I was going to read :) Enjoyed the hub and the trip down memory lane
admin@london_escorts on June 13, 2009:
Nice story for nylon panties..lol
threesweds on June 09, 2009:
A very enlightening hub. I don't remember the nylon panties for men, probably because they were not as pretty the women's panties you picture above. For me, wearing a pair of women's nylon panties under my male clothing is my secret while at work. It is exciting to think that I may be wearing the same panties as my female coworkers. My lingerie drawer is filled with an assortment of nylon panties in many colors, some with lace and bows, and some with pretty prints. I find women's panties very comfortable and quite the sensual sensation.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 08, 2009:
great and beautiful panties. thanks for share