Braies

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Braies were mens underwear. They are believed to have been made of linen and are frequently depicted as being white (or off-white) in colour.

Frequently observed in a number of manuscripts where people are farming and wearing split hose which are rolled down.

Earlier braies tend to be baggy and have a rolled waist. Later braies conform to a shape closer to modern, form-fitting boxer shorts. There are also images of smaller bikini-like braies in the 15th century.

Their appearance in mixed company in field workers may indicate that the wearing of ones underwear in public was less of a social faux pas than it is today.

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