LET’S slip into something a lot less comfortable. Today marks National Lingerie Day, when people are urged to feel sexy by wearing their naughtiest undergarments.
From Marilyn Monroe’s knickers to Kim’s Skims, here KATY DOCHERTY brings you a brief history of the most iconic underwear moments.
2019 – Kim Kardashian’s Skims range
THE reality TV star proved she is not just a pretty face by launching a business. And with a love of tight-fitting clothes, it made sense to release her own shapewear.
Kim first announced the pants and bra line as Kimono but quickly changed the name after being accused of cultural appropriation.
Kate Moss, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum are among the famous faces to star in her ad campaigns.
2018 – Victoria’s Secret Angels
AFTER 21 years, Victoria’s Secret finally axed their famous Angels catwalk shows as TV viewing figures plummeted.
Over two decades there have been 41 Angels including top models Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio.
But the firm decided to call a halt to the famous runway event in 2018 to favour a more “inclusive” brand identity.
2007 – Beckham’s Golden Balls
AFTER leaving Real Madrid for LA Galaxy in 2007, David secured another lucrative job, lying around in his kecks.
He was paid £20million by Italian designer Armani to smoulder in nothing but white briefs and an unbuttoned shirt, sending fans wild.
The iconic image was sent up by James Corden in 2018 for Heat magazine.
He said: “David told me he had more pairs of socks in his pants than I had in mine.”
2005 – Angelina as a dominatrix
WITH a get-up like this, poor Jennifer Aniston never stood a chance.
In Mr & Mrs Smith, Angelina Jolie’s sexy film assassin goes undercover as a dominatrix to bump off a target.
But it must have got co-star Brad Pitt’s heart racing because he separated from wife Jennifer shortly after filming wrapped.
A bodyguard from the movie claimed: “I caught them several times in each other’s trailers making out.”
Angelina and Brad now have six kids and were wed from 2014 to 2019.
2001 – Bridget’s big pants
“GRANNY pants” have come a long way since the release of Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Renee Zellweger’s singleton chooses to wear beige control knickers for her date with dastardly Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) – and when the couple later get hot and heavy, he comically describes them as “enormous panties”.
A study by Warwick University found sales of controlwear boomed after the film.
1994 – Wonderbra’s Hello Boys advert
IT is no wonder the sexy billboards featuring Czech model Eva Herzigova in a push-up black bra were said to have distracted drivers and caused car crashes.
But it launched Eva’s career and she went on to work for top designers.
1990 – Madonna’s cone bra
JUST a year after Madonna caused controversy with the cross-burning video to her single Like A Prayer, she pranced around on stage in this risque conical bustier.
Designed by her pal, French fashion ace Jean Paul Gaultier, the pink lingerie made its debut on the superstar’s equally controversial Blonde Ambition tour.
Gaultier said: “I love Madonna. She’s the only woman I ever asked to marry me.
“She said no, of course, but every time she asks me to work on her shows, I cannot say no.”
1967 – Mrs Robinson in The Graduate
THE memorable line “Mrs Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me” is many a schoolboy’s fantasy.
In hit movie The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman plays 21-year-old ex- student Benjamin, who is seduced by the older, married Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft).
The famous Simon And Garfunkel soundtrack album cover actually shows Anne’s body double and future Dallas star Linda Gray.
1955 – Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch
IT was the blonde bombshell’s most famous film scene.
Standing over a subway grate in New York, a gust of air blows up Marilyn Monroe’s white dress.
Filmed on New York’s Lexington Avenue, the moment was captured by dozens of photo- graphers, with the crowd cheering: “higher, higher”.
Shots of Marilyn showing off her white, lacy knickers are now more memorable than the film.
What those undercrackers say about you
Matching bra and pants: ORGANISED
MANY of us wear a matching set for “special occasions” – especially if we know that we’re going to have an intimate encounter.
But what about those people who wear matching lingerie every day?
If that’s you, then you are someone who knows the importance of self-care and are also highly organised.
G-strings and thongs: MISCHIEVOUS
IF you favour a G-string, you have a mischievous and fun side.
Confident with your booty, whatever your size, you won’t succumb to fashion or whether they are currently “in or out” – you simply wear that little scrap of material with pride, knowing that it makes you feel at your sexy best. You’ll also appreciate freedom and tend to have a non-conformist personality.
Control knickers: FREE SPIRITED
WHETHER you wear Bridget Jones-style flesh-coloured big pants or prefer to squeeze into something a little longer in the leg or higher in the body, controlwear can transform our shape, especially beneath tight-fitting dresses. You are free-spirited and probably self-indulgent at times, but you know the safety of a control pant. You don’t give a hoot at how sexy it looks, just how sexy you feel in them.
Boy shorts: EMPOWERED
THIS is the preferred everyday knicker for many women. They combine comfort and ease of wear with just a little gender-fluid sass. You have good self-esteem, are pretty fuss free in life and have better things to do than shop around for fancy lingerie.
Lacy knickers: FEMININE
THESE may have had their biggest moment in the Eighties. But some of us have never fallen out of love with the sheer and unapologetic femininity of the lacy knicker. In black or red for a seductive look, or pastels for something softer, they reveal a healthy zest for life and a loyal and warm nature.
High-waisted briefs: TRADITIONAL
THESE are where sexy meets comfort. You’re traditional but never dull, with just a tease of naughtiness. You’re probably a lover of anything glamorous and of a bygone era – and love listening to a bit of soul or jazz or watching a TV period dram.
IF you wear suspenders frequently, you are playful, naughty and always happy to please. You have plenty of inner confidence and like to let it shine. You feel in control sexually and are always ready to take the lead.