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When it comes to understanding National Underwear Day, it is not all about lace and leather. Cotton, Spandex, neoprene, polyester, velvet and so many more materials are used in many different types and styles of undergarments. From Bras to panties, corsets to boxers, one can always find some sort of garment to go between their skin and the outer clothing layer.

This day is about celebrating those articles of clothing, and the body image we all attempt to cultivate with them. Revel in your undergarments, show them off and smile, for you should be happy with who you are, and embrace that body image!

History of National Underwear Day

Originally founded by the company Freshpair in 2003, National Underwear Day was focused more on emphasizing the woman’s body image. Although men gladly stood beside women, the aim was to promote body image in a society where it is sometimes difficult to embrace such a concept. This has continued and become National Underwear Day, as the movement has gone viral, spreading worldwide rather quickly.

While underwear was originally meant to protect clothing from sweat stains, it is not always about just the bras and panties. Included in this celebration are the aforementioned corsets, as well as bustiers, boxers, sports bras, briefs and yes, even some swimsuits fit into National Underwear Day. If you wear it under your clothing, it is an under garment to be proud of!

How to celebrate National Underwear Day

May folks online post a picture or two with a hash tag in order to promote their acceptance of their body image, while others join flash mobs of underwear-clad individuals in major cities. Some just parade around their homes in their under garments, while others prove their courage and go out wearing them publicly. Many individuals have been seen posing for photos or having friends take their photos at landmarks worldwide while in just their undergarments, posting them to embrace their own body image. Some have even posted group photos at such landmarks, turning this day into a group activity around locations worldwide.

No matter your preference, the embracing of your image is the important thing. Every body is beautiful, so celebrate that fact! Maybe just stay in and watch some movies in your underwear, like Risky Business or Eyes Wide Shut. Eat some finger foods, get a tan and embrace your own self image, maybe snap a few photos for yourself (or a friend!), and own this holiday for yourself.

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