The Braies (fr. Braies; de. Bruoch; pt. Bragas; ru. Брэ; da. Brog; no. Brok) are a type of panties, men’s undergarment.
Braies or Braccae (from the Gaulish bhrāg-ikā) were a type of trouser worn by Celtic and Germanic tribes in antiquity. In the Middle Ages Braies were used exclusively as undergarments.
The main feature of the Braies was the twist and tie at the waist. The history of the Braies can be traced back to the 12th century, as images appear in books. Braies were men’s underwear, but that’s for sure. There is speculation that women did not wear panties until the 19th century, but it is very rare to see an image of a woman wearing Braies. Sometimes it is not clear in the image what it is? Braies or Chemise?
Braies came in a variety of lengths. In the 12-14th century, you can find very long Bras to the middle of the calves, and then they shrink and resemble the already modern “boxers” and “briefs”.
Braies were worn by everyone. Braies were worn with Chausses (eng. Hose).