Underwear, also known as undergarments or lingerie, is a fundamental article of clothing worn next to the skin, typically beneath outer clothing. It serves various essential functions beyond modesty, comfort, and style. Primarily designed to provide a protective layer between the body and outerwear, underwear helps regulate body temperature by wicking away moisture and insulating against cold or excessive heat.
Underwear comes in various styles and materials to suit different purposes and personal preferences. Common types include briefs, boxers, panties, thongs, and bras. Materials range from cotton for breathability and comfort to synthetic fabrics for moisture-wicking and support.