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A waistband

A waistband is a strip of material that is either elastic or some other confining fabric that encircles the waist.[1]


Historically, in northern India, waistbands served various purposes including fastening miscellaneous items to oneself, such as knives.[2] In ancient history in the southern Levant, the waistband could serve as a status symbol when people would adorn themselves with ornaments attached to their waistbands.[3] In the early 19th century, members of some Taoist branches had their waistbands colored as a distinguisher and in order to symbolize their membership of the sect.[4] In the western world during the 19th century, the contortion of waistbands was less pronounced due to the fashionability of suspenders.[5]

Material and culture[edit]

Among some members of the Yoruba, the placement of beads upon their waistbands is an established tradition that is believed to enhance and accentuate a women's femininity.[6] The dimensions of the waistband serve as a contrivance for streamlining waist measurements.[7] Waistbands are often designed with belt loops in order to allow for variation in case of manufacturer subtleties or weight variation in the wearer.[8] A recent Debenhams survey revealed that the placement of one's waistband by males varies with age, with mid-teen boys placing them the lowest, while it steadily rises until the age of 57.[9] The exposure of the underwear waistband has become a trend among followers of grunge music and hip-hop.[10] In stretchy waistbands, the material can be made of various materials including rubber and latex.[11] In contemporary times, waistbands are more picturesque and scintillating compared to previous designs.[12]

Unwanted erections[edit]

Some men use the waistband in order to hide a bulge in order to avoid embarrassment.[13] During an erection, this is done by jutting it upwards beneath the waistband.[14] This approach may on occasion be colloquially and informally referred to by slang terms such as a waistband tuck,[15] the waistband trick,[16][17] the uptuck[18][19] or the tuck,[18] the "6 to midnight",[20] or the boner tuck.[21]


  1. ^ Frank, Herter. "Belt-type side pocket waist adjustment for garments." U.S. Patent No. 3,638,242. 1 Feb. 1972.
  2. ^ Hansen, Kathryn. "The virangana in North Indian history: myth and popular culture." Economic and Political Weekly (1988): WS25-WS33.
  3. ^ Hesse, Rayner W. Jewelrymaking through history: An encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.
  4. ^ Li, Xiaobing (2012). China at War: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia. p. 111.
  5. ^ Condra, Jill (2008). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History: 1801 to the Present. p. 57.
  6. ^ Falola, Toyin (2016). Encyclopedia of the Yoruba. p. 46.
  7. ^ Schroeder, Warren C. "Garment suspension waistband." U.S. Patent No. 4,516,275. 14 May 1985.
  8. ^ Hawkins, Sherry D., and Saundra L. Lennartz. "Pants With A Weight-Distributing Waistband." U.S. Patent Application No. 12/948,333.
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8487106.stm
  10. ^ Kimmel, Michael (2014). Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis. p. 226.
  11. ^ Turkington, Carol (2009). The Encyclopedia of Skin and Skin Disorders, Third Edition. p. 20.
  12. ^ Davenport, Irese. "Pants construction stabilized by integral undergarment." U.S. Patent No. 8,074,298. 13 Dec. 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.health24.com/Medical/Erectile-dysfunction/News/New-erection-hiding-underwear-unveiled-20141112
  14. ^ http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/sex/news/a36443/boner-blocking-boxers/
  15. ^ http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/07/15/german-team-hero-mario-gotze-wins-world-cup-later-loses-dignity-thanks-to-gross-pic/
  16. ^ https://www.joe.co.uk/life/penis-problems-74944
  17. ^ http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a34019/things-i-wish-i-knew-about-boners-when-i-was-younger/
  18. ^ a b http://uproxx.com/webculture/waistband-boner-trick-uptuck/
  19. ^ http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-07-15/get-the-boner-prone-man-in-your-life-bloxers-never-be-embarrassed-again/
  20. ^ https://www.bustle.com/articles/88760-10-weird-things-about-having-an-erection-according-to-guys-because-you-can-wiggle-it
  21. ^ http://www.informationng.com/2016/02/6-mysterious-reasons-men-always-touch-their-penis.html