Today panties are worn for a variety of reasons but no longer is the primary issue one of sanitation and fear of getting her outer garments cleaned. Women bathe daily and sometimes more that once a day and all she needs do is throw her relatively inexpensive clothing in the hamper to be washed in the family washer and dryer downstairs. Some garments today are expensive but many are very affordable and purchased by all stratas of income.
Panties were loose fitting, today referred as granny panties and did not contain any stretch fabrics. This was due to the fact that these miracle fabrics were not yet invented. Stretch lycra spandex were not yet on the scene. Once spandex was invented it revolutionized women's panties and allowed for the invention of form fitting panties like booty shorts and boy shorts. Back to cyclical fashion trends these booty shorts are once again very popular and getting more popular by the day. These full back panties were those full figured, blousy granny panties of the past but now they fit a woman's body in a very flattering manner. They are now a fashion statement that women and men love.