The highlight of male fashion in the Renaissance, the codpiece rose in size and gradually succumbed to the “peascod” belly. 

A codpiece is a covering flap or pouch that attaches to the front of the crotch of men’s trousers and usually accentuates the genital area.  It was an important item of European clothing in the 15th and 16th centuries, worn by Kings, statesmen and warriors, and is still worn in the modern era in performance costumes.