When it comes to underwear, there’s no denying that bras get the most attention. Lets face it, they are like that favorite child everyone but your parents wants to admit. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are only a few articles on panties in comparison to bras and that most women today can easily be cut wearing their panties wrongly.
This often overlooked undie-essential can not only make your day, but break it too, so here’s all you need to know about common pantie mistakes and how to fix them.
1. MACHINE WASHING YOUR PANTIES
Or worse, machine drying them! In lingerie world, you could go to jail for this crime. Panties in my opinion are never properly washed when put in the washing machine, lingerie washbag or not. Plus the after effects of machine washed panties are a bunch of over stretched delicates and tangled or torn underwear due to interaction with other clothes in the wash.
2. POOR QUALITY
Quality is always better than quantity. This cannot be overemphasized and yes, it applies to your skivvies too.
3. TOO SMALL
Different panties come in different cuts and styles e.g hip huggers, french knickers, briefs e.t.c however, whenever in doubt as far as sizing, go a size up. If there’s ever a time to put vanity aside, it’s now, with your underwear! Panties that are too tight could increase your chances of a UTI in addition to giving you VPL (Visible Pant Line) or a muffing top.
4. WRONG UNDERWEAR, RIGHT OUTFIT
Wearing the wrong underwear on the right outfit and vice versa is a huge issue when it comes to panties. Just like a G-string would prevent you from having VPL, wearing it under a tube or body con dress is bad for business especially if it’s made from textured fabric. Wearing seamless knickers or briefs, especially one with slightly longer “legs” to prevent ride-up is a more suitable fit.
5. PANTIES WITH SEAMS THAT DON’T LAY FLAT
Lay-flat, or “hidden” seams or seamless panties are your pantie BFF. If seams (both outer and inner) aren’t flat especially across your waistband and bum, it causes your underwear to bulk up under clothing and by so doing, create VPL (yes – even if it’s a thong), and can cause irritation against your skin.
6. WEARING MESH UNDERWEAR
With a climate like ours, if we’re totally being honest, cotton is your bestfriend because of its ability to absorb moisture from the skin. Though mesh underpants may seem more breathable, it’s not. They’re made of synthetic materials such as polyester that hold and trap heat, moisture and bacteria whilst making you uncomfortable. Save your mesh panties for winter holidays overseas.
7. WHITE PANTIES UNDER WHITE OUTFIT
It goes beyond saying that the term “all white everything” does not have to be taking so literally.
8. LIGHT UNDERWEAR, DARK CLOTHING
Wearing underwear darker/brighter than their skin tone will show through light-colored clothing, it’s a no brainer! However,did you know that light underwear can be seen through dark-colored clothing? Especially if under a very bright light or taking photos with the camera flash on.