Finding the perfect underwear is no easy task, but that’s especially true when you’re on a mission to find the best pair to wear with leggings. To ease the struggle, we went outside the Who What Wear office to tap an expert in the field. Sarita Liu, the director of design and development for MeUndies, was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and provide some insider tips to help us determine what is most important when shopping for no-show undies.
In terms of specific design techniques, she says, consider the seams and edges. “Our No Show line features clean-cut edges and bonded seams, which means no stitching anywhere. We have designed our underwear to provide that barely there, all-day comfort,” says Liu. Fabric is also important. She uses a MicroModal spandex that will stretch and conform to fit your body perfectly (i.e., no unwanted lines).
And for our most burning question of all: Does it always need to be a thong, or can other styles work under leggings? “Our No Show Thong is very popular, but the No Show Hipster is also a good option for those who prefer more coverage. They are the ideal outfit game changer and perfect to wear with anything skintight, semi-sheer, or thin,” says Liu.
There you have it. Keep scrolling to see the styles Liu has suggested, along with a few other recommendations.
I used to be firmly on team wear underwear with leggings. But slowly I began to transition into wearing leggings sans undergarments, not because of I noticed anything wrong, but because I got really tired of running out of underwear quickly. Like one pair of underwear to wear to the gym, and then having to wear a regular pair of underwear? All on the same day? I’m not great at math, but I can say with confidence that that practice made me go through my underwear twice as fast.
The dilemma of whether or not to wear underwear with leggings is an age-old one. A dilemma probably on par with that philosophical one involving whether or not to kill five people or one person on the train tracks (IDK guys, I studied English), or whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza.
“Wearing underwear with your active sportswear or clothes to work out in can be a confusing topic,” says Sheryl A. Ross, M.D., and OB/GYN in Santa Monica. “The days of baggy cotton sweats have been replaced with high tech swag to help your skin breath, absorb moisture, and prevent you from getting soaked in sweat.” So with all these advancements in workout gear, is it really necessary to wear underwear with your workout leggings?
“This is a controversial topic indeed, and women are super passionate towards whichever camp they favor,” adds Alyssa Dweck, M.S., M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Having brought up this topic with some of my friends at CrossFit, I will agree that yes, people are very passionate about it. “Some women find wearing underwear chafes, rubs, confines, and/or is visually unappealing with ‘pantylines’ under yoga pants,” Dweck says. On the flip side, she says that she’s overheard women in her office wear underwear with their leggings because it helps prevent visible camel toe.
Much like the pineapple/pizza problem, it all comes down to personal choice. Ross says that ultimately, it’s whatever you feel most comfortable in.
But if you do choose to go commando, make sure your leggings are up to the task. “Just remember yeast and bacteria thrive in a warm and moist environment,” Dr. Sherry says. “As long as your workout clothing has built in panties or liners with special antibacterial fabric that can absorb the extra sweat you should be fine leaving the undies at home.”
“Bottom line, yeast and bacteria like moist dark environments so cotton crotch either way is ideal,” says Dr. Dweck. (Yes, I just made you read the word “moist” again, with the addition of the word “crotch.” You are welcome.)
FWIW, I am team pineapple, team no underwear. These are both hills I am willing to die on.
Okay, more undie questions, answered: where do gynos stand on wearing underwear with bodysuits? And when is it time to toss your underwear for good?
- What type of panty should I wear under leggings?
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- 6 Tips For Buying Underwear You Can’t See Under Leggings
- 1. Look For Sweat-Wicking Materials
- 2. Go With Underwear That Is Tagless
- 3. …AND Seamless!
- 4. Find A Pair That Is Wedgie Free
- 5. Look For A Pair That Is Barely There
- 6. Choose Sweat Wicking Fabrics
- 1. Protect your privates, or prepare to chafe.
- 2. Don’t count out jock itch.
- 3. Double your laundry duty.
- 4. Anticipate sweat stains.
- 5. Steer clear of skinny jeans.
- 6. Avoid fitting rooms.
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What type of panty should I wear under leggings?
Leggings are the most effortless yet trickiest style of chic clothing. The super soft fabric is undoubtedly very comfortable but can also land you in some embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. Visible panty lines are common under these fitted tights or leggings; they look awfully disgraceful and spoil your entire look. Picking the right panty style for leggings can save you from the disaster.
Visible panty lines are often caused by panties that have thick elastic along the leg openings. Such panties may not cause an issue when worn with thicker fabrics like denim or corduroy. But when wearing thinner body-hugging fabrics like spandex or Lycra, these panty lines may show.
Let’s check out 5 panty styles that you should be wearing under leggings.
Laser Cut Panty
These panties have super-smooth laser cut edges that almost disappear under your fitted tights. The edges are often designed with silicon strips on the inner side that cling to your body and give you a smooth finish. These are ideal for everyday wear since they come in all fits- bikinis, hipster & thongs.
If you are someone who likes perfection, then do it how the professionals do. Pick a nude colour thong for your light-coloured leggings and black for darker ones. A thong is the ultimate way to get rid of panty lines. No questions asked.
If thongs aren’t your thing and try it the other way, from minimal coverage go for full coverage. Opt for boyshorts that cover your entire back all the way to your things and say bye-bye to panty lines.
A lace boyshorts works as great as a regular pair of boyshorts. But you have an added advantage of lace fabric having smooth edges that again are hardly noticeable under your booty-hugging tights.
Want a ‘no panty line’ feature in your current fav fit without having to try new styles? Well, what if we said that was possible! Yes, don’t compromise on your favourite fit be it a hipster or a bikini. Just pick a style that has interlocking stitching along the edges. Such panties are crafted with super-soft modal fabric that fits you like your second skin.
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6 Tips For Buying Underwear You Can’t See Under Leggings
6 Tips For Buying Underwear You Can’t See Under Leggings
Before we even get into the details of underwear you can’t see under leggings, let’s get this out of the way: Leggings are pants. Period. For those days at the office when you just can’t and need to trade in the slacks for your favorite pair of black leggings, to when you’re wearing your Lululemon’s at the gym and don’t want your panty lines to show when you’re squatting in the free weights section, we have the perfect pair of underwear that you can’t see under your leggings. Here’s how to find the best invisible underwear to wear under even your tightest leggings.
1. Look For Sweat-Wicking Materials
One of the biggest mistakes that ladies make is wearing everyday cotton underwear under leggings. Leggings are by default tighter on your body, and often result in a little more sweat or moisture ‘down under.’ Moisture control underwear will be your best bet under any pair of leggings. Uwila Warrior’s seamless underwear is actually made of fabric that is sweat-wicking and by default moisture controlling. Your gym partner will thank you when you’re wearing undies that prevent the natural odors you get from a good workout, and you’ll love yourself for having bought a pair of the Happy Seams line when you are comfortable and cool all day.
2. Go With Underwear That Is Tagless
The biggest pro tip of this list is to go with a pair of underwear under leggings that is seamless. No annoying tags mean there is no rubbing against the skin, which means that you finally don’t have to choose comfort over style. For any woman who has tried every type of underwear under leggings, you know how uncomfortable tags can be. All Uwila Warrior underwear styles are tagless, meaning you will never have to deal with your tag poking through, or being visible through your leggings. You’re welcome.
3. …AND Seamless!
When looking for the perfect underwear to wear under leggings, you need to have a pair that is completely panty line free, because the biggest problem we have with wearing leggings as pants is that usually, you can see the lines under leggings. Completely avoid this problem by wearing one of the seamless underwear pairs of underwear from Uwila Warrior. They are 100% panty line free (yes, when I say 100% I truly mean 100%) and are actually seamless under leggings. Seriously, you can’t see them AT ALL.
4. Find A Pair That Is Wedgie Free
For those days where you really don’t want to wear a thong with your leggings, you need to find a pair of underwear that won’t ride up, but are also full coverage. I know, you’re thinking that the previous statement is almost an oxymoron, but I swear, it’s not. Uwila Warrior’s seamless undies are tried and tested, wedgie free under leggings. Wear them all day long from work to date night to the gym and never re-adjust all day long.
And look for underwear that doesn’t have an elastic. A lot of lingerie brands will make underwear with elastic that will stretch to fit your body, which causes panty lines – yuck. Find a pair that is already designed to fit around your body instead.
5. Look For A Pair That Is Barely There
When anyone talks about underwear you can wear under leggings, it’s like every woman is looking for the perfect pair of underwear that will magically turn invisible as soon as you put leggings on. The closest thing you can get to that type of sorcery is going with a pair of seamless, soft, tag-free undies like the seamless underwear from Uwila Warrior. You won’t even notice that you are wearing underwear while you have them on, which any lady will tell you is pretty much just one step away from true magic.
6. Choose Sweat Wicking Fabrics
When shopping for the pair of perfect underwear to wear under leggings, look for a fabric that is both smooth and silky. This type of fabric won’t leave you chafing all day, and is actually comfortable, compared to other fabric blends. Uwila’s seamless underwear are perfect because they are sweat-wicking AND comfortable.
The ultimate tip for not having any panty lines without going completely commando under your leggings? Getting yourself a pair of the Happy Seams underwear from Uwila Warrior. When your performance underwear is the same as your everyday undies, it takes the guesswork out of getting ready for the day, and we all know that when you feel like a million bucks, everyone else notices, too!
Dr. Scott Osmun, a board-certified OB-GYN physician at BloomOB-GYN in Washington, D.C., told HuffPost:
“Bacteria and yeast tend to grow in warm, moist places. I hate to use that word because I don’t like it, but it’s true
Any extra moisture in the vaginal area can definitely promote yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis.”
Essentially, bacteria breed and grow in extra moist places—which is why many women get UTIs when they wear a wet bathing suit for too long or stay in their sweaty gym clothes hours after working out. Dr. Osmun added that there’s no harm in going commando with your yoga pants, but, if you decide to, you should be careful about the material of your pants.
Cotton and spandex/Lycra have been known to be safe materials to keep away bacteria, but, additionally, there are some companies that use silver in their clothing—such as Lululemon—because silver works as an antibacterial agent. On top of the material, doctors say you should make sure that your yoga pants are thick enough to ensure you won’t pick up any bacteria left on gym seats from others—which would totally be my #1 worry in terms of going commando and working out at a public gym.
But, if you’re someone who wears thongs during a workout, the doctor strictly advises against doing so. Dr. Osmun adds:
“The material causes more friction and irritation, and any friction or irritation can make little cuts or microabrasions in your skin, and those cuts can lead to bacterial infections, which can cause discomfort, itching, redness, pain.
I think thongs are definitely something to avoid when you’re exercising. It’s actually probably safer to go commando than to wear thongs.”
Wow, so, if you’re in the predicament where you can’t decide if you want to opt for a thong or go commando to avoid those underwear lines—it may be best to avoid the panties altogether!
So you want to go True Scotsman. Whatever your reason—a desire for a healthy breeze, a practice of sartorial minimalism, poor laundry coordination—that’s private, like your privates.
¹ Does it make me more mad than the Barenaked Ladies song where whatever his name is says, “hide out under there, I just made you say underwear”? No, it doesn’t. That was me at my most mad.
Underwear, by its very nature, is a hidden thing. It could feel unnecessary because theoretically no one would ever know you’re not wearing underwear. And yet, for something that’s meant to be seamless and undetectable, it causes problems. It can be bunchy if it’s too big, bunchy in a different way if it’s too tight. I read an interview with a fashionable underwear designer who said, “If you’re thinking about your underwear, you’re wearing the wrong underwear.” This underwear company “dominates” the red carpet and Fashion Week, and it’s called Commando. This enraged me¹. An underwear company that names itself after NO UNDERWEAR WEEE!! seems to exactly describe the undergarment paradox of our time: Underwear is supposed to seem invisible—it’s supposed to feel like it’s not there, but it’s supposed to exist.
Quick, while I’m riled up, I will make a case for underwear, because I like the stuff. It’s great because you can basically do whatever you want with it and no one knows. Is your underwear magenta with a tiny pattern of an invented village? What a wonderful thing for you to know that no one else knows. Also, being in only underwear is one of life’s most perfect experiences of clothes, when it comes to comfort.
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Underwear has practical benefits. It’s protective against harsh and rough fabrics (jeans, professional pants). It will let you do laundry less on said jeans and pants, because they won’t get as sweaty. I will also let the trajectory of human history speak on behalf of underwear. Humans have been wearing underwear since they have been wearing clothes. King Tut was buried with numerous linen loincloths. Henry VIII was an underwear innovator.
² TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS SOCIETY. DO YOU NEED AN AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT? IF SO THIS IS MY OFFICIAL APPLICATION. PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I EAGERLY AWAIT YOUR CONFIRMATION THAT I CAN SERVE AS A SCOTTISH TARTANS AUTHORITY.
I am about to be a real killjoy, so sorry about that, but any alleged history of people going without underwear is false and paltry. As for this True Scotsman rumor, about how Scottish men don’t wear undergarments under their kilts, this turns out to be false. In 2010, the director of the Scottish Tartans Authority², Brian Wilton, said that the commando tradition is “childish and unhygienic.” Pervy authority figures used mirrored floors to make sure their troops’ troops were protected. According to a little history I read about the word “commando,” the term itself has less to do with soldiers in Vietnam (who were originally credited), and more to do with prostitutes in London during World War II, who were called “Piccadilly Commandos,” so there goes your Rambo fantasy. That being said, we must not forget that Bill Murray’s character in important war movie Stripes said, “Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do it’s usually something unusual.”
I like that attitude. He seems like the embodiment of a freeballing lifestyle.
I am also just going to tell you right now that despite all of our private delusions, we are not Bill Murray. We can’t just do whatever Bill Murray does, which is exactly what he wants, it seems. I feel we should remember we’re not Bill Murray when we start to wonder whether the commando lifestyle is for us. We do not and will never have the charm, panache, or freewheeling controlled chaos of Bill Murray. We just don’t. He has a secret, and we don’t know it. Maybe his secret is that he’s not wearing underwear except unusual underwear, but truly, we shouldn’t begin to guess.
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Taking off your underwear is liberating. Your balls can finally breathe!
So it’s easy to see why some guys want to feel that freedom all the time.
In fact, there isn’t any medical reason that states you need underwear for support, says Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., co-director of the PUR urology clinic in Clermont, Florida.
Go ahead and strip off those boxers or briefs—just make sure you follow these rules first.
1. Protect your privates, or prepare to chafe.
Without underwear, you don’t have any protection between the outer layer of your skin and the “harsh reality of the fabric and seams of your pants,” says Mona Gohara, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.
Related: 6 Ways to Prevent Chafing
This can cause painful skin irritation. So before you go commando, apply a thin layer of baby powder or petroleum jelly to your groin. It’ll help form a barrier to minimize the friction, Dr. Gohara says.
2. Don’t count out jock itch.
Jock itch—a skin condition that presents as an itchy, red, ring-shaped rash—occurs when you’re exposed to fungus, says Dr. Gohara.
And fungi love to hang in warm, humid environments—just like the inside of your pants when your balls are sweating all over them.
To fight off fungi, keep your boys dry with just a sprinkle of baby powder in the morning and regularly wash your pants. Which brings us to our next rule:
3. Double your laundry duty.
If you normally wear a pair of pants four times before washing them, dial that down to just two. Going commando will cut your wear-to-cleaning cycle in half, says David Burrows, cofounder of the app-based dry-cleaning service Laundri.
When fabric sits directly next to your skin, it makes your pants dirtier—and smellier—faster. If you wear dry clean-only fabrics like wool, this can get pricey, says Burrows.
Pants made from heavier, thicker fabrics can usually last longer between washes than lighter, thinner pants, he says.
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4. Anticipate sweat stains.
When you don’t have extra fabric to absorb moisture around your crotch, you end up with nasty sweat stains, says M. Jay Singleton, a men’s style consultant and founder of Urban Squire Club.
These stains are more visible on lighter fabrics and colors, like khakis, he says.
As with chafing or jock itch prevention, you’ll want to sprinkle a dash of baby powder on your privates. This will absorb moisture so stains won’t form.
Related: How to Stop Sweating So Much
If you do see a stain, rub a teaspoon of dish detergent mixed with two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide into the stained area and let it sit for 30 minutes.
“Then wash the garment as you normally do in cool water with your regular detergent,” Burrows says.
5. Steer clear of skinny jeans.
Skinny-cut pants, especially those made from heavier fabrics like denim, may cut into your crotch when you sit down, says Singleton.
To make matters worse, if your fabric isn’t thick enough (or if you’re wearing too light a color), you could give everyone an eyeful.
To mask weird lines or bulges, wear wool or heavier cotton pants, says Ray Li, CEO and founder of the men’s clothing line Suitable.
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6. Avoid fitting rooms.
Your crotch area is teeming with loads of bacteria, including the kind that can trigger diarrhea.
So this is obvious, but don’t try on new pants while going commando. Some of those fecal bacteria can transfer onto the fabric, says Sarah Council, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab.
Marygrace Taylor Marygrace Taylor is a health and wellness writer for Prevention, Parade, Women’s Health, Redbook, and others.
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