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8 Common Underwear Mistakes You’re Probably Making—and How to Fix Them

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Happy National Underwear Day!

When’s the last time you actually put thought and research into buying your underwear? Probably never (but don’t worry, we anticipated that). That’s why we called lingerie expert and designer of White Rabbit Underwear, Mariana Hernandez to help us celebrate this fun and flirty (and potentially made up) holiday. She’s here to educate us on—and help correct—the eight most common underwear mistakes you’re probably making, but had no clue you were making.

“When we talk about intimates, we hear a lot about bras—how we’re wearing the wrong size, how they should really fit, etc. Underwear, however, is often overlooked,” stated Mariana. “Therefore, we tend to over-simplify how we buy ours. We forget choosing the right type of underwear truly sets the foundation for your entire day. Taking more time to be conscious of what you’re wearing under “there” can go a long way in helping you look great, and feel great too!”

Let’s get to it.

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1. You’re wearing a size too small.
If there’s ever a time to put vanity aside and purposely go a size up in your clothes, it’s with your underwear! Too-tight skivvies can pinch and give you muffin top or VPL (visible panty line), not to mention increase your chances of nether-region unpleasantness like a UTI or yeast infection.

2. You’re wearing the wrong underwear with that outfit.
A thong may prevent VPL, but it’s not always the best underwear for your body-con clothes. If it’s made from textured lace, for example, it will still show through a tight, lightweight dress. A better choice in this case might be a seamless boyshort, especially one with slightly longer “legs” to prevent ride-up. Wearing a high-waisted skirt? Try a high-waisted brief vs. a low-rise bikini to help smooth out the tummy area.

3. You’re buying underwear without lay-flat seams.
Consider lay-flat, or “hidden,” seams your BFF in the underwear world. If seams (both outer and inner) aren’t flat, particularly across your waistband and booty, your skivvies will inevitably bulk up under clothing, create VPL (yes, even if it’s a thong) and cause irritation against your skin.

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4. You’re wearing mesh underwear in the summer.
It may seem like mesh underwear is more breathable, but you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not. Synthetic materials such as polyester hold and trap heat, moisture and bacteria—putting you at greater risk for yeast infections and UTIs, not to mention just feeling uncomfortable all day. In the summer, it’s best to wear underwear made with natural, breathable materials such as cotton or bamboo that absorb and/or wick moisture away from the skin.

5. You’re wearing white underwear with your white clothing.
This may sound good in theory, but think again. Unless your skin tone is stark white, the contrast of the underwear against your skin will cause it to show through white clothing. Instead, wear underwear closest in color to your skin tone, which will literally disappear underneath clothing.

6. You’re wearing light underwear with your dark-colored clothing.
Most people (we hope!) know not to wear dark underwear through light-colored clothing, but did you know you can also see light underwear through dark-colored clothing? Especially if a camera flash is involved. You’re literally airing your dirty laundry. So if you’re wearing a black dress, it’s best to stick to black skivvies.

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7. You’re putting your underwear in the washing machine (or worse yet, in the dryer).
Both hot water from the washing machine and heat from the dryer can ruin the stretch of your underwear. What’s more, skivvies made with delicate materials such as silk or lace can easily get tangled or torn with zippers, buttons and other hardware from your other clothes. To extend the life of your underwear, it’s best to hand wash and hang to dry. If you must machine wash, do so in the gentle cycle and always inside a mesh lingerie bag.

8. You’re not spending enough on your skivvies.
It’s tempting to save money on your skivvies and spend it on that pair of heels instead—after all, that’s what everyone will see. But even if you are the only one who ever sees your underwear, remember that this is the foundation to your entire look. The right underthings have the power to literally make or break how you walk, talk, look and feel throughout any given day. A cheap pair of underwear may seem like a good deal at first, but most likely won’t stand the test of comfort, or time. The cheaper the underwear, the lower the quality—expect materials that are rough against your skin, exposed seams that dig-in as well as show through clothes, underwear that’s not lined properly, or ill-fit that can cause ride-up, among other things. Good quality underwear, on the other hand, will be made with first-rate materials for comfortable, all-day wear, superior attention to fit and will hold both its appearance and fit after numerous washings (hand-washings, that is!).

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT BRA

Freya’s Design Director Ruth Fox reveals the importance of choosing the right bra.

”A good fitting bra should be comfortable, supportive and give you the best shape under clothes.” Ruth Fox Design director.

However if statistics are to be believed 80% of women can’t relate to this statement, as they are wearing the wrong sized bra.

A correctly fitting bra should sit firmly but comfortably around the body. The underwires should lie flat against the rib cage, and contain the whole breast. The breast should be contained within the cup with no puckering or bulging in the cup fabric.

Wearing the wrong size bra can in the first instance be very uncomfortable, but did you know that it can also affect your posture, your confidence and ruin the look of your outerwear?

According to a recent survey carried out by Fantasie, our sister brand, the average woman was found to be wearing one back size too large, and two cup sizes too small.

The back size, or underband as it is also known, anchors the bra around the body ensuring the best fit, shape and support.

Wearing the back size too big:

  • Causes the underband to ride up at the back.
  • Unbalances the support structure of the bra, tipping the bust forward and putting extra strain on the shoulders straps.
  • Underwires are not securely anchored against the chest wall allowing them to stand away from the body, possibly digging into the breast tissue.

Wearing the cup size too small:

  • Forces the breast to spill out of the top cup creating a double breast effect.
  • The underwire is too small to contain the breast. The underwire is squashed against the breast, and not supported against the chest wall, forcing it to squeeze out from underneath, and offering little in the way of support.

There are trained Fantasie fitting experts in lingerie stores throughout the UK who can help you find your right size and style. We recommend that you have a fitting every time you buy a new bra as each one is different and your bust size can change regularly. Make comfort part of your wardrobe.

Features of the wrong size:

  • Breast being squeezed out of the cup creating a double bust effect.
  • Breast not fully contained within the underwire, resulting in wires digging into the breast tissue or breast dropping out under the wire.
  • Underband not sitting level at the front and back, riding up at the back.
  • Underwires standing away from the body
  • Shoulder straps digging in.
  • Unsupported breast drooping forward.

Features of the right size:

  • Underband firmly anchored around the body. Level at the front and back.
  • Breast fully contained with the underwire.
  • No puckering or overspill in the cup.
  • Underwires sit flat against the chest wall.
  • Breast well supported giving the best support.
  • Comfortable and supportive.