8 Common Underwear Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Now, & How to Fix Them

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You might think it’s hard to find a way to wear your underwear wrong, but turns out – it’s easier than you think. The often overlooked under-essential can not only make your day, but break it too, so why not show your knickers a little more attention and TLC? We chatted with Mariana Hernandez, expert on all things underthings and Designer of White Rabbit Underwear, to get the scoop on common skivvy mistakes and most importantly, how to fix them. 

1. 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 & VPL, not to mention increase your chances of nether-region unpleasantries like a UTI or yeast infection.”

2. Wearing the wrong underwear with the wrong 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-waist skirt? Try a high-waist brief vs. a low-rise bikini to help smooth out the tummy area.”

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3. 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 can cause irritation against your skin.”   

4. Wearing mesh underwear in the summer.

“It may seem like mesh underwear is more breathable, but you may 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 UTI’s, 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.”

A few summer, and flat-seam, approved picks from White Rabbit. Shop all pairs here.

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5. Wearing white underwear with 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. Wearing light underwear through dark-colored clothing. 

“Most people (we hope!) know that wearing underwear darker than their skin tone will show through light-colored clothing, but did you know you can see light underwear through dark-colored clothing? Especially if a camera flash is involved, you’re literally airing your dirty laundry. If you’re wearing a black dress, best to stick to black skivvies.”

7. 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 in 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.”

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8. Not spending enough on your skivvies. 

“It’s tempting to save money on your skivvies and spend it on that pair of heels instead – that everyone will see. Even if you’re 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 the entire day! A $5.00 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 can be rough against your skin, exposed seams that can 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!).”