Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tell Me About Your Underwear (Seriously)

We're moving on Friday and while I am VERY excited and VERY in love with our new house, I am a LITTLE wigged out by all the STUFF we have in our current house and by just how many BOXES it's taking to get it all ready to roll.

Of course, my shoes are packed, in their own individual sterlite boxes, because I luuuuurve them. Just don't tell them that they will be sharing a closet with my husband's shoes, because that might upset them and we wouldn't want that. Shhh.

all mine

Anyway! Because I have to go toss some more crap into a box, I'm going to ask YOU to do my job for me. Again. Because you're so GOOD at it.

Here's what I need: Stacy wants some lingerie advice.

I totally agree with the not showing my undies rule, but seem to have a hard time following it. I am a bigger girl (size 12-14) and don't always feel comfortable in low cut panties. What are your everyday panty style suggestions (with brandnames)?

Frankly, I'm curious too, because Hanes has discontinued my favorite low-rise briefs and now I have a drawer full of undies that aren't QUITE doing it for me. So tell us what kind of undies YOU are wearing: brand and fit (low rise, high rise, boy cut, whatever) and, if possible, where you shop for them.

And I haven't forgotten about pants. I swear I'm getting to the pants. Really. Soon. Right after I finish packing. But let's get the underwear out of the way first, shall we?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hane's Stretch Perfect Panties has recently become a great favorite of mine. No lines, and doesn't slip up to show itself over low-cut pants.

May 29, 2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger Jeana said...

I like Vanity Fair...hmmm, I don't know the name of the specific "model". They're bikini style, cotton with a little satin-type trim. I think they were called "no show" or "minimal show". The really no show ones are usually nylon or microfiber, and I prefer cotton for various reasons. These show a panty line through some things, but less than your typical underwear.

I don't do well with low-rise or boy shorts either, because my belly flops over a little and then they roll down or slide. But then I realized that I shouldn't be wearing pants that require panties that low, because the belly will flop over the pants too, and that's never a good look. My not-as-low panties are my link to reality, reminding me where my waistline should be, and thus avoiding the dreaded muffin top. The pastry bottom, on the other hand, is another story.

May 29, 2007 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Mir said...

Hello! My name is Mir, and I'm going to tell you all about my undies. Hooray!

For everyday, I like the Jockey Elance cotton bikinis. Nice and low, but they stay put better than any of my other undies. Very comfy.

I also have an assortment of modal hipsters (various brands, though mostly Maidenform, I think) that I like as being a bit dressier... and the lower leg means less change of panty lines.

Will throw out a brief plug here for the ONLY comfy thong: Hanky Panky Low-Rise Lace. SO expensive but SO worth it. I have a few pants that require thongs, and since trying these they are the only ones I will wear.

Thus ends this particular session of oversharing.

May 29, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Rayne of Terror said...

Lane Bryant Cacique panties are very nice and start at a 14 and are sized the same as women's pants so there is no guessing whether I'm a 6 or a 7 like with Hanes. I buy them in a highish waist because of my post partum belly. All low rise panties are now v uncomfortable and tend to roll down. They have buy 3 get 1 free pretty often.

May 29, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

My faves are the Hanes Tagless Boxers. (and definitely were when I was a size 14). They sit slightly below the waist (on me) and go far enough down the leg that VPL is not a problem.

Second fave are the Hanes boy shorts. ..but the low-rise boy shorts (without hardly any waist) are not too comfortable.

May 29, 2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I've worn Jockey hipsters since high school. Every time I've tried another brand they ride up and are less than comfortable. I'm fascinated with the other responses here, thinking that there may indeed be other options for me.

May 29, 2007 6:48 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

I'm so glad you posted this today! I was just thinking that there are hardly any undies in my drawer that fit me well, and that drawer is bursting at the seams. Sad, eh? They are either too high or too low, too saggy or too snug, etc. And I hate bikinis that have a very narrow "waistband" that cuts in to create the muffintop. Ugh.

So I'll keep my eye out here and try some of your suggestions.

May 29, 2007 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My absolute favorite for everyday wear are from Gap Body. My favorite styles are the stretch cotton girlshort, and the low rise stretch cotton bikini. There are other styles, but these are the two I swear by, for my larger lower half (I'm typically a size 12 in pants, just for reference).

If you're looking for a bit fancier lingerie, Hanky Panky is a one of my favorite lines. They sell them at Nordstrom's and come in a wide variety of styles.

May 30, 2007 5:16 AM  
Anonymous Jaime said...

Jockey hipsters are my absolute favorite, although all of their underwear are very comfortable. I buy the cotton ones for everyday, and the microfiber ones to wear with dressier clothes. They all wear very well without any riding up or shifting. And they last for years. I am embarrassed to admit, but I still have a few pairs in my drawer left over from my college years (about 10 yrs ago). I can't bring myself to throw them out- they don't have any holes and the elastic is still good...

May 30, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger Beaweezil said...

I have a VERY strong opinion on this! Getting completely personal of course I have the roundest bum in the world and there isn't a bikini or boy cut that I have ever found that will stay down! I swear by La Senza all cotton thong (though when I go online to get the link I can't find it - oh oh) If all the fabric is going to end up bunched up anyway there might as well be less of it!

May 30, 2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Wow! Thanks for so many suggestions...looks like I have some panty shopping to do this weekend.

May 30, 2007 3:12 PM  
Anonymous dani said...

I agree with Mir re: the hanky panky. But I am very partial to the Cosabella low rise thong. I wait until they go on "sale" though. I appropriately put "sale" in quotey fingers because they are still quite a luxury. But it is NOT a luxury to have underwear not hanging out of your pants. Its a necessity.

May 30, 2007 3:31 PM  
Blogger chichimama said...

I second the Gap Body low rise bikini. Love them. My one complaint is that they tend to stretch out a bit after a year, but apparently I should be replacing them more frequently than I do, so that shouldn't be an issue :-).

May 30, 2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jeana said...

One word about the muffin top--it CAN be caused by underwear that's too small. I was wearing the same size undies even after having kids and gaining weight--part of that whole denial thing.

May 30, 2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Just bought 10 pair of Victoria Secret low rise cotton bikini, I hope they fit. I usually wear Jockey low-rise, love them dearly! Might have to try GAP body, I used to love Jcrew's undies before they got rid of them.

May 30, 2007 5:46 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Other people must be reading my mind because I've been searching as well. I used to wear Victoria's Secret bikinis but since they changed their cuts, there's way too much room in the butt for my apple body. I just bought a package of hanes low-rise hipsters. Other than being way big (I'm in a size medium and I don't wear a medium anywhere else) and a little small in the leg holes, they seem to be ok. They're worth the couple of dollars for the package to give it a try.

May 30, 2007 6:39 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm a Lane Bryant girl, I like the low rise (to go with the pants). Also, I've occasionally been wearing my maternity undies around the house, but then they get holey and I throw them away. Like, "see honey if I get pregnant again, not only will I need a whole new wardrobe, but also new mat. undies" so there!

May 30, 2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Delurking to say...

I'm very partial to DKNY low rise thongs, especially the ones that are mostly cotton.

When I work out, though, I'm still a big fan of some of my old Victoria's Secret cotton low rise bikinis.

Disclaimer: I am a size 6/8, so I wear mediums in both. I think. And I have the shortest torso and rise ever, so low rise aren't that uncomfortable to me.

May 31, 2007 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

Gilligan & O'Malley's Ultimate Boy Short at Target. They are the softest, stretchiest things ever, and yet they still manage to rein in my gut a little bit. Plus, lots of coverage! My problem with boy shorts is that they usually tend to be a bit less...err...covering. These are fantastic.

May 31, 2007 8:04 PM  
Blogger chez shoes said...

Well, my favorites have been discontinued too - Gilligan and O'Malley high-cut bikini briefs from Target, black, in 100% cotton. They have a cotton/lycra version now that's probably just fine, except - i'm allergic to lycra.

Luckily I laid in about a three-year supply when the cotton ones were on sale some time ago. But if anyone has recommendations for something that's 100% cotton, seamless, no-show, and comfortable, do tell!

June 04, 2007 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Poptart said...

Hanky Panky for the thong. One size fits all. Comfortable. Jockey bikini for coverage and I've been trying a variety of others for everyday...I think I will have to try some of these recommendations. And VS - terrible customer service. They aren't all they are cracked up to be and not great quality.

I've tried the boy short route and they all creep on me as well. Wish they didn't.

June 06, 2007 1:56 PM  
Anonymous ashamanja babu said...

For me, it's men's boxer breifs or nothing. I have never found a pair of 'women's' underwear that does not give me a huge wedgie every time I sit down, stand up, turn, move, or breathe. 2(x)ist is my favorite, Calvin Klein's are nice as well. I get them a size larger than I would normally wear so they sit at my hips. No wedgies, ever, and they are snug where it's comfortable and looser where panties are generally too constraining. Oh, and the fabric and construction quality is so much higher than typical panties' (but that's true of men's clothes generally.)

June 08, 2007 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

American Eagle Outfitters boy cut in XL (I'm a 12). The jersey type ones with the waist and leg band are soft and the back covers my whole butt, but they are low enough to wear with lower rise jeans.

June 08, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I like maidenform boyshorts... the ones with lace along the bottom edge. No panty lines at all! They're moderately low rise. I haven't found anything that I really like in a LOW low rise... victoria's secret cotton are decent, but don't fit all that great.

June 08, 2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger The Climate Blog said...

I have to second the Lane Bryant underpants. They are always on sale, are incredibly comfy (I wear the bikini style), and have super cute patterns. So far, they've held up beautifully in the wash!

June 08, 2007 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently bought 4 pair of drawers from Lands End and I LOVE them. They are called Cotton Stretch Hip Briefs. http://www.landsend.com/pp/CottonHipBriefs-72099_150725_-1.html?CM_MERCH=PAGE_72099

June 08, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger jmcquary said...

I wear Hanky Panky undies everyday. They are $$ but well worth it. Nordstrom has them on sale at their Aniversary so that's a good time to stock up. They have a nice wide lace band so if 'your hips don't lie' like mine do, they don't dig in and give you VPLs on the sides. Very sexy for all shapes.

June 08, 2007 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so many comments that i hate to add, but my faves aren't noted. american apparel hot/boy shorts. best. ever. comfy, great colors, low rise, but cover my tummy enough. and (i'm also a 12/14) - my new fav thong - banana republic. enough material up front and very comfy - lately i've even been preferring them to my hot shorts. happy panties!

June 08, 2007 4:18 PM  
Anonymous coolchick said...

Jockey Silks are the best wearing, roomiest underwear ever. I can't stand hipsters or french cut/high rise -- I want full coverage that has no chance of creeping up my butt! These do the trick. They come in queen sizes...
Or regular sizes....
And they don't shrink at all in the washer/dryer!

June 08, 2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger chocolate cake said...

I am all over my American Apparel flat bottomed bikinis (dunno why they're called that.)

They're certainly *way*way* more durable than than anything else I've every bought, notably the comparably priced Jockey's. And more comfortable, stay put, and come in so many colours!

I don't get them from the AA store, but at a lingerie boutique that gives a dicount for buying multiple pairs.

June 09, 2007 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the bith the Hanky Panky Thongs and the Boyshorts. It feels as if they aren't even there!
Le Mystere makes great bottoms in all styles. I also love the Felina line. I believe you can find all of these at Nordtrom or try your local highend lingerie boutique! *P.S. I used to professionally fit lingerie, so I have lots of experience and customer feedback!*

June 09, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Cala said...

I love gap body hipsters. I find that the low rise bikini tend to fold under my size 14-16 belly. The hipsters (low rise or not) stay where they need to, and since they come in fun colors as well as basic black, white, and taupe, I cannot go wrong. Hanes hipsters are great, but I think someone said they had been discontinued (?).
One more advantage to the gap body line: one can usually find odd colors and discontinued patterns on sale in the discount bins at gap stores which carry the body line.

June 10, 2007 9:40 AM  
Blogger susan said...

i get jockey undies but i dont know what they are called. they are silky smooth and stay put. i am a size 12 too. gosh i feel like im at aa meeting! i were a size 6 in them. they are made or nylon and lycra. i do hang them to dry as i am worried about them getting snags, i buy them at kohls

June 18, 2007 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Lola said...

Is it too late to chime in? I picked up a 3-pack of the Hanes tagless underwear at Target a few months ago, and promptly returned to stock up my underwear drawer. I have several styles: low-rise, boy shorts, and I guess the classic style (a little higher waistband). I've never gotten a wedgie or any uncomfortable bunching with them (except with the boy shorts, because the seam goes up the middle, which is slightly uncomfortable). They're breathable, stretchy, and stay in place. My favorite style is probably the low-rise ones - they're not unreasonably low, but they stay hidden even if I'm bending over or something. And they fit well, so there's little to no panty lines.

August 09, 2007 12:55 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for me, the cute boy shorts hangs out my pants nut try hipster underwear !!!!!!! Good luck and hid bless!!!!

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