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Picking apart the top 5 thong myths

The thong is easily the most divisive style of underwear. Thongs’ more vocal opponents often cite wedgies and health issues as reasons to avoid them. Some people find them so objectionable that ordinances have been passed to make them illegal as swimwear! Of course, thong advocates have a very different perspective. For some of us, thongs are a godsend and we’d never wear anything else under our jeans.

So how did such a small piece of fabric develop such an outsized mythology? Most negative takes on thongs are based on bad experiences with low-quality undies - or outright misconceptions. Let’s take a closer look so we can distinguish fact from fiction:

1. Wearing a thong is like a permanent wedgie

If you’ve been wearing mediocre underwear, then the ‘butt floss’ myth will hold true. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The right thong can be an incredibly comfortable experience. Tommy John has crafted a thong that wears like you’re not wearing anything at all. Our thong allows you to flaunt your natural curves and enhance the look of your outfit by getting rid of VPL (visible panty lines). The fabric is engineered to stay in place without sliding or riding up so you can walk, bend, or sit without a care in the world.

2. Thongs are inappropriate 

Many people worry about the message that wearing a thong sends. But, when worn correctly, know one needs to know what kind of underwear you are wearing. Thongs can be just as discreet and practical as they are sexy. While many people enjoy the confidence boost or the way it makes them feel, that can remain between you and anyone you want to share it with. 

3. You shouldn’t work out in them

While it’s true that thongs don’t provide as much support for your backside, many people find that less fabric makes for a more comfortable workout. As long as your thong is designed to stay in place, and you shower and change into clean underwear after you hit the gym, then it’s perfectly fine gear for working out. Exercise is a win no matter what you’re wearing, so go with what makes you feel most comfortable. 

4. They cause infections 

Similar to the permanent wedgie myth, the idea that thongs lead to health issues has more to do with the fit and material of your underwear than the thong itself. If your thong doesn’t stay in place, it is possible that it can contribute to infections, but it varies from one person to another. 

More importantly, silk and many synthetic materials trap moisture and create an environment perfect for infection. Your thong - and any underwear you use daily - should have a cotton gusset to keep you dry and curb the risk of infection. Your thong should be form-fitting but not too tight, and it should move with you to avoid friction on your most sensitive areas. Hygiene is a big factor here: if you stay clean and you only wear clean underwear, then you can minimize the risk of infection no matter what style of underwear you prefer.

5. It’s the only way to hide your panty lines 

Thongs can and will cause VPL under the right circumstances. If the thong is too loose, the excess fabric is sure to show through tight clothing. And if it’s too tight, it will compress your skin and the bulge pattern will be just as obvious as panty lines. Seamless thongs that fit properly are much more discrete, and are equally suited for skinny jeans and yoga pants as they are for flowing or sheer skirts.

On the other side of the coin, you don’t have to wear a thong to hide your panty lines - and if you don’t like them, you shouldn’t! Tommy John’s Air and Comfort Smoothing collections have a seamless design and soft, thin fabric guaranteed to banish panty lines, no matter what style of undies you choose. 

The bottom line

Maybe the thong isn't the right kind of underwear for you - or maybe you’ve only tried wearing mediocre thongs that put form over function. If you’ve sworn off thongs, or avoided trying them because of any of the above myths, maybe it's time to revisit the issue. At Tommy John, all of our thongs are designed to fit comfortably and stay in place for a truly adjustment-free experience. Our thongs and other women’s panties are equipped with a Cool Cotton gusset to provide enhanced breathability and superior moisture wicking where you need it most. 

Still not convinced? The only way to be sure is to try it for yourself. We’re so confident you’ll love our thong that it comes with our risk-free guarantee: If you don’t absolutely love your undies the first time you try them, the first pair is free.

 

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Sick of shapewear? Time to slip into the Comfort Smoothing collection

There’s nothing like the confidence boost you get from looking in the mirror and seeing a striking silhouette. And while shapewear is popular because of the sleek, smoothing effect it has on your contours, few people claim to love wearing it. 

As you may have heard, there are real risks to overdoing it with shapewear. Squeezing into those tight garments can decrease circulation and compress your nerves, causing pain and tingling sensations while reducing your flexibility. The problems don’t stop there. Because it’s such a pain to take off, many people in shapewear avoid going to the bathroom for long periods of time, which can be a serious health risk. 

If this is all hitting a little too close to home, we’ve got some great news for you. Tommy John’s Comfort Smoothing collection can help you look and feel your best without the unsafe or embarrassing side effects of shapewear. These bras and panties go all-in on support and can enhance your natural appeal - but they’re so comfortable, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing them.

Perfectly discrete and versatile

Our Comfort Smoothing collection features laser-cut seams that are truly invisible, even under your favorite skin-tight outfit. The ultra lightweight fabric is designed to wear like you’re wearing nothing at all for a comfortable fit that can last through the longest days. 

Our supportive bralette lifts, shapes, and separates to accentuate your curves and prevent uniboob. It also features removable cups and fully adjustable straps so you can keep the right fit and your modesty, even as your body changes from day to day. Comfort smoothing panties are available in three cuts - brief, high rise brief, and thong. Choose the level of coverage that’s right for you and feel confident knowing you’ll look fabulous in and out of your outerwear. 

Skin friendly 

Does your skin look a little beaten up when you wrestle off your traditional shapewear? It’s no surprise, really. That tight, restrictive, and irritating fabric pressing on your skin can cause creases, bulging, itching, chafing, and infections if you use it day-in and day-out. 

Tommy John is different. Our soft, latex-free material lets your skin breathe while gently smoothing your silhouette. As soon as you slip out of your undies, your skin will bounce right back without any underwear marks, just as smooth and happy as it was before you got dressed for the day. 

Breathe effortlessly

Traditional shapewear is restrictive by design. Instead of taking the corset approach, our underwear experts have crafted smoothing, form-fitting undies that won’t inhibit your circulation or strangle your nerves. The Comfort Smoothing bralette and panties let you move, eat, and yes, even breathe, without a hitch. You can forget about the familiar squeeze that goes hand in hand with shapewear; these undies are built to support you without hurting. Your Tommy John  Comfort Smoothing underwear stays in place and keeps its shape, so you won’t need to ask for help if you happen to drop your keys - or worse, eat a normal sized lunch. 

Easy access in the bathroom

No matter how well trained you have your bladder, it’s always a good idea to answer the phone when nature calls. Our panties and bras go on and off just like normal undergarments, so you don’t have to spend any extra time getting dressed or make any difficult decisions about when to use the bathroom.

On top of that, these are undies you’ll be proud to be seen in. Unlike normal, restrictive shapewear, Tommy John Comfort Smoothing pieces are designed to be looked at. They’re sexy, stylish, and functional all at once - so you can strip off your outerwear without a second thought about how you’ll look underneath it.

Smoothing without the sacrifice 

Most people who wear shapewear consider it a tradeoff. Sometimes you have to choose between looking good and feeling good, right? Frankly, we at Tommy John think that’s crazy talk. Looking stunning in your favorite dress shouldn’t mean feeling like a stuffed sausage.

That’s why all of our underwear is made to be adored. We craft quality undergarments from the ground up, beginning with the three Fs - fit, fabric, and function. And every piece we make is crafted from unbelievably soft, luxurious fabric you’ll look forward to wearing. Our skivvies move and feel like they’re a part of you. In fact, once you wear them, you might not want to take them off. 

If that sounds a little too good to be true, we get it. But why not put your skepticism to the test before you settle back into your painful shapewear? Just like all of our underwear, our Comfort Smoothing collection is backed with our risk-free guarantee - if you don’t love the first pair you try, it’s on us.  

How to Stretch (in Your Sweats): 12 Desk Stretches

We all know the drill—you’re halfway through your workday when your neck stiffens up and your back starts to ache. Working from home has been an adjustment for everyone but without the regular trips to the watercooler and steps to the conference room, it’s inevitable for your body to feel strained. 

Whether you’ve always been a remote worker or you're newly joining the 1 in 4 Americans who work from home due to the pandemic, adapting to a WFH lifestyle can take time and practice. Just like optimizing a new morning routine, incorporating a few desk stretches or “deskercises” can help you feel invigorated and extend productivity all the way from 9 to 5.  

How to Avoid “Tech Neck” With Deskercise

While you might be sporting your comfiest get-up while working from home, a loungewear outfit won’t keep you from being prone to workplace injuries. Limiting mobility at your desk can increase your chances of getting injuries like tendonitis, tennis elbow and tech neck

Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position (as we do at our desks) can cause injuries or disorders of the muscles. Stretching at your desk can help keep your muscles from feeling sore and tight as it increases blood flow and prevents fatigue and discomfort. 

Deskersize or exercise that can be performed at your desk can also help reduce stress and increase energy, helping you not only get through but conquer your day. 

Whether you’re working from home, teaching or taking classes at home, or simply spending more time online to keep up with the digital age, we’ve sourced various desk stretches you can do from the comfort of your home office or workspace. From novice level to full-yogi, these stretches are geared towards helping you thrive in your work and stay motivated all day long. 

Desk Stretches for Work From Homers 

Working from home has its perks—less commute time, more time with loved ones, and of course a more relaxed attire—but for many, it can be easy to feel glued to your desk with little flexibility for breaks. It’s okay to prioritize your health and schedule time for stretching, drinking water, and not looking at screens. 

Try the following desk stretches on your next break. Note that these stretches are merely recommendations. If you feel pain, stop and contact a medical professional.

1. Shoulder + Neck Stretch

Illustration of a women practicing desk stretches by sitting on her chair and rolling her shoulders upwards

When working from home, your neck and shoulders tend to stay in the same position as you look at your screen. By doing a few neck and shoulder stretches you can loosen the tension between where your neck and shoulder meet and increase mobility. 

Shoulder Shrugs

  • Raise both shoulders at once up toward the ears. 
  • Drop them and repeat 10 times each direction.

Neck Rolls 

  • Drop your head down in front of you and slowly move it counterclockwise slowly.
  • Once your neck is where you started, roll it the other way.
  • Repeat 10 times each direction. 

Tip: Move through this movement slowly, being mindful of any tension that may be present in your muscles, especially the trapezius, which is located on top of your shoulders. 

2. Reach Up Stretch

Illustration of a women practicing desk stretches by sitting on her chair and reaching her arms up above her head

Stretch your back at your desk to give your posture a break. 

  • Interlock both hands above your head, palms facing the ceiling. 
  • Sit straight up, then push your palms upward and elongate your spine. 
  • You should feel a nice stretch in your back. 
  • Make sure to keep your shoulders loose and relaxed. 
  • Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 5 times.

Tip: If you don’t have a chair you can do the same stretch by standing up, reaching your hands up and clasping your hands. 

3. Wrist Stretch

Illustration of a women practicing desk stretches by sitting on her chair and pressing her palms together

Give those typing hands a break with this wrist stretch. 

  • Press your palms together in front of your chest and hold for 15 seconds. 
  • Push the backs of your hands together for a reverse stretch and hold for another 15 seconds. 
  • Repeat 5 times.

Tip: Breathe during each 15-second interval to center yourself. 

4. Hamstring Chair Stretch

Illustration of a women practicing desk stretches by sitting on her chair and leaning forward

Legs can become tight by sitting all day. Try the following stretch to loosen up your hamstrings. 

  • While sitting in a chair, hold onto the side of your chair and straighten your legs. 
  • When ready, fold your body towards your toes. 
  • Make sure to keep your back straight. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times.

Tip: To ensure your safety during this stretch, use a chair without wheels.

Deskersizes for Virtual Learners and Educators

We applaud all the teachers, students and parents who have made the switch to virtual learning. To help you stretch throughout the school day, we’ve sourced the following deskercises to do at home. . 

5. Half Moon

Illustration of a student practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair and leaning his body to the right

Sitting still has never been easy especially with more distractions at home. Use the following stretch to get the wiggles out and re-focus for learning. 

  • Raise both arms to the ceiling, keeping shoulders down. 
  • Grasp your right wrist with your left hand. 
  • Lean to the left, feeling the ribs open on the right side, being sure to keep your chest facing the front. 
  • Hold the stretch for 3 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
  • Repeat 3-5 times.

Tip: Close your eyes and breathe for three seconds on each side.

6. Ragdoll 

Illustration of a student practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair leaning over to touch the floor

Ragdoll is the perfect move for stretching out your entire body from your chair. 

  • Start by sitting at the very front edge of your chair. 
  • Open your knees wide, putting your feet flat on the floor. 
  • Fold forward into the space between the legs. 
  • Let go of your head shaking it ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Keep this position for 3 seconds. 
  • When ready, roll up very slowly.

Tip: Keep a flat back when leaning over to avoid overextending.

7. Criss Cross Applesauce

Illustration of a student practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair cross legged

Give your legs and lower back a break by stretching them out on your chair. 

  • Sit cross-legged on your chair and rest your palms on your knees. 
  • Close your eyes and sit up straight.
  • Breathe for 10 seconds.

Tip: If your chair doesn’t allow room for your knees, opt for the floor. 

8. Tummy Twist  

Illustration of a student practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair twisting

For distance learners, sitting for long hours facing a screen might be new territory. Use this stretch to twist and relax your back. 

  • Sit upright in your chair. 
  • Make sure that your spine is straight and that your feet are flat on the ground. 
  • Twist your upper body to the right. 
  • Take your left hand to your right knee and your right hand back behind the chair. 
  • Repeat on the other side.

Tip: Allow your neck and gaze to follow your body as it twists. 

Desk Stretches for Seniors 

36 to 70% of older adults report suffering from back pain so we compiled a few desk stretches geared at helping prevent and treat back pain at home. 

Make sure to use a chair without wheels to do these stretches. The best chair will have a straight back and will be stable. A sturdy kitchen chair is a good option.

9. Seated Cat-Cow 

Illustration of a senior practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair gazing upward

Many older adults feel pain in their lower back. As we age, spinal degeneration and osteoarthritis become more common. Doing the seated Cat-Cow, helps stretch the lower back muscles as well as simultaneously working the core muscles. 

  • Plant your feet firmly on the floor. Keep knees at a 90-degree angle and place your hands on your knees.
  • Inhale, and as you exhale, press into your hands and arch your back using your entire spine.
  • As you inhale again, roll your shoulders forward and pull your belly button toward your spine, dropping your chin toward your chest and pushing towards your knees with your hands. 
  • During your next exhale, reverse the motion, pulling your chest up and arching your spine, pressing down into your legs, instead of toward your knees. 
  • Repeat this slowly, on your breath, 3 to 5 times.

Tip: Let your breath guide your movements. 

10. Seated Backbend 

Illustration of a senior practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair bending backwards

As we age, our upper and mid back begin to curve forward. The gently Seated Backbend stretches your spinal extensors, anterior neck muscles, and pectorals.

  • Start in a seated position with your feet flat on the floor. 
  • Move your hands to your lower back and wrap your thumbs around your hips. 
  • Press your hands firmly into your lower back. 
  • As you exhale, gently arch your spine, leading with your head. Lead with your cervical spine, tilting your chin up.
  • Hold for 5 full, deep breaths. 
  • Gently and slowly come back to the neutral starting position, and repeat 3 to 5 times.

Tip: Don’t let your head drop too much. 

11. Reach Back

Illustration of a senior practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair reaching backwards

This next stretch helps with range of motion in your shoulders as well as stretching your shoulders and chest. When we sit hunched forward it creates tension in our chests from pulling those muscles in. The Reach Back stretch opens the chest up and improves shoulder extension.

  • Start with your feet firmly on the ground. 
  • Inhale deeply, and as you exhale, reach behind you and interlace your hands. 
  • Inhale deeply again, and sit up taller. 
  • Roll your shoulders up and back, moving your shoulder blades down your back. As you exhale, gently straighten your arms, if your hands are clasped. 
  • After 3 deep breaths, release your clasp and return to neutral. 
  • Repeat this 3 times.

Tip: If you cannot interlace your hands, grab opposite wrists or elbows.

12. Shoulder Circles

Illustration of a senior practicing desk stretches by sitting on his chair doing shoulder circles

Shoulder circles is a great deskercise as the rotations warm up your shoulder muscles and reduce the risk of strain.

  • Start with your feet firmly on the ground.
  • Place your fingertips on your shoulders. 
  • Circle your shoulders forward for 15 repetitions. 
  • Reverse the movement, and circle backward another 15 repetitions. 

Tip: Go slowly face forward while you move your arms. 

Exercise is crucial for leading an active, healthy, happy life so it only makes sense to incorporate it into your work from home routine! We hope our desk stretches will encourage you to cultivate your physical health during this turbulent time and prioritize self-care. For more inspiration on how to level-up your work from home routine, explore our WFH loungewear collection that’s sure to spice up your lifestyle. 

 

The top 6 reasons boxer briefs still dominate the top drawer

Ever since boxer briefs disrupted the great boxers vs. briefs debate, countless other contenders have entered the ring. Still, boxer briefs continue to dominate the market. If you could see into the average dude’s dresser, chances are you’d find boxer briefs taking up most of the space. So what magic do boxer briefs have that help them reign supreme? Here are the six biggest advantages:

1. Unbeatable coverage and support

Boxer briefs offer a tight fit to support the jewels and a generous leg length. That protects you from your clothes, and protects your clothes from any sweat and grime they might otherwise gather during the typical day. And on your not-so-typical days, the form-fitting undies can last through a backwoods hike without too much bounce, or help you sit through dozens of rounds of speed chess without riding up as you shift in your seat. 

2. They look good on everyone 

No matter what your figure, boxer briefs are a flattering undergarment to be seen in. Sure, everyone should wear what they feel the most comfortable in, but the form-fitting cut of boxer briefs accentuates your thighs and lifts your backside for a streamlined effect, providing a smooth, well-tailored look that works for every body shape. 

Not to mention, old school boxers and briefs carry around a lot of cultural baggage, which means no matter how good they look on you, there’s always the chance you’ll remind that special someone of their little brother or their father. Boxer briefs are a fashion-forward alternative that will be a welcome sight on a romantic evening. 

3. They minimize underwear mishaps

The coverage and support of boxer briefs can minimize other issues as well. Briefs have a much shorter leg, which can lead to uncomfortable rubbing in thighs, either from your pants or your legs touching. Low-quality briefs are far more likely to ride up and get tangled or stuck where they don’t belong. The excess fabric on many pairs of boxers only makes things worse, leading to frequent adjustments in your nether regions. 

Not to mention, in boxer briefs you’re far less likely to have an unexpected peek-a-boo incident. There’s a time and place for everything, and your boxer briefs will ensure things stay that way.  

4. They work under most types of outerwear

Boxer briefs are a versatile choice for your daily wear, no matter how you plan to dress. If you prefer skinny jeans or tight dress pants, briefs or trunks can cause visible underwear lines - a major fashion faux pas. And boxers are far too bulky to hide unless you’re wearing a very relaxed fit. Boxer briefs are the perfect happy medium - low enough on the thigh to stay discrete, with enough extra fabric to protect you from rough denim or starched pants. 

Like to wear shorter shorts? The mid-length boxer briefs are here for you. These skivvies stay discrete under your favorite summertime casual wear while still providing ample support and coverage to protect you from chafing and sweat.

5. They’re never restrictive

Boxer briefs move and shift with you, whether you’re stretching, sitting, squatting, leaping, or lifting. The right fit will keep up with you when you need to pick up the pace and move so you don’t have to slow down for an adjustment break. Tommy John has designed hands-free boxer briefs guaranteed to stay in place so you can stop worrying about wedgies and focus on your form. As an added bonus, the hassle-free quick-draw horizontal fly simplifies a visit to the loo so you can get back to your day all the sooner. 

6. They’re really, really comfortable

Let’s face it: Few things beat a clean, cozy pair of undies. With boxer briefs, you get the perfect combination of sexiness and comfort that lets you strut your stuff in and out of your pants. And of course, they’re versatile enough to get you through whatever kind of day you have planned, with plenty of room for the unexpected. Tommy John’s Boxer Briefs are just as comfortable for a long day at the office as they are during an intense workout or a chilled-out evening on the couch.

Still not sold? No worries. It’s okay to be on the outside of fashion trends, and Tommy John puts the same love and care into crafting every style of men’s underwear we make - from briefs and trunks to boxers and beyond. Find the right style for you and pick up some undies you can look forward to slipping into each day. We’re so confident you’ll love them that we’ve backed them with our Best Pair You’ll Ever Wear or It’s Free guarantee. That means if you don’t love them, they won’t cost you a cent.

Sweat check: Are your undies up to keeping you dry?

Sweating is a totally normal bodily function that also happens to be totally embarrassing to live with. From the damp spots on your clothing to the unpleasant odor that’s never far behind, those of us who sweat heavily may feel like we can never stray too far from a shower.

Crotch sweat is the worst offender. Left unchecked, it can cause painful chafing or even infections on your most sensitive bits. So let’s get to the real talk: are your undies qualified to handle what you throw at them? Find out where your skivvies stand by checking these crucial factors:

Breathability 

Saunas are nice, but you wouldn’t want to live in one. If your underwear doesn’t let your skin breathe, it becomes its own kind of microclimate that gets hot and stays hot until it’s time to undress. The qualities that make breathable fabric come down to the style of knit or weave used to craft it, and the material the fabric is made from.

Tommy John is committed to crafting undergarments that never suffocate your nether regions. Our Cool Cotton material enhances the natural breathability of Pima cotton by adding a little extra stretch and silky smoothness. We use nano technology in both the initial fabric knitting stage and during the finishing stage to create a soft, breathable pair of underwear that keeps you 2-3X cooler and dries 4-5X faster than standard cotton. For an even lighter and softer fabric that maximizes breathability, our Air Mesh collection wears like you're wearing nothing at all. 

Moisture Wicking

Unless you want your underwear to feel like a swamp, it should be crafted from moisture-wicking material. This special kind of fabric pulls sweat away from your skin to the other side of the garment, where it can evaporate. Traditional cotton does have some moisture-wicking ability, but it is also capable of absorbing quite a bit of water, which can lead to soggy drawers if you’re sweating throughout the day. 

Of course, not all undergarments labeled as moisture wicking are created equal. Our Cool Cotton collection takes cotton’s moisture wicking properties to the next level so you can stay dry and clean 24/7. Or, if you’re dealing with truly abundant sweat, consider slipping into our 360 Sport collection

Antimicrobial & odor resistant fabrics

When your crotch stays hot and damp, you’re practically inviting bacteria and fungus to a housewarming party. Antimicrobial fabrics can help ward off microbes by either killing them or slowing down their ability to reproduce. This can help you keep your nether regions clean and tidy, as well as helping your underwear last longer. 

Odor-resistant fabrics prevent bacteria from reacting with your sweat. This reduces smells and ensures germs are washed out of your undergarments during the laundry cycle. If your skivvies aren’t able to fend off odors or microbes, then you either need to shower more often or upgrade to something that can handle your sweat!

Tommy John’s Air Mesh and 360 Sport Collections are both equipped with antimicrobial and odor-resistant features to keep you fresh until it’s bath time again. The 360 Sport fabric is designed to stretch in every direction, making it ideal for your most active days. And our Air Mesh undies are lighter than air for maximum breathability - perfect for days when you’re cooped up in a plane or a cubicle. 

Coverage & Support

If you’re quick to work up a sweat, the style of underwear you choose can have a big impact on your comfort levels. While it may seem counterintuitive, going for more coverage with a cut like boxer briefs can help protect your skin and your clothes once the sweat starts flowing, and the right fabric can actually help keep you cooler in the long run. Because water absorbs heat, moisture wicking fabrics are actively working to pull away excessive warmth from your body, and as the water evaporates it’s like a miniature air conditioner in your pants.

Of course, fabric can only go so far to keep you dry, and you may need to take extra measures. Enter the hammock pouch - a cozy, safe hideaway that can lift and separate your package off of your legs. The extra space can keep things from overheating, prevent chafing and “batwing,” and reduce turbulence on your sensitive bits if you’re running or bouncing up stairs.

Stay ahead of sweat with Tommy John

Sweat is crucial for maintaining the right body temperature - but that doesn't mean we want to sit in it all day. Tommy John has crafted a variety of sweat-fighting undies to meet you where you need to be for the day, whether you’re hitting the gym, stuck inside, or anything in between. We’re confident you’ll love our undies, but if you don’t think they’re up to snuff, you won’t have to pay for the first pair thanks to our risk-free guarantee

12 Types of Panties and Underwear for Women

Underwear, panties, knickers—whatever you call them—we know that you want only the best in your top drawer. A lot goes into determining what feels best on your body, and sometimes it comes down to more than finding the right bra or panty size when picking undergarments. 

Types of panties and underwear styles are best distinguished by function so picking the right or wrong one can determine the success of an outfit. If you’re not an underwear expert, don’t fear! We’ll give you the rundown of the top 12 types of panties for women and what to wear them with. 

Follow along as we cover the best fabrics, fits and functions of women’s underwear so you can love what’s under! All of our panties have a Best Pair Guarantee” so you can feel at ease and pick fresh underwear, not wedgies!

12 Essential Underwear Styles

12 pink white and beige illustrations visualizing the different types of panties for women like brief boyshort and thong

Panties are the most intimate part of our wardrobes and can have the power to make us feel confident, sexy and comfortable in our own skin. To help you choose a pair that encourages you to take on the day, we’ve provided details around how they fit, what they cover and what to wear them with! 

Let’s get started!

1. Boyshort

Pink illustration of a boyshort style of womens underwear

Who says sexy and support can’t be friends! The boyshort is a sporty, comfortable pair of women's underwear that can boost your bottom and streamline your legs and tummy for a flattering look that’s mega flirty.

Boyshorts offer full coverage along your hip and backside, with the leg openings sitting just below the top of your thigh. They are similar in cut to men’s boxer briefs (hence the name) and can provide you added protection from chafing against denim shorts and a little extra modesty when wearing a skirt. 

Wear them with: Skirts, dresses and jeans

Coverage Level: Full coverage

2. Brief

Maroon illustration of a brief style of womens underwear

Briefs are the classic type of underwear choice for women who're looking for support and comfort. With a waistband that stays in place, briefs wont peek over low rise jeans and whether their cut is lower or higher they provide front and back coverage. 

These types of panties are perfect for everyday wear—cozy enough for work, sleep, or even the gym, and the right fabric can help you set the tone for the day.

Wear them with: Summer skirts and dresses 

Coverage Level: Soft Coverage 

3. Thong 

White illustration of a thong style of womens underwear

For those who are in a constant battle with VPL (Visible Panty Line), you’ll need an underwear style with minimal coverage—the thong! The thong is meant to be discrete under pants, fitted dresses and leggings but often gets a bad rap (hello, wedgies)! With our thong, you can wear it all day and barely notice it’s there. 

Wear them with: Fitted dresses, leggings and pants 

Coverage Level: Zero coverage

4. Cheeky 

White illustration of a cheeky style of womens underwear

 

For a sexier style that doesn’t rely on lace, look no further than a cheeky underwear style for an alluring fit. The cheeky is the perfect medium between a thong and classic briefs so you can show a little cheek without sacrificing support for your bottom. It offers coverage that meets you in the middle: not too much fabric, but not too little.

The cheeky is designed for enhanced functionality, so you can move, bend, and sit without worrying about wedgies or rolling waistbands.  

Wear them with: Denim for a little bum boost 

Coverage Level: Soft coverage

5. High Rise Brief

Pink illustration of a high rise brief style of womens underwear

High rise briefs are designed for full coverage and offer slimming lines, a little added support and an extra comfortable barrier between you and high waisted pants. They also go well with dresses or skirts that cinch at the waist and are flowy at the bottom. 

Wear them with: High waisted bottoms or any time you want to feel more secure

Coverage Level: Full coverage

6. Slip Shorts

Maroon illustration of a slip shorts style of womens underwear

Slip shorts are our solution to summer thigh sweat that lets you strut your stuff with maximum comfort. Our slip shorts provide the same coverage and smoothing effect as a slip to shape your legs and hips under dresses. The best part is that they wear like bike shorts for extra coverage to guard your thighs from chafing.

Wear them with: Long skirts and fancy dresses

Coverage Level: Full coverage

7. Hipster

Maroon and white illustration of a slip shorts style of womens underwear

Like the name suggests, the waistband on a hipster underwear style sits on the hips, a couple of inches below the waist, and has low-cut leg holes. They are halfway between a boyshort and a bikini and offer a bit more coverage on the leg-line than a bikini cut. If you love wearing low rise pants, hipsters minimize the risk of accidentally exposing your underwear.

Wear them with: Low rise bottoms

Coverage Level: Medium coverage

8. Bikini 

White illustration of a bikini style of womens underwear

Bikinis are a type of underwear similar to the brief but without as much coverage. Like your favorite two piece swimsuit, bikini-cut underwear typically has a lower rise on the hip and a higher cut on the legs, while still offering plenty of coverage on your bottom.

Wear them with: Jeans, skirts and more!

Coverage Level: Soft coverage

9. G-String

Pink illustration of a thong style of womens underwear

G-string types of underwear have the least amount of coverage. They're very similar to thongs, but have only a string in the back to limit any lines from showing. They're meant for times when you would like to go commando, but would also like some sort of coverage. 

Wear them with: Leggings and tight dresses

Coverage Level: Zero coverage

10. Tanga Brief

Pink illustration of a tanga brief style of womens underwear

Tanga briefs are a type of thong-like underwear that cover both your front and back with triangular pieces of material. They provide moderate to minimal rear coverage between a bikini cut and a thong and also have wider sides. They can be a good way to transition from a traditional bikini underwear style to a thong.

Wear them with: Form fitting dresses and skirts

Coverage Level: Soft coverage

11. High-Cut/French-Cut

Maroon illustration of a high/french cut style of womens underwear

High-cut/french-cut types of underwear have a higher waist than the classic brief and also feature high-cut leg holes that rise just above the widest part of the thigh.  

Wear them with: Low-rise jeans and pants 

Coverage Level: Soft coverage

12. Control Top Brief

White illustration of a control top brief style of womens underwear

Control top briefs are a type of panty that creates a smooth silhouette around your abdomen. They sit high on the waist, just under the belly button and offer shapewear support and function.  

Wear them with: Form-fitting bodycon skirts and dresses; high waisted pants

Coverage Level: Soft coverage

Types of Panty Material 

Six white circles displaying Tommy John’s different types of panties by fabric

We’ve reinvented underwear so that women everywhere can overcome the uncomfortable. Here's how our proprietary fabrics keep you cool, calm and collected all day. For more information about our one of a kind panty material, check out our fabric guide

Cool Cotton 

For breathable, everyday wear that can help you beat the heat, our Cool Cotton collection has you covered. No matter the season, stay cool and comfortable in our panties made out of soft, breathable, moisture-wicking Cool Cotton. Made from a non-pilling Pima Cotton fabric, it keeps you 2-3x cooler and dries 4-5x faster than regular cotton.

All of our fabric collections have Cool Cotton gussets for extra breathability.

Available in our briefs, boyshorts, cheeky, thong and slip shorts.

Second Skin 

The Second Skin Collection is silky soft, smooth, and luxurious for a feeling that’s truly delightful to touch. It won’t pill, roll or bunch, and it stays put throughout the day. Its micro modal fabric is made from natural beechwood fibers.

Available in our briefs, high rise briefs, boyshorts, cheekys, thongs and slip shorts.

Air Collection 

Want to feel like you’re going commando without giving up protection? Then you’ll love our Air Collection. This feather-light, moisture-wicking, non-pilling, mesh, anti-microbial stretch fabric is so light you won’t even know you’re wearing it. Plus, the seamless leg bands and waistband have a no VPL (Visible Panty Line) guarantee, and won’t roll or bunch, even under your tightest pair of skinny jeans.

Available in our briefs, high rise briefs, cheekys, thongs and slip shorts.

Second Skin Lace 

Our Second Skin Lace fabric is silky soft, non pilling micro modal fabric that’s designed for daily wear and prevents lint balls or fuzz. Our Comfort Lace Waistband lays flat, soft, wide and stays put.

Available in our briefs, high rise briefs, boyshorts, cheeky, and thong.

Comfort Smoothing 

Our Comfort Smoothing fabric provides lightweight smoothing, without the restrictive feeling of traditional shapewear. The laser-cut seams vanish under clothing for guaranteed no VPL (Visible Panty Lines).

Available in our briefs, high rise briefs and thongs.

Air Invisibles

Designed for everyday wear, our Air Invisibles have ultralight, breathable, smooth and quick drying fabric that leaves no Visible Panty Lines or for guys, Visible Underwear Lines.

Available in our briefs, high rise briefs, thongs, cheeky and slip shorts.

Underwear for Women: FAQs

Not everyone has the time to be an expert in underwear like us. For those who want to know more about finding the perfect panty pair, we’ve answered your most frequently asked underwear questions below. 

What is the Most Popular Type of Panties?

The most popular type of women’s underwear are bikinis, hipsters and briefs. 

How Many Panties Should a Woman Have?

On average a woman has around 14 pairs of underwear. We recommend curating underwear that perfectly fits your needs and body. 

What Material is Best for Panties?

Cotton is the best fabric to be used in underwear as the vulva is very sensitive to unnatural fibers.  

What is the Most Flattering Underwear?

It all depends on your body shape! Thongs, cheekies, and briefs both rise high on your thighs, so they tend to lengthen your leg. If your bum has a natural bounce that you’re trying to flaunt, you may prefer to wear a thong for special occasions. If you have a V-shaped bottom, you can opt for full coverage on your backside with boyshorts or briefs. And if you want a more streamlined appearance in the front and back, stick with the boyshorts. Ultimately, the most flattering underwear are the ones you feel best in.

We hope our comprehensive guide on the 12 types of panties helps you discover your perfect pair! Don’t stop there! Level up your loungewear, bras and pajamas by bringing our luxurious fabrics into every part of your wardrobe. 

12 Productivity Hacks for a Work-From-Home Commute

At the onset of the pandemic, many of us made the switch to working from home full-time. Whether the transition was smooth or bumpy, more and more companies have grown comfortable being and staying remote. This year, 1 in 4 Americans will be working remotely and in a recent FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents reported wanting to remain full-time remote employees post-pandemic.

Whether this sounds like music or mayhem, it’s clear that working from home might just be the “new normal.” If you’ve found yourself in a WFH rut, it might be helpful to look at how you are starting your workday. While it’s nice to have the convenience to roll out of bed and onto a video call, there are other ways to ensure you are getting your work done and maintaining your mental well-being.

We’re going to be discussing how to make the most of your work-from-home commute time. We’re not talking about the time it takes to walk from your bed to your desk, but rather the time you would have spent in the car or on public transit if you had to travel to your job site. 

The Importance of Repurposing Commute Time

Prior to the pandemic, the average American spent 35 minutes commuting to work every weekday. While this may seem like a trivial amount of time, it adds up to 152 hours — or 19 full workdays — every year.

Now imagine what you could get done with 19 full workdays. From task scheduling to familiarizing yourself with industry news and terminology, that’s valuable time for anyone. If you’re someone who feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, you need to be taking advantage of this time.

Just like you used to get ready for the office by brushing your teeth and getting dressed in a pristine button down or jumper, you should also prep your mindset for a great day working from home. Rather than viewing working remotely as an opportunity to slack off or work in your underwear, think of it as a way to get a head start.

To help you make the most of a work-from-home commute, we’ve compiled 12 different productivity hacks to try before you begin working.  

Beige and teal infographic listing the 12 productivity hacks for a work-from-home commute

Taking the time to prep yourself before work has a multitude of benefits. You’ll likely see an increase in productivity as you’ve scheduled out your tasks and priorities. You may also find it easier to deal with conflicts and emotional reactivity if you started working with a solid, positive mental state. 

Before changing into your loungewear or “work-from-home outfit”, take a few minutes for productivity before each workday. This type of preparation will help you feel more confident to take on whatever comes your way. 

Sources: Washington Post | CNBC | NY Post

 

Avoiding common underwear fails (from plumber's crack to chafing)

Little boys may grapple with underwear issues as they learn the ins and outs of getting dressed, but in the end, they get away with it because they're still kids. A grown man, however, sees a problem and fixes it promptly… right?

Unfortunately, many dudes - no matter how successful we may be otherwise - still deal with basic underwear issues. So if you’re still struggling with your drawers, it’s time to step up and find the fix. We’re here to walk you through these daily issues so you can put them firmly behind you. 

Plumber’s crack

The plumber’s crack is a common, embarrassing, yet totally preventable issue. To start with, you need to find pants with the right fit, and use a belt. If you have trouble finding a belt that fits correctly, you can try adding an extra hole or go for more traditional suspenders to keep your pants at the proper elevation. 

Some people opt for higher rise underwear, and while having your underwear stick out over the top of your pants is certainly better than the plumber’s crack, it’s not ideal, especially if you opt for inferior underwear that doesn't stay in place as you move throughout the day. Undershirts designed to stay tucked can also make a big difference. Even better, they offer protection against sweat stains and help your favorite clothing last longer. 

Wedgies and non-stop adjustments 

If your underwear is floating around and you’re always looking for a private place to get things in order, you're either wearing the wrong size or the wrong brand of underwear. At Tommy John, we are committed to providing truly adjustment-free underwear, so take a minute to figure out your size and invest in some hands-free, low maintenance undies. No rolling, no tugging, no sliding.

Visible underwear lines

Your underwear should be discrete, or even your most stylish outfits could come off looking sloppy. If people can see fabric bunching up or seam lines under your pants, you need to change up your underwear, period. 

If you prefer wearing tight pants or thin dress materials, boxers will be too bulky to hide. Briefs can also be an issue because the seam is located high up on the leg, where pants are snug against your skin. Trunks and boxer briefs have longer legs and a more contoured fit, so they are less likely to show up while you walk around. If you’re set on briefs, you can go with a thinner fabric, like our Air Mesh collection, for an ultra lightweight, barely-there feel. 

Chafing

If you’ve got angry skin taking the skip out of your step, you need to resolve the issue ASAP. People who wear boxers or briefs are more likely to deal with this issue because of the lack of protection around the thighs. Trunks and boxer briefs offer form-fitting coverage that can protect your skin from rubbing against the rough material of your clothing and minimize skin-to-skin friction. For the ultimate protection against chafing, consider giving the ball hammock a spin. Hammock pouch undies will lift and separate your stuff and provide unbeatable support, which is especially useful if you like to stay active. 

Sweaty underwear

Whether you live in a hot climate or you just sweat more than the average person, you need to find underwear equipped to handle the moisture load. It’s a good idea to travel with a spare pair of undies because even moisture-wicking underwear can only do so much - and keeping damp cloth on your sensitive bits can lead to itching, chafing, and other skin problems. The Move 360 collection is built to keep you dry even when you’re pushing hard at the gym. 

Bad odor 

Are your undies stinky right out of the washing machine? It’s time to toss them and get some new skivvies. While the washing machine is pretty good about killing bacteria and removing odors, over time they can become trapped in the fabric and will smell even after washing. 

If the issue only happens after you wear them, switching to an antimicrobial fabric that can control odor-causing bacteria will keep the smell at bay. Our Air Mesh and Move 360 collections are both equipped with odor-fighting technology to keep you fresh all day long. 

The bottom line

Investing in the right underwear may take a little leg work, but the payoff is comfort that lasts through the day - and an end to the many little nuisances you get from cheap packs of big box store undies. At Tommy John, we’ve taken the hassle out of finding quality underwear so you can focus on the fabric and cut that feels right to you. And if it isn’t love at first wear, that’s okay. Every pair we sell is backed with our risk free guarantee

5 ways joggers beat jeans or sweatpants any day of the week

Whether it’s casual Friday or your WFH life has made each day indistinguishable from the rest, nothing beats a cozy pair of pants. Yet many people settle for jeans or sweatpants on days like these, and the only logical explanation is they don’t realize there is a better way. 

Denim was originally designed to be a rugged and durable fabric for working people. It was attractive because it didn’t have to be washed all the time and it wouldn’t rip if you had to bend and move a lot during the day. For some reason, these pants meant for hard labor have become casual, daily wear for a large portion of the population, despite the fact that they aren’t much more comfortable than slacks. Perhaps that’s because most comfy clothes, like sweatpants, are considered sloppy when you wear them out of the house.   

But why not wear joggers instead of jeans? Unless you’re planning on horseback riding, you can ditch the jeans and relax into a pair of comfy joggers without sacrificing a bit of style. Don’t believe us? Just look at the facts:

1. You can wear joggers virtually anywhere 

Joggers have a tailored cut to offer an elevated alternative to sweatpants that won’t draw eyes as you go about your daily business. With the right styling, they are suitable for any occasion where jeans would be welcome (and again, they’re about 12,000% more comfortable). Some designs, such as the Tommy John Go Anywhere Tech Jogger, are virtually indistinguishable from slacks without sacrificing said comfort. 

You can style up your jeans for a business casual affair, but it’s not always the ideal look. Wearing sweatpants outside of the gym or while hanging with friends is a social grey area that most people would rather not inhabit. In many situations, the shapeless cut looks just a bit too sloppy.

2. They have functional pockets 

Unless you’re rocking baggy jeans like it’s still the 90’s, most denim pants keep your keys and other personal items pressed tight against your legs. Sweatpants with pockets are no better (and once again, you should think twice before leaving the house in them). The relaxed tailored cut of joggers prevents uncomfortable crowding if you need a safe space to keep your wallet or keys throughout the day, and offer a perfect place to put your hands.

3. They let your skin breathe

Denim and sweatpants are both made with dense material that minimizes the air circulation on your legs. While that can be great for cold days, if you’re stuck inside all day with the heater blasting it can be unpleasant. Tommy John joggers are crafted from premium fabric that gently stretches when you move and breathes like a dream. That means you’ll never get overheated or feel like your skin is suffocating. 

4. They never get in the way

Even the stretchiest denim can still hinder your movement. Joggers, on the other hand, have more than enough give to do yoga in. And while sweatpants don’t necessarily prevent you from bending and moving, the excess material can be just as much of a nuisance as restrictive denim. Joggers offer you a modest option over yoga pants that leave a little more to the imagination while letting you move however much you need to. And that extra give can be just as crucial for a lazy day as it is for an active one, especially if you plan on having a big brunch. 

5. They look great on anyone

Joggers offer modern designs that flatter any figure without being either too revealing or frumpy. The tailored ankles work well with any style of shoes, be it boots, sneakers, loafers, or even heels. They are equally versatile with other types of clothing so you can dress up or down for any occasion, including lounging around the house. The stretchy waistband will smooth out your midsection and offer a comfortable fit even as your body changes from one day (or one meal) to the next.

The bottom line

Joggers may not be the only bottoms you need to get through your week, but they’re an incredibly versatile piece of clothing that you’ll soon wonder how you lived without. Tommy John offers lounge joggers that can keep you comfortable all day long, no matter what you have on the docket. Our lounge joggers for men and women offer a soft, luxurious experience suitable for bedtime, but slipping into them doesn’t mean you have to change if you want to leave the house again. 

Our dedication to form, fit, and function means you're guaranteed to love your new trousers. And if you don’t, you won’t have to pay for them thanks to our best pair guarantee

What is Loungewear?

If you’re one of many new home bodies who are asking yourself “what is loungewear?” we’re here to help! 

Loungewear is defined as comfortable and casual clothing that is versatile for relaxing, working from home or venturing out for an indulgent brunch. It’s a cross  between sleepwear and athleisure as it fits loosely enough to be cozy while also being tailored enough to be chic in style. 

If you’re new to the world of loungewear, don’t fret! In this article, we’ll answer all of your questions around what loungewear is as well as introduce you to a few pieces that you’ll need in your “third wardrobe.”

Loungewear vs. Sleepwear

Girl with dark hair wearing a satin dark blue sleeping set laying on white sheets and holding her husky dog

While sleepwear is designed to enhance your bedtime experience, loungewear is presentable enough to be worn outside (or in) and is comfy enough to cuddle up in. Sleepwear tends to be looser fitting, is often made of fabrics like fleece or flannel, while loungewear has a more tailored fit and is often made in cotton blends or spandex. 

Similarities between loungewear and sleepwear are the sets! Everyone loves a matching ‘fit, and either style allows you to mix and match neutrals, color-blocking or even a monochromatic moment. Matching loungewear sets ensure effortless style without the fuss! 

Types of Loungewear

If you still aren’t sure what differentiates your favorite sleeping pieces from loungewear, just ask yourself if you’d feel comfortable being seen outside in them. Let’s take a closer look at the specific pieces that make up this functional fashion trend. 

Joggers

Woman modeling grey Tommy John joggers by placing a hand in the pocket and standing in front of a white background

While the name of this staple loungewear piece might seem misleading, the jogger pant is the perfect lounge accessory for elevating your relaxation look. Joggers typically have a slimmer leg design and a synch or elastic waistband at the waist and ankle. This tailored fit makes them look less slouchy and allows you to layer them with other pieces like sneakers, or an oversized jacket for a flattering fit. 

Sweatpants

Woman walking in full brown sweat suit outfit with white combat boots while listening to music

Once regarded as suitable for the gym and home only, sweatpants have made their way into loungewear wardrobes everywhere. These comfortable pants come in soft fabrics and stylish, tapered fits and you can dress them up or down.

Leggings

Woman modeling black Tommy John leggings by placing a hand in the pocket and standing in front of a white background

Leggings are also a staple loungewear piece that allows you to go from work to play seamlessly. Like denim, leggings are a great basic that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion. They come in different fabrics like spandex, cotton or polyester and can be sported to work out, relax or run errands. With a thick waistband they lay flat and have a slimming effect on your legs and bottom. 

Bras

Close up of a woman modeling a black Tommy John bra in front of a white background

While bras aren’t necessarily considered a loungewear piece, they tend to be incorporated when you sport your loungewear out and about. You’ll want a bra that has soft material to keep you supported but won’t pinch or squeeze when you're trying to keep things casual. Great options are soft cup bras or bralettes that can be restyled for going out or staying in. 

Camisoles & Tanks

Woman modeling a black Tommy John camisole by placing a hand in pants pocket and standing in front of a white background

For those who don’t want to wear a bra (we all have those days) camisoles, tanks or bodysuits can be a great swap. You’ll want one that is made out of smooth fabric, is ultralight and stylish to give you that luxury jammie feel. 

How to Style Loungewear

Woman wearing stylish beige sweater and sweatpants outfit sitting on her dark couch and holding a empty mason jar of coffee

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style as loungewear can easily be both. Treat loungewear like other types of casual pants, such as jeans and dress pants, when putting an outfit together. If you’re wondering how to style loungewear outside of the living room, explore our guide to how to wear sweatpants and other loungewear pieces.

Our Loungewear 

If we’ve finally convinced you that loungewear is the perfect life upgrade, then you’re ready to expand your “third wardrobe” and pick up some luxury loungewear pieces guaranteed to give you effortless style. Explore some of our favorite loungewear pieces below. 

Lounge Henley

Woman modeling a black Tommy John Lounge Henley set in front of a white background

Whether it’s warming up or there’s still a chill in the air, the Lounge Henley collection is your go to for the ultimate lightweight but cozy tops and bottoms. Available for men and women and in long and short sleeve tops, pants, and dresses, Henley’s are made of luxuriously soft fabric that can stretch yet have a tailored fit. 

Lounge Tank and Short

Woman modeling a black Tommy John lounge short placing a hand in pants pocket and standing in front of a white background

For warmer days or for those with a more active lifestyle, the Lounge Short or Tank collection also offers great loungewear pieces to add to your collection. The Lounge Short is also available for both men and women and doesn't skimp on important features, like functional pockets, that can help take your look through more of your day with practical ease.

Second Skin 

Woman modeling a black Tommy John Second Skin T-shirt in front of a white background

For a sporty lounge look, opt for the Second Skin Lounge Collection. Imagine the ease and comfort of your favorite broken-in t-shirt, hoodie or jogger that has soft, skin-friendly natural fibers that support and stretch. Our Second Skin collection is available for men and women and a variety of underwear, loungewear, tees and sweatshirts.

We hope our rundown of what loungewear is, has helped you make the most of your time at home. You should never have to substitute comfort for style, and with a few new luxury loungewear pieces in your wardrobe, you’ll exude effortless confidence at home or out! 

 

13 Different Types of Pajamas for Men and Women

Getting the best night’s sleep requires more than just a good bedtime routine. What you wear to bed can also play a big part in your quality of sleep. But discovering the perfect type of pajamas can be easier said than done with so many different fabrics and styles available. To help you understand all of your sleepwear options, we’ve rounded up the 13 different types of pajamas and their common materials. Explore the following types of sleepwear by fabric and style—a good night’s sleep depends on it!

Types of Pajamas by Fabric 

Woman sitting at her desk and wearing bright red patterned flannel pajamas and grey flannel slippers

What is the best fabric for pajamas? It all depends on how hot or cold you like to be while sleeping. To help you discover your dream comfort level, we’ve broken down the main types of pajama materials to help you decide which fabric is best for you. 

1. Cotton Pajamas

One of the best types of fabric for pajamas is cotton. Cotton is durable, breathable, soft to the touch, and remains cool against your skin, making for comfortable and sound sleep. Cotton pajamas are best for anyone who wants to stay cool during sleep and prefers a little bit of a stretch in their clothing.

Our Cool Cotton collection uses an exclusive, breathable smart fabric that wicks away moisture to dry fast and cool quickly.

Weight: Lightweight

Warmth: Cool

2. Fleece Pajamas

Another popular type of pajama fabric is flannel. Flannel is best for cold nights as its fibers hold heat and will keep you warm. Fleece is ultra-durable and is great for camping trips or anywhere you might be rougher on your clothing. 

Fleece pajamas are best for anyone who values warmth and durability, plus they usually are extra cozy and still lightweight. 

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Warm

3. Flannel Pajamas

Flannel is a warm and wool-like fabric that’s best for anyone who wants an extra layer of warmth. Flannel tends to be heavier than fleece or cotton and can last for many years.

Weight: Medium to heavyweight

Warmth: Very Warm

4. Linen Pajamas

Linen pajamas are ultra-lightweight, breathable, and get more comfortable with every wash. Linen fabric is a popular choice for bedding and sleepwear as it is a lightweight texture and makes it comfortable for warm sleepers. 

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Cool

5. Silk Pajamas

Silk pajamas are hypoallergenic and great for anyone who’s skin is easily bothered by harsher fabrics like flannel or fleece. They are shiny and luxurious in appearance and keep you cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. 

Silk is also known to prevent the effects of aging as it doesn’t absorb moisture and reduces friction between your skin and the bed. This causes fewer creases to appear on your skin after sleep than there would be if you slept in cotton or flannel pajamas.

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Cool

6. Satin Pajamas

Another common fabric for pajamas is satin. Despite their similar appearance, the biggest difference between silk and satin is that satin is a weave and not a natural fiber, whereas silk is a natural fiber fabric. This makes satin more affordable than silk. 

Satin can be machine washed making it easier to maintain a great option for everyday wear. 

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Cool

Types of Sleepwear by Style

Blonde woman standing in her kitchen holding a grey coffee mug while wearing a nightgown and sleeping dress

Now that you are familiar with the different types of pajama fabrics, explore the different styles that can help you enhance your quality of sleep. Peruse the types of PJs by style below. 

7. Sleep Shirts 

One of the most important aspects of sleepwear is a loose fit. In addition to the metabolic effects of sleeping, removing tight clothing improves blood circulation and helps your muscles feel rested. 

Sleeping shirts or dresses are a perfect type of pajama, for anyone who wants their attire to be loose and comfortable. For women, they can look more like a button-up dress or a T-shirt style. For men, sleeping shirts can be long or short (whatever your preference) to allow for ultimate comfort. Either way, they are meant to fit loosely and can be worn with a bottom or just underwear. 

Sleeping shirts are commonly available in cotton or fleece.

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Cool

8. Sleep Sets

Sleeping sets are coordinating top and bottom pajamas made of the same material. They can be a tank, short or long-sleeved piece on top, or short cropped or long pants on the bottom. They are available for men and women and can be made of cotton, flannel, fleece, satin, and more. 

Weight: Medium to heavyweight

Warmth: Warm

9. Pajama Pants

Pajama pants can also be their own category of sleepwear as many wear warm fleece or cotton pants on the bottom with a lighter or heavier shirt on top. Pajama pants can vary by fabric and pattern. 

Weight: Medium to heavyweight

Warmth: Warm

10. Robes 

Robes are a loose-fitting garment that is usually worn over pajamas or right out of the shower. It has long sleeves and a sash to wrap and tie around your body making them secure and covering. Common robe materials are satin, terry cloth, cotton, fleece and silk.

Weight: Heavyweight

Warmth: Very warm

11. Onesie

Onesies are another common type of pajama. Commonly embellished in holiday patterns and fashion, onesies can also be great all year long. They tend to be made out of knit cotton, fleece, and flannel.

Weight: Heavyweight

Warmth: Very warm

12. Nighties 

Nighties are nightgowns made with less fabric, in short, low cut dress styles. Nighties are often made with very lightweight materials, such as silk and satin. Nighties may be embellished with lace and are often sheer and transparent. 

Weight: Lightweight 

Warmth: Cool

13. Sweats

Sweatpants are loose, soft trousers with an elastic or drawstring waist that are commonly made of cotton or fleece. They can also be considered loungewear as many feel comfortable wearing them outside of the home and they are more durable and tailored than normal pajamas. 

Weight: Heavyweight

Warmth: Very warm

Now that we’ve covered the different types of pajamas and pajama fabric material, we hope you will find the perfect sleeping attire to fit your needs. Add luxury and comfort into your life by leveling up your sleepwear today. 

 

Can pajamas really help you beat insomnia?

Whether you’ve been struggling with insomnia all your life or you’re one of the many people with what sleep neurologists are calling “Covid-Somnia,” missing sleep can be detrimental to your health, as well as your mood. The longer your insomnia persists, the higher your stress levels will soar when you encounter even the slightest inconvenience. Luckily, there are some easy ways to improve your relationship to sleep - and it starts with the moment you change into your nighttime attire.

Incorporating comfy pajamas into your nighttime routine can be a big step forward towards a better night sleep, especially when combined with the right supplemental nighttime activities. So how do pajamas make a difference in your sleep hygiene? Let’s explore the benefits they can provide for a more restful night. 

Get your mind into rest mode

Your brain is constantly using hormones and other methods to signal your autonomic nervous system. In the same way your heart rate will kick into high gear when you narrowly avoid a car accident, certain activities lead your brain to release hormones that lower your heart rate and help you relax. And pajamas can help you take advantage of these unconscious signals to get into bedtime mode.

After all, a nighttime ritual tells your body that it’s time to relax - and pajamas are the perfect way to kickstart the process. Slipping into soft, silky PJs feels luxurious on your skin, which immediately helps you begin to de-stress. 

Once you’re in your pajamas, limit your night to calming activities - whether that’s a quiet sudoku puzzle, a hot cup of herbal tea, a good book, or some soothing music. Whatever it is, ditch the phone and other screens beforehand. Your phone is a source of non-stop stimulation for your mind, and it can often activate stress hormones that make it hard to sleep. After sticking to your ritual for a few nights, your brain will get the hint and help you relax.

Regulate your body temperature 

When you’re tossing and turning at night, it can be difficult to keep your blanket in place. When your sleep is interrupted throughout the night, you are more likely to wake up feeling tired in the morning. The elevated stress hormones in your body after a long day of feeling fatigued will only keep the cycle going longer.

Pajamas are a perfect solution. They can keep you warm even after you’ve tossed your blanket off so you won’t wake up with a chill in the middle of the night. At the same time, they’re light enough that you won’t overheat and wake up in a sweat.

If you’re a hot sleeper, our Cool Cotton collection is ideal for warmer nights. This high-tech cotton blend is designed for superior breathability and moisture wicking so you can avoid waking up in a pool of sweat in the middle of the night. The fabric will also keep your skin and your sheets dry so you can avoid stinky sheets and skin issues.

Keep comfortable all night long

Everyone knows it’s a lot easier sleep when there aren’t loud noises or bright lights present. After all, it’s harder to relax if your brain is busy processing external stimuli. But you may not have considered that poor quality bed sheets and pajamas can wreak the same kind of havoc on your sleep. Fabrics that are itchy, wrinkly, and creased can torment your skin, keeping you from truly relaxing. Just like quiet helps you sleep, softer, smoother materials create less physical “noise” to stimulate your body.

Of course, not all pajamas are created equal. Tommy John’s Second Skin collection is designed to be silky soft and light to keep you warm and cozy while letting just enough air circulate to keep you from overheating. They’re also precisely designed and crafted to stay in place without bunching up, no matter how you toss and turn.

The bottom line

Beating insomnia will take some trial and error, but finding cozy pajamas that are comfortable to lounge around in doesn’t have to be a headache. At Tommy John, we make comfort a priority in every article of clothing we design. Each one of our designs has to adhere to our standards that focus on the three Fs: fabric, fit, and function. Our wrinkle resistant pajamas are designed to fit loosely and stay in place as you move so you don’t have to wrestle with your nighttime wear to get comfortable. 

Browse our Men’s sleepwear and Women’s sleepwear to upgrade your cozy bedtime clothes and relax into your evenings in style. Or if you prefer a little more flexibility for your home routine, our loungewear is soft and luxurious enough to sleep in, while keeping you presentable if you decide to leave the house for some takeout. No matter what you choose to wear to bed each night, make sure to incorporate enough time for self care. 

Remember, we’re underwear experts - not doctors! If you’re dealing with insomnia, please talk with your physician and get proper medical advice.

Warm, cozy & zipper-free: How to lounge in maximum comfort

Shoot straight with us for a second: are you making time for yourself to relax? Wintertime and the holidays can be stressful even during a normal year - and this isn’t a normal year. Learning how to relax can be a true game changer for your mental health, especially when the sun is nowhere in sight for weeks on end. 

If you’ve forgotten how to lounge, or you were never that good at it in the first place, we’ll cover the basics for you so you can reap the benefits and fully recharge. After all, relaxation is one part science, one part art. Believe it or not, it’s something you can get better at. Here are our top tips:

Slip into something more comfortable (seriously)

When you’re feeling run down, your brain develops a kind of tunnel vision that can prevent you from appreciating the good things in the world around you, except for one sensation: softness. Studies have shown that people in a negative emotional state crave running their hands across soft textures more than any other sensory activity, and swaddling yourself in soft, comfy loungewear can help give you the boost you need to get out of your funk.

Tommy John uses luxurious, silky fabric for our men’s and women’s loungewear to provide a ridiculously soft experience to turn the tide on a rough day.

Dedicate space for low-key time

Even chilling out at home takes prep work. If you’ve let every part of your house become part of your home office, or you don’t have the time to tidy your house, it’s a lot harder to unwind. Dedicate a bit of time to put clutter back where it belongs, sweep up the mess, and keep your lounge area clear so your brain isn’t distracted. Do whatever you can to segment sections of your living space to work, sleep, and play so that your body knows what it’s supposed to focus on. 

Don’t depend on a blanket to stay warm

Whether you prefer to lounge in your favorite chair, the couch, or sprawled out on the floor, staying warm shouldn’t involve battling a blanket. Blankets tend to have a mind of their own and either get tangled up or fall off when you shift around. There’s nothing relaxing about resetting your blanket every time you move, so you need a solid foundation of soft, warm loungewear to fight off the chills and only use your blankie to supplement it. Then, if you need to hop out of bed for a snack or to find the remote, your warmth stays with you.

A lounge hoodie or a classy robe make perfect accessories to keep you snug on the couch. They’re soft enough to wear on their own and light enough to wear over a shirt without overheating. And sure, you can still hang out with your favorite blankie, but it’ll be less functional and more comforting. In other words, you’ll be more relaxed - and that’s exactly what were going for here. Don’t skip the socks, either. Cold feet are a dealbreaker when it’s time to destress.

Give your brain a break 

After a long day of work, it’s crucial to give your brain a different type of gentle stimulation so you can click into a new mindset and get in the present moment without any nagging feelings hanging over you. Changing out of your work clothes (even if you’re working from home in your loungewear) or choosing a different daily ritual to transition from work mode to personal time is a good way to signal yourself that it’s time to let go of the daily stressors. Draw, write, read a book, or if you do want to watch TV, choose something that really engages you so you can laugh, cry, or see the world from a different perspective for a little while. 

The bottom line

Relaxation is a bit of a lost art thanks to constant stimulation from emails, texts, and social media. Rediscovering the time-honored tradition of kicking back and letting the stress melt away is just as important for your body as your mind so you can release tension and resolve negative emotions. Comfort is key for proper lounging, and if you’re not dressed for the part, it will take a lot more effort to truly relax. If you’re relying on tattered jammies or itchy fabrics, your lounge game is going to suffer for it.  

Our loungewear collection is soft, stretchy, and zipper-free to keep you warm and cozy and provide a little extra comfort while you claim that critical relaxation time. Every piece is crafted from premium fabrics and tailored with a modern style that keeps you looking presentable - whether you’re chilling at home, hanging with friends, or running errands. Come see what we have to offer.