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20 Self-Care Ideas for Supermoms

Moms have been required to wear many hats while balancing working and motherhood and the pandemic has only increased this. In the blink of an eye, they have stepped up as teachers, essential workers and caregivers all for the good of their family. Unfortunately, this kind of heroism doesn’t come without consequences as many moms succumb to burnout as time and pressures roll on. 

Stress and exhaustion can take a toll on everyone however, oftentimes, moms will deprioritize their own needs, which can jeopardize their physical and mental health. 

The Truth About Mom Guilt Kryptonite

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Due to the recent influx in duties, many moms have been experiencing “mom guilt” often described as that feeling of not doing enough as a parent. Mom guilt can act as kryptonite by discouraging them from taking necessary time for themselves. 

Moms are Superheroes 
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Moms have transformed into superheroes by learning to balance working from home, assisting with virtual learning and keeping their homes running smoothly. 95% of moms are multitasking for an average of nearly 8 hours a day which means moms are squeezing in at least a whole extra day's work every single day. Half of moms have seen their workloads increase overnight and to balance it all, they put their own needs on the backburner. 

This Mother’s Day we get the special opportunity to thank moms for their efforts and help them incorporate necessary time for pampering. Self-care might seem like a buzzword to many, but studies show its remarkable benefits for overall well-being and health. To help the 9.8 million working mothers in the U.S. who are suffering from mommy burnout, we’ve sourced 20 self-care ideas for moms to try on Mother’s Day and every day.

Which type of supermom are you? Explore the following sections for tailored self-care ideas to fulfill your unique needs.

Self-Care Ideas for Expecting Moms 

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There are many different types of moms, but all deserve some TLC for their efforts. For expecting mothers, it’s easy to get caught up in preparing for the new baby, but cultivating your well-being is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Try some of the following self-care ideas for expecting moms—no expensive spa visits required!

1. Nourish your body 

Food is medicine, and when expecting it’s important to make sure you are eating healthy and nutrient-rich food. Indulge in foods with protein, vitamins and fiber such as salmon, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens and whole grains. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Treat yourself by ordering these healthy foods from your favorite food delivery service. 

2. Get moving 

As your belly grows, exercise might seem less enticing, but there are many benefits for mom and baby to get moving. Ask your doctor or medical practitioner what a safe sweat session looks like for you based on your fitness level. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Treat yourself to a prenatal yoga class or take a scenic walk on the beach. 

3. Set boundaries and say no (guilt-free!)

It’s important to learn how to set boundaries as an expecting mother. From strangers reaching out to feel your belly to neighbors offering unsolicited parenting advice, learning how to set boundaries can help you regain control of your pregnancy and feel safe in your body. Plus, saying no helps you grow your self-esteem and cultivate healthy relationships with others.

In an interview with Sam Jones, actress Elizabeth Olsen shares a lesson she received from her father that "No is a full sentence." By just saying no, you are removing any emotional labor or pressures to provide follow-up reasoning for your decision. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Practice saying no, without offering a reason for your decision.

4. Explore a clean skincare routine

When expecting it’s more important than ever to reduce the amount of toxins that you are exposed to, to protect both yourself and your baby. Some of these items surprisingly might be in your medicine cabinet or makeup bag. Many personal care products contain chemicals, phthalates, parabens, and other ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Read up on the top beauty picks for pregnancy and indulge in pampering yourself with new and safe products.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Gift yourself a few new clean and safe beauty products. 

Self-Care Ideas for New Moms 

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Next up, is new moms! As a new mom, you might quickly brush off the possibility, but with a little planning, these self-care ideas can be done alone or with a baby next to you. By adding in time for self-care you’ll notice your hormones stabilize, sleep improve and feel other improvements in your body as well. 

5. Indulge in 30 minutes of unapologetic "me-time"

It might feel selfish at first, but by taking time for yourself regularly, you show your children that you and your interests matter and that their mom is happy and fulfilled. Initially practicing self-care might feel more like self-guilt, but as time goes on you will create a standard of wellness and personal development in your household. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Coordinate childcare so that you can have some much-needed “mom-time.” 

6. Practice a quick and easy guided meditation

In addition to helping you cope with the demands of motherhood (oh vey!), research has shown that meditation can keep you mentally sharp, improve insomnia and even help you feel more present and attentive when caring for your baby.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Download a guided meditation app onto your phone such as Calm or use this free guided meditation video that’s meant to honor mothers. 

7. Talk to someone who’s “been there”

Sometimes venting to another mom can grant you the perspective you need to feel like you aren’t alone in this journey. Whether that be your mother, a friend or colleague, talking about the highs and lows of motherhood can be very helpful for your mental health.  

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Dedicate time towards talking to a confidant. 

8. Write in a journal

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys writing, treat yourself to some private quiet time to jot your thoughts and feelings down. Journaling can be very therapeutic for moms and help you document a very important time in motherhood. You don’t need to share it with anyone, but it could be used as a memento later in life. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Buy yourself a lovely notebook or stationary and find time to be alone with your thoughts. 

Self-Care Ideas for Single Moms 

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As a single mom, you don’t necessarily have the ability to turn to your partner for support so practicing self-care can at times bring on more mom guilt. The self-care ideas we’ve listed don’t require a babysitter, and won’t take up much of your time. 

9. Find a virtual support system 

As a single parent, support systems are powerful. Through them, you can talk through the highs and lows of sole parenting and gain support and advice when needed. If you’re looking for a new support system consider joining a single parent's group to meet others at a similar stage in life.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Find a virtual parent’s group that you can meet with regularly. 

10. Lend a hand to someone else

Helping out someone else might feel counterintuitive, however, lending a hand to someone in need can give you a “helper’s high that can have major mood-boosting benefits. In addition to boosting oxytocin and dopamine, being kind can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate your mood.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Do an act of service that will make someone smile. 

11. Schedule a remote session with a therapist

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, and as a single mom, doing so might be just what you need to get through this difficult time. Better Health allows you to connect one-on-one with a licensed counselor from the safety of your home.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Advocate for your mental health by whatever means you feel comfortable. 

12. Wake up before your kids 

Using your kids as an alarm clock is not a mindful way to start your morning. Early risers are more likely to anticipate problems and solve them efficiently as well as have a more positive outlook on life. Wake up before your kids so that you can slip in a workout and properly prepare for the day. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Create a morning routine that is rooted in happiness and mindfulness. 

Self-Care Ideas for Working Moms 

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Working moms have a whole new layer of responsibility and stress now that many are working from home. Before the pandemic, moms could compartmentalize tasks while kids were out of the house or at school, however now many are left to multitask and juggle many roles simultaneously. To help working moms prioritize time for self-care we’ve sourced the following ideas. 

13. Schedule time for self-care 

“If it isn't scheduled, it isn't real,” TEDx Speaker, Lifestyle Expert and Holistic Nutritionist Rebecca Cafiero says about blocking off time on her calendar for self-care. Whether you schedule self-care during the workday while kiddos are entertained or on the weekends where activities can be more predictable, finding a reoccurring time that works for you is key. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Schedule one day a week that you will incorporate self-care. 

14. Listen to an inspirational podcast

If the most you have time for is putting on something in the background while you work or clean, why not try listening to an inspirational or thought-provoking podcast? Follow mom and researcher, Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast where she converses with change-catalysts and culture-shifters to feel inspired and courageous during a chaotic climate. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Sign up for a workshop or podcast subscription to an inspirational speaker. 

15. Unplug before bed

As a mom, sleep is important, however using electronic devices before bed to check email or read the news can delay your body’s natural circadian rhythm or your “internal clock”. All the blue light that these screens give off tricks your brain into thinking it should be awake and keep it stimulated instead of letting it wind down with the natural light outside. Unplugging from phones or computers allows your body to naturally slow down and unwind for restful sleep. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Make a “no phones after…” rule in your home and make sure everyone follows it.

16. Do a creative or stimulating activity 

Doing something creative can help us connect with who we are on a deeper level and unleash our inner child. Finding “playtime” for busy adults offers a reprieve from the chaos of daily life, and challenges us to connect with a key part of ourselves that gets lost in the responsibilities of adulthood, especially during a crisis.

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Get the whole family involved in “playtime” and do an activity like painting, sculpting or karaoke. 

Self-Care Ideas for Moms Who Are Essential Workers

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Our society tends to reward heroic efforts that show that you can continue to perform at the same level while experiencing physical and psychological pressures. Rather than putting on a brave face, we want to equip essential workers with self-care ideas that are valuable for coping. 

To thank those who have worked so diligently for our well-being during this challenging time, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re currently offering 20% off sitewide for all healthcare heroes. For more ways to take care of yourself, explore the following self-care ideas for moms who are essential workers. 

17. Allow yourself to physically, mentally and emotionally check out 

Sometimes all you need is private time to check out and turn your brain off. Dr. Ben Crocker, medical director and healthy lifestyle advocate, recommends “Intentionally creating ‘shutdown’ time in your schedule”. He says “This can be a healthy time alone, for meditation and quietude.” 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Ask a friend or spouse to go grocery shopping, teach a virtual lesson or take on other tasks to free up time for you to “check out.”

18. Lean on others for help 

Many moms might have relied on extended family for help pre-pandemic, but are finding it more different to get the help they need now with social distancing rules in order. To safely allow for that special bonding time between grandparents and children, invite relatives to teach an online lesson once a week. This will free up time for you and help relatives stay connected with your kids. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Coordinate a virtual chat or lesson with a relative to free up time for “mom time” and keep kids entertained.

19. Check in with colleagues 

Check in with colleagues (who are and aren’t moms) and let them know you’re also struggling as a way of normalizing their reactions. Finding meaning in helping others can build a support system and create normalcy in a chaotic time. Laura Boxley, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University, said that “There’s not enough yoga in the world to deal with the magnitude of what we’re coping with right now.” She emphasizes that “It’s not just about taking care of ourselves but about taking care of others.”

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Coordinate a virtual night with colleagues and splurge on treats.

20. Setting appropriate boundaries with work, family and media

Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, pulled in different directions or simply need to establish foreign boundaries with family and friends learning to say no without an explanation and without providing any emotional labor to the person you’re saying it to will be important for separating blurred lines. 

Tip for Celebrating Mother’s Day: Host weekly family meetings to communicate new boundaries around family and media. 

With so much going on for moms right now, self-care is not a way to embrace a mindset geared at toxic positivity or let go of your worries forever, but an opportunity to take a small break from worrying and do something that brings you a little bit of happiness. 

Taking care of your family includes taking care of yourself, so this Mother’s Day we encourage all supermoms to put on their favorite pajamas or loungewear and indulge in something that makes them feel super!

Happy Mother's Day!

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How to Measure Chest Size + Chest Size Chart

Before beginning the hunt for a new button-down, it’s not a bad idea to know your specific measurements ahead of time. Learning how to measure chest size takes just a few minutes, and you’ll be glad you did so to avoid the stress of feeling helpless when shopping.

Knowing your chest size can make life easier for a variety of reasons. Not only does it improve your understanding of your body type, but it also allows you to shop online with greater assurance, never purchasing without feeling confident that it will fit you well. Proper measurements are the first step in making clothing purchases that help you look and feel your best, whether you’re going on a date or interviewing for your dream job.

Let’s dive right into the process of taking measurements so that you can feel confident as ever the next time you wear formal attire.

How to Take Measurements

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Understanding how to take measurements accurately is critical. If done incorrectly, you could end up with a tight collar that restricts breathing or sleeves that reach your fingers—mistakes to avoid at all costs. The process isn’t always as intuitive as you might think; shirts with neck sizes that exactly match your own, for example, will most likely be a bit too tight.

While it’s possible to take measurements yourself, you’ll get the most accurate results with a partner wielding the measuring tape and providing their input. For example, when measuring yourself you may need to look down at the number on the measuring tape around your neck. This stretches the tape and could result in an incorrect measurement—an easily avoidable error with a partner’s help.

There are five parts to taking measurements that this guide will walk you through. These measurements can be used for standard size articles of clothing, such as oxford shirts and non-tailored sports jackets. You may need to alter your clothes for the best fit possible, but these general measurements will help you get started.

What You’ll Need 

Before getting started, you’ll need a soft measuring tape that can wrap around your body easily. This will provide the most accurate measurements. You’ll also want to avoid wearing any bulky layers, as these could distort the measurement. If possible, it’s a good idea to undress down to a thin undershirt.

How to Measure Chest Size

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If seeing numbers like 36S, 39R, or 44L on dress shirts and sport coats initially confused you, you’re not alone. In reality, this size denotation is pretty easy to interpret. The number corresponds to your chest size and the letter corresponds to your height, with S meaning “Short,” R meaning “Regular,” L meaning “Long,” and XL meaning “Extra Long.”

If you’re between 5’7” and 6’ tall, you’ll probably fit best in a Regular (R). If you’re between 6’1” and 6’3”, you’ll want to look for a Long (L). Men under 5’7” and over 6’3” will want to look into Short (S) or Extra Long (XL) shirts.

With the semantics out of the way, let’s talk about chest measurement. Grab a partner to get started.

How to measure your chest size:

  • Stand up straight, with your arms resting comfortably at your sides. Don’t strike a T-pose or puff out your chest.
  • Take a soft tape measure and wrap it under your armpits at the widest part of your chest. The tape measure should be snug around your chest and shoulder blades, but not so tight that it compresses your chest.
  • The number in inches is your chest size.
  • Combine the above number with the letter designation that matches your height, and there you have it—your complete chest size.

    Chest Size Chart 

    Sometimes, even dressy tops will be marked in alpha sizing. This is the classic system of marking sizes as S, M, L, XL, etc. instead of using numbered measurements. After measuring your chest, see our size chart below to match your chest size with its alpha size counterpart.

    Men's Tops Size Guide

    Tommy John uses letter sizing for our clothing.

    Size

    Chest

    S

    34-37

    M

    38-41

    L

    42-44

    XL

    45-48

    XXL

    49-52

    3XL

    53-56

    4XL

    57-60

     

    How to Measure Neck Size

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    Of all measurements, the neck has to be the most precise. It’s much better to have a shirt that’s a bit baggy than a collar that’s way oversized—or worse—that’s suffocating you. If you’ll be wearing a tie, it’s probably a good idea to size yourself a bit higher when in doubt.

    How to measure your neck size:

    • Wrap the tape measure about an inch below your Adam’s Apple, at the lower part of your neck—aim where you expect your shirt collar to rest.
    • Place two fingers between your neck and the tape measure to serve as a buffer. The tape measure should be taut, but not tight enough to choke you.
    • Once you have this number, round up to the next half inch for the most comfortable fit.

    How to Measure Sleeve Length

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    It’s important to know your sleeve size before picking out the perfect dress shirt. Sleeves that are too short can look pretty awkward and sleeves that are too long get dirty quickly from frequent contact with your hands. When measuring your sleeve length, be sure to bend your arm at your elbow slightly for extra ease. We naturally bend our arms a bit, so this technique will make your shirts fit more comfortably.

    How to measure your sleeve length:

    • Place one end of the tape measure on your spine at the center back of your neck and measure the distance to your shoulder joint (the top of your arm). Record this number.
    • Measure from your shoulder joint to the end of your wrist, where your hand begins.
    • Add the two numbers together for the most precise sleeve length.

    Like measuring chest size, this measurement can get a bit complicated. It’s not a bad idea to have a partner wielding the tape measure to make the process easier.

    How to Measure Waist Size

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    There’s a good chance you already know your waist size from buying casual pants. However, everyone wears their pants a little differently, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the standard measuring practice for dress pants.

    How to measure your waist:

    • Wrap a tape measure at the top of your hip bone and over your belly button.
    • Place one finger between the tape measure and your body as a buffer so that your pants don’t fit too tight.
    • Don’t suck in your belly when taking this measurement—your waistline will thank you.

      Waist Size Chart 

      After measuring your waist, you’ll want to know how your waist size is marked in alpha sizing. Take a look at our waist size chart below to learn and memorize your size.

      Men's Bottoms Size Guide

      Tommy John uses letter sizing for our clothing.

      Size

      Waist

      S

      28-30

      M

      31-34

      L

      35-38

      XL

      39-42

      XXL

      43-46

      3XL

      47-50

      4XL

      51-54


      How to Measure Inseam

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      When perusing the dress pants section of the store, you’ll notice that they’re marked with two numbers, such as 32x34. The first number corresponds to your waist size, and the second to your inseam. Since you want your nice pants to rest on your shoe without bagging up, getting an accurate inseam measurement is essential.

      How to measure your inseam:

      • Take off your shoes. Shoes add height and can interfere with the inseam of the pants.
      • Wear a pair of pants that fit well.
      • Have a partner with whom you are very comfortable measure the distance between the very top of your inner thigh to the bottom of your ankle.

      If you don’t have help, lay your pants flat on the ground and again measure from the crotch to the hem. While you’ll probably get the most accurate measurement with the help of a partner while wearing the pants, this method should provide you with a close-to-accurate measurement.

      Choosing clothes with cool designs is one thing. Making sure they fit your body well is another. A perfect fit is arguably just as important to your style as the design of the clothes themselves.

      We’re committed to providing unmatched quality, style, and convenience in clothing. Once you’re satisfied with your fit, we hope you’ll check out the latest in the fashion industry and start upgrading your wardrobe today.

      Self-Confidence Lessons for The Working Women

      Does it ever feel like everyone around you is confident and sure of themselves? Whether you are just starting in your career or have been working for many years, everyone experiences self-doubt and a lack of confidence at one time or another.

      While some believe that confidence is something you learn, others believe it is something you're born with. But does confidence come easier for one gender or another?

      The confidence gap is a theory that women underestimate their abilities due to factors ranging from their upbringing to biology. Research showed that women were less likely to apply for jobs, negotiate for raises, and if they did negotiate, ask for less money than men. 

      Whether you believe that the confidence gap is fact or fiction, one statement rings true. There are hurdles in women’s heads that discourage self-promotion, confidence and taking risks. 

      In light of International Women’s Month, we’ve gathered tips from female experts in business, management and leadership to help women befriend their inner critic, overcome self-doubt, and move forward in their careers bravely. 

      Practice Self-Compassion

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      Perfectionism is for the birds. Speaker and consultant, Dr. Margie Warrel, writes in an article for Forbes that it is not self-esteem or optimism that helps people handle their challenges best, but self-compassion. She says that “When you embrace your humanity, own your fallibility and choose to show up fully, authentically, as the ‘flawsome’ woman that you are, you give others permission to do the same.” This idea also expands our capacity for action, connection and contribution.

      When interviewed on Warrel’s podcast Live Brave, author and workplace wellbeing teacher, Michelle McQuaid, echoed this sentiment when she said that embracing our raw moments and our jagged edges makes us real, relatable and allows us to forge the most authentic connections with others.

      Cultivate Self-Awareness

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      Life coach Lisa Jeffs writes in her article that increasing self-awareness allows you to live a successful life and meet your full potential. Understanding how you come across is important for leadership, as you cultivate awareness of your own physical and verbal mannerisms. Jeffs says by “Being self-aware about the day to day decisions we make, we ensure that we are acting for ourselves”. By doing this we protect ourselves from self-sabotaging behaviors such as doubt and lack of confidence. 

      Share Your Aspirations

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      Seek our mentorship from those who project both confidence and care and can promote you and your accomplishments. Melissa Richardson, an expert in mentorship and director of The Art of Mentoring, reported that upon completion and even one-year post completion of a mentoring program, mentees report an increase in self-confidence as a key benefit of the program, whether or not it was a goal at the outset.

      There are also many benefits to mentorship for women besides a boost of self-esteem. Mentorship is critical to successful careers for young professionals, as a mentor can push you to seek out advancement and help make sure you have the tools to succeed. Liz Elting, global CEO and entrepreneur wrote in an article for Forbes that “Mentorship creates the opportunities that open more doors to more women, which just keeps the ball rolling.”

      Encourage Collaboration

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      Executive coach, Hannah Hart, recommends in a Forbes article to be a champion and amplifier for others. Supporting women’s ability to talk about their achievements without backlash helps increase a culture of confidence and collaboration. Liz Armbruester, Senior Vice President of Global Compliance at Avalara, echoed the importance of encouraging unity when she said in an interview with Penny Bauder, “Nothing is more destructive for a team than a leader who is unwilling to collaborate.”

      Be Vulnerable

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      Author and researcher on vulnerability, Brené Brown, believes that the only way humans can truly connect is to embrace vulnerability. Befriending your inner critic and recognizing your weaknesses is part of being your authentic self. Brown advocates for “daring to lead” as the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. She said that “We can’t be authentic with others unless we are honest and share all of who we are, and that includes our vulnerabilities.”

      Demonstrate Grit

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      Psychologist Angel Duckworth studies the power of passion and perseverance and says that “grit” is what pushes successful people to reach very long-term goals. She believes that having a growth mindset can be a vehicle for growing grit. Having a growth mindset is an idea developed at Stanford University by Carol Dweck and it is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, and that it can change with effort. Duckworth said at Ted Talks Education 2013 that “By testing our best ideas and strongest intuitions with the willingness to be wrong, we can start over again with lessons learned”. Developing a growth mindset is key for growing confidence because by doing so, you understand that your abilities can grow through hard work. 

      Be a Trailblazer

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      As the youngest Editor-and-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth told Good Morning America that women need to push back on the messages that make them feel like they are not enough and instead believe that they are even if they are a “work in progress”. Getting past the imposter syndrome that so many women experience is about experiencing the highs and lows and still being a trailblazer for not only yourself but for future sheroes. 

      We hope this list from female leaders has inspired you to take steps in your career bravely and confidently. To feel even more confident in your skin, explore our women’s work-from-home outfits that blend comfort and polish. 

      Top tips for dressing up your loungewear

      The loungewear revolution is far from over, but wearing your coziest clothes around town still requires a little strategy and tact. While you can’t just slip some loafers on and show up to a meeting wearing your favorite Henley and joggers, you can pull off business casual (or just plain casual) with the right styling and attitude. 

      Not sure how to work your favorite lounge attire outside of the house? Don’t worry - we’ve got your back. This loungewear guide can help you elevate your outfit from underdressed to dressed-to-impress without giving up an inch of comfort.

      Sizing is crucial 

      Pulling off a classy loungewear look begins with smart, accurate sizing. After all, if your clothing isn’t well-tailored to your body, it will draw the wrong kind of attention. We’re not going for a ‘just rolled out of bed and still wearing your pajamas’ look here.

      So how do you find the right fit? Think like Goldilocks and nail that happy medium. If your clothes are too tight, you’ll look (and feel) uncomfortable and restricted. Too loose, and you’ll look puffy and sloppy. This holds true for every body type. So find the size that fits you best without being too loose or too tight, and it will streamline your physique and accentuate your best assets. 

      Take some time to try out different sizes and see what feels right. You should be able to lift your arms in a shirt without creating big fabric loops around the collar, and it shouldn’t show off your belly either. The seams should line up with your shoulders, and the sleeves shouldn’t come all the way down to your elbow or sit too close to your shoulders. 

      Pants, of course, should stay well above your crack, and they should have plenty of give in the knees or you’ll wear them out quickly. They should also pass the pinch test on the outside of your thighs - you should be able to easily pinch about an inch of fabric in your fingers, and less than two inches. 

      Skip the sweatpants

      Sweatpants are fine for the gym or lounging around the house. However, they aren’t a good look for everyday wear. They are shapeless, and people with shorter legs might find them dragging under their shoes or collecting street gunk. 

      Lounge joggers are where the action is. They offer plenty of space in the crotch to let you move, yet have a tapered leg to keep them from sagging at the knees and elastic cuffs to help them stay at your ankle. Joggers also have functional pockets to keep your wallet, phone, and keys stowed away. They can help you stay zipper-free without looking like you gave up on your appearance or are late to your spin class.

      Elevate your look with the right layers

      The lounge crew neck has a modern fit that avoids the boxy appearance of standard t-shirts. Wearing it with a sport coat for a relaxed look helps set an easygoing but respectable tone, whether you’re on a first date or meeting up with friends at a trendy bar or artsy event. Of course, a t-shirt on its own is fine for most casual get togethers, but you probably don’t want to show up to the office in one.
      Dealing with cooler weather or slightly more formal occasions? Try a lounge Henley. It’s perfect for pairing with suit pants and a blazer (on those days you really do have to wear pants) while helping you maintain as much comfort as possible. Dark joggers can wear like trousers paired with a blazer and can help you get the most out of your casual Friday without drawing your boss’s ire.

      But when the only thing on your docket is a backyard hang or other casual affairs, you don’t need to do anything extravagant to pull off a stylish loungewear look. You can keep warm on brisk days with a cozy hoodie, or stick to the basics in the summer while showing off a little leg in some lounge shorts

      The bottom line

      While you won’t see loungewear at formal events outside of Zoom weddings, the right styling can help you stay in the socially acceptable dress code for some workplaces and plenty of evenings out. So here’s the real question: if you can dress comfortably and look truly stylish, why wouldn’t you? Quality loungewear really is the key to relaxing in and out of the house. 

      Expanding your loungewear wardrobe can help you stay cozy throughout the day without dominating your morning routine, and so long as you put some effort into grooming and utilize smart leisurewear with the right fit, you’ll never look out of place. Once the workday is over, there’s rarely a reason to wear anything else. Sorry, jeans.

      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.

       

      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