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Bra Size Chart + How to Measure Bra Size

Cup Volume (inches) Band Size (inches)
32 34 36 38
26-28" 29-31" 32-34" 35-37"
33-34" 32B
34-35" 32C 34A
35-36" 32D 34B
36-37" 32DD 34C
37-38" 32DDD 34D 36B
38-39" 34DD 36C
39-40" 34DDD 36D 38B
40-41" 36DD 38C
41-42" 36DDD 38D
42-43" 38DD
43-44" 38DDD

How to Use The Bra Size Chart

Let’s take things from the top. The first step to using our bra size chart is knowing how to measure your bra size. If you aren’t familiar with your band or cup size, follow our guide below to find your perfect fit in our bras and others. 

How to Measure Bra Size in 3 Steps

With so many types of bras out there, figuring out your bra size can be challenging. That's why we tried to simplify things as much as possible.There are 3 steps to measuring bra size—measuring your band, your bust and using both measurements to determine your cup size. We have also included a bra size chart that helps you do less math and find your perfect fit faster. Let’s get to measuring!

Step 1: Measure Your Band Size 

An illustration demonstrating how to take bra band measurement using measuring tape

To get the closest measurement, wear a thinly lined bralette or unpadded bra. Grab a soft tape measure and wrap it around your back snugly, keeping it parallel to the floor. Wrap it back around to your bust (right below the middle of your chest) along the band of your bra line and connect it back to meet the other end of the tape measure. Round down to the nearest even number and note your band size in inches.

Step 2: Measure Your Bust Size

An illustration demonstrating how to take bra bust measurement using measuring tape

When learning how to measure your bust, keep the same measuring tape around your back at the band’s level and measure across the fullest part of your chest, making sure to hold the measuring tape against you and parallel to the ground. Take a deep breath to make sure the tape rests at a comfortable position. If your measurement falls at a half-inch, round up!

Step 3: Determine Your Cup Size

A table showing how to calculate your bra cup size by subtracting band from bust

The most common way to calculate your cup size is by subtracting your band size from your bust size. By calculating the difference, you get a number of inches that corresponds to a letter cup size. For example, an A cup means your breasts are lifted an inch of your chest, a B cup means they are lifted 2 inches off your chest, and so on and so forth, per the below chart:

Difference (In Inches): Your Cup Size 

• 1” | A cup 
• 2” | B cup 
• 3” | C cup 
• 4” | D cup 
• 5” | DD cup 
• 6” | DDD cup 

    How to Determine Your Bra Size 

    The last step in how to determine your bra size is using your band size and cup size to locate your bra size using a bra size chart. Fortunately, our bra size chart does the math for you and tells you your size from your band and bust measurements. 

    Differences in Bra Size by Style

    We also have different sizing guides to fit each bra style. 

    Lightly Lined Demi and Wireless Bras 

    For our Lightly Lined Demi and Wireless bras we recommend choosing the size you typically wear in other brands, but you can certainly verify your size by measuring your band and cup size and comparing it to our bra size chart above.

    Scoop Bralette 

    For our Scoop Bralette, we recommend using the bra size chart below. 

    1. XS | 32A-D
    2. S | 34A-D, 32DD
    3. M | 36A-D, 34DD
    4. L | 38A-D, 36DD
    5. XL | 40A-C, 38DD
    6. XXL | 42A-B

    Triangle Bralette 

    For our Triangle Bralette, we recommend using the bra size chart below. 

    1. XS (A –C) | 32A-C 
    2. XS (D-DD) | 32D-DD
    3. S (A-C) | 34A-C
    4. S (D-DD) | 34D-DD
    5. M (A-C) | 36A-C
    6. M (D-DD) | 36D-DD
    7.  L (A-C) | 38A-C 
    8. L (D-DD) | 38D-DD

    Bra Fitting Guide: Do You Have the Right Bra Size?

    A diagram identifying bra straps, cups & gore and band on a model wearing a maroon bra and panties and providing fit tips

    The only way to tell whether any bra size is right is to put it to the test. By using these indicators of comfort and support it won’t take you too long to know whether your bra size is the right fit or not. 

    Band 

    The band should be level with the ground and not feel too tight or too loose. An indicator of an incorrectly fitting bra is when the band hikes up your shoulders or digs into your back or shoulder tissue. There should be enough room to slide one finger underneath the band of a properly fitting bra. 

    Straps

    The straps should sit securely on your shoulders and be snug but not too tight or too loose. They shouldn’t be digging into your shoulder or slide off, especially if they’re adjusted to the tightest fit. 

    Center Gore 

    At the center gore, the underwire should lay flat and not poke into your breasts. Trace the wire of your bra with your finger to make sure it is snuggly sitting on your rib cage and not on your breast tissue. 

    Cups 

    The cups should form to the curve of your breast and should properly cover with no overflow or gaps. A wire and a cup should still fit you and give you a cleavage line without the cut being too small or uncovering. 

    Quick Tips and Fixes to Find Your Bra Size

    A bad bra fit is often worse than no bra at all. It can cut into your skin, leave you achy, and ruin your posture. But if you are unsure where to go size-wise, here are a few tips to guide you to bra salvation. 

    Tip #1: If you need to size up or down, it may not be as simple as going up or down in cup sizegoing from a 36B to a 36C and vice versa. 

    Tip #2: The same sentiment can be used by increasing band size. If you wear a 36B and the cup is too big, rather than simply going down to a 36A, try a 38A. If the cup of your 36B is too small, try a 34C and see how it fits. 

    Tip #3: Bras have sister sizes, and sometimes, it takes a little bit of trial and error to get the size right. Try different sizes and don’t be discouraged with differences in fits by brand. 

    The best place to start? Measuring your bra size before you shop is the best starting point to figure out what size you should try first.

    Bra Fitting FAQs

    From how to wear a bra correctly to what to do if you don’t have a soft tape measure, we’ve answered all of your bra fitting questions below.

    How can I tell if my bra fits properly? 

    Whether you washed your bra and are worried it shrank or you're simply worried you bought the incorrect size, it's natural to wonder if your bra fits well. There are certain comfort, fit and support indicators that you can use to know whether a bra fits properly. For detailed instructions, explore our bra fitting guide above. 

    Am I wearing my bra correctly?

    You can’t know if your bra fits unless you put it on the right way. Follow these steps for putting your bra on correctly. 

    Step 1: Clasp your bra on the loosest hook.

    You want to clasp your bra on the loosest hook so that as it stretches out, you can tighten it in order to have the best band fit. 

    Step 2: Tighten your straps.

    You want your straps to be snug but not so tight that they are digging into your skin or leaving marks. 

    Step 3: Scoop and smooth your breast tissue into your bra.

    The last trick is to scoop your breast tissue out from the bottom of the cup and pull lightly back on the band. Make sure to smooth the cup down at the edge of your bra. 

    How do I know my cup size without measuring?

    Measuring bra size without a soft measuring tape is easy, all you need is  some string or a cord. Wrap the string around your band line, then on the bust line. Note the exact length with a pen and use a ruler or regular tape measure to determine your measurements. Follow our steps above for determining your bra size. 

    Now that you know how to properly measure your bra size and determine your best fit for day and night alike, use our bra size chart to find comfortable bras that will support you like a sister. Still unsure? Before you go hunting for bra alternatives, reach out to one of our bra fit experts, who are always available on live chat, or by phone to guide you through the proper fit process.

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    How to Wear Leggings: 16 Ways to Style Leggings

    Are you a legging-lover with a growing collection of leggings? Or are you a one-pair, purist with a single black pair? No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you want to know how to wear leggings. 

    How do you wear leggings? 

    It can be a struggle. Celebrities and Pinterest posts make styling outfits with leggings look effortless. As you probably have found, there’s a fine line between athleisure and just-rolled-out-of-bed. It’s time to unleash your inner runway model and learn how to walk that line. Learn how to wear leggings (and elevate your style)  with these 16 ways to wear leggings. 

    1. Create a Stylish Combo by Wearing Leggings with Boots

    This one’s a classic. You can’t go wrong with leggings and a good pair of boots. Perfect for the fall and winter months, you can style this look to be casual or professional.

    Depending on the type of boot you choose, it can completely change the look. 

    Let’s look at how to wear leggings with boots.  

    1. Ankle Boots (Booties): These chic, versatile boots can go from professional to an evening out with friends. Go for a monochrome look to elongate your legs, and pair with a dressy shirt and blazer. Ditch the blazer after work.
    2. Knee High Boots: What goes best with a pumpkin spice latte? Tall boots, of course! For an undeniably autumn look, pair brown boots with black leggings. Wear a flannel or tunic to match.
    3. Combat Boots: Introduce a more masculine touch to your outfit with combat boots. Pair with a denim jacket to complete the look (and maybe add a band shirt in the mix.) 

    2. Mix It Up With Capri Leggings

    Capris can be tricky to style. If you’re not careful, they can visually cut your legs in half, making you appear shorter. Don’t give up on your capri leggings, though. They’re comfortable to wear—especially when the weather gets warmer. 

    To avoid looking shorter, stick to the rule of thirds. Choose outfits that divide your silhouette into 1/3 and 2/3. For example, pair high wasted capris (2/3) with a crop top (1/3). Check out these ideas for how to wear capri leggings.

    1. High-waisted capris with a crop top
    2. High-waisted capris with a tucked-in shirt 
    3. Capris with a long tunic 
    4. Capris with a dress 

    Our Women's Go Anywhere® 3/4 Pocket Legging is the perfect capri to pair with a crop top, tucked-in shirt tunic or dress!

    Pink and maroon image comparing the correct way and incorrect way to wear capri leggings

    3. Brighten Up Your Look With White Leggings

    Black leggings are great and versatile, but what do you do when you want to wear an airy, pastel top? Unfortunately, black leggings will just weigh your outfit down. White leggings to the rescue.  

    To wear white leggings, pair them with bright, patterned, floral tops and dresses. White leggings are especially great for spring and summer. When shopping for white leggings, pay attention to the thickness of the fabric (so nobody says “I see London, I see France”) Keep your undergarments on the down-low with these tips to banish panty lines

    4. Add Some Fun With Patterned Leggings

    Wondering how to wear patterned leggings? Whether they’re animal print, zigzag, polka-dots or anything in between, finding a matching top for those zany bottoms isn’t as hard as you think! There's one rule you should stick to when styling patterned leggings:

    The Golden Rule: Don't mix patterned leggings with patterned tops. Other patterns are sure to clash with your already busy leggings. Let your leggings be the star of the show by rocking a solid color top.

    If you’re going for a colorful look, find a solid color top using one of the colors from your leggings. If your leggings have black accents, consider a black top. Looking for an easy pair of patterned leggings to style? Check out our Women's Go Anywhere® Pocket Legging in Camo. This black and grey camo goes with anything! 

    5. Find a Cool, Classic Look With a Denim Jacket and Leggings 

    These closet essentials are a match made in heaven. Pair a denim jacket with leggings for an effortlessly cool look. You can dress this look up or down by changing your shoes or adding jewelry. Here are a few ideas for how to wear a denim jacket with leggings: 

    1. Classic: Denim jacket + white striped shirt + black leggings + booties
    2. Cute: Denim jacket + dress + black leggings + flats 
    3. Sporty: Denim jacket + hoodie + black leggings + sneakers 
    4. Boho: Denim jacket + solid tunic + patterned leggings + chunky jewelry 

    Four circles filled with illustrations of different ways to wear a denim jacket and leggings such as in a classic, cute and sporty style

    6. Stay Comfy and Casual With a Shirt Dress and Leggings 

    Looking for a comfy, casual look? Pair leggings with a shirt dress for an outfit that’s both fashionable and functional. You could even wear this look as loungewear.

    The great thing about shirt dresses is you can quickly style them to be more fitted or baggy depending on your mood. Wondering how to wear a shirt dress with leggings? Here’s some inspo:

    1. Casual: Shirt dress + denim jacket + leggings + sneakers
    2. Comfy: Shirt dress + cardigan + scarf + boots 
    3. Elevated: Shirt dress + belt + blazer + heels

    7. Keep Cool While Wearing Leggings in the Summer 

    Leggings aren’t just for jackets and boots—you can wear leggings in the summer too! When the weather gets hot, remember to keep your outfits light and breezy. Check out these tips for styling leggings for summer vacation:

    Tip #1: Choose leggings that are light and breathable. Athletic leggings are great for the summer since they are often moisture-wicking. 

    Tip #2: Avoid black leggings. Not only will black leggings hold in the heat, they will also make your outfit look heavy. Stick to brighter, lighter colors for the summer months.

    Tip #3: Pair with flowy tops and dresses. Since leggings are form-fitting, create contrast by wearing a flowy top. Not only will it look great, but it will also keep you cool when it’s hot. 

    Tip #4: Try out capri leggings. It’s all about staying cool in the summer. Want more coverage, but want to stay cool? Try pairing a shorter dress with capri leggings. 

    8. Dress Up Your Leggings to Wear to Work 

    Can you wear leggings to work? The answer is yes! You just have to be smart about how you style them. Consider choosing a sophisticated fabric for your work leggings, like leather or velvet. Then add jewelry to elevate the look. Finally, avoid neon and loud patterns. Neutral colors are great for the office.

    Test out these tried-and-true ways to wear leggings to work: 

    1. Chic: Pencil skirt + black leggings + a tucked in blouse + heels 
    2. Comfy: Sweater dress + belt + leggings + booties 
    3. Classic: Long blouse + cardigan + leggings + slides 

    Three circles filled with illustrations showing the different ways to wear leggings at work such as in a chic, comfy or classic style

    9. Tips for Styling Leggings for Women Over 50 

    Everyone can enjoy the comfort and flexibility of leggings—even women over 50. If you’re worried about showing too many curves, consider buying more structured leggings with thicker fabric. In the same vein, if you want to conceal your tummy, look for high-waisted leggings when you shop. 

    Check out Tommy John’s legging collection, all with a double-layered waistband for extra support. 

    10. Add Leggings to Your Winter Wardrobe 

    Leggings go perfectly with jackets and boots—so of course, they are the ideal clothing item for the colder months. When shopping for leggings for winter, look for thicker fabric and full-length styles. 

    Consider fleece-lined leggings if you like to be warm and cozy while on the go, like our Women's Go Anywhere® Fleece Lined Brushed Legging

    Here are a few outfit ideas for how to wear leggings in the winter:

    1. Classic: Sweater dress + leggings + tall boots 
    2. Cool: Denim jacket + hoodie + leggings + sneakers 
    3. Cozy: Flannel shirt dress + cardigan + leggings + slides 
    4. Festive: Printed leggings + solid color sweater dress + booties 

    11. Keep It Classy With Leather Leggings 

    Sometimes you want to wear leather pants, without wearing leather pants. Leather looks chic, but can be uncomfortable. Leather leggings bring the best of both worlds to your closet: style and mobility. Wondering how to wear leather leggings?

    A better question is how not to wear leather leggings because this wardrobe staple goes with anything. Combine with a stylish top and statement shoes for a fun night out, or dress them up to go into the office. 

    12. Style in a Snap With a Denim Shirt and Leggings 

    If you’re in a rush and need a simple, stylish outfit, make this your new go to. To wear a denim shirt with leggings, simply throw a denim shirt on top of a white tee, and you’re ready to go. If your denim shirt is long enough, you can wear it buttoned up by itself with leggings. Here are a few more ideas for how to wear a denim shirt and leggings.

    1. Denim shirt + white button-up + black leggings 
    2. Light denim shirt + black top + black leggings + black booties 
    3. Long denim shirt + belt + scarf + leggings + tall boots 

    Pair your favorite top with our Women's Go Anywhere® Legging in black and a denim jacket, and you’re ready to go. 

    Three outfit combinations including illustrations of denim shirts, leggings, booties and scarves

    13. Lighten Up Your Look With Grey Leggings   

    You probably own a pair of black leggings, but have you tried grey? If you want a wardrobe piece that’s just as versatile as black leggings, but visually less heavy, you will love grey leggings. Wearing grey leggings can be a little tricky, simply because there are so many shades out there. Here are some general guidelines for wearing grey leggings: 

    1. Light Grey: Provides a fresh alternative to black leggings. Pair with lighter, pastel colors for a more feminine look.
    2. Heather Grey: Looks sporty and pairs well with athletic tops and shoes. Style similarly to grey sweatpants.
    3. Dark Grey: Style these leggings the same as black leggings. Great for fall or winter.
    4. Metallic: Add some spontaneity to your wardrobe. These eye-catching leggings are great for a night out with friends. 

    14. Get Up and Go With Sneakers and Leggings 

    Did somebody say everyday outfit? Sneakers and leggings go together like cookies and cream. They are the pinnacle of athleisure and a staple for any legging aficionado. Check out these different styles of sneakers you can wear with leggings: 

    1. White sneakers: Great for a bright, minimalist look. Looks casual, but still put together. Consider pairing it with light grey leggings and a denim shirt.
    2. Athletic sneakers: Perfect for going to the gym, put on your favorite athletic shoes, and you’re ready to go. Pair with a hoodie or athletic jacket.
    3. Fashion sneakers: Eye-catching sneakers with a chunky heel or gold accents can take your leggings to the next level. Make it fashion, or make it office savvy.
    4. Slip-on sneakers: Slip-on sneakers are a great medium between athletic sneakers and fashion sneakers. Choose a solid color to pair with any outfit. 

    15. Plan for Fall With a Flannel Shirt and Leggings 

    Picture yourself at a pumpkin patch, under a tree with beautiful autumn leaves falling all around you. Maybe you even have a hot apple cider in your hand or a pumpkin spice latte. Ahh...life is good.

    If this sounds like where you want to be, a flannel and leggings is the perfect look for you. To wear a flannel shirt with leggings, you have a few options. Wear a long flannel, buttoned-up by itself with leggings, or wear your flannel like a light jacket over a white shirt. If it’s cold, try adding a scarf, boots, and maybe even a beanie. 

    Blonde woman wearing a dark flannel, leggings, and a hat looking over her right shoulder with her back turned

    16. Stay Warm With Velvet Leggings 

    Velvet leggings can be a great way to introduce a pop of color into your outfit—while still looking sophisticated. These soft leggings are great when the weather gets a little colder. They can even add some texture to your outfit, that leggings often leave out. Check out these ideas for how to wear velvet leggings: 

    1. Monochrome: Pair black velvet leggings with an all black outfit. The texture of velvet will help break up your outfit.
    2. Nude top: Wear a nude or neutral top to let the elegance of velvet leggings shine through.
    3. Sweater: Rock a sweater and velvet leggings for a warm and cozy winter look. 

    What to Wear With Leggings?

    Looking for more legging outfit ideas? Thankfully, leggings go with just about anything. They are a great wardrobe staple that you can style for almost any occasion. 

    Here is a list of popular items to pair with leggings:

    1. Denim jacket
    2. White shirt 
    3. Flannel shirt 
    4. White and black striped shirt 
    5. Tunic 
    6. T-shirt dress
    7. Sweater dress 
    8. Booties or ankle boots
    9. Tall boots or knee-high boots 
    10. White sneakers
    11. Fashion sneakers 

    Additional Considerations When Choosing Leggings 

    Ready to find the perfect legging to match your style? There are a few things you should consider when shopping: color, length, and fabric. Also, think about your overall style. Are you looking for a statement piece or a versatile staple to add to your wardrobe? 

    Color

    Black is the most popular color for leggings—and for a good reason. It truly goes with anything and goes anywhere like our Women's Go Anywhere® Legging

    A close neighbor of black is dark grey or light grey. These neutral colors are still versatile, but look a bit more modern. In the same vein, white leggings are also a team player. They go with anything, but might be better for you if you plan on styling brighter colored outfits. 

    Finally, consider stepping outside the box and choosing a colored velvet legging or patterned legging. These pieces will add some spice and variety to your closet. 

    Length

    Full-length leggings are the standard. These leggings are great for working out, since you won’t have to worry about your leggings moving around while you work out. Long leggings work well as pants or tights. 

    If you like wearing leggings in the summer, consider buying capri leggings. Not sure how to wear them? If you have a short dress, you can make it look more modest by adding capri leggings. These cropped leggings are great for transitioning in-between seasons. 

    Fabric

    Which fabric works best for you? If you work out or travel frequently, look for breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. With any legging, make sure the fabric is thick enough that it’s not see-through.

    If you plan on styling more formal outfits, consider introducing some texture with either velvet or leather leggings. Finally, if warmth is important, consider looking for thicker leggings or fleece-lined leggings. 

    As you can see, leggings can do a lot. They’re not just for working out, they’re also great for going to the office, traveling on a plane, or just everyday wear. If you felt lost before about how to wear leggings, you now have lots of options. 

    Looking for a versatile, everyday legging? Check out Tommy John’s collection of leggings. They have a variety of colors and designs to fit any style. 

    15 Types of Socks and How to Wear Them

    Socks are an essential part of every wardrobe. We wear them daily to keep our feet comfortable and give our outfits a finishing touch. There are so many types of socks to choose from depending on the occasion and what type of shoe you’re wearing.

    No matter what the day ahead holds for you, socks can make or break your outfit. There’s nothing worse than having to tug on socks that keep falling down or walking around with frozen toes because you wore the wrong type of sock.

    To help you figure out which socks are your best bet for comfort and style, we created our handy guide to 15 different sock styles for men and women’s socks, too. We’ll also discuss which shoes work best with each style of sock so that you’re always putting your best foot forward.

    15 Essential Sock Styles

    An infographic illustrating 15 types of socks separated into five categories, with each listing the best types of shoes for each style

    It’s important to choose the right socks every day to keep yourself comfortable. If you pair your socks with the wrong shoes, you’re more likely to be uncomfortable or have your socks fall down throughout the day. Socks aren’t just an accessory, either! They protect your feet from injury so that you can keep sporting your favorite shoes.

    We wear socks almost every day, so they need to look good and feel comfortable. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of socks that are available to choose from, use this guide to figure out which socks are best for your needs.

    1. Liner Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing Tommy John’s Stay-Put Liner Socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed]

    Liner socks are a type of sock that’s ideal for when you don’t want your socks to show and distract from your shoes. These socks are ultra-low – just covering your toes and heel – so they’re nearly invisible when you wear shoes. Because of this, they’re sometimes called invisible socks.

    Our Stay-Put Liner Sock is made from our InvisiGrip® Technology so that you don’t have to worry about these socks bunching at your heel or falling down. Say goodbye to blisters! 

    Wear them with: 

    Slip-on sneakers, ballet flats

    Level of coverage: 

    Very low coverage

    2. No-Show Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing no-show socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    No-show socks are ideal for wearing loafers and dress shoes because they cover your whole foot without showing at the ankle. This means that your entire foot is protected but nobody will be able to tell that you’re wearing socks.

    These socks offer all the protection without distracting from your shoe choice for formal events.

    Wear them with: 

    Loafers, dress shoes

    Level of coverage:

    Low coverage

    3. Ankle Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing ankle socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Ankle socks are the go-to socks for your favorite sneakers. You’re probably going to see the very top of these socks at your ankle, but it’s subtle. 

    Ankle socks cover your entire foot but scoop down below your ankle bone. They’re ideal for shoes that cover your whole foot and when you don’t want to make a statement with your socks.

    Wear them with: 

    Casual sneakers

    Level of coverage: 

    Low coverage

    4. Quarter Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing quarter socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Quarter socks reach just above your ankle bone. These socks are good for transitional weather when you’re wearing ankle-length boots. They offer a bit more warmth and protection than ankle socks and usually aren’t visible above the boot line. Some quarter-length socks are called short crew socks.

    Wear them with: 

    Chelsea boots, ankle boots, hiking boots

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium coverage

    5. Mid-Calf Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing mid-calf socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Mid-calf socks are a couple of inches taller than quarter socks but still leave the top part of your calf exposed. They’re a good option for any boots that are between ankle and knee length. Depending on your shoe, these can peek over the edge of your boot, so you can use them to accessorize your look.

    Many people call these socks mids or crew socks.

    Wear them with: 

    Chelsea boots, ankle boots, hiking boots, rain boots, snow boots

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium Coverage

    6. Over the Calf Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing over the calf socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Over the calf socks come up around the biggest part of your calf muscle. These socks are ideal for colder weather and work well with many types of boots. 

    These socks are a good choice if you want a visible sock with your shorter boots or a no-show look with your taller boots. To style them with a shorter boot, some people will wear them normally or scrunch them down just above the top of their boots.

    Wear them with: 

    Snow boots, ankle boots, knee boots

    Level of coverage: 

    High coverage

    7. Knee High Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing knee high socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Knee socks cover your entire calf and come up to just below your knee. These socks are ideal for your favorite winter boots because they have full coverage of your lower legs. 

    These socks are also a favorite for lounging around your home while keeping your feet warm. Our Second Skin Knee High Sock offers light compression and a Comfort Cuff that won’t leave those annoying marks at the top of your calves.

    Wear them with: 

    Snow boots, rain boots, knee boots, riding boots

    Level of coverage: 

    High coverage

    8. Over the Knee Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing over the knee socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Over the knee socks cover everything up to the top of your knee. These socks are often worn as accessories, but the length is also great for keeping you warm. They’re often paired with a skirt and boots in cooler weather.

    Wear them with: 

    Snow boots, rain boots, knee boots, riding boots

    Level of coverage: 

    High coverage

    9. Thigh High Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing thigh high socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Thigh high socks come up to your mid-thigh for the highest coverage. These socks can be ultra warm or made from stocking-like material depending on your needs. They work best for layering under your tallest boots.

    Thinner thigh high socks or stockings are sometimes called hold-ups or stay-ups. 

    Wear them with: 

    Thigh high boots, riding boots

    Level of coverage: 

    High coverage

    10. Casual Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing casual socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Casual socks are good for everyday wear or loungewear. They usually have more of a knit texture to keep your feet comfortable in your day-to-day life. Our Second Skin Casual Socks have extra arch support to keep you on the move, no matter what your plans are. 

    Wear them with: 

    Slippers, ankle boots

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium coverage

    11. Dress Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing dress socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Dress socks are your go-to sock for any formal occasion. While their length is similar to casual socks, they have a smooth texture because the knit is closer. Dress socks come in solid colors or different patterns, depending on the occasion. Some dress socks are called work socks because they’re appropriate for office dress codes.

    Our Stay-Up Dress Socks come in many colors and patterns. They stay up no matter what with our InvisiGrip® Technology. They’re also designed with zoned support, so you can wear them all day with comfort.

    Wear them with: 

    Dress shoes

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium coverage

    12. Athletic Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing athletic socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Athletic socks offer more cushioning than other socks to protect you from blisters while exercising. No matter how your feet move, these socks will keep you comfortable. They also usually offer some compression for extra support through all your activities.

    Sometimes, these socks are labeled as sports socks or varsity socks because they’re ideal for working out and playing sports.

    Wear them with: 

    Athletic sneakers, basketball shoes, cleats

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium to high coverage

    13. Compression Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing compression socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Compression socks support your legs and feet to promote healthy blood flow. These are often recommended for people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, but anyone can wear compression socks. Because of their health benefits, compression socks are sometimes called diabetic socks.

    On long flights or trips, compression socks keep your blood flowing to your feet even if you’re sitting for a long time. This prevents swelling and keeps you comfortable.

    Wear them with: 

    Any shoe

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium to high coverage

    14. Split-Toe Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing split-toe socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Think of split-toe socks as gloves for your feet. They have 10 smaller sections for your toes to keep them warm and supported. Some split-toe socks only have two sections, one for your big toe and one for your other toes. Split-toe socks that have 10 sections are sometimes called toe socks or glove socks.

    Split-toe socks with two sections are called tabi socks and are popular throughout Asia. These socks are thought to promote flexibility and are sometimes called thumb socks.

    Wear them with: 

    Sandals, flip flops

    Level of coverage: 

    Low to high coverage

    15. Boot Socks

    Illustrated legs wearing boot socks with level of coverage and complementary shoe styles listed

    Boot socks are inserts for your rain boots that keep your feet warm and comfortable. Rubber rain boots are the ultimate waterproof choice but they can get really cold when temperatures drop. With boot socks, you don’t need to sacrifice warmth to reap the waterproofing benefits of your favorite rain boots. 

    They’re also good additions to other boots that are stylish but not very warm for your feet. Boot socks are sometimes called sock boots, bootees or booties.

    Wear them with: 

    Rain boots, knee boots, riding boots

    Level of coverage: 

    Medium to high coverage

    How to Wear Socks and FAQs

     

    An illustrated chart describing the occasions when each Tommy John sock style should be worn

    When deciding which type of socks to wear, it’s most important to consider the occasion, the sock’s visibility and your comfort. For example, ankle boots are appropriate for casual and formal occasions. While a quirky-printed sock may pair well with a casual look, you may want to choose a monochromatic option for a fancy dinner.

    Choosing your socks’ ideal visibility level not only requires that you consider their coverage, but also their print or color if your socks will be visible. And of course the whole point of socks is to keep your feet comfortable, so be sure not to neglect your comfort when making your decision.

    What Are the Most Popular Types of Socks?

    It’s no surprise that casual socks are the most popular sock. Most days, we dress more casually and these socks are ideal for hanging out at home or wearing out and about.

    In warmer weather, lower-cut socks are perfect for casual days. But as temperatures drop and the boots come out, you can get away with quirkier casual sock choices. So, mid-calf casual socks are a popular choice for their versatility.

    What Type of Socks Are in Style for 2022?

    Mid-calf socks are always in style and come in many different colors and prints. Fun patterns on socks are a fun way to express yourself and boost your mood.

    Prints for socks can range from quirky patterns, like a cactus print, to classic patterns like argyle. There’s a print for any occasion, so explore until you find one that sticks out to you!

    What Makes a Good Pair of Socks?

    A good pair of socks is comfortable, durable and fashionable. You want breathable material that keeps your feet warm without making them sweaty in the warmer months.

    When it comes to quality, you also don’t want a pair of socks that easily tears or thins out after a couple of wears. The best socks are machine washable and safe to toss in the dryer to help simplify your laundry routine.

    Finally, you want to look good! You’ll always need the basics but it’s nice to have a pattern or two for when you want a fun look.

    How Do You Fold Socks?

    There are a couple of different ways to fold your socks to keep them organized in your drawers. Here are a few:

    1. Cuff Fold: This is the easiest fold to do but it can look a little messy. To cuff your socks, just lay them on top of one another. Then, fold the cuff of one sock down and around the other so that they stay together. You can keep it this way or fold the toe part of your socks up to save a bit more space.
    2. Simple Sock Fold: This sock fold packages up your socks without using the cuffs. Since it’s such an easy method, this is a great fold to teach children. For this fold, just lay your socks flat on top of each other. Next, fold the toes up one-third of the way towards your cuffs. Lastly, fold your cuffs down all the way to the crease that you made with the first sock. Now your socks are neatly folded and ready to store in your drawer.
    3. Military Sock Fold: The military sock fold saves you the most space in your drawer. For this fold, lay your socks on top of each other and roll your socks up tightly, starting at the toe. When you get to the end, pull the cuff of the outer sock so that your socks are tightly packaged up. This is an ideal fold for travel laundry because it saves a lot of space.

    What is the Difference Between Mid-Calf and Crew Socks?

    Crew socks are slightly shorter than mid-calf socks and are usually a more casual cut compared to mid-calf socks. But now, there are many dress socks that are cut to crew length.

    For some manufacturers, mid-calf socks and crew socks are used interchangeably. You probably wouldn’t notice the difference between the two in normal wear.

    With the help of this guide to sock types, we hope that you’re never second-guessing your sock choices again. Whether you’re looking to gift some socks or shopping for yourself, you can feel confident that you’re making the best choices to complement any look.

    Bra Packing Guide: 15 Tips for Packing and Traveling With Bras

    The impact that bras have on our lives can’t be overstated. They provide confidence, support and comfort in the times we need it most. While our bras are our heroes in nearly every situation, there may be no time where they come to the rescue more than when traveling. As you leave the comfort of home behind, the last thing you want to feel is the added vulnerability of going braless. That said, bra packing isn’t always easy.

    Due to bras’ fragility and particular shape, it can be challenging to correctly pack bras in luggage. If packed poorly, you run the risk of arriving at your destination with stained, crushed or torn bras – complications you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Let’s take a look at some creative ways you can pack your bras to ensure that they get from point A to point B looking pristine.

    How to Pack Bras for Travel

    Four illustrated tools that can be used to store bras before packing them complemented by a benefit of using each tool

    Before tossing your loose bras into your luggage wherever they seem to fit, consider putting them inside something that will help keep them safe. There are several types of containers that make storing and packing bras for travel much easier. Let’s review some of the most popular options.

    1. Use a Bra Case

    What better way to keep your bra safe than packing it in a travel bra bag that’s designed specifically for bras? To be honest, bras are an awkward shape and don’t fit very naturally in most travel bags and suitcases. Travel bra cases are made to hold bras and maintain their shape.

    While they may take up a bit more room in your luggage than you’d like, you can feel confident that your bras will stay safe when stored in a bra case. If you plan to pack more expensive bras, this is definitely an investment worthy of consideration.

    2. Use a Packing Cube

    Packing cubes are great tools for organizing and protecting everything you need for your next trip. Since bras are so fragile, consider dedicating a cube just for your bras, underwear and socks.

    A packing cube is a great way to give yourself peace of mind that your bras will reach your destination undamaged. For added confidence that they will maintain their shape, try stacking your underwire bras and placing them along the corner of your packing cube, which should be similar to the shape of your bra cups.

    3. Use a Plastic Bag

    If you’d rather not invest in a packing cube or plan to pack light, you can get creative with how you pack your bras. If you have gallon-size sealable plastic bags around the house, consider using one to store your bras.

    You may be wondering how a thin plastic bag could protect your bras at all. As it turns out, a little creativity goes a long way! By adding some air to your bag before sealing it, you can create a protective bubble-like barrier around your bras. Just be sure not to add too much air if you plan to fly, as the pressure of the altitude may cause your bag to burst.

    4. Use a Bra Wash Bag

    If you plan to wash your bras while you’re away from home, you may consider bringing a bra wash bag. Bra wash bags are mesh containers designed to carry bras to the laundry room and protect them in the washing machine. This is a great way to consolidate your bras and pack them away safely.

    If you’ve used the bag to hold your dirty bras recently, just be sure to wash it before you fill it with the clean bras you plan to bring on your trip.

    How to Fold Bras for Travel

    Three illustrated bra folding methods with a description of a benefit of each method

    Aside from storage vessels, there are a few folding methods that make packing bras in a small suitcase or bag much more convenient and space-saving.

    6. Try the Clam Fold

    One unique bra folding technique that’s great for travel involves lining up the edges of each bra cup, creating a clamlike shape. While it might sound counterintuitive to make a ball out of your bra, this shape is great for storing other small articles of clothing, like tightly folded underwear or socks.

    While you don’t want to stack anything on top of your clam folded bras, they’re a great shape for storing in the corners of your luggage as you travel. Use your other clothes to provide a protective barrier that supports your bras.

    7. Try the Tuck Fold

    Another great folding method for travel is the tuck fold. This method requires you to grab the middle of your bra with two fingers, twist it and place one bra cup into the other. After folding multiple bras using this method, you can stack them all and create a heap of neatly tucked bras that’s ready to pack away.

    8. Stack Them

    Whether you plan to pack a really nice bra or you just want to avoid messing with your bra’s fabric at all, the thought of twisting the middle of your bra may concern you. Good news – you can still stack your bras together without needing to twist anything.

    Stack the cups of one bra into the other in order of biggest to smallest cups until you have a stack of all the bras you plan to travel with in a pile in front of you. Just remember to fill the cups of the bottom bra with other small articles of clothing to help your bras maintain their shape.

    Additional Bra Packing Hacks 

    An image of stacked bras with tucked straps next to an explanation of why tucking bra straps is a good idea

    Before you begin packing your bras for your getaway, there are some tips and tricks you should keep in mind that will help you save space and keep your bras safe as you get from point A to point B.

    9. Tuck in Bra Straps

    Bra straps are essential to the functionality of bras. That said, they can be a nuisance when packed with other clothes, as the hooks can get snagged on other fabric. To avoid this, remember to tuck your bra straps inside of the bra’s cups.

    If you’re stacking bras together, use the bra under it to hold the straps in place. If not, keep the straps held in place by putting them between the inside of the bra cups and the socks or underwear you use to keep the bra’s shape.

    10. Use the Corner of Your Suitcase

    Several of the bra packing methods above have encouraged making use of the corners of your luggage. This is because packing your bras in most other parts of your suitcase – unless they’re protected by some type of container – may damage or dent your bras.

    Since bras are such a unique shape, they can also take up significant space if not packed strategically. Keeping them in the corners of your luggage will save you space and allow you to pack more clothes without filling up your bag.

    11. Always Stuff the Cups

    If you’re wondering how to keep bra pads in place, the easiest answer is stuffing the cups. Nearly every folding and stacking method can be improved by filling bra cups with socks and underwear. Not only is this great for supporting your bra’s natural shape, but it also saves you space as you don’t need to fill up any more of your luggage with socks and underwear.

    Mindful Bra Packing Habits

    An image of a packing cube filled with bras and other clothes next to a list of four good bra packing habits

    Some bra packing habits require a little foresight. If you don’t keep them in mind from the beginning, you may need to restart your packing process to correct any mistakes. Before you start adding your clothes to your suitcase, remember to practice the following tips.

    12. Pack Bras Last

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – bras are fragile and need to be handled with care. While packing bras can be annoying and you may want to get them tucked away as quickly as possible, you’ll want to set your bras aside until you’ve packed everything else so that they don’t get crushed. They’re safest on top of your luggage rather than anywhere in the middle or worse – the bottom of your bag.

    13. Pack Fewer Bras

    When it comes to traveling with bras, the fewer the better. Even if you take precautions, travel can be messy and you may end up ruining some bras in the process. Once your bras have a few days’ wear on them, just wash them to be worn again the next day.

    We get it – nobody likes doing travel laundry – but bringing as few bras as possible and washing them at your destination is the best way to save space in your luggage and keep your bras safe while you’re on the road.

    14. Avoid Traveling With Nice Bras

    At this point, it should be a given to leave your fancier bras at home. With travel comes some risk, so only bring what you’d be okay with getting a little damaged.

    Prioritize packing wireless bras if possible, as these options offer comfort and are less likely to lose their shape if packed with other clothes.

    15. Remove Bras Upon Arrival

    Once you arrive at your destination, remember to remove your bras from your luggage as soon as possible. The longer they stay compressed in a bag, the more likely they are to lose their shape.

    Once you take them out, be sure to hang them up in a closet or lay them out in a drawer for the duration of your trip.

    Bra packing can be one of the most challenging travel preparations, but with the help of the tips above you have everything you need to keep your bras safe as you explore the world!

    If you’re looking for the best bra for travel, whether by plane, train, boat or car, check out our Second Skin Wireless Bra, the perfect bra for ultimate comfort and easy packing.

    Boxers vs Briefs vs Boxer Briefs: How to Choose The Right Style

    While men’s underwear may seem straightforward at first glance, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the best style of underwear for any occasion. If you’re struggling to decide between boxers vs briefs vs boxer briefs, it’s important not to toss a coin and leave your decision up to random chance.

    To help you quickly decide which style best suits your wants and needs, we address each option and compare their comfortability, functionality and appearance.

    What are Boxers?

    Boxers, also known as boxer shorts, are a style of men’s underwear known for their elastic waistband and loosely fitting fabric. While they don’t tend to hold anything in place, their looseness makes them a great option for breathability and free movement. Guys’ boxers are a classic that can be worn for any occasion, though they don’t tend to be preferred for high-intensity activities due to their loose fit.

    What are Briefs?

    Briefs are a short, tighter underwear style worn by men and women alike. One of the most classic styles of men’s briefs are the notorious “tighty-whities”. They aren’t to be mistaken for boxer briefs, which tend to cover much more of the leg than briefs do. Briefs are also highly versatile, coming in styles that offer various levels of coverage as well as different types of fits.

    What are Boxer Briefs?

    Boxer briefs are a style of men’s underwear that blends the snugness of briefs with the thigh coverage of boxers. Unlike both boxers and briefs, boxer briefs cover the inner thighs and tend to stretch easily to allow for leg movement. Recent years have seen the evolution of boxer briefs to better meet men’s comfort needs, as in our Hammock Pouch Boxer Brief.

    Boxers vs Briefs vs Boxer Briefs

    A graphic comparing boxers, boxer briefs and briefs by snugness, support, breathability and coverage level

    Now that we’ve introduced all three styles of men’s underwear, let’s compare them using three essential factors – comfort, function and appearance.

    Comfort

    If there’s one quality that matters most when it comes to choosing the right underwear, it’s comfort. You shouldn’t have to tug at your underwear all day to keep it in place, and it shouldn’t be squeezing you so tightly that you lose circulation in your legs. Let’s dive into how each style makes your body feel.

    Boxers

    Boxers certainly have their pros and cons in the realm of comfort. If you’re looking for excellent breathability, this is the style for you. Boxers are made of loose fabric that leaves plenty of space for your sensitive areas to stay cool.

    That said, with freedom comes a little risk. Boxers can leave you feeling vulnerable as your privates are not very supported or protected by loose fabric. While this is fine for leisurely activity, it can pose an issue for higher intensity activities like sports and workouts.

    Boxers are also the most likely of the three styles to get bunched up, requiring you to frequently pull down on the fabric to keep it in place.

    Briefs

    On the other end of the comfort spectrum are briefs. No matter the activity, you can feel confident that your boys won’t be in pain from excessive movement when sporting this style.

    Of course, since briefs offer a tighter fit, warmer days can introduce some discomfort into the mix. If you anticipate sweat getting in the way of comfort while wearing briefs, you’ll want to invest in a pair made from anti-microbial fabric that won’t smell or soak up sweat like our 360 Sport Brief.

    Boxer Briefs

    To balance the deficiencies of boxers and briefs, boxer briefs come to the rescue. This style offers great support while also providing enough space for your sensitive zone to breathe.

    If comfort is your number one priority, nothing beats our Second Skin Hammock Pouch Boxer Brief.

    Function

    A man wearing only white trunks while holding a cup of coffee and looking pensively out a window

    While it’s crucial to feel good in your underwear, we don’t necessarily throw on a pair just to feel comfortable. Underwear serves some very important functional purposes, from adding a layer of protection between your skin and your clothes to holding everything in place.

    Boxers

    While boxers can be a really comfortable option, they tend to lack some important functional qualities. While they do add an important layer of protection between your skin and your clothes, boxer fabric tends to be thinner than other options which means it’s more likely for your pants and shorts to soil quickly.

    Boxers also tend to be much baggier than other options – fly and all. While this can be convenient when nature calls, it increases the possibility of accidental exposure – a situation no guy wants to find himself in.

    That said, our Cool Cotton Relaxed Fit Boxer is made with a moisture-wicking fabric thick enough to provide plenty of protection and the ideal loose-but-not-too-loose fit to keep you feeling relaxed, secure and covered.

    Briefs

    As we’ve already mentioned, briefs are great for providing your package with the utmost support. However, they also offer the least coverage of all three underwear types, which means plenty of thigh exposure and the potential for chafing.

    If you go for briefs, it’s important to choose a material that is easy on your skin and to be aware of what outer layer you’re wearing. Skinny jeans, for example, are more likely to cause thigh chafing than a pair of silky joggers.

    Boxer Briefs

    Once again, boxer briefs are the innovative solution to the issues encountered with boxers and briefs, allowing minimal chafing and excellent coverage to live together in harmony.

    While they offer thigh coverage and up-close support, they still provide enough space between your body and the fabric to keep chafing under control. Our Apollo collection takes the functionality of boxer briefs to the next level, providing the utmost durability, breathability and softness with the help of innovative drirelease® fabric. 

    Appearance

    While underwear was originally designed for utility above all else, everybody wants to look good in their underwear. Let’s explore how each style stacks up when it comes to visual appeal.

    Boxers

    Boxers do a great job at covering your thighs and offering extra padding, just like a pair of loosely fitting shorts would. This style works great for slightly more top-heavy body types, as it makes your lower body look bigger, improving bodily proportionality.

    That said, boxers can pose some stylistic challenges for people with a skinnier body type, as the baggier look can feel a bit sloppy and the large space between leg and fabric may appear awkward. It never hurts to try on a pair in the mirror and see how confident you feel!

    Briefs

    Briefs leave very little up to the imagination, revealing the entire thigh and only covering what needs to be covered to maintain a degree of modesty. For this reason, briefs tend to look best on people with very physically fit bodies.

    That said, don’t let this discourage you from trying on a pair. What matters most is your own confidence level and how good you feel in them.

    Boxer Briefs

    By now, you probably know the drill–boxer briefs take the cake by resolving the issues posed by boxers and briefs. This style works for men of every body type, providing plenty of coverage while still nicely defining your legs and drawing positive attention. Thanks to boxer briefs, anyone can feel confident in their underwear!

    Considerations When Choosing Boxers vs Briefs vs Boxer Briefs

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    While the qualities of the underwear types themselves are critical considerations when deciding what to wear, there are some external factors that are equally deserving of consideration before pulling the trigger on one style over another.

    Activity

    Are you dressing for the gym, work, a relaxing day at home or an evening out? While boxer briefs are likely appropriate for all of these activities, you shouldn’t wear loose boxers to the gym – too much risk of exposing yourself to the person across from you when bench pressing.

    In the same vein, snug briefs probably aren’t the move if you’re just planning to sit back and watch a movie. Consider the risks and comfort levels of each style for whatever activity you have planned – you won’t regret it.

    Body Type

    Does showing a little extra skin make you look and feel confident, or does your body look best with a little more coverage? Generally, leaner guys tend to pull off boxer briefs better than they do loose boxers, and more top-heavy guys tend to look great in boxers compared to tight briefs.

    Of course, no underwear style should be gatekept by certain body types. What matters most is that you can look in the mirror and appreciate what you’ve got!

    Weather

    Briefs may be your favorite style of underwear until things start to heat up. Sweat doesn’t feel too good when confined in an already warm space. Likewise, boxers may feel great until it starts snowing and the loose fabric provides little to no heat retention.

    Don’t be afraid to have a different go-to underwear style for every type of weather – you don’t have to show undying loyalty to just one! Prepare yourself for warm days by exploring our Apollo offerings, which use drirelease® fabric to keep your skin up to 7°F cooler than cotton.

    FAQs: Boxers vs Briefs vs Boxer Briefs

    A man wearing only gray boxer briefs facing a stove as he cooks something in a skillet

    If you have more questions about these three underwear styles, you aren’t alone. Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about boxers, briefs and boxer briefs.

    Can Girls Wear Boxers?

    Yes! Women can absolutely wear boxers and any other style of underwear traditionally labeled as “men’s underwear”. Women who wear boxers tend to find men’s underwear styles comfier and less prone to chafing than panties. Many women wear boxers and boxer briefs to bed, as they make great pajama bottoms.

    What Size Boxer Briefs Should I Wear?

    The size of your boxer briefs should closely match your waist size. If you wear size 32x34 pants, you should aim for size 32, or size Medium underwear. For the most accurate measurement, check out our underwear size chart.

    How Should Boxer Briefs Fit? 

    If you’re wondering how to wear boxer briefs correctly, you’re not alone. Boxer briefs are supposed to fit snugly, but they aren’t supposed to feel constricting. A good test of boxer brief comfort is to try sitting, jumping and stretching in them to make sure that any activity will feel comfortable. If something doesn’t feel right, you may need to adjust your size or try a different style.

    What’s the Difference Between Trunks and Boxer Briefs?

    Due to the similarities between boxer briefs vs trunks, it’s normal to be a bit confused about what sets them apart. Simply put, trunks are shorter and squarer than boxer briefs, which tend to be longer and more rectangular in shape.

    Should I Wear Boxers or Briefs?

    Whether it’s better to wear boxers or briefs depends on several factors, from weather to body type to occasion. For exercise and cooler weather, briefs and boxer briefs are certainly better than boxers. On the other hand, for warmer weather and lazy days around the house, boxers are probably preferable to briefs.

    Why Do Guys Wear Briefs?

    Since briefs tend to be considered less fashionable than boxer briefs, you may be wondering why briefs would ever be a man’s first choice. The primary appeal of briefs is that they provide plenty of support with minimal extra fabric. For guys with an active lifestyle who don’t like the feeling of extra fabric on their thighs, briefs are often a favorite.

    While this post has compared three supremely popular underwear options, there are even more types of men’s underwear to explore. If you’re preparing to buy your next pair, remember that you never have to sacrifice style for comfort – our Second Skin collection provides both!

    Sleeping With Dogs: 8 Science-Backed Tips from Pet Experts

    If you’re a dog owner, you understand the unbreakable bond that forms between an owner and their pet. Pets are so important to our mental health, especially during times of hardship, so it’s natural to want to snuggle up in bed with your pup while wearing your favorite pair of pajamas. But is sleeping with dogs safe?

    Most of the time, the answer is yes. Sleeping with dogs is totally safe as long as both you and your dog are healthy. It’s also important to make sure your dog is house trained and is not prone to aggressive or territorial behaviors around the bed.

    If you’re wondering whether sharing a bed with your four-legged friend is the right choice for you, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of experts, we’ve explored this topic and have some guidance should you choose to snooze with your pooch.

    Benefits of Sleeping With Dogs 

    An illustrated graphic listing four benefits of sleeping with dogs, from improving mental health to helping you feel safe

    It’s no secret why 56% of dog owners enjoy laying beside their pups at bedtime – there are some scientifically supported benefits! The following positive impacts of snuggle time with your pet present an enticing case for why dogs should sleep in your bed.

    Improves Mental Health 

    It’s no secret that pets are great at helping us relax and smile, but is there any scientific evidence supporting the mental health benefits of owning a pet? One study observing the impact of animal-assisted activities showed a relationship between partaking in these activities and experiencing fewer depressive symptoms.

    Sleep is essential to positive mental health, so sleeping with dogs is similar to engaging in a therapeutic activity with them. Cuddling up with your pup might just be the cherry on top of your self-care regimen.

    Helps You Feel Safe

    Dogs tend to be highly territorial animals and will do everything in their power to protect their owners. It’s no wonder why people tend to feel safer when sleeping with their loyal companion nearby!

    A study surveying women who sleep with animals found that women who sleep with dogs felt a greater sense of security and comfort than women who sleep with cats or even human partners. You could say your pup is the guard dog of your dreams (literally)!

    Reduces Stress

    Have you ever wondered why petting a dog makes you feel so good? As it turns out, one study revealed that human-animal interactions might benefit certain symptoms of stress, including human cortisol levels, heart rate and blood pressure.

    Since sleeping is a vulnerable activity that takes up so much of our time, it’s likely that sleeping with dogs can have a healthy impact on our stress levels. According to Dr. Linda Simon, veterinary surgeon and veterinary consultant with FiveBarks, “We are most vulnerable when asleep and our dogs appreciate the opportunity to be near us at this time.”

    Strengthens Owner-Pet Bond

    It’s common to feel emotionally connected to dogs when physically close to them. Perhaps you’ve heard that sleeping with dogs may boost oxytocin production, potentially contributing to this feeling.

    According to Crystal Litzenberger, veterinary technician and client care specialist at Lolahemp, sleeping with dogs helps them learn that they can trust you. “This is especially true for dogs with new owners,” she adds. If you’ve recently adopted or rescued a new dog, spending some quality time sleeping near them can help reassure them that you’re their protector.

    8 Tips For Sleeping With Dogs

    An illustrated graphic demonstrating 8 tips for sleeping with dogs, including using a doggy bed and maintaining boundaries

    Clearly, there are plenty of great reasons to sleep with your dog. That said, there are some best practices you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that both you and your pet remain happy and healthy.

    1. Keep Them Close, But Not Too Close

    It can be really tempting to sleep right next to your dog, maybe even offering them the pillow next to you. However, many dogs have sharp teeth and claws that could cause injury if they kick or wake up startled in the middle of the night.

    If your dog isn’t fully house trained or is prone to scratching, biting or even licking, it might be a good idea to set up a bed for them in the room with you rather than positioning them right next to you. This is especially true with kids, as they are at greater risk of harm than adults when around dogs.

    2. Wash Your Sheets Regularly

    This should come as a no-brainer, but dogs can be messy. Whether your dog sheds and tracks in dirt or not, dogs carry lots of germs with them, which warrants frequent trips to the laundry room. Get into the habit of washing your sheets on a weekly basis, and consider throwing another top sheet on top of your comforter for added protection.

    3. Maintain a Regular Nightly Routine

    Along the same lines of keeping rules and boundaries consistent, it’s a good idea to keep your bedtime routine consistent. After a few weeks, your dog will learn the drill and be more likely to cooperate.

    The benefits of a consistent bedtime routine don’t just apply to dogs. One study on children’s bedtime routines suggested that maintaining a consistent bedtime routine benefits sleep quality and cognitive function.

    4. Visit the Vet Regularly

    While it’s already a good idea to make routine visits to the vet to ensure that your dog is in great health, this is especially true if you share a bed with them. This significantly increases the amount of physical contact you have with them, meaning there’s a greater chance for them to pass over fleas and cause other health issues.

    According to Dr. Corinne Wigfall, Veterinary Spokesperson and Registered Veterinarian with SpiritDog, it’s important to “keep your dog’s flea treatment up to date.” She adds, “those pesky fleas won’t hesitate to jump from your dog to you for a little snack.”

    5. Walk Your Dog Before Bedtime

    Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy. If you haven’t walked your dog all day and you bring them to bed, there’s a good chance they’ll have too much energy, causing them to wake up in the middle of the night and disrupt your sleep.

    Remember that certain dog breeds need to be walked more than others. Your decision whether to sleep with your dog may depend on its individual needs and baseline energy levels.

    6. Consistently Enforce Boundaries

    Just as in any other way you train your dog, repetition is crucial. Before you start bringing your dog to bed with you, make a game plan by setting specific boundaries ahead of time then committing to consistently enforcing them.

    If you invite your dog onto your bed one night then make them stay down the next, this is likely to confuse them and make it more difficult to set rules for them. Consistency is key!

    7. Adapt Your Space

    As you start to figure out an arrangement that works well for both you and your furry friend, don’t be afraid to make some necessary adjustments to your space. Lucy Easton, psychology graduate and pet author, advises, “Make sure that you have enough space for you and your dog to sleep comfortably,” recommending a dog ramp for smaller or older dogs with joint problems.

    If you plan to sleep with a larger dog, don’t be afraid to upgrade your bed from a double to a queen or from a queen to a king. You and your dog will be grateful for the extra space.

    8. See How You Feel in the Morning

    It’s no secret that dogs can be light sleepers. Their instincts are to sense even the slightest sounds and to protect their families, which means frequent sleep disruptions and middle-of-the-night waking.

    While it can be tough to know whether your dog’s movements are disrupting your sleep, Dr. Sabrina Kong DVM, veterinary writer at WeLoveDoodles, explains that “the best way to gauge if a dog is disrupting your sleep is to see whether you feel tired in the morning or not.” If you consistently wake up feeling fatigued, it might be time to try out a new sleeping arrangement with your furry friend.

    When Not to Sleep With Your Dog

    Unfortunately, there are conditions when sleeping with your dog probably isn’t the best idea. Just remember, even when circumstance demands that you put space between yourself and your furry friend, the love is still there!

    If You Have Bad Allergies

    Allergies get in the way of a lot, especially if you have a pet. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, about 30% of people in the U.S. with allergies have allergic reactions to dogs and cats. Pet hair can also carry allergens like dander, dust and pollen, even for people who aren’t specifically allergic to dogs.

    If you have allergies but want to sleep with your dog, you might want to look into dog breeds that tend to carry fewer allergens in their fur, or just set up a doggy bed in the room with you at a safe distance.

    If Your Dog Has Allergies

    While this may come as a surprise, dogs can have allergies, too! Litzenberger explains, “Some dogs have allergies that are aggravated if they sleep in the same bed as you.”

    It’s important to be mindful of your dog’s allergic reactions in certain areas of the house before getting in the habit of inviting them to bed with you. Don’t forget to prioritize your pup’s comfort just as you prioritize your own!

    If Your Dog Isn’t Yet Trained

    Dogs that aren’t house trained are more likely to ruin sheets and disrupt sleep. If your dog is still a puppy or is kept outside most of the time, it’s more hygienic and safer to keep them away from your bed when you sleep until they’re fully house trained.

    Brown advises against sleeping with your dog when it’s still young and being trained. She explains, “It can lead to issues with house-training and also leave your dog feeling insecure without you.”

    She warns of the problems that dogs suffering from separation anxiety can cause and recommends crate training early to help your dog feel comfortable in their own space, away from their owner.

    If Your Dog Has Anxiety or Epilepsy

    Anxious dogs tend to wake frequently and may have accidents, which is likely to disrupt your sleep and cause some annoyances. You may consider asking your veterinarian about medicinal options to help calm your dog at night, or simply give them space where they won’t frequently disrupt your sleep.

    Dr. Wigfall weighs in here as well, advising that dogs with epilepsy sleep off of the bed. She explains, “Seizures can be violent and [dogs] can either injure themselves if they fall off the bed, or potentially injure you through paddling or even biting.”

    Ultimately, it’s a good idea to think twice before letting a dog who suffers from anxiety or epilepsy up on the bed, as this may lead to sleep disturbances or even injury.

    If Your Dog Has Behavioral Issues

    Some dogs are more territorial and prone to aggression than others. Whether this be due to trauma earlier in life or certain biological instincts, it’s important to address the issue before moving forward with sleeping with your dog.

    Dr. Wigfall adds, “If your dog shows any aggression around sleeping on the bed, this should be stopped immediately and behavioural training sought to correct the behaviour before it becomes a habit that is hard to break.”

    If You’re a Light Sleeper

    Dogs can be pretty needy and disruptive, moving around at night to get more comfortable or wanting some cuddle time when you’re trying to get some REM. If you’re a light sleeper and are easily awoken by movement, it might be a good idea to sleep away from your pup.

    If Your Partner Isn’t on Board

    While you may be gung-ho about inviting Fido to snuggle, your significant other may not be. Charli Burbidge, veterinarian and co-founder at Petz addresses the importance of ensuring that a sleeping partner is totally comfortable with sleeping with the dog. “Don’t guilt them into it,” she advises, as this could put a rift in your human relationships.

    5 of the Best Dog Breeds to Sleep With

    An illustrated graphic showing five dog breeds wearing pajamas, communicating the best dogs to sleep with

    While there is no such thing as a “bad” dog breed to sleep with, certain breeds make particularly great sleep companions. Let’s explore the dog breeds that sleep a lot and love spending some snuggle time with their owners.

    Bulldog

    An illustrated bulldog wearing pajamas, with the qualities “calm & quiet” and “sleep long hours” listed next to it

    Bulldogs are some of the calmest canine companions out there. Not only do they love to sleep for long hours, making them great naptime partners, but they also tend to be quiet pups, rarely barking or making much noise. If you enjoy calm days snuggling up in a blanket, a bulldog is a great choice.

    Pit Bull

    An illustrated pit bull wearing pajamas, with the qualities “natural protectors” and “short hair” listed next to it

    Pit bulls can be some of the sweetest dogs out there. Not only do they love to sleep, but they’re also natural protectors so you can be confident you’ll feel safe and secure as you sink into dreamland with your pup. 

    Pit bulls also have less hair than many other dog breeds and, while they do shed at times, they shouldn’t make your bed nearly as hair-ridden as breeds with additional layers of fur.

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    An illustrated Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wearing pajamas, with the qualities “love to cuddle” and “smaller breed” listed next to it

    If you’re looking for the best small pets for cuddling, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is for you. Not only does this breed love to cuddle up and take naps (especially after exercise and meals), but it’s also a relatively quiet breed.

    “Toy and companion breeds,” says Emily Brown, veterinary assistant and veterinary technician with HelloRalphie, “...may be more interested in sharing your sleeping space.” Luckily, Cavaliers fit the description!

    Plus, being a smaller breed, they barely take up any space on the bed. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great choice if you’re at all worried about sacrificing your space to a new companion.

    Pug

    An illustrated pug wearing pajamas, with the qualities “easy to cuddle” and “require less exercise” listed next to it

    Pugs are another small and adorable bedtime companion. They love to snuggle up and sleep for long hours, so they make for a great weekend sleep-in buddy. Like Cavaliers, they’re small enough that they shouldn’t be an invasive presence if you let them sleep on your bed.

    Of course, pugs do tend to have breathing issues that can make them loud snorers. Dr. Simon confirms, “Brachycephalic dogs such as Pugs and Frenchies may snore loudly and aren’t best suited to a light sleeper.”

    While you may want to consider investing in some earplugs if you plan to sleep with your pug, on the bright side they don’t need much exercise to be able to sleep through the night.

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    An illustrated Bernese Mountain Dog wearing pajamas, with the qualities “soft & fluffy” and “gentle giant” listed next to it

    If you’re looking for a dog with a little more mass and fur to cuddle with, the Bernese Mountain Dog is the gentle giant for you. As long as you give them sufficient exercise during the day, they’ll be more than happy to cuddle up with you and sleep through the night.

    Sleeping With Dogs: 4 Rumors Addressed

    There are a lot of rumors surrounding the subject of sleeping with dogs. Let’s address some common myths to help you make the best decision when it comes to inviting your dog to bed with you.

    Sleeping With Your Dog Causes Behavior Issues

    According to certified dog behavior consultant Russell Hartsein, allowing pets onto your bed does not cause behavioral issues. Rather, certain animals might act aggressively due to a fear response but this is not caused by allowing them on the bed.

    If you want to sleep with your dog, consider testing their comfort by allowing them to  spend the night on the bed. If it makes them uncomfortable, decide whether to take baby steps toward greater comfortability or simply provide them with their own bed.

    Sleeping With Your Dog is Dangerous 

    Another popular myth is that allowing a dog into bed with you will sacrifice your dominance in the home and give that position to your dog. This myth has been disproven by the work of Senior Research Scientist David Mech and the Association of Professional Dog Training, which reminds us that modern domestic dogs should not be compared to wolves. Essentially, this belief about dominance is rooted in wolf research that has been disproven.

    Children Shouldn’t Share a Bed with Dogs

    It’s generally advised that children under 6 years old, or any child that has not proven themself to act maturely around their family pet – by, for example, repeatedly provoking it – is not ready to sleep with their dog. While this is good advice, should your child prove themself to be respectful of the family dog’s boundaries, it’s not dangerous to cuddle up with them.

    Dogs should certainly never sleep with babies, as babies are more prone to immune system complications than older children and adults. Both babies and dogs may also be fearful of each other which could result in injury.

    Sleeping With Your Dog is Dirty 

    Sleeping with dogs is often discouraged by the argument that dogs are too dirty to sleep with. While it’s relatively rare for humans to experience health issues (aside from allergies) due to contact with dogs, the CDC recommends following hygienic practices when spending extensive time with dogs.

    Be sure to take your dog into the vet to ensure that they are healthy and free of ticks, fleas and other issues before sleeping with them.

    FAQs: Dogs and Sleep

    Every dog owner wants to understand their furry companion’s thoughts and needs, but unfortunately we can’t communicate with dogs like we can communicate with one another. If you’re wondering why dogs exhibit certain behaviors, we answer some common questions in this section.

    Why Does My Dog Sleep So Close to Me?

    You may be wondering, “Why does my dog sleep on my head?” As it turns out, you should consider it a compliment! When dogs sleep right next to you or even while making direct physical contact with you, it’s a sign of affection and love.

    They’re likely communicating that they trust you and that they feel safest when they’re reassured of your presence. It’s up to you whether you’ll accept all their affection or set some boundaries.

    Why Does My Dog Sleep on Me and Not My Husband?

    There are several reasons as to why your dog might choose to express more physical love for one partner over another. Personality and temperament, familiarity and socialization may all be the culprits.

    One partner’s personality and temperament may align with the dog’s more than the other’s, or perhaps the dog sees one partner less than the other and thus wants to bond more with them at nighttime.

    Also, during your dog’s first few months at home with you, they undergo a socialization process. If you’re the primary caregiver for your dog, they’ll probably latch onto you more than anyone else.

    Ultimately, there are a wide variety of reasons for your dog’s sleeping behaviors, and it might be a hard pill to swallow that your dog has a preferred sleeping companion. That doesn’t take away from the relationship you can build with them outside of bedtime!

    Why Do Dogs Cry in Their Sleep?

    If your dog is howling in its sleep, it’s probably because it’s dreaming. During your dog’s dream cycle when brain activity is most intense, it’s common for the dog to make sounds such as crying, whimpering and potentially even howling.

    As much as we want to understand what kinds of dreams our dogs have and what goes on in their heads, there are some secrets that dogs keep to themselves.

    Why Does My Dog Sleep Under the Covers?

    When puppies are with their litter, they tend to cuddle up together in a pile. This pack-like behavior is likely why your dog tries to squeeze under the covers when it sleeps. Much like when dogs cuddle with their human owners, it’s a way of communicating affection and trust. Congrats – you’re a part of the pack!

    Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Dog

    You shouldn’t sleep with your dog if you notice yourself having allergy symptoms when your dog is in bed with you. Dogs carry pet dander that can induce discomfort and allergic reactions even for those who are not allergic to animals. This is especially common if your dog spends a lot of time outside picking up pollen and other allergens.

    Is It Bad to Let Your Dog Sleep With You?

    While there are circumstances when you might want to reconsider sleeping with your dog, for the most part doing so is completely harmless and may even benefit your mental health and sleep quality.

    Ultimately, sleeping with dogs is a safe activity that can be great for bonding with your pet and improving your overall well being, as long as you take necessary precautions. So throw on your PJs, teach your pup some sleep affirmations and snuggle up!

    An illustrated infographic listing the benefits of sleeping with dogs, the best dogs to sleep with and tips for sleeping with dogs 

    Joggers vs Sweatpants: The Differences You Need to Know

    It’s easy to mistake joggers for sweatpants and vice versa, especially at first glance. After all, both pieces of loungewear appear to be very similar and are designed with comfort in mind. You’ll probably see both whether you’re at the gym or hanging out around the house. So what’s the point in comparing joggers vs sweatpants?

    Despite their similarities, these two styles each offer their own unique features. Neither are restricted to pajamas or athletic apparel, and they each present unique styling opportunities to make them perfect for everyday or even smart casual wear. This guide will walk you through the similarities and differences of joggers and sweatpants and will describe how to best pull off each style.

    Joggers vs Sweatpants: What’s the Difference? 

    The difference between joggers and sweatpants is that joggers are more fashionable, lightweight, multipurpose and flexible while sweatpants tend to be heavier, more sweat-inducing and designed for cold weather.

    While each offers unique qualities, both options are great for people wanting to maintain an active lifestyle as the weather starts to cool down. Let’s continue to explore each style’s characteristics as well as some common questions when deciding which of the two to purchase.

    Side by side comparison of joggers vs sweatpants including features like fit, cut, weight, softness and use.

    Are Joggers Sweatpants?

    You may have heard it asked, “Are sweatpants and joggers the same thing?” The short answer is no – despite their similarities, joggers are not technically sweatpants.

    Some of the differences between these styles are rooted in design. For example, each style tends to use different types of fabric, present a different shape and size and fit differently on your body. Other distinctions are rooted in how each style is commonly used – although sweatpants are designed for activity and movement (like joggers), they tend to be used for leisure more often than joggers.

    What are Joggers? 

    We now have a pretty solid understanding of sweatpants, but what are joggers? And how are they any different from sweats? Jogger pants, also known as joggers, are athletic pants that offer excellent mobility. Rather than keeping you warm, they’re designed to cool you down with their breathable and lightweight design.

    As far as appearance goes, joggers tend to get slimmer as they approach your feet, ending with cuffed ankles. They are usually more stylish and sporty than sweats, making them great for both a morning jog and a casual night out.

    What are Sweatpants?

    Sweatpants are thick, loose-fitting and comfortable bottoms that are commonly used for both lounging and exercising in cold weather. Unlike joggers, they’re made to encourage heat retention and sweating as opposed to leg cooling, and they often have a bootcut that’s wider around the ankles. Sweats are also more commonly used as pajamas than joggers, as they tend to be more comfortable for sleeping.

    High-quality sweatpants tend to be made entirely of cotton, but sweats can come in cotton/polyester hybrids or more unique materials, like fleece or wool.

    How to Choose the Best Sweatpants 

    Four squares showing the considerations when choosing between sweats and joggers including illustrations of weather, comfort and style, fit and lifestyle.

    Once you’ve decided whether you want to buy sweatpants or joggers, you’ll probably want to get a little more specific. With so many types of sweatpants and joggers to choose from, it’s natural to wonder whether there’s a “best” pair and what that might look like.

    The first thing to consider when choosing sweatpants is the weather. Do you live in a warmer climate or one that brings in a lot of cold air and snow? You may opt for thicker sweats if it’s cooler and thinner ones if it’s warmer.

    If you plan to wear your sweats out and about, you’ll probably want to take style into consideration. Sweats with sleeker designs and nice prints might be a wiser choice than plain and baggy sweats that are better for lounging at home.

    Regardless of climate and appearance, the best sweatpants tend to be those made of 100% cotton. Cotton makes for a very breathable and durable pair of sweats and allows them to best fulfill their primary purpose – to absorb sweat and keep you comfortable.

    How to Style Sweatpants

    Sweatpants and joggers are usually worn as loungewear, activewear and streetwear – not the kind of bottoms you’d typically wear for a dinner date. That said, there are still strategies for styling these bottoms to make them look great, and maybe even dress them up! Let’s start with tips for how to wear sweatpants.

    Sweatpant Style Tips for Women

    If you’re struggling to figure out what to wear with your sweatpants to make them fashionable for everyday use, give the following tips a try.

    Go for Fitted

    As tempting as it may be to go for the comfiest baggy sweatpants you can find, if your goal is to look chic and fashionable you may want to opt for a more fitted pair. The extra material in baggy sweatpants is great for relaxing around the house but can look a bit messy and disheveled when worn out.

    Pair With a Nice Jacket

    Fashionable jackets pair with fitted sweatpants like fine wine. If you’re looking to curate a stylish athleisure look, you’ll find that something like a trenchcoat, blazer or leather jacket will bring balance to your more casual sweatpants. Just make sure that the color and fit of your jacket matches your sweatpants ahead of time!

    Redheaded woman wearing a heather grey blazer crossing a busy street and looking down at her phone

    Be Mindful of Your Shoes

    Sneakers are great for exercise and dressing down nicer pants, but they don’t add much to the fashion appeal of sweatpants unless you’re going for a super casual or sporty look. Try pairing your sweats with some heels or boots to add some snazz to your outfit.

    Sweatpant Style Tips for Men

    Men’s sweatpant styles tend to differ a bit from women’s, though some tips, such as aiming for more fitted options, hold true regardless of gender.

    Keep it Casual

    Rather than trying to dress up sweatpants, consider leaning into a more casual (but not sloppy) look by pairing your sweats with a fitted t-shirt. Jackets and hoodies also look great with sweatpants if it’s too cold to just wear a t-shirt.

    Go for Neutral Over Flashy Colors

    Sweatpants pair nicely with other neutral, minimalistic colors. Black and white are safe options if you can’t figure out what tops will go with your sweats. Avoid pairing sweats and tops of very similar colors unless you can make it cohesive like a tracksuit – otherwise, this can look a bit messy.

    Add an Accessory

    Such a simplistic outfit presents the perfect opportunity to add an accessory that pops. Consider adding a beanie, a thin silver necklace or a watch to upgrade your outfit and draw the attention of admirers.

    A younger man with blonde spiky hair putting on a denim jacket over a black hoodie and necklace

    How to Choose the Best Joggers

    While sweatpants tend to offer a more relaxed look, joggers are meant to compliment the shape of your body with their tailored design. That said, they are also more equipped to handle strenuous physical activity as they tend to be lighter and more breathable than sweats.

    Since joggers are both stylish and functional, choosing the best pair requires a little more effort. You’ll want to go for the pair that feels best when you’re moving around as well as the pair that best fits your form. Our Second Skin Jogger, for example, is designed with ultimate softness as well as a form-fitting structure.

    How to Style Joggers

    Due to joggers’ unique, fitted yet comfortable design, you may be wondering how to wear joggers in the most fashionable way possible. Figuring out what to wear with joggers might take some trial and error, but the following style tips should help you get started.

    Jogger Style Tips for Women

    While joggers can be styled very similarly to sweatpants, their fitted design makes them a bit more versatile. If you choose to invest in a pair of joggers, here are some style tips to experiment with.

    Aim for Form-fitting Over Baggy

    While sweatpants are designed to be baggier and allow for easy movement, baggy joggers may restrict movement – it’s best to invest in pairs that are form-fitting rather than those that offer extra space. Tailored pairs also provide you with more opportunities for dressing up your joggers.

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    Try Going for Smart Casual

    While sweatpants are usually best paired with other casual options, form-fitting joggers can be leveled up to smart casual by throwing on a blazer or a trenchcoat. You’ll look classy and fashionable without appearing to try too hard.

    Tuck in a T-shirt or Button-down

    To make a bold fashion statement, try tucking your casual t-shirt or button-down into your joggers. Exposing your joggers’ waistband and drawstring allows you to craft a high-waisted trendy look using these casual bottoms.

    Jogger Style Tips for Men

    Just as joggers can fit both casual and smarter looks for women, they are just as versatile for men! If you’re struggling to figure out how to make your joggers look their best, try pulling some inspiration from the following ideas.

    Choose Joggers With Cuffed Ankles

    While most joggers come with cuffed ankles to complement their fitted design, some do not. We recommend opting for joggers with cuffed elastic ankles, as these reinforce a sleek look that can complement casual and nicer tops alike.

    Throw on a Trendy Hoodie

    To maintain a cool and casual streetwear look, consider throwing a hoodie over your t-shirt. The hoodie-jogger combo is perhaps the most popular way to style these bottoms, and they look great with both plain and graphic hoodies – choose your favorite and get pairing!

    A white man with a beard wearing a grey hoodie and a maroon beanie while he walks through town

    Dress it Up With a Stylish Jacket

    If you’d prefer to go for a dressier smart-casual look, you might consider pairing your joggers with a stylish jacket. Try throwing on a denim jacket, bomber jacket, leather jacket, trenchcoat or any other piece of outerwear you’d put on for a fun night out.

    FAQs: Joggers and Sweatpants

    If this guide has taught you anything, it’s that there aren’t too many significant differences between joggers and sweatpants. While this means that you can’t go wrong when choosing one or the other, it also may leave you with additional questions about these two styles. Let’s review some frequently asked questions so you can feel confident as you continue to compare joggers vs sweatpants.

    What Size Joggers Should I Get? 

    When in doubt, refer to your regular pant size when deciding what size joggers to get. Just be sure to pay attention to each brand’s size disclaimers to ensure that their joggers run true to size as opposed to running larger or smaller.

    If you want to confirm your pant size before making a purchase, check out our size guide for tips to measure your waist size and pick the best-fitting joggers for you.

    What are Sweatpants Made Of? 

    Sweatpants can be made of any number of materials, including cotton, polyester, nylon, fleece and wool. Many sweats are made of a blend of these fabrics.

    That said, some of the most high-quality and breathable sweatpants are made of 100% cotton, so if you like the style and your budget allows, it may be worth your time to explore fully cotton sweatpants.

    What’s The Difference Between Track Pants vs. Sweatpants?

    When browsing for athleticwear and loungewear bottoms, you may have seen track pants thrown into the mix. While very similar to joggers and sweatpants, track pants actually fit into their own category of pants.

    Track pants are typically made of nylon and thus tend to be more lightweight than sweatpants. Since they are not always tailored and are specifically worn for athletic purposes, they aren’t considered joggers either.

    Whether you’re deciding between joggers vs sweatpants for relaxation, athletic or fashion purposes, it’s important to find the pair that feels most comfortable and best fits your style. Don’t forget to explore our men’s and women’s lounge pants (and shorts) for the softest and coziest options on the market.

    How to Fold Underwear: Underwear Organization Methods

    If you have a drawer that is stuffed to the brim with panties, but you can never seem to find the perfect pair, then it’s time to learn how to properly fold your underwear. Home organization is a recent trend where experts show their methods of organizing their closets, drawers and personal belongings. Organization gurus like Marie Kondo and the ladies from The Home Edit have given Instagram-worthy inspiration and advice on how to keep your closet in tip-top shape.

    To help you learn how to fold underwear and maximize your drawers, we’ve sourced 8  different expert methods for folding every type of underwear. Before jumping in, let’s discuss the importance of learning how to properly store your drawers. 

    The Importance of Learning How to Fold Underwear

    There are many advantages to learning how to fold your underwear. Folding underwear can be very therapeutic as taking the time to organize and fold each piece slows down your day and encourages mindfulness. Also, folding each article into a small square or roll, helps you save space and keep track of how often to buy new underwear. Folding your underwear also saves time as it prevents you from spending hours digging for that specific underwear needed for an outfit and helps make packing a breeze. 

    What is the best way to fold underwear? You can decide for yourself as you explore the different expert methods for underwear organization. For step-by-step instructions on folding underwear, watch our video below!

    Let’s begin by discussing the best ways to fold panties. 

    How to Fold Panties 

    Learning how to fold panties is no easy feat, especially if you aren’t skilled with folding small pieces of fabric. Try one of our simple underwear folding methods and for extra organization, purchase a panty organizer to keep folded panties lined up and in place in your drawer. Before each step, make sure to flatten the fabric so that there are no wrinkles or puckers. 

    1. The Square Method 

    A 5 step instructional chart showing how to fold underwear using the square method

    The square method is one of the simplest ways to fold your underwear and works best with thongs, briefs or cheeky underwear. In the visual above we demonstrate this folding method by using our Women's Cool Cotton Thong. Follow the directions below to get started.

    1. Lay underwear on a flat surface with the front facing up.
    2. Pull the crotch area up to meet the top of the waistband.
    3. Fold the right side into the center. Take the left side and fold that over the right side. 
    4. The result should resemble a rectangle.
    5. Fold the rectangle to make a square shape.

    2. The Egg Roll Method 

    The next method is called the egg roll method because the result resembles a Chinese egg roll. It is great for packing as your underwear will stay in place and can be stored in small places. This method also works great for briefs or cheeky underwear.

    1. Lay underwear horizontally face up with the waistband towards you.
    2. Fold three times in narrow equal folds, moving away from you. 
    3. When you have about an inch of fabric left, stop folding and flip the underwear over.
    4. Fold each side towards the center.
    5. Fold the bottom up. 
    6. Place your thumbs in the pocket made and flip inside out. 

    3. The Roll Method 

    A 4 step instructional chart showing how to fold underwear using the roll method

    The next method is the roll method and is also one of the ways Marie Kondo instructs her clients to fold their underwear. This method is best for briefs or cheeky underwear. In the visual above we demonstrate this folding method by using our Women's Second Skin Brief.

    1. Lay underwear vertically and on a flat surface with the front of the underwear facing up.
    2. Pull the crotch area up to meet the top of the underwear’s waistband.
    3. Take the left side and fold it in half vertically.
    4. Roll the fabric away from you and into a tight cylinder.

    4. The KonMari Fold

    The KonMari fold is another underwear folding method from Marie Kondo. This folding method works best for briefs.

    1. Lay underwear on a flat surface with the front facing up.
    2. Fold one side across the middle to make a rectangle.
    3. Fold the other side the same way.
    4. Fold the bottom part up in half or thirds until it meets the top of the waistband. 
    5. The result should be able to stand up on its own and can be stacked vertically. 

    5. The Boyshort Method 

    A 5 step instructional chart showing how to fold underwear using the boyshort method

    The next method is called the boyshort method because it works best for boyshort style underwear. In the visual above we demonstrate this folding method by using our Women's Second Skin Boyshort.

    1. Lay underwear on a flat surface with the front of the underwear facing up.
    2. Take the top of the panties (waistband area) and turn it 90 degrees laying it flat down. The seam should be facing you and the leg holes should be stacked on top of each other. We do this to ensure the extra crotch fabric lays flat.
    3. Take the bottom of the underwear and fold it to meet the top of the underwear (waistband).
    4. Take the left side and fold it inwards 3 times. 
    5. The result should resemble a small square. 

    How to Fold Boxers + Briefs 

    Learning how to fold men’s underwear comes with different challenges. Men’s underwear like boxers and briefs have extra fabric that can get in the way of a seamless fold so remember to flatten the fabric before getting started. Explore our methods for simplifying the process and learning how to fold boxers below. 

    6. The Big Square Method

    A 5 step instructional chart showing how to fold underwear using the big square method

    Our first method for folding men’s underwear is the big square. This method is best for boxers and trunks. In the visual above we demonstrate this folding method by using our Second Skin Boxer Brief 8”.

    1. Lay the underwear face up with the waistband positioned away from you.
    2. Pull the left leg or side and fold it towards the middle. It should line up with the middle of the underwear. Fold the right side inwards so it is covering the left folded section. It should make a rectangle shape. 
    3. Tuck in any extra fabric or flared sides from the crotch, then take the crotch side of the underwear and fold it thirds until it reaches the top of the waistband. 
    4. The result should resemble a big square.

    7. The Tucked Square

    Our last underwear folding method is called the tucked square. This works best for boxers, trunks and other underwear with a strong elastic waistband.

    1. Lay the underwear down face up with the waistband positioned away from you.
    2. Fold the left leg or side and fold it towards the middle. It should line up with the middle of the underwear.
    3. Fold the right side inwards so it is covering the left folded section. It should make a rectangle shape. 
    4. Fold the waistband side of the underwear halfway down.
    5. Hold the bottom section of the underwear in one hand, while holding the waistband open with the other hand, and tuck the bottom part into the waistband.
    6. You should be left with a small tucked square that’s easy to store. 

    8. The Army Roll

    A 5 step instructional chart showing how to fold underwear using the army roll]

    The next method is called the army roll because of the way you tuck in and roll up the fabric. Similar to the egg roll, it is great for packing as your underwear will stay in place and can be stored in small places. This method also works best for boxers and trunks. In the visual above we demonstrate this folding method by using our Cool Cotton Trunk 4".

    1. Lay the underwear face up with the waistband positioned away from you.
    2. Flip the waistband and pull it down about two inches so that you can see the inner fabric. 
    3. Take the left side and fold it towards the middle to line up with the middle of the waistband. Take the right side of the underwear and fold it over the left side.
    4. Pull the bottom of the underwear (leg openings or crotch) and roll it up toward the waistband keeping it as tight as possible. 
    5. Hold the rolled part of your underwear with one index finger tucked under each end of the waistband, and your thumbs on the other side of the fabric. Push the waistband up and towards you with your index fingers, while pushing the rest of the fabric down with your thumbs. You should be left with a rolled underwear that won’t come apart. 

    We hope our guide has helped you learn how to fold underwear. From thongs to boxers, there are many different types of underwear and ways to fold them properly. If through this process, you find that you’ve outgrown some of your old pairs, use our underwear size chart to find your perfect fit. 

     

    What to Do With Old Bras: 12 Ways You Can Make a Difference

    To many women, bras are just another part of daily life. The support, comfort and confidence they provide isn’t always top-of-mind and like most other basic necessities it’s easy to take bras for granted. Deciding what to do with old bras might seem a bit trivial to women who have never dealt with clothing insecurity, but the truth is that they can make a huge difference.

    For the 216,000 homeless women in the U.S. and the millions of others around the world, bras are more of a luxury than a basic necessity. This October, we encourage you to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a meaningful way by donating unused or old bras to support women in need.

    Read on to learn more about how you can make a difference with your used bras.

    Table of contents:

    What to Do With Old Bras

    The thought of giving away or finding another use for your used underwear might feel a bit odd at first. After all, bras and underwear are such intimate articles of clothing. That said, it’s important to remember that repurposing used bras can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need.

    You have several options when deciding what to do with old bras. First and foremost, you can donate to an organization that will either distribute or recycle your bras for you. You could also upcycle your bras yourself, using the fabric to make something else. If your bra isn’t too used but you aren’t a fan of the style or fit, you might even consider swapping your bras with friends or members of online communities.

    We’ll dive deeper into all of these options and provide you with the resources you need to start making an impact today.

    Why Donate Bras? 10 Statistics to Inspire Bra Recycling

    To shed some light on the gravity of global clothing insecurity as well as textile waste, we’ve collected some data surrounding these topics.

    Three statistics about textile waste with illustrations showing that not enough clothing is recycled or composted

    Environmental Impact of Clothing Waste

    Unused clothing can contribute to textile waste, which the following statistics make clear:

    1. While 95% of textiles can be recycled, only 15% get recycled or donated. (Center for Eco Technology)
    2. The amount of clothing Americans toss annually nearly doubled between 2000 and 2018 from 9.5 million to 17 million tons. (EPA)
    3. Textiles accounted for over 5.8% of all municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018, totaling more than glass. (EPA)
    4. A 2016 survey carried out by Rigby & Peller found that approximately 33% of women who bought bras that ended up not fitting them properly threw them away almost immediately after purchase. (Brarista)
    5. Most recycled polyester currently used by large fashion brands is made from bottles rather than old clothing. (BBC)

    The Need for Bra Donations

    To better understand the need for essential articles of clothing, we’ve collected some statistics surrounding women in need in the U.S.

    1. There are 216,000 homeless girls and women in the U.S. and millions more around the world. (I Support the Girls)
    2. Women were 35% more likely to live in poverty than men in 2019. (National Women’s Law Center)
    3. Nearly one in nine women lived in poverty in 2019, with one in 20 women living in extreme poverty (below 50% of the poverty line). (National Women’s Law Center)
    4. Affordable child care has lagged far behind women’s workforce participation, so many of the 11.5 million single mothers in America either can’t afford to work or spend nearly all they earn caring for their children. (The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund)
    5. 80% of women do not wear a correctly fitting bra. (The Bra Recyclers)

    Where to Donate Used Bras

    It’s common knowledge that you can donate new bras, but can you donate bras that have been used? Absolutely!

    There are several organizations that take gently used bras and use them for good, whether that be by recycling them or donating them to people in need. Let’s take a look at six places you can donate your used bras today.

    1. I Support the Girls

    I Support the Girls collects and efficiently distributes essential items such as menstrual hygiene products, new and slightly used bras and underwear for people experiencing homelessness all over the world.

    The organization partners with homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, LGBTQ+ agencies, foster care agencies and others. It is motivated by the conviction that every woman should have the means to maintain her personal health and dignity.

    Mission

    “Through an international network of Affiliates, I Support the Girls collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products, allowing women experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity.”

    Contact Information & Mailing Addresses

    Website: https://isupportthegirls.org/

    Phone number: (240) 816-0570

    Email: info@iSupportTheGirls.org

    Mailing addresses:

    If shipping products via USPS, address to:

    I Support the Girls

    Attn: Dana Marlowe

    P.O. Box 2736

    Wheaton, Maryland 20915

     

    If shipping products via UPS or FedEx, address to:

    I Support the Girls

    Attn: Dana Marlowe

    11431 Amherst Avenue #2736

    Wheaton, Maryland 20915

    Drop-Off Locations

    I Support the Girls currently has drop-off locations in 31 states and four countries outside the U.S. To check if there is a dropoff location near you, explore their location page.

    2. Free the Girls

    Free the Girls equips women who have been rescued from sex trafficking to achieve financial freedom by offering them the opportunity to sell slightly used bras to their communities. The organization collaborates with services all around the world that are working to end sex trafficking and collects bra donations to fulfill its mission.

    Whether you plan to drop off or ship bras, Free the Girls asks that you fill out this form ahead of time.

    Contact Information & Mailing Address

    Website: https://freethegirls.org/ 

    Phone number: (720) 383-4384

    Email:

    info@freethegirls.org (general inquiries)

    dropoff@freethegirls.org (bra drop-off inquiries)

    Mailing address:

    Free the Girls

    1552 Pioneer Trail

    Chesterton, IN 46304

    Drop-Off Locations

    Free the Girls currently has drop-off locations in every state except Montana and North Dakota, and three countries outside the U.S. To check if there is a dropoff location near you, explore their location page.

    3. The Bra Recyclers (Bra Recycling)

    If the environmental statistics above reveal anything, it’s that too many textiles end up in landfills. The Bra Recyclers is a clothing recycling company dedicated to extending the lifespan of clothing items (such as bras) and cutting down on textile waste.

    The Bra Recyclers send usable bras to its partners to distribute to women in need and recycle bras they receive that are no longer usable. This is a great option if you’re unsure whether a bra is usable, as the organization will find a use for it regardless.

    Before you send or drop off bras, The Bra Recyclers ask that you fill out this form ahead of time.

    Value Proposition

    “We provide a simple and scalable process for retailers and consumers to extend the life cycle of pre-loved and new bras, potentially reducing the water, carbon, and waste footprint. In partnership with Bra Recycling Ambassadors around the world, the social impact of these actions has resulted in the donation of over 4 million bras to over 100 nonprofits, supporting women and girls escaping domestic violence, human trafficking, or who just need a bra to go to school or play sports.”

    Contact Information & Mailing Addresses

    Website: https://www.brarecycling.com/

    Phone number: (480) 988-2283

    Email: info@givebackbox.com

    Mailing address:

    The Bra Recyclers

    4904 S. Power Rd, Ste 103-441

    Mesa, AZ 85212

    Drop-Off Locations

    The Bra Recyclers currently partners with companies around the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. To check if there is a drop-off location near you, use the location finder. 

    4. Donate to Women’s Shelter

    If you want to support women in your local community, you can locate a women’s homeless or domestic violence shelter near you and check to see whether they accept bra donations. Chances are, they will be more than happy to take gently used bras.

    Find local homeless shelters: https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ 

    Find local domestic violence shelters: https://www.domesticshelters.org/help#?page=1 

    5. Donate to Local Schools

    Where there’s a bra, there’s a young girl who could use it. A quick internet search should show all of the schools in your area – try calling their front offices and asking if they take bra donations for their students. Many public schools also regularly hold clothing drives, especially during the holidays.

    Find local schools: https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/ 

    6. Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere (San Jose Women’s Club)

    Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere is a group based in San Jose, California that collects bras and underwear and distributes them to homeless and at-risk women, primarily in the Bay Area.

    There are numerous women (especially women experiencing homelessness) who do not have a correctly fitting bra which, aside from discomfort, can pose health issues. This group actively works to provide women with bras that fit well.

    Contact Information & Mailing Addresses

    Website: https://sjwomansclub.org/groups/be-a-dear/

    Phone number: (650) 862-1375

    Email: BAD@sjwomansclub.org 

    Mailing address:

    Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere

    C/O Eileen Hunter

    568 N. 9th Street

    San Jose, CA 95112

    Drop-Off Locations

    Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere currently exclusively has drop-off locations in California, in San Jose, Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Francisco. To check if there is a dropoff location near you, explore their donation page.

    Additional Ways to Use Used Bras

    If your bra isn’t in good enough condition to donate or you’re simply looking for other creative ways to repurpose your used bras without tossing them, we’ve compiled a few more ideas that might come in handy.

    An illustration providing ideas for what to do with old bras: donate, recycle, compost, upcycle and trade

    1. Upcycle Used Bras and Underwear

    If you have a creative side, you’ll jump at the prospect of turning your old bras into a new project. Here are a few ideas to consider as you brainstorm upcycling possibilities:

    1. Stitch old bra cups onto another top. If you have a swimsuit, dress or other top that doesn’t have much support, you can stitch on your old bra cups for extra comfort and support.
    2. Make a purse out of your old bra. Using some scissors and hot glue, you can even transform your bra into a small purse for outings. Find a detailed walkthrough of how to do this on YouTube.
    3. Use your bra padding for shoe inserts. Simply remove the padding from an old bra and put it into a pair of uncomfortable or poorly fitting shoes.
    4. Make art out of your bra. If you love crafting, consider using your old bra to make a meaningful art project.

      2. Compost Used Bras

      If your bras are made of natural fibers such as cotton, silk and wool, they can be composted. You’ll just want to remove any elastic and anything else that won’t biodegrade (including tags and any plastic) with scissors.

      Next, cut the rest of the bra into small pieces so that it can compost more easily before putting the pieces into a compost bin or distributing them in soil.

      3. Textile Recycling

      If your used bras aren’t totally compostable, consider investing in a service that will take your bras and recycle them for you, turning them into new products.

      Check out the following organizations:

      1. Bra Recycling Agency. This agency offers subscription-style bra recycling services, transforming used bras into carpets.
      2. TerraCycle. If you have some money to invest into textile recycling, TerraCycle offers a “Zero Waste Box” that can be filled with any fabric to be recycled.
      3. I:CO. Short for I:Collect, I:CO recycles clothing and shoes in over 60 countries to reduce textile waste.

      4. Swap on Reddit

      Reddit is filled with communities of people of common goals and interests, including women who are figuring out what to do with their used bras! Consider swapping bras with someone on r/braswap or giving away your used bras for free on r/RandomActsofBras.

      Best Practices for Donating Used Bras

      To be sure that the bras you donate are going where you want them to go and that they will be accepted by an organization, it’s important to do your due diligence before sending them out or dropping them off.

      Research the Organization 

      Do you have a solid understanding of the organization’s mission? Are you confident your bras will end up serving the cause you’re most passionate about? If you’re at all hesitant, you might want to do more research and even directly reach out to the organization by phone or email to get all your questions answered.

      Wash Your Bras Ahead of Time

      While many organizations accept used bras, not all of them will wash those bras for you. To respect the donation site and to ensure that your bras will be accepted rather than tossed, it’s important to wash your bras before donating them.

      While they likely don’t need to be perfectly stain free, try to wash them as thoroughly as you can so that they can best serve those in need and be distributed as quickly as possible.

      Do a Final Gut Check

      An illustrated checklist of things to consider when donating, recycling or composting old bras

      Before you pack up your bras to send off to a donation site, you’ll want to go through a mental checklist to ensure you haven’t missed any important steps.

      Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

      1. What is the condition of the bra? Is it torn and falling apart or still structurally sound?
      2. What type of bras do I plan to donate? Are they made of fabric that’s best for donating, recycling or composting?
      3. Am I providing the organization with everything it needs to use the bra? Did I fill out all required forms?

      Bra Donation FAQs

      You may still have some questions about bra donations – we’re here to answer them.

      Does Goodwill Take Bras?

      Whether Goodwill takes bras and other underwear depends on the need of your local Goodwill. It’s a good idea to call your local Goodwill to ask whether they take bras before bringing them in – otherwise, they may be tossed.  According to Fashionista, 11% of Goodwill’s donations in 2014 were deemed unfit for sale and were added to landfills.

      Does Goodwill Wash Clothes?

      When Goodwill takes bras, it tends to be picky and requires washed bras. While you can contact your local Goodwill to check their policy on washed clothes, the best way to avoid the potential of your bras getting tossed is to wash them ahead of time.

      Are There Any Personal Benefits to Donating Bras?

      Aside from the joy of helping people in need and protecting the planet from additional waste, you may be eligible for IRS tax deductions when you donate your bras.

      Are There Bra Donation Services Outside the U.S.?

      Yes! While many U.S. charities operate both inside and outside the U.S., there are also several nonprofits based outside the U.S. For example, Against Breast Cancer and Smalls for All are UK based charities that raise money and provide bras for women in need. Consider checking online to see if there is a charity operating near you.

      Can You Donate Underwear?

      While not all nonprofits and donation centers take underwear, some do! Planet Aid boxes, for example, accept underwear that is washed ahead of time. When in doubt, just call the organization of interest and ask to see what articles of clothing they accept.

      Like bras, you can also compost your underwear as long as it’s made of natural materials. Just remove the elastic strap with scissors and add the rest of the material to a compost bin.

      A decorative button with an illustrated bra and a heart that will download an infographic on how to use old bras to do good

      Whether you choose to donate, recycle, compost or swap your used bras, you will be doing the earth and people in need a favor by expanding their lifespan for years to come.

      When you’re ready to refresh your bra collection, remember to level up your new wardrobe with a Demi bra or any of the other luxury bras we offer.

      Men’s Underwear Types: The Ultimate Guide

      If you’ve recently explored the men’s underwear section to find the ideal pair, you may have felt overwhelmed by the number of styles that are available to choose from. If so, you’re not alone. Today, there are more men’s underwear types than ever before – so many, in fact, that we created a comprehensive guide to help you understand each one.

      This guide will describe each category and sub-category of men’s underwear, explaining the pros and cons of each style as well as what activities they were made for. We’ll even help you decide what bottoms to pair them with!

      What’s the Best Underwear for Men?

      With so many men’s underwear styles on the market, the art of how to choose underwear may have you scratching your head. Don’t panic – the best underwear for men is whatever best fits your own lifestyle.

      Do you prioritize comfort or appearance? Breathability or snug fit? Do you prefer minimal coverage or total coverage? It’s okay if you don’t know the answers to these questions yet. As you explore this guide, pay attention to what speaks to you and what doesn’t, and you’ll have the perfect pair in no time.

      10 Men’s Underwear Types

      Graphic illustrating 10 men’s underwear types, each listing coverage level and a characteristic of the style

      We’ve separated 10 types of men’s underwear into the following categories:

      1. Briefs
      2. Boxers
      3. Long Underwear
      4. Sports Underwear
      5. Cheeky Underwear

        If you already know what category you’re interested in, feel free to skip right down. Happy hunting!

        Briefs

        While men’s briefs used to be dominated by the infamous “tighty whities,” today they are perhaps the most diverse category of men’s underwear, boasting several different styles and variations.

        1. Boxer Briefs

        Illustrated white boxer briefs with the qualities “full-moderate coverage” and “everyday wear” listed

        Since their introduction in the 1990s, boxer briefs have quickly become supremely popular among men of all ages. While the fabric used in their design varies from brand to brand, they tend to include a comfy blend of cotton and spandex. They come in low-, mid- and high-rise lengths, each of which have their own ideal bottoms to match:

        Low-rise brief:

        Wear them with: Shorts, low-rise jeans, workout pants

        Coverage level: Moderate-slight coverage, moderate-full thigh exposure

        Best for: Everyday wear, working out

        Mid-rise brief:

        Wear them with: Jeans, dress pants, board shorts

        Coverage level: Moderate coverage, some thigh exposure

        Best for: Everyday wear

        High-rise brief:

        Wear them with: High-waisted pants

        Coverage level: Full coverage

        Best for: Everyday wear

        Our Second Skin boxer briefs demonstrate the stylistic versatility of the boxer brief, available with both 6 and 8 inch inseams depending on your preferred fit.

        2. Trunks

        Illustrated blue trunks with the qualities “moderate coverage” and “all-day comfort” listed

        Trunks are essentially a cross between a brief and a boxer brief. They are very similar to boxer briefs in style, though they tend to be more square-cut and lack the heap of fabric that boxer briefs have. Trunks have been gaining increasing popularity over boxer briefs as a result of their comfort and versatility.

        Our Cool Cotton Trunk boasts not only the stylishness of the square-cut design, but also supreme breathability to keep you cool and comfortable. 

        Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

        Coverage level: Moderate coverage, some thigh exposure

        Best for: Long days at a desk, warmer weather

        3. Micro Brief

        Illustrated blue &amp; orange micro brief with the qualities “slight coverage” and “male bikini fit” listed

        If you’re looking for a little extra exposure and flair, the micro brief might be for you. Also known as the male bikini or the European brief, the micro brief’s side seam is about an inch deep or less.

        Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

        Coverage level: Slight coverage, significant thigh exposure

        Best for: Casual activities, warmer weather

        4. Hipster (Square-Cut) Brief

        Illustrated blue hipster brief with the qualities “slight coverage” and “alluring fit” listed

        The hipster brief, also known as the square-cut brief, is very similar in style to men’s trunks. It offers a modern, low-rise look and is great for men looking for something more stylish and sexy. Since it’s more high-riding, you may want to invest in a hipster brief made of a particularly comfortable material for daily use, such as our second skin.

        Our 2-inch Second Skin Square Cut brief demonstrates just how alluring and comfortable the hipster brief can be.

        Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

        Coverage level: Slight coverage, moderate thigh exposure

        Best for: Casual activities, warmer weather

        Boxers

        Boxers are one of the most classic styles of men’s underwear. As opposed to briefs, they tend to be made of a stiffer fabric and include a balloon seat, or a section of loose fabric at the back of the underwear that provides space for the wearer’s buttocks. While briefs stretch, boxers provide extra space with their balloon seat design. Boxers also often come with highly elastic waistbands.

        5. Boxer Shorts

        Illustrated orange dotted boxer shorts with the qualities “full coverage” and “loose fit” listed

        Boxer shorts are probably the first image that comes to your mind when you think of the word “boxers.” While they peaked in popularity back in the 1920s, they’ve made a comeback in recent years not only because of how affordable they often are, but also because of their breathability and relaxed fit.

        That said, boxer shorts aren’t very snug, so you may want to pursue other options if you’re looking for something that offers more support.

        Wear them with: Long pants (casual or dressy), longer shorts

        Coverage level: Full coverage

        Best for: Lounging, light activity

        Long Underwear

        Whether you live in a region prone to freezing temperatures or are just planning a trip to the mountains, you may want to invest in some long underwear. While most underwear styles are quite versatile, long underwear tends to be strictly used in cooler climates, offering extra warmth and coverage.

        6. Long Johns

        Illustrated white long johns with the qualities “full coverage” and “thermal” listed

        Commonly used by men who work outdoors in the cold, long johns are a classic for anyone who needs an extra thermal layer. This style of underwear has even been repurposed in recent years to serve as loungewear. Since it’s sold quite seasonally, you’ll want to grab yours as soon as the weather starts to cool down.

        Wear them with: Warm long pants, ski pants, jeans

        Coverage level: Full coverage

        Best for: Cold weather, mountain sports, lounging

        Sports Underwear

        If you’re looking for something comfortable and supportive that’s great for running, working out and playing sports, you may want to invest in some sports underwear. As you’ll see, these styles vary drastically in appearance, but they were all designed with an active wearer in mind.

        7. Hammock Pouch Briefs

        Illustrated white hammock pouch briefs with the qualities “full coverage” and “anti-chafing” listed

        Have you ever wondered if you should try the increasingly popular ball hammock? If sport leggings provide too much coverage for your taste but you still want extra breathability and support, hammock pouch briefs are for you. With a style similar to boxer briefs, these sport briefs are designed for maximum comfort when exercising, preventing chafing, sticking or swinging as you move. 

        Wear them with: Sport shorts, sweatpants

        Coverage level: Full coverage

        Best for: Working out, playing sports, hiking, high-intensity activities

        8. Jockstraps

        Illustrated white jockstrap with the qualities “moderate coverage” and “protective breathability” listed

        Originally used for biking and other high-intensity sports to keep genitals cool, dry and tightly supported, the jockstrap has become a popular underwear type for activity and style alike. It’s similar in appearance to the tanga brief on the front and sides, but with total exposure in the back (aside from buttock straps) for maximum breathability.

        Wear them with: Tight compression shorts

        Coverage level: Minimal coverage, total buttock and thigh exposure

        Best for: Biking, playing sports, high-intensity activities

        Men’s Cheeky Underwear

        While options for men’s cheeky underwear may be less commonly known than options for women’s panties and types of bras, there are certainly playful styles available for men to try out! If you’re exploring men’s sexy underwear options, consider the styles below.

        9. G-Strings

        Illustrated blue G-string with the qualities “minimal coverage” and “commando feel” listed

        G-strings or thongs are basically as close as you can get to going “commando” while still wearing underwear. They are designed with a thin piece of fabric that connects the front pouch to the back of the waistband up the middle of the buttocks. If you want maximum breathability, a G-string may be right for you!

        Wear them with: Casual shorts and pants

        Coverage level: Minimal coverage, total buttock and thigh exposure

        Best for: Everyday wear

        10. Cheeky Briefs

        Illustrated orange cheeky briefs with the qualities “minimal coverage” and “speedo feel” listed

        For a little extra “cheek” exposure, consider a pair of cheeky briefs. They’re designed like classic men’s briefs but with less fabric on the lower back side – a great halfway point between briefs and a G-string.

        Wear them with: Casual shorts and pants

        Coverage level: Minimal coverage, full thigh and some buttock exposure

        Best for: Everyday wear

        Best Material For Men’s Underwear

        Four images of men’s briefs made out of different materials to present Tommy John’s fabric collections

        Men’s underwear comes in all types of fabrics, each of which offers its own benefits. We’ve reinvented common fabrics, designing underwear that’s as lightweight, breathable and versatile as possible to help men feel their very best at all times.

        Cool Cotton

        For a breathable, fast-drying material that’s perfect for everyday use, check out our Cool Cotton collection. Made with Pima Cotton, this fabric will keep you feeling 2-3x cooler than regular cotton on warm summer days.

        Second Skin

        As the name suggests, our Second Skin collection is designed to feel like it was made to be on your skin. It’s soft, smooth, and made from a non-pilling micro modal fabric. You also don’t have to worry about your underwear getting bunched up, as it’s designed to stay put throughout the day.

        Air Collection

        Take advantage of maximum breathability and comfort with our Air collection. Not only is it as light as underwear fabric can be, but it’s also fast-drying and anti-microbial. It’s just about as close a feeling to going commando as you can get!

        360 Sport

        For a material that won’t ride up as you work out yet still provides necessary support for movement, try on our 360 stretch fabric. In addition to offering mesh cooling zones, this collection prevents chafing and rubbing no matter how much you move. As important as it is to thoroughly wash your underwear, our anti-microbial technology will keep you from smelling while you finish your workout.

        Men’s Underwear: FAQs

        Hopefully, this guide has demonstrated that men’s underwear is pretty diverse in style. Having some questions after taking in all this information is to be expected. Let’s dive into some frequently asked questions so that you can slip into the best pair for you!

        What are Men’s Underwear Cuts?

        Men’s underwear cuts are another way of phrasing men’s underwear types. There are several different underwear cuts (as you can see above), the most popular being:

        1. Briefs
        2. Boxers
        3. Boxer briefs
        4. Trunks

          How to Choose Men’s Underwear Size?

          For the best fit possible, we recommend checking out our underwear size chart, which includes detailed steps for how to measure yourself.

          What Is the Flap in Men’s Underwear For?

          People frequently ask, “what is the hole in men’s underwear for? And what’s it called?” The hole in your boxers is technically called a fly, but it has also been given nicknames such as the “air hole” and the “pee hole.”

          Essentially, the flap in men’s underwear provides men with extra crotch space, breathability and accessibility to use the restroom, eliminating the need to untuck and re-tuck a shirt.

          How to Wear Men’s Underwear Properly?

          How men wear their underwear largely depends on personal preference, but it also depends on the type of underwear worn. High-waisted briefs, for example, should be worn as the name indicates – high on your waist.

          Chances are, you’ll want to avoid underwear that’s too small or tight, underwear that lacks good airflow and underwear that allows for too much contact, which could result in chafing. Ultimately, what’s most important is that you wear your underwear in whatever way feels most comfortable.

          After learning so much about men’s underwear styles, you’re probably itching to find your next pair. Refresh yourself on our fabric guide and start exploring the best underwear for your lifestyle.

          To help move your search along, remember to check out Tommy John’s wide variety of boxer briefs, trunks and square-cut briefs below.

          Travel Laundry: How to Wash Clothes While Traveling

          Life has gained some normalcy for the millions of Americans whose past year has been defined by indoor activities and social distance. That said, as vacation plans cautiously resume, so do the logistical challenges that come along with traveling, including the beast that is travel laundry.

          Before you pack a suitcase overflowing with two weeks’ worth of underwear to avoid breaking out the detergent, remember that learning how to wash clothes while traveling doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are several on-the-go laundry tactics you can use so that you can pack fewer clothes, freeing up space for more important items. Let’s get washing!

          How to Do Your Laundry While Traveling

          Whether you’re traveling by hotel, hostel, Airbnb or camper, you have options for travel laundry – you might just have to get a bit creative. From making use of a hotel’s laundry services to scrubbing in a sink, we’ll cover it all.

          Use Hotel Services

          The most convenient – but also most expensive (we’re talking $30-$70 per load) – travel laundry method is using a hotel’s or cruise ship’s laundry services. Most hotels are willing to wash, dry, iron and fold your clothes for you. Some even offer dry cleaning services if you need a nice suit or dress ready for tomorrow night’s gala.

          How to Wash Clothes in a Hotel

          To wash clothes in a hotel, you’ll first want to look for a laundry bag in your room, as most hotel rooms should have one. You should also see a form that you can fill out to tell hotel staff what you want done to your clothes. If all else fails, don’t hesitate to call the front desk and ask about their laundry services.

          Just be sure that you don’t need any of the clothes you put in the bag for the next 24 hours – that tends to be how long it takes to complete a load.

          Use a Bathtub or Sink

          If you’d prefer to skip the laundromat and do your laundry yourself, consider hand washing in the bathtub or sink. Unlike using a hotel service, this strategy is the most time-consuming and challenging but also the cheapest way to do your travel laundry.

          When washing by hand, it’s important to have a drying space ready ahead of time. Since many clothes will take 12-24 hours to hang dry indoors, it’s a good idea to primarily pack clothes made of quick-dry fabrics like polyester and nylon if you expect to hand wash during your trip.

          If you’re in need of some quick-dry underwear for your next trip, our Air Underwear can hang dry in under 4 hours! After a wash, just squeeze out the excess water and roll the underwear in a towel to soak up any remaining liquid before hanging up to dry. Thanks to the underwear’s perforated mesh fabric, it will be dry within 4 hours.

          How to Wash Clothes in a Bathtub or Shower

          If worse comes to worst and you have to hand wash your clothes, there’s no need to stress. Just remember to come prepared with your own laundry detergent and to ensure you have a good place to hang dry your clothes.

          A guide illustrating the 6 steps to doing travel laundry in a bathtub, from plugging the drain and filling the tub to hang drying

          To wash your clothes in a bathtub or shower, just follow these easy steps:

          1. Plug the drain. Some showers and bathtubs don’t have a drain plug – if that’s the case, it’s time to get creative! Grab a plate, a couple socks, a washcloth or a sponge.
          2. Fill the tub with enough water to submerge your clothes. You don’t want to fill the tub with water as hot as you use to shower – aim for about 85°F or cooler so that your colors don’t bleed.
          3. Soak for a couple minutes. You’ll want to get all of your clothes wet before you start adding detergent.
          4. Add detergent & rub into clothes where needed. If you have stains to remove, you’ll want to lather detergent in those places to remove them.
          5. Rinse with clean water. Either rinse under the faucet or refill the tub with clean water to get all of the soap out of your clothes.
          6. Drain the tub, wring out your clothes & hang dry. Consider wringing your clothes out in a towel to get them to dry a bit faster before hanging them up.
           

          How to Hand Wash Clothes in a Sink

          The process of hand washing clothes in a sink is very similar to doing so in a shower or bathtub. A sink, being smaller, makes it the ideal choice for washing small garments like underwear, bras and thin undershirts

          Here are the steps for washing your clothes in a sink:

          1. Plug the drain. Hopefully, your sink will have a built-in sink stopper, but if not it’s a good idea to have a portable sink stopper packed.
          2. Fill the sink with water. Similarly to washing in a bathtub, you should keep the water temperature at about 85°F or less so that your colors don’t bleed together.
          3. Add a couple of garments at a time & soak. The sink probably can’t fit too many clothes. Make sure you don’t add too many at a time as this could make the sink overflow.
          4. Add detergent & scrub.
          5. Drain & refill the sink. You may need to drain and refill your sink a few times to get everything washed. You may not want to rinse each item with the faucet as this could cause the sink to overflow.
          6. Wring out & hang dry.

            Book a Self-Service Option

            Before you book a place to stay, you might want to do some research and see which locations offer self-service laundry options. Several lodging options offer these services, from hostels to Airbnbs to apartments. There may even be a washer and dryer in the same building you’re staying in.

            While these are often free to use, they may charge a few dollars per load and they tend not to provide detergent or dryer sheets. It’s a good idea to have some coins, cash and detergent on-hand just in case! 

            Use a Laundromat

            Laundromats are great options if you’re wanting to keep costs low and are willing to do a little walking to get your clothes washed. Just be sure to look at a map ahead of time to check if there’s a laundromat near where you’re staying.

            Laundromats come in many different formats, but the most common are self-service and assisted. Much like other self-service options, machines in laundromats will likely charge between $2.00 and $6.00 USD to wash and dry your clothes.

            Some laundromats may offer washing and drying services, where an employee does your laundry for you. They will likely give you a time to return to the laundromat when your clothes will be washed, dried, folded and sometimes even ironed for you. Although far more convenient, this service will likely triple or quadruple the cost of your laundromat visit.

            Image of a woman doing travel laundry at a laundromat with text reminding travelers to have cash or coins on-hand

            Pay for Laundry Services

            Local laundry services can be great options if there are no laundromats near you. Price can vary significantly by location, so you may want to check the cost before you carry your dirty clothes to one of these facilities. You can either pick up your finished laundry or potentially have it delivered to you, depending on the service.

            These services are often attached to tailors or dry cleaners, and tend to be run by families or even a single person.

            Camping Laundry: Washing Clothes While Camping or RVing

            Finding a way to do laundry is relatively easy when traveling in a city or town, but washing clothes while camping in the wilderness may require a little more creativity. Before giving up on ways to wash your underwear and hunting for bra alternatives, remember that camping laundry isn’t as difficult as you may think!

            While campsites often have either a laundry facility or a sink that can be used to wash clothes, if you’re camping away from a designated campground, you can either look for a river or other water source, or bring a bag that you can fill with soap and water to wash your clothes.

            If you find a natural water source, remember to use environmentally friendly travel laundry detergents to avoid causing unnecessary pollution. All that soap has to go somewhere!

            On the flip side, traveling in an RV opens up some more options for on-the-go laundry. You can either detour to a laundromat, an RV site with a laundry facility or hand wash inside your RV. Since you’re traveling, you’ll have plenty of outdoor space to hang your clothes if you just stop somewhere safe for the day.

            How to Wash Clothes While Backpacking

            When backpacking, it’s especially important to be ready to do some travel laundry since you have to travel so lightly. If you’re wondering how to wash clothes while backpacking, we can pull from some of the tips in the above camping section.

            If you stumble upon a natural water source like a lake, river or stream, make use of it! As mentioned previously, just make sure to invest in a small bottle of environmentally friendly laundry soap ahead of time.

            The bag method will also be especially useful when backpacking, particularly when you’re traveling in a relatively dry area that lacks natural water sources. Just add some water from your water bottle, a little detergent and your clothes. Voila – you’ll be the best-smelling among your backpacking buddies!

            Image of a woman sitting by a river while backpacking with text listing 4 backpacking laundry tips, like bringing eco-friendly detergent

            Tips for Preserving and Washing Clothes While Traveling

            If the concept of travel laundry intimidates you, you’re not alone. Let’s walk through some helpful tips so that you can feel confident in your washing abilities before you hit the road.

            1. Choose lightweight, fast-drying fabrics. Merino wool, polyester and silk, for example, are great materials for easy washing and drying on-the-go. Pro tip – jeans rarely ever need to be washed, which makes them and other denim garments great for traveling.
            2. Keep your whites out of the travel bag. Not only do whites stain easily, but you also want to pack clothes that can be washed together without colors bleeding into each other. Your whites will likely darken if washed with all of your other clothes.
            3. Bring a microfibre towel. Microfibre towels are quick-drying and great for drying not only your body, but also your clothes. Use it to wring out your washed clothes, leave it out to dry for an hour then use it again!
            4. Roll your clothes. Rolling your clothes keeps them compact so that you can fit more in less space.
            5. Hang to avoid wrinkles. You may feel like there’s no way to prevent your clothes from wrinkling when traveling, but that’s not the case! Just hang them up as soon as you get to your new dwelling.
             

            How to Remove Stains from Laundry

            Traveling can be messy. Whether you spilled a greasy snack on your shirt while on the plane or got some wine on your pants at dinner, there are plenty of powerful and eco-friendly stain removers that you can add to your travel laundry arsenal.

            Tide to Go

            If you do the shopping for your household, you’ve certainly seen Tide to Go pens in the “impulse section” before checkout, if not in the laundry detergent aisle. These little tools are inexpensive, TSA compliant and can easily be thrown into a small bag compartment for emergencies.

            Just press the pen down and rub it onto your stain immediately after the stain occurs. It’s a good idea to also wash your clothes with laundry soap and water after applying the pen.

            Warm Water and a Bar of Soap

            Don’t underestimate the power of simple body soap when you need to remove a stain fast. Rub the stain with soap (lightly, to avoid rubbing the stain deeper into the fabric) and soak your garment in warm water for several minutes, and repeat if needed.

            Just remember to go easy on your clothes to keep them from getting damaged.

            Baking Soda

            Baking soda is one of the most popular ingredients for simple and natural stain removers. Just mixing it with some water and scrubbing it on your stain should work wonders.

            Luckily, baking soda is super easy to come by. If there’s a convenience store anywhere near where you’re staying there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find some.

            Dish Soap

            Dish soap was strategically designed to remove food grease from plates, and it works the same for clothes! If you spill something greasy on your clothes, rub some dish soap into the stain before it dries to start attacking that grease before giving it a thorough wash.

            How to Stop Your Bag From Stinking

            Sometimes, you have nowhere to put your dirty clothes aside from the bags you’re using for other items, like snacks, sunscreen and electronics. After a little while, your bag may start to smell like your three-day-old dirty laundry, which isn’t fun.

            If your bag starts to stink, don’t panic. There are several ways to mask or absorb these odors until you get home and can give your bag a thorough wash.

             Illustration of a dirty laundry backpack with 4 tools to make it smell fresh – essential oils, gel packets, dryer sheets, and the sun

            Use Dryer Sheets

            If you’re planning to use a laundromat or a similar self-service laundry area, you’ll likely already have some dryer sheets on hand. If not, bring some anyway!

            Dryer sheets are great for taking care of odors, so you might as well throw a couple in your dirty laundry bag so that the smell of your clothes stays contained for the rest of your trip.

            Use Essential Oils

            If you aren’t a big fan of the synthetic smell of dryer sheets, turn to a favorite among aromatherapists: essential oils. Choose your favorite natural scent (like lavender or lemongrass) and rub a couple of drops onto the lining of your backpack. This will keep your laundry smelling like a field of flowers.

            Use Silicon Gel Packets

            You may have never thought to save those little silicon gel packets stored in medicines and other packaged goods, but it turns out they have a valuable use when traveling. They work great for absorbing moisture – including sweat.

            They’re cheap to purchase and throwing a couple in your laundry bag after filling it with your post-hike clothes will keep microbes from growing and help improve the smell of your bag.

            Use the Sun

            Bacteria don't do well in sunlight. If your bag starts to stink, just leave it open outside for a little while to get rid of bacteria and improve its smell.

            5 Things to Bring for Travel Laundry

            Now that we’ve covered just about everything you could want to know about doing travel laundry, let’s review a checklist of items that you should pack away to make the process as seamless as possible.

            1. Sink Stopper

            To avoid needing to create a makeshift drain plug using a garment, you’ll probably want to bring your own sink stopper. While many hotels and other lodgings will have built-in sink stoppers, bringing your own is a good way to ensure that you’ll be able to hand wash your clothes regardless of your destination’s amenities.

            2. Dry Bag for Dirty Clothes

            Unless you’re backpacking and don’t have the carrying capacity to bring another bag, consider bringing a dry bag to use just for your dirty laundry. This way, you’ll keep your dirty clothes separate from everything else to avoid stinking up your other items.

            3. Travel Clothesline

            Depending on your travel logistics, you may not have a clothesline readily available for hang drying your clothes. To keep your wet clothes from dripping on the floor, you may want to buy or make a bathtub clothesline.

            Making a DIY travel clothesline may sound daunting, but it can actually be a fun project before departing for your destination if you’d rather make one than buy one. You can use elastic ropes or rubber bands to braid a long line together that makes hang-drying your clothes at a hotel, Airbnb or campsite easy.

            4. Travel Laundry Detergent

            When deciding which travel laundry detergent to pack, remember the importance of packing light. Choose a small bottle, and ideally one that is eco-friendly – especially if you’ll be washing your clothes out in nature.

            5. Travel Laundry Washing Bag

            As mentioned above, a great way to wash clothes in the wilderness is using a travel laundry washing bag. These bags tend to be sturdy, sealable and lightweight making them perfect for on-the-go washing.

            Just add water, soap and your clothes, seal the bag and use the pressure of your hands on the outside of the bag to lather up your clothes before rinsing them. These bags are a must-have for any avid adventurer.

            Whether you’re figuring out how to wash your underwear on a backpacking adventure or are simply wanting to freshen up your cozy pants to wear around your hotel, hopefully, this guide has provided you with some valuable travel laundry takeaways.

            Remember to stock up on some soft tops and sweaters for your next travel adventure so that you feel as comfortable as possible the next time you trek.

            Should You Sleep in Panties?

            To sleep in panties or not to sleep in panties? If that question keeps you up at night, don't sweat it! We’re here to put your worries to rest.

            Chances are, you’ve heard the age-old debates about what to wear to bed. Is it OK to sleep in a bra? What about certain types of pajamas? Along these same lines, many women also wonder whether it’s better to sleep in panties or go commando. 

            Contrary to anything you’ve been told, catching Z’s in your underwear is perfectly fine. In fact, it might even provide all sorts of benefits, from lightening the laundry load to preparing you for emergencies. 

            Surprised? Keep reading to find out seven unexpected reasons why you should sleep in panties.

            Is it OK to Sleep in Panties?

            It turns out that sleeping in panties is more than OK! According to OB/GYN and clinical assistant professor Dr. Alyssa Dweck, it’s not medically necessary for most women to go commando at night. 

            So, what’s with all the drama?

            The reason there’s so much controversy over wearing underwear to bed has to do with the non-breathable materials lining some panties. Naturally, if you’re choosing uncomfortable drawers, your vaginal health might suffer. That’s why people prone to inflammation downstairs might want to avoid bedtime underwear.

            However, overnight undies themselves aren’t the problem. As long as you opt for panties made of cool, soft, and light fabric, you can let your skin breathe all night long. 

            7 Reasons to Sleep in Panties

            Illustrations of a lock, soap bubbles, an alarm, feather, laundry machine, thermometer and a pad indicating the different reasons to sleep in panties

            Before you opt for the birthday suit, you might want to consider the many benefits of wearing underwear to bed. Here are some reasons to sleep in panties: 

            1. For Cleanliness

            For starters, sleeping in panties can be cleaner than going to bed bare. In a survey, 30% of respondents report washing their sheets only once a year. Between washes, tiny bugs called dust mites feed off dead skin flakes on our bedding.

            Still want to go commando? Sleeping in underwear gives you an extra layer of protection between you and any germs living between your sheets.

            2. For Comfort

            While your bedding might keep you warm at night, the fabric in some sheets can feel scratchy and coarse. In addition to general discomfort, dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner explains that the synthetic materials in certain bedding can cause irritation or worsen skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.

            Unless you’re using silk or cotton sheets, you might prefer the comfort of sleeping in underwear. Especially if your panties are breathable and soft, you won’t mind the extra layer.

            3. For Less Laundry

            If you think going commando to bed will save you a load of laundry, think again. Without the extra layer of protection for your nether regions, your pajama bottoms and bedding might need a bit more attention from the washer. 

            Instead of cleaning those bulkier items more often, you can learn how to wash underwear and save your quarters.

            A young black female and male couple folding laundry and smiling because they’ve noticed that they have less clothes to wash due to sleeping in panties

            4. For Period Protection  

            There’s nothing worse than waking up to a period stain on your freshly washed bedding. Did you know that sleeping in underwear can help lower the chances of this unpleasant surprise?

            Since panties provide an additional barrier between you and your bedding, you're much less likely to experience leakage. 

            5. For Body Temperature

            If you get night sweats, the last thing you might want is to wear an extra layer of clothing to bed. However, certain underwear can actually help keep you dry.

            Instead of sporting regular fabrics, try cool cotton or other lightweight materials overnight. They’ll help regulate your temperature and soothe even the hottest sleepers. Plus, if you still end up breaking into a sweat, you’ll have a layer of protection between you and the sheets.

            6. For Privacy

            There’s a reason they’re called your private parts — you probably want to keep them private. If you have roommates or housemates, going commando to bed might result in some embarrassing encounters. For those with a tendency to sleepwalk, you might not even realize you’re wandering around your home in the buff.

            To avoid the awkwardness, you might want to sleep in panties and throw on some comfy loungewear while you’re at it.

            7. For Emergencies

            If someone breaks into your place, you won’t want to worry about being decent. By sleeping in underwear, you’ll be ready in the case of an emergency break-in.

            In addition, what happens if the fire alarm goes off? Sleeping in panties gives you one less layer to throw on before evacuating the building.

            Best Styles for Sleeping Underwear

            Blonde women smiling and hugging her pillow after a restful night of sleep

            Sleeping in underwear offers all kinds of benefits, but does the style matter? When deciding between different types of panties for bed, it’s all about what makes you comfortable. 

            If you prefer full coverage between the sheets, go for briefs or boyshorts. Those who want a little less material might gravitate toward cheeky styles.

            How about thongs? Although certain myths insist that thongs cause discomfort, the truth is that many people simply aren’t choosing the right pair. If you’re most comfortable wearing a thong to bed, just be sure to pick out a breathable fabric and proper size.

            Best Fabrics for Sleeping Underwear

            Pink table showing the best and worst fabrics for sleeping in panties including cotton, micro modal, synthetic fibers and lace or silk

            Once you’re set on a style, choosing the right fabric can provide you with optimal comfort.

            Here are the best underwear fabrics for sleeping:

            1. Cotton: Wearing a natural fiber like cotton is the best for your vagina, since it can absorb sweat more easily than other materials. Whatever fabric covers the rest of your panties, make sure the crotch has a cotton gusset.
            2. Micro modal: Micro modal panties are known for their softness, making them an ideal second skin to wear to bed.
            3. Nylon mesh: With quick-dry, nylon Air Mesh panties, you’ll have the breathability you need for overnight use.

            On the flipside, those susceptible to inflammation might want to avoid sleeping in panties made from these materials:

            1. Lace: It might make you feel sexy, but tossing and turning in tight lace underwear can lead to uncomfortable friction and ingrown hairs. If you can’t part with your lace panties, choose ones with a cotton crotch. Better yet, try our Second Skin Pajamas with lace trim for ultimate comfort while sleeping. Whether you’re a hot or cold sleeper, we have styles for both.
            2. Silk: Silky panties might get you in the mood, but they don’t allow moisture to escape during the night. Micro modal can give you that same silky smooth feeling without suffocating you down there.
            3. Synthetic fibers: Although rayon and polyester can make comfy bedtime choices for most people, wearing synthetic materials might increase the risk of vaginal irritation.

              By choosing better fabrics, you can rest assured that you’re doing right by your privates. 

              Best Sizes for Sleeping Underwear

              Whatever style and fabric you wear to bed, the most important thing to keep in mind is the size. Sporting panties that aren’t the right fit can be uncomfortable no matter what time of day it is. Even worse, wearing tight underwear to bed might make it harder to fall asleep.

              To help you pick a loose, breathable pair for bedtime, check out this underwear size chart. That way, you can make sure the only thing sleeping tight is you.

              Underwear FAQs

              Women who’s decided to sleep in panties stretching her arms above her head after a restful night of sleep

              In case you need a recap, here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about sleeping in panties:

              Is it Good to Sleep Without Underwear?

              For most people, hitting the hay with panties isn’t a problem. However, it’s OK to sleep without underwear if you’re prone to irritation. 

              What is the Best Underwear to Sleep in?

              The best underwear for bed is whichever style, fabric, and size provide you with comfort and breathability. If none of your pairs make you feel fully comfortable, it might be time for an upgrade.

              In terms of the underwear style, any amount of coverage works under the covers — as long as you choose the right fabric and size. Cotton, micro modal, and nylon mesh are some of the airiest fabric options. When picking a size, just make sure to give yourself room to breathe.

              Ultimately, what you wear to bed is completely up to you. However, before you strip down for the night, remember all the advantages of keeping on your drawers. By choosing underwear with the right fabric, style, and size, you can sleep in panties and enjoy all the benefits.

              Now that you’ve stopped worrying about your bedtime underwear choice, it’s time to hit the sack. 

              Still struggling to fall asleep? Try pairing your comfy night clothes with some calming sleep affirmations.

              40 Body Positivity Quotes to Help You Practice Self-Love

              As the days get warmer and swimsuit season kicks into gear, many of us can’t help but compare ourselves to others, becoming hyper-critical of how our own bodies look whether in our undies or when out in the summer sun. When negative self-talk creeps in, it’s important to do things that remind us of our endless beauty and worth. That’s why we’ve compiled 40 body positivity quotes from respected authors and public figures who have dealt with self-esteem issues and have some wisdom to share on the topic.

              Body positivity quotes aren’t a cure for low self-esteem, but they can certainly be a catalyst for a more positive outlook on life. Hopefully, you’ll have some “aha” moments as you read so that you can start stepping outside radiating with confidence.

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              Body Positivity Quotes For Every-Body!

              Nobody is immune to struggles with self-confidence. Women and men alike battle feelings of unworthiness that tear us down rather than build us up. When the going gets tough, remind yourself of these affirming body positivity quotes that will help you feel good in your own skin again.

              1. “Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.” — Oprah Winfrey, Host & philanthropist
              2. “And I said to my body softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.’” Nayyirah Waheed, Poet, Salt
              3. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist
              4. “You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise Hay, Author
              5. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” — Thich Nhat Hanh, Monk & Poet
              6. “Don’t let your mind bully your body.” — June Tomaso Wood, Therapist
              7. “You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.” — Jessica Ortner, Author

              Smartphone image of a curvy woman wearing workout clothes and looking gleefully at her phone, with a GIF reading “love yourself”

              Body Image Quotes for Moms & Mature Women

              As much as children add to life, maturity and motherhood can bring with it some body insecurity that’s tough to overcome. For when you’re feeling self-critical, bookmark these body image quotes for a fresh reminder that all bodies are beautiful.

              8. “Life is way too short to be focused on scales, weight and cellulite. If you can look in the mirror and know that you're a beautiful, loving, friendly person who's good to people, that'll ultimately make you shine on the outside.”  Teresa Palmer, Actress
              9. “As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, ‘I love my body’. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, ‘I am so proud of my body.’ So I make sure to say it to my daughter because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.” — Kate Winslett, Actress
              10. “Even though it will never be flat again, my stomach’s still my favorite because it reminds me of my greatest achievement: my babies.” — Isla Fisher, Actress
              11. “This body is fierce, strong, and unapologetic” — Mirna Valerio, Author & runner
              12. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters — on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.” — Michelle Obama, Activist & former First Lady
              13. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself. — Barbara De Angelis, Author & consultant
              14. “Finding balance as a mother means accepting your imperfections.” — Mary Organizes, Influencer
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              Quotes About Being Confident for Students

              The life of a student can be incredibly challenging. From anxiety about grades to self-comparison with peers, it’s easy to lose track of one’s own sense of self-worth. Check out these quotes about being confident for some inspiration as you navigate the challenges of being a student.

              15. “This body is resilient. It can endure all kinds of things. My body offers me the power of presence. My body is powerful.” — Roxane Gay, Writer
              16. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” — Dr. David M. Burns, Psychiatrist
              17. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” — Beverly Sills, Operatic soprano
              18. “If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister & Activist
              19. “If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur
              20. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” — Maya Angelou, Poet
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              Women’s Self-Love Quotes

              If anyone has had experience developing fierce self-love in the face of criticism, it’s successful women living in the public eye. On days when it feels hard to love yourself, even when you’re wearing your favorite top, look to the following self-love quotes from those who have taken active steps to feel satisfied and confident in their own skin.

              21. "Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that—to be different. But different is good.” — Serena Williams, Professional tennis player
              22. "There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” — Maria Mitchell, Astronomer
              23. "Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms" — Gloria Steinem, Journalist & Activist
              24. “I’ve learned that if you’re too skinny, they’ll say something about it. If you’re not skinny enough, they’ll say something about it. I just try to feel good in my own skin as much as I can.” — Jennifer Love Hewitt, Actress
              25. “I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all those things. And so are you.” — Mary Lambert, Singer
              26. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” — Emma Stone, Actress
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                Confident Girly Quotes for Younger Women

                Every young woman deserves to feel like she’s on top of the world. If you need a reminder that you’re perfect just as you are, keep these confident girly quotes in mind.

                27. “One day I decided that I was beautiful and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.” — Gabourey Sidibe, Actress
                28. “I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realization that everybody does that—even the people that I consider flawless—then you can start to live with the way you are.” — Taylor Swift, Singer/Songwriter
                29. “For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things…what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” — Meryl Streep, Actress
                30. “Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. It’s a sign that you have a big heart, and that you aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” — Brigitte Nicole, Influencer
                31. “The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” — Mohadesa Najumi, Writer
                32. “Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.” — Bella Abzug, Lawyer & Activist
                33. “I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.” — Calamity Jane, Frontierswoman
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                Quotes on High Self-Esteem for Men

                With all of the societal expectations placed on men, it can be difficult to feel worthy. If you feel like your confidence is slipping, remember the following quotes about being confident to boost your self-esteem.

                34. “No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance.” — Robert Holden, Psychologist
                35. “Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.” — Brian Tracy, Motivational speaker
                36. “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” — T. Harv Eker, Author
                37. “A person’s worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves.” — Jean De La Bruyere, Philosopher
                38. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady & Activist
                39. “The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.” — Francois De La Rochefoucauld, Author
                40. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” — Jack Canfield, Author
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                  How to Use Body Positive Quotes

                  Remember, much like underwear, body positivity quotes aren’t a “one size fits all.” You may resonate with some and not others, and that’s okay! Remember, it’s one thing to believe these affirmations; it’s another to live them out. Let’s take a look at some ways you can meaningfully integrate these body image quotes into your life.

                  1. Leave Post-It notes where you get ready. It’s common to feel most self-critical when in front of the mirror. Train your brain to see yourself in a more positive light by sticking your favorite quotes right where you get ready for your day.
                  2. Make them your phone wallpaper. There’s nothing we spend more time looking at than our cell phones. By setting the quote you find most inspiring as your phone’s wallpaper, you’ll have a constant subconscious reminder of your value and beauty.
                  3. Put them on your bedroom door. If you really resonate with a quote, consider printing it into a poster and putting it on your closet or bedroom door. You’ll notice it every time you wake up in the morning and start your day with a more positive mindset.
                  4. Write them in your journal. Journaling is a great way to reflect on your feelings. Try putting pen to paper to solidify some of these quotes in your mind, and even consider making one of them your daily mantra.
                  5. Share them on social media. If you found a quote impactful, chances are others will, too! Share them on your Instagram story and check out our guide on using our Instagram Stickers below.

                  Body image quotes are one popular way to remind yourself of your beauty and value, but the journey toward self-love goes beyond quotes from successful public figures. Consider developing some sleep affirmations or taking the time to chat with a close friend or a therapist to develop a positive mindset surrounding your body and your worth.

                  One crucial step toward self-love is wearing what makes you feel most confident. Whether that means picking out the right panties and the best-fitting bras or even just leveling up your loungewear around the house, you deserve to feel your best in everything you wear.