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The top signs you're settling for mediocre underwear

Love it or hate it, your underwear is the first thing you put on each day, and if you’re putting on underwear that’s not worth the cloth it was cut from, why are you even bothering? Of course, we’re not saying you should go commando (although no judgment if you do), because your underwear provides crucial protection for your most sensitive bits and your most expensive clothing. 

No matter how busy you are, it’s worth your time to find a perfect pair of underwear for the day you want to have. So how can you tell if your underwear is up to snuff? Here are 5 red flags to watch out for.

The fabric doesn’t feel right

If your underwear isn’t soft to the touch, it doesn’t belong on your body. Stiff, itchy materials and fabric that doesn’t breathe can irritate your skin and cause ingrown hairs and other issues that you don’t want to deal with. If your underwear doesn’t start with comfortable fabric, you don’t want to go anywhere it will lead you. 

You’re walking with wedgies

Many people assume that underwear creep is a fact of life, and the only thing you can do about wedgies is to find a discreet place to fix them. But wedgies shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence, and if you’re getting them, it means one of two things: your underwear is the wrong size, or it has a design flaw. Your underwear should fit snugly and stay in place as you move. If it’s not, ditch it and find a design that doesn’t have you tugging and picking all day.

The waistband rolls and slides

Unless you’re deliberately going for whale tail (and again, no judgment), no one should see your underwear (or your crack) when you bend over. If it’s riding up, sliding down, or doing anything other than being comfortable, it’s time to replace it. In other words, your underwear should always be a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of situation. 

The don’t keep you dry

People sweat. It’s normal. So why haven’t underwear designers gotten the memo? Damp undies are seriously uncomfortable, and before long they can cause painful chafing. On top of that, certain fabrics can start to smell, which is downright embarrassing if you’re in a crowded space. Quality underwear is made with advanced fabrics that wick moisture and prevent odor-causing microbes from building up, and they don’t have to sacrifice an ounce of comfort to do it. If the ones you're wearing don’t fit the bill, it’s time to upgrade. 

They don’t look good on you

Most people probably don’t see you in your underwear, but at the very least, you do. If you don’t feel great about how you look in your undies, it can put a damper on your sense of style and confidence. Maybe you aren’t wearing the right style for your body type - or maybe your undies just wouldn’t look good on anybody. Either way, if you don’t feel like flaunting and strutting in your undies, the problem isn’t you - it’s them.

Comfort is absent or fleeting

Quality underwear should be comfortable from the moment you put it on to the moment you take it off, and we really hope you agree on that count. Whether it’s the fabric or the fit, every aspect of your skivvies should offer uncompromising comfort to your most sensitive bits - whether you’re hitting the gym, headed to work, dancing with your date, or surfing Netflix on the couch. Comfort should last through the laundry cycle, too, so if your underwear becomes unbearable after laundry day, trash it, and treat yourself to something better. You deserve it.  

Simplify your underwear shopping

Finding good underwear at the department store is no easy task, but luckily you can get the best underwear you’ll ever wear without leaving the house. Tommy John is committed to crafting premium undies, starting with three Fs: fabric, form, and function. We use advanced, breathable fabrics to create functional, stylish underwear that is truly adjustment-free. That means no wedgies and no bunching or sliding fabric and bands. 

That goes for every style of women’s underwear we offer. So choose the fabric that suits your mood, whether you need high-performance underwear or soft and silky undergarments to relax in, and set the tone for the day you want to have. No matter which fabric you choose, they are all equipped with a Cool Cotton gusset for maximum breathability where you need it most. 

We’re confident you'll love our underwear as much as we do, which is why we’re happy to back it with our best pair guarantee - if you don’t love them the first time you try them for any reason whatsoever, we’ll refund you or replace them with something you like more.