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What Is Gymtimidation and 7 Ways to Overcome It

Are you the type of person whose New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise? Except the sound of weights being dropped or others looking in your direction intimidates you?

If you’ve had similar sentiments, you might be suffering from gymtimidation. The below guide will fully explain what “gymtimidation” is and contains expert advice on how to overcome it. We also discuss ways to make your fitness center more inclusive. 

Don’t let the fear of going to the gym impede your health and self-care. For a quick summary, view our visual by clicking the button at the bottom of the post.

Gymtimidation Defined

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Gymtimidation is the fear and dread of working out in front of other people. This anxiety isn’t just relegated to the gym — it can occur in yoga classes, cycling studios, or any exercise activity where others are present. 

According to Thomas Mentus, a personal trainer for six years and an expert panelist at Garage Gym Reviews, people are “way more critical of themselves than others are of them. So, if you can get a handle on your own self-criticism, then the fear of being judged by others will lessen.” 

If this experience sounds familiar, you’ve likely experienced gymtimidation before. And you’re not alone.

According to one survey of 2,000 Americans, 47% of all respondents experienced gymtimidation when exercising around others. And 32% felt intimidated when working out near someone whom they perceived to be in “excellent shape.”

So, how does gymtimidation manifest and why do so many people experience it? 

Gymtimidation mostly occurs internally. For many people, it derives from their anxieties and nervousness around how they look or feel. These anxious thoughts and emotions are heightened when exercising around others. 

We’ll get more into how to overcome gymtimidation later, but for now, know that your fear of going to the gym is valid and shared among many others.

How Different Genders Experience Gymtimidation

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Gymtimidation for women and men can resonate in different ways. Please note that these tendencies aren’t binary and overlap does exist. However, these general differences are worth noting.

According to one study, 44% of women at the gym feared using free weights due to not knowing what they’re doing or injuring themselves. 

Some of these gym-going women feared judgment from others — with 14% blaming glances or judgment from men for their anxiety and 10% fearing judgment from other women. 

The study also found that women, more so than men, were concerned about appearing out of shape and looking clueless around exercise equipment. Only two in 10 men from the study were afraid of appearing clueless while working out.

These emotions fall in line with how many of Dr. Sharon Gam’s clients feel when working out around others. Dr. Gam is a personal trainer with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and over 14 years of experience.  

She says that “many of my clients are worried that they’re not doing their exercises correctly. They feel uncoordinated and insecure about the way they move and that they might be judged for doing their exercises wrong.”

Men also experience gymtimidation like women. Many of the feelings occur in both sexes. However, Dr. Gam has noticed some tendencies that men do more often than women:

“Men tend to feel like they aren’t doing enough in the gym when they’re working out around others. They sometimes treat it like a competition and add too much weight to their exercises or try exercises that are too advanced for their current fitness level.”

For both sexes, exercise can correlate with body positivity, but it’s more evident for women. One 2014 study found that in general, women exercise more often than men. The same study found that motivation to exercise differs: “Women reported exercising for weight loss and toning more than men, whereas men reported exercising for enjoyment more than women.”

We can’t say for certain why these differences exist, but they’re worth knowing and acknowledging — especially as you exercise around others.

Ways To Overcome Gymtimidation and Stick With Your Fitness Journey

A list of seven tips on how to overcome gymtimidation, complemented by illustrated icons

Conquering your fears about going to the gym is part of your fitness journey. First, you must consistently show up to your fitness center or workout classes. You can’t defeat your fear of gyms without showing up. Below are seven more tips to help you conquer gymtimidation. 

1. Grow Your Confidence

For many people, exercising in front of others is a vulnerable act. As stated earlier, many men and women fear being judged by others. Novice gym-goers are often worried that they might look clueless in front of others. 

Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Mandy Kloppers believes that these fears of judgment are internal and often exaggerated. “We all want to be liked and we often overestimate the likelihood of others rejecting us.” 

This aligns with how many gym-goers feel: They have a heightened sense that others are judging them when in most cases they aren’t. Kloppers suggests overcoming your fears by confronting them head on. “The less you avoid your fears, the more your self-confidence will grow. Do it for yourself and care less about what others think.”

So, the next time you’re working out and have fears or suspect judgment from others, focus on yourself and know that most people at the gym are also concentrating on their own fitness journey.

2. Don’t Stare

How awkward is it when you look up from your treadmill and someone is staring directly at you? Nobody likes a starer, so resist that natural urge and instinct to look at others. 

Unfortunately, though, humans are hard-wired to believe that others are staring at them, even if they’re not. This biological sensation is further heightened when it’s ambiguous if someone is actually staring at you.

When people move, especially in your peripheral vision, it’s instinctive to look at them. In a training room, there’s constant movement, which attracts your eyes and often makes you look toward the moving object.  Your adrenaline also increases when exercising, which increases pupil dilation. These heightened stimuli can cause people to look at others in the gym more often than they would in other places.

Now that you know that some people — and perhaps you — are self-conscious in the gym, it’s best to remember that your gaze can make others feel uncomfortable. So, when exercising around others, be cognizant of where your eyes drift off to and concentrate on each exercise.

3. Ask for Help

We all need a little help sometimes in life. The gym is no exception. If you’re doing an exercise and need a spotter (someone who can help you safely lift and re-rack the weight) don’t be afraid to ask a nearby person. Most people are willing to help. Plus, it’s a good way to meet other gym members and expand your fitness community. 

If you’re unsure how to use an exercise machine or how to do a specific exercise, you can ask a fitness trainer or floor manager for a quick tutorial. You can also schedule a one-on-one session with a personal trainer to learn exercises that correspond with your goals. 

4. Find the Gym That Fits Your Needs

According to NPR’s Planet Money, the majority of gyms’ profit stems from members not going. Stacey Vanek Smith, the co-host of Planet Money, states that “people who don’t go [to gyms] are subsidizing the membership of people who do. So, if you don’t work out, you are making gyms affordable for everyone.”

Don’t be one of the people wasting your membership! 

To help keep you on top of your fitness journey, choose a gym that fits your needs. Below is a list of questions and concerns to take into account:

  1. Distance from your workplace or home
  2. Cleanliness of the gym
  3. Gym culture: Is it noisy? Do people seem accepting? Are there people similar to your level of expertise?
  4. During peak times, or when you’ll be going, is exercise equipment open?
  5. Do their business hours accommodate your lifestyle?
  6. Are you interested in the fitness classes?

Consider which of these concerns matters most to you and go with that gym. Review these below tips when scoping out a new gym.

  1. Visit during peak times or when you’ll be working out.
  2. Carefully review the contract and read the fine print.
  3. Take a tour to see if there are people similar to your expertise.
  4. Try a free or week-long membership.
  5. Choose the gym you feel most comfortable at.

    5. Research and Practice at Home

    Practicing movements in front of a mirror isn’t just for TikTok stars. If you’re concerned about how you might look in the gym when doing a specific exercise, perform that exercise at home. You can record yourself on a smartphone or practice in front of a mirror.

    Dr. Gam recommends practicing “bodyweight variations of the basic exercises (push, pull, squat, hinge, and core)” at home in small repetitions. This will help “build movement skills, which in turn builds confidence.” If you’re still skeptical about your form, do the exercises in front of a mirror. 

    Like a TikTok star, the internet is also your best friend. There are tons of helpful videos and online blogs explaining different exercises and the best activities for specific muscle groups. 

    6. Get in the Zone With Your Playlist

    You may already be doing this tip at the gym. Ignore others by playing music while exercising. If you’re easily distracted by other people’s conversations or dislike your gym’s noise, consider purchasing noise-canceling headphones.

    In fact, listening to music while exercising can be beneficial. According to Scientific American, “Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood.” One study also found that those who cycled in time to music required 7% less oxygen than cyclists who did not synchronize their movements to music.

    If you’re not sure what to listen to, there are hundreds of curated workout playlists on streaming services. Try out various genres and tunes during your workouts to see which ones pump you up the most. 

    7. Workout With a Buddy

    Working out in a new environment can feel exposing. Find a workout buddy to help support you throughout your fitness journey. Here are a few benefits to working out with another person:

    1. When you exercise with another person it can feel less intimidating. 
    2. Your partner can help to keep you accountable. 
    3. Your partner is typically a great motivator and knows your limitations.
    4. You can also spot each other and critique one another’s form.

      How To Stop Perpetuating Gymtimidation

      A list of four tips on how to avoid practicing gymtimidation, complemented by images of people at the gym

      Now that you know what gymtimidation is and ways to overcome it, you can also help eradicate gymtimidation within your gym. 

      According to Melody Sayers, who is the owner of Elevate Your Plate and has a Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science, the gym is a unique place and should be thought of as such.

      For Sayers, “the gym is actually one of the most unifying places that exists, for everyone is in there for the same exact reasons, regardless of body type, endurance levels, strength abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.”

      With this viewpoint in mind, here are a few ways to prevent gymtimidation from spreading:

      1. Stop staring: As noted earlier, staring at others while they exercise can be uncomfortable and intimidating. Focus on your workout and be conscious of where your eyes wander off to.
      2. Be welcoming: Be friendly to new gym members. Some people want to work out unbothered, but many individuals don’t mind chatting briefly during their workout. At a minimum, try to smile at other patrons. In fact, smiling while exercising can even improve your stamina.
      3. Offer a spot: If you see someone lifting a weight near their maximum ability, offer to spot for them. Even if they don’t take you up on the offer, most people will appreciate the gesture. Just make sure you’re capable of lifting the weight if something awry were to happen.
      4. Allow others to work in: During peak hours, you’re likely to want to get in and out of the gym quickly — like most people. If you’re using a specific machine or weight rack for a long time, it’s good gym etiquette to let others work in. If you’re in a rush, let the person waiting know how many sets you have left and notify them when you’re finished. 
      5. Offer advice to others: Giving unsolicited advice can be tricky. However, if you see someone doing an exercise incorrectly or nervously looking around, don’t be afraid to ask them if they want your advice. If they don’t, they’ll say no. In most cases, the person will be grateful for the help. They could even become your next workout buddy.

      Now you know what gymtimidation is and how to conquer it. You’re also aware of how to make your fitness space more inclusive and are therefore helping to thwart gymtimidation. 

      Remember, the most important part of getting past gymtimidation is actually going to your gym or exercise classes. Consistently showing up is the hardest part!

      Lastly, if you’re a man in need of wearing comfortable and breathable exercise gear, check out our 360 sports underwear. For women, we have Go Anywhere Pocket Leggings. You can also read our guide on the best underwear for running. 

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      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

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      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

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      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

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        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.

            Beating Boob Sweat: 24 Solutions to Keep Your Bust Dry This Summer

            While there are many things to look forward to when the weather warms up, boob sweat is not one of them. Whether it’s a first date or taking a quick jog, boob sweat is an unwelcome guest that seems to invite itself to all of your summer plans.

            Boob sweat, or perspiration between and under your chest,  is normal and most women will experience it at some point or another — but that doesn’t make it any more tolerable. If you’ve experienced the dreaded boob sweat, you know that this uncomfortable occurrence can literally put a damper on your day. 

            What’s more, if not managed properly, excess boob sweat can cause heat rashes under or around your breasts. Don’t worry, from choosing the right bra to tata towels,  we’ve got sweaty boobs covered. If you have plans where you’ll be exposed to “humid-titty” this summer, read on to discover 24 ways to keep your chest dry. 

            1. Choose the Right Bra Size

            Boob sweat is uncomfortable and bra-fitting problems will do you no favors in warm weather. During the sweaty summer season, it’s more important than ever to have a comfortable and properly fitted bra. 

            Having a bra that fits correctly can go a long way to keep you comfortable during summer activities and also prevent chafing during your next boob sweat session. Not to mention, breast chafing can be a result of wearing an ill-fitting bra that is either too small or too big.

            6 illustrations of signs your bra doesn’t fit such as straps digging into your shoulders, cups spilling, straps slipping and cups wrinkling

            2. Change Your Bra Style 

            When dealing with sweaty boobs, the simplest fix is changing your bra style. Oftentimes, bras that are too thick or have extra padding can induce sweat under your boobs.  Look for lightly lined bras, made with breathable materials that won’t trap heat and will allow any moisture to evaporate.

            A bralette or sports bra can be a great alternative to lingerie or padded bras that could trap in heat. 

            3. Stay Hydrated

            Sweating is how your body cools itself down. When you sweat, your body releases liquid through sweat glands, which then covers your skin, and in this case, your boobs. Staying hydrated and regularly drinking water can help keep you cool and reduce your body’s need to sweat. 

            To stay sufficiently hydrated, it’s recommended that females drink about 11.5 cups of water a day and males drink 15.5 cups of water a day. 

            4. Wear Breathable Fabric

            In addition to choosing the right bra fabric, the right kind of clothes can help keep your body cool and your boobs from sweating. Cotton, bamboo, rayon and seersucker are all great, breathable materials that can reduce the amount of heat trapped against your body.

            5. Be Strategic About Your Shirts

            Opting for loose, flowy tops and dresses can also be a good idea before stepping into the sun. Not only will they reduce the chances of sweat forming in the first place, but they’ll likely hide any sweat that does form. 

            6. Apply an Antiperspirant 

            Antiperspirant isn’t just made for your underarms, it can be applied to other areas of your body as well! An organic or aluminum-free deodorant is perfectly safe to apply around your breasts. An antiperspirant deodorant can prevent you from sweating and can help you smell fresh if you do. To apply, rub the antiperspirant between and under your boobs — or any area where you want to stop sweating. 

            Dark haired and skinned women breathing heavily after a workout demonstrating that adults can sweat up to 2-4 liters per hours

            7. Ditch the Pastels 

            Nothing kills a summer mood like sweat stains. If you suffer from boob sweat, consider swapping out your seasonal, pastel wardrobe with dark colors like black or navy blue. This can help hide any sweat that forms and prevent noticeable sweat spots from appearing on your clothing. 

            8. Use Anti-Chafing Powder

            If boob sweat had an evil twin, it would be boob chafing. When you sweat, your boobs can rub against your chest or each other causing friction that leads to chafing and eventually rashes. The friction creates heat, which then makes you sweat even more — creating a vicious cycle. 

            Using an anti-chafing powder is an effective way to absorb sweat quickly and prevent your breasts from rubbing on your skin. An anti-chafing powder can simply be brushed on your skin before physical or hot activities. 

            9. Bring Along Wipes

            Basic alcohol or baby wipes can help you freshen up when you’re in a pinch and can help temporarily close pores to stop excess sweating from happening. Find wipes that are portable and can be brought along during your summer activities, so that you can feel and smell clean even on the hottest days. 

            10. Stick to the Shade

            Shade is Mother Nature’s gift to big-breasted women. If you have large breasts or are especially prone to breast sweat, do your best to find shade. Whether it’s an outdoor lunch or workout class, finding a shady spot can help keep your body (and your girls) cool. 

            Illustrations of a handheld fan, wipes, water, baby powder, antiperspirant and paper towels representing different ways to reduce boob sweat

            11. Talk to Your Doctor About Treatment Options 

            While sweating is normal, excessive sweating could be a symptom of an underlying health condition. If you are unable to manage boob sweat or other types of sweating on your own, consider discussing your symptoms with your primary healthcare provider. They may be able to determine the cause of your sweating and offer the best solutions for your body’s specific needs. 

            Additional Tips for Sweaty Situations

            Did you think we were done? Not even close. Below are more solutions to boob sweat that you can try: 

            12. Invest in a bra liner
            13. Apply argan oil to your boobs
            14. Apply a matte powder
            15. Use cornstarch as a DIY alternative 
            16. Freshen up with a body spray
            17. Try a tata towel 
            18. Brush on baby powder to absorb sweat
            19. Invest in a cooling bra 
            20. Bring a handheld fan along 
            21. Attach panty liners to your undergarments 
            22. Apply anti-chafing creams or gels
            23. Absorb sweat with paper towels
            24. Try a bralette

              Boob Sweat: FAQs

              Why Does the Sweat Under My Breasts Smell?

              Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat, linked to the apocrine glands. Most body odor comes from these glands. These glands are found in the breasts, genital area, eyelids, armpits, and ear — which makes these areas more prone to sweating and odor. 

              How Can I Prevent a Sweat Rash Under My Breasts? 

              Avoiding underwire bras can help those who find themselves more prone to sweat rashes or chafing. It also may be helpful to wear a bra liner or mini pads to absorb moisture and prevent a sweat rash from forming under your breasts. You may even consider sleeping without a bra if nighttime boob sweat causes irritation.

              How Do I Stop My Breasts from Itching?

              Breast itching can be caused by yeast infections that are formed in warm, moist areas like under your boobs. Yeast infections usually cause red, irritated and extremely itching skin. 

              Minimizing boob sweat is the simplest and most effective way to prevent your breasts from itching. However, if you do end up having itchy boobs, cooling cloths or over-the-counter topical creams can help relieve itchiness and symptoms quickly. Remember to wash your bras thoroughly and frequently to keep them clean and to prevent irritation.

              The struggle is real with boob sweat. So, when it comes to your boobs, choosing a breathable bra is important to boost your level of comfort during sticky situations. When looking for the right bra for you, consider cooling materials and proper fit so that you can seize the summer without the sweat.  

              What to Wear on a Plane

              Air travel can lead to some of the most puzzling wardrobe questions and situations we encounter. With constantly changing temperatures, cramped seating arrangements and air pressure changes, it’s often difficult to feel totally comfortable while flying. It’s not always easy to figure out what to wear on a plane, but with some thought and preparation, you can be both stylish and comfortable in flight.

              We’ve put together some dos and don’ts for travel outfits to help you look and feel your best for your next trip. Soon, you’ll be looking like your favorite jet-setting celebrity.

              What to Wear When Traveling on a Plane

              There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on the best clothes to travel in. Comfort is the most important aspect — no one wants to be stuck on a plane in something that makes them too hot or too cold, or in clothing that’s too tight. Take a look below to get a better idea of what to wear when flying.

              Layers Are Key

              Temperatures on board planes can fluctuate, especially depending on the time of year that you travel. While it may be warm on the ground before or after you take off, chances are the aircraft will become quite chilly once you reach cruising altitude. To help you adjust to those changing conditions, dress in layers. Check out some of our favorite layering options below to help you prepare for your next flight.

              Loungewear

              A layering staple, loungewear like hoodies and sweatshirts are great additions to airport outfits. Loungewear has gone from something you’d only wear in your home to being regarded as high fashion, so don’t be afraid to don your best pullover on your next flight. These items are the epitome of comfy travel clothes.

              Jackets

              Jackets are one of the easiest ways to add warmth and style to your ensemble. As an added bonus, if you find that you’re warm enough without your jacket on, you can roll it up and use it as a pillow during your flight. The pockets in your jacket can also help with pesky carry-on limitations and help you store miscellaneous items like lip balm and sleeping masks.

              Scarves, Wraps & Shawls

              These are a great way to accessorize your outfit while also keeping comfort and warmth in mind. Scarves and shawls can be used as blankets during chilly flights, and they’re easy to roll up and stuff in a carry-on or personal item once you land or if you find you don’t need them.

              Stylish looking young man wearing a leather jacket and flannel after preparing to know what to wear on a plane

              Wear Breathable Fabrics

              There’s nothing worse than feeling dirty and sweaty during a several-hour flight. To avoid that discomfort, keep fabrics in mind when choosing your travel outfits. Cotton, linen and Merino wool are great options for keeping you cool and comfy during your travels, but moisture-wicking sport materials work well, too (like our Go Anywhere Quick Dry jogger).

              It’s important to think about the fabrics you’ll be wearing even down to your underwearYou’ll be spending a few hours in a small seat, so you’ll want to choose something that breathes and doesn’t ride up. No matter the length of your flight, being sweaty below the belt or having a wedgie will be doubly uncomfortable in those tiny airplane seats.

              Opt for Loose Clothing

              Loose-fitting clothes don’t have to look sloppy or unpolished — they can actually be quite chic, and they’re much more comfortable for traveling than tight clothing. Go for a look that includes sweatpants instead of skinny jeans — you’ll be much happier during your flight.

              Smiling young women wearing a pink pullover, representing that comfort is more important than style when preparing clothing to wear on a plane

              Choose Comfortable Shoes

              Travel days can be long, and although you’ll be sitting on a plane for a few hours, you’ll also be doing a fair bit of walking before and after your flight. Be nice to your feet and wear comfortable shoes to avoid any pain or fatigue. Wearing the right shoes will not only make trekking through airports more comfortable for you, it’ll also make going through airport security quicker and easier.

              What to Wear on an International Flight

              International flights can require several hours in the air and in your terminal waiting to board. Before jet setting on your next international flight, learn what to wear when flying long distance.

              Compression Socks 

              Compression socks are always a good choice for international air travel as they promote blood circulation, help prevent swelling of the legs, and help guard against deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It’s also a good idea to pack a pair of fuzzy or warm socks in your carry-on to help make long plane rides more comfortable. 

              Comfortable Undergarments

              Dressing comfortably is most important when preparing for an international flight. Try to avoid underwire bras or tight undergarments. Cotton bralettes or other bra alternatives are a great option instead. In terms of underwear, go with a quick-drying, sweat wicking and breathable fabric for flight. Our Cool Cotton line is perfect for international travel. 

              Travel Accessories

              Prepare for your long flight by adding travel accessories to your wardrobe or packing them in your carry-on. Incorporate a sleeping eye mask, travel pillow, noise cancelling headphones, lip balm and any other accessories either in your outfit or in your carry-on.

              Travel Clothes for Women

              Take a look at these travel clothing ideas for women for outfit inspiration for your next flight. When deciding on your travel outfit, go for comfort over fashion. Traveling can lead to long days, and you’ll want to feel your best. These pieces will keep you comfy while also looking stylish. 

              Black young women talking on the phone while drinking a coffee and modeling a perfect travel outfit for women of a denim jacket and T-shirt

              T-Shirt or Top

              Simple T-shirts are some of the best clothes to travel in. Go for a slouchy tee made from a breathable material, like cotton or bamboo, to make sure you’re flying in style and comfort. 

              Long Cardigan or Pullover

              You’ll need clothing pieces that are easy to put on or take off to combat the different temperatures you encounter throughout your flight. A long cardigan or pullover will give you warmth when the temperature drops in your cabin and provide additional comfort when sleeping.

              Leggings

              There’s not much that’s more comfortable than the perfect pair of stretchy leggings. These are great for traveling since they’re both versatile and comfy. Just make sure that the pair you choose isn’t too tight or restrictive — you’ll want to wear leggings that are perfect for lounging in.

              Denim Jacket

              Add a chic touch to your look by throwing on a denim jacket. These are great for adding an edgy look to your outfit while also keeping you warm during your flight. If you find you don’t need the extra layer, you can take off the jacket and use it as a pillow or blanket for your legs.

              Sneakers

              Comfortable footwear is one of the most important things to include in your travel outfit. The perfect pair of sneakers can make your outfit look sporty while also keeping you comfy while walking through the airport. Add a pair of simple white sneakers or statement sneakers to give your look a streetwear influence. Don’t forget no-show socks to ensure your style is the only thing poking through. 

              Travel Clothes for Men

              We’ve gathered some of our favorite travel clothing ideas for men that’ll have you looking and feeling great. Be sure that you’re familiar with whatever you decide to wear so that you can be confident you’ll be comfortable all day long.

              Young white male walking down a city street, while holding a leather duffle bag and modeling a perfect travel outfit for men of a blazer, T-shirt and joggers

              T-Shirt

              A classic men’s tee is a great choice for your perfect airplane outfit. Choose one that’s breathable and soft to maximize comfort during your travels.

              Blazer

              A blazer will add a put-together touch to your outfit while also giving you an extra layer to stay warm during your flight. Choose one that coordinates with your joggers to really elevate your look.

              Joggers

              A pair of comfy joggers will have you feeling your best during your flight while also looking good. Joggers aren’t just for lounging or exercising anymore, they’re perfect for putting together a nice streetwear look.

              Slip-On Footwear 

              Add your favorite pair of classic sneakers to your outfit to bring your look together. Sneakers are also great for easy removal during airport security and comfort while walking to your gate or baggage claim. Try our stay-put socks to ensure you won’t be walking through security barefoot. 

              Sunglasses

              Sunglasses are a great accessory that add form and function to your travel outfit. They’re easy to store when you don’t need them, and are stylish for when you need to shade your eyes.

              What Should You Not Wear When Flying?

              Just as important as what to wear on a plane is what not to wear. There are a few things you’ll definitely want to avoid when flying to ensure you’re comfortable during your trip.

              Illustrations showing what not to wear on a plane such as tight clothing, uncomfortable shoes, offensive clothing and perfume

              Tight Clothing

              Tight clothing can not only feel uncomfortable during air travel, but it can also pose a risk to your health. Tight-fitting clothes can restrict your blood flow and cause blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, which can be life-threatening. Plus, this can cause you to sweat, and you can't expect to do your laundry until after you land. Instead, opt for looser garments that allow you to move freely.

              Shoes That Are Hard to Remove

              Another airport outfit faux pas is footwear that is hard to remove. This will make going through airport security a nightmare, and you could experience some serious discomfort if your feet swell during your flight. You’ll also want to avoid wearing high heels — they can make an emergency exit very difficult should you encounter one.

              Offensive Clothing

              Different airlines have their own dress codes and policies for what is acceptable to wear during a flight and what isn’t. Make sure you aren’t wearing anything that could be deemed offensive — you could potentially be asked to deplane. Be on the lookout for expletives and iffy references or messages when choosing what to wear on a plane, and avoid anything that is too revealing.

              Perfume or Cologne

              While it may be tempting to spritz yourself with your favorite perfume or cologne prior to flying, you may want to forego it. Other passengers may be sensitive to odors, or they may even have an allergic reaction. It’s best to ditch the perfume and instead opt for freshly washed clothes or your go-to deodorant.

              Now that you’ve got an idea of what outfits will fly on an airplane and which ones won’t, it’s time to start gathering your favorite tees, jackets and pants to make your next flight your most enjoyable one. With your layers on and your comfortable shoes picked out, you’ll be ready to take taking on the airport with confidence. And don’t forget to wear your favorite underwear to make sure you’re covered in comfort from head to toe!

               

              How Often Should You Buy New Underwear?

              Underwear etiquette rarely gets discussed over happy hour or in the cubicle on Monday morning. 

              You may ask your coworker how meeting the in-laws went, or you may ask your friends about their latest love interests over drinks. But when you’re wondering how often you should buy new underwear, an internet search will likely be your go-to. 

              How Often Should You Buy New Underwear?

              An overhead view of an open drawer of perfectly folded underwear as well as fuzzy white slippers

              Most experts recommend buying new underwear as often as every 6 to 12 months, however, there’s really no definitive answer as there are many factors to consider when determining your current underwear’s lifespan.

              You may need to do a deep dive into your panty pile to uncover the truth, but once you’ve read the information below, you’ll know where you stand with your underwear quality, how many salvageable pairs remain, what type of underwear to buy, and how to take care of the pairs you purchase.

              Signs Your Underwear is Past its Expiration Date

              A hand holding up an old pair of underwear representing the signs you should look for when deciding how often you should buy new underwear

              It’s not always easy to tell when your underwear is ready to retire. Unlike food with a clearly printed expiration date, that favorite pair of undies you own with the stretched-out waistband and the small holes have a way of feeling “still good” for one more month—and then another, and another. 

              There are, however, some surefire ways to know when to pull the plug on your panties once and for all.

              Holes

              When you’re seeing holes in your underwear, it’s time to say goodbye. Holes can be frustrating because they may pop up six months after wearing a pair of underwear or within two weeks of purchase. Holes can happen from heavy wear, improper washing, or from low-quality fabric.

              Tears

              Similar to holes, tears in your underwear won’t give you a solid answer for the question, “how often should you buy new underwear?” Tears in underwear can happen unpredictably, but if your current underwear has tears from your pants, the wash, or flimsy fabric, it’s definitely time for an underwear upgrade.

              Stains

              When your underwear is stained, it’s a no-brainer that you need new ones. Keeping a pair of designated period panties is one thing, but stained underwear is an automatic, first-class ticket to the trash can. It may surprise you how much better some fresh pairs of drawers will make you feel!

              Stretched-Out

              Stretched-out underwear may be the easiest of these out-of-date characteristics to get away with. They’re only a little loose, and they’re still comfortable, right? Well, the best is yet to come. 

              Your old stretched-out underwear is like sleeping on a metal spring mattress. New, fitted underwear is like sleeping on a luxury memory foam mattress.

              What to Do With Old Underwear

              A trash can, a needle with thread, a recycle sign, a teddy bear, and a hand cleaning with a rag all representing things to do with old underwear

              Once you’ve accepted that some of your old underwear need replacement, you may wonder what to do with those old pairs that need to go. For health reasons, you can’t donate used underwear, but you have other options.

              Throw Them Away

              The easiest thing to do is throw your old underwear away. By sending old pairs to the trash, you can make room for new underwear. When your underwear is stained, has holes and tears, or is stretched out, there’s not much you can do but say sayonara. 

              Make Rags

              If you have trouble wasting your old clothing, you can throw away only the well-worn and stained pairs of underwear and recycle the ones that simply don’t deserve real estate on your bum. Old underwear can work well as cleaning rags!

              Use Them as Stuffing

              If you’re crafty and enjoy knitting or sewing pillows or stuffed animals, then you can use your old underwear as stuffing for your creations. This is a great way to recycle your clothing because the quality of the fabric used as stuffing won’t matter.

              Patch Clothing

              You can also salvage pieces of your old underwear and use the lesser-worn pieces as patches for other clothing. When your jeans or shirts have holes in them, simply sew on a patch of undies and your clothing will look good as new. You can enhance your clothing by adding uniquely patterned patches.

              Compost

              If your old underwear is made of natural fiber, then you can compost them! Natural fibers include cotton, wool, silk, and linen. Remove the elastic waistband of your underwear before composting.

              How Many Times Can You Wear Underwear Before Washing It?

              A man wearing blue jeans throwing a pile of underwear into a white wicker laundry basket in front of a white brick wall

              You should only wear your underwear once before washing it. It may seem cumbersome to wash underwear every time you wear it, but doing so will keep you healthy and fresh. 

              Washing underwear won’t seem like such a hassle when you have several pairs to spare. You can throw the pairs you’ve worn in the laundry basket and pick one day of the week to wash them all at once.

              How to Find Good Quality Underwear

              A black pair of Tommy John men’s underwear representing the best fabric and features of good quality underwear

              Finding high quality underwear styles shouldn’t be like searching for buried treasure. When you know what to look for, you can find underwear for men or women that fit you well and are made of long-lasting material. You get what you pay for, so cheap underwear may get you more pairs, but those pairs may not be of good quality.

              Comfort

              Good quality underwear should also be durable. Buying underwear that rips and tears easily likely means your underwear will wear out sooner. Even minor design details like the gusset in women's panties should be well made and durable.

              When purchasing underwear, you shouldn’t settle on a pair that feels scratchy, rides up, or simply doesn’t fit. Our underwear size chart can ensure you look and feel good in a snug pair of skivvies. 

              Fabric Quality and Durability

              Good quality underwear should also be durable. Buying underwear that rips and tears easily likely means your underwear will wear out sooner. 

              At Tommy John, we use comfortable and high-quality fabric when making underwear. All of our underwear is made out of machine-washable antimicrobial, quick-drying mesh and soft, non-pilling micro modal rayon that provides 360 degree-stretch.

              How to Make Your Underwear Last Longer

              A person’s arm pushing a pile of laundry into a modern and sleek looking washing machine

              Once you’ve spoiled yourself by purchasing some new underwear, you should know how to take care of these good-quality garments. The best way to make your underwear last is to treat it well. 

              Hand Wash

              Hand washing your underwear can prevent wear and tear brought on by frequent wash cycles. You can wash a handful of your worn underwear in the sink by adding a drop of laundry detergent to cold water. Once complete, hang to air dry. 

              Machine Wash on Delicate

              If you don’t have time to hand wash your underwear every week, you can machine wash your underwear. Throw your underwear in a netted garment bag for protection, add detergent, and wash on the delicate cycle. Once complete, tumble dry on low.  

              Bonus Tip: All Tommy John underwear is machine-washable, which makes for a no-fuss clean!

              Underwear FAQs

              A white couple sitting on the edge of a white bed with the man wearing white boxers and a white T-shirt as well as a women wearing black underwear and a black bra

              How Many Pairs of Underwear Should I Have? 

              There’s no minimum requirement for how many pairs of underwear you should own, but you should definitely have at least one pair for each day of the week so that you don’t have to do laundry each day. 

              It’s also beneficial to have two pairs of underwear for each day so that you have a backup pair and a pair to switch into for the night or morning after a shower or a workout if necessary. 

              If there’s any piece of clothing in your closet that you should have in excess, it’s underwear. 

              How Much Should Underwear Cost?

              The cost of underwear will vary depending on how well-made the underwear is. When you find underwear that seems durable, long-lasting, and comfortable, they may cost $20-40, but that one pair is worth three or four of the less expensive pairs. 

              What Happens if You Don’t Change Underwear?

              Not changing your underwear every day can have undesirable consequences for your health and your knickers. By changing into a fresh pair each day, you’ll avoid a trip to the doctor and prevent stretching, tears, and holes. 

              So what’s the verdict? How often should you buy new underwear? It’s not as much about how often, but for what reason. Buy new underwear when your current underwear is ready to hit the road, when you need more quality pairs of underwear, or when you just feel like trying something new. Owning too many briefs is a good problem to have!

              What is the Pocket in Panties For?

              Women’s clothing often seems to neglect an incredibly useful feature: pockets. We’ve all had the experience of trying to figure out what could possibly fit in the miniature pockets on our favorite pair of jeans. And everyone loves to show off a new dress only to add, “Also, it has pockets.” 

              In the quest for pockets, some of us have come across one in a totally unexpected place: the crotch of our panties. But what is the pocket in panties for? 

              Why Do Your Panties Have a Pocket?

              The pocket in your panties may seem like the perfect size for lipstick, a credit card, or some wireless earbuds—but it’s definitely not for storage.

              The reason for the pocket is simple: A small piece of fabric—called a gusset—sits in the crotch of your panties to provide reinforcement, breathability, and moisture-wicking. When the gusset is sewn into a pair of panties, only one side gets stitched in, leaving a small pocket right in the space where your sensitive area sits. 

              Illustration of white pair of panties with a darker pink section representing where the gusset is located

              The pocket itself doesn’t have any important function, but the gusset definitely does. That small piece of fabric provides upgrades to both underwear hygiene and comfort by keeping moisture away and providing softness where it’s needed most. Whether you're sleeping in panties or spending the day out and about.

              Now that you know more about the not-so-secret pocket in your panties, read on for a few more tips to up your underwear game.

              5 Tips to Improve Your Underwear Game

              You already know that the pocket in your panties has your back when it comes to hygiene and comfort. But if you’re feeling like your underwear drawer has become a bit worn out, try out some of these tips.

              Overhead view of a drawer of folded and rolled panties of different colors and assortments representing a leveled up “underwear game

              Get Familiar With Different Styles

              Find the perfect pair of panties for every occasion. Branch out from familiar styles and try out different pairs with various fits and coverages—like cozy boyshorts or something sleek and cheeky.

              Find the Perfect Fabric

              Your panties stick with you through the good and the bad, but to keep them from actually sticking to you, make sure to get smart fabrics that are cool, soft, and light.

              Choose Comfort and Style, Not One or the Other

              You don’t have to choose between comfort and style: the best panties should fit well and feel amazing

              Don’t Settle for “Just Okay” 

              Underwear isn’t usually the focus of your day, but you may not be able to think about anything else if you’re dealing with wedgies, chafing, or rough fabric. Make sure that you’re not settling for mediocrity in your underwear drawer. 

              Treat Your Panties as Well as They Treat You

              Once you’ve got a beautiful underwear drawer, you’ll want to keep it that way by washing and drying your panties so that they stay fresh and last a long time. And don’t forget to try out eco-friendly wash options to enhance your green cleaning routine. 

              Finding Your Next Pair of Panties

              The pocket inside of your panties helps with hygiene, but a good pair of panties offers even more: style, comfort, and fit. When you’re looking to find the right pair of panties for any occasion, make sure you consider exactly what you need to feel good. A pair of cool cotton underwear is soft and breathable, while other fabrics may offer no visible panty lines. No matter what you’re looking for, the right pair is waiting for you—with a gusset, of course.  

              How to Slide Into DMs For Business or Pleasure

              Whether you’re new to the dating world or a veteran of the apps, you’re probably familiar with the nervous excitement that comes when sending that first DM or love connection. For some, messaging a prospective partner is fun and flirtatious but for others discovering how to “slide into DMs” requires a full team of friends to help craft and send the perfect pitch.  

              The pandemic propelled many to turn to lock-down dating, dating over DMs and inventing creative ways to be romantic. Whether you spent the past year sending DMs at home and in your favorite pair of underwear or are just re-entering the dating world, it doesn’t hurt to read up on the code of conduct for effectively making the “slide.”

              To help you navigate the new digital world of DMing, we’ve sourced tips from experts in business and dating on how to slide into DMs to help garner the best response. 

              What Does Sliding Into Someone’s DMs Mean?

              Illustration of a phone conversation with different reasons to slide into DMs popping up as if they two people are messaging eachother]

              The term “sliding into someone’s DMs,” for those who don’t know, is direct messaging a stranger or acquaintance, using a social networking platform in an attempt to get their attention. The approach tactics can vary but so can the intention. You could be reaching out for numerous reasons such as to make a romantic connection, ignite a friendship, expand your professional network, or get the attention of a celebrity. 

              Messaging Etiquette by Platform

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              Many learn the hard way that publishing something online is hard to take back, so it’s best to be mindful when learning how to slide into DMs and send reputable messages out into the virtual universe. Each social media platform comes with different messaging etiquette. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your manners (and reputation) stay intact.

              Networking Sites

              Networking sites like LinkedIn are a great way to learn about new job opportunities, connect with prospective employers, and expand your network. Today, networking online is an essential part of career development but connecting on LinkedIn isn’t as simple as sending the default “Hi. I’d like you to add me to your network” message and it shouldn’t be treated as casually as other social networking sites. If you don’t follow proper networking etiquette, you risk damaging your relationship with potential connections and your credibility.

              Keep the following in mind before you make your next connection:

              1. Make sure your profile is up to date: The last thing you want when forming a new professional relationship is for someone to look at your profile and be confused or think you are underqualified. Your bio should accomplish three things: provide context to the nature of your work, establish authority in your work, and show social proof.
              2. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t in a professional setting: Author and LinkedIn expert, Melonie Dodaro says in her article “LinkedIn Etiquette and Best Practices” that there’s a basic rule of thumb you should always apply: “Would I say this in the workplace?” If the answer is ‘No’, then don’t do it on LinkedIn.”
              3. Be brief: Your first inclination might be to treat a professional direct message like an email correspondence but it’s better to lead with brevity. Between 50% and 60% of LinkedIn’s traffic comes from mobile devices, which means the majority of messages are read on a mobile screen. One or two short paragraphs that are each no more than three or four sentences is plenty.

              Social Sites

              Direct messaging etiquette differs greatly for social sites like Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter but the basic code of conduct when it comes to digital communication rings true–mirror how you might behave in person. 

              Below are some other ways to mind your manners when DMing on social media:

              1. Be respectful and polite: Leading with kindness is the best way to avoid coming off as creepy if you are messaging a stranger! 
              2. Don’t type while tipsy: You might think liquid courage can help you feel more confident writing and sending a message, however, drunk dialing might increase your chances of sending a message you might regret later. In a study that looked at students’ drunk dialing, 89% of participants had sent a text message while drunk, and 43% said that they felt guilty about it later.
              3. Don’t assume your exchange is private: Like anything on the internet, messages can be screenshotted and shared. Consider this: If you’re not willing to post your message publicly, does the message need to be sent?

              Dating Apps

              So you landed a match on a dating app, congrats! So what now? Many focus on their profile, photos and bio but fail when it comes to communication and etiquette. 

              Here are a few tips to keep in mind when direct messaging on dating apps:

              1. Be cautious of catfish: Depending on the dating app, you might not be able to see too much information about matches from their bios. Be cautious of sharing personal information with others and if possible, try to share other social networking profiles with each other to verify you are not being “catfished.”
              2. Don’t act like your “too good” for dating apps: If you really don’t want to use dating apps, a much easier way to convey that than complaining about it in your dating app profile would be to simply not make a dating app profile in the first place.
              3. Look for red flags: If a match takes a while to respond or sends messages that are short, suggestive or abrupt that might indicate that they are seeking a hookup or testing people to see how they respond.
              4. Be wary of “ghosting:” Ghosting is when someone stops answering your messages without explanation. This commonly happens on dating apps due to its nature of anonymity and moving on or losing interest can be done without the discomfort of breaking up or having to see the other person again. 

              Top 9 Ways to Slide Into Someone’s DMs

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              Keeping the above etiquette in mind, you’re ready to learn how to slide into DMs whether you have romantic or professional intentions. 

              1. Lay the Ground Work

              Sliding into someone’s DMs can be a necessary but risky move as you aren’t sure if the receiver will be interested and reply. Samantha Moss, editor and content ambassador of romance site Romantific, recommends responding to a story or post as a way to lay the groundwork. “It could be a TikTok, a meme, or a picture of them, responding to their stories shows interest and it makes sliding into their DMs easier and more casual,” she says.

              Laying the groundwork is just as important when sending a professional direct message as it helps build a relationship with your prospective connection outside of their inbox. Andrew Selepak, a media professor at the University of Florida, tells his students to avoid messaging someone for the first time with a direct ask but rather treat networking as relationship-building that develops over time. “No one is going to help a random stranger get a job or internship...long before you are looking, is when you should start networking,” he says. 

              What does this look like in action? Follow them for a few days. Like their content, comment on posts, and add to the discussion! By contributing meaningful and insightful observations, your name and profile will stick out above the noise of other people who may be trying to network with them.

              2. Research Before Reaching Out

              The first message you send when you slide into someone’s DM is vital as it will set the tone for your ensuing interaction. Be willing to invest some time in this person by looking at the information you have on hand.

              For example, if they've tweeted about a particular TV show, consider asking them a question about it. Or if they've posted a pic of a band they've seen in concert, prepare to ask for their favorite song. Commenting on their interests shows that you noticed something about them and asking a question motivates them to answer.

              Before reaching out in a professional setting, conduct some background research to understand their values goals and how you align with them. Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation emphasizes the importance of doing some background research to ensure you are spelling the person’s name and other affiliations correctly as well as checking out their company’s social media handles and 'about' pages for the organization's leadership information.

              Once you’ve completed this step, you should be very familiar with your prospect and have some ideas in mind for sending a message that resonates. 

              3. Personalize Your Message

              When sending a direct message on LinkedIn, avoid simply saying “hey” or sending a default connection message. Take the time to personalize your message to increase your chances of getting a positive response. Did you go to the same college or recently attend the same webinar? Use these uncommon commonalities to entice your prospect to respond.

              The same goes for DMing socially. Do they use cheeky captions on their Instagram posts? Do they love to laugh or have a specific taste in music? Use any common interests as a way to hint that you checked out their profile and are interested. 

              4. Do as You Would IRL

              When sending a digital message it’s important to act how you would in real life. Avoid sending an overly pushy or forward first message, unless you would say it in real life. You wouldn’t walk up to somebody at a bar and simply say “Hey” or gush over their looks so don’t do it over DM. You would make up an interesting question, something that was observational that shows you are paying attention and are interested. 

              The same rings true on networking sites. Communicate on LinkedIn the same way you would in professional interactions outside of LinkedIn. No need to be overly formal or change your style – be real, be you, but be professional.

              5. Be Brief

              Working professionals are most likely not spending hours checking and responding to direct messages. When crafting your message think a few sentences, not several paragraphs. When DMing, give the recipient the information they need. Right away they need to be able to figure out what it is your asking and who you are. A good test is sending yourself the message and seeing how many scrolls it takes to get to the meat of your message.

              6. Be Specific

                When being courted via DM, nobody likes to receive a “What’s up” or “Wyd.” These questions exhibit lazy behavior and don’t entice the receiver to respond. Instead, ask specific questions that show you are interested in them and the conversation. 

                “Don’t ask if you can pick their brain” said Alison Green owner of Ask a Manager when DMing professional connections. “This is a vague request that most people don’t know what you’re looking for or how they can be helpful. Pose precise questions, such as, ‘I’m wondering about the following two things’” she says. 

                7. Be Blunt and Basic

                Most direct messages whether professional or social end with an ask. Do you want to grab a coffee, go on a date, gauge their interest in something or set up a call to talk further? In general, keep your request basic and don’t offer too many options as they will most likely choose the easiest one. 

                8. Create Stronger Bonds

                Obviously, when you slide into someone’s DMs, you’re angling for a reply so be prepared to talk about similar interests, crack a joke or ask additional questions to feel out their vibes. Talk about trips you want to go on or restaurants you’d like to try, then you can escalate the conversation into their family, friends, and outside life. The key is to make the conversation worthwhile. Don’t be afraid of discussing silly or weird topics–like in friendships, sometimes the most memorable and meaningful conversations are weird but personal to you.

                If your professional connection responds or connects with you, your work isn’t done! Continue to engage with their content and congratulate them on any promotions, birthdays, or successes.

                9. Be Realistic

                If you admire a person, chances are that other people do, too. People are stretched very thin and it’s probably not personal if they don’t respond to you right away. Avoid following up more than once and give them a realistic time frame to respond. 

                DM Don'ts: How to Not Slide into DMs

                While there are best practices for sending DMs there are also “no-nos” you’ll want to avoid. 

                Lay Off the Emojis

                If you’re reacting to someone’s story or are simply an animated messenger avoid using too many emojis as they can be easily misconstrued. Never include emojis if sending direct messages for professional purposes.

                Don’t Offer Money or Make Demands

                Never make demands via DM or offer or ask for money. Doing so can scare off any potential connections and ruin your credibility. 

                When Needed, Take the Hint

                If you’ve sent a DM with no reply or reaction, don’t be a pest and continue to send messages. This can come off as creepy. At max, send two messages and if you still don’t receive a reply, take the hint. 

                We hope these pointers around how to slide into DMs have encouraged you to get back out there and make memories that will last you a lifetime! After a year spent mostly indoors, many are ready to refresh their wardrobes, to avenge what they were denied – in particular life’s luxuries like fabulous bras and underwear. 

                With traveling and trips on the horizon, don’t forget to pack a supportive bra for every occasion and if your DM does turn into a date, some of our world-famous underwear!

                Sources: LinkedIn | NY Post Yesware 

                36 Sleep Affirmations for a Peaceful Rest

                It’s pretty intuitive to know that prioritizing self-care in your everyday life can make you a happier and healthier person. Unfortunately, as we’ve navigated our way through a stressful year, many of our daily rituals and wellness practices have been interrupted. 

                If you’ve found yourself tossing and turning in your pajamas all night then you’re not alone. Sleep is one of the most significant pillars of health being sacrificed during this time. Lack of sleep can lead to a decline in mental health, increased risk of disease, memory problems, and much more.

                Thankfully, if you’re one of the many people looking for a natural remedy for your sleep disturbances, then you’re in the right place! Sleep affirmations are the newest, effective trend you’ll want to add to your nighttime routine for a better and deeper night’s rest. 

                What are Sleep Affirmations?

                Sleep affirmations are positive statements you can repeat before bed to help enhance your confidence, challenge self-doubt, and calm your mind before bed. Repeating nighttime affirmations gives you the power to rewire your brain to turn negative thought patterns into positive ones. 

                You can think of affirmations as muscle memory for your brain’s mental health. An athlete can’t expect to see physical changes by going to the gym once, and your brain can’t change its thought patterns by hearing a mantra one time. The more you repeat the affirmation to yourself, the more you will manifest it into reality.  

                You can use night affirmations to target any part of your life. Whether you need a boost in confidence, motivation to overcome an obstacle, or simply need help relaxing in your pajamas, there’s an affirmation for you.

                Do Affirmations Work While You Sleep? 

                Bedtime affirmations are the perfect way to wind down and have a peaceful evening. With our subconscious mind always at work, what we think about right before bed tends to influence our dreams at night. Doing something kind for yourself before bed will contribute to a worry-free sleep with fewer chances of scary dreams.

                If you go to bed with a positive mindset, there is a high chance you will wake up the following morning with a better attitude. This shift can help you to put your best foot forward from the second you wake up and impact the rest of your day for the better.

                How to Get the Most Out of Affirmations

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                There are several steps to crafting an original and meaningful bedtime affirmation. Here are some tips you can use when getting started to get the most out of your positive sleep affirmations. 

                Use Present Tense

                It’s essential to speak about things as if they’re already happening. Use “I am” and “I have” statements to give your mind the subconscious demand to bring the affirmation into reality.

                Be Specific

                Being specific with your nighttime affirmations helps your mind to visualize the outcome. For example, instead of saying, “I will get a raise this year, try saying, “I am enjoying my $10,000 raise in earnings this year.”

                Believe in it

                It is essential to believe in the sleep affirmations you are repeating at night. If you don’t trust in what you’re saying, then your subconscious mind won’t either, and it’ll be more difficult for the desire to occur.

                Use Visualization or Feeling

                Affirmations carry more weight when linked to strong emotions or powerful visuals in your mind. This simple exercise can help connect your mind, body, and soul to align with your deepest desires.

                Repeat Them Often

                When you repeat your positive sleep affirmation often and believe in it wholeheartedly, you can start to see positive changes in your life. The more times you say your affirmation, the faster you can expect to change perspectives and actions.

                Ask a Loved One to Help

                Listening to someone else repeat your affirmations can help reinforce your belief in them. Taking these additional measures can be a fantastic help in turning your wishful mantras into reality.

                Sleep Affirmations to Calm Your Mind Before Bedtime

                According to the American Sleep Association, over 30% of young adults deal with some form of insomnia. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic hasn’t made it any easier to get a restful night’s sleep.

                People who’ve never had sleep problems before suddenly find themselves up at night worrying about the uncertainties of the present moment, work-life balance, financial issues, and more. 

                Because stress and mental health influence sleep quality, we’ve broken down a list of sleep affirmations into categories to target common negative thoughts keeping people up at night. Specifically, we give examples of bedtime affirmations for anxiety, self-love, and gratitude to calm your mind and get those Z’s every night.

                Affirmations For Anxiety That’s Keeping You Up At Night

                Night affirmations are a fantastic tool for combatting anxiety that is keeping you tossing and turning in bed. These mantras will remind you to feel empowered, knowing that you have complete control over your thoughts and emotions. 

                1. I have the power to control my thoughts and emotions.
                2. I am at peace with my past.
                3. I am stronger than this emotion.
                4. I can overcome any obstacle.
                5. I am not worried about things I can’t control.
                6. I am aware of my surroundings and feel at peace. 

                    Subconsciously over time, your brain can begin adopting these positive sayings and shed any negative preconceived ideas.  

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                    Affirmations for Self-Love Before You Fall Asleep

                    These self-love affirmations will help you to become a more confident, caring, and overall happier person. Everyone deserves to love and feel loved, so here are some mantras to getting started on your journey!

                    7. I am learning to love myself more every day.
                    8. I am content with myself and all of the progress I have made.
                    9. I love and approve of myself.
                    10. I embrace who I am. 
                    11. I am in the process of positive change.
                    12. I love my body and all that it does for me.

                      Self-love runs on a high vibration that will attract others with positive energy into your life. The more love you have for yourself, the more you can expect to gain from those around you.

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                      Gratitude Affirmations to Have a Peaceful Evening

                      There are countless mental and physical benefits to expressing gratitude daily. These benefits can aid you in falling asleep quicker and easier. 

                      13. I am grateful for the lessons today taught me, so I am stronger tomorrow.
                      14. I am grateful to be able to enjoy all of the little things in life.
                      15. I am grateful for my strong and capable body.
                      16. I see and appreciate the light in myself and those around me.
                      17. I appreciate the abundant opportunities that tomorrow brings.
                      18. I am grateful for the infinite blessings in my life.

                        Expressing your appreciation sends a signal to the universe that you want to experience more of the things you are grateful for. When you end your day by showing gratitude, you will not only go to sleep thinking happy thoughts but wake up feeling better too.

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                        Sleep Affirmations for a Better Night’s Sleep

                        We’ve all experienced those nights where you’re staring at the ceiling for hours late at night in your pajamas, wishing you could fall asleep, but with no luck. 

                        The trick to overcoming these sleepless nights is to calm your mind and halt racing thoughts. This can be easier said than done, but with the right tools, you can release these negative emotions seamlessly in no time. 

                        Whether you need relief from insomnia, want to avoid nightmares, or simply relax after a long day of work, we’ve got a sleep affirmation that’s perfect for you.

                        Bedtime Affirmations to Help Relieve Insomnia

                        Repeating sleep affirmations targeting insomnia let your body know it has permission to rest. Nighttime affirmations for restless nights need to be rooted in the belief that you deserve to feel rested.

                        19. As I lay in bed, I let go of whatever does not serve me.
                        20. I release the day.
                        21. My to-do list can wait until tomorrow.
                        22. I fall asleep quickly.
                        23. I sleep all through the night.
                        24. My confidence and happiness increase as I sleep.

                          Next time you’re struggling to fall asleep, try these mantras and watch them work their magic!

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                          Night Affirmations for Better Dreams

                          Nightmares are often caused by worry or stress that hides in our subconscious thought as we’re falling asleep. If you are suffering from bad dreams, simply say these affirmations at night, think happy thoughts, and fade into blissful dreamland.

                          25. I am ready to receive happiness through my dreams.
                          26. My dreams are beautiful and full of happy thoughts.
                          27. I am a peaceful sleeper.
                          28. I naturally have positive dreams.
                          29. I can control my dreams.
                          30. I have better and better dreams each night.

                            Decide which bedtime affirmation you need to repeat most and watch your nightmares transform into the best dreams you can imagine. 

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                            Nighttime Affirmations for Relaxation Before Bedtime

                            The first step in getting a night of deep and rejuvenating sleep is to feel relaxed before bed. These will help the stress in your life melt away in minutes. 

                            31. With every breath I take, calmness washes over me. 
                            32. My mind is quiet and peaceful.
                            33. I deserve rest now.
                            34. I am in a relaxed state, both mentally and physically.
                            35. I am allowed to take a break.
                            36. I release all tension from the body as I prepare for bed.

                              The best way to relax before bed is through a nighttime routine tailored specifically to you. Choose which sleep affirmations speak to you the most and add them to your nightly ritual to have your most calming evening before bed. 

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                              Additional Ways to Get a Peaceful Night’s Sleep

                              To get the best results from your sleep affirmations, it is best to pair them with other healthy sleep habits. Here are some additional helpful tips to getting your best night’s sleep in conjunction with your mantras.

                              Mindful Meditation

                              This involves focusing on breathing and bringing your attention to the present moment. When your mind isn’t drifting to the past or future, it evokes a relaxing response from the brain.

                              Find the Right Sleepwear

                              Finding the right pajamas is imperative to getting a good night’s rest. Finding pajamas that work for you can help with comfort, aid in body temperature control, and even prevent illness. 

                              Aromatherapy

                              Essential oils can help you get sleepy before bed by evoking melatonin to be released in the body. Lavender, chamomile, and valerian are your best choice because they are known for their calming effects.

                              Journal

                              Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a therapeutic practice before bed. Journaling can help relieve anxiety and improve sleep quality.

                              Turn Off Electronics

                              Blue light stimulates the body’s internal clock and can disrupt your sleep patterns. For the best results, turn your electronics off an hour before bed to help your body fall asleep faster.

                              Take a Bath

                              Take a shower or bath one hour and a half before bed to calm your nerves after a busy day. This practice promotes relaxation and healthy sleep.

                              Now that we’ve shown you the best sleep affirmations for your nighttime ritual, it’s time to give them a try! Combine your bedtime affirmations with your favorite loungewear, aromatherapy, and a nighttime bath, and you’ll be sleeping peacefully in no time.

                              Click to download all sleep affirmation printables to help you relax before bed

                              Bra Sister Sizes + Sister Size Chart

                              Ever wonder why bras come in so many different sizes? It’s because when choosing a bra, you have to consider factors like the cut and style, your torso and cup size and even your unique breast shape. Unlike other clothing, bra sizes rarely fit across the board and often a cup or band size can fit differently by brand or label. Luckily, there are bra sister sizes that you can use to find the perfect fit every time. 

                              What are Bra Sister Sizes?

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                              Bra sister sizes are groups of bra size equivalents where the cup size, or volume is consistent, but the length of the band around varies. For example, a size 34B is in the same sister size family as a size 32C as well as a size 36 A. Think of it as a waist and inseam measurement! You may be a 28” in jeans, but depending on your height, would want a shorter or taller inseam! 

                              We’ll break it down for you. 

                              When it comes to bra sizes, the volume of a cup size (or how much breast tissue it can hold) varies with the band size. In sister sizes, as the band’s width goes up, the cup size must come down to maintain the ratio of how much breast tissue the cup can hold. For example, if you’re a 34C, and your cup size feels great, but your band’s a bit snug, your sister size up would be a 36B.

                              By using bra sizes as ratios, you can bump up or down from your “regular cup” to find a sister size that is most compatible with your body’s unique proportions.

                              The Importance of Knowing Your Bra Sister Size

                              3 illustrations representing why you should know your bra sister size including to fit your breast shape and make shopping easier

                              Knowing your sister size off-hand can be very helpful when shopping as you can easily grab a few different sizes to bring into the dressing room. Better yet, you won’t need to measure your bra size as often, and finding a bra that fits your unique shape will be easier than before. 

                              That being said, knowing your accurate measurements is key to getting the best fit, but your particular breast shape may affect the way certain types of bras fit and feel. That’s where sister sizes come in as you can easily navigate what size might work better. What matters most is that the bra size you ultimately choose is comfortable and gives you maximum support—the most important perk of knowing your sister size. 

                              How to Calculate Your Sister Size 

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                              So, how do sister sizes work? Learning how to calculate your bra sister size is easier than it may seem. We’ll walk you through our sister size calculator. 

                              1. Find Your Current Bra Size

                              The first step to finding your bra sister size is knowing your current bra size. If you don’t know your band and cup size or have never properly learned how to measure bra size, you’ll want to start there to get your most accurate measurement. 

                              2. Decide Whether You Should Go Up or Down in Sister Size

                              Once you have your current bra size and notice that the fit is either too small or too large, you can decide whether your cup size or band size should change.

                              Cup Size

                              If your cup size needs to increase, you can easily bump up one cup size for more volume. For example, moving from a 34B to a 34C. A good indicator of this is whether your breast tissue is spilling out of your cups. If you think you need to go down a cup size, look for indicators like gaps in your cups, or if they are not lying smoothly on your breasts.

                              Band Size

                              If your band size needs to change, then first try your larger or smaller sister size. If your band is too tight, go up a band size and down a cup size. For example, going from a 32C to a 34B. If your band is too loose then go down a band size and up a cup size. For example, going from a 34B to a 32C.

                              Re-evaluate to Find the Perfect Fit

                              Once you’ve tried your larger or smaller sister size, re-evaluate to ensure it fits your unique breast shape and body perfectly. To help you remember your sister size at the drop of a hat, we created a bra sister size calculator that’s a breeze to reference. 

                              Bra Sister Size Chart 

                              In order to use our bra sister size chart, start by finding your current bra size, and your sister sizes are listed in the same row across. This easy-to-use bra size chart offers a different family of sister sizes per row with larger band sizes on the right and smaller band sizes to the left.

                              For example, if you’re a size 36D, your sister sizes are size 34DD or 38C. 

                              Band Size

                              Cup Volume

                              30

                              32

                              34

                              36

                              38

                              40

                              42

                              44

                              46

                              48

                              30A

                              30B

                              32A

                              34AA

                              30C

                              32B

                              34A

                              30D

                              32C

                              34B

                              36A

                              30DD (E)

                              32D

                              34C

                              36B

                              38A

                              30DDD (F)

                              32DD (E)

                              34D

                              36C

                              38B

                              40A

                              30DDDD (G)

                              32DDD (F)

                              34DD (E)

                              36D

                              38C

                              40B

                              42A

                              32DDDD (G)

                              34DDD (F)

                              36DD (E)

                              38D

                              40C

                              42B

                              44A

                              32H

                              34DDDD (G)

                              36DDD (F)

                              38DD (E)

                              40D

                              42C

                              44B

                              34H

                              36DDDD (G)

                              38DDD (F)

                              40DD (E)

                              42D

                              44C

                              46B

                              36H

                              38DDDD (G)

                              40DDD (F)

                              42DD (E)

                              44D

                              46C

                              48B

                              38H

                              40DDDD (G)

                              42DDD (F)

                              44DD (E)

                              46D

                              48C

                              38I

                              40H

                              42DDDD (G)

                              44DDD (F)

                              46DD (E)

                              48D

                              NOTE: Not all Sister Sizes shown will be available at Tommy John.

                              It’s easier than it seems to find your sister sizes but it might leave you scratching your head and wondering if you could really fit into your sister cup size. 

                              That’s because when we think of shopping for clothing we think sizes progress linearly (small, medium and large) and if a size doesn’t quite fit we have to bump up to the next full-size up. That’s the wonderful thing about sister sizes. 

                              Here’s an example of sister sizing:

                              If you’re trying on a 34C and the cups fit, but the band is too small, you might automatically reach for a 34D. However, sizing up that way will likely result in cups that are too big. The next sister size to a 34C is a 36B, which is the new size to try instead. The cups will still be the same size, but the band will give you the room you need. 

                              Should You Wear Your Sister Size?

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                              The answer isn't always "yes'' for every body type or for every bra. Bra fits can vary depending upon the style, design and brand. We are here to help you decide whether you should wear your sister size, based on the following questions.

                              Which hook setting do you use to fasten your bra? 

                              If you can hook your bra on the tightest hook then you most likely should try your sister size down (down a band size, up a cup size). 

                              If you can hook your bra on the loosest hook, then you most likely should try your sister size up (up a band size, down a cup size). 

                              If you can hook your bra on the middle hook, then you're works done as you're in the perfect fit!

                              How do your band and cups fit?

                              If your band fits, but your cups don't: If the cups feel small, go up a cup size. If the cups feel big, go down a cup size.

                              If your cups fit, but your band doesn’t: Adjust both your band and cup size by using your sister size. Remember: if you go up a band size, you need to go down a cup size, and vice versa. 

                              If neither your cup nor your band fits: Go down a band size if they’re both too big, or go up a band size if they’re both too small. 

                              Bra Sister Size FAQS

                              Sister sizes to some might seem like a well-kept secret but to others, it’s the best way to ensure you are finding the best bra fit for your body. We want all women to find a bra that has their back so we’ve debunked frequently asked bra sister size questions below.

                              Do sister sizes really work?

                              Sister sizes work well but you most likely will only be able to move up or down 1-2  sister sizes. Moving anymore most likely will change the entire fit of the bra and it will either be too small or too large. 

                              Is a DDD the same as an F?

                              It might seem confusing, but yes a DDD is the same as an F—at times they are labeled differently based on the brand. After size D you can either go up to size DD which is the bra size equivalent to size E, size DDD which is equivalent to size F, and size DDDD which is equivalent to size G. 

                              Our bra sister size chart above can tell you your sister size all the way to bra size 38I. 

                              Are 34B and 32C the same?

                              In terms of sister sizes, yes size 34B and size 32C is bra size equivalents. 34B and 32C are the same exact cup sizes, the only thing that changes is the length of the band.

                              Gone are the days where if your size is out of stock, you have to turn to a bra alternative or even go braless. No body or breast shape is the same, so it only makes sense to have a few sister sizes that you can try to find the perfect bra fit every time. 

                              Find your true or sister size in any of our bra or bralettes or 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.

                              Is It Okay to Sleep in a Bra?

                              Since we got our first training bra, we’ve all heard the wives’ tales about whether sleeping in one is bad or good for health. From links to health concerns to preventative sagging, rumors pervade around whether or not it’s okay to sleep in a bra. Spoiler alert: It is, however, the deciding factor should be whether or not you find wearing bras to bed comfortable and supportive. 

                              It’s time to settle the debate once and for all. We’ll debunk the different bra-related myths, to help you feel confident in whatever way you choose to house your breasts for lounging and sleep.

                              Is Sleeping in a Bra Bad for You?

                              Women with blonde hair laying down on white sheets and smiling while preparing to sleep in a bra

                              The short answer is no, but it can be if you aren’t sleeping in the right bra. There are no peer-reviewed medical studies that point to negative effects from sleeping with a bra such as cancer or stunts in breast growth. That being said, sleeping in a bra that’s too tight or digs into your skin, can cause irritation and disrupt sleep. If you wear a dirty bra to sleep, it can also accumulate bacteria and increase your chances of breaking out in those areas so make sure to properly wash your bras after 3-4 wears. 

                              According to studies, wearing a bra or other tight-fitting garment at night can affect a person’s sleep-wake cycle. Researchers found that nighttime pressure from tight-fitting garments caused an increase in core body temperature and a decrease in melatonin—a hormone that helps regulate sleep. 

                              We all enjoy wearing our comfiest clothes to bed, so when choosing to sleep in a bra, opt for one that won’t pinch or irritate you during sleep. 

                              Is it Beneficial to Sleep in a Bra?

                              Women with short blonde hair clasping the back of a white bra preparing to wear it to sleep

                              The main benefit of sleeping in a bra is support—wearing a bra under your pajamas can limit breast movement, which can help alleviate breast pain and lead to more comfortable sleep. If you find bras comfortable, then there is no reason not to sleep in one. Sleeping in a bra (depending on its stylecan also reduce discomfort related to pregnancy such as breast swelling, engorgement during breastfeeding, or when trying to wean off of breastfeeding.

                              You might be wondering whether wearing a bra to bed can prevent breasts from sagging. We’ll cover that next. 

                              Does Not Wearing a Bra to Bed Cause Sagging?

                              6 round icons representing the real reasons for sagging breasts like genetics, gravity, skin damage and pregnancy

                              Sleeping in a bra does not prevent your breasts from sagging. On the contrary, our breast tissue doesn’t receive the gravitational pull when we are lying down, so we don’t need to wear a bra to bed for prevention reasons. 

                              Breasts will naturally sag over time due to genetics, body habits, or if pregnant. Cooper’s ligaments, which are the ligaments that support your breasts, stretch over time, leading to natural sagging. There are many reasons why sagging might occur, which we’ve outlined below. 

                              Reasons Breasts Might Sag 

                              Over time, ligaments can stretch out and lose their shape however, according to Barry Roseman, M.D., a breast surgeon and surgical oncologist, if women are aware of the contributing factors, they can take preventive measures to avoid excessive sagging.

                              1. Aging: As we age, the ligaments that make up breast tissue stretch and lose elasticity. 
                              2. Gravity: Years of gravitational pull can take a toll on the ligaments, especially for those with larger breasts. 
                              3. Lack of proper support: Not wearing a supportive bra every day and during workouts can take a toll on breast shape and lift. 
                              4. Pregnancy: The ligaments in your breast can begin to stretch out and droop during pregnancy and while you're breastfeeding.
                              5. Smoking: Carcinogens in cigarette smoke cause elastin to break down in the body.
                              6. Sunburn: Ultraviolet rays damage the skin and cause loss of elasticity as well.
                              7. Fluctuates in weight: Major fluctuations in weight can cause unnecessary stretching of the breasts.

                              Should You Wear a Bra to Bed?

                              Blonde women modeling a black demi bra with gold lines calling out the perfect fit for sleeping

                              Although choosing to sleep in a bra can’t significantly harm or help your breasts, deciding whether you should wear a bra to bed or not is entirely up to you. If you have larger breasts or simply like the compression or comfort a soft sleeping bra provides, we say go for it! That being said, we do recommend choosing a bra that is looser, softer, and more flexible than your everyday bra. Also, ditch the underwire, as tight bras with underwire can cause skin irritation and disrupt sleep. 

                              The best way to tell if a bra will be comfortable for sleeping is by putting it to the “perfect fit” test. If you need assistance with measuring your bra size, explore our bra size chart

                              Band 

                              The band should not hike up your back or dig into your shoulder tissue. There should be enough room to slide one to two fingers underneath it.

                              Hook & Straps

                              The straps should sit securely on your shoulders and be snug but not too tight. The back hook (if there is one) should be on the second hook.

                              Gore & Cups

                              The gore should lay flat against your chest with both breasts sitting inside the cups. The cups should form to the curve of your breast and should properly cover with no overflow or gaps.

                              All that’s left is finding a bra that is comfortable and built for sleep. 

                              The Best Bras For Sleeping

                              Blonde women smiling and holding a blue cup of coffee and wearing a black bra and button-down shirt

                              Unsure where to look for a sleeping bra? Ahead you’ll find our favorite bras for bedtime

                              Cool Cotton 

                              Cool Cotton bras and bralettes are made of an exclusive, breathable smart fabric that wicks away moisture for hot sleepers and offers a wireless lined cup that provides lightweight support.  Closeup of a model wearing one of Tommy John’s Cool Cotton bra representing one of the best bras for sleeping in 

                              Second Skin

                              Second Skin fabric is crafted to be so soft and luxurious—it’s like you’re not wearing anything at all. Our Second Skin bras and bralettes are pullover and seam-free to offer soft support with no digging. 

                              Closeup of a model wearing one of Tommy John’s Second Skin bra representing one of the best bras for sleeping in

                              Comfort Smoothing

                              Comfort Smoothing fabric is ultra-breathable, lightweight and supportive. Our laser-cut vanishing seams are invisible under clothing and offer side and back smoothing to accentuate what you love, and smooths what you don’t. Comfort Smoothing bras and bralettes offer a Comfort Strength Band that lays flat and won’t dig as well as wire-free support. 

                              Closeup of a model wearing one of Tommy John’s Comfort Smoothing bra representing one of the best bras for sleeping in

                              There’s no evidence that points to any negative health effects from choosing to sleep in a bra and for some, wearing a bra to bed can offer support and alleviation from breast pain. Deciding whether to sleep in a bra or not is all about preference and the perfect fit for sleep. Luckily, all of our bras and bra alternatives are crafted to provide the support you need but without the hardware that can irritate your skin. Explore our comfiest bras for sleep or luxurious pajamas today to level up your bedtime attire today.

                               

                               

                              20 Types of Bras: The Ultimate Bra Style Guide

                              Long gone are the days of not being able to wear an outfit solely because you did not have the right type of bra to go with it. From T-shirt bras to adhesive bras today there are bras for every breast size, shape, and style—all you need to do is pick which will work best with your outfit.

                              With more than 20 different types of bras on the market (and counting) each one is crafted and tailored for different purposes. Some of the differences between bra types are minor (like a demi versus a balconette), but others are more noticeable (like a plunge versus a bandeau). Whatever bra you choose should have you covered with all the support you could want. To help you choose a bra that best fits your personal style and needs, we’ve put together a guide of 20 bra types and styles. 

                              Before jumping, you’ll need to know your correct bra size and measurements. If you’re unsure, check out our bra size chart and guide to measuring your bra size. Our bra sister size chart can also be helpful!

                              20 Types of Bras For Every Women

                              Bras are like friends—they're there when you need them, but without the right bra for your breast shape and size they might be doing you more harm than good. To help you choose a bra that will be comfortable and supportive all day long, we’ve provided details around how they should fit, what to wear them with and what breast type they best serve.

                              Let’s get started with the bras that we offer!

                              1. Demi Bra

                              White illustration of a demi bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              What’s a demi bra many of our customers ask! The demi bra is one of our most popular styles as it covers half of the breast and creates a beautiful and natural cleavage and lift.  

                              Made of Second Skin fabric, our demi bra is lightly lined to provide lightweight support, has seam-free, smooth cups that disappear under clothes and fully adjustable straps for a classic or crossback fit. Wearers rave over it’s ComfortStrength™ Wing that provides ultimate support and no digging, slipping, or irritation.  

                              Check out our Second Skin Lightly Lined Demi Bra for the softest, most comfortable bra you've ever worn. It's the perfect bra for every activity, from sleeping to a night out on the town.

                              Wear it with:

                              Low cut or scoop neck tops

                              Breast type: 

                              Smaller breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              2. Bralette

                              Light maroon illustration of a bralette bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              Bralettes are a bra style without wires or molded cups. They often have adjustable straps and provide great coverage with light support.

                              We offer a range of bralettes with slightly different features. Our Second Skin Comfort Lace Bralette is made of super soft no-show lace that disappears under clothes, has a ComfortStrength™ Band that always stays put and built-in power mesh to lift, support, and separate your breasts. 

                              Our Comfort Smoothing Bralette is made out of ultra breathable, lightweight and supportive Comfort Smoothing fabric, offers side and back smoothing that accentuates what you love, and smooths what you don’t as well as innovative wire-free support. 

                              Lastly, our Second Skin Micro Rib Cross-Back Scoop Bralette is designed to be dig-free through its no-hardware design and built-in power mesh.

                              Wear it with: 

                              Flowy or sheer tops

                              Breast type: 

                              Small to mid-sized breasts because of minimal support

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              3. Triangle Bra

                              Light pink illustration of a triangle bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A triangle bra gets its name from its triangle-shaped cups. Unlike the half cups of a demi bra, triangle bras are designed to provide less coverage–making them a sexy alternative to padded wireless bras. They serve as a versatile plunging neckline that works under a number of low-cut tops.

                              Made of Second Skin fabric, our Second Skin Triangle Bralette has a ComfortStrength™ Band that always stays put, built-in power mesh to lift and support as well as fully adjustable straps for a classic or crossback fit.

                              Wear it with: 

                              Low-cut tops and plunging necklines

                              Breast type:

                              Smaller to medium sized breasts 

                              Level of coverage: 

                              Medium coverage

                              4. Wireless Bra

                              Maroon illustration of a wireless bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A wireless bra as it sounds, features no wire, but relies on the cut of the fabric and stitching to create shape and provide support. It is also called a “soft cup bra” and is great for anyone who gets irritated by the poking or pinching of underwires. This type of bra is very comfortable and holds you up with sturdy under bands. 

                              Our Cool Cotton Lightly Lined Wireless Bra is made out of natural cotton fabric, has a wireless, lightly lined pad to provide lightweight support, seam-free smooth cups and a perforated cup lining to allow for extra airflow. 

                              Made of Second Skin fabric, our Pullover Wireless Bra is lightly lined to provide lightweight support, has seam-free, smooth cups that disappear under clothes and has fully adjustable straps for a classic or crossback fit. This bra also has a ComfortStrength™ Wing that provides ultimate comfort and no digging, slipping, or irritation. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Low cut or scoop neck tops

                              Breast type: 

                              Small to mid-sized breasts because of minimal support

                              Level of coverage: 

                              Medium coverage

                              Types of Bras That Offer Light Support

                              Now that we’ve covered our famous bras, we can cover other types of bras you might see on the market. The following types of bras offer light support and can be discreetly hidden under strapless or backless clothing. 

                              5. Sticky Bra

                              Maroon illustration of a sticky bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              Sticky, stick-on or adhesive bras are strapless and backless bras that adhere to the breast using self-adhesive bra cups (usually made of silicone). By placing each sticky bra onto your breasts and smoothing your hand over them you can ensure they are properly stuck on. Some sticky bras even have a clasp in the middle to give you a little more cleavage.

                              Wear it with:

                              Strapless, sheer or backless tops or dresses

                              Breast type:

                              All breast types, but can be more supportive for smaller breasts

                              Level of coverage:

                              Light coverage

                              6. Bandeau Bra

                              Light pink illustration of a bandeau bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A bandeau bra is a strapless strip of stretchy fabric with a thick band on top and bottom for better hold. It is similar to a strapless bra but does not have any closure. Bandeaus are easy to slip on, and can have molded cups or pockets to insert supportive pads. They are meant to cover nipples with strapless tops of sheer dresses and are commonly worn by themselves since they look similar to tube tops.

                              Wear it with:

                              Strapless or sheer tops or dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Smaller breasts due to limited support

                              Level of coverage:

                              Light coverage

                              7. Strapless Bra

                              White illustration of a strapless bra with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              Strapless bras are just like they sound, bras without straps. They are designed to be worn with off the shoulder or strapless tops and give you the freedom to wear whatever you want. The support from this bra comes from the band, so women with larger breasts need to make sure the bra will support them and the band won’t lose elasticity. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Strapless or sheer tops

                              Breast type:

                              All breast types, but can be more supportive for smaller breasts

                              Level of coverage:

                              Light coverage

                              8. Unlined

                              Light maroon illustration of a unlined bra covered in flowers with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes

                              An unlined bra is a bra made with one layer of fabric across the cups but does not have any padding or foam to reinforce the cups. They can have wires for additional support or be wire-free—either way they can still provide excellent support for larger chested women. Because there is less fabric and bulk they are lighter on the body and can be combined with other bra cut styles such as bralettes, mimizers and plunge bras. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Any tops or dresses where you’d like to show your natural curves and shape

                              Breast type:

                              Large breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              9. Balconette Bra

                              White illustration of a longline bra with maroon lace with surrounding decorative elements like stars and dots as well as two white check mark boxes
                              Balconette bras provide the breast a subtle lift to enhance your natural shape. They are very similar to demi bras as they show a little less than half the top of the breast but are cut smaller than full-coverage style bras. You can also tell a balconette bra by the wide-set straps and as the name suggests and the way the breasts get pushed up to the “balcony.”

                              Wear it with:

                              Any tops or dresses

                              Breast type: 

                              Any breast size but very flattering for someone with wider set shoulders 

                              Level of coverage:

                              Light coverage

                              Types of Bras That Offer Medium Support

                              For casual or every day wear, you’ll want a bra that is comfortable and supportive. Peruse the following medium support bras that you can live in, whether you're traveling or spending a day around the house.

                              10. T-Shirt Bra 

                              Light pink illustration of a T-shirt bra with maroon straps with surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A t-shirt bra is a smooth cup bra, usually underwired, that has padded or molded cups. T-shirt bras are the ultimate comfort bra and can be worn under T-shirts with a seamless silhouette.

                              Wear it with:

                              T-shirts of course but also can tight or form fitting tops

                              Breast type:

                              Works with all breast shapes and sizes 

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              11. Push Up Bra

                              Maroon illustration of a push up bra with white polka dots with surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A push up bra is designed to push the breast muscles towards the center and up to create a visible cleavage. Push up bras have padded cups with extra padding at the lower section of the cup and commonly have demi cups with lower necklines. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Low cut tops and dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Smaller breasts that would like added cleavage

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              12. Seamless Bra

                              Beige illustration of a seamless bra with white buttons with surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A seamless bra has moulded cups, no seams and creates a very smooth finish under tighter clothing or T-shirts. Seamless bras have moulded cups to create a smooth finish and is a great choice for those who have sensitive skin as there is no pinching or poking. Seamless bras can also come in padded and push up form.  

                              This bra is not only designed to stretch and support your body but is also a great supplement or transition to a maternity or nursing bra as it will give you all day comfort with the addition of drop down cups for easy discrete feeding.

                              Wear it with:

                              Tight fitting tops and dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Larger breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              13. Plunge Bra

                              Maroon illustration of a plunge bra with white stripes, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A plunge bra features a deep v-neckline and flattering cut that hugs your curves. Thanks to its unique cup shape, a plunge bra looks flattering on a wide range of body types and breast shapes. Due to the angled cups and deeper-v in a plunge style bra, it will actually give you more cup coverage at the top, especially with a mesh overlay.

                              Wear it with:

                              Low-cut dresses and tops that typically wouldn't work with other bra styles

                              Breast type:

                              All breast types, but great for larger breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              14. Padded Bra

                              White illustration of a padded bra with a light pink band, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A padded bra is designed to enhance bust size and cleavage as the cups are lined with shape-enhancing inserts or foam padding. Padded bras are meant to support the breasts but do not significantly increase cleavage like the push up bra. 

                              Wear it with:

                              All tops or dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Smaller breast sizes 

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              Types of Bras That Offer Maximum Support

                              The following bras provide maximum support to keep your breasts in place. Whether you live an active lifestyle or just like a little lift, these bras are both stylish and supportive. 

                              15. Full Coverage Bra

                               Light maroon illustration of a full coverage bra with white polka dots, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A full-coverage bra is a bra in which the cup extends to cover all or most of the breast tissue, giving it a "high neck line" appearance. They help to prevent spill-over, provide support, and they can even be designed to redistribute the weight of the chest for a better, more comfortable fit.

                              Wear it with:

                              Higher neckline tops and dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Larger breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              16. Underwire Bra

                              Maroon illustration of an underwire bra with white stripes, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              An underwire bra is a bra that has a fitted semicircular strip of metal or plastic inside the fabric under each cup. If you’re like many who think underwire bras are uncomfortable check out comfortable bra alternatives.

                              Underwire bras do provide more support and shape, thanks to their wired structure so if you are looking for more support a comfortable non poking underwire bra is your best bet. 

                              Wear it with:

                              All tops and dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Larger breast sizes

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              17. Minimizer Bra

                              White illustration of a minimizer bra, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A minimizer bra is a bra that minimizes the appearance of the breasts. Since minimizer bras compress and redistribute the breast tissue your silhouette appears smoother and more balanced. Many wear minimizer bras under button-down shirts to reduce the gap between the buttons and breasts as well as the bras can provide extra support and reduce the amount of bounce. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Button-down shirts or tight fitting tops or dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Larger breasts

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              18. Maternity/Nursing Bra

                              Pink illustration of a maternity bra covered in flowers, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              A maternity bra is a specialized bra that provides additional support to pregnant women who will experience rapid increase in breast growth. A good maternity bra will contain extra layers of fabric such as cotton to help with support and comfort. The top part of the cup will often be stretchy to accommodate any fluctuation in breast size and the back band will have extra hooks and eyes for expansion as your rib cage expands.

                              A nursing bra is designed a little differently as they have a clasp at the top of the cup that can be released to expose the breast for breastfeeding. 

                              Wear it with:

                              All tops and dresses

                              Breast type:

                              Breasts that will experience rapid increase in breast growth or if breastfeeding

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              19. Racerback Bra 

                              Maroon illustration of a racerback bra covered in small lines, surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              Racerback bras are bras where the straps criss-cross or join in the back to form an “X” shape. The benefits of this style are you can hide straps for tank tops and dresses as well as add an extra angle of life to your bra. When combined with a supportive brand and cups, the racerback bra can offer mega support.

                              Wear it with:

                              Tanks or dresses when you’d like to hide straps but not wear a strapless

                              Breast type:

                              Offers support for all sizes, but are particularly helpful for women with large breasts

                              Level of coverage:

                              Medium coverage

                              20. Sports Bra 

                              Maroon illustration of a sports bra with a middle zipper surrounding decorative elements as well as two white check mark boxes

                              Sports bras provide support to breasts during physical exercise. They are sturdier than typical bras and are designed to minimize breast movement and alleviate discomfort. Sports bras can provide different levels of support from low, medium and high depending on the impact level of the exercise. 

                              Wear it with:

                              Workout clothing 

                              Breast type:

                              Offers support for all sizes, but are particularly helpful for women with large breasts

                              Level of coverage:

                              Full coverage

                              FAQs Around the Different Types of Bras

                              We all can’t be experts in types of bra and know what works best for a woman's breast shape and size. For those who want to know more about finding your dream bra, we’ve answered your most frequently asked questions around the different types of bra. 

                              Which types of bra is best?

                              The “best” type of bra is completely based on preference and what works best for your breast shape and needs. Many prioritize support when selecting a bra, so if that’s you, underwire bras are known for providing optimal support. 

                              Which type of bra is best for daily use?

                              The best type of bra for daily use is one that is comfortable, supportive and works well with most outfits. Many wear T-shirt, demi or wireless bras on a daily basis and save their strapless or cage bras for special occasions and outfits. 

                              What is ABCD in bra size?

                              The letters on bra sizes like A, B, C, D stand for cup sizes. The numbers like 32, 34, 36, 38 tell you the band size (the part of the bra that goes around your torso). For more information on bra sizing and how to measure bra size, check out our fitting guide.

                              What’s the difference between bras and bralettes?

                              The main difference between a bra and a bralette is that bralettes are softer, more lightweight and are usually made without wiring, padding or structure. As a result, they give lighter support than a regular bra.

                              Demi vs full coverage: What’s the difference?

                              Demi cup bras are half-cup versions of their full coverage counterparts. They're generally cut 1 inch above the nipples and made with shorter and shallower underwires that are more comfortable for smaller breast sizes. 

                              What’s the difference between balconette and demi bras?

                              Both the balconette and demi-cup styles offer less coverage than full cup bras (balconettes covering a little less). Since the balconette pushes your breasts up to the “balcony” think of the demi bra creating more of a square neckline, while balconettes create a sweetheart shape.

                              We hope our comprehensive guide on the 20 types of bras helps you build the bra wardrobe of your dreams! Our bras and bralettes are the most comfortable on the planet and they provide soft, breathable, supportive, easily washable and stretchy fabrics to ensure comfort all day—no matter the style of bra you need we have you covered with all the support you could want.

                               

                              Wired vs wireless: Which bra suits you best today?

                              Finding the perfect bra is like hitting a moving target. Your body changes day by day. Your fashion needs vary with the season. And bras themselves may change shape as they age. 

                              But as you get dressed in the morning (and continue your quest for the perfect bra) one question may loom larger than all the rest: underwire or wireless? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each style.

                              The pros of wearing an underwire

                              The wired bra (aka underwire bra) takes its name from the rigid wire, often made of metal, that lines the underband to support the cups. Wired bras offer unrivaled lift, support, and shaping. They can reduce back and shoulder strain for those of us with larger chests when properly sized and adjusted. And they can also support better posture, which is crucial for anyone spending their day hunched over a computer. 

                              Unfortunately, wired bras have earned a bit of notoriety for being uncomfortable. They may pinch and squeeze into your skin, and in some cases, the wire can rip through the fabric and cause scratches. Of course, when they are sized correctly and given good bra care, underwire bras can be perfectly comfortable. 

                              Still, you don’t need to use a rigid piece of metal to get the support you need. Tommy John has crafted an ouch-free underwire demi bra that offers flexible support without any metal. The Lightly Lined Demi Bra has fully adjustable, convertible straps that offer gentle support without digging into your skin. 

                              The pros of going wire-free

                              Many people prefer wireless bras because they offer a more comfortable, less constricted feeling. Smaller breasts may not need the extra support and boost of an underwire, and may not need the same amount of lift under a form-fitting top. A supportive wireless bra may also be more comfortable during times of the month when your breasts are more tender, and they tend to fit better for women with different sized boobs.

                              On the other hand, because a wireless bra is softer and more flexible, it may not provide the same structure and lift. If you have to move a lot throughout the day, you could end up feeling a little sore from the bouncing, and you may not be able to maintain the same posture that an underwire can help you maintain after a long day. 

                              Tommy John offers two supportive demi bras that let you go wire-free. Our Lightly Lined Pullover lets you skip the hassle of the claps while still offering fully adjustable straps, while the more traditional Lightly Lined Demi features four clasps for a more flexible fit and convertible straps so they can stay discrete under your sleeveless dress. 

                              So which bra is right for you today?

                              If you’re wearing a tight top and you want to adjust your silhouette, or you want to lift and separate your breasts, the support of an underwire is probably best. A wired bra is also a good choice if you have to move a lot throughout the day and want to reduce pain from bouncing - especially if you’re wearing a low-cut top that won't let you get away with a hardwire-free bralette

                              On the other hand, if you’re feeling sensitive, need to feel a little less restricted, or if you're going for a more informal look, the wireless bra can offer plenty of support. They can also be much more comfortable on lazy days when you’re only getting off the couch on an as-needed basis.  

                              Ultimately, choosing the right bra for your day comes down to what you want to wear and how you feel when you’re wearing it - and a high-quality bra should wear like a dream. Whatever bra you choose to wear today, it’s crucial to let your bras relax between uses to help them last longer. If you have a bra you love enough to wear every day, buying another one or two just like it will help you get a lot more life out of them.

                              The bottom line

                              Your bra is there to make you happy. It shouldn’t feel like a chore to wear! If you’re fighting a constant battle with your underwear drawer, it’s time to trash your old, inferior bras and invest in some you truly love to wear. 

                              At Tommy John, our bras are crafted from soft, breathable material to maximize comfort and minimize boob sweat. We’ve carefully designed the straps and bands to create durable bras that stay in place without digging or squeezing, so you can look great without feeling constricted. As always, shopping with Tommy John is risk-free, because if you don’t love your first new bra, we’ll refund your money or replace it with something you do love.