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High-rise women's underwear: 5 situations where you seriously need it

Each extreme end along the spectrum of women’s underwear cuts has its devotees and its detractors, all denouncing and decrying or extolling and exalting the style in their sights with equal passion. 

Some say the thong is a horrid invention meant to torture the wearer with crack-invading fabric that irritates and annoys. Others argue high-waist briefs are nothing more than “granny panties” whose days in the fashion spotlight are long over and for good reason: they’re shapeless and baggy, stodgy and conservative, with little sex appeal and their own discomfort issues when they bunch up under clothes. 

At Tommy John, we think all of these negative judgments go too far - since anyone who thinks thongs can’t be comfy obviously hasn’t tried our feather-light Women’s Air Mesh Thong. Ditto for partisans who equate all high-rise briefs with sagginess, bunching and antiquated style - they’ve clearly never had the pleasure of slipping into the Tommy John Women’s Second Skin High Rise Brief. With fresh color options, luxe fabric that’s silky soft against the skin, and a stay-put design that never needs adjustment, there’s nothing old-fashioned or fussy about these gorgeous panties. 

The truth is, underwear is a very personal choice and there are good cases to be made for a variety of cuts. Great design, premium fabric, and a perfect fit can make all the difference in whether a cut works for you (or really doesn’t). After that, it all comes down to personal preference - and knowing what style of underwear works best for a given situation. 

Whether high-rise panties are already your go-to style or you’re considering trying out a pair now that you have a trusted purveyor of all things “under” (Tommy John, of course), read on to learn the five situations when women’s high-waisted panties will outshine all other cuts.

1. As a panty-line-free thong alternative

Many women think that a thong is a necessity to remove the risk of VPLs (visible panty lines) under form-fitting dresses and pants. It’s true that thongs do this job very well, but - great news for women who don’t love thongs - so does the total opposite cut on the other end of the panty spectrum! (Amazing, right?) 

High-rise briefs with full-coverage bottoms place their waistbands and leg openings in the natural creases of your body. This means that as long as they fit well, they are often just as effective at disappearing under clothing as thongs, without getting all up in your business (ahem, rear) the way thongs do - very welcome news if that’s not your thing, but a smooth, sleek look is. 

Don’t reserve high-waist briefs for just under body-hugging dresses and pants. While many women don’t realize it, almost any dress can reveal panty lines if the fabric drapes a certain way and doesn’t play nice with your underwear. So consider high-waist briefs a great go-to panty choice under basically any dress at all. 

2. To avoid plumber’s crack

Obviously, a higher cut at the natural waist means high-rise panties are great at covering your crack when you bend over. While most of us don’t want to share a peek at our anatomy or our panties in this situation, a glimpse of the top of your panties is probably preferred over the alternative - and can go unnoticed if they’re a similar color to the pants. 

Just make sure the waistline of your pants isn’t too low for your high-rise underwear, or you could share more information with spectators than you want to. 

3. With high-waisted bottoms

High-rise briefs are an obvious coordinating choice for wearing under high-waisted pants and skirts. Matching the waistline of your underwear to your outerwear is a solid way to avoid making unseemly adjustments throughout the day as you move. 

Another good reason to coordinate under and outer- wear in this way is simply to create smooth, consistent lines in your look. 

Finally, you’ll appreciate your own consistency and feel ultra put-together and with-it when you pay attention to this kind of detail. Sometimes there’s value to going the extra mile for style - even if you’re the only one who knows it!

4. To accentuate your waistline

Whoever believes that high-waisted briefs can’t be sexy is ignoring all those oh-so-glamorous post-war pin-up beauties that continue to inspire feminine fashion in retro chic style today. 

Well-fit briefs are actually inherently flattering to a woman’s figure because they follow her body’s shape, accentuating the natural waistline and hugging her curves with continuous coverage that hits at natural creases beneath her cheeks. 

This is the same reason high-waisted pants are back in style: because there’s nothing more attractive or stylish than a woman’s natural figure. 

5. For comfort and security 

Many women opt for high-rise briefs because they find them the most comfortable underwear choice, providing fuller coverage and a greater sense of security under clothes. That comfort and security can be physical and psychological. High-waist briefs provide tummy-smoothing coverage that doesn’t cut into the belly on period days, post-pregnancy, or anytime a woman might be feeling bloated or just wants to avoid a waistband across her stomach. 

And for a more secure feeling at the gym, for women who prefer to wear underwear with leggings, high-rise panties are the best option. The fuller coverage and more cinched waistband at the natural waistline helps to keep them in place with lots of movement. And they’re the only style of underwear beside a thong that won’t show visible panty lines under form-fitting leggings, since they hit at those natural creases of your body.

The bottom line

There are plenty of situations where high-rise briefs are a perfect choice, for their beauty and function alike. With a nod to retro style and glamor, this cut has been reimagined as a practical, comfy, and alluring choice in panty styles for the modern woman. 

To find the best women’s high-rise briefs on the planet, look no further than Tommy John’s - in a range of premium fabrics ranging from feather-light Air Mesh to everyday Cool Cotton, to luxuriously soft Second Skin.

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Cheeky or bust: 7 reasons this women's underwear cut has die-hard fans

Traditionally, the world of women’s underwear didn’t offer many happy mediums. Either you went with full, brief-style panties or you bared it all with a sexy thong. Modesty and coverage on one hand, bravura and skin on the other. 

But what about those of us who want something in-between? Something with more coverage and support than a thong, but that’s a little more… well, cheeky than briefs? Enter the cheeky.

With a daring cut that splits the difference between thongs and classic panties, the cheeky brings style and attitude to your underwear game. Plus, the mid-rise waist is great for just about any outwear you can dream of - no worries about them peeking out when you bend over. If you’re still not sure what you’re missing, read on to find out why so many people choose this style as their go-to option for daily wear, no matter the occasion. 

1. They’re perfect under jeans

Cheeky cut underwear has enough fabric to give you an extra layer of protection from all the seams on your jeans - but not so much that you’ll struggle with a visible panty line. That means you can sit down or walk around without any extra stress. So if jeans are your go-to bottoms, you’ll want plenty to get you through the week. And the seamless, barely-there feel of our Air collection will guarantee no panties lines, even if you’re rocking tight leggings.

2. They’re seriously comfy

Let’s face it - comfort is king when it comes to choosing underwear, and cheeky panties offer the best of both worlds. They don’t show off too much, but they also don’t have a lot of extra fabric to bunch up. The seam is a comfortable distance away from sensitive areas without covering your whole thigh, so you can go the whole day without noticing you’re wearing it. Plus, our premium, quality-crafted fabric makes any pair of Tommy John underwear a dream to wear. Once you’ve indulged, you’ll never settle for department store underwear again.

3. They won’t leave you hanging 

If a thong leaves your cheeks feeling unsupported, our cheeky panties have you covered. They’ll give you a boost where you need it, without digging into your thighs or creating unwanted bulges. Make sure you buy the right size—if you’re wearing undersized underwear, you’ll have bulges no matter what the cut. Your seams should never dig into your skin or leave visible marks.

4. They flatter any figure 

If you think you need suffocating shapewear to sculpt and tone your assets, the Cheeky is here to prove you wrong. The seams meet your cheeks at the perfect place for a lift, and the V-cut helps lengthen your leg, so you’ll look longer and leaner. This style looks great on every body type, so you can undress with real-deal confidence.

5. It’s flirty and fun

This cute cut shows a little skin while still leaving plenty to the imagination. If you’re ready to show off your underwear game but still want to retain a modicum of modesty, the cheeky is ideal. But even if you don’t plan on being seen in your skivvies, a great bottom layer will give you that nudge of style and verve you need while fully clothed.

6. They’re never restrictive

The Cheeky cut will never inhibit your movement, no matter how active you are. If working out in a thong involuntarily raises your eyebrows, bring a pair of Cheekies with you the next time you hit the gym or go for a jog. You’ll be able to bend, stretch, jump, and jog without your underwear fighting against you. And the easier it is to work out, the more likely you’ll hit the gym. A good workout can boost your mood just as much as the perfect pair of underwear.

7. The right pair never rides up

If you think you need more fabric to avoid a permanent wedgie, think again! Tommy John is committed to making adjustment-free underwear. That means you’re never looking for cover or ducking into the bathroom to put things back in place. If your underwear is everywhere except where it’s supposed to be, it’s time to invest in a new pair.

The bottom line

You’ve got enough on your plate to worry about uncomfortable drawers that inhibits your style and your movement. If you want a no-show pair of underwear that makes you look and feel your best, look no further. The cheeky style has earned its following for good reason.

But there’s plenty of opportunities to rock other styles, too! A little variety can go a long way to spice up your wardrobe. Our collections have plenty of fabric and cuts to choose from, so you can add some depth to your underwear collection with comfortable, conscious undies that never let you down. 

New Year’s in Your Underwear: NYE Underwear Traditions Around the World

It’s that time again — time to join a gym, pledge to quit drinking and manifest that this is (finally) your. Year. It’s #NewYearNewMe. It’s New Year’s Eve.

Whether you accomplished all your resolutions this year or gave up after a month, this time of year brings about feelings of reflection as well as a look at the future.

Around the world, people ring in the new year in unique ways that often have long-standing historical traditions tied to their culture and way of life. 

For example, if you’re looking to warn bad spirits off, do it the Denmark way and throw plates and dishes at the door of your loved one’s house. Want 2020 to be a year of jet-setting? Follow the Colombian tradition of walking around the block with an empty suitcase. 

One common tradition has emerged is the tradition of wearing specific types of underwear to bring about your desires for the new year. Read on to learn more about which undies you should pair with your champagne this NYE.  

Asia

While wearing underwear on NYE isn’t a common practice in many parts of Asia, a few countries do have traditional underwear for New Year’s Eve.

If you’re seeking riches In the Philippines, wearing polka-dotted underwear is said to bring you financial prosperity! Polka dots and round shapes are considered good luck because coins are round, and the shape is linked to good fortune. In China, people wear red underwear with gold lace as a symbol of loyalty, happiness, and success.

South America

South of the equator, you’ll find the most common NYE tradition is wearing yellow britches for good luck. In Brazil, you have a few options: yellow for prosperity, white for peace and red for love. If you’re looking to cultivate any of those this year, consider throwing on some themed skivvies before midnight! 

Europe

In Italy and Spain, red underwear is the standard to promote a healthy life along with love. But if you enjoy the cold and are feeling bold, many European countries have unorthodox traditions — including the Netherlands, where locals strip down to their undies and run into the arctic sea. successful New Year.

North America

Besides partying, a few regions of North America have NYE underwear traditions. In Puerto Rico, white undies are worn to promote fertility and health; down in Mexico, yellow is worn for luck and red is worn for love.

No matter where or when you’ll be ringing in the New Year, you can start it off by donning undergarments that line up with your goals for the coming year. 

Whether you’re looking for love or just need a little extra luck, incorporate these traditions to get that extra edge in the new year. If you need to pick up a fresh pair for NYE, check our latest women's and men’s underwear.

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Why loungewear will shake up your wardrobe overnight

Maybe you’ve stocked up weekend clothes and work attire... but what about your third wardrobe? The one that’s designed to feel amazing whether you’re reading in bed, making popcorn for movie night, or getting caught up in your home office? Yeah, we’re talking about loungewear.

Americans are spending more and more time at home, and loungewear is the ultimate luxury item to help turn your home into a castle. But it can be so much more if you let it. Why is loungewear such an amazing way to rethink your entire wardrobe? Just consider these points:

It’s unbeatable for self-pampering

Long commutes after hard days at work, extra hours at the office to get caught up—-there’s a lot that might come between you and your house on workdays. The less time you have to recharge and refresh before bedtime, the more important it is to spoil yourself a little. Slip into something comfortable and read a book, or watch your favorite show. 

You tired, old sweatpants aren’t good enough. You need something that feels amazing against your skin while you’re stretching out and winding down so that you’re ready to do it all over again tomorrow. 

You can actually sleep in them

If you spent years wearing pajamas only to take them off before you went to bed, the idea of loungewear might seem foreign to you. But cheap, formless fabric doesn’t do much to keep you cozy at night! 

Fortunately, you don’t have to strip down and suffer the extra blanket to stay cozy. Quality loungewear is cozy enough to sleep in and so comfortable you’ll keep it on through breakfast. And comfort is obviously key when it comes to getting in those extra Z’s. And sleep - as we all should know by know - is a crucial foundation to your quality of life. In fact, there’s probably no better way to boost your healthy and happiness. So really, why wouldn’t you invest in some quality sleepwear?

Loungewear can double as daywear

By the time the weekend rolls around, it may take a lot of motivation to leave the house.  You might find yourself asking, “Do I have to put on pants for this?” Once you give our loungewear a shot, you’ll suddenly be adept at mental gymnastics, telling yourself it’s okay to wear as long as you’re just getting coffee or grabbing some tacos to bring back home. But there’s no need to stress!

The right loungewear lets you come and go as you please without looking like an underdressed mess. Style doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort - and once you have the proper attire, the look and feel more than justify showing up to brunch wearing your Henley. So when you’re headed out to the coffee shop, you don’t need to put on pants—especially when you have functional pockets.

It’s perfect for mixing and matching

There are plenty of places where people won’t think twice seeing you in your matching pajamas. But owning several colors means you can mix and match your tops and bottoms, and you won’t look like you just rolled out of bed to show up at happy hour. 

Combine your loungewear with the right accessories and you can upgrade your look from tired to effortless, without having to invest any extra time in dressing. Your clothing should always fit the mood. And when you’re comfortable, you’ll be able to loosen up and have fun, no matter what kind of week you’ve been having. 

Extravagance that fits you

At Tommy John, we make clothes that feel good to wear. Our loungewear is impossibly light and soft to the touch, so you can indulge in style and comfort. But it’s also designed to fit you as you move or relax. Our Second Skin fabric is so comfortable that it starts to feel like part of you, and it always stretches where it needs to. 

If your loungewear fits right, you should be able to roll over in bed without any fabric getting caught under you and tugging itself out of place. And you should be able to hop up off the couch without any loose fabric gathering at your thighs. Don’t try to fit your clothes—buy clothes that fit you.

The bottom line

If your loungewear isn’t doing all of the above, it’s time to toss it and give Tommy John a try. Welcome yourself home after a long day by putting on a pair of our shorts with one of our hoodies, and all the stress will start to melt away. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stay in for the night - there’s plenty of occasions you’re now perfectly dressed for.

And hey, if you aren’t satisfied with your new loungewear, it’s on us. So what are you waiting for?

3 new bra styles and exactly when you should wear them

Comfort and style are no longer opposing forces in the world of women’s bras. It’s about time!

In the past, women often had to choose between two less-than-perfect options in bras. Many of us long endured undergarments that pushed the breasts into a predetermined shape and encased them in stifling molded cups (often coupled with thin straps that pinched the skin). 

These bras could look sexy and stylish, with cool color options and pretty details - but after a few hours, they left us too annoyed or pained to care anymore.

Running weekend errands or returning home after work, many of us might change into something more comfortable: a cozy soft-cup bra or even a favorite stretched-out sports bra. But these options were decidedly unfashionable: color options were just the most basic, fabrics were less-the-luxurious, and little effort was made by manufacturers to make these bras beautiful, stylish, or sexy. 

The message to women was clear: you’re fashionable or you’re comfortable. But not at the same time.

Hallelujah for changing times. 

The hottest bra trends right now embrace comfort, practicality and more natural silhouettes while offering luxurious and high-tech fabrics and sophisticated color choices previously unavailable in cozy, body-friendly bra offerings. 

The emergence of athleisure in fashion has a lot to do with this. (That’s the casual clothing trend that made it okay to wear yoga pants all weekend, rather than just during an actual yoga class, and thus yielded much more fashionable yoga pants in the process.)

Another contributor to the marriage between style and comfort in women’s bras has been the increasing attention to diversity and body positivity in women’s fashion overall. Rather than needing a heavily molded bra to shape the breasts into one ideal form, more women are demanding bras with more forgiving, flexible construction that reflects and embraces their unique body shapes.

These updated soft-cup bras — reborn under the name “bralettes” — celebrate women’s bodies with stylish colors and details, and some (like Tommy John’s) feature cutting-edge performance and luxury fabrics for optimum fit and functionality, amazing feel against the skin, and a fashion-forward look to boot. 

This new breed of bra doesn’t just feel better on women’s bodies, it better accommodates all the things women’s bodies can do — whether that’s a ten-hour day at the office followed by living-room yoga while binge-watching a Netflix series, wrestling two kids and groceries into the car, or tackling an HGTV-worthy home DIY project over a weekend. 

Here are three new bra styles we can thank these enlightened fashion trends for - along with tips on when to wear to get the most out of them.  

1. The Scoop Bralette

The Scoop Bralette is, in comfort terms, like that favorite stretched-out sports bra many women used to cling to far past its expiration date, in a desperate bid for everyday comfort and support. 

Now you can toss that baby out for good, because the Scoop Bralette is designed for exactly this once-hard-to-come-by level of support in women’s bra options: the comfy, comprehensive coverage and unfussy pullover design common to many sports bras, minus the high level of compression necessary during high-impact activities. 

The Scoop Bralette style provides all the comfort of a slightly stretched-out sports bra, with softer, more flexible fabrics for everyday wear — and a lot more style points, since it’s not actually a wardrobe relic from the last decade. 

Wear this bra style anytime you crave maximum comfort. Tommy John’s version offers support while banishing uniboob at the same time, with our Built-In PowerMesh that lifts and separates. Choose between our Cool Cotton and Second Skin fabrics, both of which offer luxurious softness against the skin. 

2. The Triangle Bralette

The Triangle Bralette style offers similar comfort and support to the Scoop Bralette, with a more minimal soft-cup bra shape. 

Wear this style anytime you want maximum comfort under a lower or V-neck cut top (necklines that may show a Scoop Bralette style bra). The triangle bralette is also a great option for women seeking the comfort of a bralette with the slightly more revealing and traditionally feminine triangle cup shape. 

Tommy John’s Second Skin Triangle Bralette features fully adjustable straps that are convertible from classic to cross-back for a custom fit (and our straps are wider and softer than most, to make sure they stay put and don’t pinch, no matter how you wear them). 

3. The Longline Bra

Today’s Longline Bra trend is an updated version of bra styles from the 1930s to 1950s. Back then, Longline Bras included cups that pushed the breasts up and out (often featuring the bullet shape in fashion at the time), plus bands bands that extended all the way to the waist, smoothing the torso and cinching the waistline. 

These heavy-duty highly structured undergarments helped create a well-defined hourglass figure, along with a less-than-ideal experience for the wearer; they tended to be thick, stiff and uncomfortable.  

Longline Bras that provide a smooth silhouette and plenty of support have been updated over time to be a bit more wearer-friendly, with more breathable, flexible modern fabrics. But until the recent resurgence in the look, most modern women only opted for this style under formalwear, such as an evening gown or wedding gown, to create a highly polished, controlled shape.

The new Longline Bra trend harkens back to mid-century fashion, but updates it to better embrace women’s comfort, movement and natural body shapes — combining the resurgence of this retro look with the comfy Bralette trend mentioned above. Modern Longline Bras include options with molded cups, but soft-cup bralette versions are widely available too. The extended bands of today’s trendy Longline Bras vary in length; not all extend all the way to the natural waistline. 

Today’s Longline Bras are less about pushing and cinching the body into a predetermined shape, and more about adding a creative option to your closet! These bras tend to show off interesting design elements, ranging from sleek and modern to finely detailed with lace, straps and colorful patterns. 

The most daring wearers, including some celebrities, are showing off their modern Longline Bra looks by wearing them in lieu of shirts under blazers or denim jackets. 

Wear your Longline Bra that way yourself, use it for a bit of extra smoothing and support under dresses per tradition, or simply wear it anytime for a fun extra dose of creativity and confidence beneath your outfit.  

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re already a devotee of the Bralette trend or a more traditional underwire gal for daily wear, Tommy John believes comfort should be more than a passing trend in women’s bras. In fact, we place comfort at the center of all our underwear designs, for women and men alike. Because, let’s face it, we all look our best when we feel great, too. 

Check out Tommy John’s Bralettes and more and learn what makes all our styles the most comfortable bras on the planet

Home Improvement: 32% of Americans Lack Basic Household Skills

Be honest — when was the last time you did a load of laundry without Googling what temperature to wash whites on? 

Tasks like sewing, tailoring your clothes, or even reading laundry tag symbols were once common knowledge, but how many Americans currently know how to do them? We wanted to find out, so we asked 1,000 people which household tasks they can do by themselves. 

Read on to learn:

  1. How many Americans lack basic household skills, such as ironing a shirt, sewing a button, or reading laundry tag symbols
  2. Why men are almost twice as likely as women to lack basic home skills
  3. How Americans would rather spend money on laundry services than learn basic life skills

       

      Domestic Disaster: 1 in 3 Americans Can’t Do Basic Household Tasks 

      To get a better idea of how Americans fair when it comes to typical household tasks, we asked 1,000 people which of these types of chores they can do by themselves. According to our data, a surprising number of people lack basic household skills. Suffice it to say that many Americans just need to take an entry-level home ec course. 

      So why do Americans struggle with these banal tasks? Part of the problem may be our society’s growing dependency on technology to walk us through everyday problems that, once upon a time, weren’t considered very difficult. Handyman for hire, anyone? To get an idea of just how often Americans rely on Google to solve everyday problems, we looked into search data. 

      The high search volume for tasks like ironing a shirt or sewing a button shows just how often Americans run into these issues. As for something as trivial as reading laundry tags, the search volume was relatively low, which may imply that many Americans don’t even bother to read laundry tags when doing their laundry

      Battle of the Sexes: Men Fall Short of Women in Literally Every Category 

      Once we had a better idea of what types of domestic skills Americans lacked, we dug deeper into the data to see how men compared to women. According to our results, women were superior to men in literally every type of household task listed. 

      Only 43 percent of male respondents claimed they could iron a shirt, as opposed to 57 percent of female respondents. Even seemingly simple tasks, like removing stains from your pants or boxer briefs, proved pretty difficult for men. 

      Americans Would Rather Spend Money Than Learn Basic Life Skills 

      Since Americans seem to struggle with these tasks, we were curious to find out how exactly chores like doing laundry are getting done. According to recent research, the average U.S. household spends an average of $1,866 a year on apparel and apparel services like laundry and dry cleaning. In other words, Americans spend more money on laundry services, which could be a result of them not learning basic household tasks. 

      How you spend your money and time is up to you, but it wouldn’t hurt to learn some simple self care, would it? Ultimately, it could save you time and money. To help you with your wardrobe woes, we’ve provided some basic how-to’s for ironing your shirt and sewing on a button below.  

       

      How to Iron a Shirt in 7 Simple Steps 

      Ironing doesn’t have to be a hassle — follow these quick steps and you’ll be pressed and polished in no time. 

      1. Start with the laundered shirt you want to iron. Fill your iron with distilled or bottled water to avoid minerals clogging your iron over time. 
      2. Check the manufacturer's settings and shirt’s laundry tag to determine the desired temperature, and heat your iron.
      3. Unbutton the shirt and spread it over the ironing board. Iron the back of the shirt, sliding the iron top to bottom with moderate pressure. 
      4. Lay the sleeves longways on the board and iron them, starting at the armpit and ironing toward the cuff
      5. Pull the shoulder area of your shirt over the narrow end of the ironing board and iron. 
      6. Unfold the collar flat onto the ironing board. Iron from the middle outward
      7. Finish by ironing the shirt front, shifting on the board to iron one side at a time.

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      How to Sew a Button on a Shirt in 7 Easy Steps

      Pop a button? Skip the tailor and sew it back yourself following these simple steps. All you’ll need is a needle, thread, and a sewing pin.

      1. Cut 12 to 18 inches of thread from a spool and thread and knot your needle.  
      2. Place the button on your shirt, making sure it aligns with your shirt’s buttonhole.
      3. Starting at the back of the shirt, insert the needle through the fabric and through the first buttonhole, pulling the thread completely through. 
      4. Place a sewing pin on top of the button to hold in place.
      5. Pull the needle through the next buttonhole.
      6. Repeat this process until all holes have been threaded and the pin is secure on top of the button. 
      7. After 8 stitches, add a double knot behind the button, cut the excess thread and remove the pin.

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      On that note, keeping a fresh wardrobe is equally important. Check out our fall line of clothes to see how you can sharpen your image for the coming holidays, and make sure you’ve got a good mix of button downs for every occasion as well.   

       

      Methodology

      This study consisted of one survey question conducted using Google Surveys. The sample consisted of no less than 1,000 completed responses per question. Post-stratification weighting has been applied to ensure an accurate and reliable representation of the total population. The survey ran between October 11th–October 13th, 2019.

      The Benefits of Power Napping at Your Day Job

      Ever catch yourself dozing off at your desk after lunch? It’s not uncommon to feel a little drowsy after eating, but it can be especially difficult in the workplace, where napping on the clock is traditionally viewed as taboo. 

      In general, sleeping is considered an activity best kept at home and after hours, which makes sense: Home is where you tend to recharge and feel most comfortable. Your bedroom is also the setting you most likely associate with sleep and rest.

      But recent research suggests that getting in some shut-eye throughout your workday actually enhances productivity. We like to call it “power napping,” and it may be the secret to slogging off that foggy food hangover you’re dealing with. 

      How Counting Sheep On the Clock Can Improve Your Work Performance

      Call it what you will: a catnap, snatching 40 winks, taking a siesta — getting in that nap actually holds profound benefits for your overall well-being. 

      To clarify, a power nap is a short sleep, typically 10 to 20 minutes long, and is intended to revitalize you. Research shows this length of time is the sweet spot for midday sleeping, the reason being that it’s just enough time for you to reap the benefits of sleep without dealing with “sleep inertia,” the groggy feeling you might be familiar with after sleeping for several hours. 

      Here are some of the key benefits that come along with that quick snooze:

      1. Improved learning and memory 
      2. Less stress
      3. Boosts in mood and creativity 
      4. Increased productivity and alertness 
      5. Decreased risk for heart disease 

          Need we say more? Power napping is a great way to stay sharp at work so you can always bring your a-game. You’re probably thinking, “If I had the time or place to sleep at work, I would!” 

          Great point. 

          Not all workplaces are open to the idea of napping on the job, and even less have designated areas for employees to rest. That being said, there are still some innovative ways you can get the rest you need at work.  

          How to Invite the Sandman into Your Workplace

          Your company doesn’t have to prioritize sleep for you to get that much-needed midday rest. Oftentimes, it’s a matter of you making it a priority for yourself. Here are some simple ways you can incorporate sleep into your workday. 

          Take Your Nap Early 

          Many people start to feel drowsy between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. If you can fit in a quick power nap during these hours, you’ll feel revamped — and it won’t interfere with your sleep at bedtime. 

          Find the Right Location

          Where you nap depends on where you feel comfortable and whether or not your employer will look upon it favorably or not. If it’s not ok, you may need to sneak it in on your lunch break. Either way, your car is always a great option! 

          Create an Ideal Sleeping Environment 

          A comfy, temperate (ideally between 60 and 67 degrees), and quiet room with no lights is the ideal spot to sleep. This might not always be accessible at work, but you can improve it by bringing in your own pillow or blanket to make your office desk more suitable.

          Keep It Brief

          Fifteen to 20 minutes is a realistic time for a power nap. You can fit that into your lunch break, or a quick afternoon break to break up your day. This is generally the sweet spot for most people, as it’s just enough time to make you feel rested and alert without feeling groggy. 

          Take Advantage of Sleeping Apps

          There are tons of apps out there designed to help you nap. Here are just a few to check out: 

          1. Sleep Cycle: This app monitors your sleep patterns and offers detailed analysis so you can get an idea of how well you’re really sleeping. 
          2. Relax & Sleep Well: Relax & Sleep Well offer 4 free hypnosis and meditation tracks to help you doze off quicker. 
          3. Pzizz: Pzizz provides “dreamscapes,” which are mashups of music mixes and voice recordings designed to help you sleep better. 
          4. Sleepo: Sleepo lets you pick different kinds of white noise to mix with either rain, nature, city, or meditation sounds, creating an ambience that puts you to sleep in no time. 
          5. Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker: This app syncs with your Apple watch, allowing you to monitor sleep cycles. It also includes alarm options, sleep trend tracking, and more.

                Wear the Right Attire

                We certainly wouldn’t hold it against you if wore our lounge and sleep wear to work (ladies, we’ve got some great loungewear options for you, too), but that probably won’t fly in the workplace. 

                That doesn’t mean you can’t invest in some comfy attire, though, like our fitted Stay-Tucked dress shirts. We use materials that are breathable, functional, and designed to give you the utmost comfort throughout the workday. They also make for great clothes to take a quick nap in! 

                To learn more about the benefits of napping in the workplace — and to see what companies out there support sleep in the workplace — check out our infographic below. 

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                Sources:

                NYTimes 1, 2 | SleepAdvisor | SideKick | Everyday Health | We Are the Mighty | Sleep.org | TheLocal.se | Reidsitaly.com | RAND Corp | Forbes | NSC

                Intimate Insecurities: 85% of Americans Find Some Aspect of Buying Underwear In Person Embarrassing

                Shopping for new clothes is a tactile experience. You try on a few different styles and sizes until you find the right fit and look. When it comes to underwear, though, it gets a bit more personal. 

                Since underwear shopping is a more intimate experience than say, hunting for new duds, we were curious to see how Americans feel about shopping for underwear. To find out, we surveyed 2,000 Americans about buying underwear in person and their underwear preferences. 

                Read on to learn more about America’s intimacy issues when it comes to buying underwear in person, including: 

                1. How many Americans take their underwear preferences personally 
                2. How gender plays a role in keeping panty preferences private
                3. Which aspects of buying underwear in person Americans are most uncomfortable with 

                Half of Americans Consider Their Underwear Preferences to Be Deeply Personal 

                Everyone wears underwear — at least we hope — but how caught up are Americans on keeping their underwear preferences private? To find out, we asked 1,000 Americans if they consider their underwear preferences to be deeply personal — and 46% responded “yes.” We get it — what lies under the hood is your business, after all.  

                Given how accessible technology is these days, the need for privacy is more apparent than ever, so it only makes sense that disclosing those unmentionable details would be off the table. 

                Preference Privacy: Why It Matters More to Women

                We found that women were more concerned about their underwear privacy than men. In general, men seem less fussed about revealing their underwear preferences, which makes sense considering that men are also more inclined to shop in person than women, according to a recent study

                So why are women less transparent about their unmentionables? One reason may be societal expectations for them to aspire to “the right amount” of sexiness. The dread of not “adding up” to a body standard is enough to make anyone cringe, so there’s ample reason why women aren’t as comfortable as men when it comes to disclosing more intimate details. 

                Underwear Agoraphobia: Americans Are Uncomfortable Buying Underwear In Person 

                Buying underwear in person is a multi-step process: You have to search for your size and style, ask for assistance if you can’t find what you want, and then wait in line to checkout. And that’s if you know what you’re looking for to begin with.

                To see how Americans feel about shopping for underwear in store — and determine which aspect of the underwear shopping experience they’re most uncomfortable with — we asked 1,000 men and women which part of buying underwear makes them feel the most embarrassed.

                While more people admitted they felt most uncomfortable watching the cashier ring up and bag their underwear, other aspects of the underwear shopping experience — such as picking out a style or standing in line with underwear — were considered equally embarrassing. 

                So what is it about shopping for underwear in person that makes people uncomfortable? It could be that shoppers are just hesitant to reveal intimate details in public. While we’re all for retail shopping, buying your underwear online is more convenient and comfortable — especially if you know what type of underwear you’re looking for. 

                Not shy about your underwear? Head to our store locator to find a shop close to you. If you prefer to guard your preferences, do yourself a favor and browse our online men’s collections, or check out our new line of bras. You won’t be disappointed, and you can keep the details private. 

                Methodology 

                This study consisted of two survey questions conducted using Google Surveys. The sample consisted of no less than 1,000 completed responses per question. Post-stratification weighting has been applied to ensure an accurate and reliable representation of the total population. The survey ran between September 13th–September 15th, 2019.

                The Verdict Is In: 58% of Women Think It Should Be Socially Acceptable to Wear Men’s Underwear

                Low-rise or high-waisted? Skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans? Thongs or boyshorts? When it comes to personal style, we all have our preferences — and underwear is no different. As unisex clothing becomes more commonplace, and more in vogue, we were curious to see if the trend translated for beyond outerwear. 

                To find out, we asked 1,000 women whether or not they think it’s socially acceptable to wear men’s underwear — and it looks like the majority have no qualms with it.  

                Read on to learn more about women’s thoughts on wearing men’s underwear, which includes: 

                1. How many women think it should be socially acceptable to wear men’s underwear
                2. The number of women who prefer men’s underwear over women’s underwear
                3. How age impacts what women think about underwear — and what they wear 

                Over Half of Women Think It Should Be Socially Acceptable to Primarily Wear Men’s Underwear

                Style is all about comfort and personal preference — and when it comes to wearing men’s undies, women seem all for it. When asked if they thought it should be socially acceptable for women to primarily wear men’s underwear in place of underwear traditionally for women, 58% of respondents said yes. 

                Age played a role in whether or not our respondents thought swapping men’s undies for women’s was a socially acceptable style — women ages 18–24 were the most in favor, while women over 65 were the most opposed.  

                Only 8% of Women Wear Men’s Underwear in Daily Life

                To get a sense of what women are actually wearing, we asked 1,000 women what type of underwear they primarily wear: women’s or men’s? Despite the fact that over half of women think it’s socially acceptable to sport men’s undies in theory, only eight percent say they primarily wear them. 

                Of those who said they primarily wear men’s underwear, the majority were younger women between the ages of 18–34. Culturally, this is in step with how millennials were raised. That is, what you wear doesn’t define what you do, which dramatically opens up the realm of possibilities when it comes to what clothes you wear regardless of gender. 

                But it’s still not enough to speak for all women, the majority of which seem unwilling to part with what they’re familiar with.

                What Women Want: Women Still Seem to Favor Fit, Function, and Familiarity 

                So, why aren’t more women who are all for wearing men’s underwear not sporting men’s styles themselves? While we can’t speak for them, it may have something to do with the fact that women’s underwear is undergoing a big shift. 

                Take for example the women’s boyshort or the women’s brief. Aesthetically, these styles resemble men’s classics. From a functional standpoint, they’re all about fit and wearability — two hallmarks traditionally ascribed to men’s underwear. So, rather than making the leap from women’s to men’s underwear —  a switch that may be difficult for some women to make — why not just upgrade?  

                Methodology:

                This study consisted of two survey questions conducted using Google Surveys. The sample consisted of no less than 1,000 completed responses per question. Post-stratification weighting has been applied to ensure an accurate and reliable representation of the total population of women. They surveys ran between September 8th–September 10th. 

                Bras: Necessity or Nuisance? Two Thirds of Women Think Their Bra Is Uncomfortable

                Raise your hand if this sounds like you: you try on various bra styles and sizes, trying to find the perfect cup size and band fit. But there’s always something that’s just not quite right. You give up and go for a soft, stretchy sports bra. 

                We’ve been there. And chances are, other women know the struggle of finding the perfect bra, too. To find out, we surveyed 1,000 American women to see if they think bras are comfortable and why they choose to wear them.

                Read on to learn what women think about wearing bras, which includes:

                1. How many women think bras are uncomfortable
                2. What the number one reason is for wearing a bra
                3. How societal pressure impacts the decision to wear a bra

                Grin and Bra It: 68% of Women Are Uncomfortable In Their Bra

                Bras should be comfortable. But sadly, the undergarment isn’t always synonymous with comfort. In fact, most of the time women find them utterly uncomfortable. When asked if they think that bras are comfortable, 68 percent of women replied “no.” From straps slipping down to itchy tags and tight bands cutting into your skin, there are a lot of reasons that wearing a bra can be less than enjoyable.

                When shopping for a bra, it’s important to consider cup and band size, material, and bra style to make sure you find the perfect mix of functionality, style, and comfort. A great bra, like a great pair of underwear, should be something that you forget you’re even wearing. It should work with your body, not against it.

                Necessary Functionality: 42% of Women Wear a Bra For the Support

                So if two thirds of women think bras are so uncomfortable, why are we still wearing them? When we asked what the main reason for wearing a bra is, the number one response was “I need the support.” 

                American spending habits reflect this need for support. Recent data from WWD shows that the queen of support — the sports bra — has become the most popular bra among millennials. Over the past three years, sports bra sales have increased by 6 percent. 

                Peer Pressure: 12% of Women Wear a Bra Because of Societal Expectations

                Bras have been the norm for over one hundred years. So how is this expectation affecting women’s decision to wear a bra today? According to our survey, just over one in ten women say they wear a bra primarily because of societal pressure. The number is as high as 18 percent among younger women and decreases with age. 

                In a social-media-ruled era, we’re constantly being told by outside sources what we should look like. A recent survey showed that 70 percent of people say social media impacts how they feel about their body. Ultimately, body positivity and your bra choices should be about what makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

                A bra, like a best friend, should be there for support when you need it — but you shouldn’t have to suffer just to have that support. That’s why we decided to make the most comfortable bra on the planet. Six. Times. Say hello to your new best friends.

                Methodology:

                This study consisted of two survey questions conducted using Google Surveys. The sample consisted of no less than 1,000 completed responses per question. Post-stratification weighting has been applied to ensure an accurate and reliable representation of the total population. The survey ran between August 31st to September 2nd, 2019.

                The Bizarre Story Behind Boxer Shorts' Invention (and Reinvention)

                As children, boys don’t put much thought into the underwear their parents buy them. Sure, they might favor a particular cartoon hero, but more or less, they grab whatever is in the underwear drawer without any second-guessing. Even when they grow out of superhero underoos, a lot of guys tend to stick with the style their parents got them when they graduated out of diapers. No one else will see them, so what does it matter what they wear? 

                But then puberty hits and the living nightmare that is middle school gym class skewers the bubble. For many guys who grew up in the ’90s and 2000s, a little locker room teasing was all it took to force a switch from briefs to boxers. But where did boxers come from in the first place? How did they become the standard-issue cool-kid underwear of the last few generations? And why are these trends changing so quickly in the age of digital duds? Let’s dig into the odd backstory behind boxer shorts.

                The champion’s choice

                Boxer shorts as we know them today were first designed for—you guessed it—boxers. In 1925, Jacob Golomb, founder of Everlast, designed trunks with elastic bands to give fighters more freedom for their footwork. Boxers were happy to change out of the leather belt-fastened tights that hindered their movement. Companies marketed a lightweight version of the trunks as an undergarment. 

                Boxers were the first advancement in men’s underwear of the 20th century, but they weren’t an instant success. Men complained of a lack of support and most stuck to their long johns. A decade later, briefs entered the ring. They found quick popularity and replaced the Victorian era flannel drawers. 

                Boxers get drafted

                Boxer shorts didn’t gain a leg up until the military issued them to soldiers in World War II. Veterans were used to the freedom and comfort the shorts offered and kept their preference when they came home. War heroes have long been the standard-bearer of conventional masculinity, and, with their endorsement, boxer shorts were finally able to dominate the fight. 

                Boxer shorts held their popularity until sexier, low-riding briefs came out in the ’70s. The long, high-waisted shorts pulled up to the navel looked antique and uncool in comparison. 

                From Hip to Unhip (And Back Again)

                So why did kids in the 90s feel like dorks in the locker room? Their peers weren’t linking boxers to war heroes when they were teasing their friends in tighty whities. Through the 70s and 80s, fashion designers flipped men’s underwear from utility item to fashion statement. By lowering the waist and adding designer logos, designers made it okay to be seen in boxers again. Boxers featured prominently in high-end catalogs of the time.

                But it was a jeans commercial that helped boxers hit their peak. They hit record sales in the late 80s after a series of ads featured heartthrobs like Nick Kamen and Brad Pitt wearing white boxer shorts. There was suddenly an undeniably sexy, edgy appeal to boxers that won over a lot of younger consumers. The pendulum had swung back again - and the new boxers were perfect for showing off under sagging jeans.

                Ready for Savvier Shorts?

                Even today, most men don’t spend a lot of time deliberating between boxers and briefs. They find their preference in their formative years with a little sway from family and friends. Many follow in the footsteps of the sex icon du jour. Some may have heard a misconception linking tight-fitting briefs and low sperm count and wanted to preserve their manhood. But once they’ve made their choice, they tend to stick with it until it is in tatters.

                Here’s the good news: Even if you think you know boxer shorts, you’re in for a surprise. In the last few years, Tommy John has reinvented the boxer. No need to compromise—these relaxed fit boxers offer the traditional loose fit without riding up as you move. The non-rolling waistband keeps your underwear in place without leaving any marks when it’s time to strip down. Plus, the contour pouch provides the support lacking in generic department store packs. With all the advancements buffing them up, boxers show no signs of giving up the fight. 

                The 5 Eternal Rules of Thong Ownership

                The thong, which was originally invented for nude dancers at the World’s Fair in 1939, is one of the most popular choices of underwear in women. It might have never been born if it wasn’t for New York’s mayor at the time who ordered the dancers to “cover themselves.” The thong did the job - using nothing but a minimum of fabric. 

                Since then, the thong has taken the world by storm. It first emerged as a bikini on the beaches of Brazil in the 70s and has since made its way into wardrobes all over the world. But not only women love thongs - an increasing number of men have also developed a taste for the breezy undergarment. 

                There are some ground rules that apply to anyone owning and wearing thongs - no matter the gender. Let’s dig into what you need from a thong and how to make best use of it!

                Rule 1: Not all thongs were created equal

                As with any type of clothing, fit and quality need to be on par for you to enjoy your thong to the fullest. Some things to look for include breathable fabric, perfect fit, correct size, and quality construction. 

                Spotting a high-quality thong isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Check for the seams and other details and you’ll quickly notice which items have been crafted lovingly. Generally, of course, you get what you pay for. Avoiding the cheapest options helps, and going with brands you trust will minimize your risk of spending money on a thong that chafes or falls apart after a few washes. 

                There are different styles and fits of thongs, including the popular G-string which sports a thinner back part. Thong styles range from sporty to elegant and from simple to provocative. What they all have in common is one thing: They make a statement! (Check out some of Tommy John’s incredible thong options here.)

                Rule 2: Know when to wear them (and when not to)

                First of all, you should wear whatever makes you feel wonderful. We’re not here to give you a dress code! However, there are a couple of aspects to keep in mind when you put together your outfit for the day. 

                Thong bikinis and the law

                What started in Brazil soon became fashionable in other parts of the world, including the US. The thong bikini is a sexy trend for sure, but Liana Satenstein, Vogue Senior Fashion News Writer has some concerns. She states that: 

                “I wouldn't wear a thong to the beach unless I felt like getting arrested that day.” (Vogue, 2017)

                What might sound dramatic could become a reality in some areas in the US, as some beaches have made it illegal to expose one’s buttocks. Similarly, you might not want to sport your thong bikini at any old pool party. When in doubt, a cheeky bikini is the safer choice. 

                Comfort and movement in a thong

                When moving around a lot - like at the gym or when going for a run - many people prefer styles of underwear with more coverage. Thongs might move into uncomfortable places and distract you during your workout. Worst case, they may even irritate your sensitive skin and cause itching and even infections. To avoid these issues, be sure to use underwear designed for exercise. Of course, you should ultimately do whatever makes you feel your best!

                Rule 3: Be sure thongs make you happy

                According to a survey conducted by the Huffington Post and AskMen.com in 2015, straight men love thongs. They prefer their lovers to wear thongs over any other style of underwear, including going commando! 

                But ultimately, what counts is that you feel comfortable in your skin. If you feel sexy and comfy in a thong - go for it! But other styles like cheeky briefs and the bikini cut are worthy of your consideration as well. Ideally, you will periodically switch up your underwear anyways (see our next point). 

                Beyond men’s taste in lingerie, one fantastic reason for choosing thongs is avoiding VPLs (visible panty lines). When wearing tight pants or light fabrics, thongs are really the only option if you don’t want your underwear to show through. One thing to keep in mind is that too-small thongs might still cut into your flesh in unflattering ways. Make sure you get a well-made thong with a perfect fit.

                Rule 4: Keep it healthy!

                First of all, you need to change your thongs daily to keep yourself clean and hygienic. Overwearing a thong might even allow bacteria to travel up the (moist) fabric quite easily, thus heightening the likelihood for vaginal infections and irritations. Therefore, consider giving your body some rest whenever you feel the first signs of skin irritation. Rotating between thongs and panties gives your sensitive skin the opportunity to recover and prevent any type of discomfort. 

                Especially when you’re sick (food poisoning, diarrhea, etc.), thongs really aren’t what you want. Break out the comfy from and give yourself time to recover!

                Rule 5: Last but not least, forget fashion trends

                Thongs have gone in and out of fashion multiple times since they initially became popular. Cosmopolitan reported in 2010 that they totally went from “hot to not”, and Vogue told its readers in 2018 that thongs were definitely hot again. The G-string in particular has led to some controversy - is it sexy or trashy? 

                We think that following fashion trends when it comes to the thong question is futile. That’s why our most rule of thong ownership is this: Enjoy your beautiful self and wear what you like, no matter the current fashion!

                Think You Don't Need an Undershirt?

                The undershirt was once considered a necessary component of a man’s wardrobe. Your grandfather wouldn’t have left the house without one - and only rebellious men would be seen sporting nothing but a white crew shirt. 

                But as fabric has changed, many men have ditched the undershirt and sport button-downs without one. If you’ve spent your life ducking the many advantages of this prime layer, we’re here to prove you’re doing it wrong.

                First line of defense

                Your undershirt is there to take the brunt of the sweat, oils, and odors emanating from your body throughout the day. Sure, your deodorant keeps things fresh for the first part of the day, but then you pile on work, stress, and way too much coffee. Before the end of the day, there’s no denying it - you smell like a human.

                The feeling of a good undershirt outshines any outerwear. When you find one you like, you’ll catch yourself wearing it to bed. If you spill your latte on it while you’re getting ready, it doesn’t matter if the stain ever comes out. You can hang on to your favorite undershirts long after you’d have to toss a piece of outerwear. 

                Just because no one will see them doesn’t mean you should skimp on quality. A good undershirt not only absorbs sweat - it also dries quickly to keep you fresh. Tommy John’s Air collection can even fight odor-causing microbes. The stay-tucked fabric is light enough to forget you’re wearing it.

                The cooldown factor

                It might seem nutty to wear an extra shirt when it’s hot out, but a good undershirt enhances your natural A.C. When you sweat, your body cools as water evaporates. The fabric in your undershirt will absorb excess sweat and, when made from the right materials, allow it to spread evenly. This helps everything dry out faster and keeps wet fabric off your skin. As your shirt dries, this prolongs the cooling effect of normal sweating.  

                Material is key when choosing your shirt. Many of the high-tech cooling shirts rely on a chemical additive. Put them through a few washes, and they’re just like any other shirt. Tommy John’s Cool Cotton line doesn’t rely on anything other than the natural properties of the fabrics. By using a Prima cotton blended with spandex, you can be sure it will keep you cool wash after wash. 

                Mind the gap

                Button gap is an ongoing issue for men as much as it is for women. Too much bending or twisting and your belly shows. The more furry men might have errant hairs peeking through the plackets. An undershirt is a simple solution that won’t have you using tape or adding buttons to your wardrobe. 

                Many nicer shirts have a stiff fabric you’d rather not have rubbing against your skin anyway. And it’s hard to deny the sharp look of a starched shirt. It resists stains and wrinkles throughout the day, but no one wants to feel the chafe. Never rely on a tie to hide your button gap again.

                Bring your A-game in the offseason 

                Some days the weather can’t make up its mind. Throw on a jacket, and you’re sweating through your commute. Leave it at home, and you find yourself shivering from the breeze. A good undershirt can help you find the happy medium during those flip-flopping temperatures. The undershirt is equally perfect for an impromptu happy hour in the Fall when you didn’t think to bring a jacket. 

                The science is there to back this up. Keeping your core warm allows you to send more blood to your extremities. When the gang steps outside, the guys who skipped the undershirt will be the ones blowing hot air in their hands while you walk in comfort. 

                Keep it smooth 

                Office jobs can be a grind. Maybe you were a star athlete in college, but the long hours at a desk will soften you up if you never have time for the gym. Luckily, new studies have shown you don’t need to hit the gym for hours to get back in shape. Short, high-intensity workouts can jumpstart your metabolism, leaving you burning calories even after you’re through. It can get you back in running form if you stick with it. 

                That doesn’t mean you have to look lumpy in the meantime. A tight-fitting undershirt will shape and contour your torso. The extra layer provides a more uniform appearance to your body, so you can feel confident in any setting.