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Eight Common Underwear Mistakes Every Woman Is Making

by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

As women, we face a veritable slew of wardrobe challenges almost every day. Between dressing for the weather, making sure different clothing items go well together, and even making sure our clothes don’t get gobbled up by our pets, there’s a lot that can potentially go wrong.

But when it comes to your underwear, you should never be questioning your comfort level.

The primary purpose of underwear is to keep you clean and comfortable, and if you’re feeling less than such in your Skivvies, it’s time to make a change!

These common underwear mistakes can not only cause you discomfort, but can also potentially cause health hazards like yeast infections and UTIs.

It’s time that you took as much care and consideration into your undergarments as you do with your outer garments — your body will surely thank you for the amazing shift.

Below are a list of common mistakes that we all make from time to time in the underwear department, as well as how to fix them.

Who knows — fixing your underwear habits could be the secret key to complete comfort!

Mistake #1: Wearing Underwear To Bed

Mistake #1: Wearing Underwear To Bed
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According to Medical Daily, sleeping naked can be beneficial for your health.

This is because bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments, so bulking up with clothing before bed can give them a better environment to grow and enter your body.

However, if you aren’t sure about sleeping completely nude, removing your undergarments before bed will work to keep you cool and dry, too.

Mistake #2: Putting Your Underwear In The Washing Machine

Mistake #2: Putting Your Underwear In The Washing Machine
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Putting your delicates in the washing machine is problematic because they are, well, delicate!

Sticking them in the wash (or worse, the dryer!) subjects them to rough spin cycles and high heat, which can easily stretch and damage them, as well as fade them.

We’ve all experienced the woe of pulling out our favorite lacy pair of underwear from the dryer only to discover that the thin fabric has ripped.

Hand washing your intimates and hanging them to dry will help unsure their shape and longevity.

Mistake #3: Not Wearing Cotton Underwear

Mistake #3: Not Wearing Cotton Underwear
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Cotton clothing allows air to circulate comfortably throughout so you don’t swelter in the heat.

Buying cotton clothes is a no-brainer and we should be extending the same courtesy to our undergarments.

A lack of circulation can lead to trapped moisture, which can be the catalyst for the aforementioned infections.

To prevent suffocating your body surfaces, purchase a pack of cotton undies.

Mistake #4: Wearing A Size Too Small

Mistake #4: Wearing A Size Too Small
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Usually, we buy clothes that are just the right fit. It’s not too often you buy a size larger than you need.

But wearing underwear that hugs your curves a little too tight can mean pinching, riding up, and a serious lack of circulation.

And according to White Rabbit Underwear, this lack of circulation could put you at higher risk for a yeast infection or a UTI.

 

Mistake #5: Buying Underwear Without Lay-Flat Seams

Mistake #5: Buying Underwear Without Lay-Flat Seams
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Panty lines are the worst, and thongs aren’t exactly the most comfortable solution to the problem.

However, purchasing underwear with lay-flat seams can help your panty line problem without resorting to tight, uncomfortable undergarments.

Lay-flat seams are specifically designed to lay flat against your skin with no chance of bunching up and creating a visible line under your clothes.

Purchasing a few pairs of these is the perfect solution for both your vanity and comfort calamities.

Mistake #6: Not Buying New Pairs Often Enough

Mistake #6: Not Buying New Pairs Often Enough
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It’s difficult to justify buying underwear as frequently as other clothing, since very few people other than you will even see it.

But prolonged wearing of your delicates will stretch them out and make them not as soft as they were when you bought them.

Remember, your delicates are the foundation for your entire outfit, so ensuring that you’re feeling cute and comfortable under your clothes will radiate outwards.

Mistake #7: Letting Your Weight Or Shape Hold You Back

Mistake #7: Letting Your Weight Or Shape Hold You Back
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Television and magazines like to convince us that only certain women wear certain types of underwear — but that simply isn’t true!

Don’t be afraid to grab something lacy, silky, or skimpy! Your body is beautiful, and it deserves something fancy now and again.

Experimenting with different underwear can also give you internal confidence, which will radiate outward.

Mistake #8: Not Changing Underwear After A Workout

Mistake #8: Not Changing Underwear After A Workout
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We all know that working out creates a considerable amount of sweat.

This, combined with the heat from our bodies, creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Be sure to shower and change underwear immediately after your workout in order to prevent any discomfort or infection.

So the next time you’re feeling not so fresh or comfortable under your clothes, consider these common and completely fixable problems to help unsure that you feel good inside and out.

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