We’ve all had a not-so-great experience with uncomfortable underwear, right? When we’re having to fidget, keep straps up, and keep things in their proper place, it’s hard to feel comfortable or confident.
But without those distractions, we can put ’em on, forget about ’em, and just enjoy life.
So, a little while back, I started editing my underwear down into the most comfortable little collection ever — and now it’s time to check in for a progress report!
I’ve got three firm guidelines when it comes to finding the right underwear:
- COMFORTABLE || No poking, prodding, riding up, or itching allowed.
- PRACTICAL || I like to keep my underthings pared down, so that means strategic choices like neutral colors and smooth cup bras that can be worn under anything.
- PRETTY || I don’t want to reserve feeling beautiful for those times when I pull out my extra special lingerie — I want to feel beautiful in my everyday essentials.
If an item doesn’t meet all three, I skip it, even if it’s thisss close. Doing so makes room for the real winners — and I’ve been lucky enough to find the right pieces for me:
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High waist boybrief | I use these as my sleep undies, and I can’t say enough good things about them. The high waist is so fun, and the lace is soft and comfortable. I have about 12 in a size S. They’re all black and they’re all the same. Boring? Not to me. I love black and I love the way I feel in black.
Cheeky thong (currently only available in navy) | same cut in black cotton | These are my day undies. I know a lot of people aren’t into thongs, but I’m used to them and love ’em. This pair in particular has a really pretty triangle shape in the back that’s super flattering, plus the lace is soft and comfortable. I have about 12 in a size M.
Black and nude wireless lightly lined bra | When it comes to bras I am all about comfort. Soft fabric, no underwire, and no clasp in the back. This bra is my absolute favorite — it’s so comfortable, I forget I even have it on! I have two of each color in a size 32B.
(All three of the above items are from Aerie, and they have quickly become one of my favorite companies to support because of their body positivity and “no retouching” message. Seeing so many different women represented in one space is powerful! This isn’t sponsored, I just want to see more of this in the fashion world, so I love supporting them.)
Stay-put strapless bra | This bra disappears under just about anything thanks to it’s nude color and smooth cups. There’s also something about the shape of this bra that stays put. I’m not sure if there’s a technical name for it, but the cups just come up a little higher on the sides. Fit tip: For me, I’ve found that this bra works best when worn a little lower on the ribcage. I have one in a size 32B.
Leopard lace bralette | I love having a pretty black lace bralette on hand. First of all, it looks pretty peeking out from under certain tops. Second, all you’ve got to do is throw on any black lace panty and suddenly you’ve got a matching set for V-Day.
Undershirt | I wear these every day in the winter for extra warmth. I love having a soft, stretchy layer close to my skin — it neutralizes mildly itchy sweaters. I have 4 in a size S.
Fleece lined tights | This is another winter must-have for me. On particularly cold days, I’ll layer these underneath my jeans. I have one pair in a size S.
How I Organize
I used to hear that the best way to organize was to put like items with like items. Such as, putting all bras together, simply because they are all bras.
But a few years ago, I abandoned that idea and started organizing things based on where I’d need them. For example, I keep my sports bras in the same drawer as my workout clothes. That way, when I’m getting dressed for a workout, I only need to open one drawer.
So, since sports bras, etc all have a separate place, all that’s left in my underwear drawer is my everyday essentials. It speeds up the process of picking out underwear each morning. Plus the drawer just looks nice and clean and clutter free, just how I like it.
My first drawer is reserved for everyday bras and undershirts, since I reach for them at the same time:
I use IKEA Skubb drawer dividers and keep bras in the front section and undershirts in the back. My everyday black bras were in the wash when I took this photo, so they aren’t pictured, but usually they’re in there too.
My second drawer is reserved for everyday underwear:
To fold or not to fold? Honestly, I don’t fold my underwear and I don’t feel the slightest bit bad about it — sorry Marie Kondo. :)
Since all of my undies are the same, I know exactly what I’m grabbing and I don’t need to organize them any more than tossing them into two separate bins — thongs on the left and high waist boybriefs on the right.
I like to keep things simple and streamlined, so mostly everything in this drawer is black, but I’ve got a couple of nude thongs in there too, for lighter bottoms.
(Also, this dresser is a good one if you’ve got a teeny tiny corner and need to squeeze in some cute storage.)
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And there you have it!
If you want to do a little underwear revamp of your own, start by cleaning out your undie drawer and leave only your favorite, most comfortable items — the ones you reach for again and again. Once you let go of the things that are no longer serving you, focus on what you do have. Jot down a few quick notes about them — what works, what doesn’t? Keep that information handy for any future undie shopping — it’ll keep you on the right track.
Your turn! Do you think you might spend a little time revamping your underwear, as a Valentine’s Day gift to yourself? Got any questions about the items in this post or how I organize? Ask away in the comments!