I’m talkin’ bottoms here… people’s bottoms and the garments that enclose them.
Searching for the Ideal Underpant. I’m fed up to here (or rather, to down there) with itchy elastic that irritates your skin until the day it stretches into non-functionality, poky labels with that NASTY razor-like nylon thread, and stretchiness that turns quickly to baggy-saggy-ness. I want reasonable fabric structure that stays put and does not ride up and disappear into the folds, cracks, and crevices of one’s anatomy. (Underwear that is designed to do that does not belong in this discussion.) I’d like some legs on these pants-- short or down a ways on the thigh (but not “pettipants”-- can’t believe they’re still called that-- we wore them in high school in the 1960s under our pleated, scratchy uniform skirts). I want comfort, ventilation, reasonable cling without cutting off blood supply to Vital Organs. Is this too much to ask?
At this time when I’m wearing loose dresses or sweatpants, not looking for shapewear (love the term ). If I need to get into a pencil skirt or a clingy dress, I’ve got the stuff. And yeah, going commando is an option, but a bit of coverage is good when venturing out for a walk or to the grocery store. Should something Untoward happen, I don’t want to scare the EMS people or bystanders who haven’t seen it all and don’t ever want to.
I’ve been all over Vermont Country store, the mothership (as it were) of no-nonsense underwear. I did buy some cotton thigh-length undies from there once, but they creep, stretch, migrate, and sag and bag and are just garbage. Looked all over amazon at “boy shorts,” searching in vain for some that reviewers said did not creep or ride up or stretch out. I looked at “tap pants” on various sites and found some very cute ones for over $100/pair! I guess that’s what you ask your billionaire Sugar Daddy for when you’re tired of jewelry.
It’s been a long time since I shopped in the men’s undies department (except I do buy men’s wool hiking socks for myself at Target), and it occurs to me that what I’m looking for is what in my dim memory I recall as “boxer briefs” but with no fly.) Is that what I’m looking for?
Do these stay put on the thighs or creep up like ALL the boy shorts for women that I read about? I don’t plan to wear them under jeans, slacks, or outer pants, just under sundresses and skirts. Will they stay put?
All underpant comments/suggestions are welcome, not just comments that directly address my question. What are your favorite brands, styles, fabrics, pet peeves, places to buy them, etc.? Are other Doper women as anti-panty as I am, and do y’all have similar complaints? Who has found the Ideal Underpant?