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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Underoos

Readers Note: I apologize for the use of the word "panties" throughout this post. I know some of my readers can't stomach that word, but it was hard to write about this topic without using it a few times. I could only get away with substitutes in some instances.

When I did the ABCs of Me a few weeks ago, I had a few comments on my response to U: Underwear. My response: Usually. I thought there were far more of you out there going commando on your runs. Apparently I was mistaken. So I felt the topic is deserving of a post all its own.

When I started running, I tried a few different types of undies. I knew enough to at least avoid cotton, and I knew I didn't want to deal with something inching its way up my crack while I run, so thongs were out. But after a few failed tries, I decided to try nothing. And it was great.

First, I am a not a fan of visible panty lines (VPLs). Even the all-knowing Urban Dictionary says they are a no-no:

"VPL is where the panties of a woman are visible through the material of lower-body clothing. This is a definite fashion misdemeanor. VPL damages the aesthetic beauty of a fine rump and can be very harmful to a woman's health."

Second, it was just one less thing to worry about when it came to getting ready to run and avoiding chaffing. It also helped that a lot of my running bottoms - all my running skirts and my running shorts - have built-in briefs. The only time I was officially going commando was in my tights and capris. That, however, has changed.

Those marketing people at Victoria's Secret know what they're doing when they send out those free panty coupons. When I got my free pair of Bare Ultimate Hiphuggers, I thought I couldn't love a pair of underpants more. These have NO SEAMS. Yes, you read that right. A runner's dream. No seams. And no VPL. What more could I ask for? Then I got a free panty card for the Incredible Hiphugger. There is a reason it is called Incredible! These are the softest, most comfy undies I've ever had. I. Love. Them. They don't give me a little roll above the waistband, and if you can see a VPL, you are too close to my booty. And they don't move when I run. No wedgie is always a big plus.

So I guess in reality I should change my answer on the ABCs of Me to:

U- Underwear: Yes, please.

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  1. haha. this post made me laugh. but so true. I do LOVE my free pair of the Incredible Hiphuggers. SO COMFY! and my new favorite pair to run in :)

  2. Got a free pair the Incredible Hiphuggers myself. You are right they are great. But I plain just love VS. I will have to admit, I have never ran without undies. Love the post.

  3. The only undies I wear are the VS lace thong. I never feel them. Ever. But I might have to try these out.

    However, like you, pretty much all my shorts have built in liners so I'm all good in that department.

  4. For running I love the Moving Comfort briefs, however, Vicky S makes some darn good microfiber panties. Also, just like VPL are never acceptable, neither is camel toe. I see a surprisingly number of runners sporting some fab CT.

  5. I need to get some of those incredible panties. I usually go without do to the VPL and "climbing". : ) LOVE this post!

  6. way to take your blog to the intimate ;)!

    I stick to Under Armour boyshorts when I'm running and VS boyshorts at all other times.

  7. I love me some underwear, so I appreciate the recommendations.

    I mean, seriously, is there anything better than a great pair of underwear? I think not.

  8. i would pretty much love if we ran into each other at yogurtland. that would be amazing and SO fun.

  9. This topic has been on my mind for a few weeks.
    Everytime i put my running pants on i end up frowning and shrugging in the mirror at those darn lines. And not to mention the RU (ride up).
    I am sooo happy to hear there is an underwear out there that can finally help us runners! Can't wait to try a pair. Thanks C!
    PS: Sub on Monday... coming home from Vegas. Give the princess a big hug from Miss F.

  10. Very timely post - I need to do some underoo shopping :) thanks for the recommendations!

  11. I usually fall in the commando column, but I love finding a good pair of undies! I'm loving some right now from Target. It's like I'm not wearing anything.

  12. You are too funny! But yes, this needed it's own post! And I love the Urban Dictionary, "can be harmful to a woman's health." Really? I had no idea that a panty line can do that! Is that because the fashion police beat you up with their stick or is just the chance of them riding too far up and causing a health concern? In any case, I love it!

  13. Ah-Victoria's Secret. Bare Ultimate Hiphuggers and Maximum Uplift 5-Simply staples in my closet:) I like to pay $58 for a bra and then wear a t-shirt from Target-ha!

    Cute post! Thanks for the laugh!

  14. I kinda hate underwear. I only wear it sometimes...that's the truth. I never wear it to bed. Just boxers. Gotta let the lady-bits breathe!

  15. Thanks for the info on the VS underwear! I may have to try out a pair!! :0)

  16. You've convinced me. I'll have to try these. I need new undies.

  17. I'm going to check those out - to wear when I'm not running. I am totally commando when I run. The last thing I want to think about is a wedgie when I run!


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