The hunt is over! I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of underwear for months, ever since my favorite pair mysteriously disappeared (I suspect my 4-year-old son, but that’s a completely different topic) and I think I found them!
Isn’t it interesting how we find that perfect something (whether it be the perfect pair of jeans, perfect pair of underwear, perfect bra) and we compare all future jeans, panties, bras, to that “perfect” pair. Then, God forbid, when we wear our perfect pair of jeans so thin that they can no longer contain our ass, or our perfect bra becomes stretched and worn and is no longer perfect, or (as in my case) your perfect pair of underwear disappears the day after your 4-year-old tells you how much he likes them in the restroom at Chic-Fil-A, we panic.
I’d bought my missing pair of underwear at Gap Body a couple of years ago. I didn’t know they would be the perfect pair until I got them home and wore and washed them a few times. By the time I realized they were perfect, the store was sold out, so I couldn’t stock up and keep a year’s worth in the basement like a good Mormon (p.s. I’m not Mormon). They were low rise boy shorts, which I’m convinced is the perfect style for several reasons:
Not all boyshorts are created equal, however. Common issues include: 1) too low in the rise (my butt crack must be covered), 2) not enough coverage in the cheek area (in order to avoid panty lines, the underwear must extend all the way under your butt cheek, otherwise the underwear will cut into your cheek and voila, vpl), 3) must have a seam going down your butt crack (this gives your bottom some shape, especially important if you tend to be a little flat), 4) too loose; 100% cotton panties are great, but underwear with a bit of spandex will keep their shape better and hug your body perfectly throughout the day, and 5) the crotch panel is not sewn down all the way around (if the crotch panel is just a piece of fabric tacked down at the corners, after a few washes it will bunch and twist and rub you the wrong way).
After buying hundreds of pairs of underwear (okay, maybe not hundreds but I tried underwear everywhere from Target to Saks), I finally found the perfect pair, and I have to say that I was surprised they ended up being from the Victoria’s Secret Pink line. But they work, they fulfill all of my above requirements, they’re super cute, and they don’t break the bank, so you can stock up and your wallet won’t feel the pinch. In store stock levels and selection vary but if your local VS doesn’t have them, they’re easy enough to get online. One note..they tend to run large. (By the way, I’m in no way affiliated with Victoria’s Secret.)
Here’s to loving your underwear!
UPDATE: Victoria’s Secret has discontinued the pair of boyshorts that I deemed the “best”. However, you can find similar styles in other brands, just look for underwear with the 5 characteristics I listed above. :)tcb