How to buy breathable underwear in 10 steps-
If you look up “breathable” in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster defines the word as meaning 1) suitable for breathing, and 2) allowing air to pass through; porous.
Look, we get it. When you think of all the purchases in your life that should be breathable—bed sheets, rain jackets, running socks—underwear may not come to mind first.
But let us paint a semi-uncomfortable picture for you.
When you wear non-breathable underwear, the fabric can become too warm… then you get uncomfortably sweaty… then you itch… then you get yeast infections. (Okay maybe that’s not literally the journey every single time, but it’s pretty gross.)
On the flip side, when you wear breathable underwear, you’re not only setting yourself up for long-lasting comfort (ie. better productivity, more happiness, less whining), you’re also creating hygienic conditions for your lady parts.
So let’s go shopping. Here’s how to buy truly BREATHABLE underwear.
1) Look for natural fibers:
cotton gusset, or even better silk underwear. While synthetic fibers can be sweat-wicking, they tend to cause itchiness down under.
2) Choose a lightweight fabric.
True story: not all silks are created equal. Sewguide.com says silk gauze, for example, is lighter than chiffon and organza. Lightweight fabrics are much more breathable than their counterparts. These moisture-wicking panties are super lightweight.
3) Go for a cut that fully covers your backside.
If your underwear is cut across the middle of your backside at the largest point, it will naturally move to a more narrow point causing—you guessed it—a massive wedgie. Goodbye, oxygen.
4) Check out the seam placement.
Is there one down the center where your natural cracks are? Or are there seams on the sides? The latter is your best bet. When they’re on the sides, the seams are way less intrusive all around and your underwear will be much more breathable. All these breathable panties have seams on the side.
5) Don’t be fooled by that cute small underwear that stretches to fit your body.
Underwear that’s made with too much elastic stretch will pull in on your body, creating unsightly dimples. Plus, as you move around throughout the day, underwear that pulls in on your body won’t be able to “recover” (go back to where it’s supposed to be). The best breathable underwear stays put and doesn’t tug at your skin. A great example of this is this seamless underwear.
6) Find your perfect fit!
We cannot stress this enough. Underwear that is too big will have excess fabric that will move around and bunch up. (No thanks.) Underwear that’s too small, on the other hand, won’t be able to recover as you move and again… dimples. (That’s why UW offers a Perfect Fit Guarantee; just sayin’!).
7) Wear the correct cut and style for your outfit.
Breathable underwear obviously comes in an array of styles—from briefs to thongs and beyond. So at this point, consider your outfit. If you’re tossing on super tight jeans, a breathable thong is a great choice. If you’re at JFK about to board a plane for LAX, you can’t get more breathable and comfortable than our Soft Silks, made of 100% natural fiber silk.
8) Don’t be afraid to invest.
Like most things in life, the higher the price, the better the quality. Tell yourself this: you wear underwear every single day and night. Of all the staples in your closet, this isn’t one that you should skimp on. Good quality underwear is designed to be breathable, and they’ll last longer too.
9) Avoid 100% lace.
We feel itchy just writing that. Lace on the trim, beautiful. Lace that never ends, suffocation.
10) Shop Uwila Warrior’s lines.
C’mon, you knew this was coming, right?! Our technical and design teams spent years perfecting the best breathable underwear that would empower women 24/7. From Italy’s best design labs to your underwear drawer, you can trust us.