Whether you call them leggings, stretch pants, tights, yoga pants or whatever, etc., these comfortable garments, which were used especially in gyms and yoga classes only a few decades ago, are now becoming a national obsession.
When people started wearing leggings everywhere to run their errands, from yoga to coffee shops, the question arose: what should I wear under leggings anyway?
Standard underwear? The thong in the yoga pants? Of course, if you wear black or colorful underwear, they will show through, so you should wear the same color. Nude underwear, so it blends into your skin tone, effectively making them invisible.
The key to finding the best underwear to wear with leggings is that they must be comfortable, resistant to riding up, and practically vanish when you slide your workout, hangout, or even workday leggings over them — but finding that perfect pair isn’t all that easy.
1. Camouflage with a Busier Print
The busier the print of your leggings or any other form–fitting outfit, the better it will camouflage your Visible Panty Line (VPL) and hide your panty lines.
Choose moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics that are great at transporting the moisture away from your skin. Even though cotton does breathe, it is more suitable for all-day wear as it may not be able to keep up when you get sweaty.
Camouflage / Pattern Prints:
2. Breathable Thong with Moisture-Wicking Fabric
For freedom of movement wear a thong made from breathable mesh fabric. That’s the best way to avoid panty lines. Exercise can increase irritation from your underwear, so choose smooth fabrics rather than lace and avoid designs that have trim as it can cause irritation and rubbing in your crotch.
3. For More Comfort, Try Boyshorts
The ideal boyshorts go right under the curve of the butt cheek instead of cutting across it; they should feel soft, stretchy, and extra comfortable (just like your leggings). Preferably seamless, and not too tight, but you can also play with a little lace to make the lines less abrupt.
4. Laser-cut Underwear is Ideal
With no panty lines at all, laser cut underwear will look nice and smooth under your leggings. These panties are usually made from super-thin fabrics and moisture-wicking technology. Just note that once your laser-cut panties begin to crease, roll, or fray around the edges, that is a clear sign that you should replace them.
5. Shapewear — The Secret Weapon
We all need a little boost of the confidence from time to time. Shapewear can make the whole workout experience more awesome, and also it’s the best for those moments when you have to go somewhere else before or after your gym session.
Don’t do this very often though, especially if you exercise Pilates or yoga, because those are the moments when you need to be able to breathe freely and your instructor should be able to accurately see if you are doing things right.
6. Do You Have To Wear Underwear With Leggings?
The dilemma of whether or not to wear underwear with leggings is an age-old one. A dilemma probably on par with that philosophical one involving whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. it all comes down to personal choice, ultimately, it’s whatever you feel most comfortable in. Do what makes YOU comfortable and happy, don’t worry about anyone else’s ideas about what you should be wearing!