Beautiful, Comfy Underwear
After I had a baby I swore off thongs for good. Nothing like labor-induced hemorrhoids to foster a feeling of never wanting to put a string of fabric there ever again. I shoved my lacy Cosabellas to a back corner of my underwear drawer and forgot they were there.
As I adjusted to being a mother while also being a person who works a demanding, fast-paced job, I decided I wanted my underwear to do more for me by doing less. I didn’t want to think about it. I wanted to be able to grab a pair from the drawer and know that it would always be “the good pair.” I wanted my underwear to be comfortable, above all else. After I nixed thongs, I also ousted other styles I deemed too uncomfortable: boy shorts, half-thongs, and anything low-rise. I wanted to wear breathable cotton or natural fibers only. Having a baby wreaks havoc on your vagina, and, afterward, you want to be as nice to it as possible. (While Dr. Julia Jaffe, a gynecologist at Gramercy Gynecology notes that “there’s no clear evidence” linking wearing synthetic underwear to infection, she notes that “it’s plausible that wearing cotton underwear may decrease the risk of UTI and vaginitis because it avoids trapping heat and moisture.”) I also wanted to find underwear that was cute. Being a mom who wants to wear comfortable, cotton underwear shouldn’t relegate me to “granny panties” and I knew there had to be better options out there.
So I looked around, asked a lot of people, and over the course of a few weeks tested a lot of underwear. Here’s what I found.