What's the Best Fabric for Underwear?

We're the underwear experts! We spend all day, every day learning all we can about underwear in order to design and create the best men's underwear and women's underwear available online. This doesn't just mean which styles look the best. We go much deeper and actually study and research which materials to make your new underwear out of! Aside from style and fit, fabric is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding on a new pair of underwear.


The material matters big time! You already know this about many other items in your life. When you're shopping for a new shirt, you think to yourself "I like this...but I'll need to iron it everytime I wear it. Is that something I want to do?" Good thinking! You wouldn't wear a light cotton jacket in the dead of winter. It wouldn't keep you warm enough. You wouldn't sleep on wool sheets in the summer; you'd be way too hot and sweaty. 


This same mentality applies to when you need to buy new underwear as well. An important factor to remember is that the material next to your skin should be breathable, with moisture-wicking capabilities. As the most popular fabric in the world, cotton is not only a tried-and-true undergarment staple, it hosts a variety of health and wellness benefits as well. Cotton underwear is lightweight, easy to clean, and made of natural fibers. A pair of nice cotton underwear provides a soft barrier between your skin and your workout clothing. As well, cotton is naturally hypoallergenic. That means the fabric is both breathable and absorbent, which works to prevent yeast infections which are typically caused by excess moisture. 


Another option are panties made from "newer" natural materials, such as bamboo. Bamboo is also considered the most exercise-friendly material to wear while working out because it is moisture-wicking, breathable, and very lightweight. 


Don't forget spandex! Due to its incredible stretch and ability to mold to the wearer’s skin, spandex is a popular favorite among active women. It offers the perfect balance of comfort and elasticity, which is exactly what you need for a good workout.


Just like some materials are the best, others should be avoided. Not all underwear is created equal, so attention to detail when it comes to the materials can be the difference between your favorite new pair and an uncomfortable situation. Silk or satin underwear will rub and cause irritation. This may be okay to wear for a few hours on date night, but you don't want to wear underwear like this for exercising. 


Here at Sheath Underwear, we really love underwear. When it comes to new underwear, you want to know exactly what materials you are buying. When your underwear is right you can get back to focusing on crushing your exercise goals. The right underwear, made from the right materials, means you will not only look your best, but feel your best too. 


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