Rules for Choosing the Right Underwear

Underwear is the foundation of any outfit. If you don't feel great in your undergarments, you won't feel confident on the outside either. If you're feeling less-than-happy with your current ones, it may be time to switch some out. So, where do you start? Well, there may not be concrete laws about underwear, but you can count on certain guidelines to help you along.

First and foremost, go through your drawer and remove the uncomfortable pairs you haven't worn in a while as well as any that have become stretched out or filled with holes.

Now that you're ready to start fresh with some new ones, Manhattan dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, MD offers suggestions on what to keep in mind:

Preference. With the wide variety of undergarments available, there's no need to settle. When at the store, try on a variety of cuts and sizes-over the pair you're already wearing, of course-and look for ones that fit well around your waist and legs and that hug your body comfortably as you move. Put on the jeans you normally wear or the skirt that's always revealing your undergarments. See how it looks. You want to find underwear that's comfortable and doesn't show through your outfit.

Size. Different brands have different sizing scales. So in one brand you might be a medium and in another a large or even a small. If you find yourself getting confused or overwhelmed, ask an associate at the lingerie department to help you find the right size. She can measure your waist and/or your hips to determine the best fit.

Fabric. A general rule of thumb: The silkier the fabric, the better it will lay under your clothing. Cotton is also a great option because it's comfortable and breathable on your skin. Blended fabrics such as nylon with lycra are great for support and can contour your body a little better than other fabrics. If you happen to be allergic to certain fabrics or if you're prone to rashes due to skin sensitivities, opt for hypoallergenic fabrics and avoid washing underwear with bleach.




Interview with New York Dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, MD