Let's be honest, if your underpants don't fit right, you're going to be miserable all day. The dreaded panty ride-up can be one of the
most distracting situations to suffer through. It will affect your comfort level all day.
Therefore, it almost goes without saying that underpants need to fit your contours without creeping, and feel natural if you don't want to spend all day tugging and squirming.
Well, you never have to experience this again if the next time you go shopping for underpants, you purchase the size that's right for you.
Determining your proper panty fit requires that you know two components: waist measurement and hip measurement.
If possible, recruit someone to take your measurements. It's faster and tends to be more accurate.
The hardest part about purchasing lingerie that fits well and looks good, is knowing what to look for. There are so many choices in fabric,
style and size to choose from today.
My goal in writing this causerie is to give you as much information as possible on sizing, fabrics, styles and fitting to make you make
you your own undergarment expert, and thus create the perfect lingerie wardrobe for you.
Measure your waist by placing the tape measure around the natural indentation or break in your waist. If you need help locating this
indentation, bend to the side; the crease will be the location of your waist.
Measure the fullest part of your hips, making sure the tape measure remains parallel to the floor. This is your hip measurement.
Now that you know your two measurements, consult the chart below to determine your proper underpants size. If your measurements represent two different panty sizes, choose the larger of the two
Are you sure you know how panties are supposed to fit? Take a quick look at our checklist to make sure you have the best fit possible.
A panty crotch should fit naturally against your body. There should be no excessive fabric in the front or back, and should definitely not be
binding. If your panty has a front horizontal crotch seam, it should be visible from the front and not slip backwards. If it does, check to
see that your panty isn't on backwards.
If your waistband keeps bunching up and rolling over in the front, you have the wrong size. Try a smaller size. The right size means your band
stays in place and is comfortable.
Panty legs should not be so tight that they cause grooves along your thighs. Leg openings should be evenly arched on both legs and the fabric should not be bunched or twisted. If you are still having trouble with binding legs, try a panty with a high cut leg style such as French cut.
Assuming you are not wearing a thong, the proper fit around the buttocks is balanced, symmetrical, covered and cupped. If not, you need a
bigger size. Also, if some of your current panties are riding up, the elastic is probably shot and they need to be replaced.
We all know it's easy to keep panties for years without getting rid of it. After all, most of the time it's covered up by our clothes and no
one else sees them. However, it's probably not a bad idea to take a look at your current panty wardrobe. If the leg or waistbands are stretched
out, the back consistently rides up, the seams or the body are frayed, it's probably time to toss.
And never dismiss what your mother warned you about--you actually could end up in an emergency room or dressing room wearing the underwear you
never intended anyone to see.