Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A to Z Challenge: Underwear
This is less of a product review, and more of just a general pattern/occurrence I have noticed over my wide and varied years of wearing underwear on this earth: never buy expensive underwear, it's never as good as the stuff you can get from Walmart.
Don't get me wrong. I have some wonderful panties that I love and adore that have come from places that sell clothing that suits my body type - Lane Bryant, most notably - and when I have the money to spend, I'll feel like looking a bit more fancy than usual and wear a pair of those. What's nice about these boutique brands is that they're usually lacier, fancier, frillier, the whole package. This is what gets store-brand, generic underwear the boot: it's not fancy, it's not pretty, it's just panties, etc.
This was my initial line of thinking, a few years ago. Why wear panties from Walmart when I can buy some from Lane Bryant?
Back up for a minute, and realize this first of all: you can get 5 pairs of panties from Lane Bryant for $25, or 5 pairs made by Fruit of the Loom at Walmart for $13. That's half the price for the same number of panties, or double the underwear for the same price paid at a boutique.
Here's the other thing: it lasts longer. I've had pairs of Walmart underwear that have generally lasted variable years before finally getting thrown away, and even then it's just because I've changed size or the elastic has gone out. Boutique panties, on the other hand, seem to get torn up a lot easier from what I have experienced. The lace tears or there's elastic around the inner thigh portion that frays or rips, and you're left with a lacy pair of panties riddled with holes after owning them for two months.
I do own a good portion of "fancy" underwear, and you can never beat a nice undergarment selection on a day where your self-confidence is of the utmost importance! But by and large, I'll get more bang for my buck and longevity from cheaper, more sustainable underwear. Thanks, Hanes and Fruit of the Loom, for making a product I have no qualms about going back to, time and time again.
(I am well aware that this entry is not up to par. Between my headache and general illness, combined with the fact that it's hard to think of anything starting with U, I had to get something down on paper, but could not think of a thing. Rest assured that the remaining 5 days of this challenge will be up to snuff, though I might have to get uncommonly creative: nobody ever thinks about V-Z, do they?!)