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?!)


  1. No sense buying/owning something you don't like. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.


  2. I guess similar holds true for men's underwear. I always bought the cheaper stuff from Walmart and the like, but now my wife insists on buying all of mine and gets higher grades from department stores. They do seem to last better. And my wife's a wise buyer who takes advantage of the sales and special coupons so she probably gets a very good deal. I think she now buys a lot of her own from Victoria Secrets, once again using coupons and special promos. My wife likes a good deal and I like that.

    By the way, if you moved your follower widget higher on the sidebar you might get more clicks on it.

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  3. Underwear are usually under there, you know, so I don't pay a lot of attention to it.

  4. I'll vouch for you here. When I went to buy my little girl her first set, Walmart was the only place I could find underwear for little girls that didn't look like it came from Victoria's Secret.

  5. The widget is much more noticeable now. Next we'll try to draw some visitors here.

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    1. Thank you, Lee! I'm still tweaking it all. :)

  6. This was a great post Patricia thank you! Woolworths is a good quality store here in South Africa, for food, home ware and clothing. I buy underwear from them - 100% cotton, easily washable etc - occasionally I'll splurge and buy something a little fancier but it is true, it doesn't last as long and I feel as if I haven't got bang for my buck.
    Hope you're feeling better?
    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

  7. Do men ever realize what we go through? I am allergic to latex--try and find all cotton pants, the band cannot have latex in it either. No more Woolworth store here in Colorado :(

  8. I don't shop at Wallmart, but buy mine in bulk packages at Sam there you go, same thing. I like panties that cover, not some stringy thing. A-Z

  9. By the way, forgot to say I'm your newest follower...and I wrote about underware too. lol

  10. Love this post. Wonderful humor! I'm a bit spoiled on the subject of fancy panties. Once you've spent some quality time working at the Renaissance Faires, experiencing the joys of Elizabethan unmentionables, you'll never go back again.

    Which is not to say I go around in my spiffy knickers in everyday life. I too buy the hard-wearing, long-lasting plain version.

    Happy A to Z!

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