Wedgies. We know what you’re thinking. The old playground trick where you cruelly grab your friend’s underwear and yank until, well, they rip. Atomic wedgie, anyone? Anyway, as much fun as those days were, we’re focusing on the periodic, very uncomfortable wedgie that’s great at ruining your day.

Do you know what causes your undies to undesirably locate? With the help of our underwearologists, we took a much closer look at practical tips to help prevent a wedgie; scientifically known as an isosceles anomaly (who knew?!).

It may sound simple, but find a pair of underwear that fits you comfortably. As stated by Mackie G., senior manager, product development & garment analysis at Jockey, “Tight or very loose underwear is the major cause of ride up.” She further explained, “As you move about your day, underwear stretches, and loose fabric (the key ingredient in a wedgie) finds its way into unwelcomed territory.” Finding a good fit isn’t always easy. To ensure Jockey underwear provides unmatched comfort and fit, Mackie notes, “We put them through extensive wear testing and live model fittings.”

Another important factor for a wedgie-free fit includes complementing the right fabrics between your underwear and your clothes. First and foremost, Mackie says, “Your underwear should match your outfit and activity.” Here are a few top drawer tips for a comfortable fit:

  • Your wardrobe should dictate your underwear
    • Relaxed wardrobe pieces like chinos or looser fitting jeans work well with 100% cotton underwear. On the other hand, tighter fitting clothing needs a cotton spandex blend for gentle stretch to help maintain a streamlined look
  • Sport/Active underwear is a must for fitness activities
    •  Polyester/Spandex fabric blend is light and smooth and offers the needed support and stretch for increased athletic mobility
      • Opt for a garment with quick dry fabric to keep you cool and comfortable
  • A particular silhouette isn’t necessarily wedgie-prone. The key is avoiding excess fabric. The more available, the more opportunity for a wedgie


Now that we’ve picked a part the wedgie, we bet you’re wondering, what if I take all the steps to get proper fitting underwear, and I still get one? Don’t worry, we asked our underwearologists that too! Unfortunately, they have no tricks for relieving a wedgie in a politically correct way. BUT, they did offer one suggestion; seek an empty room to avoid the all-too-common public display of “The Squirm,” also known as the wedgie dance.


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