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This post is inspired by my quest to find the perfect pair of underwear. Ones that will not cause panty lines in my workout capris because, let’s be honest, nothing makes you look or feel like the oldest person at the gym more than a$$ bumps.

I am routinely one of the oldest people anyway, but let’s not go there.

UPDATE: Click here to see my review of 7 seamless brands!

Before I continue I feel the need to mention those cute little shorts everyone seems to be wearing now.  You know, these bad boys…

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Umm yeah, homey don’t wear those.

I don’t know what kind of deal you need to make with the devil to look good in those things but it’s not happening for me and never will.

Nope, I  love my workout capris. I really do. I just can’t STAND panty lines and for some reason I feel like the only one battling them.

Am I to assume everyone wears thongs?

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Seriously?

There’s not enough material there to justify the 6 bucks I spent on them.

Maybe thongs specifically made for athletic wear?

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Still, NO!

I don’t know,  maybe it’s a generational thing,  but I’m just not a fan of the a$$ floss. “They” say you get used to it but not me. I constantly feel like I have a wedgie I can’t pick,  in fear my fingers get lost searching.

I decided to go the other way and embrace the boy short. I had high hopes!

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Until I realized they just shifted my panty line down from my a$$ to my thighs.

A few weeks ago I saw a little package at Sports Authority that said “Goodbye  panty lines!” So I dropped the $12 and picked up these.

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Sure, there were no panty lines,  but that’s because they miraculously turned into thongs when you work out! More material than I’d like between my two cheeks, thank-you-very-much!

This brings me to my final panty and the one that inspired this post.

Last week there was a sale at my local department store. A 5-pack of cotton panties for $5 — great deal! There were bikinis and briefs. I found my size in bikinis and was about to check out. Then I had a brainstorm — notice I didn’t say, “Made a smart decision.”

What if I buy a size bigger so they don’t cut into my a$$ cheeks. Maybe that’s the solution!

I opened the package and found these.

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Apparently I picked up briefs without realizing.

The husband walked into the room, said “NO.” And walked out.

We’ve been chuckling about it ever since.

Actually, he’s cracking up about this post this very minute.

In all seriousness, I need advice, people. Is there a way to be pantyline-less without wearing thongs?

This capri-wearing, old momma wants to know. I’d love to feel confident in my pants without walking around with chronic wedge!

HELP!

P.S. update due to social media comments: NO COMMANDO FOR ME! I had kids. I do double unders. It’s just not happening. This momma leaks.

UPDATE: Click here to see my review of 7 seamless brands!



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There are 86 comments so far.

    Holly

    July 30, 2014

    Awesome post, you had me laughing! And please do a follow-up post if you solve this mystery :)

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      WILL DO!

    Erin

    July 30, 2014

    Go commando! I wear capris with shorts over them. Probably not the cutest, but saves me the trouble of wedgies.

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      See my PS note above. lol

      Kiki

      July 31, 2014

      Despite your protestation, I am going to vote for commando too. Look, I don’t necessarily “leak” but I sweat absolute buckets when I work out. I always wear black capris and they are completely soaked by the time I’m done with my workout. Who would be able to tell if some of that was a little leakage instead of sweat? And who cares? I don’t go commando just because I don’t like panty lines. I also don’t like wear any knid of underwear under tight, form fitting workout capris. They seem to call for going commando! All this being said, I never go commando in “real” clothes. But in lycra and spandex and lots of sweaty working out, it really is the best solution.

    stephkdesign

    July 30, 2014

    I love my capris… and for now I just wear granny panties… they are ridiculous, but they stay OUT of my butt and that’s more important to me than a panty line. lol

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      I usually wear bikinis and just deal too. :)

    Michele

    July 30, 2014

    OMG, this is quite possibly the funniest blog post I have ever read. When I saw those granny panties I burst out laughing and my cat jumped! I hate to say it but thongs are a necessary evil for the gym. I hate them too but honestly once I’ve had them on for a bit and I’m busy working out, I hardly notice them.

    I actually do have some other underwear that I bought a long time ago in Kohls that are almost invisible under pants. I haven’t been able to find them again but I just did a Google search and found something close. They don’t have anything that digs into you, it’s hard to explain but they’re just kind of loose around the butt/leg instead of any type of elastic. Check them out.

    http://www.leonisa.com/en/products/no-show-seamless-hiphugger-panty/?F_All=y

      RoniNoone

      July 30, 2014

      Thanks! I’ll check them out!

      Michele

      July 30, 2014

      I just realized that link takes you to their home page but you should be able to find them on that site.

      Michele

      July 30, 2014

      Me again :) They are called the No-Show Hiphugger Panty.

      mlfree2

      August 1, 2014

      Naomi & Nicole Lace-Trim Hipster are at Kohls, I love them and they leave no lines.

    DoughtyGirl

    July 30, 2014

    Curious about the brand you bought at the sports store for $12? I work at a Dick’s sporting goods and women there SWEAR by the Under Armor brand of undies.

      RoniNoone

      August 5, 2014

      It was the UA… I didn’t like them at all!

    I use a diva cup to prevent leaks – I discovered accidentally that my cycle was the only week I wasn’t turning into Niagara Falls whenever I ran, so I started using my diva cup for every workout.

      Sara

      July 30, 2014

      I don’t think she means that kind of leaking ;)

      I think she does – I had three kids and I pee my pants reaaallly bad when running so I use a diva cup as a pessary.

      Theresa

      July 31, 2014

      How in the world does a Diva cup help with urine? I agree that it is the BEST thing ever for TOM but for stress incontinence?

      Asma

      July 31, 2014

      So, I haven’t used it myself, but I can explain why I think it would work.

      Janice said she uses it as a pessary- a pessary is a device worn in the vagina (they make some out of GLASS, it still blows my mind even though I’ve seen it, but there are other devices too), that holds things in place.

      Part of what happens with stress incontinence is that the muscles get weaker/looser, so if you have something holding things in place, you’re less likely to leak urine. So basically, the pessary is just reinforcing physically what your muscles normally do to keep the urethra closed. That’s my theory about this diva cup thing.

      In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. This may trigger problems such as urinary difficulties, discomfort, and stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by sneezing, coughing, and exertion, for example).When you place a pessary into the vagina you push the bladder back to where it’s supposed to be. This also reduces the pressure on the bladder allowing the urinary sphincter to work properly.

      Stress induced incontinence can be due to damage to the vaginal wall. When the vaginal wall is weakened the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. When you place a pessary into the vagina you push the bladder back to where it’s supposed to be. This also reduces the pressure on the bladder allowing the urinary sphincter to work properly.

      Janice - Fitness Cheerleader

      November 7, 2014

      It works like a pessary.

    Sarah

    July 30, 2014

    Soma vanishing edge panties. I think I buy the high leg brief. Love them.

    Vi

    July 30, 2014

    I’m actually surprised at this post. I just don’t care….anyone looking at my ass when I’m working out doesn’t have a great view anyway…I’m 45 (hello gravity!) and Irish, which for me means a flat butt. Have at it ladies and gents, we’re all human after all, meaning nobody’s perfect and if you are perfect (i.e. those lil shorty shorts which I could wear in my 20s-30’s)….enjoy that while you can because nothing lasts forever! LOL

    Kelly

    July 30, 2014

    I know you’re totally against it, but you really really do get used to thongs.

    ItsMeVsMe

    July 30, 2014

    Oh my god, I think the thing I’m laughing about most is The Husband’s response. Just…no. LOL! Those underwear are hilarious. I tend to wear shirts long enough to cover my butt because I hate the panty line, too, but when it does show I usually forget about it by the time I start the WOD because I’m trying to not cry or pass out. :)

    Kimba

    July 30, 2014

    I burst out laughing when you unveiled the granny briefs. I don’t care about panty lines but as an ultra runner I need comfortable panties. I have just about one pair of old UA bikinis left..they haven’t made them in years now, just their little boy shorts or thongs. My other pair of running 100 mile panties are a pair of merino wool Ibex panties.

    Running Librarian

    July 30, 2014

    I love my moving comfort bikinis. Not sure if I get panty lines bc I don’t care but great at wicking sweat :). And comfy

    allison

    July 30, 2014

    I loved this post. You are not alone….I can’t figure out why I am the only one with panty lines!

    jen

    July 30, 2014

    you made me laugh with this post.i definitely think its generational too i am never going to wear a thong. and i am never going without underwear.i like being comfortable ,i wear the grandma panties.i say be comfortable and wear what you want ,so theres a panty line,who cares.

      Momma Buzz

      July 31, 2014

      I am a grandma panties kind of girl too.. and I’m 30! Wearing them loud and proud!!

    Kristy

    July 30, 2014

    I’m a fan of the Moving Comfort briefs. I was actually amazed the first time I tried them cause they totally stayed in place! They also have laser cut edges so no bulky stitches on the edges =’s no panty lines!

    Kim

    July 30, 2014

    This post made me laugh, so thank-you. I too have not found the perfect panty and can’t wait to read what works for everyone.

    stephanie

    July 30, 2014

    This mommy leaks too!

    OKAlberts

    July 30, 2014

    What about a skirt over your capris? They make cover up skirts made so you can wear them over your favorite compression shorts or leggings. Then you can wear any panty you want and be covered. Like this one…http://www.skirtsports.com/shop/product.cfm/id/3030-Transition-Skirt#.U9mv62K9KK0

    Chelsea

    July 30, 2014

    I have a few pairs from Gap Body that I really like, much less elastic on the edges but still cotton. A bit more than I’d like to spend, but I think they are usually cheaper if you buy 5 or more.

    Imacrazymomof4

    July 30, 2014

    Love my thongs…and no panty lines.

    Trina

    July 31, 2014

    I wouldn’t knock the thongs without trying them. I’m 50 and started wearing them for running and yoga. They’re so comfortable I wear them all the time now. I honestly don’t feel them, and definitely not panty lines.

    Kristin_T

    July 31, 2014

    I like Jockey No Pantyline Promise Hip Briefs. http://www.jockey.com/catalog/product/no-panty-line-promise-tactel-hip-brief

      Alison Calderone

      July 31, 2014

      I second this, although I think I got mine in a bikini style. Love the Jockey panties. But also, I don’t care so much about panty lines – I just don’t want workout wedgies!

    Cindy

    July 31, 2014

    I bought a pair of “workout underwear” designed for being worn under leggings etc and wear them during that TOM. I wanted the Moving Comfort ones but they have been hard to find in the UK. Otherwise I just go commando, but I haven’t had kids so . . . But before I realised you could just wear your workout capris sans knickers, I just wore whatever thong or bikini I had in the drawer, usually VS cotton ones that I got in the 5/20 (now 25 I guess?)

    Karen

    July 31, 2014

    Thank you for the laugh. This post made my day…good luck with your no panty line search:)

    Katy B

    July 31, 2014

    Sloggi WOW shorts – no VPL at the thigh but make sure you buy a size bigger than you’d normally wear.

    Christina

    July 31, 2014

    Hi Roni, I have followed you for years now and never commented before this. This post caught me in my kitchen alone at 6:30 AM cracking up! I am going to say thong, but s specific style. My friend suggested Victoria’s Secret the “Lacie” thong to me. She swore by them, then she tells me they are one size fits all! She is tall, lean, athletic. I am short a have a lot more curves then she does. I told her to shut up! But I bought them and now I can’t wash them fast enough, in fact I placed an online order for more yesterday. They are not tight at all, which is great, I always hated when they cut into my side fat…I am wearing them right now and keep laughing but thinking I can’t feel them up my butt! Thanks for the morning laugh!

    bekkib73

    July 31, 2014

    I had 2 kids and go commando. I can’t do thongs. I just put a mini pad in my workout capris if it’s a double under or box jump day. (And I wear black capris those days). I’ve been going commando for years while running & just naturally did the same when moving to crossfit. However, learned first hand I needed a bit more protection on days with jumping. LOL

    I love your husband’s reaction to the large undies. Haha

    Becca R

    July 31, 2014

    After you have tried out the suggestions, you will have to let us know what you went with.

    Rebecca

    July 31, 2014

    I just spit out my coffee! This made my morning. I’m 35, no kids, and I’ve just embraced panty lines. After standing towards the back of the room during the squat track of Body Pump it became very, very apparent who goes commando. Personally, I’d rather people see my panty lines. Yes, I wear underwear. Get over it. :-)

    Momma Buzz

    July 31, 2014

    LOL!!!! “They” also say that going commando is “freeing” and “you get used to it”… no way! I wouldn’t have done it BEFORE I had a baby, much less after!! Too leaky indeed!

    Marci D.

    July 31, 2014

    Try Vanishing Edge panties by Soma. I never wear anything else.

    Meg

    July 31, 2014

    LOL, I loathe the ass floss too. Wedgie = undies up your crack. THONG-Wedgie = Umm… I don’t need to finish, but it’s horrifying!
    When I read in muscle & fitness hers that a gynocologist said thongs lead to labial LACERATIONS (makes sense if you’ve experienced the unique hell that is a thong wedgie) AND infections (due to giving bacterial a nice little super highway from the anus) I WAS OUT! No more.

    So I do bikini undies – NYLON helps, not cotton. Calvin Klein & Jockey both have some great no-lines styles. The trick is elastic around the leg hole that keeps it snug to your body so the line doesn’t show. Of course, sometimes it’s TOO snug & uncomfortable – so you just have to try.

    Going a size up is a bad idea because then there is extra fabric across your backside that creeps into your crack.

    Cindy

    July 31, 2014

    Refreshing content! Please write more posts like this!!…….Oh, and good luck with finding the perfect underwear. I myself am a huge fan of ladies Jockey but I don’t wear capris so don’t have to worry about panty lines!

    Asma

    July 31, 2014

    Haha, just forget about panty lines is the way to go- I know it bothers you and it bothers me too, but in the end– who cares?! It’s just underwear- why do we have to pretend we don’t wear it? That’s what I tell myself. The part that bothers me more is the chafing that can happen.

    Diana

    July 31, 2014

    Roni you are keeping it real! Congrats! I had to LOL from start to finish with this post! Do let us know if you solve the mystery! Love it!

    Nancy

    July 31, 2014

    Thank you for posting this! I’m having the same problem. I’ll read the comments and hope to find a solution! I am so tired to walking and pulling on my underwear! I don’t like butt floss either! The thing I’ve noticed is that my cotton underwear don’t ride up as fast as the stretchy ones.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    July 31, 2014

    Can’t wait to hear if you find a solution. For now I just wear a long-enough shirt to cover the VPLs.

    Carolyn

    July 31, 2014

    Are you attached to your capris? My favorite thing to wear in any type of workout are running shorts with the built in underwear! They’re all usually a bit more loose fitting in the butt, so you can’t even see panty lines, and they never move! They are THE BEST. My favorite ones are Nike’s like this – http://www.amazon.com/Nike-Lady-Tempo-Running-Shorts/dp/B0059CM3NG

    And Old Navy has some good ones, too. But if you really love your capris, just get some patterned ones – you won’t see any lines.

    Hahaha. If you solve this, I’d be TOO excited. I’ve opted for thongs at all times, but I would love a boy short that can do the job.

    Jaemie Gyurik

    July 31, 2014

    Try Warner’s “no wedgie, no worries” hipsters. I think I got mine at JC Penney’s. I don’t really notice any lines, and they stay put! http://www.warners.com/panties

    edna

    July 31, 2014

    I find that bikini briefs from Hanes work for me under workout wear, running shorts…or I go without a lot too. Do your bagels then you won’t leak.

    Jodi

    July 31, 2014

    Not sure how pantyline-less these are, but they’re cotton and super comfy (speaking as an older mom) –> Fruit of the Loom Women’s 3-Pack Cotton Stretch Hi-Cut Panties Brief Panties. I get them off amazon.com.

    sherijung

    July 31, 2014

    I think if panty lines really bother you, an over-skirt is probably the way to go. I think panty lines are just always going to be a thing under capris, since they fit so snug. I say embrace it and wear what’s most comfortable, and let your sweat do the talking.

    For running, I found some one-step-down from spanx type of nylon-spandex briefs that give me good compression to keep my jiggly bits quiet. They don’t breathe, but they stay put and don’t chafe.

    Kathren M

    July 31, 2014

    I just wear my boyshorts and deal with it. The panty line doesn’t bother me and if it bothers someone else then they should stop looking at my butt. :) Just sayin’

    Kim

    July 31, 2014

    I have a couple running skirts/shorts with built in underwear. The underwear is sewn into the waist band so no panty lines. Plus you should be able to use a panty liner or light pad with them

    Lol! First of all “My husband walked in, said no, and walked out” Hilarious!

    Secondly, my suggestion was totally going to be go commando, but since you vetoed that before I hit the comment section.. lol

    Have you tried the Victoria’s Secret ones? I have a few different types, but there is not no show that is silky and I really like that. While it might not be totally perfect, it’s an improvement, especially from those $5 undies :-p

    Georgia Reed

    July 31, 2014

    YAHMLOL <— You Actually Had Me Laughing Out Loud. the "No" from your hubs was the best part. I just have wedgies. I admire you for caring. ;)

    Emily

    July 31, 2014

    Lol, I also wear capris and I’ve had good luck with Victoria’s Secret boy shorts! I like the capris from Old Navy – their material seems to be a little thicker hence less panty line. Good luck with your search!

    Mona

    July 31, 2014

    Roni – after searching for a couple of years I found these at Kohls – the brand is called Naomi & Nicole – and they have a slim silicon strip on the inside of the leg opening that keeps them in place. There’s no seam so no panty lines at all!! You must check them out! Oh and they come in a couple of different styles.

    Karen

    August 1, 2014

    Hilarious post!!! But I’m dying to know the answer. You are not alone.

    melissafraser

    August 1, 2014

    I have the same issues…I’m 47 and after my husband telling me I had to ditch the baggy shorts am feeling awesome in my workout capris! I’m a mom to 4 and running/jumping jacks/jump roping cause the same issue. I did try the thong until sit-ups caused them to actually cause injury! I have a scar and we’ll just leave it at that.
    So…confession ….I wear compression shorts with a pad stuck inside under my capris and haven’t had an issue since…no panty lines and my a$$ looks pretty darn good if I don’t say so myself.

    Sarah

    August 1, 2014

    I was anti thong FOREVER and I hate panty lines with a passion!! I broke down and found a thong that was very thin. I don’t even know it’s there and I’m not going back! I only wear it wear I’m wearing my capris. I don’t think I could ever become an everyday thong wearer!!

    Jessica

    August 2, 2014

    I have given up on panty lines. I’ve got em and have stopped caring, though some Capri’s show them way more than others. Hate to say it but I feel like the panty lines go away in my lulu lemon Capri’s. I’m 29 and have the same issue and don’t care. I’m not wearing thongs to the gym, that’s just crazy talk.

    Janice

    August 2, 2014

    I vote this the most hysterical post ever! I can’t stop laughing. Today in my Fitness Kickboxing class (it was full of 30-40 something’s today), I had to look at everyone’s rear to check for panty lines. I typically do not look or care. We all had them!!! I say wear what is comfortable and who cares about pantylines!

    Nicole

    August 2, 2014

    I haven’t read the other comments, but I swear by the Soma vanishing edge panties. They have a silicone “gripper” that sticks and stays in place–you can’t even feel it after a few minutes. I like the bikini with lace, bikini, and sometimes the hipster with lace. They are expensive but if you buy 3 you get 2 free. I am in the process of replacing all of my underwear drawer with these things!

      Nicole

      August 2, 2014

      Just read the comments and a couple other notes: I always buy the microfiber ones for working out. Also, they are similar to the Naomi and Nicole ones from Kohl’s, but I feel like the Soma ones stay put better.

    Kay Lynn

    August 2, 2014

    I’m also in capris with the panty lines. I can’t handle thongs so am anxious to hear when and if you find a solution.

    Anna

    August 3, 2014

    I’m older than you are- 55, and found working out late in life (my mid forties), and had the same dilemma, especially after my butt became a lot… flatter. Panty lines were even worse! I also hate and have never worn thongs. But a friend insisted I try Hanky Pankys. And now they’re all I wear. They really are amazing. No ass floss. No wedgies. No panty lines, super flattering and they work great and stay put during my dance classes. They’re not super cheap. But they’re worth their weight in gold as far as I’m concerned. I still don’t use regular thongs, but I love these things.

    Keri

    August 3, 2014

    Your post reminds me of this one: http://confederacyofspinsters.com/2012/01/02/the-case-of-the-tiny-knickers/

    For my body, more coverage is better (low-rise brief).

    Erin

    August 3, 2014

    Calvin Klein invisibles hipster! It took me 33 years to find the perfect underwear. So thin you can’t see them through any clothes, and they are long enough they don’t ride up during a workout. Short enough they are still sexy and come in cute colors as well as a great nude.

    Leah

    August 5, 2014

    Target has those underwear bins that let you choose your size . They range from thongs to lacy types. I have found three pairs I love. they are a silky material no lace and razor cut. they stay put and are smooth under clothes. I now stalk the bins and search for them. Plus, they come in nude which is great for that cute summer dress that’s a bit sheer. Also, buy a size larger so there’s no muffin top dig in lines and machine wash and hang to dry.

    Kelly

    August 5, 2014

    I tried Soma’s “vanishing” line and they are perfect! They have these little grippers on the leg opening that are pretty much wedgie proof. And, they still come in cute patterns and lace, as well as basic colors. And, lots if different fits. I have some for working out that are more full coverage. I will never buy anything else.

    Bridget

    August 9, 2014

    So what kind of workout cApris can you recommend that are $ not $$$.

      RoniNoone

      August 12, 2014

      GOOD question! I have a ton of weird, mis match, clearance capri’s that I’ve picked up on sales and such. There is a pair I really like but I can’t remember the brand. I’ll look them up and post about it when I do my follow up. :)

      RoniNoone

      August 22, 2014

      Not sure if you saw! I linked out to them in my follow up… http://ronisweigh.com/2014/08/hate-panty-lines.html

    jenrwaller

    August 13, 2014

    Hee hee! I feel ya sista. I have 4 (!) kids and this momma has to wear a ginormous pee pee pad or else I look like I well, wet my pants after I workout. It is horrible but I am not having surgery to put my bladder “back in place.” Anyway, I also wear capris and the panty lines drive me crazy too. I like the bikinis from Victoria Secrets VS sports line, who the hell wants to have a thong on while you are squatting? Like i need more thing to distract me from a perfect squat? Sheesh! But since I have to wear a diaper I don’t get wedgies too often. The panties don’t show too bad. Under Armor has a similar style and they do ok too. I feel like I have to wear something, no commando for me. I see women doing that and it’s just weird to see their booties while they are on the elliptical.

    Cassie Hargett

    January 26, 2015

    Shapewears? I think they can help you with VPLs… I usually use them when I wear fit pants or yoga pants or fabric that sticks to your skin.

    Derriere Equestrian

    January 28, 2015

    Great read – You need to read all about Derriere – Derriere has the answer to all the above! Best wishes & have a great day