Going commando–AKA not wearing underwear–has a bad rap. When celebrities were snapped by paparazzi getting out of cars without underwear, it was considered trashy, or a cheap attempt at attracting horny dudes. It’s been depicted as some sort of rebellious “f**k you” to societal norms, or an excuse to whisper in bae’s ear, “I’m not wearing any underwear…”
Why can’t people just go commando because, you know, it can be comfortable? And maybe even actually good for your body?
Confession: I’ve gone commando a few times before, including relatively recently. Yes, I’ve walked around New York City without any underwear on, and I’ve lived to tell the tale. Nope, not a single wardrobe malfunction. If you ask me, it’s just fun to do! I wish I could say that the times I went commando were because I was making some kind of statement, or because I was trying to be alluring, or because it was really hot that day so screw wearing an extra layer of clothing. But to be honest, the few times I’ve gone commando in public were because I was too lazy to go to the laundromat, so I was just out of clean undies to wear. Womp, womp, womp.
Anyway, reasons aside, there are plenty of good reasons and brilliant opportunities to experience to sensation of, well, nothingness around your nether regions. Need some convincing? Here are seven of the best times to go commando.
When You're Wearing Wide Leg PantsSure, you could rock a pair of skinny jeans without underwear, but that can cause some seriously uncomfortable chaffing. Like, ouch, your bits are way too sensitive for that. Don't let your labia and your pants seam get into a fight, just wear loose fitting pants instead, preferably nothing too rough like denim is. Go for a nice, breathable and soft cotton. Nasty Gal
When You're SleepingYour vagina needs to breathe! What better time to let it all air out than when you're sleeping? Please, don't keep your vag in a cotton prison all day and start sleeping without underwear on. I honestly don't even remember the last time I slept with underwear on unless I was on my period. Do it and prosper. Breakfast At Tiffanys
When You're Wearing A Maxi Dress/SkirtI've done this and it was...weirdly freeing? Like, it's too long for anybody to look up your dress when you're walking up stair, and if a gust of wind breezes by, you won't have to worry about flashing everybody. It's like a fun little secret between you and...er, your vagina? ASOS
When You're ExercisingHeat and vag don't go well together, especially if your throw bacteria in the mix. All of this is bound to happen down there when you're exercising, and wearing another layer of material doesn't really help matters. There's nothing wrong with going commando when you're exercising! In fact, there are many types of exercise pants and shorts that have a breathable crotch bit that is made especially for exercising without underwear on. Pinterest
When You're Rockin' A RomperIt's really easy to rock a romper without undies and without a care. You have an even slimmer chance of a wardrobe malfunction than you would with a maxi dress/skirt, and as long as it's loose enough, your bits won't feel squished. American Apparel
When You're Feeling Yeasty Down ThereVaginal irritation really doesn't need constricting cotton. In fact, that's one of the last things it wants. If you're feeling a little, er, yeasty down there, or just think your vagina needs some fresh air, why not go commando? Pinterest
When It's Just Too Damn Hot OutsideHey, we've all been there. You're still going to sweat but at least you won't feel even hotter down south. Just go undies free, as long as it's not windy out or something. Nobody will know! iStock.com
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