I guess my line of questioning started when a few of my teammates talked about wearing thongs during practice. I couldn't fathom it because I feel like thongs are the most uncomfortable pieces of "clothing" ever designed for women. I know a lot of women prefer to wear a thong; my friend Beth Row swears by them, and so do many other people on my league. "Oh Q, you get used to having this swatch of annoying material crammed in your butt!" Liars. I went and tried to exercise with a recently purchased thong after this conversation, and let me tell you, I could not, would not get used to a thong. No whale tails for this gal.
|Them some big undies! Image found here.|
1. Boy Shorts. Boy shorts are comfy in general, but good luck trying to wear them under compression pants. I personally feel like the more material you put on your body, the more you will sweat and possibly overheat. Boy shorts can bunch up at the worst time, but they are comfortable. Plus, you will never have an accidental full moon happen with boy shorts.
2. Regular panties. Cotton, nylon, whatever! They provide good coverage without any frills, but can get bunched up too. Also, if you don't wear the "disappearing" kind, then you might have VPL happening under your pants. Since derby is so butt-focused, regular panties might cause you to have some lines where you don't want them! If this doesn't bother you, then don't worry about it, but I'll admit that I cringe when I see pictures of myself with panty lines.
3. Pantyhose. Some derby skaters skate in pantyhose; they protect you from rink rash, and if you wear them high enough on your body, you can successfully hide muffin tops. My problem with pantyhose is that they are hot as hell, and I hate skating with any kind of socks on other than my miracle wool socks. Nylons have feet built in and don't work well if you cut them off.
4. Thongs, G-strings and other torture devices. Thongs give you no panty lines, but unless you develop a callous in your nether regions, they can really get on your nerves. (I kid....sort of) Also, if you're wearing tight compression pants, avoid any lace on your thongs, or you ruin the illusion.
5. Commando. Ah, freedom! Of course, when you go commando, you are taking on certain inherent risks that someone could pants you on the track and you could shock your audience. The bonus is you literally have no panty lines...ever.
No matter what kind of underwear you decide to use, be careful. If you are wearing black pants, do a visual inspection! Some black pants seem like they are opaque, until a flash of a photographer hits them just right. Also, health experts suggest you change your underwear after sweating in it to cut down on possible yeast infections. Gross but true! You can read all about underwear and health at this site. Enjoy!