I hate shopping for underwear. First of all, I find it embarrassing to look at bras and panties with other people watching. I’m old fashioned and a bit of prude, so sue me.
I also hate underwear shopping because it is rare that I find anything I like. I’d like to return to the days when sexy silk and lace teddies were all I ever wore under my clothing.
At 60; however, I’m not likely to revisit those days anytime soon. Instead of looking for something pretty or sexy, I find myself looking for something that is practical and comfortable. My how times have changed.
One thing I hate most about shopping for panties is trying to find ones that won’t create a visible panty line when I’m wearing something tight like leggings or a pencil skirt. Although I’m well aware that thongs are the popular way of avoiding panty lines, I’ve never had the urge to go there. I find the whole concept of a string up the derriere more than slightly gross.
My daughter swears by them, of course. She even gave me a thong for Christmas one year. I hugged her, thanked her and then went home and threw the darn thing away. I’m set in ways and not likely to change them now.
Truthfully, I’ve been choosing the same underwear brand for the past decade. This year; however, I decided it was time to look for something new. I opted for something a bit more feminine that was still practical and comfortable.
My current choice comes from Fruit of the Loom. The line is called Fit for Me. The panties are 95% cotton and 5% spandex for comfort and stretch. However, they come in a myriad of colors and patterns.
Fit for Me claims “no panty lines.” I admit that I was skeptical but I was willing to give them a try.
Guess what? They didn’t stretch the truth. I found no visible panty line showing in my tightest jeans or leggings. Color me happy!
Fruit of the Loom’s Fit for Me line comes in a myriad of sizes; going higher than any other brand I’m aware of on the market ‘” size 7X. That equates to hips of 152 to 161 inches.
While I certainly don’t need that size, it is nice to know the company doesn’t discriminate against larger women. There are enough manufacturers and designers who already do that.
The care instructions are simple for Fit for Me. You can machine or hand wash as you desire and tumble dry on low. The manufacturer does recommend against ironing.
While I bought the brand primarily for comfort, it’s nice to know my husband also approves. I guess I haven’t lost all of my sex appeal after all.
I really like Fruit of the Loom’s Fit for Me line. I’ll be purchasing more colors and prints over the next few months. It is time for those granny pants to go. After all, I’m not dead yet.
Here is my summary review:
Fit: 5 stars. If you follow the guidelines on the pack of the Fit for Me package, you will find the right size easily. These panties are perfectly sized as indicated on the chart.
Design: 5 stars. Fit for Me comes in various designs. There is the standard panty cut; the bikini and the hi-cut. The standard panty comes just above the belly button and stops at the beginning of the thigh for full derriere coverage. The bikini cut fits a few inches below the belly button and can top at the top of the thigh or go higher in what is referred to as the hi-cut. The hi-cut brief fits just over the belly button like the standard brief. However, the panty is cut high on the thigh, about halfway up the hip line.
Price: 5 stars. It was a pleasant surprise to find these underwear where comparable, or less expensive, than most others on the market today. I purchased a pack of three at Wal-Mart for $7.
Quality: 5 stars. Everything about Fit for Me spells quality. The fabric isn’t thin. It is firm and gives the body a “hint” of support. The cuts are done perfectly to ensure you get the look and feel you want. The spandex ensures maximum comfort, letting you bend and stretch with ease. The binding around the top and legs is done in a way that lies flat against the skin, thereby eliminating that horrific panty line.
Care requirements: 5 stars. Wash, dry and wear. It doesn’t get easier than that.
Reputation: 5 stars. I had always thought of Fruit of the Loom as a guy’s line of underwear. Who knew they actually make quality panties for women too? Of course anything bearing the Fruit of the Loom label is bound to stand up under scrutiny. The company didn’t get their stellar reputation by ripping off their customers.
Return policy: 3 stars. There is a no return policy on underwear in our state but I think that is a good policy. It does; however, make the case for making sure you choose the right size the first time.
Purchase probability: 5 stars. This is my new favorite brand although I’m still thinking of giving Victoria’s Secret a little business too.
Final rating: 4.8 stars. Fruit of the Loom says it all; quality at a reasonable price.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor