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Ready to stop wearing underwear to the gym?

Go commando yoga pants
(Photo: Dear Kate)

Workout underwear purveyor Dear Kate is adding a new product to its catalog: yoga pants made for going commando.

The specially designed pants are currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, and founder Julie Sygiel says she was inspired to create them after a friend confessed she never wore underwear to her workouts.

“I went for a run, and it was awesome—no bunching, super comfortable, and no worries about VPL,” she says.  [That’s Visible Panty Line, just in case you’re sheltered.] “It felt really freeing, but at the same time I felt way too exposed.”

So Sygiel decided to use the fabric technology she had created for Dear Kate’s fitness skivvies to make pants that would deal with the exposure part, using thicker (but still breathable) fabric and a lined crotch (with anti-camel toe seams, of course). They come in shorts, calf-length, and full-length.

To test them out, I followed her lead and pulled them on for a run. The current fabric makes it a little hard to wiggle into the pants (but they’ll be tweaking and perfecting it after the Kickstarter campaign). Once they were on, though, it was a pretty great feeling. I felt super protected as I jogged, like I was wearing undies, just without the bunching or chafing.

I did occasionally wonder if passersby were staring at my lower half. They weren’t, though, and I quickly forgot about it. Especially since there was no VPL to turn my attention in that direction. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, visit or their Kickstarter campaign.

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