Do You Have To Wear Underwear With Gym Leggings? Here's The Doctor's Verdict

There's so much to think about when it comes to your gym clothes — sports bras that keep your girls in place, sweat-wicking tops, comfy socks, and tight pants that fit just right. But do you have to wear underwear with your gym leggings?

"[There's] no need for underwear," says Dr. Lauren Streicher, Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University, via email. "The purpose of underwear is comfort, look (to avoid camel toe!) and to protect your clothes."

So, there you have it — whether you're actually hitting the gym or just lounging around in your favorite yoga pants, feel free to go commando.

Of course, it's a good idea to shower after a sweat sesh and wash your workout gear after wearing it (especially if you're forgoing underwear.) You've probably heard in a science class or two that bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments (my apology for the gross word), and swampy gym clothes are no exception (sorry, again.)

As long as you're keeping up good hygiene after hitting the gym, you can totally skip the underwear. One less thing to think about when you drag yourself out of bed for an early morning workout, right?

If you do opt out of underwear for your next workout, here are three tips for washing your gym clothes afterward (even if you are just going to get 'em all sweaty again eventually.)

Soak Them In A Vinegar Solution

Heinz Distilled White Vinegar, $9, Amazon

If your clothes are starting to smell a little dank, Shape reccomends soaking your gym clothes in cold water and a half-cup of white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes before tossing them in the wash (cold water setting is best.) What not to use? Fabric softener — apparently, it has a tendency to trap odors, not get rid of them.

Use Less Detergent

Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Laundry Detergent, $9, Amazon

It sounds counter-intuitive, but less really is more when it comes to your workout gear. According to Shape, excess detergent builds up on your favorite tops, leggings and bras, which can lead to mildew. Ick. Aim for a little less than recommended for your load size.

Let Them Air Dry

Wallmount Drying Rack, $199, Pottery Barn

To avoid pilling, shrinking and damage, I always skip the harsh dryer and hang my gym clothes to dry, but I'm not the only one. Seriously, a cheap-o drying rack is worth the investment; Your clothes will stay in good shape for much longer, I promise.

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