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What Is a Wedgie?

Whether your first wedgie was a self-inflicted accident or it occurred when a bully pulled your underpants up past the point of no return, wedgies are simply a part of life.

Most of us have had at least one (and if you haven’t, you’re an anomaly). But if you’re looking for a succinct answer to the question—what are wedgies—here’s a simple explanation. Wedgies are a result of your underwear shifting or bunching upward between your buttocks. They can be annoying, painful, and if you’re trying to get rid of them in public, embarrassing.

That’s why we’re here to give you all of the dirty details on wedgies, including the different types and quick tips to help you prevent them in the future.

The Different Types of Wedgies and How They Happen

Wedgies are not a “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all” scenario. Contrary to popular belief, you can fall prey to multiple types of wedgies depending on a few different factors.

Below are some of the most common types of wedgies people experience:

The “My Undies Are Too Old” Wedgie

Sometimes it’s hard to throw away something that’s been good to you for so long. But if you can’t remember where or when you bought the pair of panties you’re currently wearing, they probably belong in the “my undies are too old” category.

When you wear underwear that are past their prime, they’ve usually lost their elasticity. The excess bagginess in the worn-out material can cause them to bunch up and instigate a wedgie.

The “My Undies Don’t Fit” Wedgie

Have you ever left the house only to realize halfway to your destination that your panties don’t quite form to your figure the way they once did? If they’re too big and have extra fabric, they’ll probably look loose and shapeless, and result in a hanging wedgie.

A different type of problem are undies that are too small. They will hug your hips and booty a little tighter than necessary. Whether you’re going for a run, maneuvering yourself out of the car, or getting comfortable in bed, the wrong-size undies tend to move out of place when you’re wearing them, resulting in a wedgie.1

The “Oops, I Wore a Thong Again” Wedgie

Due to their aggressive wedgie-inducing nature, you might save thongs for special occasions—when the LBD comes out to play or a fun-filled anniversary night. Or maybe you’re left with your last pair of clean undies and (wouldn’t you know), it’s a thong.

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out why this style of underwear can give you wedgies—but what if we told you thongs don’t need to be for special occasions? What if there was such a thing as the ultimate everyday thong?

Tommy John thongs provide elastic-free Comfort Stem construction that guarantees zero discomfort and zero distractions. Now you can have your thong and comfortably wear it too.

Prevention and Treatment: How to Avoid and Relieve Wedgies

These following tricks will teach you how to prevent wedgies in the future:

Experiment with Different Styles

You need to find the best underwear for wedgies. You may be a hipster or briefs type of person, but if they typically give you wedgies, consider branching out to other types of underwear. Some of our favorites include:

  • Boyshorts – If you’re looking for optimum coverage that’s both cute and sexy, you’ve found a winner with boyshort undies. They cover your hips and butt and are perfectly playful for any occasion. Plus, our Second Skin collection offers boyshorts that are silky soft, non-pilling, and include a waistband that won’t roll, pinch, or bunch.
  • Thongs – On the other end of the spectrum, you have the tried-and-true MVP of the panty-line-free lifestyle: the thong. And our Air Collection offers thongs that are feather-light, anti-microbial, and quick to dry. They’re so light that you might feel like you’re not wearing any undies at all, so you can feel scandalous—without the scandal.

Wear the Right Size

Once you find the right size for your body, wearing underwear will feel like an entirely new experience. They’ll hug you in all the right places. You’ll forget you ever experienced days with too much or too little material and you can say sayonara to wedgies for good.


Go Commando (with Our Air Collection)

You might assume that the best way to avoid wedgies is to avoid underwear altogether. While we applaud your strategic thinking, we’re here to offer an alternative—our Air Collection underwear. With cool gusset fabric for extra breathability and super lightweight material, you’ll feel like you’re going commando and avoiding any wedgies in the process.

The Air Collections offers a range of styles to choose from, including:

  • High rise briefs
  • Thong
  • Brief
  • Cheeky

Tommy John: Your Key to All Day, Wedgie-Free Comfort

Just because you’ve dealt with wedgies in the past doesn’t mean they need to define your future. Tommy John’s no adjustment needed underwear provides the ideal fabric, fit, and function for daily wear.

Whether you’re a lover of cheeky undies or prefer the coverage of high-waisted panties, we’ve created a wide selection of underwear with your comfort in mind. With Tommy John undies, you can walk the walk and never worry about asking “what’s a wedgie” again.

Live your life wedgie-free and find your perfect pair today.


  1. Brit + Co. How Do I Avoid Hungry Butt?
  2. Allure, The Origin of the Wedgie.
  3. Wama, Why Do I Keep Getting Wedgies?