Wedgies suck. 

Is there anything worse than having a thick fabric knot trapped in your undies? If you made a list of the top 100 worst things, a bad wedgie would be on it. 

It’s simply uncomfortable — and don’t get us started on when it happens in public. Nobody wants to see you pull your underwear from your crack (and we doubt you want anyone to see it, either)

We’ve all been there. The shift and readjust tactic doesn’t seem to work, and it’s impossible to pull off when you’re around other people without looking awkward. So, then we have to go to the bathroom to fix it, which creates an unwanted hassle. 

Wouldn’t it be better if your underwear didn’t make you feel like you were wearing a thong that’s two sizes too small? Fortunately, there’s a solution to prevent wedgies, and it all starts with your fit and material. 

Below, we’ve created a comprehensive list of why wedgies happen, how to avoid them, and why it might be time to switch to some more comfortable underwear. 


The Ultimate Wedgie-Proof Guide

Wedgies happen for a lot of reasons, and they happen to some more than others. However, a wedgie is inevitable unless you’ve got the perfect brand of underpants.

. If you intend to stick with your wedgie-creating underwear, the least we can do is offer you some explanations and solutions.


Why Underwear Material Matters

Material, material, and more material. 

One of the most common reasons wedgies happen is because you’re wearing the wrong material for your local climate and daily activities. Or your body type simply doesn’t mesh with what you’re wearing. 

Cotton underwear, for example, is one of the most-used materials for underwear. Don’t get us wrong — it’s a solid fabric. Cotton is soft and comfortable. But it can also be the reason you’re having trouble readjusting. 

Most cotton is thick and doesn’t dry quickly. Once you start moving around and it gets bunched up, it’s going to stay stuck until you pick the wedgie. 

Silk, another common underwear material used for luxury underwear, can cause a load of problems as well. Yes, it’s comfortable, but it doesn’t stretch so it’s difficult to get the sizing right, resulting in it being either too loose or tight. Either can be detrimental to your wedgie-avoiding journey. 

So, what’s the solution? It’s going to take some trial and error. But at least you know what material to avoid if you get wedgies frequently. 

We suggest trying different materials until you find what’s right for you. A lot of underwear brands use blends to make their fabric, so it’s hard to find underwear that’s exactly the same. All Citizens uses eco-friendly performance microfiber for ultimate comfort and no wedgies. The fabric has tons of stretch in all directions so can move with your body and stay out of your (and your butt crack’s) way.


Checking Your Underwear Sizing

The second-biggest wedgie culprit is wearing the wrong size. Even the best underwear is prone to bunching and wedgies if you’re wearing the wrong size or style — we’re looking at you, cheeky cut.

It makes sense, right? If your underwear is too big, there’s extra fabric down there that can easily get bunched up and stuck. If it’s too small, the fabric gets overstretched and it rides up very easily. 

If men’s underwear is too tight, this can also create uncomfortable rashes and irritation. If it’s too big, more chafing and rubbing can happen. And worst still, there’s usually nothing to protect skin-to-skin contact between your package and your thighs. 

Some people will purposely wear their underwear a size too small because they think it will help them avoid wedgies. Don’t! This creates more problems and can actually cause more wedgies. Choose your size to get full coverage and avoid wedgies, chafing, and a host of other issues.

Size also relates to the type of underwear you’re wearing, like boxers, briefs, or tighty-whities. Some people prefer boxers because they’re looser for breathability and comfort. Others prefer tighter-fitting underwear so there’s less fabric wrapped around them.

If you have a constant wedgie, it might be time to try a different type of underwear. Basically, if you wear something loose, try something tighter and vice-versa, or change between briefs, trunks, boxer briefs, or longer boxer briefs to see which ones work best for you.


How Exercise Can Cause Wedgies

If your underwear is absorbent and not moisture-wicking, stretchy or breathable, you’re in for an uncomfortable ride when you exercise. Whether you’re in boxer briefs, full-cut briefs with a low rise, trunks, or boxers, you can still end up with a wedgie during a workout.

Working out is one of the most common times to get a wedgie, mainly because of all the movement you’re doing and the sweat you're producing. Up, down, and side-to-side, your underwear is getting put to work when you exercise. 

Cardio is no exception. With all that movement, you can almost certainly expect your underwear to ride up. So what’s the solution? 

Change to something that’s tighter, so there’s less fabric that can get bunched up. If you don’t like tight underwear, we recommend designating a few pairs specifically for exercising. 

Next, you can’t really help that you sweat. Everyone does. The best thing you can do is to find a pair of underwear that’s breathable, meaning there are lots of spaces that allow airflow to avoid sweating profusely. 


How Weather Causes Wedgies

Unfortunately, this one is out of your hands. A hot and humid day means there could be an incoming wedgie. 

Make sure your underwear is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Cotton underwear tends to stay wet once it gets wet, so your problem may once again rely on your material. 

When you begin to sweat, that will likely lead to your underwear sticking to the one place you don’t want it to stick. 


Are There Solutions for Wedgies?

Yes! There are solutions to every wedgie problem, no matter how big. 


Going Commando

AKA not wearing any underwear. 

Obviously, this is your choice. Will it solve your wedgie issue? Well, yeah, because there’s nothing there to give you a wedgie. 

There are benefits of not wearing underwear, but we still advise against it. Underwear was invented for a reason: to protect your privates. 

Going commando solves one problem (wedgies) but creates a lot of other ones. For example, wearing dirty or tight clothes without underwear can cause itching, irritation, and rashes galore. 

But again, do what you want to do — just consider yourself warned. For us, we’re going to give the commando solution a hefty and adamant, “nah.”


Switch Your Underwear Material

Now we’re onto something.

A material switch-up is one of the easier solutions — just find a different material from the brand you’ve been using. A lot of brands tend to use the same material for all of their underwear, no matter what kind. So, if your underwear isn’t doing its job, that might be bad news for your underwear brand. 

New material is certainly a solution, but it still feels like we’re only getting warmer. 


Switch Your Underwear Brand

There we go. That’s the solution we were looking for! 

Underwear has the same rule as any other product: if it doesn’t work, find something else that does. If you’ve been struggling with wedgies and have tried everything your underwear brand has to offer, then it’s time to make the switch. 

So, how can you be sure a new underwear brand doesn’t have the same flaws?


How All Citizens Created Wedgie-Free Underwear

Here at All Citizens, we proudly produce high-quality and affordable underwear that won’t ride up your nether regions. How? Well, it all starts with our material. Our underwear is made from 90% recycled polyester and 10% spandex. This helps to counteract everything that causes wedgies. Some examples include: 


Moisture-Wicking and Quick-Drying Underwear

If your butt isn’t sweaty, you won’t get a wedgie. 

Our material’s quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties ensure your butt stays dry 24/7. Sweat is one of the biggest wedgie causes, so having a pair of underwear that dries quickly and absorbs moisture is essential.


Breathable Underwear

In addition to being moisture absorbent and quick-drying, our underwear actually takes steps in order to prevent sweating. All Citizen’s Mesh Breathe Zones are strategically placed where you sweat — between the legs and at the lower back — to allow for more ventilation and airflow to keep you cool.

This allows for a nice, steady, and consistent airflow to ensure a little sweat is never something you can’t handle.


The Stretchiest Underwear

Like sweating, movement is another huge wedgie cause. Our underwear offers a versatile 360° stretch and recovery that won’t cause any unwanted fabric in any unwanted places. The high-performance microfiber fabric moves with your body in a way that cotton stretch just can’t.


Lightweight and Easy To Wear Underwear

Our underwear is as lightweight and breathable as they come, so they feel great against your skin. It almost feels like you’re wearing nothing but still allows you to keep that sense of protection and security that a good pair of underwear should provide. 


Many Sizes and Fits To Get The Perfect Fit

We offer the widest range of inclusive sizes (XS to 4XL) and are the only menswear brand to offer extended fits (Standard, Athletic and Longer), so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit that should rarely have to be readjusted. It’s not tight enough to choke your hips and not loose enough to require constant readjustment. Our Grip Thighs don’t ride up thanks to their gripper band, so your underwear will stay put on your legs.

This gets rid of that subtle and awkward underwear-adjustment dance we do when we’re in public. 



Our underwear is designed for every aspect of life: workouts, outdoor activities, workdays, lounging, and so much more. Our material allows our underwear to truly work with your body to ensure a wedgie will never happen again. 

We hope you’ve found a solution to your wedgie problem. Good luck, and stay clean! 



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