The average woman owns 21 pairs of underwear. Ten percent of women own 35 pairs of panties or more, and ten percent of women admit to have actually gone out in public without wearing any panties at all.

That’s the finding of a new national poll.  One-in-four women say they had their mood affected by wearing an ill fitting or unattractive pair of underwear.

The poll, which is featured in Consumer Reports.  While nearly half of women (47 percent) feel sexier or more confident wearing a nice or special pair of undies, the poll also found that one-in-ten women admit they will venture out of the house without underwear on at all. In some cases, this might be a better option for the one-quarter of women who have a pair of underwear they would be too embarrassed for someone else to see.

“What you wear under your clothes is just as important — maybe even more — as what you wear on the outside,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “So for our ‘Look Better Dressed’ feature we recruited real women for underwear makeovers. Readers will also find the results of our first-ever body shapewear test, best lingerie websites, great fit tips and more.”

How much does underwear matter?

Nearly one-quarter of women (21 percent) vary their underwear selection depending on their mood and 12 percent feel it is an important part of their outfit.

Topping the list of worst undergarment offenses is underwear or thong that sticks out of clothing, especially among those age 18-34 (49 percent) and age 35-54 (55 percent).

Half of women have complaints about the way their underwear fit, with wedgies topping the list at 30 percent, followed by doesn’t lay flat under clothes (19 percent) and not enough coverage in the rear (14 percent).

In our drawers:

Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of women stick to neutral colors, with white (29 percent) most popular followed by black (21 percent) and beige (15 percent). No one is envious of green as it came in dead last (1 percent) behind red (2 percent), purple (4 percent), blue (5 percent), a print (6 percent) and pink (9 percent).

Women in the 18-34 age group seem more adventurous with their color choices with over one-third (35 percent) indicating a color, not a neutral, as their favorite pair and 12 percent who chose a print.
Nearly half of women (46 percent) cite the brief as the underwear style they wear most often, though women ages 18-34 skew towards the bikini style.

More than half of women (56 percent) overall fold their underwear; twenty-seven percent just toss it in the drawer.

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