One of the biggest challenges when traveling is keeping our packing routine as light and simple as possible. It’s even more crucial when you travel with only backpacks and small carry-on bags, like my husband and I do. So when Shinesty, an American clothing company contacted me, claiming that their underwear was perfect for traveling, I was intrigued. They were kind enough to send me a few samples of underwear to judge the quality for myself.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the Shinesty website in advance to see what sort of products they offer. I was pleasantly surprised by the wild designs, punny product names, and tongue-in-cheek marketing. While some of the clothes they sell might only work for Halloween and themed costume parties, a lot of their items would be perfect to wear around hotel resorts and on beach holidays.
But back to the underwear review! Fast forward to receiving my samples in the mail.
First of all, I have to say that I really appreciated the minimal packaging they use. I mean, there’s no reason that clothing needs a substantial amount of protective packaging. The less waste the better. And I especially liked that the men’s boxers arrived in a resealable bag. I could see bringing this bag along on vacation for toiletries, etc.
I opened the ladies’ underwear first, and couldn’t believe how itty-bitty they were! The ice cream design is adorable, and the fabric is soft and stretchy. The nylon/spandex blend creates a very smooth fabric, almost slippery to the touch.
And then, check out the back! I love the brightly coloured sprinkles!
I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of thong underwear. To be honest, I recently went through my underwear drawer and tossed of all the thongs I had and never wore. And the ones I did try to wear were just….uncomfortable. So I wasn’t too sure about these thong undies. I really didn’t think I would like them very much. But I was willing to give this thong thing another go.
And you know what? I didn’t hate them. In fact, they were super comfortable, didn’t bunch up, and didn’t annoy me at all. I wore them all day – I even exercised in them. I was surprised that a thong could actually be this comfy!
Also, notice how they’re seamless on the waistband and around the legs, so they’ll never cut into you or leave weird lines.
The inside label made me giggle too. I appreciate their efforts to make even the mundane details lighthearted and fun:
My only complaint is that the women’s underwear styles are currently limited to thongs. I would love to see a broader selection of cuts, especially considering the fun and whimsical designs they have. As comfortable as these are, some ladies, such as myself, do prefer fuller coverage. (Shinesty, if you’re reading this, boy shorts or hipsters would be super cute!)
As for the men’s boxers, the fabric is also incredibly soft. But the texture is a different from the ladies’ underwear. Less smooth, more cotton-like.
These are made with 5% spandex and 95% micromodal. I have never heard of micromodal before and had to research what it is. Micromodal is a type of rayon made from tree cellulose. It’s lightweight, moisture-wicking and has low heat retention, so it keeps things cool.
Again, some additional humour in the boxer label as well:
My husband tried out the boxers and said they were very comfortable. So the boxers got his seal of approval as well! He likes to go jogging on vacation, so knowing that they’ll stay cool and wick away moisture is a nice bonus.
Here’s a close-up of the packaging the boxers arrived in. Ballhalla. *snicker*
Another great thing about the fabrics Shinesty uses is that they dry really fast. This will be really handy on holidays, since we often just do our own laundry in the bathroom sink and hang it to dry.
Shinesty even has matching underwear for couples, and a variety of themes to suit pretty much everyone’s tastes. And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, they have something called Mad Labs. This is where you can create your own design, either for underwear, suit designs, etc. and then you crowdfund them. Shinesty then produces the designs that reach their crowdfunding goal.
They also offer underwear subscriptions, which would make a great gift for that super-fun person in your life.
As if all that wasn’t cool enough, the good folks at Shinesty want to give one of you the chance to try out some of their awesome undies!
Yes, we are doing a giveaway with Shinesty – one ladies thong and one pair of men’s boxers, in the size and pattern of your choice (subject to availability). Just follow the instructions below to enter!
I will select one winner at random. Contest is open until October 13, 2019. Canada & USA only. Good luck!
*Note that this blog post isn’t sponsored. Shinesty sent me a few product samples to test out. This post is my 100% honest review.