fashion How Sarah Wilson managed with just two pairs of undies for eight years. Erin Docherty

“I think I have about 15. I threw all my undies out when I became single and bought all new chic ones,” said another colleague. 

Honestly, we love to see it.

On an official tally, one Mamamia staffer counted every pair of underwear she had (because, research) and told me: 

“Just checked the undie drawer, it’s 34 including the pair I have on right now and my period undies, too.”


How many pairs of undies should you own?

So. Based on, um, science, it seems you need around eight to ten pairs of underpants at the very minimum. This allows you to have a pair a day and a few extras on hand for a buffer between washes.

If you’re someone who likes to cater your underwear to what you’re wearing, you’re probably going to want to increase the number so you have with a wider variety of options.

But, look. In all seriousness, someone needs to launch a formal investigation into how many pairs of underwear we should own. Fundamentally, this is a matter for Marie Kondo. Because right now all my undies spark joy and I have about 70 pairs.  

Thoughts? Feelings? Let’s discuss. How many pairs of underwear do you own? Share with us in the comment section below.

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