Dear 100 Hour Board,
Garment question for you. When I was in middle school, I had a surgical procedure that to this day requires that I sometimes wear underwear that provides extra support. I love the extra support garment bottoms, but (alas!) I did not know they existed when I bought a large batch of garments both immediately before and immediately after my mission. Instead, when I needed the extra support, I'd just wear normal extra support underwear under my garments and call it good. So far, out of a mixture of being broke, limited closet space, and because disposing of garments is much harder than it should be, I have only bought a couple of extra support bottoms to replace worn out other bottoms and generally stick to the extra layer method on the days when that extra support is needed.
The other day a group of us were talking to a friend who is about to go through the temple and this came up. One of us thought that garments need to be the closest thing to your skin, no matter what, and so it would be best if I wore the extra underwear over my garments. (I've tried that; it's not ideal.) One of us things it would be fine to wear underwear under the garments as long as the underwear is white. (I don't have any white underwear, but apparently he got this idea from a site that said women could wear white panties under their garments during their periods. My wife doesn't limit herself to white underwear, though.) And then there was me, who may have been accidentally sinning for years.
It's probably a good thing that I'm not majoring in Googling, because while it seems like there is a robust discussion on whether women should wear their bras over or under their garments (and it seems like the recent advice is "it doesn't matter"), there doesn't seem to be anything about men who wear extra underwear as needed.
To your knowledge, are there any rules on garment placement in respect to other forms of underwear?
- Layered Up
To my knowledge, there are no rules about this. Personally, I don't see why God would be mad at you for wearing medically necessary underwear in the most effective way, but this is the kind of thing that's between you and the Lord, so I would encourage you to pray about it and not just take my word for it.