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HOW DO DEAR KATES WORK?

Dear Kate underwear and apparel are made from the best performance fabrics and lined with our revolutionary Underlux technology. The inner layers of the lining wick away and absorb fluids, while the outer layer traps and prevents leaks so you’re kept feeling comfortable and confident. Moisture wicking, stain releasing, and leak resistant, our panties are the future of underwear. Dear Kate underwear are designed to keep you sweat proof when working out, dry even with light incontinence, and protected from period overflow when used as backup to your regular pad/tampon routine. Our yoga pants are have the same lining as our undies, meaning that you can go commando but still feel totally protected. Dear Kates are performance wear for everywhere.

WHO CAN WEAR DEAR KATES?

Anyone who wants to join our lingerie and activewear liberation can wear Dear Kates. They're perfect for every day of the month. We make undies for ladies of all generations, shapes, and sizes.

HOW ARE DEAR KATE YOGA PANTS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ATHLETIC WEAR?

Say goodbye to embarrassing sweat stains with Dear Kate yoga pants. Made with our Underlux technology, Dear Kate yoga pants are meant to be worn without underwear, which means no visible panty lines (VPL), camel toe, riding up, bunching, or chafing. They keep you cool and comfortable during any workout and provide the same protection as our panties. Moisture-wicking, stain-releasing, and leak-resistant, you’ll be sweat-proof and protected in our pants.

HOW ARE DEAR KATE UNDERWEAR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER "SPORT UNDERWEAR”?

Dear Kates are 100% fabric, making them totally breathable, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial. With our sweat-proof and leak-resistant Underlux technology, you can work out without anyone knowing you’re breaking a sweat. Running, hiking, yoga - whatever your sport of choice, you’ll feel fresh and clean in our sport undies.

HOW ARE DEAR KATE UNDERWEAR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER "PERIOD PANTIES”?

Made with our patent pending Underlux technology, Dear Kate undies are made totally from fabric. There is absolutely no plastic or latex in our underwear. Built from three super thin layers, our lining is light and comfortable. Plus, our undies are cute and stylish and our collections range from basic to fancy to sporty.

I HAVE MINOR INCONTINENCE ISSUES. ARE DEAR KATE PANTIES THE SOLUTION?

Yes. Dear Kate underwear can hold 1 teaspoon of liquid in our mini lining and thongs and up to 3 teaspoons of liquid in our full lining. With our undies, you’re protected from light bladder leaks, so sneeze and laugh to your heart’s desire.

WILL MY DEAR KATES REPLACE MY USUAL ROUTINE OF USING SANITARY PADS AND/OR TAMPONS?

Dear Kate underwear are designed to be worn as backup in addition to your usual tampon and sanitary pad routine. They're an extra layer of protection to prevent spill and stain disasters. Keep in mind that Dear Kate underwear are not designed to stop waterfalls! They are great as a pantiliner replacement for minor leaks and regular discharge. Mini lined pairs and thongs hold up to 1 tsp of liquid and fully lined pairs (except thongs) hold up to 3 tsp of liquid.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE DEAR KATE'S UNDERLUX LINING MADE OF?

The outer body of our Underlux lining is 74% nylon and 26% lycra. The inner gusset is made of 90% micro-polyester and 10% spandex. Dear Kate undies are 100% fabric and 0% plastic. There is absolutely no latex in them.

WHAT DOES DEAR KATE FABRIC FEEL LIKE?

Soft, silky, smooth and totally comfortable. The outer layer of most Dear Kates has a silky, smooth feel that is comfortable and stretchy, similar to very thin swim suit material.

HOW DO DEAR KATES DO ALL THIS WHILE STILL BEING SO LIGHT AND SOFT?

This is what makes the Dear Kate fabric technology so revolutionary! Because we’re keeping you protected, our panties may not be as thin as your slinkiest lingerie, but our fabrics are super soft and the thickness is comparable to the everyday panties that you love to rock. Our underwear is all fabric, which keeps them lightweight, breathable, and just as soft and flexible as your cotton undies.

WILL MY DEAR KATES PROTECT ME FROM MINOR LEAKAGE DUE TO DAILY NON-MENSTRUAL DISCHARGE?

Absolutely! Our panties are perfect for anytime of the month. Use Dear Kate underwear as a replacement for your daily panty liner and you’ll be comfy and worry-free even if you have vaginal discharge.

WILL STAINS SHOW ON MY DEAR KATES?

Don’t worry—the inside layer of your Dear Kates is a stain-releasing fabric, so spots will come out when washed. Dear Kates are super easy to clean — all of our undies and pants are machine washable and most can be dried in the dryer.

WHAT AMOUNT OF LIQUID CAN DEAR KATES HOLD?

In our tests, the underwear with full linings (except thongs) have held up to 3 teaspoons under pressure and mini linings plus thongs have held up to 1 teaspoon under pressure. Dear Kate panties are proven as a stellar backup for normal period leaks and minor incontinence. Use alongside your normal tampon or maxipad and you’ll be safe and sound!

HOW MANY TAMPONS’ WORTH OF LIQUID CAN DEAR KATE PANTIES HOLD?

There are so many different sizes and brands of tampons, we can’t accurately measure the absorbency of our lining in tampons. A quick search tells us that one regular tampon holds a little more than 1 teaspoon of liquid, while a super tampon holds anywhere from 3 to 4 tsps. Our mini linings and thongs can hold 1 teaspoon of liquid and our full lining can hold up to 3 teaspoons of liquid. We always recommend using Dear Kate underwear as backup to your regular period routine (tampon/menstrual cup/pad) in case of leaks and overflow. You know your body best, so choose the lining that’s best for you.

ARE DEAR KATES GOOD TO WEAR IF I GET FREQUENT YEAST INFECTIONS?

Yes! We have tested their air permeability alongside other leading brands of underwear (cotton and synthetic), and the results show that Dear Kates exhibit breathability comparable to regular non-functional garments. The difference is that Dear Kate underwear is moisture-wicking and anti-microbial, meaning bacteria doesn’t have a place to grow like it would in pantiliners. Several customers have told us they appreciate the security of Dear Kates while dealing with discomfort down there.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DEAR KATES?

We recommend machine washing all styles in cold water on a delicate cycle and air dry. And remember—NEVER USE FABRIC SOFTENERS OR DRYER SHEETS with Dear Kate panties. If hand washing is your only option, make sure to soak them in water without detergent after washing. Any leftover detergent residue can keep the technology from working properly.

WHY CAN'T I WASH WITH FABRIC SOFTENERS OR DRYER SHEETS?

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain compounds that coat individual yarns in a garment during the washing/drying cycle making them feel soft. However, this coating can prevent the fabric from performing and protecting you like it is designed to.

CAN I BUY A DEAR KATE GIFT CARD?

Yes! At this time we offer e-gift cards. The card will be sent to your email address and you can then forward to the recipient. Please visit our gift card product page.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH SIZING?

Sure! Check out our size chart. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us!

DO YOU OFFER PLUS SIZES?

YES! Our Queen Collection includes sizes 1X, 2X, and 3X.

WHERE ARE DEAR KATES MADE?

All Dear Kate underwear is designed and manufactured in New York City!

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