The Best No-Show Panties for People Who Hate Thongs
When Rihanna stepped out at the 2014 CDFAs in a totally sheer, Swarovski-studded gown with nothing underneath but a barely-there nude panty, I remember thinking, “how does the biggest star of the moment, in the most iconic dress of the year, pick the underwear that stands between her and full-frontal?”
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She goes to the experts, of course. Including Commando, the brand behind the thong that’s seasoned in shielding celebrities’ unmentionables. And, it turns out, it’s just as loved for its no-show briefs as for its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it thongs.
Keep reading to learn more about why these discrete, comfy undies made the list.
Commando High Rise Stretch Briefs
These briefs have worked their way to the top, outfitting celebs like Karlie Kloss, Zoe Kravitz, and Alessandra Ambrosio — and for good reason. Their seamless finish have made them a top choice for events where wardrobe malfunctions are simply not an option. Get them in black, or fairer skin tones can choose a light cream for further discretion.
Shop now: $34; net-a-porter.com
On Gossamer Mesh Bikini
These panties may look delicate, but they’re actually quite durable with the right care. The mesh fabric covers your entire backside and doesn't leave any lines or telltale signs when worn under skin-tight bottoms. The cotton lining also makes these super breathable. What we especially love about these panties, though, is that they manage to be completely invisible when you need them to be (under clothes) and totally adorable on other occasions (sans clothes.)
Shop now: $20; nordstrom.com
Warner’s Women's No Pinching No Problems Modern Brief Panty
These affordable synthetic briefs have over 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon from hardcore fans who love them not only for their no-show fit, but also for light tummy control, and how they nix any hint of muffin top. There is some controversy surrounding these cult panties that you should know about though, which we’ll call “stickergate.” Apparently the sticky labels that come affixed to the pairs is an ordeal to remove — we’ll save you the hemming and hawing, and send you directly to this video, in which a Warner’s believer demonstrates the simple trick to removing the tag.
Shop now: $4–$42; amazon.com
Natori Bliss Lace-Trim Cotton Brief
Every once in awhile you find something that does what it’s supposed to do so well that you buy it by the armful. These underwear will inspire bulk-shopping in their sheer plainness — looking at them, you might not find anything particularly remarkable, but that’s kind of the point. The best underwear is neither seen nor felt, and comes with no surprises.
Shop now: $20; nordstrom.com
Spanx Undie-tectable® Brief
Another red carpet favorite, Spanx does more than just shapewear. Its best-selling briefs, the Undie-tectable style, feature elastic-free edges that eliminate the risk of visible panty lines. The brief’s slightly higher rise uses Spanx’s signature shaping technology to smooth over with a support level described as “a light hug.”
Shop now: $24; spanx.com