15 Pairs of the Best No-Show Panties—Including Options for People Who Hate Thongs

Skims Fits Everybody Thong was best overall for comfort.

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If you're planning an outfit that needs to look absolutely seamless, you have enough to worry about without focusing on your underwear. That said, it can be hard to find the right panties that won't show through certain fabrics – especially if you're wearing something silky or seamless. Kim Kardashian's Skims Fits Everybody Thong has a wide range of sizes and colors in a breathable fabric, that made it our pick for best overall.

Since the amount of no-show options have grown over the past few years, InStyle spoke with fashion stylist, Calvy Click, to find out what fabrics, styles, and colors to look for based on what you plan on wearing.

These no-show panties will have you ready for your close up sans lines.

Our Picks

Best Overall: SKIMS Fits Everybody Thong

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Also available at Skims

What We Love: There is a wide variety of colors and sizes available.
What We Don't Love: The most popular styles often sell-out and you'll need to wait for a restock.

In the words of Click, "I love SKIMS for the range of sizes and tones, and the cool factor – so basically everything." We second her on all of those points. It doesn't hurt that the brand founder, Kim Kardashian herself recently admitted on the "Not Skinny But Not Fat" podcast that these are the only panties she will wear.

The brand offers lots of nudes for different skin tones, which can be difficult to find elsewhere. They're also size inclusive, which is a super important consideration. Finally, they're downright comfortable and, of course, undetectable. They're made of polyamide and elastane fabric, which is super soft on the skin and the rise helps to avoid rolling bands. Finally, they're moisture-wicking – so they're the perfect option whether you're heading to the gym or a formal event.

Fabric: Polyamide and elastane | Colors: 19 | Sizes: XXS-4X

Best Value: Calvin Klein Invisibles Thong

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What We Love: The lightweight fabric is comfortable and invisible under all clothes.
What We Don't Love: These run small.

These panties are laser-cut in order to be absolutely seamless around the edges. They also offer just enough coverage and hit right at the center of the hip. Made from a soft microfiber, they are completely machine-washable so that you don't have to worry about a delicate lace.

These panties are truly designed to be invisible under clothing. They also feel weightless against the skin so that you will hardly even notice they're there.

Fabric: Nylon and elastane | Colors: 12 | Sizes: XS-XL

Best Splurge: ​​La Perla Maison Contouring Brazilian Brief

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Also available at La Perla

What We Love: We're loving the pretty flower detailing and the soft feel.
What We Don't Love: The price can be prohibitive and the sizes aren't inclusive.

If you're going to splurge, you might as well swing for the fences. This La Perla cheeky brief is absolutely stunning. Designed in Italy, it features detailed embroidery that still manages to lay completely flat. They are completely sheer, but have a cotton lining, and are available in black and nude.

The fabric is similar to tulle, so even though the panties feature a stitched design, they sit flat against the body. That said, they are super soft to the touch and are so light you'll barely realize you have them on.

Fabric: Nylon, elastane, cotton and polyester | Colors: 2 | Sizes: XS-L

Best for Working Out: Girlfriend Collective Clover Sport Thong

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What We Love: We're loving the size range and the bonded waist.
What We Don't Love: The shipping takes a little longer.

Designed specifically with workouts in mind, this thong is here to help out by staying put. It is very smooth and stretchy, but has a bonded waistband that keeps it from rolling or moving around. Speaking of moving around, the fabric features moisture-wicking COOLMAX at the gusset so that you don't have to worry about that damp feeling during your workout. The edges are raw-cut, which keeps them from showing up no matter how tight your yoga pants or leggings fit.

Finally, in addition to the spandex, these undies are also made from recycled plastic bottles. Who doesn't want to add environmentally-friendly to their list of underwear must-haves?

Fabric: Spandex and recycled plastic bottles | Colors: 9 | Sizes: XXS-6XL

Best for Leggings: Lululemon InvisiWear Mid-Rise Bikini Underwear 3 Pack

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What We Love: We love the invisible seams and the sweat-wicking fabric.
What We Don't Love: This brand could be more size-inclusive.

Made to be completely undetectable under leggings, these Lululemon bikini panties are the perfect option if you want coverage without the VPL. Made of nylon and lycra, they feature four-way stretch so when you move, they move with you. They are also designed to be fast-drying and sweat-wicking.

Finally, if you're looking for underwear that won't slip around on your body, these are the way to go. They have a super tight knit so that they stay put—through yoga flows, running errands, or running late to brunch.

Fabric: Nylon and lycra | Colors: 4 | Sizes: XS-XXL

Best Plus Size: Savage x Fenty Shining Star Lace String Bikini

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What We Love: We love the size range and the unique fit.
What We Don't Love: You're limited to mostly bright colors and patterns.

The brand describes these panties as being 70s-inspired, and this trippy crystal star print on the front backs up that claim. These Brazilian-cut bikini panties feature a double string and sheer mesh coverage on the back that sits perfectly flush against your skin.

This pair is available in four different colors, including bright orange or lavender options that are super cheery. The detailing plus the size range definitely makes this pair a win-win.

Fabric: Nylon, polyester and elastane | Colors: 4 | Sizes: XXS-3XL

Best Lace: Hanky Panky Original Rise Thong

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What We Love: We're loving the soft feel of the lace.
What We Don't Love: The one-size-fits-all sizing is off-putting.

These panties changed the lace-clad undies game. First off, the lace is made of the softest, stretchiest lace that is comprised of nylon and spandex. In fact, Click even says she loves them primarily for their comfort factor. The original-rise version of these panties hits at a good spot on the hip that keeps them from rolling down. Since the lace is so soft and malleable, it almost melts into the skin. This keeps them from showing up under fabrics.

Finally, these are available in lots of colors, including black and nude. They're a great option to wear daily as well as for special occasions when you want to ensure your panty line isn't noticeable.

Fabric: Nylon and spandex | Colors: 10 | Sizes: One size fits 4-14

Best High-Waisted: Offline by Aerie No Show High Waisted Cheeky Legging Underwear

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What We Love: Even though they're high-waisted, they still manage to be super lightweight.
What We Don't Love: These run large, so you may want to size down.

If you've been under the impression that high-waisted panties must be super contouring or consist of thick material, this pair is here to prove you wrong. When they say high waisted—they mean it—but minus the squeeze of shapewear. The best part is that they stay put without bunching or showing through any style of clothing.

They are machine-washable and currently available in five color ways or patterns.

Fabric: Nylon and spandex | Colors: 5 | Sizes: XS-XXL

Best Bikini: Chantelle Lingerie Soft Stretch Bikini

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What We Love: We love the material and the coverage.
What We Don't Love: The one-size-fits-all sizing is never ideal.

These super soft bikini panties are made of an incredibly stretchy, soft elastane combo material. The waist is bonded and the hems are completely raw so that they don't show through your clothing.

While the one-size-fits-all option can be off-putting, the photos are helpful enough to show these panties actually fitting different body types. It's available in seven colors, including light nudes, a deep brown, and black.

Fabric: Polyamide and elastane | Colors: 7 | Sizes: One size fits 4-16

Best Nude: Nude Barre Bikini Briefs

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What We Love: The large range of skin tones is great to see.
What We Don't Love: This style could offer more size options.

The goal of this brand is to make sure that every skin tone can find their exact nude – and with 13 different options, there's a high likelihood of that being possible. These panties are also machine washable and super stretchy – making them the perfect no-show option for everyday wear.

The brand offers lots of other styles that are also available in the same skin tones. That said, if you're looking for a no-show panty that still offers ample coverage, this just may be the best pair for you.

Fabric: Polyamide and elastane | Colors: 13 | Sizes: S-XL

Best Smoothing: Felina Seamless Shapewear Brief

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What We Love: The smoothing components and medium-control make sure that these don't leave you feeling suffocated.
What We Don't Love: They could definitely offer a wider range of sizes in this style.

If you're looking for a pair of underwear to smooth out your curves in the best possible way, this option from Felina is here to answer the call. The waist comes up pretty high and offers a lay-flat band of support that will leave you feeling secure.

The legs also feature a no-show seam that makes them a great option for pants. They are available in beige and black

Fabric: Nylon and spandex | Colors: 2 | Sizes: S-XL

Best Cheeky: Victoria's Secret No-Show Cheeky

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What We Love: We love the huge range of fun colors.
What We Don't Love: In all of the color options, there could be a wider-range of nudes.

Victoria's Secret really came in clutch with these cheeky panties. Not only are they super soft, but they also have raw-cut edges and a seamless hem that makes them nearly undetectable. These are a sassier cut with a lot of cheek peek.

Finally, they wouldn't be a pair of VS panties if there wasn't a huge range of colorful patterns. Choose from options like cheetah, tie-dye, and much more.

Fabric: Polyamide and elastane | Colors: 46 | Sizes: XS-XXL

Best Hipster: Spanx Undie-tectable Lace Hi-Hipster Panties

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What We Love: They are as pretty as they are invisible.
What We Don't Love: The lack of size options.

These hipster panties come with a heaping helping of sexy. The thick bonded waistband is smoothing and supportive, but most importantly – you won't catch it rolling down and getting in the way. The back is a stunning lace that has elastic-free edges so that you don't have to worry about them showing up through your most delicate silk dress.

They are even machine-washable, although a pro-tip is to put your panties in a garment bag so that they last longer.

Fabric: Nylon and spandex | Colors: 8 | Sizes: S-XL

Best Boy Short: ETAM 360 Lace Boy Short

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What We Love: The lace is soft and oh so pretty.
What We Don't Love: The sizing, especially with delicate lace, should be more inclusive so that it lays perfectly on everyone.

When it comes to shape, these are boy shorts in the truest sense. They come up slightly higher than normal panties and fall to a flattering length. These are made from a stretchy lace that lays softly over the skin. The edges don't have seams that show up under clothing and they have the prettiest scalloped detailing along the hem. They are stunning under clothes (or on their own when you're at home).

Fabric: Polyamide and elastane | Colors: 6 | Sizes: XS-XL

Best Barely-There: Commando Classic Thong

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What We Love: We love that every single edge is raw and unlined.
What We Don't Love: They could come in more sizes and colors.

A good seamless panty is hard to find, but Commando has set themselves apart as the experts. Click describes them as a stylist's "classic, kit-staple," and that's because they are truly barely-there.

Made of nylon and spandex, they are completely raw edged to blend as perfectly as possible. Because they're so stretchy, they also lean more into the one-size-fits-most mantra with XS/S through L-XL options, but we do wish they'd expand further.

Fabric: Nylon and spandex | Colors: | Sizes: XS/S - L/XL

What to Keep in Mind


Click explains that there are three main components that people should keep in mind when searching for no-show panties: cut, color and texture. When it comes to color, Click says you need to first decide on whether you want your undergarments to match your skin tone or the garment you're wearing. "Don't assume your underpinnings should always match your skin tone," says Click. "Remember when Rihanna didn't wear a bedazzled thong to match her dress and regretted it?"


For cut, think about the hem and the fabric of your outfit. Are there any high hemlines or cut-outs to dodge? For skin tight garments, like leggings, a thong or cheeky cut may help to avoid visible lines or wedgies (or at least a wedgie that wasn't intended to be there).


Finally, you'll definitely want to opt for a seamless pair of undies, preferably with raw edges, if what you're wearing is a silky smooth number. In a final word of caution, Click leaves us with a warning against clear options if your dress is sheer. "Those shiny straps will show through," she says.

Your Questions, Answered

What fabric is best for no show panties?

If you want completely seamless underwear, you're probably going to want to limit your shopping to styles that contain nylon with spandex or elastane. This way it will lay flush against the skin with no extra bulk. Click also advises people to look for elastic-free edges when possible.

How should you wash no show panties?

Because the fabric is so thin and delicate, no-show underwear could benefit from a hand wash. However, the time and effort that this takes might not be available to all. The next best thing is to throw all the pairs in a lingerie bag before tossing in your washing machine. The bag keeps the panties from getting tossed around or lost in the vortex of your machine. Be sure to wash your delicates in cold or room temperature water to preserve their elasticity.

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