The 15 Best — and Most Comfortable — Underwear for Women

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Best Underwear for Women
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Underwear is the first thing we put on, but it's not necessarily something we prioritize when shopping. With tons of styles to choose from, underwear shopping can be a process. The best way to shop for underwear is to narrow it down by style, followed by fabric, fit, and comfort level. Whether you're more into a seamless cut with full coverage, or love a classic cotton brief, there's an underwear style — or two — that is bound to become your next favorite pair.

If your underwear drawer is in need of a little R&R, we've got you covered. We searched high (waisted) and low (rise) to create this list of the 15 best underwear styles, carefully considering construction, fabric, and comfort. Our top picks include many undies we own and love, plus top-rated options that meet our fit, fabric, and style standards — that means they must stay in place with excellent breathability, a flattering fit, and a chic design.

Here are our picks for the best underwear for women.

Our Picks:

Best Overall: Parade Hip Hugger

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What We Love: The seamless, no-show design made from sustainable fabric fits well, regardless of booty shape, and comes in at a digestible price for a high-quality pair.

What We Don't Love: They run a bit small, so we recommend sizing up.

Personal preference plays an important role in selecting the best underwear, but this versatile Parade hip hugger pair suits as many needs as we could find. It's seamless, has a fantastic size range, comes in lots of colors (including brights and neutrals), and has a reasonable price for a high-quality pair of underwear. We love it because the cheeky fit meets somewhere in the middle of traditional thong and bikini underwear styles — this means you can still get that no-show look under a pair of tight jeans, only with more coverage compared to a classic thong. These undies are one of our go-to pairs because of the ultra-silky, smooth, breathable, and form-fitting material, which is made from a blend of recycled nylon and elastane, and molds comfortably around the body. We also love them because they have a more convertible design, which allows you to wear them low-rise and mid-rise, depending on what you plan on wearing them under.

Size: XS-3XL | Colors: Seven neutral shades | Fabric: Recycled nylon, elastane

Best Value: Fruit of the Loom Women's Eversoft Cotton Brief Underwear

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Also available at Fruit of the Loom

What We Love: The price per underwear is hard to beat. Plus, they're made from 100 percent cotton, come in tons of fun colors, are super comfy, and have excellent durability.

What We Don't Love: We love a stretchy pair of underwear, but these are ultra-stretchy so we sized down.

When shopping for underwear, you usually find the best value in a bundle — but value isn't just about the price, it's about the quality, too. This 12-pack of brief-style undies from Fruit of the Loom checks both boxes. The underwear is made of 100 percent cotton fabric that is breathable, comfortable, and — despite the low price point — high-quality with durable construction. We love to sleep in these undies because, on top of being made from breathable fabric, they have a ton of stretch to them, which makes them super comfy. The undies also boast a more traditional brief cut, so they are full coverage with a rise that sits right under the belly button, which adds some additional support while sleeping. And, if you choose to wear these under high-waisted jeans or tight-fitting high-rise shorts, these add a layer of protection between your skin and the denim.

Size: 5-14 | Colors: Black, white, assorted colors | Fabric: Cotton

Best Splurge: Else Kaia Thong

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What We Love: The underwear is lacey yet no-show with a flattering fit.

What We Don't Love: We wish the sizing was more inclusive. Additionally, Else recommends hand-washing them which isn't the most ideal for our busy lives.

If you want to splurge on a pair of undies, go with something that makes you feel sexy, but is still comfortable enough for everyday wear. We are big fans of Else and particularly love the Kaia Thong because it is chic yet functional with its stylish design and no-show fit. It's cut from a comfortable lace material that is pretty enough to moonlight as lingerie but stretchy enough to want to wear all the time (and we wear our's all the time). We find that a lot of lace thongs — especially ones that lean toward lingerie — have itchy hems on the leg openings due to the material; but, when we slip into this thong, we forget we even have it on, since the hems along the leg openings don't rub or irritate the skin. Pair this thong with the matching bralette for an elevated spin on your undergarments.

Size: XS-XL | Colors: Black, olive | Fabric: Polyamide, elastane

Best Thong: Spanx Ahhh-llelujah™ 'Fit to You' Thong

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What We Love: This thong has a 400 percent stretch, stays put, and is quick-drying, so it's also a great workout option. It also comes in a plus size option.

What We Don't Love: ​​We love that there is a plus size offering, but we wish these undies were sized individually instead of being one size.

There's nothing worse than a thong that twists, folds, and shifts through the day. We love this one from SPANX because it's made to stay in place with a Topnotch Crotch® and form-fitting design, so you can rest assured that your seamless thong underwear will actually remain seamless and not a scrunched up mess. On top of its slip-resistant design, this thong is made from a quick-drying material that has 400 percent stretch, giving it more flexibility than your average thong style, so it moves with you. The construction and material make it a thong we regularly pull out of our underwear drawer for all day wear — we love that it has a no-show style that is comfortable under any outfit, and can also keep up with a sweaty after work exercise class.

Size: One size, one size plus | Colors: Six neutral colors, plus light pink and lilac | Fabric: Cotton, nylon, and elastane

Best Bikini: Cosabella Soire Confidence Low Rise Bikini

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Also available at Cosabella

What We Love: These undies are sexy yet comfortable with a seamless-like fit and fun color options.

What We Don't Love: We wish the backside didn't have a middle seam.

Bikini underwear that is comfortable and still super sexy? Yes please. This pair from Cosabella boasts the same incredible fit and comfort of a classic pair of bikini briefs, but with a stylish twist. It's cut from a stunning — and stretchy — mesh material that makes it one of the most lightweight and breathable undies on our list. On top of that, it has a no-show fit, so you don't have to worry about panty lines under tight-fitting clothing. The mesh material molds to the body with smooth and stretchy hems along the top of the brief and leg openings, keeping the low-rise underwear in place, so you don't have to worry about it riding up or giving you a wedgie. It also features a seam up the backside, which accentuates the booty and adds to the overall flattering fit. We personally would love it if the undies didn't have the middle seam, but only from a visual standpoint as we like the look of seamless mesh.

Size: S-XL | Colors: Nine neutral shades, plus olive green, blue, red, burnt orange, and navy | Fabric: Polyamide, cotton, elastane

Best Plus Size: Knickey High-Rise Brief

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What We Love: This pair has inclusive sizing, is made of organic cotton, and is comfy with lots of support.

What We Don't Love: We would love to see more skin tone colors.

We love these high-rise brief undies from Knicky for their amazing support, flattering cut, and amazing collection of colors, which range from classic neutrals to trendy hues. The underwear also has an inclusive size range, including plus size options. Aside from sizing, the most impressive thing about these undies is the fabrication: They're made of 95 percent organic cotton with a little bit of stretch, so you feel supported yet comfortable in a pair of underwear that molds to your body with high-rise coverage.

Size: XXS-XXXL | Colors: Eight core colors, plus four limited edition shades | Fabric: Organic cotton and elastane

Best for Periods: Thinx French Cut

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Also Available at Thinx

What We Love: These period-proof undies are ultra-comfortable with absorbency equivalent to four regular tampons. They also come in inclusive sizing.

What We Don't Love: We wish this style was available in lighter absorbencies.

There are tons of period-proof panties on the market, but Thinx is the one for us, thanks to its vast variety of underwear styles that are functional with elevated, fashionable designs. Thinx underwear is also so comfortable, it's hard to find a pair we don't love. Out of all the styles we've tried, the French Cut is the one we reach for over and over again. The high-rise briefs have a super stretchy and comfortable waistband that fits securely around our stomach and offers support when we have cramps, but doesn't squeeze us too tight to the point of discomfort. They also have flattering high-cut leg openings that elongate the legs and make us feel confident and comfortable, even while on our cycle. If we had to change one thing about these, it would be the absorbency. These briefs come in heavy absorbency — which is the equivalent to four regular tampons — which is great, but we wish they were also available in lighter absorbencies, so we can reserve a pair for every day of our flow.

Size: XS-4X | Colors: Dusk, black, gray floral | Fabric: Polyamide, elastane, cotton, polyester

Best Seamless: Aerie No Show Thong Underwear

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What We Love: The raw hem gives these seamless undies a no-show fit, and the soft, silky material boasts all-day comfort.

What We Don't Love: These undies run a bit small, so we recommend going up in size.

When shopping for a pair of seamless undies, a pair that also has raw edge hems is ideal for a no-show fit. These raw hem undies from Aerie are one of our favorites because they are lightweight with a barely there fit. They are a great choice for wearing under tight-fitting garments, including styles constructed from thinner materials that tend to show everything. The undies are made from a stretchy nylon blend that wraps around the body for a snug and secure fit. And, while many seamless styles opt to camouflage their minimal seams at the hips, we like that the seam on these undies goes up the backside of the thong, which makes it even easier to mask under clothing (especially if the clothing is hip-hugging).

Size: XXS-XXL | Colors: 10 neutral colors, plus two patterns | Fabric: Nylon, elastane

Best High-Waisted: Harper Wilde The Highwaist

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What We Love: This high-waisted pair of underwear has full-coverage with a no-show look. We also love it for its inclusive sizing and variety of colors.

What We Don't Love: We don't love the way the seams look in the front, especially on some of the lighter color options.

High-rise is one of our favorite underwear styles — and, even after years of wearing them under snug-fitting mom jeans, flowy maxi dresses, and even some skin-tight athleisure leggings, we are still blown away by the amount of comfort they offer when we slip into them. Our top pick for this category is The Highwaist from Harper Wilde. We are big fans of raw hem undies because they are virtually seamless under tight-fitting bottoms, but many of them slip and slide around, resulting in a lot of discomfort (and underwear lines). These high-rise undies are the complete opposite, though. The full coverage bottoms stay secure around the waist and legs with a fit that is like second skin and smooth, buttery fabric that boasts all day comfort. We love them because they offer us a layer of protection under tight-fitting jeans, preventing the backs of buttons and seams from rubbing and irritating the skin on our stomach.

Size: XS-4XL | Colors: Beige, tan, brown, black, dark gray, green, teal | Fabric: Nylon, spandex, cotton

Best Boxers: Skims Cotton Rib Boxer

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Also available at Skims

What We Love: We love the way the material feels and the length of these boxers.

What We Don't Love: We found that the seam around the thigh can run tight and recommend sizing up if you don't like a tight fit.

Made for lounging, wearing under jeans, or in replace of bike shorts, these boxers from Skims are a versatile approach to underwear shorts. While the boxers get a lot of praise for their soft material and comfort, we also love them for their size range, color options, and length. The ribbed material feels ultra-luxe and is made from stretchy cotton fabric that fits snug against the body, like a good pair of bike shorts only they are more breathable. And, the size options range from XXS-4XL, making them one of the more size-inclusive picks on our list. The high-rise boxer shorts are also the perfect length, with hemlines that reach just above the mid thigh area. With that said, those who prefer a looser fit might want to size up, as the seam around the thigh can run a little tight.

Size: XXS-4XL | Colors: Bone, light heather grey, mineral, kyanite, soot, raspberry | Fabric: Cotton, spandex

Best Lace: Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise Thong

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What We Love: There are tons of colors ranging from neutral to bright hues, the lace is super soft and not itchy, and they come with a gifting option (select "rolled" for a cute gift-wrapped version).

What We Don't Love: We wish it was available in individual sizes.

The Original Rise Thong is one of our long-time favorite pairs of underwear — and it's the best pair of lace undies we've ever worn. In our experience, some lace thongs can be itchy and uncomfortable feel (especially around the hips and crotch area), but these Hanky Panky undies are buttery soft, stretchy, and don't dig into your hips. They are also made of a breathable lace material with a 100 percent cotton gusset lining, making them a good option for hot and sweaty summer days. They come in tons of great colors, ranging from classic neutrals to more vibrant hues, so there is a lacey thong for everyone. Though they aren't seamless, we have found that they work well as no-show underwear under thicker fabrics like denim or canvas, and they are barely noticeable under black leggings and bike shorts, too.

Size: One size | Colors: Red, black, tan, white, and 18 more colors | Fabric: Nylon, spandex, cotton

Best Brief: Lively The All-Day Brief

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What We Love: Lively has a bundle and save deal, and the sizing is very inclusive.The sizing is inclusive

What We Don't Love: The seams might show under tight-fitting bottoms

We are obsessed with our Lively bras and can attest that the brand's underwear is just as great — especially where the All-Day Brief is concerned. We love the inclusively-sized underwear for its soft and comfortable material, stretch, and high-rise design. What makes this underwear so fantastic is that it has all of the benefits of a classic granny panty (think: full coverage, mid-rise style, and breathable fabric) but in a more elevated and sexy style. These undies are also super supportive with form-fitting leg openings and a waistband that fits well around the stomach but doesn't dig into the sides. On top of that, the brand offers a bundle and save deal: Choose from either three pairs for $35 (instead of $45) or 5 pairs for $45 (instead of $75).

Size: XS-XXXL | Colors: Heather gray, toasted almond, jet black | Fabric: Rayon, spandex

Best Cotton: ThirdLove Pima Cotton Hipster

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What We Love: These cotton undies are breathable, have inclusive sizing, and the quality is comparable to more luxury-priced underwear.

What We Don't Love: They aren't a true hipster style, as the legs are a little higher and more comparable to a bikini fit.

The Third Love Pima Cotton Hipster is the best cotton underwear, thanks to its breathable and lightweight fabrication, soft and comfortable fit, high-quality construction, and size range. The low-rise, no-show hipster is designed to stay put and remain discreet under clothing, too. While these undies boast some coverage, they are cheekier by design, which makes them a great in between option for those looking for underwear that has some coverage and can protect your skin from tight-fitting fabrics without the risk of panty lines.

Size: XS-3X | Colors: Black, sea salt | Fabric: Cotton, nylon, spandex

What to Keep in Mind

Fit

"Fit is the most critical piece for all underthings because it's key to providing [desired] comfort, support, and coverage," says Jane Fisher, Co-CEO and Co-Founder at Harper Wilde. With this in mind, being extra mindful of the sizing guide and customer reviews helps ensure a well-fit pair of undies. The leg hole size and amount of stretch in a pair of underwear are also key factors in determining a good fit. Go for pairs that stay in place, feel supportive, and don't pinch, ride up, or slip.

Fabric

Fabric plays a big role in fit, as the fabric can determine how a garment lies on the body. For example, Fisher says seamless underwear styles might be great "for preventing underwear lines through your clothes," but the lack of elastic in the garment "makes it harder to anchor the underwear to the body so that it doesn't move around." When considering fabric, it's also important to think about your own preferences, as underwear fabric is more about personal choice and can impact comfort levels. If a pair of briefs is available in a fabric that is less than ideal for your preferences, don't purchase them. Instead, go for a different pair in a fabric you're more likely to wear all the time.

Style

Similar to bra shopping, there are many different types of underwear styles to choose from — including thong, bikini, high-waisted, cheeky, brief, boxers, g-strings, and seamless. So, depending on your preferences or needs, shopping by style is a great place to start. Many online retailers allow you to curate products by underwear style, which makes shopping for a new pair much more efficient.

Your Questions, Answered

What fabric should you look for in underwear for women?

According to Fisher, comfort is of utmost concern when shopping for underwear. She recommends "buttery soft and ultra-comfortable microfiber fabric." Additionally, you want the fabric to have "the right amount of stretch" so that it can move with you throughout the day. With that said, fabric preference is personal and, while many love cotton and lace, underwear also comes in fabric blends of nylon, spandex, viscose, polyester, elastane, mesh, and silk.

How to choose the right size and style of underwear for women

"Sizing and style choices are a personal preference," says Fisher. "When finding the right size and silhouette, it starts with understanding [your] ideal fit and end-use," she explains. For example, if you like to wear high-waisted pants, you might prefer high-waisted underwear. Or, perhaps you wear thong styles with any and all outfits.

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