Best Underwear for Women – 27 Briefs, Bikinis & Thongs for All Occasions

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Every situation calls for a different pair of underwear. You’d never wear your workday thong on weekend errands, or your gym hipsters to the office. And while we honestly believe granny panties are sexy, that iconic scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary is all too relatable. But after a year stuck in the house dressing up in oversized sweaters and hoodies, it’s time to hit the refresh button on your top drawer. We’re sure some pairs have overstayed their welcome and you need to get rid of styles you haven’t reached for in years. From anti-VPL thongs to leakproof underthings that will save you the embarrassment, these are the absolute best underwear for every need.

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Best For Heavy Flow

French Cut

Thinx has every style of panty you can think of to match your flow—yes, that flow.

Best Breathable Underwear

Beyondsoft Panties

Fruit of the Loom
amazon.com

$19.96

Your golden treasure deserves to breathe outside of beauty sleep hours. Fruit of the Loom made it easy for you with these super soft panties that make you feel like you’ve gone incognito. 

Best for Lounging

Boyleg Brief

Boody
boodywear.com

$40.00

You’ll never want to take these briefs off—though you should—thanks to its comfortable, plush bamboo viscose fabric with the right amount of stretch you hug your body.

Best For Menopause

Leakproof High Rise

Live a worry- and leak-free life in your Knix panties. This version was designed specifically for those who don’t allow experiencing incontinence to slow them down.

Best Cheeky

Lace Back Cheeky

ThirdLove
thirdlove.com

$28.00

ThirdLove is known more for their great bras, but do not skip their underwear selection. Their top-rated cheeky fits like a dream.

Best Inclusive

Nude Floral Lace & Mesh Thong Dark Cocoa Curvy

Love, Vera
lovevera.com

$15.00

Lova, Vera understands that nude isn’t always one-color-fits-all. Best known for their inclusive range of lingerie and undergarments, Love, Vera has panties to match deep complexions who are often left out of the nude conversation.

Mesh Crotchless High Leg Bikini

Savage X offers just about every pair of underwear for every occasion but here’s one that does all the talking so you don’t have to.

Best for Deep Complexions

Plumetis High-Waist Brief

Nubian Skin
nubianskin.com

$37.50

As the name suggests, Nubian Skin caters to the deeper tones on the complexion spectrum by providing seamless underwear for those barely-there dress moments.

Best for the 70s Obsessed

Gathered Mini Briefs

& Other Stories
stories.com

$19.00

Little House on the Prairies—but make it undergarments.

4-pack Mesh Thong Briefs

H&M’s pack deals are is the best bang for your buck.

Everlane
everlane.com

$15.00

If you’re searching for a no-frills undergarment, look to Everlane. Their lightweight line has you (and your booty) covered. 

Best Seamless Underwear

Stretch Thong

Commando
net-a-porter.com

$22.00

This underwear is used by legit fashion stylists for photo shoots and red carpets, so you know it’s going to be good. It’s the next best thing to going Commando, hence the brand’s name. Seriously, you might have a midday anxiety attack, because these trick you into thinking you forgot to wear underwear to work. 

Best Organic Cotton

Organic Pima Cotton Bikini

Skin
journelle.com

$90.00

For the most breathable, sustainable option, always reach for 100% cotton, and no one does it better than Skin. Their super soft offerings feel barely there. 

Best Everyday Thong

Signature Lace Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky
nordstrom.com

$22.00

I know more than a few editors who refuse to wear anything other than Hanky Panky’s lace thong. It’s the ultimate go-to underwear that doesn’t ride up or cinch your waist. 

Best G-String

Naked String Thong

G-strings are known for being unbearable, but I love Kim Kardashian’s Skims thongs. They are the ultimate antidote to VPL. The straps stay put, and they don’t dig in to your waist. 

Best Mesh Thong

Soire Sheer G-String

Cosabella
cosabella.com

$19.50

This is your secret weapon: it’s sexy, comfortable and breathable enough to last all day—and night. 

Best Lightweight Bikini

Mesh Bikini

On Gossamer
nordstrom.com

$20.00

The mesh fabric is so breezy, you feel like you’re wearing nothing. 

Best Shaping Thong

Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong

Yummie
shopbop.com

$284.36

If you want a shaper that still feels like actual underwear, try Yummie’s popular thongs. 

Best Shaping Underwear

High Power Shaper Underwear

Spanx
nordstrom.com

$38.00

Spanx’ ultra-high shaper is great for slinky cami dresses. 

Best Boxer Briefs for Women

Femme Boxer

Richer Poorer
richer-poorer.com

$26.00

For fuller coverage, opt for a boxer made for women. 

Best Boy Brief

Mesh Palm Lace Boybrief Underwear

I’ve been buying the Boybriefs from Aerie for over a decade, they’re that good. 

Best Budget French-Cut

Jockey Women’s Plus Size Elance Brief 3-Pack, White/White/White, 8 (2XL)

Carrie Bradshaw would approve of these ugly-cute whitie tighties.  

Best French Cut

Whisper high cut brief

Only Hearts
onlyhearts.com

$37.00

When it comes to the thigh-high french cut, no one does it better than Only Hearts.

Best Retro Feel

Black Romance String Panty

Hello Beautiful
hello-beautiful-usa.com

$55.00

The French cut + rosette combo on this sweet pair reminds us of ’90s romance. 

Best Running Underwear

Cotton Purestretch Hipster

New Balance
newbalance.com

$19.99

With sweat-wicking power and the inability to bunch, these hipsters are ideal for marathoners.  

Best Workout Thong

Women’s UA Pure Stretch Thong Underwear 3-Pack

Under Armour
underarmour.com

$25.00

If you prefer to bench press in thongs, get these. 

Best Crotchless Panties

Goodnight Kiss Crotchless Boyshort

Oh Là Là Chéri
barenecessities.com

$12.00

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