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
Thinx has every style of panty you can think of to match your flow—yes, that flow.
Best Breathable Underwear
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
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.
Lace Back Cheeky
ThirdLove is known more for their great bras, but do not skip their underwear selection. Their top-rated cheeky fits like a dream.
Nude Floral Lace & Mesh Thong Dark Cocoa Curvy
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
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
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.
Best of Basic
If you’re searching for a no-frills undergarment, look to Everlane. Their lightweight line has you (and your booty) covered.
Best Seamless Underwear
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
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
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.
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
This is your secret weapon: it’s sexy, comfortable and breathable enough to last all day—and night.
Best Lightweight Bikini
The mesh fabric is so breezy, you feel like you’re wearing nothing.
Best Shaping Thong
Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong
If you want a shaper that still feels like actual underwear, try Yummie’s popular thongs.
Best Shaping Underwear
High Power Shaper Underwear
Spanx’ ultra-high shaper is great for slinky cami dresses.
Best Boxer Briefs for Women
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
When it comes to the thigh-high french cut, no one does it better than Only Hearts.
Best Retro Feel
Black Romance String Panty
The French cut + rosette combo on this sweet pair reminds us of ’90s romance.
Best Running Underwear
Cotton Purestretch Hipster
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
If you prefer to bench press in thongs, get these.
Best Crotchless Panties
Goodnight Kiss Crotchless Boyshort
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