We know there are certain types of bras every woman should own, but we often skip over the other useful half of that equation—undergarments. It’s safe to say that underwear is a staple part of our wardrobe. Rarely do we get dressed without it, which means always having the right types of underwear on standby is essential. To help you find the most versatile, comfortable options for your lingerie wardrobe, we’ve put together this digestible guide on the top underwear styles every woman needs. Whether you’re building your lingerie drawer from scratch or looking to buy a few new pieces, you’ll find everything you need and more here.
Read on to find which ones deserve a spot in your drawer.
How to choose the right underwear
Spoiler: There is no one best underwear style. In fact, the best underwear for you is the type that makes you feel most confident and comfortable. This could be the one style you always reach for or multiple styles you keep on rotation. But there are some different things to consider when choosing what type of underwear is right for you.
Consider the clothes you wear
When shopping for underwear, always consider the clothes you wear. This will help narrow down the fits and fabrics you should add to cart and which ones are best avoided (unless you want visible panty lines). Here are some things to consider:
- Do you need something seam-free for tight-fitting clothes? Opt for seamless or no-show panties.
- What colours of clothing do you most often wear? Think about what colour underwear would look best beneath.
- Think about the fabrics you wear. For example, if you often wear satin skirts, you might need something smooth underneath.
- Do you wear high-waisted or low-rise bottoms? You may pick high-rise or low-rise panties accordingly.
- Are you active? If so, you’ll want breathable underwear that stays in place when you’re on the go.
Try different styles
Everyone’s body is different, so everyone finds different underwear styles comfortable. Not to mention, our own panty preferences can adapt as we grow older. Over time your body can change and switching to a different underwear style may work better. You also want to consider the occasions you need underwear for – date night, work, exercise, lounging at home, period underwear – as this will help you fill your collection with the most wearable pieces.
Luckily, women’s underwear comes in many different shapes and styles. While you might have some tried-and-true silhouettes, you may find types you haven’t tried before to be a nice change. Keep reading to discover beloved and new favourites you’ll want to add to your collection.
Underwear styles you should have in your collection
Say goodbye to visible panty lines with seamless underwear. These panties are bump-free, so you can’t see them under clothes, making them ideal for wearing under any tight-fitting outfits. Whether you’re in workwear (pencil skirts, dress pants, etc.) or activewear, a good pair of seamless undies will feel comfortable and look invisible. They’re nice and smooth against the skin, so they’re comfy for all-day wear. Plus, they come in a variety of colours, cuts, and rises.
Bendon No Show High Rise Thong
Why you’ll love it: An ultra-flattering no-show thong featuring a high-rise silhouette, smooth fabric, and laser-cut edges for an invisible look.
Bendon Seamless High Cut Brief
Why you’ll love it: For comfortable underwear you can live in, try the Seamless High Cut Brief. This seamless underwear style is made with a soft knit material that’s oh-so comfy and discreet under clothing. It has a higher cut on the hip to elongate and flatter the legs.
Bendon Seamless High Rise Brief
Why you’ll love it: The Seamless High Rise Brief is a full coverage option designed for all-day comfort. Made with a breathable, cosy soft knit material, you can wear this style daily or save it for days lounging at home.
Bendon Seamless Thong
Why you’ll love it: The Seamless Thong will help you avoid VPL no matter what you’re wearing. The smooth, soft knit fabric is comfortable yet breathable while remaining seamless underneath clothing. The thong silhouette has less coverage on the hips and bum, so you’re less likely to see it peeking through your outfit.
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Thongs and G-strings
Thongs and g-strings are the perfect panties for showing off your curves. They are more revealing than other styles (with G-strings being a bit more revealing than thongs), but that’s what makes them so discreet under clothes. They’re a popular choice for date night when you want to feel sexy and confident or as a minimal option for everyday wear. These underwear styles come in so many options – think seamless, high-waisted, and cotton – and you can enjoy sexy lace, playful patterns, and bold colours. Either way, you’re bound to find something you feel comfortable in.
Bendon Clemence Thong
Why you’ll love it: The Clemence Thong combines the best features of a thong and a G-string. The narrow waistband is slim and subtle, so you don’t see it under clothing. It’s minimal while still offering decent coverage in the front and back.
Me.by Bendon Simply Me Thong
Why you’ll love it: The Simply Me Thong is cute, dainty and comfortable. The soft modal cotton fabric keeps your body temperature cool while the stretch lace trim is comfy on the hips.
Pleasure State My Fit Lace Thong
Why you’ll love it: This lacy little number is every bit luxurious as it is comfortable. Lace covers the front and back, and a soft elastic waistline never digs into the legs or midriff.
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Midi and Boyleg
If you’re looking for a pair of cute, comfortable panties that provide more coverage than a Brazilian or thong, try midi and boyleg briefs. With a nice amount of coverage on the bum and hips, these essential underwear styles are super comfortable for everyday wear. They’re especially great for sleeping in or wearing on your period to stay comfy since they don’t ride up. Yes, they’re ideal for lounging, but they can still look sexy, especially when you add lace and pretty colours to the equation.
Want a little more coverage on the upper thigh area? Opt for a boyshort.
Lovable Sexy and Seamless Boyshort Brief
Why you’ll love it: This boy-short cuts low on the hips and has full coverage on the bum for a flattering shape and comfy fit.
Fayreform Lace Perfect Midi Brief
Why you’ll love it: This brief is not only chic and feminine, but it’s comfortable too. It has generous bottom coverage and deeper side seams for more coverage on the thigh. Plus, it’s silky soft fabric feels comfy day and night.
Bendon COMfit Collection Midi Brief
Why you’ll love it: This mid-rise brief has full coverage on the bum and a smooth leg finish for maximum comfort. The silky-smooth fabric and soft stretch mesh ensures a seamless appearance underneath clothing.
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If you don’t already have a pair or two of high-waisted underwear in your lingerie collection, now is the time to add some to your drawer. High-rise undies are great if you want extra coverage on the tummy or if you’re wearing high-waisted clothing and don’t want your underwear band to show. High-cut, full brief styles are also perfect as comfy underwear after birth or a C-section. They’re more supportive on the tummy and sit higher on the body, making them less likely to irritate delicate areas.
High-waisted panties come in different coverage options too, from thongs to full briefs, so you have options when getting dressed.
Me.by Bendon Audacious Print High Cut Brief
Why you’ll love it: This on-trend brief perfectly flatters women’s curves with a high-cut leg, modern high waist, and stretch mesh fabric.
Fayreform Mystique Full Brief
Why you’ll love it: This is the underwear you reach for when you want to feel (and look) stunning. The full lace, high-rise design offers full coverage for a comfortable, flattering fit you can wear with trousers, dresses, or jeans.
The Minimalist High Cut Brief
Why you’ll love it: If you prefer undies with plenty of coverage, you’ll love The Minimalist. This high-cut brief sits higher on the waist and has a higher leg line to elongate your legs. The soft stretch waistband and smooth fabric make it an easy choice for every day.
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