Aside from that tattered—but beloved—college tee you sleep in every night, the second most-worn item(s) in your dresser is underwear. Unless you prefer to go commando, which, you do you, you probably have a panty collection that ranges from, "it's that time of the month" grey briefs to "it's our anniversary" lingerie. You need different underpinning styles depending on the occasion or outfit, right? Right.
Like with most everyday pieces in your wardrobe, your thong and brief stash needs to be replenished frequently (every six months to a year, to be precise). Now that you have an excuse to stock up, check out 2018's best styles, from the flirty to the plain and the luxe to the affordable. The options ahead are the crème de la crème of undergarments, organized by use case, so you can find exactly what you need.
Best Everyday Underwear
Give the thong a rest overnight and slip on a pair of comfy cotton boy shorts—perfect for ladies who aren’t fans of g-strings and all-lace garments. Aerie’s option provides full coverage, so you can forgo pajama pants when it's sweltering outside.
For nights when you simply want to lounge on the couch and watch four episodes of Westworld, don’t overthink your underwear choice. Go for comfort first with a pair of Commando’s seam-free panties. The no-fuss, minimalist design is available in three different colors.
Technically, you can wear any type of underwear with jeans, but I like to choose fun, embroidered options. Life’s a little more exciting when you’re wearing colorful underwear, right? I reach for this Agent Provocateur pair with pops of neon yellow when I'm feeling cheeky.
Agent Provocateur, $105
Best Underwear for Exercising
LIVELY’s geo lace bikini is my favorite kind of underwear to work out in. I call it my "invisible panty:" Thanks to the ultra-sheer material, I can go into downward dog pose without worrying about VPL.
I sent out an SOS text to my friends asking which underwear they work out in and received several recommendations on Uniqlo's seamless briefs. The undergarment is made from "AIRism fabric" (comfort ✔️), and has both dry and cool-touch technology (no trapped butt sweat ✔️).
Victoria's Secret’s no-show thong panty is seamless and elastic-free, so you'll feel like you're going commando. Thanks to the super-smooth shape, your worries about camel toe in those leggings will be non-existent.
Victoria's Secret, $10
Important note about Under Armour's "UA Peer Stretch Hipster:" It's constructed with four-way stretch, so it moves in every direction. The fabric even includes technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes—a must since you're going to sweat while running.
Under Armour, $12
Best Underwear for Tricky Outfits
Bodycon dresses notoriously reveal the outlines of your undergarments. The solution? Go with a barely-there thong. Look for underwear made with thin lace or opt for seamless styles, so they lay flat against your skin and won’t result in those dreaded ripples underneath your dress.
Fleur du Mal, $38
The tricky part of wearing a paper-thin dress is finding underwear that doesn’t expose everything. Look for briefs or boy shorts, which provide optimal butt-cheek coverage, in a skin-like shade. Baserange’s high-waisted underwear ticks these boxes, plus is made with sustainable fabric.
It seems counterintuitive, but white underwear isn’t the most suitable choice for white clothing. It’s too opaque. Instead, go with a nude option that blends in with your skin tone. These lace bikini briefs are made from soft, stretch-jersey that glues perfectly to your skin so you can wear all the LWDs you want this summer.
La Perla, $95
It's Murphy's law: Every time you wear your favorite mini dress, a gust of wind appears out of nowhere to blow your skirt up. To avoid flashing your bare cheeks to the world, pick undergarments that resemble shorts. Calvin Klein’s body boy short reveals nothing and looks sporty, not matronly.
Calvin Klein, $22