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The Best Underwear for Women, From Cheeky Styles to Comfy Briefs

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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 2020'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, so you can find exactly what you need for any type of activity.

Mesh Back Underwear
The Nude Mesh Back Bikini Bundle
Lively wearlively.com

This trio of mesh back panties promises a little coverage but not so much. The low rise sits on the hips if you're not a fan of super high-waisted briefs and we love the color offerings, too.

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High-Waist Lace Underwear
Floral Lace High-Waist Brief
Savage X Fenty savagex.com

We love the minty green hue of this high-waist brief from Rihanna's Savage X Fenty line. The subtle yellow florals and lace on the sides give this undergarment a sweet but sexy vibe. 

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Gingham Print Underwear
Ruffle Trim Gingham Briefs
& Other Stories stories.com

This red gingham print underwear is best described as sweet and feminine. Wear with the matching bra, which has zero padding.

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Beige Underwear
Tencel Mid-Rise Brief in Ada Nude
Proclaim wearproclaim.com

Everyone needs a pair of beige underwear they can pull on at a moment's notice under too-sheer clothing. This mid-rise brief is made from tencel, a fabric that feels like a combination of silk and cotton.

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Moisture-Wicking Underwear
Shell Thong
Girlfriend girlfriend.com

Girlfriend's new "Everyday GF collection" includes underwear and socks made from recycled plastic bottles for your loungewear days. The panties promise no VPL (visible panty lines) and are moisture-wicking too.

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Lace and Satin Underwear
Ondina Color Block Panty
Sofia Luzon anyalust.com

If you're looking for a special occasion underwear that is basically lingerie, this is our pick. The lace piece is lined with soft tulle on the inside while the outside is made of silk satin for that luxurious look. Check out the underwear's back for a cheeky detail.  

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Seamless Underwear
Butter Seamless Hipster Panties
Commando nordstrom.com

Commando's known for its buttery soft and line-free undergarments under clothes, so this underwear is perfect if you're wearing a tight dress or pair of pants and want to avoid VPL. 

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Embroidered Floral Underwear
Lily Satin-Trimmed Embroidered Thong
Fleur du Mal net-a-porter.com

You can always count on Fleur du Mal to create the dreamiest undergarments. This light blue, low-rise thong is made from sheer stretch tulle and embroidered with satin lilies for an artistic finish. 

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High-Cut Briefs
Women's High Cut Brief
Richer Poorer richer-poorer.com

Richer Poorer's loungewear pieces are amazingly soft and cozy, so you can expect the same for its undergarments. This pair of high-cut briefs is great for wearing alone or under your terry sweat shorts.

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Pack of 3 Printed Underwear
3-Pack Cotton-Modal Bikini Undies Set
Madewell madewell.com

Before you start investing in luxury underwear, you need the basics. Madewell's pack of three cotton undies are super soft and come in bright prints that will stand out in your drawers.  

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Sensual Underwear
Rose Panty
TyLynn Nguyen tylynnnguyen.com

It's amazing what two extra pieces of string will do for your undergarment. This instantly makes the piece sexier and draws attention to your hips. You can wear it as lingerie or as an everyday piece because treat yourself. 

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Silk Blend Underwear
La Pagode Concorde Lace Trim Briefs
Eres net-a-porter.com

This copper-color pair of panties is made from a blend of silk so soft, it'll feel invisible on your skin. If you're all about quality over quantity, you'll want to invest in a few pair of these because nothing else will do. 

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Cotton Hipster Underwear
Hipster Underwear 3-Pack (Medium)
Calvin Klein amazon.com

According to reviews, this pack of underwear fits well, are durable, and even stands up to the comfort test if you're hiking outdoors. If you're looking for affordable basic undies, add these to your checkout cart now.

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Scallop Underwear
Crosby Scalloped Cheeky
Liberté liberte.co

For those who love scallop designs, this mid-rise underwear is for you. The sexy detail complements the semi-sheer and high-cut leg details of this undie. 

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Boy Shorts
Boy Short
Skims skims.com

If you're a no to thongs or other cheeky underwear, go for a full-coverage boy short from Kim Kardashian's Skims line. This pair of undie has quick-drying properties and stretch technology for a comfortable fit. 

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Emoji Underwear
Naughty Emoji Thong Set
Morgan Lane x Alison Lou shopbop.com

Morgan Lane's got your Monday through Sunday underwear game covered with this pack of seven pair undies. The emojis make it easily distinguishable from the rest of your black undergarments and give your undies a fun design twist. We're team eggplant. 

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Period-Friendly Underwear
Period Underwear Brief in Rose Quartz
Ruby Love rubylove.com

It's that time of the month and you're looking for an underwear that's leak proof. Enter: Ruby Love. The company makes period underwear that looks like your regular pair of briefs, but Ruby Love's selections give you extra protection. 

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Logo Underwear
Savage X Hipster
Savage X Fenty savagex.com

The Savage X Fenty undergarments don't stay in stock for long, so if you see something you like, buy it on the spot. We're staking our claim on a pair of these logo-covered panties.

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White Lace Underwear
Eco-Crochet Low Rise Thong
Hanky Panky nordstrom.com

As with beige or black, a pair of white underwear is essential to your undergarments collection. This Hanky Panky stretchy lace thong is made from recycled fibers and will look invisible under even your most clingy dress.

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Workout Underneath
Namastay Put Hipster 3 Pack
Lululemon lululemon.com

Working out is less of a nuisance when you don't have to worry about uncomfortable underwear. Lululemon's pack of three "namastay" hipsters are lightweight, sweat-wicking, and stays put no matter what activity you're doing.

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Tie-Dye Underwear
Ribbed High Waisted Thong Underwear
Aerie ae.com

The tie-dye mania has made its way into underwear too. Fans of Aerie's six for $25 deal will want to add this blue thong to their shopping cart.

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Lightweight Mesh Underwear
Threesome Ivy 3 Pack Panties
Love Stories shopbop.com

We're fans of mesh underwear because they feel like a second skin. Love Stories offers three cool printed pairs in its pack of mesh undies, which sets you up for success. 

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Lace Cheeky Underwear
Graphic Lace Cheeky
ThirdLove thirdlove.com

This lace design is an original from ThirdLove and has a mid-rise fit that shows a little bit of cheek. The sturdy elastic waistband will keep the underwear from moving around as you walk.  

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Lace Bikini Underwear
Full Circle Lace Bikini
Commando nordstrom.com

You don't need colorful underwear to make you excited about the style. We love the delicate and pretty scalloped waistband and design on the front of this pair of neutral-hued panties.

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Red Lace Underwear
Sweet Treat Infinity Boy Short
Cosabella bananarepublic.gap.com

This underwear is made in Italy (fancy) and will immediately draw your eyes towards it because of the bright red color. Slip this on and you'll feel confident and strong in tackling the day's goals. 

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Cotton Underwear Pack
4-Pack Cotton Hipster Briefs
H&M hm.com

Revive your older stash of cotton briefs with this set from H&M. Their no-fuss designs make them practical everyday options. 

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Shade-Inclusive Underwear
Cocoa High-Waist Boy Short
Nubian Skin nubianskin.com

Nubian Skin offers inclusive nude undergarments, so if you haven't found the right shade for you yet check this pair of undies out. Once you find the perfect match, you'll never turn back. 

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