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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" gray 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 Mesh Back Bikini Kit
Lively wearlively.com

This trio of mesh back panties promises coverage, but not too much. The 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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Lace Thong
Animal Lace Thong Underwear
Aerie ae.com

You'll forget you even have on underwear when you're wearing this because of the airy, lightweight lace. Take advantage of the brand's six for $25 deal. You won't regret it.

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Cotton Underwear
Wealurre Viscose Cotton Bikini Women's Breathable Panties Seamless Comfort Underwear(3128L,Stripe 2)
Wealurre amazon.com
$22.99 (32% off)

We all know cotton underwear is the best for us in terms of breathability and this pair is made of 95 percent cotton (the other five percent is spandex). The undie comes in a pack of six, so you have plenty of time to do laundry in between.

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Pink Satin Underwear
Wild Rose Satin and Stretch-Lace Briefs
Love Stories net-a-porter.com

Love Stories has the most romantic and dreamy underwear offerings. Take this satin and lace option from the label that makes something as simple as undergarments feel special and pretty. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Cotton Hipster Underwear
Hipster Underwear 3-Pack (Medium)
Calvin Klein amazon.com
$24.99 (13% off)

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 Bikini
Ruby Love

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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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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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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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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