The 24 Best Seamless Underwear That Feel Like Second Skin

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When you find the perfect pair of seamless underwear, it’s like finding a new and true friend. It allows you to feel comfortable and confident in the way you look and move, and you can trust that when it makes a promise (e.g., to keep you line-free in every outfit), it’ll pull through every time.

Meet the Expert

Tamara Conlin is the VP of Product Operations & Strategy at Parade. She has nearly 15 years of experience in merchandising and product development. She's also worked at Gap, Lululemon, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Tamara Conlin, VP of Product Operations and Strategy at Parade, offers some guidance if you're in the market for this aforementioned new and true friend. "True seamless underwear has an edgeless design—no lines under clothes, even leggings," she says. "When shopping for seamless underwear, it's best to look out for these second-skin materials and fabrics, and to find a pair that shows no lines at all."

With that in mind, it’s important to remember that they won’t all feel the same; how much comfort they offer will vary from product to product. Keep your preferences and needs in mind when shopping around. To help guide you, we have scoured the internet, tried several pairs—and found la crème de la crème.

Read on for the best seamless underwear.

Our Top Picks
This seamless underwear gives you an "barely there" feeling.
Get full-coverage without worrying about your panties showing.
This wallet-friendly pick comes with six pairs of panties to swoon over.
Get more bang for your buck with panties that will surely last.
EBY's seamless brief is a solid go-to, thanks to the nylon no-slip grip, buttery soft material, and comfortable fit.
Keep the heat away with the cooling feature in these panties.
These briefs make your tush look firm without panty lines.
Barely there is an understatement with panties that never show.
If you want minimal coverage and no lines, these modal panties are for you.
Enhance you shape with briefs that offer slight compression.

Best Overall: Calvin Klein Invisibles Hipster

calvin-klein-invisible-hipsters

Calvin Klein’s “invisible” underwear is everything we could want in a pair of seamless underwear. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day and night; they’re lightweight for a barely-there feel, while still being resilient enough to last for years; and most importantly, they’re truly seamless—complete with clean edges—so they don’t show under clothes. Let’s not graze over the fact that they come in a plethora of colors and prints, so you’re sure to find the right pair for any mood.

Material: 72% nylon, 28% elastane | Colors: Black, White, Light Caramel, Amethyst Cream, Speakeasy, Nymphs Thigh +more | Size Range: XS-XL

Runner Up, Best Overall: Parade Hip Hugger Universal

Parade Hip Hugger Universal
What We Like
  • Adapts to the body

  • Versatile

  • Very stretchy and wide size ranges

What We Don't Like
  • Could have a higher-waisted option

For those who gravitate towards a fuller-coverage hipster style, this is Byrdie’s best recommendation. According to the brand, they are the world's first carbon-neutral edgeless underwear. "Universal is made with OEKO-TEX-certified recycled fabrics, and utilizes a 100 percent organic cotton gusset," explains Conlin. "Parade's smoothest fabric ever molds to the shape of your body for a second-skin feel." Not only are they super soft, but they also offer a wide size range. Another plus? Parade pleads one percent of sales to organizations dedicated to social good.

Material: 80% recycled nylon, 20% elastane | Colors: Bite (magenta), Eightball (black), Starry Sky, Heat, Sandcastle, Clementine, Slime, Watercolor, Meringue, Zest (yellow), Graphite, Cobbler (peach) | Prints: House of Mirrors | Size Range: XS-3X

What Our Editors Say

"When in doubt, I always end up reaching for a pair of Parade's buttery soft undies. They feel like you're wearing nothing and come in the most vibrant colors.” Erika Harwood, Senior Style Editor

Best Budget: Fruit of the Loom Seamless Panties

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What We Like
  • Many styles and colorways to choose from

  • No tags or side seams

  • Stretchy material

What We Don't Like
  • Runs up to two sizes larger

This pack of seamless underwear by Fruit of the Loom is a budget score given the price for a pack of six and is beloved by reviewers. The brand boasts a stretchy fabric and tag-free construction for all four styles—bikini, high-cut, hipster, and low-rise brief—in its seamless line. We also appreciate the cheery pink and purple colorways, which are great if you’re bored of the typical nude and black variety packs. For an everyday no-show panty with little effect on your shopping budget, these tick off every box.

Material: 100% nylon | Colors: Assorted pinks and purples, Black | Size Range: S-3X

Best Value: Commando Butter High Rise Panty

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What We Like
  • Elastic-free creates breathability

  • Four-way stretch

  • Buttery soft feel

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Per the name, these panties by Commando are buttery soft with an elastic-free construction for a very breathable feel. Produced from luxury Austrian modal, they feature four-way stretch with a high recovery capability, meaning they snap back after all-day wear. They’re a great value not only because of their construction and comfort but for their longevity (they’re pilling resistant) and sustainability (they're made from renewable beech trees). 

Material: 79% modal, 21% elastane | Colors: Black, Beige | Size Range: XS-XL

Best Nonslip: EBY Seamless Brief

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What We Like
  • Various color options

  • Seam-free for comfort

  • Buttery soft in feel

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too low rise for some

EBY is fairly new to the underwear scene but it's making its mark on the industry. Co-founded by Sofía Vergara, the brand's seamless brief is a solid go-to, thanks to the nylon no-slip grip (no silicone chafing), buttery soft material, and comfortable fit. If you need your undies to stay in place, whether you're headed to yoga or the office, these won't let you down. Plus, EBY funds microloans for women to start their own businesses as a way to get out of poverty, so you know your purchase is contributing to a good cause.

Material: Body: 85% recycled nylon, 15% spandex; Lining: 100% cotton | Colors: Black, Nude, Grey, Rich Mocha, Mauvewood, Fjord Blue, Raindrop, Castle Wall +more | Size Range: XS-4X

Best Splurge: Wacoal Keep Your Cool High-Cut Shaping Briefs

Wacoal Keep Your Cool High-Cut Shaping Briefs
What We Like
  • Lightweight and cooling for breathability

  • Offer a unique sporty look

  • Moderate control shaping

What We Don't Like
  • Might run a bit large

For a luxury brief, look to Wacoal. In addition to light shaping, this particular pair of briefs apparently offers a cooling feature in high temperatures. It’s the ultimate pick to support an outfit for an all-day event, where you’ll need to be cool and comfortable for hours on end. It’s worth noting that the brand recommends hand washing and line drying these briefs.

Material: 70% nylon, 30% spandex | Colors: Sand, Tap Shoe (black) | Size Range: S-2X

Best Briefs: Spanx Undie-tectable Brief

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What We Like
  • Elastic-free edges

  • Comfortable smoothing waist

  • Very invisible under clothes

What We Don't Like
  • Tad pricey

Need a little lift? Spanx’s Undie-tectable Brief promises to make your tush appear a bit firmer while solving your panty line troubles, thanks to its elastic-free edges and comfortable smoothing waist. It’s available in four neutral colors to match every outfit’s necessity, but it also comes in Sea Salt and snake print for a dash of personality.

Material: 78% nylon, 22% elastane | Colors: Very Black, Powder, Soft Nude, Umber Ash, Sea Salt | Prints: Neutral Snake | Size Range: XS-XL

Best Thong: Intimissimi Brazilian Panties in Seamless Ultra Light Microfiber

Intimissimi Brazilian Panties in Seamless Ultra Light Microfiber
What We Like
  • Make 94 percent of goods in their factories

  • Super soft in feel

  • More daring appeal

What We Don't Like
  • Limited size range

This super soft and light panty from Intimissimi offers a barely-there look and feel. It's simple—and, well, skimpy—design is perfect for those who don’t care for coverage or support but prefer not to go commando. Something to note is that this particular style has a limited size range, so if you’re on either end of the spectrum or in-between sizes, it may not be the perfect fit for you. However, a benefit of Intimissimi? Traceability. According to the brand, they produce 94 percent of goods in their factories with complete control of the supply chain. 

Material: Microfiber | Colors: White, Black, Soft Beige, Silk (off-white), Green, Intense Blue (navy), Brown Tobacco, Medium Beige, Dark Beige | Size Range: S-L

Best Bikini: CUUP The Bikini

Cuup The Bikini
What We Like
  • Many designs to choose from

  • Sweat-wicking lining brings comfort

  • Wide size range

What We Don't Like
  • Stiching could use some work

These bikini briefs in modal are easy to wear every single day due to their comfort and versatility. While not technically seamless, the style’s back V-shape makes it perfect for those looking for minimal coverage of the derriere, and CUUP assures prospective wearers that it lies flat both high on the waist and low on the hips for maximum wearability. Hygiene is also a top priority here, with an antimicrobial and sweat-wicking lining to keep you comfy at all times.

Material: 88% modal, 12% elastane | Colors: Black, Blush, Taupe, Espresso, Dahlia, Clay, Salt, Sun, Slate, Sea, Ether (light blue) | Prints: Leopard | Size Range: XS-XXL

Best Compression: Skims Sculpting High Waist Brief

Skims Sculpting High Waist Brief
What We Like
  • Enhances body's natural shape

  • Super soft feel

  • Stays invisible under clothes

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Skims seeks to enhance your body’s natural shape with its Sculpting High Waist Brief in a seamless construction. The brand claims invisibility under every garment and plenty of support around the core and butt. And since this style runs up to the bustline, it also features a silicone grip along the waistband to prevent rolling. Like virtually all of Skims’s offerings, this brief comes in nearly a dozen skin tone colors.

Material: 78% nylon, 22% spandex | Colors: Sand, Mica, Clay, Ochre, Sienna, Umber, Oxide, Cocoa, Onyx | Size Range: XXS-5X

Best High-Waisted: CUUP The Tap

Cuup The Tap
What We Like
  • Fairly wide size range

  • Made from mesh for breathability

  • Provides full yet appealing coverage

What We Don't Like
  • Tends to ride up

For full coverage and a flawless fit, look to CUUP’s high-waisted, low-hip style. Its mesh material is designed to be breathable, and its ultrasonic line bonding technology allows for its sew-free finish. The brand promises that wearers won’t experience digging in this style, or any other style for that matter. And for those interested in a more traditional seamless-like material option, this style is also offered in modal. Either way, they’re perfect for layering under thin or sheer dresses and skirts or simply lounging at home with the most comfort.

Material: 79% polyamide, 21% spandex | Colors: Salt, Taupe, Espresso, Clay, Black, Sun, Slate, Ether | Size Range: XS-XXL

Best High-Waisted Hipster: Intimissimi Invisible Touch Hipster

Intimissimi Invisible Touch Hipster
What We Like
  • Seamless edging

  • Super soft in feel

  • Gives a comfortable high rise

What We Don't Like
  • Limited size range

Intimissimi’s Invisible Touch Hipster takes a unique approach to barely-there underwear. Its tulle-like fabric makes it soft and comfortable for wearers, and the seamless edges create a no-show effect. These would particularly be a comfortable pairing with slim-fitting high-waist trousers or skirts; however, be conscious of the brand’s more limited size range.

Material: Front: 57% polyamide, 43% elastane; Back: 70% polyamide, 30% elastane; 100% inner cotton gusset | Colors: Black, Medium Beige | Size Range: S-L

Best High-Waisted Thong: Cosabella Free Cut Micro Highwaist Thong

Cosabella Free Cut Micro Highwaist Thong
What We Like
  • Gives a comfortable high waist

  • Can be worn daily

  • Many color options to choose from

What We Don't Like
  • Tad pricey

  • Smaller size range

This Italian-made free-cut thong is both comfortable and versatile enough to be worn daily. The style is designed to sit above the hip bones to complement your natural curves without showing any visible panty lines. Fun fact: The brand claims to have coined the term “No More VPL” back in the mid-1980s, so you could say they have experience in perfecting it.

Material: Body: 80% polyamide, 20% elastane; Inner gusset: 93% cotton, 7% elastane | Colors: Black, Cinque, Due, Sette, Tre, Uno (skin tones) | Size Range: S-XL

Best Compression Thong: Commando Classic Control Thong

Commando Classic Control Thong
What We Like
  • Offers light compression for comfortable close fit

  • Four-way stretch

  • Elastic- and trim-free

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

A supportive thong, like Commando’s Classic Control Thong, can be a game-changer. It offers a light to moderate amount of compression so that you may feel supported but not “stuffed.” The raw-cut edges help the garment (made of nylon and spandex) to sit flat and minimize the chances of digging. Another plus? It’s crafted from sustainably made fabric, which is PEF, OEKO-TEX 100, REACH, and ISO 14001 certified.

Material: 68% nylon, 32% spandex | Colors: Black, Beige, Caramel, Mocha | Size Range: XS-XL

Best Colors: Skims Fits Everybody Thong

Skims Fits Everybody Thong
What We Like
  • Many colors to choose from

  • Highly extensive size range

  • Affordable packages

  • Very soft in feel

What We Don't Like
  • Very delicate material

Skims prides itself on offering an inclusive color selection (as well as size range) for its products, be they an itty-bitty thong or a high-waisted brief. Most undergarments come in eight to nine skin tone colors, plus a handful of seasonal colors. Pro tip: Skims products are famous (or rather infamous) for going out of stock quickly and often, so sign up for waitlist emails to ensure you can grab your size as soon as it’s available.

Material: 79% nylon, 21% spandex | Colors: Marble, Talc, Desert, Dusk, Kyanite, Sand, Mica, Clay, Ochre, Sienna, Umber, Oxide, Cocoa, Onyx | Size Range: XXS-5X

Best Cheeky: Aerie No Show Cheeky Underwear

Aerie No Show Cheeky Underwear
What We Like
  • Various colors to choose from

  • Wide size range, including very petite

  • Affordable

  • Sweat-wicking material maintains comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Runs a bit large

For Aerie, “no show” means no visible panty lines, period. With its No Show Cheeky style, it promises no lines anywhere, even if you’re in leggings. In terms of material, the combination of nylon and elastane makes this underwear stretchy and lightweight. In fact, it’s the brand’s most lightweight fabric. It also contains wicking properties to keep you dry when you sweat; in other words, these are fitness class-friendly

Material: 87% nylon, 13% spandex | Colors: Moody Mod, Buff, Twilight, Horizon, Universe, Strength, Soft Satin, Sands, Deep Plum, True Black | Prints: Marbled Blue, Faded Raisin | Size Range: XXS-XXL

Best for Postpartum: Hatch Seamless Belly Brief

hatch-maternity-seamless-belly-brief
What We Like
  • Offers full coverage with light compression

  • Super soft in feel

  • Functional but attractive

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

If you just baked a bun and you’re looking for something seamless to smooth things out, check out Hatch’s Seamless Belly Brief. It offers full coverage and support with light sculpting compression but doesn’t look like a “granny [panty],” according to one reviewer. When figuring out your size, the brand recommends measuring the fullest part of your hips for the most comfortable fit. 

Material: 84% modal, 13% nylon, 3% elastane | Colors: Petal, Sand, Black | Size Range: S-XL

Best High-Rise Boyshort: Lunya Soft Supportive Seamless Modal Boyshort

Lunya Soft Supportive Seamless Modal Boyshort
What We Like
  • Very soft in feel

  • Side seam-free provides more comfort

  • Ribbed construction subtly sculpts

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Whether you’re looking for the perfect pair of shorts for sleeping or an undergarment that will give some extra coverage under a mini dress or skirt, this seamless modal pair by Lunya is here for you. Composed of Lenzing modal, nylon, and elastane, it’s designed to hug the body and maintain a supportive fit. It lacks side seams, which apparently reduces the possibility of chafing.

Material: 70% modal, 23% nylon, 7% elastane | Colors: Immersed Black/Otium Tan, Deep Blue/Otium Tan, Meditative Grey/Otium Tan, Sincere White/Otium Tan | Size Range: XS-XL

Best Prints: Victoria's Secret 5-pack No-Show Hiphugger Panties

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What We Like
  • Shows curves without showing too much skin

  • Affordable by bulk

  • Very comfortable

What We Don't Like
  • Colors could be more versatile

If you’re in the market for some fun and flirty prints, Victoria’s Secret has you covered—literally and figuratively. This option includes a pack of five no-show hiphugger panties that boast a smooth look and comfortable feel, thanks to the raw-cut edges. They also provide full derriere coverage, with the brand emphasizing that the style “shows curves, not skin.” It comes in two color options—a pink print variety, and a blue one.

Material: 82% polyamide, 18% elastane | Colors: Various pink prints, various blue prints | Size Range: XS-XL

Best Microfiber: Savage X Fenty Microfiber Hipster

savage-x-fenty-microfiber-hipster
What We Like
  • Many color options to choose from

  • Offers two kind of fits

  • Fairly extensive size range

What We Don't Like
  • Could have more breathability

With Rihanna at the helm, you can count on Savage X Fenty to know what they’re doing when it comes to undergarments. The brand’s popular microfiber hipster style comes in a broad palette of colors and features a mid-rise. Its bonded microfiber design and full coverage ensure you become one with the underwear—no panty lines allowed. The brand is known for its subscription service, but you can buy pieces a la carte, as well.

Material: 75% nylon, 25% spandex | Colors: Cold Blue, Honey Nude, Nude Cocoa, Highlighter Yellow, Cotton Candy, Purple Fairy Dust +more | Size Range: XS-3X

Best for Sensitive Skin: Boody Full Brief

Boody-full-brief
What We Like
  • Side seam free to provide comfort

  • Creates a streamlined silhouette

  • Plenty of stretch

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller size range

For those whose skin doesn’t fare well with typical clothing fabrics, Boody might be more comfortable for you. The Aussie-born brand is known for its use of bamboo viscose, a material that has a host of advantages and is wildly different from cotton. Silky to the touch, this fabric is said to get softer with every wash, while still maintaining its shape. The bamboo fibers made in Boody’s bras and underwear are OEKO-TEX 100 certified, which means it’s been tested for potentially harmful chemicals.

Material: 80% bamboo viscose, 13% nylon, 7% spandex | Colors: White, Black, Light Grey Marl, Nude 0, Nude 2, Nude 4, Nude 6 | Size Range: S-XL

Best High-Waist Hipster: Everlane Invisible High-Rise Hipster

Everlane-invisible-high-rise-hipster
What We Like
  • Made from recycled plastic bottles for sustainability

  • Moves with your body

  • Very soft in feel

What We Don't Like
  • Could have a wider size range

A great everyday underwear, Everlane’s Invisible High-Rise Hipster is soft and smoothing, perfect for anything from high-waist jeans to silky dresses. Bonded to lie flat against your skin, they are designed to move with you while preventing annoying (and uncomfortable) bunches—things that we do not have time for! In addition to being made from recycled nylon, one reviewer was appreciative of its more eco-friendly packaging: it arrived in just a simple cardboard packet and post-consumer plastic pouch.

Material: 87% recycled nylon, 13% elastane | Colors: Dark Tan, Light Tan, Black, Plum Grey | Size Range: XXS-XL

Best Low-Rise Boyshort: Tommy John Second Skin Boyshort

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What We Like
  • Non-pilling

  • Silky soft in feel

  • Made from cooling material for breathability

What We Don't Like
  • Tad pricey

If you’re one of the few people excited about low-rise jeans coming back in style, this is may just be your new go-to. Tommy John’s Second Skin Boyshort is meant to feel just like that: a second skin. The non-piling, super soft modal fabric makes it suitable for everyday wear. You can expect comfort despite the hip-hugging rise, too, thanks to a waistband that “won’t roll, bunch, or pinch,” according to the brand. 

Material: 90% modal, 10% spandex | Colors: Peachskin, Maple Sugar, Winetasting, Dress Blues, Black, Cool Grey Heather, Soft Pink | Size Range: XS-XXL

Best Active: Parade Thong Sport+

Parade-sport-plus-thong
What We Like
  • Sweat-wicking and cooling for breathability

  • Extensive sizes

  • Made from fully recycled material for sustainability

What We Don't Like
  • Could use more sizes on the very petite side

Parade’s Brief Sport+ has all the ingredients needed to make comfortable activewear: sweat-wicking, cooling, edgeless, quick-drying. According to Conlin, "breathability and comfort are of ultimate importance when choosing seamless underwear," which is especially true if you plan on having a sweat sesh in them. Not only does it both feel and look invisible under leggings and bike shorts, but it’s also been said that they stay put quite well. This all sounds like a recipe for a successful workout class if you ask us.

Material: Body: 80% recycled nylon, 20% elastane; Lining: 100% cotton | Colors: Blush, Acid, Starry Sky, Magic Berry | Size Range: XS-3X

What to Look for in Seamless Underwear

Material

Shapewear is generally made from nylon and spandex, though some brands are making the most of modal. The latter has many benefits: it’s approximately 50 percent more absorbent than cotton, durable enough to wear for years, doesn’t pill or shrink in the wash, and is eco-friendly because it’s biodegradable and made from plants. Another material featured in this roundup that’s worth mentioning is bamboo viscose. According to undergarment brand Boody, it’s a super soft fabric that feels light and gentle on your skin, while also being breathable and moisture-wicking.

That being said, different materials may cater to different needs, so understand this as you shop for underwear. If you have sensitive skin, bamboo viscose is hypoallergenic and may be a better choice over spandex. If your priority is product lifespan, modal may just be your best option. Additionally, options with mostly or all nylon tend to be less expensive, since nylon is one of the most cost-effective fabrics.

Cut

Not every cut will suit each wearer the same, so it’s important to consider the styles in which you’ll be most comfortable in your prospective outfits. For example, a high-waisted hipster and a boyshort might work equally well as the underpinning for a sheer mini dress, in which case it would come down to whether you feel more comfortable with more material around your core or your butt. By the same token, a seamless thong and a pair of seamless cheeky underwear may not work just as well under a bodycon dress. If you don’t want lines but still need some structure, go for compression or, at the very least, a high-waisted option.

FAQ
  • What Is Seamless Underwear?

    Seamless underwear is designed to hide panty lines, and it can sometimes offer smoothing and compression benefits. A pair of seamless underwear is ideal for when you’re wearing form-fitting clothes, like leggings, bodycon dresses, or jeans. They are meant to be stretchy, raw-edged, and are typically made from a mix of cotton, spandex, modal, nylon, or elastane. "Flexible fabrications such as nylon and elastane—both of which Parade uses for its Universal styles, invisible waistbands, and of course, showing no lines when worn underneath tight pants are important qualities to make a pair of underwear truly seamless," explains Conlin.

  • What’s The Difference Between Cotton And Modal?

    Though both are plant-based textiles, cotton and modal have some distinct differences to understand. Modal is a knit-like fabric that’s often used for luxury goods. It’s stretchy, soft, breathable, water-absorbent, durable, and resistant to wrinkles. While cotton is soft, it’s less stretchy, breathable, water-absorbent, and wrinkle-resistant.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Hayley Prokos is a seasoned commerce writer and editor. A Byrdie fashion contributor, she’s constantly on the hunt for products that make getting ready easier. Her work has appeared in SELF Magazine, Newsweek, and the daily Greek newspaper Ekathimerini (an affiliate of The New York Times), and she holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Northwestern University.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough seamless underwear from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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