The 34 Best Pairs of Underwear for Women

From boy-shorts to thongs.

Woman wearing brown undergarments


A comfortable, well-crafted pair of underwear is the unsung hero of wardrobe staples. It's ubiquitous yet underrated; it's necessary but perpetually relegated to low-priority shopping lists. Sure, a cotton brief is not as thrilling as a trendy Cottagecore puff-sleeve blouse, but you know what you'll wear week-after-week, month-after-month, year-after-year? That's right—your underwear. Further, stocking up on a fresh inventory of panties can be thought of as a form of self-care. After all, what you wear underneath your clothing is just as important as the clothing itself. It's what you strip down to at the end of each day and arguably the most intimate item you put on your body.

If you're convinced it's time to stock up on a few new pairs of underwear, you'll be pleased to know that options are abundant in 2021. In recent years, a slew of startups focusing on size-inclusive undergarments have begun to pop up. Long gone are the days, it seems, of lingerie brands featuring one specific body type without any signs of cellulite or curves. Many of today's designers understand that it's essential to represent the vast spectrum of bodies when showcasing their offerings. Ahead, we've rounded up 34 options that mirror these sentiments and are worthy of a spot in your underwear drawer.

Floral Lace Cheeky
Savage x Fenty Floral Lace Cheeky $20.00

A delicate shade of lavender teamed with floral lace renders this mid-rise cheeky panty a perfect pick for the romantic type. Also, it’s Rihanna-approved. 

The Highwaist
Cuup The Highwaist $18.00

If you haven’t heard of the lingerie brand Cuup yet, it’s time to get acquainted. Their innovative design offers high-performance fabrics, inclusive sizing, and modern silhouettes and color palettes.

Play Boyshort
Parade Play Boyshort $13.00

Say 'hello' to the softest and most breathable pair of color-block boyshorts you’ll ever meet. You'll want to lounge around in these beauties all weekend long.

Shell Thong
Girlfriend Shell Thong $14.00

This classic thong is made with 80-percent recycled plastic bottles and features a moisture-wicking liner for optimum comfort. 

Mesh Trim Thong
Cherri Mesh Trim Thong $20.00

We don't just love this Cherri thong for its cheery color palette and stylish silhouette; with each purchase, the company donates underwear and hygiene products to women in homeless shelters across the US. 

Goddess Chikini
Skarlett Blue Goddess Chikini $20.00

If you’ve been searching for a pair of underwear that feels slightly sexier than your everyday briefs but don’t compromise on comfort, try these sleek 'chikinis.' 

Richer Poorer Boxer Brief $26.00

Quality fabric and craftsmanship aside, we can’t get over this playful green hue—it’s an instant mood-booster.

 Isabella Panty Posey
Araks Isabella Panty Posey $50.00

The organic cotton fabric and soft crochet trim make this minimalist panty a no-brainer pick. Snag one in all of your favorite colors.

Blue Heart Knickers
Stripe & Stare Blue Heart Knicker $23.00

An unfortunate fact of life is that some underwear can irritate your most intimate parts (talking to you, mesh). If you’re someone who can only wear breathable cotton underwear, Stripe & Stare’s collection is a smart pick. Plus, this heart-print pair is charming to boot.

Pima Cotton Thong
ThirdLove Pima Cotton Thong $15.00

This is a breathable Pima cotton thong that you’ll feel great in each wear.

Loup Charmont Signature Bloomer $65.00

This delicate pair of floral bloomers are crafted with fine Italian cotton and silk fabric. They're like a breath of fresh air for your underwear drawer.

Perfect Thong
Nubian Skin Perfect Thong $18.00

Founder Ade Hassan created Nubian Skin to provide essential undergarments for women of color. Her collection offers inclusive nude pieces, including this sleek 100-percent cotton low-rise thong.

Low Rise Thong
Eterne Low Rise Thong $35.00

If you’re into that '90s supermodel vibe, Eterne has a few pairs of underwear you’ll want to see. Plus, Kaia Gerber and Emily Ratajkowski are fans of the brand.

Nellie Panty
Morgan Lane Nellie Panty $98.00

If Marie Antoinette Rococo-era vibes are your aesthetic, this ruffled bloomer ought to pique your interest. How cute are the hand-embroidered daisies? 

Lace Back Hipster
Soma Lace Back Hipster $28.00

Classy in the front, cheeky in the back. This underwear style never fails to boost confidence. 

Pure Panty
Wolford Pure Panty $95.00

Well-known for their unparalleled hosiery, Wolford also offers an edit of classic, comfortable underwear. 

May Softest Thong
Eberjey May Softest Thong $25.00

Anyone who’s worn Eberjey before knows how insanely soft their fabrics are, which is why a pair of their underwear feels like a must. 

Organic Thong
Skin Basic Organic Thong $24.00

100-percent organic Pima cotton cements this thong as a classic underwear staple. You might want to stock up on the other colors while you’re at it.

Boyfriend Boxer
Skims Boyfriend Boxer $26.00

If you have a boyfriend and find yourself stealing his boxers regularly, maybe it’s time to invest in your own (he can thank us later).

Kiki De Montparnasse Cashmere Boyshort $250.00

Cashmere underwear? Oh yes. Consider these your new loungewear staple.

Linda Brief
Love Stories Linda Brief $35.00

Feel effortless and feminine in this lacy brief crafted from recycled yarns.

Cabana Cotton Hip Thong
On Gossamer Cabana Cotton Hip Thong $20.00

If you appreciate the classics, this heather grey brief made from Peruvian Pima cotton is a no-brainer. 

Mocha Seamless Thong
Nude Barre Mocha Seamless Thong $19.00

Nude Barre celebrates the nuances and variations of skin tones, which is one of many reasons why their assortment of underwear is a can’t-miss.

 Lila Bikini Brief
Botanica Workshop Lila Bikini Brief $40.00

This is the kind of underwear you’ll want to post on Instagram. LA-based Botanica Workshop uses certified organic cotton to create underwear in wearable shapes and bold colors. 

Cactus Undies
Poppy Undies Cactus Undies $55.00

Model Emily Labowe founded Poppy Undies after learning how to embroider. Her line offers one style—a high-rise French cut—with various charming embroidered motifs on the front (cue the cactus).

Never Say Never Curvy Cutie Low Rise Thong
Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Cutie Low Rise Thong $25.00

No underwear roundup is complete without a mention of Cosabella’s gloriously cozy lace thongs. 

Mies Brief
Kye Intimates Mies Brief $55.00

This pair of underwear was named after architect Mies van der Rohe, who was known for his minimalist structural frameworks. Undies with a backstory? Yes, please.

Seamless Thong
KiT Seamless Thong $28.00

Kiss unwanted underwear lines au revoir with this pretty seamless thong.

Silky Thong
Negative Silky Thong $30.00

This low-rise thong is made from Belgian stretch nylon and has a 100-percent cotton lining. It’s also quite sexy.

High-Rise Brief
Knickey High-Rise Brief $13.00

This high-rise brief features French-cut leg openings. In other words, it looks and feels great.

Lily High Waist Knicker
Dora Larsen Lily High Waist Knicker $54.00

If neutrals aren’t your favorite, fret not. Dora Larsen’s joyful use of color is not to be missed.

La Sette Panty $70.00

These black lace undies will always make you feel sexy and feel great on the skin. You might want to toss the matching bra in your cart while you’re at it.

Hi Cut Brief
Hanro Moa Hi Cut Brief $30.00

Hanro is a leader in ultra-soft underwear fabrics, which is enough to justify adding a pair of their panties to your collection.

Bell Pants
Base Range Bell Pants $30.00

These gorgeous purple panties are a worthy investment. They're 95-percent bamboo and made in Portugal.

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