It depends on your personal preferences and how active you'll be, but below are the main materials you can choose from when it comes to women's underwear. Most fibers are blended with spandex in the fabric to give them stretch and offer the best fit. It's also typical for underwear styles to have a cotton gusset – i.e. the layer of fabric on the inside – regardless of the main fabric. Dr. Dweck says this is especially important to avoid yeast and bacteria growth.
Lingerie also has more than one function. On the practical side, it helps keep everything in place and helps protect your skin from rubbing and chafing. On the other hand, the best lingerie makes you feel confident, sexy and playful. The jury is still out on whether sexy lingerie was invented for males or females. Since its inception, though, it is safe to say that lingerie has evolved. Designers and manufacturers have listened to women and integrated their feedback into their latest designs, making sexy comfortable too.
Cora Harrington (a.k.a. the Lingerie Addict), the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie, says that if you want something you can easily find at your local department store, Natori’s Girl Briefs are her favorite “mainstream” underwear (we heard about Harrington’s more obscure picks, too, which are further down this list). “They’re cute. They’re comfy. The Pima cotton means they’re supersoft,” she explains. “Nordstrom includes them in their annual anniversary sale, and my secret tip is to buy discontinued colorways … after all, no one cares what color your underwear is!” Dolley Frearson, co-founder and creative director of High Fashion Home, is another fan of the Natori Girl Briefs. “For everyday underwear, I need it to feel comfortable and breathable,” she says. “I also need it to appear smooth, and not pinch my skin in any place or ride up.” For Frearson, the Natori briefs check all of those boxes. “They will eventually replace almost all of your underwear in your drawer,” she promises.
Soft, comfortable, solution-oriented panties can be found at Soma®. Our #1 patented Vanishing Edge® panties feature stay-put technology for a worry-free fit. If you are looking for smoothing panties, Vanishing Tummy® panties offer the same incredible panty-line-free technology with a smoothing front panel (perfect to wear under formfitting outfits). Softer-than-cotton Embraceable® panties match back beautifully to our bras. For something lacy and silky soft, Sensuous Lace® panties feature mesh and embroidered lace that offer something special. For all-day smoothing, try the Smoothing Short. Their lightweight material smooths from hip to thigh, making them perfect under dresses and skirts. Panties are offered in XS-XXL and come in a variety of thongs, bikinis, hipsters, high-leg briefs, full-coverage briefs, retro briefs, boyshorts, and more.
I have been wearing these hose for years. Recently they have become more challenging to locate. Thankfully I found HerRoom! This particular hose wear well, look good (often have positive comments from coworkers and passengers), more comfortable than full compression styles. I highly recommend to anyone who is in the air or on their feet for long hours!
Thong: Giving you the least amount of coverage, a thong has just a strip of fabric in the back to prevent panty lines from showing through clothes. According to Dr. Dweck, they're totally safe as long as they're not too tight. "The right thong with a cotton crotch and non-chafing 'G-string' that fits well is not a problem for those who prefer them," she advises.
Panties in the modest coverage category are some of the most popular panties among women. Focused on comfort, hi-cut briefs and hipsters offer moderate to full coverage while also being nearly invisible under mid-rise pants and sometimes they even offer a bit of tummy shaping! If you like thongs but are looking for a little more coverage, one of the other best style of modest coverage panties are tangas: a comfortable transition between a bikini and a thong.
Another pair of high-waist briefs that fall closer to the Araks and Baserange spectrum of comfy-but-chic underwear comes to us from Adele Tetangco, co-founder of Garmentory, who says that she’s a fan of Botanica Workshop’s 100 percent organic, made in the USA pieces. “I prefer underwear that I can’t feel on my body. It has to just feel like an extension of my outfit,” she says. “The Astra high-waist briefs feel like you’re going commando. They’re so comfortable.”
Cora Harrington (a.k.a. the Lingerie Addict), the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie, says that if you want something you can easily find at your local department store, Natori’s Girl Briefs are her favorite “mainstream” underwear (we heard about Harrington’s more obscure picks, too, which are further down this list). “They’re cute. They’re comfy. The Pima cotton means they’re supersoft,” she explains. “Nordstrom includes them in their annual anniversary sale, and my secret tip is to buy discontinued colorways … after all, no one cares what color your underwear is!” Dolley Frearson, co-founder and creative director of High Fashion Home, is another fan of the Natori Girl Briefs. “For everyday underwear, I need it to feel comfortable and breathable,” she says. “I also need it to appear smooth, and not pinch my skin in any place or ride up.” For Frearson, the Natori briefs check all of those boxes. “They will eventually replace almost all of your underwear in your drawer,” she promises.
Man Repeller deputy editor Haley Nahman, who conducted her own extensive research about the best cotton underwear, told us that this pair from the Gap is her favorite. “Gap describes this underwear as ‘high cut,’ but I beg to differ: It’s the most classic brief shape I’ve ever encountered,” Nahman says. “I discovered them when I was on a maniacal hunt for the best cotton underwear — an endeavor that pitted these against several more expensive (and lauded) options. In the end, Gap won.” She says these are “comfortable, cute, affordable, and perfectly basic,” not to mention 100 percent cotton. “Asking for more would just be greedy.”
Pantyhose, called sheer tights in the United Kingdom and a few other countries, are close-fitting legwear covering the wearer's body from the waist to the toes. Mostly considered to be a garment for women and girls, pantyhose first appeared on store shelves in 1959 (Allen Gant's product, 'Panti-Legs')[1] as a convenient alternative to stockings and/or control panties (which, in turn, replaced girdles).

Man Repeller deputy editor Haley Nahman, who conducted her own extensive research about the best cotton underwear, told us that this pair from the Gap is her favorite. “Gap describes this underwear as ‘high cut,’ but I beg to differ: It’s the most classic brief shape I’ve ever encountered,” Nahman says. “I discovered them when I was on a maniacal hunt for the best cotton underwear — an endeavor that pitted these against several more expensive (and lauded) options. In the end, Gap won.” She says these are “comfortable, cute, affordable, and perfectly basic,” not to mention 100 percent cotton. “Asking for more would just be greedy.”


Shopping for underwear may seem like a necessary evil: it's something you know you have to do, but with so many styles and fabrics to choose from it can feel overwhelming (to say the least). You need to find something that feels comfortable, stays in place, isn't visible under clothes, and won't break the bank. And most importantly, it needs to be hygienic.
In the past, lingerie was intended to help shape a woman's figure. Obviously, today's shapewear has evolved, although the basic principles are the same. Nowadays there is shapewear for all shapes and sizes, and it's designed to help women smooth their silhouettes. This is the foundation garment that keeps everything tight and smooth — unapologetically so. Control slips, modern corsets and tummy shapers are three of the options available. Full body shapers, arm shapers and shaping camis are additional pieces. Most shapers are available in black, nude and white, although you can sometimes find them in fun prints and bold colors too.
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