If you’re like many women, you pick out a pack of undies at the mall or a big box store, and you’re set on panties for months. Do this a couple times a year, and all of a sudden you’ve got an underwear drawer full of the same cut and fabric, day in and day out. Need something slimming for that new body-con dress? Or something barely-there yet ultra-comfy to wear with leggings? You won’t find either in the bargain bin.
Instead of grabbing a handful of ho-hum undies in your size and making a beeline for the checkout, invest in a few key pairs of panties that will flatter your figure and meet all of your needs. These are the six styles of panties every woman should keep in her underwear drawer:
Shaping undergarments are a woman’s best friend. Even the most toned among us may feel more comfortable in form-fitting fashions with the added support of a high-waisted, smoothing panty like this seamless option from Maidenform. If you’re looking for something a little more alluring, DKNY offers a sheer lace option that’s ultra-flattering. Invest now, and you’ll be ready to slip into a slinky dress for a last-minute invitation at a moment’s notice.
Though we’ll refrain from breaking into song over Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Thong, it’s tempting. These sexy, barely-there panties have built up a devoted following due to their super-comfy stretch lace and smooth edges that minimize your panty line. You may want to pick up an extra pair or three.
The perfect everyday panty, bikinis offer moderate coverage that stays put all day to take you from the office to the gym. The low-rise, strappy sides keep these intimates sleek and sexy, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds: comfort and style. Bikini panties offer medium coverage that won’t show thru under heavier fabrics like denim or wool.
From comfy, breathable cotton to seamless microfiber or alluring lace, boyshort panties come in whatever fabric fits your style (and budget!). Whether it’s a sporty loungewear alternative—like these Calvin Klein classics—or a sheer lace number, there’s a boyshort panty out there for you. Offering full coverage in a modern silhouette, boyshorts are a perfect everyday alternative and offer comfortable coverage under skirts.
Another great everyday option, a hipster panty offers comfort and coverage with a low rise that keeps these intimates from feeling matronly. Looking for something that can move with you? Warner’s All-Day Fit No-Pinch Hipster has a thick band that stays put, while its silky microfiber lives up to the no-pinch name. A hipster is a perfect solution for wearing under low cut jeans.
Full coverage and no panty line sounds like an empty promise, doesn’t it? Not so with the Bali Lacy Skamp Brief. With a touch of lace and thoughtful details like a center seam that flatters your derrière, these lingerie staples are a must-have to round out your wardrobe.