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The 27 Best (and Sexiest) Underwear Styles For Every Occasion

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Every situation calls for a different pair of underwear. You’d never wear your workday thong on weekend errands, or your gym hipsters to the office. And while we honestly believe granny panties are sexy, that iconic scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary is all too relatable. But after a year stuck in the house dressing up in oversized sweaters and hoodies, it’s time to hit the refresh button on your top drawer. We’re sure some pairs have overstayed their welcome and you need to get rid of styles you haven’t reached for in years. From anti-VPL thongs to leakproof underthings that will save you the embarrassment, these are the absolute best underwear for every need.

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Best For Heavy Flow

French Cut

Thinx has every style of panty you can think of to match your flow—yes, that flow.

Best Breathable Underwear

Beyondsoft Panties

Fruit of the Loom
amazon.com

$19.96

Your golden treasure deserves to breathe outside of beauty sleep hours. Fruit of the Loom made it easy for you with these super soft panties that make you feel like you’ve gone incognito. 

Best for Lounging

Boyleg Brief

Boody
boodywear.com

$40.00

You’ll never want to take these briefs off—though you should—thanks to its comfortable, plush bamboo viscose fabric with the right amount of stretch you hug your body.

Best For Menopause

Leakproof High Rise

Live a worry- and leak-free life in your Knix panties. This version was designed specifically for those who don’t allow experiencing incontinence to slow them down.

Best Cheeky

Lace Back Cheeky

ThirdLove
thirdlove.com

$28.00

ThirdLove is known more for their great bras, but do not skip their underwear selection. Their top-rated cheeky fits like a dream.

Best Inclusive

Nude Floral Lace & Mesh Thong Dark Cocoa Curvy

Love, Vera
lovevera.com

$15.00

Lova, Vera understands that nude isn’t always one-color-fits-all. Best known for their inclusive range of lingerie and undergarments, Love, Vera has panties to match deep complexions who are often left out of the nude conversation.

Mesh Crotchless High Leg Bikini

Savage X offers just about every pair of underwear for every occasion but here’s one that does all the talking so you don’t have to.

Best for Deep Complexions

Plumetis High-Waist Brief

Nubian Skin
nubianskin.com

$37.50

As the name suggests, Nubian Skin caters to the deeper tones on the complexion spectrum by providing seamless underwear for those barely-there dress moments.

Best for the 70s Obsessed

Gathered Mini Briefs

& Other Stories
stories.com

$19.00

Little House on the Prairies—but make it undergarments.

4-pack Mesh Thong Briefs

H&M’s pack deals are is the best bang for your buck.

Everlane
everlane.com

$15.00

If you’re searching for a no-frills undergarment, look to Everlane. Their lightweight line has you (and your booty) covered. 

Best Seamless Underwear

Stretch Thong

Commando
net-a-porter.com

$22.00

This underwear is used by legit fashion stylists for photo shoots and red carpets, so you know it’s going to be good. It’s the next best thing to going Commando, hence the brand’s name. Seriously, you might have a midday anxiety attack, because these trick you into thinking you forgot to wear underwear to work. 

Best Organic Cotton

Organic Pima Cotton Bikini

Skin
journelle.com

$90.00

For the most breathable, sustainable option, always reach for 100% cotton, and no one does it better than Skin. Their super soft offerings feel barely there. 

Best Everyday Thong

Signature Lace Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky
nordstrom.com

$22.00

I know more than a few editors who refuse to wear anything other than Hanky Panky’s lace thong. It’s the ultimate go-to underwear that doesn’t ride up or cinch your waist. 

Best G-String

Naked String Thong

G-strings are known for being unbearable, but I love Kim Kardashian’s Skims thongs. They are the ultimate antidote to VPL. The straps stay put, and they don’t dig in to your waist. 

Best Mesh Thong

Soire Sheer G-String

Cosabella
cosabella.com

$19.50

This is your secret weapon: it’s sexy, comfortable and breathable enough to last all day—and night. 

Best Lightweight Bikini

Mesh Bikini

On Gossamer
nordstrom.com

$20.00

The mesh fabric is so breezy, you feel like you’re wearing nothing. 

Best Shaping Thong

Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong

Yummie
shopbop.com

$20.00

If you want a shaper that still feels like actual underwear, try Yummie’s popular thongs. 

Best Shaping Underwear

High Power Shaper Underwear

Spanx
nordstrom.com

$38.00

Spanx’ ultra-high shaper is great for slinky cami dresses. 

Best Boxer Briefs for Women

Femme Boxer

Richer Poorer
richer-poorer.com

$26.00

For fuller coverage, opt for a boxer made for women. 

Best Boy Brief

Mesh Palm Lace Boybrief Underwear

I’ve been buying the Boybriefs from Aerie for over a decade, they’re that good. 

Best Budget French-Cut

Jockey Women’s Plus Size Elance Brief 3-Pack, White/White/White, 8 (2XL)

Jockey
amazon.com

Carrie Bradshaw would approve of these ugly-cute whitie tighties.  

Best French Cut

Whisper high cut brief

Only Hearts
onlyhearts.com

$37.00

When it comes to the thigh-high french cut, no one does it better than Only Hearts.

Best Retro Feel

Black Romance String Panty

Hello Beautiful
hello-beautiful-usa.com

$55.00

The French cut + rosette combo on this sweet pair reminds us of ’90s romance. 

Best Running Underwear

Cotton Purestretch Hipster

New Balance
newbalance.com

$19.99

With sweat-wicking power and the inability to bunch, these hipsters are ideal for marathoners.  

Best Workout Thong

Women’s UA Pure Stretch Thong Underwear 3-Pack

Under Armour
underarmour.com

$25.00

If you prefer to bench press in thongs, get these. 

Best Crotchless Panties

Goodnight Kiss Crotchless Boyshort

Oh Là Là Chéri
barenecessities.com

$12.00

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Chromat Gave Me Permission to Celebrate Myself

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We’re by the ocean, but it’s not just any beach. It’s Jacob Riis Park, where queer people flock to get away from city noise and flaunt our bodies, curves, bulges, rolls, scars… everything that makes us beautiful.

“It’s the place where I’ve seen more Chromat in the wild than any place on earth,” says Becca McCharen-Tran, designer of the brand.

Bodies of water have always been a source of power for us. In New York City, those who aren’t at the beach often hang at the piers along the Hudson River. Water is a source of life.

As a model for this collection, I am walking alongside people of different sizes, ancestries, and abilities. We are living embodiments of our lineage carried forward. In these times, colonization has severed us from our past selves, where many of us were spiritual leaders, historians, shamans, mediums—we were respected for the knowledge we brought to our people.

The runway procession at Chromat.

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This collection, titled “Collective Opulence Celebrating Kindred,” demands that the world witness us. We are beautiful and unchanged. We are beautiful in all the ways we seek to transform, too.

“As trans and gender nonconforming, non-binary, intersex people, we deserve to feel pleasure and feel sexy, like hot and delicious, as huge meals and little snacks,” says artist and filmmaker Tourmaline, who collaborated with McCharen-Tran on the spring/summer 2022 collection.

Runway shows have begun to diverge from thin, white, and tall because of the many years activists spent trying to shift entrenched cultural norms. Plus-size models are only sprinkled into runway shows, even though the majority of American women are plus-size in the eyes of the fashion industry. Chromat has consistently showcased the full scope of humanity, in all of our abilities, genders, and body types.

“When we used to ask our friends to model, it was so shocking. Now it’s the bare minimum with brands,” says McCharen-Tran. “With this collection, it’s also a jump forward in how trans bodies can be envisioned.”

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Xoài Pham.

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“Chromat has consistently showcased the full scope of humanity, in all of our abilities, genders, and body types.”

I have spent years strategizing how to warp my body in a way that creates safety for me. At the beach, especially, where our bodies are on full display, trans women are constantly wracked with danger. What makes it all the more heartbreaking is that my ancestors lived by the Pacific, in central Vietnam. They would greet the day at sunrise to be in the ocean. It was a source of food, play, and solace. The ocean is home. But it was made to be dangerous to me after many centuries of criminalization and targeting of gender-variant people.

What’s remarkable about Chromat’s commitment to showcasing all kinds of bodies is the way it allows us to experience a future we’ve always deserved. For a moment, we are time-traveling together. We are bringing the future to us.

When I nervously slipped on the one-piece, made with a pouch for people who have penises, I thought of all the times I had to hide and pretend that I had a body that wasn’t mine. This time, I was given permission to not only come as I am, but celebrate myself and those who share my experience. I was asked to let myself breathe and take pleasure in just being me, alongside my community.

Hair and makeup was intended to emulate archival photos of Black trans icon Marsha P. Johnson, with heavy blush on her cheeks and flowers throughout her hair.

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Models at Jacob Riis Beach.

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“So much of Marsha’s legacy was around fashion,” says Tourmaline. “Marsha’s actions were in rebellion to the morality of the state, using fashion to control trans bodies, like with the anti-crossdressing laws police enforced to raid Stonewall. Those laws have an aesthetic level of violence.”

The runway show was a ritual in remembrance of the people who led the way for us to be able to be all of who we are.

When we listen to the ocean, we are listening to ourselves. If we listen closely, we can hear the laughs of Marsha P. Johnson, the shouts of Sylvia Rivera in between drags of her cigarette. We can hear the clacking heels of Octavia St. Laurent.

As writer and scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs teaches us, water holds memories through sound waves that live inside the ebb and flow. All of this history is stored and carried along the Hudson, down to where the river meets the coastline of the Rockaways. And from there, it travels to the oceans that carry our trauma and our lineage. Here we are, unabashed, in each other’s arms, in their name, in their memory.

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Billie Eilish Changed Into a Stunning Red Oscar de la Renta Cape Dress Inside the 2021 Met Gala

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Billie Eilish’s nude princess dress just started her night at the Met Gala. While most celebs debuted their second looks at the Met Gala after parties, Eilish changed inside the gala. She switched into a sheer red Oscar de la Renta cape dress.

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billie eilish at the 2021 met gala in her second dress

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She wore a third look, a lace top and sleeveless black mini dress, at an after party later.

Eilish spoke to The Guardian at the end of July about the pressure some people feel to always look good and how she views it. “Since I was a kid, my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good,” she started. “I’ve noticed that, and it makes me so sad. If you’re always standing a certain way, walking in a certain way, and always have your hair just so… It’s such a loss to always try to always look good. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.”

She added that she is not fully immune to the pressures social media or unaffected by the edited photos posted there. “I see people online, looking like I’ve never looked,” she said. “And immediately I am like, oh my God, how do they look like that? I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, oh God, that makes me feel really bad. And I mean, I’m very confident in who I am, and I’m very happy with my life.”

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Why Miley Cyrus Didn’t Attend the 2021 Met Gala

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Miley Cyrus’s big return to the Met Gala will have to wait another year. The singer was not at the New York City event this evening. She didn’t reveal her exact whereabouts on her Instagram, but she was last photographed earlier this month, performing in Napa, California. The singer was not in New York City for fashion week last week or the MTV VMAs yesterday either.

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Cyrus last attended the Met Gala in 2019 with her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.

Cyrus opened up to Vogue in June about her fashion and how her style has evolved over the years. “Fashion to me is kind of flipping yourself inside out,” she said. “It’s like wearing your heart, wearing your guts, wearing your values, wearing your identity, wearing your pain, wearing your joy. There’s something kind of childlike [about it]. You’re so fearless when you get yourself dressed when you’re a kid. You don’t think about what someone will think of you or what they’ll judge. It’s just about expression and how you feel that day. There’s a fearlessness. And so when I get dressed, I try to kind of think like my inner child, and be genuine and authentic in whatever I’m wearing.”

The outlet asked her what layers of herself she keeps private. “Well, if I answered this question, then I wouldn’t really be holding it back from the public!” she started. “But I have a very intimate and close relationship with my family. But like all families, we’re also complex, but we embrace the fact that each of us are so different from one another. Me and my siblings, we’re a lot alike, but we also have big differences. And we just accept that and don’t judge each other. And our family makes unconditional love a priority.”

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