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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. Since we're now all living in outfits made solely of panties and hoodies, it's time you reconsider your underwear 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 cotton underthings your gyno will thank you for, these are the absolute best underwear for every need.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Best of Basic The Bikini Everlane everlane.com $12.00 SHOP NOW
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 SHOP NOW
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 $26.00 SHOP NOW
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 SHOP NOW
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 Skims skims.com $22.00 SHOP NOW
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 SHOP NOW
This is your secret weapon: it's sexy, comfortable and breathable enough to last all day—and night.
Best High-Rise Thong What’s Silky Mesh? Parade yourparade.com $1.20 SHOP NOW
Parade is social media's favorite underwear brand. Not only are their pairs crazy affordable, but they are flattering and come in fun colors and patterns.
Best Stick-On Thong Adhesive Thong Kit kitundergarments.com $28.00 SHOP NOW
Brave enough for a double waist high slit, but not brave enough to go commando? Kit has your back(side).
Best Bulk Buy 3-pack Cotton Thong Briefs H&M hm.com $9.99 SHOP NOW
H&M's pack deals are totally worth it.
Best Self-Timer Underwear Modern Cotton Bikini Calvin Klein calvinklein.us $14.00 SHOP NOW
You also need the matching bra, natural lighting, and crisp white sheets for an IG-friendly boudoir shoot.
Best Lightweight Bikini Mesh Bikini On Gossamer nordstrom.com $15.00 SHOP NOW
The mesh fabric is so breezy, you feel like you're wearing nothing.
Best Nude Range Microfiber Bikini Savage X savagex.com $16.50 SHOP NOW
We support anything Rihanna does, but it doesn't hurt that her lingerie line is amazing. She made sure her range of nude underthings was super inclusive, so your shade is here.
Best Shaping Thong Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong Yummie shopbop.com $18.00 SHOP NOW
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 $28.50 SHOP NOW
Spanx' ultra-high shaper is great for slinky cami dresses.
Best Boxer Briefs for Women Femme Boxer Richer Poorer richer-poorer.com $26.00 SHOP NOW
For fuller coverage, opt for a boxer made for women.
Best Cheeky Hipster Lace Back Cheeky ThirdLove thirdlove.com $24.00 SHOP NOW
ThirdLove is known more for their great bras, but do not skip their underwear selection. Their top-rated cheeky fits like a dream.
Best Boy Brief Mesh Palm Lace Boybrief Underwear Aerie ae.com $12.50 SHOP NOW
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 $22.50 SHOP NOW
Carrie Bradshaw would approve of these ugly-cute whitie tighties.
Best French Cut Whisper high cut brief Only Hearts onlyhearts.com $37.00 SHOP NOW
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 SHOP NOW
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 SHOP NOW
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 [REGULAR] Under Armour underarmour.com $25.00 SHOP NOW
If you prefer to bench press in thongs, get these.
Best Playful Brand Fawn Full Brief Agent Provocateur agentprovocateur.com $115.00 SHOP NOW
If you want lingerie that will never disappoint, Agent Provocateur is for you. It ranges from seriously sultry to playful sets like this nymph.
Best Designer Splurge Midnight Dream High Waist Brief I.D.Sarrieri sarrieri.com €175.00 SHOP NOW
It doesn't get more high-glam than I.D.Sarrieri. The British label only uses the highest quality materials in cuts you won't see at a discount store. Worth it.
Best Cotton Luxury Tomboy Brief Pretties prettiesvenice.com $50.00 SHOP NOW
This California label makes the sweetest cotton undies, loved by celebs like Kaia Gerber.
Best Affordable Lingerie High Waisted Intricate Lace Briefs & Other Stories stories.com $29.00 SHOP NOW
If you want lingerie that has the most… bang for your buck, look no further than & Other Stories.
Best Crotchless Panties Goodnight Kiss Crotchless Boyshort Oh Là Là Chéri barenecessities.com $12.00 SHOP NOW
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