Underwear: You wear it every day, so you better get it right. Whether you prefer bikinis, high-waisted briefs, or thongs, the ideal pair of underwear is one you can completely forget about the moment after you’ve put it on (just like the best white T-shirts and jeans). To find the best kinds of women’s underwear, we reached out to 32 stylish women — including entrepreneurs, models, designers, and musicians — and asked them to share their favorites. And to ensure we left no brief behind, we also dug through our archives for underwear recommendations from other interesting people, like Barbara Corcoran, Tallulah Willis, and Meena Harris.
Whether you’re looking for practical underwear to get you through the workday without a wedgie, an elegant pair to show off, or something in between, you’ll be able to find it here. For ease of navigation, we’ve categorized their recommendations into six sections: best overall, cotton bikinis and briefs, no-show underwear, mesh, velvet, lace, and silk underwear, high-rise underwear, and thongs. Click through if you know exactly what you’re looking for or scroll down for all of our picks.
Best overall women’s underwear
Three women we talked to named underwear from The KiT as their current favorite. Created by stylists Jamie Mizrahi and Simone Harouche — who, as the Cut notes, have plenty of experience working with undergarments that fit seamlessly beneath outfits — the brand offers bras, bodysuits, pasties, bandage tape, and nine kinds of underwear that come in neutral shades. Maisonette co-founder Sylvana Ward Durrett is one fan of the brand. “From the seamless briefs to the adhesive thongs, each style is like true magic where I don’t have to worry about underwear lines,” she says. “I also love the high-waisted styles that smooth everything out and often opt for these when I’m wearing a slim-fitting dress or skirt.” On the whole, Durrett says that underwear from The KiT is lightweight and has a barely there feeling. Morgan Hutchinson, founder of clothing line BURU, says that she’s become a “fast fan” of the brand since its launch as well. She particularly likes The KiT’s seamless thongs. “The high-rise is awesome for mum-tum,” she says. And, as the Cut reports, the fact that the underwear is designed by stylists who have to pay attention to what shows and doesn’t show under a garment is a big plus. Nell Diamond, founder of Hill House Home, agrees, saying she loves that The KiT was created by stylists because it means she worries less about whether her underwear will show under a dress or if her bra is the wrong shape. “The KiT’s styles have really simplified things for me,” Diamond says. “Plus, their lightest shade is pale enough even for a ghost like me (my nickname in middle school was Casper.”)