The quest to find truly comfortable underwear can be long and frustrating. Many women don’t even realize how uncomfortable their underwear is until they come across a pair of soft, great fitting panties that change their whole idea about what it means to be comfy. Really comfortable women’s underwear doesn’t tend to be the sexist or the prettiest, but it is usually made from soft, breathable material that fits in such a way that it won’t ride up or bunch at the waist. The underwear I have chosen for this post are styles that will work well for everyday wear that won’t leave you wanting to get out of them as soon as you walk in the door. If your goal is to find a panty that is so comfortable that you forget you are even wearing it, I have come up with a list of some of the best options.
Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution Seamless Brief Panty
Like most women, I used to scoff at the idea of ever wearing a granny style of panty. Obviously they aren’t even a little bit sexy, but for pure comfort they can’t be beat. The Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution Seamless Brief Panty is one of the most popular styles if you are looking for pure comfort that just happen to be a little bit granny style. They are a seamless design that won’t show panty lines through your clothes. They also have a comfort waistband, so they won’t cut into your waist or leave any marks. The fit has a nice stretch to it so they also won’t ride up or slide down. The fabric is 100% Nylon that is really soft, lightweight and breathable, even in the heat. The other bonus about this style is that it will cover your tummy, so you can minimize any bulging that might show. Overall this style is a great option if you want something that won’t ride up, won’t show panty lines, will fit well and are super comfortable.
Check pricing on BareNecessities.com or Amazon
Natori Bliss Cotton Girl Briefs
If you are a cotton lover you will love these Bliss Cotton Girl Briefs from Natori.The fabric on this underwear is so thin and soft it makes you feel like you aren’t wearing anything. It has a pretty lacy elastic around the top and the leg openings that is super soft and not itchy at all. They have great coverage, so you don’t have to worry about them bunching up and they will stay in place as you go throughout your day. Sometimes cotton panties can be a little bulky, but you don’t get that feel with this style. You also shouldn’t see any panty lines because they are so thin. FYI these aren’t 100% cotton because of the lace trim, but the majority of the garment is cotton, making them nice and breathable even in the heat.
Check pricing on BareNecessities.com
Warner’s Women’s No Pinching No Problems Modern Brief Panty
Warner’s Women’s No Pinching No Problems Modern Brief Panty are a style that have a little bit of support that helps to smooth out the look of your clothes, but aren’t as uncomfortable as normal support shapewear. This is actually a pretty flattering fit on most women since the fabric is very forgiving, but it doesn’t dig into your waist or the top of your legs. They are especially great it you have a little bit of a belly or sometimes get a muffin top since the waistband is a little higher so it covers those areas. The waistband is also quite wide so it won’t pinch or roll down, although the wide waistband isn’t for everyone so beware of that if you are considering this style. The fabric is a soft and stretchy microfiber that is breathable and can absorb moisture in hot weather. This is also kind of a granny style, so it has good coverage on the rear and is a lower cut on the leg. They aren’t the sexiest underwear but they are smoothing, seamless and super soft.
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Hanky Panky ‘Signature Lace’ Boyshorts
If you are a fan of the boyshorts style, you definitely have to check out the Signature Lace’ Boyshorts from Hanky Panky. Women love these panties for the look and how comfortable they are. I haven’t tried them out, partly because I don’t find boy short styles to be comfortable and also I find most lace too itchy for me. By all reports though, these are super comfy while still looking cute and sexy. Apparently the lace is soft and not scratchy or stiff. Women also love them because they have full coverage in the rear and they look amazing on women of all sizes and all ages. The other key features of this style is that they don’t show a panty line and they stay in place really well, even if you move around a lot during your day. They aren’t the cheapest option, but many women feel the price is worth it for what you are getting.
Check pricing on Nordstrom.com
Wingslove 3 Pack Women’s Comfort soft Cotton Plus Size Underwear High-Cut Brief Panty
If you are looking for some comfy, plus sized options that are budget friendly this style from Wingslove is very popular. These are a classic cotton, high cut brief that comes in a multi pack with an assortment of colors. They are made from 100% comfortsoft cotton, so you are getting the breathability and softness of a good cotton undie. The waistband is an elastic polyester that is fabric covered with the cotton, so you can avoid any pinching that sometimes comes from an elastic waist style. They are high cut on the leg, but the back has full coverage and won’t ride up. These aren’t super sexy, but if you just want a comfy, plus size style they will work well.
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Jockey Women’s Underwear Elance Brief
The Jockey Women’s Underwear Elance Brief is another classic cotton brief that you can get for a great price. It comes in regular as well as plus sizes. It has a fabric covered elastic at the waistband and legs, so they won’t cut into or pinch your skin, They are full coverage so they cover your behind well and easily stay in place all day, they also sit high at the waist. Women love this style because they are good quality for a reasonable price. If you want a loose fitting, breathable style that will wash well and retain its shape the Elance Brief is a great style to check out.
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Calvin Klein Women’s 3 Pack Carousel Bikini Panty
Calvin Klein have a bunch of different styles of women’s underwear to choose from, with the Carousel Bikini Panty being one of their most popular. They are 90% cotton and 10% elastane, with the elastane being the waistband. You can get them in multipacks with assorted colors if you like a bit of variety. Despite being a bikini cut, they have a decent amount of coverage at the back so they don’t bunch or bind. Cotton underwear can sometimes shrink a bit, but you don’t have to worry about that with these Calvins. The cotton is soft yet durable, so they will last for quite a while without losing their shape. The only issue with this style is if you are wearing tight clothes they may show a panty line.
Check pricing at Macy’s
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Full Cut Brief
Often recommended as the best underwear to take if you are travelling since they are light and can be washed and dried quickly overnight, the ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Full Cut Brief are so comfortable that they are worth considering as an everyday underwear. They are a little expensive, but they have a number of things going for them. First, as mentioned above, they are great for travel. But the features that make them great for travel also make them great for everyday wear. They are breathable so you keep cool in warmer weather, lightweight, odor resistant due to the antimicrobial treatment in the fabric, and durable so the fabric won’t stretch out and lose shape. The Nylon Lycra Spandex fabric mix is silky and soft against the skin and won’t bunch up. If you want a style that fits great, is easy to care for and comes in fun colors give the Give-N-Go brief a shot.
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Maidenform Women’s Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga Panty
Since this list is a little granny panty heavy, I wanted to try to find a few more styles that are both cute and comfortable. The Maidenform Women’s Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga Panty fit the bill perfectly. They are a little sexy while still feeling soft and comfy. The fabric is 80% Nylon and 20% elastane, plus the lace which is mostly Nylon. They come in lots of colors with some cute patterns. They should fit well and be comfy for most body types. If you wear them with very tight clothes they may leave a slight panty line. One thing that gets mentioned about this style over and over is that they are very flattering when viewed from the rear for all body types. So if you like the look of lace, but would like a style that is wearable everyday, these are a great option.
Check pricing at Macy’s
Maidenform Womens Dream Boyshort Panty
Not being a huge fan of the boyshort myself, I thought I should at least include a couple of pairs that have a reputation for being comfortable. One popular option is the Maidenform Womens Dream Boyshort Panty that a lot of women seem to really like. It is primarily made of Polyamide, also known as Nylon, so it is stretchy, durable and soft. The elastic at the waist is covered and it has hemmed leg openings. They are supposed to be seamless, but some women mention that they do show through certain types of clothes. They have good coverage and a great reputation for not riding up in the back or bunching at the waist.
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Vanity Fair Illumination String Bikini
I owned a pair of these Vanity Fair Illumination String Bikini panties years ago and loved them, but totally forgot about them until I started researching this post. This style has been around for a while and is kind of a classic. The material is a super comfortable nylon and very soft. It has good front and back coverage so they stay in place really well. You may think the straps on the side would dig into your skin and cause irritation, but they don’t at all. Instead they create a design that is super flattering. The Illumination comes in a number of cute colors and they feel silky soft. They are a good style for everyday wear because they breathable, well-made and durable. The thicker band does show a slight panty line in thinner clothes, but overall they are a fantastic choice if you are looking for sexy comfort.
Check pricing at Macy’s
The Aerie Boybrief are one of the most popular styles for comfort, especially if you are in your early twenties or younger. They are a pretty nice fit, come in cute, modern patterns and are made with soft breathable fabrics.They also have good coverage for most shapes. The elastic waistband is kind of thick, but most women agree that it is super comfy and doesn’t dig into your hips. This underwear is so popular that it is offered in tonnes of different styles, sizes and colors, so there is something for everyone.
Check pricing at AE.com
Wacoal Women’s B-Smooth High-Cut Panty
The Wacoal Women’s B-Smooth High-Cut Panty is good for women who would like a bit of support but aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort to get it. They have a generous fit that is a little bit firm, but not so firm that they feel tight or will pinch any areas They are good quality, durable and will smooth out any bulges if you are wearing tight fitting clothes.
Available from Nordstrom.com
Fruit of the Loom Women’s Beyond Soft Bikini Panties, 6 Pack
The Fruit of the Loom Women’s Beyond Soft Bikini Panties are probably the least attractive undies on our list, but they are one of the most comfortable budget options. If you just want something that you can wear lounging around the house that will offer you pure comfort, these are the panties for you. They are a larger fit, so you are fully covered in the back. They come in nice cheery colors that help make it a great style for warm weather as the cotton polyester blended fabric is light and soft. These Beyond Soft Bikini Panties are great value and one of the most popular budget styles for comfort.
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Women’s Underwear- The Basics
- Cotton is one of the most common underwear fabrics. It is great for everyday use, since it is breathable, lightweight and soft. You generally don’t want to wear cotton undies if you are exercising, because the cotton will hold the sweat and become uncomfortable.
- Nylon is also a very common fabric used in women’s underwear. The latest nylon fabrics are great for wearing to the gym or for staying cool in hot weather. The key features of Nylon are that it is quick drying, durable, and easy to care for.
- Polyester is also often used in the production of underwear. It is usually very thin, light, and works well for wicking moisture away from your skin. It is also durable, easy to care for and will hold its color well.
- Modal has been gaining in popularity over the last 10 years. It has a very soft luxurious feel to it and is usually blended with other fabrics. It is a natural fabric (like cotton) that is made from the fibers of the beech tree, but it is more sustainable than cotton since it uses much less water than cotton to cultivate,
- Microfibres are usually very breathable and lightweight and have similar qualities to natural fibers. They are easy to care for, moisture wicking, and breathable. They work well for high activity sports or going to the gym. The fabric fibers are usually fast drying, making it a great option for travel. Microfibre undies can be thicker than cotton, so there may be some issues with panty lines showing through clothes.
There are lots of different women’s underwear styles to choose from. Our list is pretty heavy on briefs, high cut briefs are one of the best for pure comfort. But many women love the more modern styles of hipster, bikini and boy shorts for comfort. Some women love tanga, thongs and g-strings, but we don’t cover those this post.
Price is obviously an important factor for most women when purchasing undergarments. You can spend as little as $3 on a pair or go well up to $50 plus for designer brands. The cheapest options are usually sold in multipacks with various color combination that are usually a pretty good deal.
Sizing for women is all over the place. It is best to check sizing charts for any brands that you are considering.
A key feature for comfort is the waist band. The most comfy styles are usually elastic that is covered with cloth. Some styles have very thick waistbands that work well for some body shapes and some not so much. You may also want to pay attention to where the waist falls, if you like your stomach covered, look for a high rise waist.
Most women don’t want a visible panty line, so they look for designs that are seamless. There are a lot of great seamless styles. Most seamless are Nylon, as cotton tends to be a little thicker and can show through clothes a bit more.
For the most part, the panties on our list don’t have much in the way of support to keep stuff tucked in. If you are looking for a little bit of tummy control, but still want to be comfy, you could try the Wacoal Women’s B-Smooth High-Cut Panty or the Warner’s Women’s No Pinching No Problems Modern Brief Panty.