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Types of Underwear Styles For Women

Types of Underwear Styles For Women

We know you love our bras—but have you tried our underwear? Finding the perfect pair of underwear that does it all can be tough. Your go-to pair of underwear needs to be so many things: light and comfortable, seamless and supportive, and, of course, make you feel great. Fitting all of these design elements into one pair of underwear can be a tall order, but we’re up to the task.

When it comes to underwear, one style doesn’t always fit all occasions. Whether you love the freedom of a thong or the full-bum coverage of a high brief, we’ve got you covered with six different underwear styles you need in your drawer and why. 

Tip: As with bras, find your underwear in a shade closest to your own skin-tone for a no-show look.

1. Thongs 

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include thong underwear.

Best for: Underneath tight dresses or white jeans.

A thong is one pair of underwear you can wear underneath everything and it won’t show, ride up, or dig. A seasonless style, thongs are especially helpful during warmer seasons when white jeans, flirty dresses and shorts make up your daily wardrobe.

Our Comfort Stretch Thong is a key piece to help you slay in those fitted bottoms and all-white outfits. A seamless style that lays flat against your skin without digging, this thong remains unseen under your clothing.

“I really like this underwear. It’s lightweight, soft against my skin, and invisible under clothes. I was looking for something simple and comfortable. I can wear these work, to the gym, and around the house and forget I’m wearing them!”

-Dani, ThirdLove Customer, about the Comfort Stretch Thong

2. Bikinis 

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include bikini underwear.

Best for: Underneath breezy summer dresses or linen pants.

Thongs not your thing? Underwear lines probably aren’t either, so go with a bikini cut. With more coverage than a thong or cheeky, the bikini style is perfect for zero panty lines and flashing-prone outfits.

For the perfect bikini underwear, try our Comfort Stretch Bikini. With a seamless design that lays flat against your body and hugs your curves, our Comfort Stretch Bikini doesn’t ride up so you can be comfortable all day.

“Fits like a glove. Love the feel of these panties, no lines and they do not slip or roll or fall! Need them in all colors, so comfy!”

— Karen, ThirdLove Customer, about the Comfort Stretch Bikini

3. Cheekies 

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include cheeky underwear.

Best for: Whenever you’re feeling cheeky!  

What is a cheeky? Cheeky silhouettes offer more coverage than a thong, but less than a bikini, revealing a little more of your…cheeks.

Looking for the perfect pair? Try our Lace Back Cheeky. Designed with gorgeous lace for a flirty style, this underwear lays flat under clothing and is only seen when you decide. Our Lace Back Cheeky hugs you in all the right places to create a beautiful silhouette that makes for the perfect date night, ladies night, night-in with yourself– really anytime you want.

“Love love love these cheeky panties! I’ve always loved the way cheeky panties make me feel sexy. These panties are wonderful! They don’t move hardly at all nor pinch anything. They have beautiful lace and a silky design. I’m in love! I will buy more in the future!”

— Alyssa M., ThirdLove Customer, about the Lace Back Cheeky

4. Hipsters 

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include hipster underwear.

Best for: Low-rise bottoms.  

Halfway between a boyshort and a bikini, the hipster style sits a few inches below your natural waist line and is perfect for those low-rise pants and jeans. For a hipster option that offers flexible, move-with-you coverage, our Pima Cotton Hipster is a crowd favorite.

“I forget I am even wearing undies! These are so comfy and cool. Love, love, love these undergarments.”

—Lisa C., ThirdLove Customer, about the Pima Cotton Hipster

5. High Briefs 

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include high waisted underwear.

Best for: Underneath tight dresses or white jeans.

Designed for full-coverage with slimming lines, high briefs leave a little something to the imagination while still providing all-day comfort. For a style you can have a little fun with, try our Lace High Brief. Created with super soft lace and a seamless design, our Lace High Brief is a fashion moment in itself that embodies a modern take on a celebrated vintage style.

“Actually a high waist and super cute! I love them. Super comfortable to wear all day under Levi’s or a dress.”

— Bridget, ThirdLove Customer, about the Everyday Lace High Brief

6. Boyshorts

Illustration of types of womens underwear and panties include boyshort underwear.

Best for: Loungewear and flashing-prone outfits.

For a full coverage brief that is in-between a base layer and loungewear, the boyshort is a versatile piece that can function as well under clothing as it can on its own. Perfect for a night in, or as an insurance policy on a breezy day, the boyshort has you covered, literally.

For a boyshort that is designed with movement in mind, try our Pima Cotton Boyshort. Designed in soft, smooth and breathable Pima Cotton Fabric, this underwear looks as great as it feels.

Find the perfect style (more likely styles) to fit you by visiting our underwear collection. Curious about fit? See our underwear size chart for additional help on underwear sizing.

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