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Types of Underwear Styles For Women And What To Wear With Each of Them

Different 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 a thong style provides or the full bum coverage of a high brief, we’ve got you covered with five different underwear styles you need in your drawer and why. 

1. Thongs 

Thong underwear style for women

Best for: Underneath tight dresses or white jeans.

If there’s one underwear style every woman should own for the summer, it’s the thong. While a dependable style year round, thongs are especially helpful during the warmer seasons—a time when white jeans, flirty dresses, and shorts galore make their appearance. A thong is one pair of underwear you can wear underneath everything and it won’t show, ride up, or dig. 

Our Comfort Stretch Thong lays flat under clothing with a seamless edge that hugs your body, without digging in, for a second skin feel. This is key for all of those fitted bottoms or white outfits for summer!

Tip: As with bras, find your underwear in a shade closest to your own skin-tone for a seamless no-show look under white pants or white dresses. 

I really like this underwear. It's lightweight, soft against my skin, and invisible under clothes. I was looking for something simple and comfortable, but not lacy. I can wear these all day at work, to the gym, and around the house and forget I'm wearing them. I am slowly replacing my entire drawer with these!" 

 -Dani, ThirdLove Customer, about the Comfort Stretch Thong 

2. Bikinis 

Bikini underwear style for women

Best for: Underneath breezy summer dresses or linen pants.
Thongs aren’t your thing? Underwear lines probably aren’t, either. Our Comfort Stretch Bikini has you covered, but no one will ever know. With more coverage than a thong or cheeky, our bikini is comfortable all day long and hugs your body in all of the right places. How to avoid underwear lines? A bikini style is our go-to when we're wearing summer dresses and we want more coverage than a thong style. 

"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 

Cheeky underwear style for women

Best for: Date night! 

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

If we could use one word to describe our Lace Back Cheeky, it would be ultra-flattering. With supple lace, our cheeky style lays flat under clothing with a wrap around lace for a flirty accent toward the front. Plus, the flattering back hits you in all the right places, making it perfect for date night...and ladies' night, or a night-in for yourself, or any time you want really.

“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 

Hipster underwear style for women

Best for: Low-rise bottoms.  

Hipsters are another must-have and favorite style for many women—and for good reason! Like the name suggests, the hipster (or hip-huggers) waistband sits a few inches below your natural waist, which is perfect for those low-rise pants and jeans. Halfway between a boyshort and a bikini, the hipster style is universally flattering on all figures. With all the benefits of cotton underwear, our Pima Cotton Hipster is a favorite for its breathability, coverage, and outfit versatility.

"I forget I am even wearing undies! These are so comfy and cool. Love, love, love these under garments." 

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

5. High Briefs 

High brief underwear style for women

Best for: High-waisted bottoms and dresses. 
The high brief style provides the most coverage and takes sexy to new heights. A modern take on a vintage silhouette, our Lace High Brief offers extra allure with a combination of microfiber and super soft lace. With a little extra (seamless) coverage, high briefs leave a little something to the imagination while still providing essential comfort. 

"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  

With so many underwear types, silhouettes, and fabrics, the underwear combinations are unless. Find your favorite underwear style (or styles because there's so many to love) by visiting our underwear collection. Curious about fit? See our underwear size chart for additional help on underwear sizing. 

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