Here’s a roundup of comfortable knickers, many of which continue to rate tops for my clients. I’ve also thrown in the styles that I love to wear. Fabrications, colours and styles vary. And there are cotton options for cotton panty wearers.
- Wacoal B Fitting Briefs: Comfortable coverage in a cotton-rich spandex fabrication. Not quite boy shorts, but almost there. Smooth and very soft.
- Nordstrom High Cut Cotton Blend Briefs (Plus): A little less coverage on the thighs but very comfortable if you enjoy a high cut. 90% cotton is a plus for cotton lovers.
- Wacoal B Smooth Briefs: A nylon-rich panty with excellent coverage and a high rise. Read the rave reviews.
- Natori Bliss Girl Shorts: I’m a boy shorts fan, but stepped out of my comfort zone last year to try these low rise girl shorts and haven’t looked back. They are nylon-rich with a cotton gusset. They feel like you’re wearing nothing and stay put all day. Extremely lightweight. The lace does not show through your clothing. They launder well too.
- Felina Aubrie Boy Leg Briefs: A full brief with a low rise and touch of pretty lace. No digging or creeping.
- Wacoal B Smooth High Cut Briefs: These are the high cut version of Wacoal’s B smooth brief, so there is less coverage. More rave reviews.
- Natori Bliss Briefs: A cotton panty with a touch of spandex. It’s low cut so consider yourself warned.
- Wacoal B Fitting Bikini: A more sporty version sans the lace that is just as low rise. No creeping and very comfy.
- Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong: The lace hanky panky thong needs no introduction. I have clients who swear by this nylon style and will not wear anything else, ever. It’s a one size fits all in regular (US sizes 2 to 12), and here is the same style in plus. I find the style uncomfortable, but I’m in the minority.
- Hanky Panky Lace Trim Boyshorts: This is my type of Hanky Panky because it’s a boy shorts style. I LOVE these knickers. I know they’re pricey but they look really good, and feel even better. They feel like cotton and stay put all day. No digging or creeping. They launder well and the lace trims are fabulous. They are definitely worth the price to me.
- Calvin Klein Seamless Bikini: A classic CK bikini brief that is still going strong. I used to wear a very similar pair back in the ‘90s but prefer boy shorts these days.
- DKNY Lace Curves Shaping Briefs: These are great for a little soft tummy shaping, and the operative word here is soft. Do not expect these to work as well as proper shapewear. They gently contour rather than suck the daylights out of you. They are comfortable, quite forgiving, and high rise. I love their retro vibe. Read the rave reviews.
- Calvin Klein Hipster Briefs: A very lightweight hipster brief in fun colours. Provides more coverage than you might expect.
- TC Wonderful Edge Briefs: You’ll have to like full briefs and gripper strips on the insides of the leg openings to enjoy this style. The gripper strips cause friction against the skin so that the panties stay put. It’s effective, but can also cause discomfort. Some people love this feature, while others don’t. The only way to find out is to give it a try.
- Simone Perele Andora Stretch Cotton Bikini: I broke my boy shorts rule to introduce these into my knickers capsule. They are a matching set with a recent bra I purchased. They are cotton-rich and feel like you’re wearing nothing because they’re a little loose and forgiving. Super comfy, lightweight and feminine. I bought three pairs and am not looking back. Also pricey, but worth it to me because I love to wear pretty underwear.
- Splendid Color Splash Girl Shorts: I bought these last year in an ink blue pattern to match an ink blue and white bra, and I love them. Very comfortable and they look good too. They’re made of modal, which actually feels even better than cotton on my skin. This modal looks like cotton though, and has a very similar texture. They are low rise in the back, so consider yourself warned.
I’ve found that one of the most effective ways to stop your panties from creeping up is to NOT purchase them too small. Size up if you need to, especially when they are cotton and you tumble dry them frequently. Truly, tight knickers are not your friend. They create muffin top, dig into your skin and ride up your bottom. Not so fab.