Underwear is a girl’s foundation—and the wrong pair can give you a wardrobe malfunction. But when you slip on the right panties, they’ll lift, slim and smooth your bottom for a flattering look that’s comfortable and secure.
Women’s knickers (also known as panties, underpants, undies or britches) are form-fitting undergarments with an elastic waistband and a crotch panel that covers the genitalia and is usually lined with absorbent material like cotton for comfort and hygiene. The leg openings are often made of elastomer, which is super stretchy and helps prevent chafing or rashes.
For a cheeky little something extra that doesn’t risk the dreaded wedgie, opt for hipster panties. They wrap around your hips and have lower-cut leg holes that offer more coverage than high briefs or a bikini.
Montinique Dever, founder of Riot Swim, swears by her favorite pair of Boob’s briefs from Hanky Panky, which she says feel like “a lace crayon box when you open your drawer.” The high-on-the-hip style is designed with postpartum bellies in mind and has a double-layered front for more support, and the stretchy fabric has no seams that dig into the skin.
Several of our editors are fans of shaper panties from Leonisa, which have a tight fit and multiple compression levels for an added boost in the tummy, waist and butt. They come in various lengths and can be worn with skirts, dresses or anything else you want to wear — just be sure to pair them with a well-fitting bra. You can also find them in a 3-pack, which is a great way to stock up on the essentials year-round. women’s bamboo knickers