Another pair of high-waist briefs that fall closer to the Araks and Baserange spectrum of comfy-but-chic underwear comes to us from Adele Tetangco, co-founder of Garmentory, who says that she’s a fan of Botanica Workshop’s 100 percent organic, made in the USA pieces. “I prefer underwear that I can’t feel on my body. It has to just feel like an extension of my outfit,” she says. “The Astra high-waist briefs feel like you’re going commando. They’re so comfortable.”
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The fiber scientists in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab are constantly testing undergarments like bras, pantyhose, shapewear, and swimwear both in the lab and with real consumer testers. The team evaluates things like washability, stretch recovery, fit, comfort, and more to find the ones that will feel great and actually last. We also got medical input on finding the best underwear for your health from Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD, a gynecologist in New York and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.
In the past, lingerie was intended to help shape a woman's figure. Obviously, today's shapewear has evolved, although the basic principles are the same. Nowadays there is shapewear for all shapes and sizes, and it's designed to help women smooth their silhouettes. This is the foundation garment that keeps everything tight and smooth — unapologetically so. Control slips, modern corsets and tummy shapers are three of the options available. Full body shapers, arm shapers and shaping camis are additional pieces. Most shapers are available in black, nude and white, although you can sometimes find them in fun prints and bold colors too.
The band, not the straps, provides most of the support in the bra. The band should fit securely but not tightly. You should be able to fit a finger between the bra band and your body. A new bra should fit best in the loosest row of hooks, because the bra will loosen with wear. You will switch to the tighter rows of hooks over the life of the bra. The band should not ride up. If there are gaps at the bottom of the cup, the band is too loose, a sign it is time to buy a new bra.
Bras are more versatile today than they were in years past. A minimizer bra, for instance, features a front clasp and padded straps without sacrificing everyday comfort. Cap sleeve bralettes, lace cami bras and strappy push-ups are some of today's favorite options. A bralette (in case you didn't know) is, in some ways, an offspring of the sports bra — kind of like a sports bra that got turned into a cuter version of itself.
Like falling in love, when it happens, you’ll know. Your breasts will be where you want them to be and look how you want them to look. You should feel lifted and supported, with zero pain. You know how when something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s all you can think about? This is the opposite of that. When the fit is fab, you won’t think about your bra at all. You’ll be contained, comfortable, confident and in control of your day. The perfect fit frees you up to handle anything; it lets you do you.
Performance fibers: Synthetics like polyester and nylon are common in activewear because they wick moisture and dry quickly. For the same reason, these fibers are ideal for underwear, especially if you're working out. Lace underwear and microfiber styles are also usually made from synthetics. Just remember to remove them after sweating; according to Dr. Dweck, "it's important to remove wet exercise clothes as soon as able to avoid infection and irritation in intimate areas."
Panties in the modest coverage category are some of the most popular panties among women. Focused on comfort, hi-cut briefs and hipsters offer moderate to full coverage while also being nearly invisible under mid-rise pants and sometimes they even offer a bit of tummy shaping! If you like thongs but are looking for a little more coverage, one of the other best style of modest coverage panties are tangas: a comfortable transition between a bikini and a thong.
“I love Pansy for underwear,” says Alyssa Lau, the founder of sustainability-focused e-retailer New Classics Studios. She calls the California-based ethical underwear company’s pieces “sturdy and beautifully crafted,” and notes that they’re made from organic cotton that’s grown and milled in the U.S. “For me, wearing underwear that’s comfortable, easy to care for, made to last, and crafted with natural fabrics (for the breathability!) is very important,” Lau told us. “Pansy checks all those boxes.”
After 20 years in the business, we’ve found the best brands for petites are Chantelle, Natori, OnGossamer, Calvin Klein and DKNY. For average sizes, your best bets are Wacoal, Natori, Chantelle and Simone Pérèle. Full busts will love Freya, Panache, Fantasie, Prima Donna and Empreinte. Curvy figures, check out Elomi, Goddess, Glamorise, Bramour and Curvy Couture.