A bra can make or break an outfit. While you want a bra that will enhance your look, that doesn't mean that it can't still be cute. The key when shopping for bras is to look for lingerie that requires minimal effort but maximizes the effect. Comfortable black lingerie like a matching black lace panty and bra set, for example, can be worn under your little black dress. Not only is the lingerie cute and comfy, but it also serves double duty by not showing through the black fabric of your dress. It can also be worn under other dark colors without fear it will show through the material.
Hosiery garments are the product of hosiery fabric produced from hosiery yarn. Like the yarn used for making woven fabric, hosiery yarn comes from a separate spinning (yarn making) process, and is used with circular knitting machines to form fabric. One or more hosiery yarn is used to make knitted or hosiery fabric, and garments produced out of this are generally referred to as hosiery garments.
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.”
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.
Adding hosiery to a lingerie outfit is one of the best ways to create a truly memorable look. The hosiery isn’t meant to cover you up; instead, it highlights some of your best features and enhances the subtly sexy curves of your legs. Even something as simple as leggings or leg warmers can really take your appearance to the next level. And you don’t have to hide these items away for use in the bedroom, either. One of the fun things about hosiery is that it’s a type of lingerie that you can also use for fashion purposes. Items like fishnet tights or thigh high stockings can be paired with dresses and skirts to add a fun detail to your ensemble. And should you decide to reveal more, your sexy hosiery will pair perfectly with your lingerie.
Beautiful legwear from Hanes, L'eggs & Maidenform provides a finishing touch to your outfits. Our famous L'eggs & Hanes pantyhose brands are still bestsellers and today those hosiery brands also offer tights, knee high socks, thigh high socks, footless styles and shaping hosiery as well as control top and sheer or reinforced toes. Count on our brands for the latest technology in run-resistance, wicking and temperature control.
Here at Bare Necessities, we like to say that when thinking about all the types of women’s underwear, panties are like shoes: there's a pair for every occasion. A well-rounded panty drawer should includes minimal-coverage panties, moderate-coverage panties and full-coverage panties. You can also build your panty wardrobe by fabric and choose among hundreds of styles like lace panties, satin panties and mesh panties.
Man Repeller deputy editor Haley Nahman, who conducted her own extensive research about the best cotton underwear, told us that this pair from the Gap is her favorite. “Gap describes this underwear as ‘high cut,’ but I beg to differ: It’s the most classic brief shape I’ve ever encountered,” Nahman says. “I discovered them when I was on a maniacal hunt for the best cotton underwear — an endeavor that pitted these against several more expensive (and lauded) options. In the end, Gap won.” She says these are “comfortable, cute, affordable, and perfectly basic,” not to mention 100 percent cotton. “Asking for more would just be greedy.”
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Cora Harrington (a.k.a. the Lingerie Addict), the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie, says that if you want something you can easily find at your local department store, Natori’s Girl Briefs are her favorite “mainstream” underwear (we heard about Harrington’s more obscure picks, too, which are further down this list). “They’re cute. They’re comfy. The Pima cotton means they’re supersoft,” she explains. “Nordstrom includes them in their annual anniversary sale, and my secret tip is to buy discontinued colorways … after all, no one cares what color your underwear is!” Dolley Frearson, co-founder and creative director of High Fashion Home, is another fan of the Natori Girl Briefs. “For everyday underwear, I need it to feel comfortable and breathable,” she says. “I also need it to appear smooth, and not pinch my skin in any place or ride up.” For Frearson, the Natori briefs check all of those boxes. “They will eventually replace almost all of your underwear in your drawer,” she promises.
One of our staff testers had been wearing a 38B for years. So you can imagine her surprise when a professional fitter broke the news to her that she was actually a 36C. "Unbelievable!" the staffer exclaimed. "But you know what? The 36C feels much better — more supportive and comfortable." Her advice? Get thee to a professional fitter; nearly every department store has one. Or, if you're strapped for time, at least check your measurements yourself. Keep in mind, though, that bras are like shoes: No two fit the same. You have to try them on.
“I love a good high-waist; they bring me back to Christy Turlington days,” says Christina Viviani, cofounder of the Great Eros. Viviani notes that despite its comfort factor, sometimes high-waisted underwear can be unflattering. Marieyat’s thongs are no such thing, though: “The aesthetic is beautiful, and the cuts are really flattering and unconventional,” Viviani says of the brand. “In my store in Williamsburg, we also sell a style called the Canova ’90s Overt cut like a ’90s bikini with an overt, in a fine Italian sporty mesh, that makes a woman look long.”
Lingerie also has more than one function. On the practical side, it helps keep everything in place and helps protect your skin from rubbing and chafing. On the other hand, the best lingerie makes you feel confident, sexy and playful. The jury is still out on whether sexy lingerie was invented for males or females. Since its inception, though, it is safe to say that lingerie has evolved. Designers and manufacturers have listened to women and integrated their feedback into their latest designs, making sexy comfortable too.