Bra size is notoriously fickle between different lingerie brands; a C-cup at one store can easily be a D-cup at another, and some bra sizes can grow and shrink (especially in band size) over the course of a day or between washings. The best option is to know your bra size by taking bust measurements using these simple measuring instructions, which will ensure a perfect fit in band and in cup—and can even help you find the right amount of support.
You should not be able to stick a finger under the center gore. It should lie flat against your chest.Which brand is best for you? Bra sizing DOES vary by brand. The descriptions below may help you select the right brands for you. A smaller-busted woman may need to go down a size to fit well in a brand designed mainly for larger women. A large-busted woman may need to go up a size to fit well in a brand designed mainly for smaller-busted women.
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.
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.
Several of the women we spoke to named Commando as a go-to underwear brand, whether it be for briefs, bikinis, or thongs. Stylist Jasmine Caccamo says that the brand’s stretch-cotton bikini briefs are seamless and “create a super-flawless (a.k.a. wedgie-free) fit” whether she’s wearing them under leggings or a silk cami dress. “For me, it’s all about comfort and functionality,” Caccamo says. “Not only do I love Commando-brand underwear for myself, but for my celebrity clients as well … I’m obsessed.” Costume designer and Strategist contributor Alison Freer prefers the brand’s boy shorts, which she says “are both elastic and trim-free — meaning they won’t dig in, bunch up, or cause lumpy, unflattering bulges under a flattering pair of pants.” The underwear never shifts, slides, twists, or reveals itself once you start moving and sweating, according to Freer, and best of all, the wide sides keep it securely in place on your body, preventing a wedgie. “If you’ve ever wondered what the stars on the red carpet were wearing underneath those sheer, unforgiving gowns, the answer is almost certainly a pair of Commandos,” Freer says. If a thong is more your style, two of the women we talked to recommended the brand’s mid- and low-rise options. “Okay, so here’s the thing about these thongs,” says Cupcakes and Cashmere founder Emily Schuman of the mid-rise cut. “There is nothing remotely sexy about them — they’re devoid of lace, have super-thick sides, but they lie completely flat against my skin and don’t show under even the tightest, lightest pieces.” The absence of seams and tags “makes it feel like you’ve gone commando (hence the name),” says Schuman. “Best of both worlds!” Stylist Tiffany Gifford is a Commando thong fan, as well, though she prefers the low-rise over the mid-rise. “My favorite underwear are Commando’s thongs,” Gifford says. “They are seamless, and come in great colors and an array of sizes. The best underwear you forget are even there, and that’s what these do.”
You’ll be sure to surprise your lover in a naughty little crotchless garter skirt from Lingerie Diva. This garter skirt from Velvet Kitten will hold up your sexy thigh-high stockings while creating an undeniably sexy silhouette for your lingerie look. This skirt is super-short, full of black lace ruffles and extremely flirty. Two lace ribbons on the front of the skirt extend down into garters that attach to your stockings. Each red lace ribbon is topped with a cute little red bow for an extra decorative touch. This lovely little black crotchless garter skirt comes in two different sizes. Choose from small/medium or medium/large sizes. Order this sexy garter skirt with a pair of thigh-high fishnet stockings and a beautiful corset or bustier to create a jaw-dropping look that will have your partner begging for more in no time. Wear it with panties or without for an even more shocking surprise.
There is a variety of panties to choose from that can fit and flatter your figure and work with your outfits. Build the perfect panty drawer by choosing from full-coverage panty styles like briefs, boyshorts, bikinis and bike shorts and sexier panty styles like thongs, tangas, g-strings, and crotchless panties. You can also choose from a range of fabrics and materials like breathable cotton, lovely lace, smooth satin, rayon, nylon and more.
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.”
When we asked rapper Junglepussy about her pick, she told us she’s “very loyal” to Calvin Klein underwear. “Just ask my boo, he sees them every sleepover and probably assumes they sponsor me, but it’s my hard-earned dollars maintaining this luxury,” she says. “They give me a smooth finish under fitted clothing and their fabric keeps the coochie fresca. I have every color Calvin in these cuts.”
Looking for a fun accessory to incorporate into your lingerie collection? The Send My Love Garter Belt features a sexy and sophisticated look that never goes out of style. The simple, sleek lines are absolutely classic and utterly flattering. You’ll love the way the black mesh garter belt hugs your curves. The high waist with a front lace panel makes it flattering for any figure. This item also features hook and eye back closures that allow you to customize the fit so you can truly flaunt your physique. Adjustable garter straps are also included to connect with some sexy thigh highs (sold separately).
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.