The Most Comfortable Women's Underwear

What makes underwear comfortable? Perhaps it's soft material. Maybe it's a special design or cut. Maybe it's a special feature like a soft waistband or seamless edges. Whatever it is for you, this list showcases some of the most comfortable women's underwear out there. Try a few yourself and you'll find yourself feeling cozy in no time.

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Bikinis and Briefs

iKotton material

The basic bikini or brief style of underwear is still the most popular modern cut. However, finding a comfortable pair of bikini underwear may be difficult. When searching for a comfortable brief, include your preference of material, waistband, rise, and leg cut in your research. Want a few suggestions to get started? The styles below are known for their high comfort level.

A few bikinis and briefs to try:

The iKotton brand creates soft, organic material underwear for those with sensitivities to things like latex, chemicals, or other irritants. Their Organic Cotton Waistline Panties, for example, have a "high suitability" for sensitive skin and are made with soft cotton and lace.

The Wacoal B-Smooth Hi-Cut Brief is a yummy choice for those looking for comfortable bikini underwear. For your coziest days, this uses smooth stretch microfiber that feels like a second-skin. 

Warner's Cloud 9 Hipster is made of buttery soft material with a cozy waistband and easy elastic edges. You'll feel like you're up in the clouds in this cuddly underwear. Plus, they stay in place for no wedgies! 

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On Gossamer Next to Nothing Micro Hip-G
 On Gossamer

People are very divided on whether or not thong underwear is comfortable. People either love to wear thongs, or hate them. Whether this is your preferred type of underwear, or you want to give thongs a try, it's key to find a pair that feels comfortable for daily wear. Skip chunky elastic or overly firm materials and find something lightweight, stretchy, and soft.

A few thongs to try:

On Gossamer is known for it's super comfortable thongs, and their newer Next to Nothing Micro Hip-Gis no exception. It features 4 way stretch and lightweight microfiber, plus a "light leg treatment" for a smooth silhouette with no lines. 

The Maidenform Comfort  Devotion Thong is clearly devoted to comfort. Made of soft microfiber and fused seams for no lines, it's lightweight and a breeze to wear. 

The Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Low Rise Thong may be one size, but its fit and comfort are loved by many. Made of soft floral lace, the wide waistband lays flat and hugs your body without rolling or digging in. 

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One Size

Natori Bliss Underwear

Can wearing a "one size fits most" pair of underwear really feel comfortable? According to several brands, their most popular, most comfortable, most cozy pair of underwear is the style that comes in one size! These stretchy underwear can accommodate many sizes and shapes, making them a great fit for many different body shapes. And, they're comfortable for those whose bodies are rapidly changing because they are gaining or losing weight, or pregnant. 

A few one size underwear to try: 

Can you believe that the Chantelle Soft Stretch Full Brief is really one size? Thanks to a superfine, stretchy, material this brief can expand or contract for a seamless fit. 

The Hanky Panky Signature Lace Thong has a very strong following for good reason. It's known as one of the most comfortable thongs on the market, and comes in just one size. The brand has since expanded their cuts to include low rise, original rise, and plus but their commitment to making a comfortable stretch lace band that works for most sizes is legendary. Plus, they come in lots of fun colors!

Natori Bliss Perfection One-Size V-Kini comfortably fits sizes S to XL thanks to a super stretchy, soft lace and lightweight microfiber that hugs your body (without digging in). The smooth design and stretchy fit from the recovery elastic provides major comfort.

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Commando boyshort

Wearing boyshorts has its pros and cons, and many people find this cut and style to be extremely comfortable. In most cases, boyshort underwear has more coverage on the sides and back than a typical bikini bottom. That being said, make sure to look for a comfortable boyshort style that fits wit your thighs and won't dig in. And aim for one that has enough coverage in the back to prevent the boyshort from turning into a tanga or thong! 

A few boyshorts to try: 

The Commando Cotton Boy Short Panty is seamless and so soft. Made in the USA of the finest European materials, they have a soft brushed feeling that makes them a joy to wear. Plus, they're tagless so there's no uncomfortable itching or irritation. 

The Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Lounge Boyshorts are made for weekends, relaxing, and cuddling. Made of ultra-soft, stretch heathered 95% cotton with a touch of stretch, they also have a soft, brushed elastic waistband. 

The 2xist Modal Hipster is is casual and sporty. Modal is known for being a very sleek and soft material, and this 92% modal with a bit of spandex stretch. So cozy for lounging or sleeping especially. 

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harMonica Design undershort
harMonica design

Some women find comfort in a longer short. This kind of underwear can prevent thigh chaffing and even create a sleeker look underneath tight clothing. And, wearing a longer short to under skirts is a popular choice. For comfort, you may want to skip the shapewear and stick to a more flexible option. Also keep an eye out for materials that are moisture wicking or anti-microbial for those hot days. 

A few shorts to try: 

harMonica Design makes undershorts of soft nylon and cozy lace. The slightly longer leg is great for preventing chaffing, and this company creates "intentions" for wearing their thoughtfully made products. 

The Jockey Skimmies Slipshort is a popular option for those who want leg coverage and less shaping. This has full coverage and an extended length with a modest rise without lines, and is made of silky-smooth, stretch microfiber extra comfort.

The Calida Comfort Stretch Cotton Short Leg Panties have comfort in the name, so you know they must be good. These simple shorts have a higher rise and longer leg and are made of 95% cotton for breathable, all-day comfort. 

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Special innovations

Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Co.

Women's underwear technology has come a long way! And in the past few decades brands have created or incorporated amazing materials and designs to help make underwear especially comfortable.

A few innovative underwear examples: 

Duluth Trading Co. ​Women's Armachillo Cooling Hi-Cut Underwear can literally help you chill out. It's made with actual microscopic jade which is embedded in the fabric so it feels cool to the touch. The nylon jersey knit fabric pulls moisture off your skin and claims to have a no-bunch, no-chafe, no-sag fit plus a double-layer crotch for comfort. Wow!

Knockout! Panties are specifically design with patented No Trace technology to wick away moisture, meaning there's no need to wear a panty liner. They're smart underwear! That technological advantages leads to confidence, which leads to comfort. 

Hanes offers a Cool Comfort Collection made with special moisture wicking material. Their Cool Comfort Cotton Low Rise Brief, for example, also features soft, breathable cotton that comes preshrunk for a great fit, wash after wash. It also has an ultra soft waistband that won't pinch anti ride up leg bands. And if tags are a comfort issue for you, this style is tag-free for itch-free comfort.