Yes, These Are the Best Pairs of Underwear to Wear With Leggings
When it comes to underwear, there’s not necessarily one specific style that works with everything you own. That said, a seamless pair (AKA something that avoids VPL, or visible panty lines) is your best bet under most bottoms, especially leggings. To dig a little deeper into why this underwear style is the most flattering to wear with stretchy pants, we went straight to the experts. Click through to learn what industry leaders have to say about the most flattering cuts. Plus, shop Brit + Co Style Editor, Jenny Altman's picks to complete your underwear drawer once and for all. (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty)
Commando: "Commando's classic thong is raw-cut and constructed in a way that eliminates bulky seams and finishings, which is so important when wearing skin-tight leggings. The luxury-technical European fabric also has 360-degree stretch, so it moves with your body, whether you are running to catch a train or sweating it out in Pilates class." — Kerry O'Brien, Founder, Designer, and CEO at Commando Brit + Co Pick: Commando Classic Print Thong ($24)
Lively: "My favorite option to wear under leggings is The All-Day Thong! The material is soft and breathable making it super comfortable to wear under anything tight or form fitting!" —Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder and CEO at Lively Brit + Co Pick: Lively The All Day Thong ($10)
lululemon: “Our new Not So There Bikini and Thong underwear was designed with lululemon’s Light Ultralu fabric. In addition to its buttery-soft feel, this technical fabric molds to the body and wicks sweat to create distraction-free performance and comfort for both everyday wear and your sweatiest pursuits.” —Audrey Reilly, SVP of Women’s Design at lululemon Brit + Co Pick: lululemon Not So There Bikini ($20)
Tommy John: "My favorite underwear to wear with leggings is definitely the Air Thong because it is virtually undetectable with our bonded hem that promises no visible panty lines. It's made from a super-breathable, lightweight fabric that feels like you're not wearing anything at all. Whether I'm sitting in the office all day, running around on the playground with my kids, or attempting the Wounded Peacock at Yoga, the Air Thong is my go-to." —Erin Fujimoto, Co-Founder at Tommy John Brit + Co Pick: Tommy John Air Thong ($26)
Natori: "Our Bliss Perfection One-Size Thong is perfect under leggings! The soft lace and lightweight materials are incredibly comfortable, and move with you to hug your body and prevent lines.” —Josie Natori, Founder and CEO at Natori Brit + Co Pick: Natori Bliss Perfection One-Size Thong ($18)
Hanro: “Under leggings and other close-fitting clothing we recommend briefs that remain hidden like our collection ‘Invisible Cotton’ for customers who only like cotton. It offers a large selection of styles from thongs to maxi briefs. The cut edges are real bestsellers at Hanro, because the majority of our customers want to avoid briefs that you can see under your clothes." —Christiane Braun, Head of Product Management at Hanro Brit + Co. Pick: Hanro Smooth Illusion Full Brief ($38)
Soma: “Soma’s Vanishing Edge panty is great under form-fitting clothing like leggings because it creates a totally seamless look, thanks to a layer of barely-there silicone around the leg openings. That means no panty lines, ever, not to mention that it'll always stay put while walking or exercising. These panties are so good, they even have their own patent.” —Erin Landon, Vice President of Merchandising at Soma Brit + Co Pick: Soma Vanishing Edge Microfiber With Lace Bikini ($19)
Duluth Trading Co.: “Invisi-Skivvies offers on-the-move women a low profile underwear collection that stays put better than the average 'invisible' underwear out on the market. We achieved a better fit by continuously wear-testing our styles and assessing a variety of design details like stitch type and placement, waist and leg shape, and width of bonded tape. Besides a great fit, Invisi-Skivvies also has superior four-way stretch fabric that is wicking and comfortable to wear all day.” —Libby Trentadue, Product Continuity & Development Manager at Duluth Trading Co. Brit + Co Pick: Duluth Trading Co. Invisi-Skivvies Modern Brief ($19)
Athleta: "With a design team full of women who love to wear leggings for just about everything, we know how hard it can be to find the right undies, so we set out to solve one of our own biggest challenges, while listening to the feedback our customers shared. Generally, her underwear options were lacking in areas like style, comfortability, and performance (e.g., sweat wicking, quick drying, no visual panty lines, and more), so rather than developing one pair, we developed three to address all needs: Performa (which are breathable), Natura (which are made from 100% organic cotton), and Incognita (which offers zero VPL). She has options to wear no matter where the day takes her, and which leggings she opts for that day." —Pamela Meyers, Sr. Designer of Bras & Swim at Athleta Brit + Co Pick: Athleta Incognita Bikini ($16)
Knix: "No visible panty lines! Knix undies are made of a buttery-soft moisture-wicking fabric and feature bonded seams that keep them in place (no bunching or rolling here) and invisible under everything." —Joanna Griffiths, Founder & CEO at Knix Brit + Co Pick: Knix Athletic Boyshort ($20)
EBY: "We all know comfort is the most important when it comes to your underwear. Enter EBY—the comfiest undies in the game, and my personal fav, the EBY thong. We use a special fabric that seamlessly shapes to your body like a second skin. We hear from our EBY gals all the time that it doesn't even feel like they are wearing any underwear. Or my favorite quote, 'feels like clouds on your bum!'" —Renata Black, Co-Founder at EBY Brit + Co Pick: EBY Underwear Subscription Box ($16-$45/month) Editor's Note: Sofia Vergara is the co-founder of EBY.
Aerie: “Finding the best undies to wear with your favorite leggings can be frustrating, but look no further: The Aerie Seamless Boybrief Undie is your new BFF! It’s smooth and made in the comfiest fabric ever—even better—it won’t ride up or down! No wedgies here!" —Erin Collins Rittling, Senior Manager of Styling at Aerie Brit + Co Pick: Aerie Seamless Smocked Boybrief Undie ($13)
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Bobby Schuessler is a contributing fashion writer at Brit + Co and has contributed to Who What Wear, Refinery29, Lucky, Glamour, Out, Nordstrom, and Barneys New York. When he's not writing about style and shopping, you can find him catching up on the latest Housewives franchise and sipping his go-to drink, a vodka martini with a splash of cranberry and a twist.