Exactly What Kind of Underwear to Wear With 6 Summer Silhouettes

You may spend hours and hours crafting the perfect summer outfit, but how much time do you set aside to find the foundation garments and underwear you should be wearing with these looks? What you wear underneath can really make or a break an outfit, so here’s a crash course in perfect pairings.


Commando cotton boy-shorts basics, $30, wearcommando.com

Skater skirts or minidresses with short flippy hems: Go with boy shorts if thigh-high hemlines are on deck. The modest cut provides more coverage than a traditional brief or thong would—which will come in handy just in case a summer-breeze-induced wardrobe malfunction arises.


Nearly Nude ultra-firming seamless high-waist thong, $44, journelle.com

Office-appropriate shifts: Look for hybrid pieces like a seamless, high-waist thong. The shapewear portion of the lingerie will keep you tucked in, while the thong means no VPLs.


Warner’s No Pinches No Problems high-cut brief, $12, macys.com

Loose dresses or skirts: Any type of underwear flies when it comes to silhouettes cut loose and away from the body, so why not take the opportunity to go with a comfy granny panty? Sure, it’s not the sexiest of the bunch, but it’s definitely the most comfortable.


Gilligan & O‘Malley seamless thong, $5, target.com

T-shirt dresses: Reach for a seamless thong and leave full-cut underwear in your drawers at home. No butt coverage means no panty lines, which sometimes peek through when wearing this often-clingy style.


Sloane & Tate Silverlake Sleep Shorts, $46, journelle.com

Body-conscious bottoms: Depending on the item, this could be your opportunity to get wild and go commando. That’s right, no underwear at all. But if that’s not your speed, choose a foundation garment that mimics the length and proportion of your bottoms. Wearing tight pants? Try a pair of formfitting boy shorts with a longer rise.


Cosabella Never Say Never Skimpie G-String, $20, macys.com; Triumph Second Skin Sensation body dress, $68, triumph.com

Flimsy or diaphanous bottoms: Layer a barely-there G-string underneath a figure-hugging full-body slip to create a smooth foundation for floaty bottoms. The duo will make you feel secure but free you of the constant readjusting that comes with ordinary slips.

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