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Women's Underwear Types: Full List and Descriptions

Women's Underwear Types: Full List and Descriptions

Our bums come in just as many shapes and sizes as boobs do, but they’re definitely not as complicated! You see, a lot goes into determining the types of bras we wear, but not as much goes into choosing our undies. It’s really more about your own style preferences and what feels best to you. 

Panty designs and styles are based on how functional they’ll be with different types of clothing, so the right -- or wrong -- one can make or break an outfit. There is a reason why the saying “Don’t get your panties in a bunch!” exists; poor-fitting butt-huggers can seriously put a damper on your mood. 

Innovation in types of underwear has come a long way -- and there’s still quite a ways to go -- but now that there are so many options to choose from, it’s tough to know which type is best for what. 

That’s where we come in.

In this article, we’ll go over all the different types of ladies’ undies and which ones are best for what you’re looking for. 

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

But First, What Is The Best Material For Women’s Panties?

Most underwear fibers are blended with spandex in the fabric to give them a little stretch to offer the best fit. It’s also common for panty styles to have a cotton gusset (a.k.a, the layer of fabric on the inside) regardless of the main fabric, which is essential to avoid pesky yeast and bacteria growth. 

Cotton

Cotton is a natural fiber that is super-soft and breathable -- so it feels amazing against the skin. The downside? Cotton doesn’t dry very fast, so if there’s any hoo-ha sweat, for example, the fabric tends to stay wet. 

Plant-Based Fabrics

Fibers like modal and rayon are made from plants, though they are chemically processed, so they’re not “technically” natural. These popular fabrics are also oh-so-soft to the touch and often have moisture-wicking benefits, so they tend to dry much faster than cotton. 

Performance Fibers

Synthetics like nylon and polyester are common in activewear because they wick moisture and dry very fast. For the same reason, these fibers are ideal for undies -- especially if you’re pumping iron at the gym. Lace panties and popular microfiber styles are also usually made from synthetics. 

Silk

Silk is not as common as it used to be -- maybe because it’s pretty pricey -- but it’s a natural fiber, feels luxurious, and has inherent temperature-regulation and moisture-management properties. 

Novelty Styles

We can also find butt-huggers made of unique materials, like wool or with added benefits, like extra layers of absorbency for our monthly visits from Auntie Flo or even built-in shapewear.  

At the end of the day, the material is up to preference, but if you ask us, we can’t get enough of the LadyBoxers from Culprit because they’re made with an ultra-breathable micromodal material to make sure you stay cool where it matters most: your hoo-ha. 

Types of Ladies Underwear 

How many of you have had misbehaving panty lines showing through your dress when you were looking absolutely flawless? This happens because most of us go for the basic butt-huggers when buying lingerie. We choose our bras according to the outfit we wear, right? They why don’t we do the same with our undies? 

Just as a strapless bra is essential when you’re rocking a super-cute summer tube dress, a seamless panty is important when you’re wearing that pencil skirt as well. 

So, without further ado, here are all the types of different undies and what you should pair them with:

Briefs 

Commonly known as “granny panties,” this comfy-cozy design provides your lady bits with full coverage and comes with a high waistband. Sure, they might not have the sexiest connotation, but who cares? Every lady needs a pair of honest-to-goodness basic undies that she can turn to in times of need. 

Best time to wear them: When you’re having your time of the month. These are serious life saviors because they give you a lot of coverage, helping to make you feel really secure down there. Also, they usually come in relatively plain-jane designs, so you won’t ever have to worry about ruining your fancy panties. 

Bikini 

Typically, bikini undies are slim on both sides with a high-cut leg line and bum coverage with a waistband that rests on the hips. You can think of this style as the in-between of the brief and thong. They provide you with just the right amount of coverage on your booty while still maintaining a sexy silhouette. 

Best time to wear them: You can rock these undies anytime, really. They offer just enough coverage, so it’s a great option to go for if you require a less visible finish. Perfect for days when you want to wear something a little bit on the sexy side but not racy.  

Boy Shorts 

Modeled after men’s briefs, boyshorts take on a more rectangular shape than most butt-huggers -- probably the most modest option of the bunch. They feature a thong-style base but frames the entire booty with full coverage on the front and sides. 

Best time to wear them: If you want to have your hips and derriere properly covered when you’re wearing your favorite dress, skirt, or anything with a flowy construction, then boy shorts would be your best bet. Plus -- it’s less embarrassing if you happen to be having a Marilyn Monroe moment because it’ll look like a cute pair of booty shorts

Speaking of booty shorts -- have you seen the ones over at Culprit? They are ultra-soft, super cute, and come in a wide variety of colors and designs for any occasion. Plus, they’ll take your booty from blah to ooh-la-la the moment you put them on. 

Hip Huggers 

As the name suggests, hip huggers are worn low around the hips, right under the waistline, with leg openings that hit well above the thigh. They tend to vary in the degree of coverage, so it’s entirely up to you to decide. 

Best time to wear them: The best time to wear these popular undies is with low-rise bottoms. The main benefit of wearing them is that they can help to minimize the risk of exposing your undies -- especially when you sit. Showing the top band of your favorite knickers isn’t cool (whale-tails aren’t quite back yet), so be sure to opt for hip huggers when you’re wearing something low-waisted. 

Thongs / G-strings 

When it comes to kicking panty lines to the curb, a thong or G-string is the best option available. Every girl should own at least one of these -- even though they might not be the comfiest undie to actually wear (wedgies, anyone?). 

It’s a bikini undie that sports a high-cut leg, with a thin strip of material running up the back of your butt.  

Best time to wear them: Ladies tend to turn to thongs and G-strings when they’re wearing form-fitting clothing. Why? Because it provides no coverage on the booty -- hence no visible panty lines. And panty lines suck, period. So if you’re rocking a sexy bodycon dress or any fitted or tight bottoms, you should definitely consider these undies to provide a seamless look underneath your clothes. 

We love the thongs from Culprit Underwear because they are supremely soft, comfortable, and breathable. Slightly high-waisted, these thongs make for a powerful silhouette that’s sure to bring all the boys to the yard.

Bottom Line 

When it comes to our underwear styles, we can -- and should -- have all types of undies in our wardrobe, ready for whatever awesome outfit we decide to rock. The best part about shopping for butt-huggers is that we get to choose the styles and fabrics we want without worrying about whether it’s right for our bodies -- they’re right for every beautiful body!

Looking to add a few new underwear styles to your panty drawer but don’t know where to look? Check out Culprit -- the leader in luxury undies! From LadyBoxers and thongs to booty shorts and bralettes, Culprit Underwear has everything you need to keep your lady bits feeling nothing short of amazing. 


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