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Here's a trend that every woman can (quite literally) get behind. We used to think of so-called granny panties as something women detest.
But now, many young women are “Saying No to Thongs,” as The New York Times wrote in 2015, and turning away from traditionally sexy, skimpy lingerie styles in favor of underpinnings with a bit more coverage. If you’re ready to embrace this underwear revolution and try on fuller-coverage bottoms, read on to discover a few of our favorite briefs and boy shorts, all available online now.
Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Boy Shorts, $22, Shopbop
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If the Kardashian-Jenner sisters have anything to say about it, these Calvin Klein classic cotton boy shorts are the best new (old) thing in underthings. (The five sisters are featured in the brand's latest ad campaign.)
Natori Bliss Full Cotton Brief, set of three, $45, Nordstrom
Channel your inner (ultracozy) pinup in these high-waisted cotton briefs from Natori that come in three easy-to-wear colors.
Hanes Microfiber Bikinis, set of five, $14, Amazon
Comfortable and breathable, these classic Hanes bikini briefs are some of the highest-rated and most affordable underwear you can buy on Amazon. Scroll down for the top four best-selling granny panties among thong-averse reviewers on Amazon.
On Gossamer Mesh Hipster Boy Shorts, $18, Nordstrom
These mesh hipsters from underwear experts On Gossamer have a low rise that rests on the hips, and a semi-sheer design, making them a good pick to wear under all your favorite winter (and summer) whites!
Hanky Panky Cotton With a Conscience V-kini Briefs, $32, Shopbop
Soft cotton jersey means these briefs are cool and comfortable, and the delicate lace waistband gives them a flirty, feminine finish.
Calvin Klein Seam-Free Hipster Panties, set of three, $15, Nordstrom Rack
If you're not into thongs but hate VPL (visible panty line), these seamless hipster briefs are for you. These undies will lay flat and stay hidden under everything from your skinniest jeans to your favorite yoga pants.
Spanx Women's Everyday Shaping Panties Seamless Boy Shorts, $22, Amazon
Shapewear that's comfortable enough to wear every day? Leave it to Spanx. These boy shorts have light shaping technology to make you feel just a little bit better in everything you wear. (They come in four hues as well.)
Out From Under Lily Dot Mesh Hipster, $8, Urban Outfitters
Briefs can be sexy! These pretty little hipsters from Urban Outfitters' brand Out from Under come in three colors and have a cheeky sheer mesh with a slim band around the waist.
Clo Intimo Fortuna Low-Rise Bikini, $40, Anthropologie
These gorgeous lace low-rise undies are some of the highest-rated from Anthropologie, and we can see why. The elasticized lace provides a flattering and curve-hugging fit.
Old Navy Lace Hipster Underwear, set of five, $20, Old Navy
Sometimes a clean slate is required — even in your top drawer. If you're looking to start fresh with basic colors and a versatile fit, this pack of lace hipsters from Old Navy is a great find.
Wacoal Bodysuede High-Cut Briefs, $18, Lord & Taylor
These high-cut briefs may look traditional to some and retro-cool to others — so take your pick. We love the lace detailing and high-waisted band, perfect for worry-free wear under floaty summer dresses.
Honeydew Intimates Isabel Velvet and Lace Bikini, $12, Lord & Taylor
Full-coverage undies don't have to be boring! These delicate and pretty bikini briefs from Honeydew Intimates feature soft velvet, playful cutouts and lace — all in a gorgeous shade of violet.
Tommy Hilfiger Striped Mini Knickers, $30, Topshop
Are these cotton briefs cuter because Topshop calls them knickers? Maybe. But either way, these sporty undies from Tommy Hilfiger are hard to resist.
If you want something a little more basic, we found the top four best-selling bikini-style panties on Amazon.
1. Vanity Fair Women's Illumination Bikini Panty, $4, Amazon
2. Wealurre Seamless No-Show Underwear, $13 for 6-pack, Amazon
3. Calvin Klein Carousel Bikini Panty, $12 for a set of three, Amazon
4. Fruit of the Loom Heather Bikini Panties, $5 for a set of six, Amazon
For more underwear-related shopping, check out the 13 nursing bras that are actually pretty (and still comfortable).
This story was first published on May 27, 2015.