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Top 5 Undies Every College Girl Should Own

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Undies every college girl should own

At the beginning of the previous semester, I dedicated a post to the top 5 bras every college girl should own. These bras, I noted, were essentials that could totally make or break your look.

In order to create the perfect foundation for your outfit, the panties you choose are equally important! If your lingerie drawer is in need of an upgrade, if you’re unsure of what to wear under that new dress, or if you simply consider yourself a lingerie junkie like I do, read on! These five styles should be staples in every college girl’s wardrobe.

1. Boy Shorts/Booty Shorts

Why they’re a must-own:

Boy shorts are surprisingly great under skirts and dresses, or anything with a more flowy construction. A great pair of boy shorts won’t show any traditional panty lines, so you can wear them underneath fairly tight pieces, too. Another reason they’re great? Coverage. If you’re wearing a skirt on a windy day, wouldn’t you rather be wearing booty shorts than anything smaller?!

When buying boy shorts, make sure you pick pairs that are snug enough to hug your body, but not tight enough to cause the dreaded muffin top. Don’t go too loose either, though! There is nothing worse than a saggy, baggy pair of boy shorts!

Top Picks:

Cute boy shorts and booty shorts

Product Information: Sheer Lace Boyshort, Forever 21. Lace Striped Boyshort Panties, Charlotte Russe. Aerie Ultimate Tanga, American Eagle. Ruffle Mesh Boyshort Panties, Charlotte Russe.

2. Nude skinny/seamless thong

Why it’s a must-own:

A nude thong is as basic and essential as you can get. It’s a must for dressy events, or wearing under a pair of tight white or light-colored pants or leggings. If you’re into this season’s sheer trend, pick up one of these styles ASAP!

A skinny thong is likely to be your best bet with minimal coverage, while a seamless thong will create a similarly invisible look with a bit more fabric. If you’re not into thongs, a nude pair of seamless boy shorts is a great alternative! Nude skinny and seamless thongs are also great to wear out shopping–they’ll never conflict with anything you try on, from dresses to bikinis!

Top Picks:

Nude thongs and panties

Product Information: Aerie Lace Thong, American Eagle. Commando Better Than Nothing Tiny Thong, Journelle.com. La Perla Seamless Thong, Net-a-Porter. Seamless Control Boyshort, Forever 21.

3. Low-rise bikinis

Why they’re a must-own:

Low-rise bikinis are many girls’ “go-to” undies, and for good reason! They can be worn pretty much every day on campus. Low-rise bikinis fit perfectly under jeans, pants, and your favorite skirts, with more coverage than a thong but less than a boy short. Low-rise bikinis are comfortable, cute, and great for everyday activities, especially if you’re a low-maintenance kind of girl. An added bonus: they’re cheap and can be found almost everywhere!

Top Picks:

Low rise bikini underwear

Product Information: Shimera Seamless Stripe Hipster, Nordstrom. Natori Bliss Brief, Nordstrom. Cheeky Lace-Trim Hipster, Victoria’s Secret. Ribbon-Trim Hipster, Old Navy.

4. Hanky Panky-style lace thongs

Why they’re a must-own:

THEY. ARE. SO. COMFORTABLE! In fact, Hanky Panky brands these one-size, stretch-lace, knit thongs as “the worlds most comfortable”. Aside from the comfort factor, these thongs never create panty lines, as they lie perfectly flat against your skin, almost blending into it. As you can probably imagine, they work well under just about everything: with a drawer full of Hanks, you’d be set for any occasion.

Hanky Panky thongs are hands down the best underwear I have ever worn, and let’s be honest–at almost $20 a pop, they had better be! This being said, because of Hanky Panky’s success, other companies have started knocking off their design at a much lower price point–you can find full-lace thongs at Victoria’s Secret, Gilly Hicks, and even Target. The St. Eve brand, often featured at Marshall’s, makes a great knock-off, too. If thongs aren’t your thing, shop around for stretch-lace trimmed boy shorts or hipsters instead.

Top Picks:

Hanky Panky style lace thongs

Product Information: Hanky Panky Original Thongs 5-Pack, Bloomingdales. Cheekiest Lace-Trim Thong, Victoria’s Secret. Hanky Panky Vikini Bikini Panties, Nordstrom. Wide Waist Lace Thong, Tilly’s.

5.  Wild undies!

Why they’re a must-own:

So far, my picks have focused on basics and essentials–must-have pieces that will work well under specific garments. Sometimes though, you just want to have fun!

Outrageous underwear can make you feel pretty, sassy, and flirty all at once! Pick your favorite cut, then get a few pairs in prints, patterns, neons, or even as a part of a matching set. Wild undies are an instant pick-me-up, and a secret shot of confidence – even if you’re wearing sweats, you’ll feel glamorous and sexy knowing you have fabulous lingerie on underneath. So have fun and work it, girls!

Top Picks:

Wild panties and fun undies

Product Information: Sequin Butterfly Thong, Wet Seal. Spree Girl Set of 3 Lace Front Hipsters, Bluefly. Nylon Spandex Stretch Diamond Grid Lace Panty, American Apparel. Lace Bow Thong, Wet Seal.

What are your thoughts?

What is your favorite style of underwear? Do you own any or all of my picks? What other styles would you recommend? Let us know with your comments!

Posted on on February 4, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “Top 5 Undies Every College Girl Should Own”

  1. 1
    February 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Cosmo says that thong is out… do you guys agree?
    personally i love cheeky and boyshort…but a thong always make me feel sexy…if i have a basic clothes but i have a beautiful underwear on, i feel confident

  2. 2
    February 4th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Love that you point out a girl should own different types of undies! I totally agree. Too many girls don’t realize different clothes require different undies.

    @ Melisa: Why do you care what Cosmo says? If you like your thongs, wear them! It’s not like everybody knows what you’re wearing under your pants/skirt/dress. Wear what’s comfortable to you and makes you feel good.

  3. 3
    February 4th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    if thongs are out, I don’t want to be in :)

  4. 4
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’ve gotta say, I love my Victoria Secret bikini panties. I’ve had them for about 7-8 months and they still fit the same as when I got them, no stretching or breaking elastic like I got with the packs of underwear I used to buy. They are totally worth the $8 a pair, but they go on sale often (usually $25 for 5, but you have to buy in multiples of five).

  5. 5
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    If you haven’t already you should check out Aerie’s panties. Their boybriefs and bikinis are so comfy and great quality that I’ve had some of them for over 2 years. Love that store!

  6. 6
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Cute article! I totally agree.

  7. 7
    February 4th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    My favorite style of undies is the boy short because they provide the wearer with a lot of coverage while still coming in cute options. The only ones out of the types you featured that I own are boy shorts and the low rise bikini because I’m still in high school and I think that thongs are uncomfortable and trashy. You did an awesome job on this post because you featured pretty much all the styles of undies that are popular right now.

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    February 4th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I totally agree with everything on this list! I work at Victoria’s Secret on college breaks and every time I go back I stock up on more cute and comfy undies! I never used to like thongs (I thought they were kinda skanky when I was in high school) but I started wearing them when I was at work so I wouldn’t have lines and I love them now! Who cares if Cosmo says they’re on the way out, I feel so much sexier and more confident when I go out if I’m wearing something super cute and lacy :)

  10. 10
    February 4th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    February 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am
    From: Melisa
    “Cosmo says that thong is out… do you guys agree?”

    Yes, I do. Well, I hope. I rarely wear thongs. They aren’t all that comfortable for me. I generally only wear them if I have a pair of pants that would show even a boyshort panty line.
    I’m a low-rise bikini type of girl. :)

  11. 11
    February 4th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I completely agree with your list! I am wondering how you all feel about matching bras and panties. Even though I work at VS I am not big on buying matching sets. I feel like I put all this effort into matching and my guy doesn’t really care. Opinions?

    Jennifer- At VS, you only need to buy at least 5 to get the 5 for $25 deal. Any pair after 5 will also be $5. Unfortunately, the same thing does not go for the 3 for $30 panties.

  12. 12
    February 4th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Love the article! Although I don’t wear all these types of underwear (I’m a thong girl), I apreciate the variety.
    For those of you who think thongs are uncomfortable, a strange thing happened to me: I started wearing them because it looked better with most of my outfits, and after getting used to it, I can’t wear anything else! I feel uncomfortable in bikini types, although I wear boy shorts to bed (I don’t like walking around in a thong, that definitely it’s to much). And I don’t think they’re trashy at all; they are hot, maybe too hot for a high school girls, but definitely great for college and older.

  13. 13
    February 4th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I also love, love, love underwear! I’ve never bought Hanky-Panky underwear, but the underwear that I have that has a lace waist band is straight up the most comfortable pairs I own.

  14. 14
    February 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    actually, american apparel’s having a sale right now: http://twitter.com/americanapparel/status/8642886465

    i like their lace undies. so cute!

  15. 15
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    love it. Tamara – I’m trying to get into wearing thongs, sometimes i can wear them

    But i loveeeeee my bikini cuts, and boy shorts.

    great article. I’m a victoria’s secret junkie, but im going to have to check out the Hanky panky (love that name lol) brand

  16. 16
    February 4th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    lalalina- I never knew that about the 5 or $25, good thing to know for the next time I feel like buying underwear.

  17. 17
    February 4th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I love boyshorts but they always give me wedgies! Does anyone else have this problem? I usually stick to hipsters.

  18. 18
    February 4th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Sarah – Persevere and you will succeed! hahah, thongs rock (and if Cosmo says they’re out, they better ask the guys their opinion).

    I’m a lingerie junky, but I don’t live in the US, so I can’t get any of the brands you talk about! I went to VS last time I was in NY, but it is ridiculously expensive for me (a dollar equals 4 argentinian pesos, you do the maths); I better use that money to buy the highest priced brand or double number of panties from a regular brand at home.

    There’s something you didn’t mention: I don’t know about the US, but here lots of panties (from cheap to expensive) are not made out of cotton but out of lycra or symilar fibers. Though artificial fibers may look shiney and hot (sheer underwear, for example) I think you should leave those type of undies for “hot environments” (where they won’t be worn long). In your underwear, you need fabrics that let your body breath, right? (I don’t mean to be gross, it’s just plain reality).

  19. 19
    February 5th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    i love love love this article
    im a lingerie collector…..i have every thing on ur list except the nude tone coz i always prefer colours, prints, laces(better start looking for nudes now)
    and i always match the top with the bottom(been watching too many victoria secret fashion shows)
    but yeah i hear the thong is out and boyshorts are the new thongs
    thongs are fine for dresses or pants that cling to ur butt but no whale tales!!!!
    but even a nice fitting pair of boyshorts can do that.

    thisizkim-boyshots can giv u wedgies if they are not the right fit for u(but also a lot of movement can make that happen too)

  20. 20
    February 5th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I love lace trimmed bikini cut undies, my favorite pair are ivory and black stripes with ivory lace edging and a cute little ribbon bow at the front. I always feel so girly and sexy when I wear them. I only wish I had a matching bra :(

  21. 21
    February 5th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    this article is genius! one of my faves :]. whatever i get, i try to get it in cotton, because it’s wayy healthier to your lady parts.

    also, for those who find thongs uncomfortable, try getting a bigger size. i used to think thongs were uncomfortable, but getting a size bigger than i normally wear really made a difference! it’s not slicing your butt anymore.

  22. 22
    February 5th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    im a bit of both :)

  23. 23
    February 5th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hey girls! I’m glad you’re liking this post! I’m a lingerie addict, so it was super fun to write and even better to read your comments!

    I’m definitely a boy shorts/cheeky girl, they’re super cute and comfy. Although for some outfits thongs are just the way to go. Love you Cosmo, but like Julie said–if thongs are out I don’t wanna be in! I actually think they’re super comfortable and easy, which is always a plus!

  24. 24
    February 6th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’m a thong girl, have been for 8 years now. I have terrible luck with other kinds of panties always riding up, and I figure if my panties are going to ride up my ass anyway I’d rather have as little fabric as possible in there. Besides, as long as the thong is just a string and not a wide strap you don’t feel it anyway.

    But I love lingerie, I have a million different pairs of panties and am always on the lookout for more. Great article.

  25. 25
    October 12th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I love my low rise bikini underwear. It is comfortable you can not even feel them:)

  26. 26
    April 5th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Love this article! I’m a Gilly Hicks girl myself :) I too, am also a panty connoisseur, although I mainly collect thongs and cheekies. I like to have a huge variety of prints and colors, although I do have plain nudes when I’m wearing a sheer dress or something :}}}}

  27. 27
    July 11th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Ok I just wanna say that after reading this post I ran off and bought the lacie victoria’s secret thongs ( they’re 3 for $30) and I have to say, I am going to buy more tomorrow! They are by far the most comfortable undies I’ve ever had on me in my life, something I never thought I would say about a thong lol. Thanks

  28. 28
    October 18th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This dude wants to know what’s so gross about a panty line? I don’t get it, who cares if you can see that? It’s not like your underwear is hanging out of your pants.

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