Women's briefs, knickers, or pants, whatever the name you give them, are typically one of the first things you grab from your underwear drawer in the morning. Whether you’re looking for comfort from soft cotton knickers or a sexy thong for a special occasion or to simply be kept invisible under tight clothing, there’s a style for everyone.
Briefs are a crucial part to a ladies underwear collection. Women's knickers, briefs or pants, they are all worn as bottoms. Like bras, there are multiple styles of briefs and finding the right pair can be just as confusing. From shorts and high-waisted briefs to brazilian knickers or thongs, don’t worry we have you covered.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF BRIEFS?
Briefs, full briefs, full knickers - A go to style for comfort and everyday wear. If you are looking for those non visible panty lines, these will not be your top choice. Although less stylish compared to other knicker styles, they have great coverage and create a great silhouette, usually made from soft cotton or synthetic fabrics for comfort.
Thongs - Thongs are seamless knickers with hardly any coverage on the bum. With less coverage they are a sexy and cheeky style for your lingerie drawer whilst being perfect for under tight clothing.
Bikini briefs - A style coming from swimwear, low-rose with a high cut leg and light coverage of the cheeks. They have more coverage than thongs but a lot less than a full brief.
Shorts, boy shorts - A girls version of men's boxers, short knickers are great for everyday wear when at work or lounging at home. The sides are wider than other styles and sit at the top of your leg (like a pair of shorts). If you plan to wear a dress and you're unsure of the weather, shorts are an ideal underwear option for unexpected wind lifting your skirt.
Brazilian knickers - Brazilian underwear is a combination of a bikini and a thong, low rise with wider sides. Similar to a thong they show no VPL and usually have a lace or cut fabric detail on the back.
Hipster brief - If women’s short and bikini briefs were blended together. They sit on your hips and are low-rise. Hipster knickers have more leg coverage and are best worn with low cut waistline bottoms.
Tanga brief - The style with more coverage than thongs but less than bikini briefs, providing another seamless look under clothing and a perfect everyday style. Why not try a cheeky tanga for your next underwear option, a nice alternative to a thong.
High Waist - High Waist briefs hug the tummy and sit high on your waist. Best worn under high waisted jeans for extra comfort and to prevent your knickers slipping down. Some shapewear is high-waist which is designed to squeeze your tummy in to create a desired, smooth silhouette.
Seamless knickers - Seamless fabric has no hems/seams, creating a smooth, flat look under clothing. You may have heard no VPL before, which means no visible panty lines. This is achieved from seamless briefs.
Rio and Italian - Van De Velde group brands Primadonna and Marie Jo have Rio and Italian style briefs. Rio are fuller coverage and seamless, while Italian briefs are more low rise with less coverage on the back.
Maxi and Midi - Two brief styles mostly specific to brands Sloggi and Triumph. Maxi briefs offer excellent coverage, are high-rise and high-waist, very similar to full briefs. Midi briefs sit nicely on your waistline and have wide sides.
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Thong Gossard Glossies Lace Thong (available with matching bras)Brazilian - Freya Fancies Brazilian (available with matching bras)Short - Freya Viva Lace Short Full Brief - Elomi Cate Full Brief (available with matching bras)