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What Underwear Do You Wear?

Madewell's new intimates

What kind of underwear do you wear? I used to wear thongs and boy shorts, but then I went nutty and bought a dozen pairs of this black underwear. I wanted to keep things simple and streamlined, especially with rowdy toddlers to attend to!

Madewell's new intimates

But now I’m ready to mix it up again. Madewell’s new intimates are adorable. And I love love love these Hanky Panky lacy ones, too. It’s so nice to wear something soft and pretty under your clothes, right? It’s like a sexy little secret.

Madewell's new intimates

Madewell's new intimates

Oh, just holding some goldfish. NBD.

What kind do you like? Do you have a recommendation for cute affordable pairs? (I still swear by these for every day.)

P.S. I hate the word “panties.”
P.P.S. A French bra trick, and did you have sex on your wedding night?

(Photos by Madewell.)

  1. Lisa Malden says...

    Being the age I am underwear is important for reasons other than style. That said, my everyday underwear must be pretty and utilitarian. This is why I wear one of the two brands below-depending on time of this month. 😉

    Check them out!

    https://www.shethinx.com/ OR Google Thinx Underwear
    ~~~
    https://www.iconundies.com/ OR Google Icon Underwear

  2. Sasha says...

    If you are petite, try the girls section. I’ve found my most comfortable bralette (the only kind that I find comfy and that fits properly) @target, about $8. I actually buy quite a few clothes in the girls (and boys) at Patagonia, REI and target. My items are basically the same as they would be for adults, like yoga pants, down coats, but less expensive. A girls/boys L or XL fits my boyish petite frame really well. Unfortunately at 5’6″ I’m too tall for most pants but did find girls levis at thrift a while back that I just cuff and wear as crop, $3.

  3. Kristy says...

    I’m all about bralettes now. Screw underwires! I thought my boobs were too big but I think I do ok :).

  4. I says...

    I love aerie!! They have so many different styles and patterns. I was going nuts when I started wearing scrubs on a daily basis. I needed to find a way to express my individuality! That morphed into popsicle undies. When trying on wedding dresses, I didn’t realize that strangers would see you in your underwear. I remember my mom pointedly staring at me and then saying, “Did you bring anything that doesn’t have milkshakes on it?” Aannnnd my response was, “I have ones with ice skating polar bears…”

  5. Julie. says...

    I’m a size 36A and got sized out of the madewell intamates (!) . Wanted to try them out too :(

  6. Kate says...

    Cup of Jo, we’ve done this! AERIE. I think your post a while ago is where I first learned of the BEST bras and underpants around. :)

  7. Deane says...

    And Negative Apparel. Just need to lose a few pounds for my own satisfaction.

  8. Deane says...

    Oh the stories. From the sublime to the ridiculous, in price and style and practicality. But the best yet are ODDO. Truly wonderful. It was a Kickstarter project and they have realized their dream beautifully. http://www.oddobody.com/

    • Agreed! It is really difficult to find 100% cotton underwear that has a nice cut.

  9. Joyce says...

    I love the GAP and VS for thongs and other underthings but for my 34DDDs… I’ve recently been hooked on Chantelle and Natori. Pretty and supportive.

    Does anyone have any good sports bra recommendations for us well endowed ladies?

    • Claire says...

      30G (!) here and definitely agree on Chantelle and Natori (though Natori sometimes is known to stretch out). I also am liking Wacoal a lot, too.

    • Lora says...

      I find the Sweaty Betty Ultra Run to be pretty darn supportive.

    • Lenna says...

      Joyce, I am a big fan of the Panache wire-free sports bra, which comes in actual band and cup sizes. It says “medium control,” but it definitely tames everything even while running. Comfortable too!

    • Joyce says...

      Thanks ladies! I will check those out for sure.

      Claire, I agree about some of the Natori’s stretching out. Love my feathers bra but they’re more for taking off then keeping on. You can’t beat their racerback bra though for look or comfort at those sizes.

    • Caitlin Noelle says...

      I’m a 34 DD and for high impact the Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra is the best I have ever found: comfortable and no bounce. Great for trail running. For yoga and every day I am loving Montiel Sienna bra (size M). Have worn it nearly every day since I got it a month ago!

  10. Capucine says...

    DKNY Downtown Hipster – my man flips his lid every time he sees them, and for me they are cotton and never ride up. I think it’s the curved line they make on the backside? I’m a 5’6″ hourglass at 140 pounds and buy the size large.

    For other ladies with emphatic derrieres, I have found hipster and boy short styles ride up when there is a continous center seam from front up the back. If the seam breaks at the crotch, better chance they won’t ride up. So examine how they are stitched!

    • Jennie says...

      Thank you so much. I have a similar build and situation! I am going to try the DKNY Downtown Hipster. I am literally trolling the comments here looking for recommendations!

  11. meredith says...

    Thongs almost always. some bikini hipster for dresses where there’s no chance of a line showing. Gap breathes are my favorite! SO COMFORTABLE.

  12. Ugh, I hate the word panties too. My underwear drawer needs a serious refresh, haha. I bought a bunch of thongs from Gap Body and tore the tags off, and they’re too big. -__- For a while I couldn’t stand thongs, but now they’re all I wear!
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  13. Claire says...

    I just bought 8 pairs of Italian briefs, or french cut I think they are called. They are still in a Valentines bag in the bedroom, but I love knowing I now have 8 (!) more pairs I LOVE, instead of being grumpy when one of my three favorites is in the wash (yes, most of the time).

  14. Sasha says...

    I haven’t worn underpants since I took a birth class with my first baby, twenty one years ago. We learned that underwear helps breed group B Strep, especially thongs. So I just stopped. Incredibly liberating and I’ve never once thought of going back. I wonder how much money I’ve saved?
    I just recently stopped wearing a bra too, I don’t need one and it’s far more comfortable too, just one less thing. My daughters don’t wear them much and they encouraged me. Because I’m small it feels pretty liberated too, no more pretending or trying to enhance. It feels great.

    • You’re cool. I wanna be like you ; )

    • meg says...

      Love this idea, but after breastfeeding I find that there aren’t really times when I wouldn’t have little points poking out and making me self-conscious! Does this ever go away?! I just stopped a year ago…

    • Sasha says...

      Jillian, wow, thanks!!
      :-)

    • Sasha says...

      Meg, all I have are two points!
      Haven’t breastfed for fifteen years so I don’t think they are going anywhere. I live in a very cold climate so most of time I am wearing something bulky, like a puffy vest. I haven’t fine no bra as much in the summer, but I think this year I will be braver. They are just nipples right? My dh’s show through his t shirt and the world keeps spinning.

    • Sasha says...

      Jillian, wait, was that sarcasm?

      If so, love you anyways ;) and no underpants is quite literally very cool.

  15. Monika says...

    Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I’m on the look out for comfy non-riding undies. Madewell collection is beautiful but don’t think the bras will do much for my A-sized girls. I only wear wireless but like lined cups for shape. The best bra I have found by far is the lounge by VS. Comes in A size now. I can wear all night on my shifts at the hospital and still comfortable when I lay my head down in the wee hours to catch a few hours of sleep. Looking forward to trying some of the undies mentioned and then go with Joannas suggestion of buy 12. Brilliant!

  16. Christina says...

    Since I started wearing bralettes I absolutely cannot wear normal underwire bras anymore, they’re so uncomfortable! Bralettes all the way! Surprisingly, my favourite one is from Hollister.
    For bottoms, I recently discovered Aerie and their underwear is SO cute. Mainly cotton (for comfort) with a bit of lace (for sexiness) – which is exactly what I like.

  17. Uniqlo no line underwear is truly something special!

    • Stephanie Fraser says...

      couldn’t agree more!

  18. Alexandra says...

    Thanks for a timely post. All my undies are going somewhere, and Jockeys does not make that cut anymore. I am 6ft tall, and it’s sooooo hard to find undies who cover your behind properly without being too high. Any suggestions out there for tall ladies? I love boy cut, but have not found great every-day ones. Thank you.

  19. rose says...

    I thought we were supposed to wear white or light colored panties :)

  20. Pact Organic, hands down. Simple and also organic and fair trade, no dyes, pesticides, sweatshop labor.

    https://wearpact.com/

  21. Rebecca says...

    uniqlo’s no line underwear. BEST. I buy 10 of both nude and black. I am set. They feel silky and soft best thing is NO LINES!

    Classic, staple, budget friendly – all wins!

  22. Target has Champion brand running underwear that are nice for working out in but mainly I just go commando for workouts. Much easier. But if you do try the workout underwear, I recommend briefs. Thongs are a little more likely to get out of place during some types of work outs.

  23. MA says...

    Madewell clothes are “made well” for tall skinny women. But for short, curvy women like me? Not so much. That said, I love their style and definitely look at their clothing for ideas.

  24. Andrea says...

    Hope you don’t mind, I’m going to plug this charity that collects new and gently used bras to donate to women in homeless shelters if you have old sizes hanging around: http://isupportthegirls.org/

    • Sasha says...

      that’s wonderful.

  25. Caroline says...

    Am I the only one who hates Hanky Panky’s?! I am a pretty standard size 8 and I find that they barely fit. They aren’t soft and are a bit chafe-y – I definitely can’t work out in them. It somehow seems like I am the only person on the internet with this issue. Anyone have suggestions for breathable, seamless, comfortable thongs good for every day wear and workouts?

    • heather says...

      Hi Caroline. I, too, am not a fan of Hanky Panky, nor the very idea of “one size fits all” underwear. Puh-Leaze.

    • Christine says...

      ME TOO! I have one pair and I find they’re weird and saggy (and I’m a pretty standard size 4 or 6). One size does not fit all!

  26. Andrea says...

    Cute! Would love to shop at Madewell. They don’t want my money though. Sizes XS-L only.

    • Salley says...

      Heartily second this.

  27. the no-show cheekster from VS is the best! I bought like 20 pairs.

    aerie for my cotton undies!

    • Stephanie says...

      Amen to Aerie for undies! I’m 32 and long ago outgrew the style of their regular clothes, but the undies are sweet and their ads do no retouching i.e. showing a range of body types in their real state.

  28. Cassy says...

    I have a hard time finding a bra that fit, I am in between a 34A and 34B. One is too small and the other too big, and if the bra is padded it just makes it worse: I either get cup overflow or cup gap that is noticeable under my clothes. Finally I found a bra I love, Timpa Duet Lace Bra. They are underwire and unpadded, lace is soft and not scratchy, and they are designed for smaller breast. The bra does run very small, so I wear a 36C and it fits beautifully.

    • Maria says...

      Yes! I am in the exact same boat as you – only I’m more of a 28C or 30B (and no one makes those sizes). Also found the timpa lace bras and love them so much! They’re super cheap on Amazon too – like $30!

  29. Cara says...

    Honestly? Target has great undies. They last F-O-R-E-V-E-R and they are comfy and silky and have all different kinds.

  30. Kali says...

    I have been on the hunt for new undies and have been scouring your archives and comments section when just yesterday I got Madewell’s email introducing their new intimates line and I was like, GAH! I’m such a huge fan of Madewell so was is a no-brainer for me. It was like my underwear prayers have been answered. Which isn’t melodramatic at all … right?

  31. Aline says...

    thank you! I also very much hate the word “panties”. gross.

  32. Kirsten says...

    I LOVE Hanky Pankys!! They are seriously SO comfortable, super cute, seamless, and last forever. They’re also a women owned company (two friends started it over 30 years ago!) and manufacture everything in the USA to boot!

    • Hannah says...

      Hanky Panky for the win!!!!!!

    • Michelle says...

      I was going to write Hanky Panky’s too! The low rider thongs are the ones for me. Never going back. Soft, stretchy, fitted, a little bit sexy and with lots of fun colors. Love them. :)

  33. margaux says...

    these are all so cute (and i love your all black undies idea. may have to steal!), but where’s the love for the D and E cup ladies? my boobs would DESTROY these bralettes.

    • Marti says...

      I feel you! I am a 34G! G! Sometimes I feel like I would give my left arm to not have to wear a bra or be able to wear these lovely, lacy little bralettes. But alas, if I don’t wear a bra my boobs end up all over the dang place AND I am in pain. However, gabby underwires and heavy breasts have me in pain anyways, so. It’s sort of a lose-lose situation… womp womp.

    • Jean says...

      with you! the bralette trend makes me feel like a giant freak, I can’t even contemplate it. still looking for the perfect 34DD — Natori Feathers is quite good but could last longer, for the price

  34. I haven’t tried their womens’ underwear yet, but my husband is obsessed with Duluth Trading Co.’s “Buck Naked” boxer-briefs. I believe him that they are THAT good, because this is a guy who–much to my dismay at times (like the time he packed only hiking boots or CROCS as footwear options for my Grandmother’s formal Catholic mass funeral in Chicago…) pays almost zero attention to what he is wearing (I’m looking at you, favorite–no, BELOVED–bright green Foo Fighters t-shirt from 20 years ago with holes in the yellowed arm-pits that he will.not.let me throw out). Really his only requirement of his clothing is that it be comfortable. I get him a new pair of Buck Nakeds for his birthday every year, and every year I hear “Thank you thank you thank you, I fucking love this underwear.” Ok then.

    • Thanks for the laughs — you should consider comedy writing!

    • Too funny, love yor writing!

    • shannon says...

      a – this comment is hysterical

      b – I am checking out those underwear RIGHT NOW for my other half

      c – have you tried this method on the pit stains? my husband uses it and it works great! http://www.clark.com/remove-yellow-armpit-sweat-stains

    • Shannon, it a little bit goes against everything I believe in to meticulously scrub my husband’s shirts for him with a toothbrush, but if there’s one thing that marriage has taught me it’s that you should occasionally do things that you would not normally do if doing those things would make your partner happy. So I might just de-stain that damn t-shirt and give it to him for V-Day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      tonia, i’m laughing out loud rn.

  35. Cara says...

    About a year ago, I bought three of these at, of all places, Express. I’ve worn them seriously every day since. Enough lining to prevent nipple issues, super duper comfy and looks smooth and inoffensive under clothes:

    http://www.express.com/clothing/women/express-one-eleven-unlined-triangle-lace-bralette/pro/6302606/cat1700043?CID=3158&SearchID=Goo_PLA_D&product_id=86203931&adpos=1o8&creative=64340415164&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CJvipoL2gNICFQK1wAodowADMw

  36. Andrea says...

    I chime in on HATRED of padded bras!

    For both bras and panties, Sears and JC Penney have been saviors for underwire, non-padded, no lace (scratchy) options. I hate that padded versions make up 95% of the market. I find them 1) sweaty 2) deceptive and 3) gives your top a weird, unnatural look.

    • Lisa says...

      Yes!! Just give me a non padded bra. I don’t care if you can see my nipples. God forbid!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i always wear a lightly padded bra (because of nipples showing; sorry, tmi:) but now i want to try a different kind, based on all the women here who detest them. i want to see what i’m missing! :)

    • Andrea says...

      I do fine with non-padded, non-scandalous bras. Plus, it’s like saying we can’t acknowledge that we have ankles…

    • Joanna – I love bralettes and I find if you get the ones where there is a seam across the nipple it keeps them from showing. Well, unless it’s really cold.

    • I am the complete opposite! I can NOT wear a bra that shows nips! Must be padded. I don’t need another reason for guys to stare at my chest, especially when I’m at work or in a meeting with 20 engineers, who are mostly middle aged men. It makes it hard to find something that is both padded and sexy.

    • kristi says...

      Ugh, but doesn’t everyone need the slightly padded bras in case you get cold? Maybe just me but if I wore one of these bralettes under my work silk shirts it would be obscene the minute I got cold. TMI? :)

    • Trish O says...

      I have never cared if people can tell I have nipples. I guess I never really thought about it but EVERYONE has nipples so I just don’t worry about it.

    • Isabella says...

      Another non-padded-bra devotee, here. And, the last time I was in Italy, I noticed that all the female mannequins in the shop windows had very perky nipples. If it’s chic in Italy, shouldn’t we Americans embrace the nips?

  37. melissa says...

    I only wear a bra. Commando for my bottom half. I haven’t worn underwear in two years.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, that’s cool! why do you prefer not to wear it?

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I’m glad you asked, Joanna! I’ve been curious how they pull it off. I wear jeans most of the time and can’t imagine how rough they would feel commando, plus I would feel like I had to wash them after every wear (probably tmi).

    • jen says...

      Totally. No panty line for me. I own a couple pairs for the doctors office…

  38. Tammy says...

    I’m one of those people who feels like their outfit is incomplete if I don’t have the right underwear/bra on underneath, so I totally get what you mean by ‘sexy little secret’. I especially love lace…it just makes you feel so pretty. Crazy how a pair of underwear can have that effect lol!

    This may sound crazy, but since we’re on the subject, I’d love some thoughts on this- which are best underwear to wear while working out? Thanks! :)

  39. Beth says...

    “Panties.” The worst! I especially hate it when men say it. Ew.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha same! also, moist and goosebumps.

    • Andrea says...

      I find gooseberries worse than goosebumps, esp. the British pronunciation.

  40. Roz says...

    I’m pretty flat chested so whatever wire-free molded cup style bra I can get my hands on, I go for that. I don’t need support but I do need some structure – no padding though!

    And underwear, cotton boyshorts all the way. My husband goes nuts over them but the best thing is NO WEDGIES!

    • I am so curious now because every time I try on a boyshort, I feel like it’s a wedgie by design! It drives me crazy and I never buy them.

  41. Lara says...

    I love Naja :) http://www.naja.co/pages/ethos

    From their website:
    “Naja is changing the way women shop for lingerie as well as changing the industry as a whole through the company’s dedication to changing women’s lives.
    We want to disrupt the way lingerie is marketed toward women by creating a brand that seeks to empower women instead of objectifying them. We did away with fake wind blowing into models’ hair and poses singularly aimed at the male gaze in order to connect with the smart, courageous, and sexy women of today.
    Naja’s garment factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. We chose to aid single mothers, because many have to choose between working and caring for their children. At Naja, we’ve implemented flexible work policies that make it easier for women to balance work and childcare. Every child of a Naja garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms and all school meals paid by Naja.”

    • Jessica says...

      Amazing company!

    • Julie says...

      Loving the look of these, and they’re affordable too! Thanks for the rec!

  42. Sandhya says...

    I love how these Madewell bras look, but for those of us in an office environment, more coverage is essential. Last year, I discovered Uniqlo’s soft-cup wireless bras. They are inexpensive, they come in a variety of gorgeous colors (fuchsia! navy blue! lavender! as well as your standard beige, black, and pink), and they provide amazing support and lift with complete comfort. Full disclosure: I am a 32A/A- on one side and a 32A/B on the other, so they might not work as well for those of us who are better-endowed. But they were truly a game-changer for me. I nursed and pumped for 13 months and was left wondering what to do after I shrank not just to pre-baby but seemingly pre-adolescence. These were great and confidence-building!

  43. shannon says...

    LOL @ the goldfish!

    I’m intrigued by all the Aerie recommendations – will have to stop in there next time we’re at the mall. 7 for $27 is a good price!

  44. Bets says...

    The Madwell bralettes are so simple and beautiful. Since having a baby in 2015 I’ve felt so dowdy and insecure, especially after the sag effect breastfeeding had. I think investing in pretty intimates could go a long way in helping my confidence. Thanks for sharing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure, bets! it’s surprising how much lipstick or pretty underwear can give you that boost of much-needed confidence sometimes. the little things, i guess :)

  45. Katie says...

    These are my absolute favorite and they are only $5/pair! http://www.target.com/p/women-s-no-show-laser-cut-hipster-gilligan-o-malley/-/A-14919420

    I bought a few pairs and realized I was always sad when I ran out so I just recently bought a whole bunch and I am so grateful to wear them almost every day. They don’t have hemming along the edges so no VPL and they are SO comfy. I’m currently pregnant and they are so soft and stretchy that I think I’ll be able to wear them through my whole pregnancy. Plus my husband loves how smooth and silky they are to touch.

    • Natalie Sheridan says...

      I second this – I found these during pregnancy last year and they are the best. They will last you throughout, although I did have to go up a size in the third trimester just for more coverage. I’m about to buy 10 black ones like Joanna did in my old size, hooray!

  46. Lauren E. says...

    I have um… a big butt so thongs are all I wear. Honestly, the tinier the better. I’ve tried all manner of bikini, boyshort, etc and everything ends up as a thong anyway! (TMI?)

    I finally (FINALLY!) figured out exactly what size bra I am, so I stocked up on the balconette style from VS during their bra sale. Finding the right bra size is like meeting the right guy. It changes everything and I felt like telling everyone right down to the grocery store checkout girl.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great advice, lauren, thank you!!

    • Kali says...

      Agreed! Go in to a store and get sized. After breastfeeding two babies (who are now 3 and 5) it was time to figure out my new size. And I learned the number is the size of your cup and the letter is the size of your ribcage. So I went from wearing 34Bs to 34Ds. It has changed my life and my boobs have never looked better. ;)

  47. I really like Hanky Panky’s full coverage underwear. They are super comfortable and have a bit of support, too.

  48. Anon says...

    Any advice on non-granny-looking briefs? I have a c-section scar that is still irritated by the bikini style I used to wear and love. I need something that covers the belly. Advice welcome!

    • Kelly says...

      I’m also looking for sexy underwear that is higher in the waist without necessarily covering up the butt entirely as I’m disproporitionately smaller there. Suggestions very welcome!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      would these briefs be high-waisted enough? they’re pretty and soft: http://amzn.to/2kSZjKY

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      also, other readers have recommended these, which look very comfortable and come in pretty colors: http://bit.ly/2kT0bzh

    • Emily says...

      Soma has some great options.

  49. Anne says...

    For undies, it’s only Hanky Panky lace things. I prefer the regular over the low rise, but only slightly. Very comfortable, stay put, and they last quite a long time. But – the truth is, I hate wearing underwear and go without whenever I can! I absolutely never wear underwear with jeans. It feels so much better! I can’t be the only one who feels this way…

    Bra are a nightmare – I’m a 32DDD, and I hate big, padded contraptions. But less structured bras don’t offer enough support (especially after two kids). I finally found these great bras by Wacoal called Sheer Enough, and lately they are all I wear. I don’t ooze out the top, they are supportive, they give my boobs a nice high, round look (not smushed), but there is no lining whatsoever – literally just stretchy lace. I will probably through out all of my other bras at this point, because I never reach for anything but these!

  50. Jo says...

    I recently bought about 15 pairs of Hanky Panky low rise thongs, as they are the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn (yes, and they’re thongs!) and because they’re pretty & lacy and come in all colours & patterns. I didn’t pay full price – because then I’d be broke – I’ve found a place where I can get them for $3.33 each! (I live in Canada mind you..)
    My husband of a month also mentioned that maybe it was time for me to get rid of the few pairs I had been holding on to since elementary school….he was probably right…

    • sakina says...

      Do share your source Jo!

  51. V says...

    Commando brand underwear and bras are THE BEST! Pricey but they have decent sales!! No VPL even with non-thong styles

  52. Liz says...

    I love Cosabella thongs and boy shorts. Spanx bras are the only bras I wear because they look seamless under t-shirts. I have been eyeing the spanx high waisted thongs because I’ve bought a couple of high waisted jeans and I can see a crease if I use my regular thongs.

  53. Being that I have the same non-existent figure as a pre-teen, I am relegated to shopping at Aerie. (IBTC UNITE!) I may check out those madewell undies (the P-word creeps me out, too) as I am in the market for some new unmentionables. ;)

  54. Sharon says...

    I am a 36h and live in Panache tango bras, comfy, pretty and hold everything where they should be. I only ever wear M and S black cotton briefs. I look at other styles/colours but I can’t bring myself to buy them………..what if they don’t fit/aren’t as comfy?
    I like to feel “contained” when I’m in bed, so I wear a strappy vest with lots of lycra in it.

  55. Cazmina says...

    Hmm this is a timely reminder that my underwear drawer is due a good clean out.
    I’m always hunting for cotton undies (breathability!) that are also sexy – a very hard combination to find!
    I usually wear plain ol’ cotton briefs every day, and these sexy-but-comfy lacy brazilian briefs from Marks & Spencer (3 for £12) when somebody is going to see them.

  56. Lis says...

    I am a huge Madewell fan and got so excited that they were doing intimates now, but when I checked out the collection i was very disappointed. They look SO cute on the models, but every girl / woman with a larger bust will know from just looking at the pictures that there’s no way these bralettes will provide enough support for anything bigger than an A or B cup. I’ve noticed that a lot recently, that Madewell’s styles are increasingly modeled and geared towards SUPER skinny ladies. I’m an average sized woman, yet still their clothes never look as great on me as on the models, because they’re so heavily geared towards super skinny people. I’m sad that a brand that I admire and love so much is marketing towards such a narrow group of ladies. There’s no way I can wear any of these bralettes and look cute… =(

    • I thought the exact same thing when I saw the photos of the collection. Those adorable pieces would never fit anyone with a larger bust… such a shame…

    • Absolutely! I haven’t been able to wear that kind of style since my very first shelf bras. There’s nothing wrong with that and they’re so pretty on the right people. It’s just the reality for many of us. I like Anita underwire nursing bras and am a big believer in getting fitted at Nordstrom or the like…life changing for a proper fit (I’m 30/32 i). For underwear I have never spent much, though I’d like to find a cute, quality style that’s also 100% cotton! I won’t wear anything else.

    • julie says...

      Amen.

  57. Cherie says...

    Aussies use the word ‘knickers’ instead of ‘panties’ – feel free to borrow it if you like it better ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha, thanks, cherie!

  58. Aileen says...

    I hate the word panties as well! In the UK we call pants trousers and panties are either pants or knickers (although that’s not used as often these day). I have quite large boobs so I tend to buy my bras from Bravissimo and basically anything that will hold them all in and look half decent are my only stipulations!

  59. Patagonia hipsters are the best! I only wear them, and Thinx when needed.

    http://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-barely-hipster-underwear/32356.html?dwvar_32356_color=GVOB&cgid=web-specials-womens-socks-underwear#tile-9=&start=1&sz=24

    Easy to toss into the machine, super long-lasting and comfortable, and ethically sourced, too.

    For bras, I’ve been on a look-out for a good option! I usually wear Uniqlo basic bras, but they do come in sizes S/M/L which I do find a bit frustrating.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so curious about thinx! i haven’t tried them, but i’ve heard rave reviews!

    • Charli says...

      The Thinx mention in this comment made me want to read a CoJ ranking/review of alternative menstrual products.

    • Danielle says...

      I love Thinx and I love the idea of a COJ story about alternative menstrual products. I started using a combo of a cup and Thinx and it has been a life changer. Not to mention that after the initial investment I haven’t thrown away or purchased a menstrual product in almost 2 years.

  60. Beautiful – underwear is SO important (even though we often think it isn’t!) It frames my whole day – if it rides up, cuts in or rubs anywhere, it’s OUT!! I would love my boobs to be small enough to wear a beautiful bra let, but sadly not. Oh – and being British, we never say panties. To me, they’re always knickers!!

  61. Kristina says...

    As soon as I am finished nursing I would love to have that mesh-trimmed bralette! It looks comfortable and just sexy enough for this new mom :)

  62. I go with a comfy cotton granny pant (!) but I opt for one that is black (or I recently got some lovely teal ones) with lace details to un-granny them. I am from the UK so I go to the department store practically everyone goes to for knickers. But I also like American apparel full lace high waisted pairs. Comfy first sexy second for me.

  63. Andrea says...

    I have loved Gillian O’Malley (available at target) for a few years now. The pieces are pretty, the material feels luxurious and it leaves no lines through clothes whatsoever. They come in pretty colors, so I get styles I like in numerous shades. Bonuses that I can pick up a couple of new pairs of undies anytime I need to stop at Target and that they’re so affordable. These things have been especially convenient throughout pregnancy, as my size has changed over the past few months.
    However. These madewell pieces are beautiful! Post-baby, I want to stock up my underwear drawer with some of these pretty pieces :)

  64. L8Blmr says...

    As much as I admire the Madewell bra…there is NO WAY those triangle-ettes of material are holding up my girls…I’m picturing a lot of jiggle and they would be down to my knees before I knew it! :-) I’m all about Ashley Graham’s new line. Makes me feel like I have a beautiful secret and the twins are held nice and high.

  65. Rachel says...

    I am with you! The word “panties” makes me shudder.

  66. Heather says...

    I love the bralettes from Pansy! They’re organic cotton, made in the USA, and come in so many cute colors!

    • Dj says...

      Yup. I buy undies and bras from Pansy! Used to buy Ten Undies, but not sure if the company still exist. Base Range is also great. I threw out all undies (including Aerie) and only wear those brands above. Oh, have Calvin Klein undies for home! All cotton, all the way.

  67. Tyler says...

    i did the black underwear thing too! only i went with meundies. bought like ten pairs of their plain black bikinis. I do love that cutout bralette, so cute!

  68. YES–I love that someone else hates the word “panties”! I cringe inside whenever I hear/read it. These are beautiful!!! I need to up my game.

  69. Sommer Brown says...

    This post is so timely…I have been on the hunt to up my lingerie game. I have specific ideas of what I want in mind and no idea who would make what I want. I’m going to read more of the comments and I do like the madewell line as well. This will help- thanks!

  70. Morgan says...

    I’m obsessed with this one particular style (lace trim bikini and I also like the thong version of the same style) of Calvin Klein panties. They’re the first underwear I’ve ever owned that are truly comfortable, feel sexy, and are invisible under clothes. They’re the only panties I buy now, and I stock up on new patterns whenever I see them on sale haha
    I’m not as fussy about bras (and truthfully I often go braless), but my go-to every day bras are Calvin Klein too. I’ll check out the new Madewell ones!

    • Anna says...

      Yes, those Pact boyshorts are the best! They stay in place so well. I also wear these, which are a similar cut, though obviously less eco conscious (size up! It’s H&M):
      http://www.hm.com/us/product/60552?article=60552-A

      Also these for no show:
      http://www.target.com/p/women-s-no-show-laser-cut-hipster-gilligan-o-malley/-/A-14919420?lnk=rec|pdpipadh1_ff|related_prods_ff_vv|pdpipadh1_ff|14919420|1

      What I want, though, is something in A. black cotton with B. nice lace and C. a flattering cut. I feel like there is a huge untapped market here- cotton styles are usually boring and/or granny cut, and lace styles are insufficient to the purpose and don’t last. Why??

    • Sonja says...

      I love Pact! I also generally wear the boyshorts, but I also keep a few nude bikinis around in case I’m wearing a light skirt or something.

  71. Shasji says...

    Love the look of the madewell line but so impractical for those of us who are larger than a b cup

    • Trish O says...

      That was what I was thinking….those are not going to support my c cup 45 year old, nursed two kids boobs. Cute, but I need to keep looking.

    • Eva says...

      Ditto. Would be nice to see a line more reflective and inclusive of all body types. Though considering their models and general style, I can’t say I’m surprised.

      That said, Third Love bras and Uniqlo undies! (hip-huggers FTW)

    • Meghann says...

      Agreed! I’m 36 DDD…

    • Monique says...

      Agreed! I love how dainty these all look but my G (!) cup boobs–thanks breastfeeding–would get zero support. Sigh.

    • Jackie says...

      Chantelle bras are the best for bigger breasts. I have a wide breastbone and the middle / connector between the cups never hit my skin, but Chantelle bras fixed that problem.

    • Alexia says...

      Yeah… anyone know of any comfy bralettes for those that wear over a D cup?

  72. Sarah S says...

    If you’re looking for something new and fun, I love this panty delivery start-up, Frisky Britches. I actually got a pair from Madewell from them! It’s only $14 and so convenient. I love my subscription services so it’s great to have a practical one in the mix, too

    http://www.shopfriskybritches.com/

  73. Cristina says...

    Because no one has mentioned it–I love the undie-tectable lace hi-hipster underwear from Spanx. They aren’t restrictive, but I like the high waist, and I find all the lace quite pretty.

    As for bras–I swear by Orchard Street Corset in NYC! The woman who works there is a bra wizard.

    • Trish O says...

      I like a high hipster, too. I will check these out.

  74. Heather says...

    Bralette… cute but that is not going to happen.
    I’ve found a few styles of Calvin Klein underwire bras that work great for my larger bust. The latest style I purchased was the “INVISIBLES FULL COVERAGE CONTOUR BRA.”

    Exoffico Give-n-go string bikinis are great for travel or being active. They can be hand washed and air dried in a couple hours.

    I had several pair of jockey briefs that I loved. The Calvin Kleins you linked to look very similar. They didn’t show too much under clothing and stayed comfortably in place. Sadly I just tossed them and have not been able to find the same style for replacements.

    I bought some cheap cotton bikini styles, that I wouldn’t be upset about ruining, for after my child was born. Luckily I didn’t ruin them because they are now favorite pairs! You can’t beat the breathability of cotton. All the time spent searching for the perfect underwear and I end up loving a multi pack from Sam’s Club more than any of my others.

  75. Molly says...

    I love Madewell and I was so excited to see this collection, I already placed an order and can’t wait to see how they fit!

  76. Emma says...

    Hi Joanna,
    I like the Italian brand Intimissimi. It’s sexy, comfortable and sophisticated ;-) They are very popular in Europe, but I think they have online store in the US.

    • Gabriella says...

      Same here! I feel like it’s the number one underwear brand where I live. A little more expensive, but totally affordable, and they make everything from basic cotton undies to lace-y bralettes. Just went and bought a few new undies today, actually!

  77. Sally says...

    Bonds!! Australian brand with the best ‘undies’ !

  78. Hillary says...

    Those Calvin Klein’s are all I wear! I love that they don’t show panty lines and they don’t cut into your butt and make it pouch.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! i love that they don’t show panty lines. they always make pants/jeans good from the back ;)

  79. I’m another Hanky Panky fan. I’m trying some Soma ones this week and keeping my fingers crossed. Trying to find good underwear is like trying to find good mascara: so personal.

  80. I’m kind of an underwear nut. I have several different kinds. I have my black lace pairs for that extra oomph of sexy and dangerous. Then I have my other “fun” pairs, either lacy or leopard print, something fun. And these are Brazilian-cut. Then there are the boring cotton pairs, good for working out and letting your bits breathe, and, of course, the dreaded period panties that I don’t particularly care what happens to–they’re nice and stretchy.

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  81. Kelsey says...

    I love Gap’s breathe underwear. So, so comfy and I love the range of colors. I gave up on Target, because the elastic always falls apart on me.

    My boobs are too big for bralettes. I love my Walcoal bras. They last and are as comfortable as undersides can be. I usually find them for a good price at Marshalls or TJ Maxx.

    • Kelsey says...

      Underwires, not undersides! Ugh, sorry!

    • Amy Madeline says...

      I am appreciating simplifying my underwear. I love my Gap Breathe wireless bras, smooth fitting, simple and flattering. One in black, one in nude, one in grey, done. Decided I really don’t need underwires (which feel constraining) but like a smooth, t-shirt bra look. These bras are perfect for my 34A bosom.

      And the best undies I have found are Felina modal bikinis. They don’t ride up!

  82. i’m a former VS shopper and now i wear whatever packaged undies (i say undies and not panties) at Target, hanes or fruit of the loom.

    when it’s that time of month, i wear thinx, which has changed my life.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      now i’m really wanting to try thinx! such a cool, novel concept.

  83. Eliot says...

    The Madewell intimates line is beautiful but petite gals don’t always have tiny boobs! I’m a 30D so bralettes are an absolute no-go.

    Bras: In a moment of frustration with my Gap bras (been wearing the same style for years) I decided to try Third Love. Best. Bra. Ever. They’re pretty, makes my chest look great, and they’re insanely comfortable (even more than your trusty beloved sports bra).

    Underwear: A couple of years ago I was so bored of all of my underwear and tired of pesky lines showing through my jeans so I decided to try Lululemon’s Namaste Put Hipster. Now I own 10 pairs and just rotate through those. They’re seamless, sexy, and feel like they’re barely there. They’re sort of pricey but if you wash them on delicate and hang them dry (which takes maybe an hour!) and they’ll last for years.

  84. Claire says...

    Natori Bliss Cotton Bikini. They are so comfortable (even wore them throughout pregnancy) and I find them flattering, too. I’ve actually been dying for an opportunity to recommend them!

    • Mandy says...

      Yes! Everything Claire said!
      They make amazing bras, too. My pregnancy advice is to go to Nordstrom (if available) and have them fit you as soon as your normal bras are getting too small. They fit me with two Natori bras that were slightly large in the cups. They lasted my whole pregnancy and made a huge difference in comfort. For end of pregnancy and postpartum I just upsized my Bliss bikinis one size. They’re so stretchy!

  85. Mouse says...

    Milou, try Wacoal. Underwire, non padded, come in 32s maybe 30s. All kinds of Ds.

    My go-to, but not cheap. They do last though.

    • Milou says...

      Thank you!

  86. Robin says...

    Ugh, I just bought three pairs of not at all exciting nursing bras. At least they fit and do the best they can with my wonky post two babies milk filled boobs. Can’t wait to have the full run of the lingerie store again. I love that yellow madewell bra! Also I found a brand of seamless cotton underwear I love – great coverage, soft, truly seamless, no logos, keeps its shape ( http://www.wearcommando.com/products/cotton-bikini) but they are crazy expensive. But finding the right thing at a decent price (esp here in Canada) is such a pain that maybe it’s worth paying for …

  87. Charlotte K says...

    Wacoal and nothing but.

  88. Jordan says...

    The Madewell collection looks like it only includes sizes S-L (no XL). Not very inclusive and makes it difficult for 70% of women (who are a size 14 or higher) to shop. Bummer babe.

    • Lynsey says...

      Came here to say the same. Any recommendations for the plus-sized babes out there?

  89. I quote Hank Williams Jr. in saying that “them Florida girls still wear no underpants”. It’s too hot! Only for lady business-related situations or formal wear (requiring scaffolding) do I ever wear undies. But my brassieres (pronounced either Bra-ZEE-ays or Brah-zeers) are always on point. I sometimes wish I was the sort to wear beautiful sets, or even coordinating sets…alas…it’s still too damn hot.

  90. Madeleine says...

    I’m a serious Madewell addict, so I’ll probably give these a try. Gap is usually my go-to. They’ve recently come out with a lace version that I really like because there’s no VPL.

  91. shane says...

    Really pretty stuff. I also hate the word “panties” agg.

  92. Colleen says...

    I’m very interested in reading the comments. I love Joanna’s idea of streamlining underwear but I can NOT find a pair I actually like. And I can’t say panties either!

  93. Danielle says...

    I’m obsessed with the the Gap Breathe high waisted bikini and also the Breathe shorty. I am very hour glass shaped and underwear never fits me right. These are both so great, so soft after washing and great for active stuff too. I buy every color that goes on sale and I am totally bummed when I have to dip into my other underwear supplies.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      gap breathe is getting recommended a lot in these comment section! i’m going to try them, thank you, danielle!

    • Danielle says...

      The bras from this line are nice too. There’s even a slightly padded bralette that works even for my D-cups. I’ve also worn it as a swimsuit top in a pinch.

  94. Rachael says...

    Affordability, isn’t something I think of when it comes to bras (thou, I do like a classic GAP panty). I have larger breasts (E) and a small waist (30). I know I should be jumping for joy, but the struggle is real. The odd combo leaves me with particular brands that are high in quality and in price (like Freya, Prima Donna, & Penache). They typically run from $60 to $120. So, I scavenge herroom.com looking for sales on these brands.

    Also, I’m loving the diversity (size, color, and age) of women featured in the new Aerie and All Women Project campaign.

    • Christine says...

      I’m with you! I have basically narrowed it down to Fantasie as being the most comfortable and best-fitting brand for me time and time again (32H/HH). The nice thing about this though, is that I don’t have to waste time checking out every new “best bra ever!” Because I know they won’t work. And as you mention, I can find good deals online, especially on outgoing patterns/colors.

  95. kiki says...

    OMG. that goldfish. I’m cracking up.

  96. Sarah says...

    That goldfish caption!

  97. These designs are adorable, but I am so over lingerie brands that do their bra, or bralette, sizes in S M L . It’s just so hard for so many women to get the right fit. I am loving Lonely Lingerie right now, they have a beautiful line and a wonderful body positive message and marketing.

  98. Amy says...

    I’ve been trying new underwear for a year and nothing seems to work for me. I need some elastic around the the leg holes. I’m small framed, but I have a large bum and it’s not really, ahem, in shape. I want something that pulls everything up and puts things in place. So many of the pretty, delicate pieces immediately rise up and disappear. Any suggestions out there?

  99. Amy L says...

    I found the Jockey brand makes a silky feeling pair calledthe “no panty line promise”. They are so comfy, are a bit higher cut and still cute but I don’t get wedgies in my jeans lol. I’m a mom now and I don’t do the”hipster” cut anymore, they sit sooo low!

  100. Cynthia says...

    I wear several styles from Victoria’s Secret, but I always buy them on sale. They last forever and are so comfortable. I like having nice panties.

  101. belinda says...

    Well I love hanky pinky and on gossamer…BUT I cannot seem to find a comfortable everyday bra! I tried Third Love..and aton of others!..I find the bands stiff in a lot of them ..no stretch. I have small shoulders so I need stretchy straps..to prevent slippage…Its so annoying having menopausal breasts! any advise?

  102. If we’re being perfectly honest, I only wear undies about half the time. The time I do wear them, I have to be careful because I have a big bootie (lines!). I used to love Hanky Pankys, but I got tired of the elastic wearing out! Then I discovered that Urban Outfitters has these no line undies, and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. They’re way cheaper than Hanky Panky too!

    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=30093629a&category=I-UNDIES-HIPSTER&color=063

  103. Whitney says...

    Hanky Panky low-rise thongs are my absolute favorite. They’re comfortable, cute and I can throw them in the washer before hang drying. My husband buys me new colors every Christmas.

    I’m in the market for a comfortable bralette that won’t get destroyed or pulled after a couple of washes. My boobs are washboard flat, so I really just need something that isn’t see-through under a tee shirt. Suggestions?

  104. Kim J says...

    I need these recommendations! I’m 14 months post-baby and my breasts have shrunk back to their pre-baby small size. I actually went to target, but I didn’t real see anything that looked promising, other than a (bare necessities?) wireless bra. No padding, but a little structure in there. It’s been my only positive breast purchase in this post baby era.
    As for the bottom half, I have the ck underwear, the gap, the target ones…none of them really do it for me. I used to like the seamless undies, but they don’t seem very breathable anymore. I prefer cotton right now. Strangely, the Pact organic cotton boy briefs and bikinis from Whole Foods are my favorite pairs! They aren’t too pricey, they are organic cotton and made in the USA (I think.)

    • Pact undies are not made in USA — they are made in India, but still ethically made, so it’s a win-win. I wear their hipster style. Love them!

  105. susan says...

    I always buy Calvin Klein hipsters. My favorite for the last ten years or so! Just bought 3 new pairs today!

    • Annie says...

      Me too! The best!

  106. Anna says...

    ugh why can’t the bralettes come in actual bra sizes. I love the styles but I’m a 30DD so need a XS band and M cups. I never understand how the models (extra skinny with big boobs) fit into those sizes.
    I wear intimissimi lace briefs (not sure they have those in the States?). I find lace doesn’t cut into your bum/hip fat so they don’t leave visible lines.

    • Meg says...

      YES! Thank you! All I want in life is a freaking bralette that actually fits (34DD here). If I can find a cup that fits (almost never), the band is so big that it offers no support. Shouldn’t it be just like designing/sizing a wireless bra?! Why do they consistently only offer them in SML?! So, so frustrating.

  107. B. says...

    Haha. I can not say “panties” either! :P

  108. Colleen S. says...

    I wear Soma hipsters and bikinis. I stopped caring about pantylines when I turned 30, and thongs don’t fit me right. As for bras, I rely on a Hanes bralette (despite the fact I’m a 32DDD), or my T-shirt bra for when I need structure.

  109. Sarah says...

    100% convert to uniqlo knickers (Japanese brand – ran out in Japan and now they are in Australia too). I only wear briefs, save for a handful of times a year. Black with lace trim, or lighters grey/yellow etc with lace trim. I reverted to them after Target became really scattered in supply of my size when I needed replacements.

    Bras are largely Target – with a few Victoria Secrets from my travels to the US – always with padding and a little boost…!

  110. Alexis says...

    I would love to wear black underwear everyday, but what do you do about the panty-line? For me, they embarrassing show through my work pants and skinny jeans.

  111. gillian says...

    h&m has a pack of black cotton bikini-style underwear (with just enough stretch) that i’ve worn for years. something like $10 for 4, and so comfy, sexy and practical. no lines and no riding up! (their bralettes are so pretty and comfortable, too. have been wearing most days for over a year.)

  112. Clare says...

    Nordstrom bras & no undies (unless I’m in a skirt or short dress).

  113. Allison says...

    I ordered a handful of pairs from Brookthere on crazy sale a month or few ago, and I LOVE them. They’re so comfy and well-made and beautiful. Not cheap, but I’m definitely going back for more when I can justify it.

  114. Jessica says...

    Coobie bras are my new obsession. SO comfy and relatively cute. Feel like a comfy sports bra but have some lace and sexiness. As for undies, I second the Target rec above!

    https://shopcoobie.com/shop?c=lace-bralettes

  115. Jess says...

    Victoria’s Secret or Gap low rise briefs for everyday…comfy and extra affordable during great sales. And Calvin Klein seamless hipsters or thongs for those tighter fitting dresses and leggings. They feel so light and well, seamless, which I love.

  116. Twyla says...

    I wear the Jockey No-Pantyline Promise hi-cut briefs. They are comfortable, breathable, won’t show under a jersey dress and last forever. I’m a size 14 girl and find these fit the best. I find the Gap panties are all too low in the front.

    • JessicaD says...

      Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling… couldn’t believe there wasn’t any JOCKEY love! Hello sister! I wear the plain old cotton bikini brief. Order from their website whenever there’s a sale. But I’ve never been one to get crazy about undies! (To the chagrin of my husband….)

  117. Elizabeth says...

    I swear by/only wear those Calvin Klein briefs and Hanky Panky thongs. They’re so soft and comfy!

    • Alice says...

      +1 hanky panky thongs

  118. Nicky says...

    Agent Provocateur is SO luxurious and makes me feel instantly sexy. Honestly, it’s worth the splurge.

    But for the every day basics, I actually shop at Aerie. I’m older than their target demographic but compared to Gap and VS, they’re actually more affordable, comfortable and last just as long.

    • The last time Jo did this post a few years ago, I noticed several readers mentioned shopping at Aerie, so I gave it a go and have never looked back! I love their lace cheekies (7 pair for $27.50!). They are so pretty, come in lovely colors, and hold up so well!

  119. Laura says...

    I used to only wear VS undies, but now my favorite are from Target! I love the seamless ones from the Gilligan & O’Malley line there, as well as the exhiliration hipsters – plus they’re only around $5 a pair

  120. Mallory says...

    I wear sad, worn out briefs from the gap. BUT, they are so comfortable. I occasionally invest in new pairs, but the result is always the same: disappointment. And, to the back of the drawer they go!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they are VERY comfortable, i agree!

    • Anon:) says...

      YES! The ones from like 2010, right? The new ones run so small.

  121. Lisa says...

    Super cute underwear and bras and I’m bummed my post-baby boobs aren’t rated for bralettes.

    • Laura says...

      I know, as a bustier woman I envy those who can fit into bralettes and don’t need support!

    • Diana says...

      agreed. must be nice to have cute sized boobs!

    • Milou says...

      I have not have children and I’m a size 0-2, but I have boobs! I love that companies are small and large companies are coming out with cool stuff, but with a DD, an underwire is your friend.

      If anyone making lingerie, is reading this: underwires, NON-PADDED, simple.

    • isavoyage says...

      Milou, I second that : underwires, NON-PADDED, simple.
      What is with the padded bras ???

    • Lisa says...

      Yes, Milou!! DD’s need support, but I don’t need another layer in the padding.

  122. Sarah Kang says...

    These photos are beautiful! I wear Gap basic briefs, and Cosabella thongs when I have evening plans ;-)