The Most Comfortable Thongs for Working Out, Walking Around and Generally Living Your Life

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We used to think the idea of finding the most comfortable thong a sort of moot point. After all, underwear that’s specifically designed to give you a wedgie can’t possibly be comfortable, can it? Turns out, we were wrong. It is indeed possible to make a thong that’s comfortable enough to wear all day long, even if that day includes a run in the park, hot yoga session or simply walking around town. Case in point, these 20 all-stars that come recommended by PureWow editors, internet reviewers and Instagram friends alike. Read on to learn more about our top picks for the most comfortable thong for any budget, body type or activity.

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1. Negative Cotton Thong

Best Cotton Thong

Cotton is often recommended as the best underwear material because it is breathable, gentle on the skin and absorbent, making it excellent at preventing yeast infections. This Negative thong is made of a cotton-elastane blend to better conform to your curves, but with a gusset (the extra fabric right under your privates) that’s 100-percent cotton to really make sure you stay comfortable all day long. And unlike many cotton designs, these won’t shrink in the wash. Katherine G. in Brooklyn, NY, says, “I hate spending a lot of money on underwear but I think these Negative thongs are worth it. They aren’t technically a seamless design, but I never have any trouble with visible panty lines, and they’re super-soft. They also hold up well with frequent washing unlike a lot of those super-smooth no-show styles.”

Size range: XS to XXL

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Girlfriend Collective

2. Girlfriend Collective Classic Thong

Biggest Size Range

Girlfriend Collective has long been a PureWow favorite not just because everything the brand makes comes in sizes XXS through 6XL, but because the clothes are actually cute, comfortable and well-made to boot. This includes GC’s classic thong undies, which feature a seamless construction guaranteed to disappear under even the slinkiest of dresses. They also come in a pretty impressive range of nude shades (nine in total), as well as some fun seasonal colors for those who want something a little bolder. Even more impressive, however, might be the fact that this style has almost 2,000 reviews and a nearly perfect five-star rating, making it one of the highest reviewed pieces on the site. (Note: Some reviewers suggest going up a size to ensure maximum comfort.)

Size range: XXS to 6XL

3. Hara Eva G-string

Best Plus-Size Thong

While the Girlfriend Collective pair above is also a plus-size favorite, this Hara pair is a definite must-have if you’re willing to splurge or want something made in a more eco-friendly manner. Australian brand Hara’s undies go up to a size 5XL and are made using an Oeko-Tex 100-approved organic bamboo fabric and natural plant dyes to minimize their impact on the planet, while still feeling super comfortable and soft on your skin. Lydia S. says, “I have never owned a more comfortable pair of underwear. They are seriously amazing and I would wear them every day. Very flattering on my curvy body and I feel amazing in them.” And while $38 may feel like a lot for underwear, you can save up to 20 percent if you buy multiple pairs at once (LOVE3 gets you 10 percent off three pairs; LOVE5 will save you 15 percent on five pairs; and LOVE7 earns you 20 percent off purchases of seven or more), and, yes, you can mix and match the brands other underwear styles to build yourself the ultimate eco-friendly top drawer.

Size range: XS to 5XL

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4. Skims Fits Everybody Thong

Biggest Range of Nude Shades

Kim Kardashian’s underwear line SKIMS has developed something of a cult following both because of its impressive range of nude shades and because its designs are incredibly comfortable and made with high-quality materials that last well through heavy washing. There are nine core nude color options, plus multiple seasonal options that could function as neutral “nude” hues. There are also a few different thong styles to choose from, but our favorite is the Fits Everybody Thong for two main reasons. First, the super-stretchy material and wider hip band conform to and help smooth your hips without digging in. Second, that stretchy material is buttery soft, as noted by almost all of the 800-plus reviewers, and is fantastic at wicking away excess moisture even on the hottest, most humid summer days. (P.S. If you add three or more pairs to cart you can score that third pair for free and pay just $36 to refresh your collection.)

Size rage: XXS to 4X

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5. Aerie Lace Thong

Best Under-$10

In all honesty, you can’t go wrong with any of Aerie’s thong styles, all of which are under $10, but this one is our personal favorite because it won’t dig in at the hips and is a perfect blend of pretty and practical. There are a handful of funky patterns and bright colors that will make you smile every time you open your underwear drawer, but there are also neutral hues that may function better under light-colored jeans or leggings. The lace band stretches to fit your curves rather than digging in at the waist and adds a super fun touch that almost makes these feel like lingerie. We’re also huge fans of the cotton gusset, and despite that delicate lace they hold up super well even when tossed in with the rest of your laundry (though you should be wary of stray zippers). And as an added bonus Aerie frequently has sales offering ten pairs for $36, making these cuties ring in at just $3.60 per pair. Talk about a deal.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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Tommy John

6. Tommy John Air Mesh Thong

Most Splurge-Worthy

Technically the Hara thong above is the most expensive on this list (and well worth the splurge in our opinion), but this Tommy John style is specifically great for workouts, humid summer days or anyone who runs hot and is tired of dealing with a, let’s say, swampy situation down there. The Air Mesh material really lives up to the name and is both quick-drying and anti-microbial to ensure your nethers don’t feel swampy or gross and to help prevent yeast infections that would otherwise thrive. (However, the gusset is made from cotton to reap those benefits as well.) And while these are some of the best workout thongs on the market, the anti-VPL design makes them an excellent pick for regular everyday wear as well. Some reviewers suggest going up a size for maximum comfort, and if you find you adore the Air Mesh Thong as much as we do you can save 18 bucks by buying three pairs at a time for just $48.

Size range: XS to XXL

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7. Boody Lyolyte G-string

Best Eco-Friendly Option

Boody is all about crafting comfortable, long-lasting basics in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner, and this includes the brand’s super comfy Lyolyte G-String. The proprietary Lyolyte fabric is made from organic bamboo that uses a lyocell production process, which basically means it is a closed-loop system that is able to recover and reuse more than 99 percent of the solvent (AKA the chemical stuff). That soft bamboo fabric combined with a no-turn-back elastic waistband comes together to make one ultra-comfy, wedgie-proof thong that’s good for your wardrobe and the environment. Nona writes, “I don't usually wear thongs, but Boody thongs are amazing! I tried this style for the first time, and I like it a lot. The fabric is divinely soft and everything stays in place.” And Michelle F. notes “they have a very comfy waistband that doesn’t roll or squeeze. Highly recommend!”

Size range: XS to XL

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8. Knickey High-rise Thong

Best High-Rise Thong

For those who want a no-show cut in the back and extra support in the tummy/hips, we recommend Knickey’s high-rise thong. It is made almost entirely of organic cotton, with a little bit of elastane in there for extra stretch, and has a French leg cut which comes up a bit higher on the hip. Reviewers rave about the high-quality materials, which handle machine-washing well and won’t thin out or tear at the waistband like lesser cotton panties might. PureWow editor Dara K. has basically swapped out her whole top drawer for Knickey’s sustainably-made undies, saying “Even though they recommend line-drying, I’ve been machine washing and drying these pairs for months and they still look like they just popped out of the recycled box they were shipped in.” As for the high-rise thong, specifically, Olivia J. says, “They are comfortable, soft and breathable, and the high-rise pair makes me feel comfy and covered while also feeling sexy and classy.” What more could a gal want?

Size range: XXS to XXXL

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9. Lively The No Show Thong

Best Low-Rise Thong

On the other end of the rise spectrum is Lively’s No-Show thong, which sits low enough on the hips to avoid any whale tail situation, even if you’re wearing a throwback pair of low-rise jeans. The risk with low-rise thongs is that they all too often ride up in back, but Lively’s nylon-spandex design is stretchy enough to conform to and move with your body to avoid wedgies or pinching at the hips. Victoria, one of 145 five-star reviewers, says, “I always thought thongs just weren’t meant to be comfortable. They were more just for seamless looks. But this thong is so comfy! The fabric is extremely soft and it stays in place well.” As for durability, Chris has been sporting her Lively No-Show thongs for going on five years now with no tears, rips or thinning. “These thongs don’t quit!!! After [five years of] use and endless rough wash cycles, my original pairs are still just like new.”

Size range: XS to XXXL

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10. Pepper Seamless Thong

Best Seamless Design

For a truly seamless look you can wear under bodycon silhouettes or super-slinky dresses, there are few options better than Pepper. While the lingerie brand may specialize in bras for small boobs, its underwear goes up to a size XL (US 14). Its seamless thong, unlike other brands, won’t roll or fold down at the top, nor will it sag or gape after multiple wears. Our only gripe is that there are very few nude shades, but on the flip side Pepper has plenty of cute non-neutral hues like cherry red or the lavender above. Tracy G. says, “I have never liked wearing thongs because they always annoyed me, but this one is so comfortable I feel like I don’t even have it on!” And Zoë R. confirms you really, truly won’t have any VPL. “I basically only wear thongs, but these are my top choice for anything bodycon. I even wore them under my rehearsal dinner dress, which was a white silk slip dress.”

Size range: XXS to XL

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Hanky Panky

11. Hanky Panky Daily Lace Thong

Best Lace Thong

We’re not usually big proponents of single size brands, but Hanky Panky is a rare exception. The brand’s signature lace thongs come in one size that fits approximately a US 4 through 14 thanks to a super-stretchy lace band. (There is also a plus-size version which fits approximately sizes 14 through 24.) And indeed, the band is really impressive for its ability to stretch without digging in or becoming itchy. Riz Z., who wears a size 14 says, “My weight has fluctuated a bit during the pandemic, and times when I have been over a size 14, I’d say my Hanky Pankys were definitely too snug to be considered comfortable. But up to a 14 they really are incredibly comfortable and don’t cut into my hips at all.” Plus, the all-over lace makes these feel special, even though they’re billed as an everyday pair of undies. The gusset is also made from 100-percent Supima cotton, and there are both high- and low-rise versions in addition to the OG mid-rise above.

Size range: One size (fits approximately sizes 4 through 14)

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12. Aerie Cotton String Thong

Best G-String

For the tried-and-true minimalist, Aerie’s string thong is barely there in all the best ways. These panties are made from lightweight, breathable cotton with an elastic waistband that’s guaranteed to lay flat for a smoother overall look. And the back features a small spot of lace to give these a flirty, fun touch that still fits in with the minimalist vibes. Lots of reviewers mention how flattering these are, and that they run true-to-size without risk of the elastic cutting in at the waist. Mimi M. writes, “I chose these when looking specifically for cotton underwear, and the simple design caught my eye. They’re so comfortable it really feels like wearing nothing. The little lace detail at the back is a nice hint of sexiness for otherwise straightforward minimalist underwear, and not at all scratchy, as I worried it would be.” And for under $10, these cotton thongs are worth stocking up on in every color and pattern.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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Victoria’s Secret

13. Victoria’s Secret Pink No-show Thong

Most Fun Color Options

This no-show thong by Victoria’s Secret is another great budget-friendly pick (you can also get five for $32 to save even more), but our favorite thing about it is the multitude of fun colors and prints there are to choose from. There are currently a whopping 37 options, some of which feature lace sides and others that are made from recycled materials, including multiple nude shades and all with the promise of a smooth silhouette free from panty lines. PureWow editor Liv D. says these are ideal for wearing under leggings to avoid VPL, “and great just in general because they're oh-so comfy.” Indeed, the near-seamless construction and super-thin material means they all but disappear under your clothes. And despite not having a cotton gusset, the material is phenomenal at wicking away sweat and dries super quickly to ensure you stay cool and dry where it counts.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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14. Gap Breathe Thong

Editors’ Pick

This jersey thong is so lightweight, you’ll almost forget you have underwear on at all. The material is incredibly breathable and wicks away excess moisture, making it a great pick for both working out and hot summer days. And the fact that it’s incredibly stretchy means you can adjust the sides to fit exactly where you like (low around the hips or higher up for an ‘80s French cut) without fear of them ever cutting into your skin. There are more than 560 five-star reviews to read through, most of which rave about the lightweight feel and impressive breathability. And while most folks say they run true to size, if you’re between sizes we suggest going with the smaller. Our one complaint? There are very few color options—gray, light blue, black and beige—and only one shade that could be considered nude.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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15. Commando Classic Solid Thong

Celeb Favorite

This no-show, seamless thong is a major favorite among celebrities and stylists alike. “If you’ve ever wondered what the stars on the red carpet were wearing underneath those sheer, unforgiving gowns, the answer is almost certainly a pair of Commandos,” says costume designer Alison Freer. The reason? They’re supremely lightweight, come in multiple nude shades and are entirely seamless, so they’ll practically disappear under anything and everything. The microfiber blend material will keep you cool and comfortable and is super-stretchy, yet able to maintain its shape well even after lots of wears/washes. It's also Oeko-Tex 100 certified, for an added eco-friendly boost. However, because there is no cotton in the design, we don’t necessarily suggest wearing these seven days a week and find they’re better saved for those moments when you want to ensure your undies are 100-percent invisible under a special dress or outfit.

Size range: XS/S to L/XL

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16. Parade Sport+ Thong

Best for Running

PureWow editor Catrina Y. is a fitness fanatic, bouncing between cycling classes, lifting sessions and outdoor runs. And through all of it she recommends Parade’s Sport+ thongs for a comfortable workout free from visible panty lines. “They won’t bunch or slip and I literally forget they’re there.” They’re also made from recycled materials with superior sweat-wicking capabilities, and feature an organic cotton gusset. Another fan of the brand, Jay S. adds, “These are fantastic for the gym! I always have problems with seamless styles because the waist band rolls and creates lines, and the crotch area gets all bunched up and moves around with certain exercises. But these don’t roll or bunch at all! I wore them to the gym and didn’t have to adjust one time, even with squats! The material actually feels like leggings, slightly thicker than other seamless styles.” And while some reviewers suggest sizing up, most say they run true to size. The only downside appears to be that Parade currently only offers two colors, black and bright yellow. Fingers crossed they add more soon.

Size range: XS to 3XL

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17. Lululemon Underease Mid-rise Thong

Best for Yoga

You may hope to twist yourself into pretzel in your next yoga sesh, but you certainly don’t want the same from your underwear. This super-breathable, sweat-wicking design by lululemon will stay put even as you contort yourself into the most advanced moves. Of course, they’d also work just as well for other workouts—cycling, lifting, running—but a slightly more generous cut in the crotch makes these a particularly good choice for the wide range of motion yoga requires. We also love that they come in only neutral hues to better fit a wider range of skin tones and to better disappear under lightly-colored leggings. Reviewers highly suggest washing these in a mesh laundry bag or by hand to ensure they last, but with a little TLC they should hold hope well even through a rigorous training season. (P.S. These also come in three- and five-packs for those hoping to buy in bulk.)

Size range: XS to XXL

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18. Amazon Essentials Seamless Thong Pack Of 4

Best Bulk Pack

This Amazon four-pack has more than 3,000 reviews and comes in a bunch of fun color combos, as well as an all-black option. And for just $5.50 per pair, they are incredibly well made. The waistband and leg openings have bonded edges to prevent rolling, stretching or sagging without compromising the seamless design, and the stretchy nylon blend holds up surprisingly well in the washing machine. As one pleasantly surprised reviewer writes, “I was SHOCKED at how comfortable these are. They cover way more area in front, sit lower on the hip the way I like them and don’t stretch out and get saggy throughout the day.” Our only complaint is that you can’t custom build a four pack to include only the colors you prefer, but for this price, we’d say it could be worth buying two or more to get the shades you need.

Size range: XS to XXL

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19. Proof Leakproof Thong

Best Leakproof Pair

Finding period-proof thongs is no easy feat, but Proof’s design is definitely one of the best around. The gusset has the same absorbency as one regular-size tampon, which may not be enough to see you through the entire day, but is great for workouts or special occasions when a thong is required for just a few hours. And if you combine these leakproof undies with regular tampon use, it’s sure to keep you comfortable for hours on end with no fear of little red splotches getting through. Rebecca L. says, “I always used to have leaks and spills whenever I would go upside down in yoga, and these completely stop that!” and Megan F. raved about how breathable these feel even on super muggy, humid summer afternoons. Right now, the thong is only available in black and beige, but here’s hoping Proof starts offering a wider range of nudes soon.

Size range: XS to 3XL

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20. Cuup The Thong

Best Everyday Matching Set

For the gal who likes to sport matching bras and panties that aren’t specifically lingerie or basic nudes/black, we highly recommend trying CUUP. The brand offers lots of cute colors (in addition to neutrals) in both modal and satin materials, and every shade has multiple matching bra options for you to build your perfect set. CUUP’s ethos is all about creating everyday pieces that feel pretty without the frills, so you can get the sort of confidence boost sexy sets give without actually trying to cover excess lace, bows or other embellishments. Both the satin and modal thongs are wonderfully breathable (the modal a little more so) and have a flattering V-shape at the back to give your booty a boost. They can be worn either high on your hips or straight across for a mid-rise fit, and a wider waistband ensures they won’t fold over when you sit down or bunch as you move.

Size range: XS to XXXL



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