Whether you’re after all-day comfort with no fuss, a sleek look under a form fitting dress or you just want to avoid a VPL, invisible knickers are the answer. We love them, and we think every girl should have some in her lingerie drawer.
With laser cut edges or bonded seams that sit flat against the body, invisible knickers are designed to fit like a second skin and a good pair should offer both lightweight, barely-there comfort and a completely seamless appearance under clothes. They are perfect for summer and winter and usually come in a range of styles so you can still buy you preferred brief shape.
What started as a specialist product has become widely available, and there are now lots of brands and retailers offering invisible lines. As with other types of underwear, you may need to experiment to find the styles that fit you best, but it’s well worth making the effort. Here are a few of our favourites to start you off.
The department store’s range of invisible knickers has been a best-seller from the start, and includes shorts, full briefs, thongs and bikini briefs in a range of basic shades including black, white and natural. If you want something a little prettier than the basic version, the retailer also offers invisible knickers with lace panels and trims. Sizes range from 8-20 and prices start from £6 a pair.
Buy: Black invisible shorts, 8-20, £6. Debenhams.
French lingerie brand Chantelle always has an invisible knicker or two in its collection, and this season we love the shorty from the great everyday basics line Galuchat. This collection is made from an ultra thin fabric with laser cut edges, and the sleek, modern design and little details like the shark-skin inspired waist panel mean this is not just an invisible knicker. The range includes a tanga brief and a bikini brief as well as the shorty, and the brand also offers a basic invisible line.
Buy: Galuchat shorty, XS-XXL, £20. Figleaves.com.
There’s a reason why Sloggi is one of the nation’s favourite underwear brands – they make great briefs! Comfortable, simple knickers of all styles are where Sloggi really excels. The brand’s range of form-fitting invisible pants is huge, coming in every conceivable degree of coverage from thongs to boyleg shorts. We like these Light Shorties. Made from soft jersey they have a laser cut scalloped edge for a flat finish and a little extra detail.
Buy: Sloggi Light Shorty, S-L, £9. Figleaves.com.
Triumph launched its Body Make Up lingerie range a couple of years ago as the ultimate in everyday, second skin underwear, and the collection includes underwired and non-wired bras, hipsters (pictured), thongs, briefs and shorts. We like it because the line is available in some lovely feminine colours instead of just the usual black, white and nude (although basic shades are also included). Styles feature flat, bonded seams.
Buy: Triumph Body Make Up Hipster, 8-16, £14. Triumph.
Designed more as sporty knickers than invisible knickers, Puma Bodywear’s line of briefs is a great basics range which offers many of the advantages of an invisible product and are a good choice for workouts as well as everyday wear. They are lightweight, soft and super comfy to wear and the stretch cotton ensures they sit neatly against the body so they stay in place when you’re exercising. Choose from mini shorts, hipsters or bikini briefs.
Buy: Hipster two-pack, S-L, £15, Violet’s Knickers.