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Gal pals: we’re on the brink of summer — a season that brings warm weather, vacations, and regrettably, an increase in down-there issues. Higher temperatures mean more sweat and the heightened possibility of nether-region irritation, and we’re already on the hunt for undergarments that will do the least harm in during this extra-risky time.
Truth is, even though silk sounds and feels luxurious, the better fabric for your vagina when the temperatures climb is cotton. “Cotton in general tends to be non-irritating to your skin,” says Raquel Dardik, MD, of the Tisch Women’s Health Center. “The external skin around your vagina is like regular skin, but just a little bit more sensitive. So if you have material that irritates your skin normally, you might have minor inflammation to the area.”
It's not just a skin issue, though. Cotton is known to be one of the most breathable types of fabrics out there, which makes it better for your skin — and also your vagina. “Most of the synthetic fabrics, as well as silk, are not that breathable,” Dr. Dardik says, “and for women who have sensitive skin and yeast infections, the most breathable material is really what works best.”
Why? Well, yeast thrives on moisture — so if you trap moisture in your fussy silk underwear, you're creating a prime breeding ground for an infection (ouch). “Of course, if you're the kind of person who never has issues with vaginal irritation and infections, you can wear whatever you want,” Dr. Dardik says. But if you're prone to annoying vaginal problems, opting for cotton underwear — or at the very least with cotton lining — is your best bet.
Still, we wouldn't want to deprive you of buying cute lingerie, chill boy shorts, even the thongiest thongs that your underwear drawer needs. So for this edition of Hype Machine, we combed all of the reviews and rounded up the highest-rated cotton underthings for you, your wardrobe, and of course, your vagina.
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Warner’s No Pinches No Problems Cotton Lace Hipster
Reviewers tell us that these lace-waist hipsters are kind to the midsection, with a stretchy, wide band that prevents pinching.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 90 reviews on Macys.com
What They Are Saying: “These stay in place, HOLD your tummy with the liner around the top (on the inside of course — you don’t feel it), no lines, no moving. They’re my favorite. DO IT.” — PPinesFemale28, Macys.com reviewer
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Elacucos Cotton Thong (6-Pack)
Best Economy Thong Buy
If you’re looking to economize your cotton thong purchase, look no further. This multipack contains cheek-baring undies that satisfy many thong-wearers’ requirements without breaking the $10 threshold.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars, 1,812 reviews on Amazon.com
What They Are Saying: “After purchasing this 6-pack they became the only underwear I wore, when I put on others the comfort does not compare. You get the comfort of cotton undies without having to wear the “granny panties” commonly associated with cotton. They are a good quality, not too thin, and have held up through many washes (important for underwear) without any change to size.”
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Happy customers had a lot to say about these panties’ overall comfort, fit, and quality, but more than one reviewer praised their lightweight composition — an added bonus that’s sure to make the summer months a little more bearable down there.
The Hype: 4.67 of out 5 stars; 709 reviews on Everlane.com
What They Are Saying: “These are comfy and have a good fit. The cotton is thin and breathable. Overall I really like them. Would order again.” — Loscheiner, Everlane.com reviewer
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Bali Cool Cotton Skimp Skamp Brief
Best Stay-in-Place, High-Waisted Style
Need cotton undies that are going nowhere fast? When it comes to undergarments, it’s not a bad thing, and reviewers tell us that these seamed, high-waisted briefs are the best stay-put style.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 46 reviews on BareNecessities.com
What They Are Saying: “I’ve been wearing these briefs for several years and would not wear anything else. What makes these the best: the soft cotton, seam in back makes for a better fit, the elastic which isn’t too heavy or thick, and last but not least, no ride up.” — Lana, BareNecessities.com reviewer
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Natori Bliss Girl Cotton Brief
If you’re a frills-and-lace kinda gal, you may find that cotton underwear often comes up short (ha!) in this department. However, leave it to Natori to dress up the simplest of styles — reviewers declared their breathable brief to be the prettiest cotton underpants they’d encountered.
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 38 reviews on BareNecessities.com
What They Are Saying: “I really think these are the most comfortable panties that are actually pretty as well. This is the only style I buy — they fit well and do not lose their shape, and are simple yet still kinda sexy.”
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Aerie Cotton Mid Rise Boyshort Undie
Reviewers who prefer a boyish fit sung the praises of these boxer-styled cotton under-shorts.
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 25 reviews on Aerie.com
What They Are Saying: “As a girl who loves the fit of boxers, these were fantastic! Comfy and soft, but still super feminine. I’m ordering several more pairs.”
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Torrid Cotton Boyshort Panty
Best Plus Size Boyshorts
Reviewers declared this the best plus-size boyshort, citing an impeccable, figure-flattering fit.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 98 reviews on Torrid.com
What They Are Saying: “I have to stock up on Torrid's boyshorts every few moths when they get different patterns. I love these things! They fit perfectly and look really flattering. The lace on top holds them up easily but without squeezing like a lot of others do.” — Princessluna, Torrid.com reviewer
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Hanky Panky Organic Cotton Boyshort
If you’re looking for an eco-forward pair o’ panties, these organic cotton boyshorts might be your best bet. Reviewers praised their comfort, great fit, and environmentally-friendly composition.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 20 reviews on Zappos.com
What They Are Saying: “These are perfect for the days you just really want a cotton pair of undies. The lace helps disguise the lines but you still get all the comfort of the cotton. Organic undies are pretty hard to find so I was excited to see these. I have purchased so many cheaper pairs that just end up having at least one characteristic that bugs me. Not these — they are perfect.”
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Hanro Cotton Seamless Full Brief
If you’re in the mood to splash out on your next lingerie purchase, look no further than these heritage undies. Customers declare them to be the best luxury cotton brief, citing top-notch fit, comfort, and jaw-dropping longevity.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 30 reviews on Hanro.com
What They Are Saying: “Both these panties and the ones with lace around the top are amazing. The quality of the cotton is phenomenal and the fit is perfect. And they last forever while maintaining their elegance. They are worth every penny.” — Erica C., Hanro.com reviewer
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Wacoal Cotton Suede Briefs
Best Mid-Rise Brief
Want a compromise between a waist-hugging granny panty and a 2000s-inspired low-rise undie? These mid-rise brief got high marks for smoothness, comfort, and an attractive design.
The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars; 55 reviews on Bloomingdales.com
What They Are Saying: “I love these briefs. They are the one and only that I have found that don't sit up on your true waist but down just around your belly button.”
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Cacique Cotton Ruched-Back Cheeky Panty
Best Cheeky Pair
The recent rise — get it? — of the “cheeky” underpant has been welcomed by those of us who want less-than-total coverage, but have yet to board the train to Thongtown, USA. Plus-size customers are very satisfied with this seamed, cheek-baring style.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 14 reviews on LaneBryant.com
What They Are Saying: “They fit great if you like less backside coverage. I can't wear most full coverage styles because they have too much fabric in the back and tend to bunch or ride up. These are the perfect middle ground between a thong and a hipster or brief.” — Emily83, LaneBryant.com reviewer
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On Gossamer Cotton Cabana Hip-G Thong
Best High-End Cotton Thong
If you’re in the market for a premium cotton thong, look no further that On Gossamer’s pima iteration. The brand is known for their top-notch butt floss, and the Cabana is no exception.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 18 reviews on HerRoom.com
What They Are Saying: “I ordered 9 pairs of these in both colors based on the reviews. I am thrilled with the fit, the texture and the overall quality.”
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Calvin Klein Form Bikini
Best Basic Bikini
Reviewers praised the everyday wearability of this no-frills, standard-coverage bikini.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 45 reviews on Nordstrom.com
What They Are Saying: “Sleek and comfort? Yes! They’re comfortable and feel nice to the touch. They're soft and made of cotton so breathable as well. They literally check every box. Did I mention no panty lines with leggings? They’re also made well, no loose threads. I would definitely recommend to any woman that needs the stylish comfort for everyday life.”
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ThirdLove Pima Cotton Hipster
Best Inclusively-Sized Basic
Women of all dimensions flock to ThirdLove for their array of inclusively-sized styles. This cute, functional hipster is the highest-rated cotton panty that will work on bodies sized from XS to 3X.
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 261 reviews on ThirdLove.com
What They Are Saying: “These are very soft and comfortable. I am a size 10 and bought a medium. They don’t dig in on the sides either which is nice. Will definitely buy again!”