Leggings, likely the most versatile bottoms you own, taking you from work to play with ease. Except those pesky underwear lines, an annoying interloper on your quest for all day comfort.
Finding a style that won’t show can feel like the ultimate challenge, but we promise, once you’ve found what works best for you, it’s as simple as stocking up.
What qualities of underwear are best for leggings?
Many brands and styles claim to be no show, but take a closer look at the material, cut and underwear style, which combine to maximize comfort and minimize visibility.
Cotton is classic for a reason, but mesh and even some lace also deliver breathability, key when the pants you’re putting over them are tight fitting. In combination with True Body microfiber, the softest fabric in our collection, these materials make for a smooth, barely-there feel and fit.
When it comes to VPL (visible panty lines), construction is key. Depending on the style, look for bonded edges, no-show seams and elastic at the waist/leg openings. Also, while VPL is usually worst at the leg lines, it can also occur at the top of the underwear. If you notice this issue, look for styles with a wider waistband that lays flat without digging in.
Beyond materials and construction, ultimately your personal preference for underwear styles will help you find which pair best under leggings. First, determine whether you prefer a low, high or natural waist for the rise and then choose your most comfortable coverage from full to cheeky to bare. The right combination of rise and coverage ensures your panties stay put furthering the sleek, no line appearance.
Styles of Underwear for Leggings
Rather than preach one “right” answer to the best underwear style for leggings debate, True&Co delivers across styles, allowing you to choose whichever you feel most comfortable in. You also may decide to vary your underwear style based on the type of leggings, everyday casual, going out or working out.
You may think a thong is the obvious choice, and for those that simply love this style, we say, go for it. But you still have a few decisions to make, between our soft, breathable cotton and smooth, barely-there True Body microfiber. Then there’s high rise or lace options, or stock up quick with True Body’s 3 or 5 pack.
The bikini is a classic style for a reason (one word: comfort) and yes, you really can wear it under leggings and still achieve a seamless look. Especially the True Body All Stretch Bikini, which features bonded edges and smoothing seams. Available in two size ranges, XS-L and XL-3X, the soft and flexible material stretches to your shape for a fit that truly moves with you, ensuring all day comfort. Invisible coverage? Yes, please. VPL? No, thank you very much.
Prefer a bit more coverage? A hipster is for you. True Body’s All Stretch High Rise Hipster delivers just like our bikini but with added support. Or try out the sleek, ¾ cheek of the classic True Body Hipster, in over 10 vibrant colors and patterns. For a sexier style that still delivers on comfort, day and/or night, the Allover Soft Lace Hipster looks and feels great. Details that deliver include scallop edges along the intricate lace design and plush elastic along the waist and leg for flattering comfort and sturdy style.
Best Underwear for Leggings While Working Out
Whether your VPL concerns extend to your workout wear or not is again, personal preference, but what does matter is comfort (at least when it comes to your gear, so you can save getting out of your comfort zone to the exercise itself). Look for soft fabrics that mold to your body to avoid chafing, and quick drying materials that wick sweat so you can focus on performance with distractions.