Probably one of the most important items you’ll wear on your big day–other than your wedding gown–is a trusty pair of nude underwear. While it’s not as exciting to shop for as sexy lingerie or cozy sleepwear, the right pair of nude underwear can make all the difference under your wedding dress. Essential underpinnings, like seamless briefs and thongs, eliminate the risk of visible panty lines and are designed to be virtually undetectable–even beneath body-skimming silhouettes and thinner fabrics.
When it comes to shopping for nude underwear, it’s crucial to find comfortable pieces that work well for your body type and wedding dress silhouette. For brides wearing fitted gowns or slinky slip dresses, it’s always best to avoid lace and embellished underwear as they’re prone to bunch and show through tight or fluid fabrics. On the other hand, if your wedding dress is more voluminous like an A-line ball gown, it's less likely that your underwear will be visible, meaning you could opt for more elaborate, lingerie-like styles. And for brides who are looking for nude underwear that can pull double duty as shapewear, high-waisted briefs and thongs are great for supporting and accentuating your figure.
Read on for the best nude underwear for every skin tone and wedding dress silhouette.
Best Seamless Panty
Commando Classic Solid Thong
This seamless thong from Commando is insanely soft and designed with raw-cut edges to eliminate panty lines, budging, and painful digging. This style comes in an array of colors to suit a wide range of skin tones.
Best for Shaping
Spanx Everyday Shaping Panties Brief
This control thong provides seamless shaping and support around the stomach area and is crafted from breathable fabric for a comfortable fit. It's a level 2 in terms of support which Spanx says should feel like a firm hug. Wear yours with everything from a lightweight summer dress to a fitted sheath gown.
ThirdLove Comfort Stretch Thong
ThirdLove is known for their comfortable and size-inclusive undergarments. This stretch thong was designed with smooth seams and a second-skin fabric to prevent any pesky panty lines, bunching, or pinching and squeezing.
Soma Vanishing Edge Microfiber Retro Brief
This smoothing high-waisted brief is ideal if you want to wear shapewear on your wedding day. It features stay-put silicone at the leg so it won't ride up, and its patented Vanishing Edge technology ensures a flawless fit.
Fleur du Mal Seamless Lace Back Bikini Briefs
As practical as it is pretty, this thong from Fleur du Mal bridges the gap between essential underwear and lingerie. Its scalloped lace back, with a cheeky cutout, feels utterly bridal. However, keep in mind that the textured detail may show through thinner fabrics.
SKIMS Sculpting Seamless Mid Waist Briefs
SKIMS's mid-waist briefs sculpt and highlight your shape while providing seamless coverage. This shapewear solution works well under most types of wedding dresses and comes in nine different tones.
Best Basic Thong
Araks Estel Y Thong in Sand
If you’re just looking for a really great barely-there thong, this beige style from Araks is a great pick. It's made from 100 percent cotton so it's super soft and breathable and the elastic straps lay flat and undetectable under clothing. Pair with the brands matching Antonia Bralette.
Auden™ Laser-Cut Thong
If the last thing you want to do is shell out for an expensive pair of nude underwear–we hear you. This $5 style from Target won’t break the bank and is comparable to the more expensive brands. It's available in 10 colorways and is offered in sizes XS to XL.
On Gossamer Mesh Hip G-String
This simple yet effective thong magically disappears under clothing for a totally seamless look. Plus, the elasticized waistband and allover sheer mesh make this style breathable and comfortable, too.
Hanky Panky BreatheSoft Boyshort
If thongs aren’t your thing, these boyshorts have you covered (literally!). They provide low leg and full back coverage and are crafted from moisture-wicking fabric so soft, it will feel like a second skin.
Best Bikini Silhouette
Knix Essential Bikini
If you're looking for a little more coverage, opt for bikini-style bottoms. This pair from Knix features a quick-dry gusset and soft, breathable fabric to keep you feeling cool and confident on your wedding day. Please note that the Essential Bikini does not protect against leaks.
Best for a Slip Dress
Intimissimi Seamless Supima® Cotton Panties
For a barely-there look and feel, you can’t go wrong with this ultra-light thong from Intimissimi. It's cut from Supima® Cotton so it's buttery smooth and has some stretch to it. These seamless panties are a smart pick to wear beneath a slinky slip dress or a form-fitting gown.
Best with Stretch:
Chantelle Soft Stretch Jersey Briefs
The very last thing you want your nude underwear to do is to ride up and dig into your skin. These stretch jersey briefs promise to do neither and are designed to be supremely comfortable. Scoop up a couple of pairs for your underwear drawer and you'll be set for your wedding day and beyond.
Best High-Waisted Brief
Nubian Skin Naked High Waist Brief
If you're looking for high-rise, full-coverage underwear, and no VPL, it doesn't get better than these briefs from Nubian Skin. They're buttery soft, comfortable, and breathable, to boot. Plus, this style is offered in 3 additional colorways and is available in sizes XS to XXL
Spanx Undie-Tectable Thong
Part basic underwear, part shapewear the Undie-Tectable thong is designed with a wide waistband for gentle smoothing and shaping and is versatile enough to be worn with any wedding outfit from tailored bridals suits to heavily embellished gowns. This seamless style is also offered in a brief, high-waist hipster, and bandeau.
Best Range of Sizes
SKIMS Fits Everybody Cheeky Briefs
These cheeky briefs hit just below your natural waist and are made from quick-dry fabric for a comfortable fit. They also feature a no-cut panty design to prevent painful digging. This style is available in a wide range of colors and sizes (XXS to 4X), to suit all skin tones and body types.
JIV Athletics The Cameltoe Proof High Rise Thong
Simple and seamless, this thong's sleek silhouette is undetectable beneath clothing and features a stretchy elastic waistband that prevents shifting and rolling. Not only does this high-rise thong feel like a second skin, but it's designed to be cameltoe-proof.
Best Moderate Compression
Yummie Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Briefs
Crafted from a light compression material, these briefs are great if you're looking for a moderate shapewear solution. The non-slip rubber binding at the waistband prevents rolling, while the seamless silhouette lays completely flat beneath any garment.
Best Wardrobe Staple
Lively The No Show Thong
As the name would suggest, Lively’s “No Show” thong promises to nix visible panty lines. This lightweight style is perfect for the bride who's looking for simple underpinnings that can be worn with a wide range of occasionwear and everyday clothing
Skin Gayle Boyshort
If you're looking for full coverage nude underwear that’s not shapewear, opt for these boyshorts by Skin. They’re incredibly lightweight and crafted from organic Pima cotton for breezy all-day wear.
What to Look For in Nude Underwear
A pair (or two!) of seamless nude underwear should be in every bride’s wedding wardrobe. Why? These no-show panties are essential to ensuring that your wedding day look isn’t sabotaged by visible panty lines, bulky lace lingerie, or hot pink underwear. Think of nude underwear as the foundation of any great wedding day look. What's more, nude underwear is offered in a wide range of shades, silhouettes, and fabrics, making it easy to find a pair to accommodate your specific needs. For example, if you’re planning to wear a body-hugging wedding gown or a slinky slip dress, styles like seamless thongs or butter soft briefs are designed to be undetectable even under the most revealing of garments. Looking for intimates that provide a little support? Some nude underwear styles also act as shapewear and are designed with compression material to help sculpt and accentuate your shape.
Beyond shape and fit, you should also take fabric into consideration when picking out your nude underwear. Since a wedding is an all-day event that could go well into the wee hours of the morning (hello, after-party), you'll want to pick underpinnings that are breathable. That means looking for styles crafted from 100 percent cotton or brands that carry underwear made from water-wicking materials. This way you'll feel cool and confident all the way from the aisle to the dance floor.
What are the different types of nude underwear?
The most popular types of nude underwear are seamless briefs, thongs, boyshorts, and undetectable shapewear solutions.
Should I match my underwear to my skin tone or wedding dress?
What is the best nude underwear for a fitted wedding dress?
If your wedding dress is body-hugging, you should opt for seamless thongs and briefs in whisper-thin fabrics for a flawless, no-show fit.
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