Full-coverage panties aren't usually considered the most come-hither of underpinnings. Dorky preteen you probably loved them. Your grandma still loves them. They are loose. They reveal nothing, except for seams. But, like other pieces, such as the modest cardigan, there is a subversive sex appeal embedded in those packs of $8 high-cut panties. Another benefit? They are great to lounge in during those hot summer months. Look to Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels (2000), who does a rise-and-shine, cheek-shaking dance in underwear boasting a Spiderman cartoon on the butt. There's also Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation (2003), who sports a powder-pink rendition; and in Crossroads (2002), Britney Spears breaks it down in her room while wearing a knotted spaghetti-strap tank, a cowboy hat, and a pair of thick-banded undies. More recently, no less a bombshell than Emily Ratajkowski proved full-coverage culottes can be provocative when layered under something sheer, as she demonstrated at her 27th birthday celebration in New York.
Want to get the look? Options abound. "Luckily, lingerie brands caught on to ladies stealing from their men and started making inspired sets," says Vogue Market Editor Alexandra Gurvitch. Here, the best options for summer, from a navel-skimming pair by Lonely Lingerie to classic Calvin Klein logo boy shorts. After all, who wants to spend a lazy Sunday in a G-string, anyway?
Here, see the best lounging underwear sets for summer.