These delicates might become the hardest workers in your wardrobe.

By Tamara Kraus
January 25, 2019
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Kevin Sweeny
Kevin Sweeny

Finding the best women's lingerie can be tricky, but here's the thing: The newest in innovative shapewear, bras, and underwear is here and it doesn't sacrifice style or comfort (so long, undies that ride up and bras that poke you here and there). It's not the dated, constricting pieces you might be familiar with of the past: it’s lightweight, adjustable, pretty, and functional. There are more lingerie brands now than ever offering plus-size lingerie and pieces with smart features, like a skirt shaper with built-in compression shorts to prevent the skirt twist or just the ultimate everyday bra you’ll want to put on again and again.

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The best shapewear for women ranges from a bodysuit adorned in tulle for an elevated touch on a classic undergarment to a six-in-one shaping tank that has streamlining panels to create smooth lines under tops. You can also build up your lingerie drawer with bras that meet your needs. Opt for less coverage if you’re wearing a lower neckline (try a scoop neck bra) or a perfect strapless option that will actually stay in place—not to mention, has lace details to give your old strapless a run for its money. Underwear offerings include more nude shades so you can find the perfect match for your skin tone, a nearly invisible bikini to avoid panty lines, and briefs for a little more coverage. With more comfortable features that make dressing less of a chore, the underthings you might not have looked forward to putting on will become the ones you’ll look forward to reaching for the most (and not anxiously ready to take off when you get home).

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1
Amelia Forming Bodysuit

Tulle isn’t just for skirts: Used here, the luxe fabric creates a streamlined layer for your clothes. It has adjustable straps and a comfortable elastic waistband for a perfect fit all around.

To buy: $250; wolford.com.

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High-Waisted Panty

Highly-quality black lingerie is key. Lightweight mesh and embroidered details make these secure underthings nothing like your grandma’s full-coverage bottoms.

To buy: $68; triumph.com.

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3
Oncore Mid-Thigh Shaper

With a high-waisted silhouette and front panels, these nylon and spandex shorts from Spanx offer maximum shaping from the waist to the thigh.

To buy: $72; dillards.com.

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4
Six-in-One Shaping Tank

This no-show tank offers maximum versatility. Move the compression panels where you want them: two panels on the front, two on the back, and one on either side, or switch from a scoop neck to a v-neck to match your blouse shape.

To buy: $58; yummie.com.

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5
Skirt Shaper

This double-duty slip features built-in compression shorts made of tulle—no twisting. The microfiber material provides added smoothing and sculpting under skirts and dresses.

To buy: $74; simoneperele.com.

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6
Linguine Bra

Soft foam and silky microfiber make this no-fuss bra the ultimate piece for daily wear.

To buy: $64; amazon.com.

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7
Triangolo Dark Strings Bra

A thicker band prevents it from riding up, while the embellished frills give it a bralette appearance.

To buy: $55; intimissimi.com.

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8
Noor the Plunge Underwire Bra

This dramatic sheer lace bra works seamlessly under a dress or blouse with a lower neckline.

To buy: $63; shopbop.com.

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9
24/7 Cotton T-Shirt Bra

The everyday bra gets a modern update with sleek lines, pima cotton for durability, and half sizes so you can find the perfect fit.

To buy: $68; thirdlove.com.

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10
The Scoop Bra

When you want a little less coverage for tops with lower necklines, these curved cups will do just the trick—minus spillage. Plus, it comes in 42 sizes.

To buy: $68; shopcuup.com.

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11
The Lace Strapless Bra

Believe it or not, this strapless bra is so comfortable, you’ll feel more like you’re wearing athleisure and not evening wear.

To buy: $35; wearlively.com.

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12
Soire Confidence Classic

Available in seven tones so you can pick a “nude” that actually matches your skin. The breathable mesh fabric will make them a staple in your wardrobe.

To buy: $21 each; cosabella.com (coming soon).

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13
Sexy and Smooth Brief

For extra support, reach for these elastic-free undergarments made with European microfiber and luxe lace.

To buy: $58; wearcommando.com.

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14
Lace to Love Bikini

This retro-style bikini features floral-patterned lace for a romantic touch and a full back for premium coverage.

To buy: $20; wacoal-america.com.

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15
Nearly Invisible Bikini

The lightweight fabric lies flat against your skin for a panty-line-free finish.

To buy: $12; vanityfairlingerie.com.

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16
Modern Mock-Wrap Brief

Tactile spandex gives these lace undergarments four-way stretch for support from the back to the hips.

To buy: $18; felina.com.

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