If you’ve ever seen yoga pants or leggings on someone else and immediately questioned every time you wore them due to the completely obvious panty line showing through, you aren’t alone. Yoga pants don’t leave much room for the imagination. And whether you are wearing them to a class, the gym or just running errands – there is a good chance you gave the world an outline of your backside in one of those situations. It’s okay, it happens to all of us.
Sometimes you will immediately get to into your workout and realize you have a whole lot of pivoting and shifting to do with your undergarments because they simply won’t stay put under your leggings. And many times, there is no way you can get up in the middle of class without drawing even more attention to yourself. Then you’re left with having to find a discreet way to remedy the problem without someone seeing you. Sound familiar?
With leggings, no other garment is as unforgiving when it comes to showing panty lines. The trick is finding the right ones that appear seamless and stay put through a variety of active movements. Or, if you are of the commando camp, there is always that option, but I shudder to think about it. But hey, it’s an option for you.
For those of you who actually do yoga, what the pants are actually meant for, you know the strife of having your backside in the air and giving some poor soul behind you gets a front-row seat to your rear, and the lines covering it.
Bad panty lines are bad because people can’t see it – it’s so unavoidable! Standing in the line at the grocery store or wherever, you know a bad fit when you see one. That’s why it is so critical to find a good fit. There is plenty of nylon, spandex, polyester, cotton, and even bamboo blends of fabric these days, so the garments are keeping up with our changing lifestyles when it comes to fabric, thank goodness. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide the fit you are comfortable with. And I hate to say it, spoiler alert, the majority of the best on our list come with very minimal fabric. But, they’re definitely a variety of style options to suit you and your best yoga pants.
Here are some top picks for the best underwear that does a great job of staying hidden under a tight fit.
- adidas Climacool Thong Underwear – $12 to $19.84
The best way not to have any panty lines is to go the thong route. This isn’t the fancy La Perla kind though, but Adidas made these cool, comfy, and cute. They claim it’s “the lightest, most breathable underwear for sports and every day.” This is 360 degrees of mesh, which consists of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent spandex. The price ranges between $12 and $19.84. It gets high scores across the board from customers who love them and won’t wear anything else. And Adidas knows a thing or two about activewear.
A 4.8 out of 5. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. This product is 72 percent and nylon 22 percent spandex blend, which feels great on your skin. It also hits mid-hip and contours, and who doesn’t want that! These are better quality than some you will find at big box stores and not a line in sight. These run $23, but they only come in black or taupe, to disappear behind any color of leggings.
I’m sure the trend is obvious by now, but we couldn’t have a list without Lululemon. Those geniuses make athletic wear that feels like a second skin. This thong is no different. If you already like their leggings, among other things, you’ll love this cotton blend. The company always knows what types of materials to use for each garment, and this is another one they got right. It usually costs about $18 at the Lululemon store. But let’s face it – if you walk in there, you know darn well you are going to leave with a new credit card, four tank tops, and a new gym bag.
Yes, there are other options besides thongs! These boy shorts are fabulously soft and stretchy and they come in nine really fun colors. Did we mention they are lace? So cute! If you are a boy shorts fan, you don’t have to be sold but if you haven’t tried them, these would be the ones! They are super comfortable and won’t creep or budge anywhere they aren’t supposed to! Now, don’t get crazy, but these run $32. You know why? Aside from the fact they are totally worth it – they last forever! Just be sure to hand wash and dry flat.
- Commando Low-Rise Thong – $52
Which are pretty accurately named, because they make you feel like you are going commando. With quick-drying stretch microfiber and a laser-cut, you can stay in the downward dog as long as you please and not have to worry that someone is overly focused on your bum. Unless it’s a co-ed class, then no guarantees. Everyone who always said they would never wear a thong, somehow get roped into trying these and then become devout loyalists. The reviews have been consistent and continuously people praise how comfortable they are. You can get a three-pack for just $52, which is a steal!
- Victoria’s Secret Lace-Waist Cheeky Panty – 3-Pack on Clearance for $14.99
At first, these seem a little sketch and it might take a little getting used to with the fit. But when you put them on, they sit in a way that gives you coverage without riding up. Because the colors are so fun, you probably won’t want to wear them under white yoga pants. These are cotton and come in a five-pack for $30. It’s a pretty good deal, if you take care of them, they will see you through many warrior poses. We take no responsibility if you add a few more purchases to your total (it’s almost impossibly unavoidable in there).
- Under Armour Women’s Stretch Hipster – $25 (3 Pack)
Under Armour makes great activewear, period. And this fabric actually wicks away sweat, so you don’t have to walk around with “that” sweaty spot on your backside. And one of the many advantages women love this pair is that they claim it really highlights their assets. They come in four colors and a three-pack is just $25, so it’s a pretty good investment if you are a leggings fanatic. Plus, the quality in everything that Under Armour makes is pretty legit.
There are quite a few brands out there that are yoga-specific, but you really want to search for quality material, which is why these made our list. Invest in underwear that you can actually wear multiple times. Naturally, some of the better-quality finds will cost you more, but you may just be a little more willing to take care of them. Now go out there, and rock that dolphin pose without a single worry – I’ll be over here in Shavasana.