The Best Performance Underwear for Women Who Love to Work Out

Megan Kennedy:

These workout underwear are designed to stand up to sweat and motion.

Best workout underwear

Nobody likes a mid-squat wedgie or panty lines that peek through workout leggings. Your underwear should be out of sight and mind during your sweat sessions, and chances are, your everyday pair just doesn’t cut it.

Discover the top performance underwear for active women, ensuring comfort and support during workouts."
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That’s why it’s worth investing in active undies, which come in all kinds of cuts, colors, and fabrics depending on your needs. Don’t even think about going commando—try one (or a few!) of these 14 pairs.


To buy: $35;

You may have heard mixed opinions about wearing thongs to the gym, but this one is made specifically for working out. It gives you the freedom of wearing a thong with the added bonus of moisture control and breathability. Bonus: no more awkward panty lines peeking through your workout underwear leggings.

Craft Greatness Sports Briefs

To buy: $14-30;

Thongs not your thing? Enter hipsters. This pair of full-coverage sports workout underwear is made of lightweight, sweat-resistant fabric. Seamless edges prevent both panty lines and uncomfortable chafing.

ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

To buy: $24;

With superlight, quick-drying sports mesh fabric and a smooth waistband, these panties will stay put no matter the intensity of your workout. These undies are also odor-resistant and come in 11 ridiculously cute colors.

Saucony Runderpants Hipster Performance Underwear

To buy: $20;

Finally, underwear that’s made for running and notbuilt into your shorts.  These hipster-style panties wick away sweat as you pound the pavement, keeping you cool and comfy for every mile.

FitKnix Moisture Wicking Bikini

To buy: $22;

These undies were designed to be invisible under tights while still providing full cheek coverage. Moisture-wicking fabric coupled with a quick-dry gusset keep you comfortable all workout long, while an anti-microbial treatment prevents bacterial growth and icky odors from creeping up over time.

Bare Necessities Classic Sports Brief

To buy: $28;

This 7-inch-rise sports brief keeps you feeling modest and wedgie-free all at the same time. Its soft, breathable fabric fights off odor and wetness to keep you feeling at ease throughout your workout.

Under Armour Pure Stretch Hipster

To buy: $12;

These tight-fitting panties won’t ruin the sleek lines of your sexy workout leggings, but they will keep you cool and dry for maximum performance.

Adidas Sports Performance Cheekster

To buy: $12;

Sweat is no match for these performance panties.  Adidas Climacool fabric and ventilation channels keep heat and sweat away from the skin.

Women’s R-Gear Undercover Seamless Stripe Hipster

To buy: $18;

These undies have an extra-soft and seamless design to combat chafing. The stretchy fabric wicks sweat and gives you the freedom to move in any way. The cute stripe design is a fun addition to your workout wardrobe.

Calvin Klein Iron Strength Micro Hipster

To buy: $22;

Rock the classic Calvin Klein waistband while you sweat—no need to worry about wrecking them, either, because this pair is made with a nylon-spandex blend designed specifically for sweating.

Club Ride 2016 Women’s Jewel Cycling Short Brief Liner

To buy: $26-$45;

Cycling isn’t exactly kind to our lady parts, so these briefs give you padded protection in all the right places. Made with fast-drying, breathable fabric and a chamois pad, they’re a spin class essential.

Yoga Boyshort Panties

To buy: $36 for 2;

These pretty panties are specifically designed for yogis, with  ultra-thin, seamless, sweat-resistant fabric. Now you can get your om on without the added dampness (hot yoga, we’re looking at you).

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