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The Ultimate Boy and Girl Underwear Styles Guide for Kids

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Liz Smith – Kids UnderwearGirls & Boys Underwear - Briefs

Kids Underwear Shapes Explained

Choosing the perfect girl underwear style or boy underwear style for our kids can be a challenge.

Kids have their preferences, am I right? Some girls love dresses, and others will only wear leggings. Some kids love bananas, and others can’t stand the smell of them. Sometimes it seems we spend our days catering to our children’s whims.

But when it comes to comfort, it makes sense to listen to our kids. And the potty-trained child will definitely let you know what style of underwear is most comfortable. Because while there can be a confusing array of choices – you want to choose the style which best suits your little one.

The Best Kids Underwear Styles – How to Decide

It might take a bit of trial and error – but you probably have some clues already based on what your child likes to wear.  Some kids prefer long sleeves, while others don’t like the feel of too much fabric and insist on short sleeves. Some kids have sensitive skin and don’t want the feel of elastic around their legs. And others want the modesty and security of fuller clothing styles.

Kids let us know what they like even when they are very small. So we’ve developed this guide to help you decide which style of underwear is most likely to cause your child to say “I like these – they are comfy!”

Underwear Shapes Guide for Kids

Girl Underwear Styles

Girls Underwear - Briefs

Briefs: The brief is a classic and timeless underwear shape. It’s cut a little bit full, with a higher rise and wider waistline than the bikini. The Lucky and Me brief fit is perfect for the girl who desires a moderate amount of coverage. The leg opening is placed and designed to provide comfortable security. This style is made for coverage and comfort and is ideal for any situation.

Girls Underwear - Bikinis

Bikinis: The bikini style of panty sits a little bit lower on the waist, with a narrower side seam and shorter rise. This style is perfect for the minimalist girl who likes a panty to do its job without a lot of fabric. And the bikini’s waistband placement is just more comfortable for some girls.

Girls Underwear - Boyshorts

Boyshorts: The boyshort style is constructed more like a boy’s brief – the legs come a little bit down the thigh. The boyshort shape has a longer rise and higher waistband than our brief. Many girls love the boyshort shape for the slightly lower leg opening that provides secure comfort under anything. This panty style is a comfortable option that provides the most coverage and is perfect for modesty and style.

Girls Underwear - Hipsters

Hipster: The hipster style is the perfect one for girls who like full coverage but want the waist band to sit just below their waistline. This style has wider side seams and a bit more coverage than the bikini. The hipster style can be especially comfortable because the hipster’s lower rise ensures the waistband will not double up with another garment. This is especially desirable for the budding gymnast or dancer. As an added bonus, the waistband will not show!

Girls Underwear - Shorties

Shortie: The shortie style provides the most modesty of all girl underwear styles. This shape is perfect for girls who need an added measure of security under dresses and skirts. The shortie also prevents ride-up due to the longer leg length of this style. This style is perfect for girls who prefer maximum coverage and comfort.

Boy Underwear Styles

Boys Underwear - Briefs

Boy’s Briefs: The boys brief is shaped just like the traditional men’s brief that many dads wear. The brief is designed for fit and comfort. This style is perfect for the boy who likes the security of a brief without any additional fabric. The leg and waist elastic are positioned for maximum comfort and flexibility.

Boys Underwear - Boxers

Boxers: The boxer is based on the traditional men’s boxer and can be found in knit or woven fabrics. The wider and longer leg length of the boxer is ideal for boys who prefer a loose and comfortable fit. There is no leg elastic to bind or restrict the boy who wants total freedom.

Boys Underwear - Boxer Briefs

Boxer Briefs: The boxer brief style combines the best of brief and boxer qualities. The fit is closer to a brief, with the longer leg length of a boxer. The boxer brief leg is snugger than the boxer, with leg elastic to help keep the fabric in place. This style is ideal for the boy who wants a little more coverage but doesn’t like the feeling of a boxer’s loose fabric. The knit fabric provides some support, and the leg elastic provides comfort and security.

Now that you know more about underwear shapes for girls and boys, you can decide which shape will suit your child best. And check out our sizing guide to determine the right size for your child.

We want you and your child to be thoroughly satisfied. That’s why, at Lucky & Me we have a Comfiness Guarantee. If you’re not in love with your purchase, don’t sweat it. Let us know within 30 days, and we’ll happily give you a full refund with free return shipping.

Liz Smith has worked across the globe for many of the world’s major apparel brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Justice, and Hanes. She has earned thousands of airline points and worn out several suitcases visiting factories in more than 20 countries to ensure that production is of the highest standard. Liz has managed all aspects of garment production, from design through fabric development to sewing and merchandising– so she knows what it takes to make high-quality apparel. Liz is thrilled to share her knowledge about clothes to help discerning customers choose the finest products.

One comment on “The Ultimate Boy and Girl Underwear Styles Guide for Kids”

  1. Anna H. on December 3rd, 2018 – 4:58pmI am looking for girls underwear for a 2 /3 year old with a fuller bottom. Can’t seem to find a brand that addresses this issues. Regular store underwear so far just rides up. Thank you.

What Is the Best Underwear for Kids?

By Karen Iorio Adelson and Dominique ParisoPhoto: Fox Photos/Getty Images

As picky as adults are about their underwear — whether it be women’s thongs or men’s boxer briefs — shopping for kids’ underpinnings can be even more difficult. Parents want pairs that will be durable and long-lasting, but also fun enough that kids will actually want to wear them. To find kid-friendly underwear that actually lasts, we asked eight cool people — including models, writers, bloggers, and children’s fashion editors, many of whom are parents — to tell us about their favorite styles. Read on for all their picks, from Disney-princess patterned panties and striped briefs to solid-colored and gender-neutral options. Generally, the pairs shown come in sizes that will fit kids between 2 and 10 years old; if any pairs do not fall within that range, we’ve noted that.

Best printed underwear for kids

Mini Boden 7-Pack Panties$45$45 AT NORDSTROM

Mini Boden 5-Pack Boxer Briefs$45$45 AT NORDSTROM

Linda McLean, a children’s fashion editor at Family Traveller magazine and the founder of the website Smudgetikka, told us she likes the kids’ underwear options from the British brand Boden. “Their value packs of underwear for boys and girls always have cool prints and of-the-moment color combinations,” she says, adding that the underwear is well made. The above set for girls combines striped styles with Liberty of London–esque floral prints, while the set shown for boys includes briefs with monster motifs (both Boden will fit kids up to age 8).

Petit Bateau Girls 5-Pack Solid and Printed Underwear$59$59 AT AMAZON

Petit Bateau Boys’$2 5 Pack Printed and Solid Boxers$70$70 AT AMAZON

With its classic French styling and understated charm, McLean calls Petit Bateau the “crème de la crème of underwear for kids.” The brand is also a favorite of mom of two Ariane Goldman, the founder of Hatch. “I’m a Francophile, so when I can get a little piece of Parisian design on my girls, I do,” says Goldman. The above sets will fit toddlers ages 2 and 3.

Gap Kids Animal Days-Of-The-Week Bikini (7-Pack)$35 now 20% off$28$28 AT GAP

Gap Kids Toddler Days-of-the-Week Briefs (7-Pack)$30 now 20% off$24$24 AT GAP

McLean also recommends Gap Kids for simple, affordable underwear. These seven packs are a price performer, with each pair breaking down to roughly $4 (or less) a pair.Plus, each one is printed with a different day of the week, making morning getting-ready routines that much easier.

Bobo Choses Organic Cotton Briefs, Set of 3$51$51 AT SMALLABLE

Bobo Choses Organic Cotton Boxers, Set of 3$51$51 AT SMALLABLE

“I always opt for organic fabrications for my daughters underwear,” says Lia-Belle King, creative director and co-founder of sustainable design store Worn. That’s why she is “such a fan” of Bobo Choses. Not only are the brand’s briefs cut from organic cotton, but they are also “incredibly well made — they don’t stretch out, and the colors and prints are always so good across their entire range,” King tells us. Plus, they feature interesting prints that are a bit unexpected (and dare we say sophisticated) for kids’ underwear.

Best solid underwear for kids

Primary The Undies 3-Pack$15$15 AT PRIMARY

Primary The Boxer Brief 3-Pack$17$17 AT PRIMARY

For basic kids’ underwear in a rainbow of solid shades, Goldman and Cup of Jo founder Joanna Goddard turn to Primary, whose founders worked at companies like Baby Einstein and Diapers.com before setting out to create a line of logo-free kids’ wardrobe basics. “What they stand for and the simple selection makes things easier and logical,” according to Goldman. “After years of buying superhero underwear and secretly cringing, I fell in love with Primary underwear,” adds Goddard. “It is soft, comfy, affordable, and comes in a bunch of solid colors. Done and done.”

Esme Little Girl’s 3-Piece Panty Pack$35$35 AT AMAZON

Esme Boys’ 2-Piece Boxer Briefs UnderwearBUY AT AMAZON

As editor of Earnshaw’s, a magazine about the children’s fashion industry, Emily Beckman sees a lot of kids’ underwear. She told us these sweet, made-in-the-USA bottoms are her top pick of the moment. “Esme underwear for children is extremely soft, comfortable and lightweight,” she explains. “Girls’ styles are made with finishing touches of lace and rosette for a cute, age-appropriate look.” Their boxer briefs for boys are also age-appropriate; in addition to the solid-colored pairs above, you can also get Esme boys’ briefs with adorable prints, like monkeys or movie snacks.

Hanes Big Girls’ Cotton Brief 6-Pack$9 now 33% offFrom $6FROM $6 AT AMAZON

Hanes Boys’ 7-Pack Dyed Briefs$12 now 8% offFrom $11FROM $11 AT AMAZON

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option for your kids’ underwear drawers, Brianne Manz, blogger at Stroller in the City, says, “Hanes makes great ones.” Their multipacks of cotton briefs come with six and seven days’ worth of underwear for less than the price you’d pay for lunch. While the boys’ set is all solids, the girls’ set includes three printed pairs along with its solid-colored styles. But if you’re just seeking solids, Hanes sells its girls’ underwear in a solid-color-only three-pack.

Fruit of the Loom Girls’ Cotton Brief Underwear, 6-PackFrom $12FROM $12 AT AMAZON

Fruit of the Loom Toddler Boys’ Brief, 5-PackBUY AT AMAZON

Another affordable option is Fruit of the Loom, which LaTonya Yvette, stylist and author of Woman of Color, admits isn’t “particularly cool” but is “sturdy and has an amazing life span.” The all-white briefs will fit girls ages 4 to 14, while the rainbow set will fit toddlers up to age 5.

Best cartoon or movie-branded underwear for kids

H&M 7-Pack Cotton Briefs (Disney)$18$18 AT H&M

H&M 7-Pack Briefs (Bat Man and Superman)$15$15 AT H&M

For kids who demand Disney princesses or superhero shields on their underwear, Manz likes H&M’s branded sets. “They always have fun characters on them for the kiddies,” she says. In addition to these Disney and Batman/Superman–themed pairs, H&M also makes underwear with other popular characters including My Little Pony and Super Mario.

Best gender-neutral underwear for kids

ARQ Child Basic Tank$24$24 AT AQR

ARQ Child Undies$15$15 AT ARQ

Jaycina Almond, model and founder of the Tender Foundation, loves ARQ underwear because “all the colors are complementary, so you can mix and match the tanks and undies for a cute lounge outfit.” She adds that the colors are gender-neutral, making these easy to pass down, and notes that ARQ uses organic cotton and dye processes, is tag-free, and made in the USA. ARQ’s undergarments will fit kids up to age 7.

Tiny Undies Underwear, 3-pack$18

Almond also told us she “really likes Tiny Undies, because the brand was founded by a mama that is an expert on potty training,” adding that “the undies are very thoughtfully produced.” The underwear are low-rise to accommodate babies’ big bellies and tiny waists, and the solid colors make it easy to spot any wetness. They also use “organic cotton and ecofriendly dye and are gender-neutral,” she says. Tiny Undies’ underwear is best for younger children between 6 months and 5 years old.$18 AT TINY UNDIES

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