ThirdLove Form Seamless Shortie ($9, originally $16)
Modeled after men’s briefs, boy shorts take on a more rectangular shape than most panties. While similar to the hipster, the key difference is that they have a lower-cut leg. In fact, some styles’ legs extend a short way down the thigh.
When to wear them: When fitted properly and made from the right fabric, boy shorts can actually serve the same function as a thong in being worn under formfitting clothes without visible panty lines. Longer cotton boy shorts, however, can even be worn as loungewear or pajamas. This particular style from ThirdLove is a completely seamless pair that is all about comfort. With zero stitches and a lightweight fabric, it’s a bottom you’ll never regret wearing.