After your kids finally potty train and are ready for their big girl/big boy undies, there comes the question of “what shape of underwear should you get?” There are tons of options out there that fit a combination of preference, comfort level and some trial and error. To learn more about the ins and outs of underwear shapes, we spoke with Liz Smith who shared more about some of the common underwear shapes for girls and boys.
Liz noted, “Some kids are particular, others don’t care what they wear. Some kids want the coverage of a brief or boy short, others don’t like the feel of too much fabric or elastic near their waist. The lucky thing about Lucky & Me is you have a lot of choices and can find just the right style to please your child!”
Underwear Shapes Guide for Kids
Girls Underwear Shapes
Brief: The brief is a classic underwear style. It’s cut a little fuller, with a higher rise and wider waistline. This style is made for coverage and comfort and is ideal for any situation.
Bikini: The bikini style of panty is cut a little bit lower, with a narrower side seam and rise. This style, like in our Ava Bikini, is perfect for the girl who doesn’t like a lot of fabric. Some of us are just more comfortable when our panties lie a little below the waistline.
Boyshort: The Boyshort style is constructed a little bit more like a boy’s brief – the legs come a little bit down the thigh. This panty style is a comfortable option that provides the most coverage and is perfect for modesty and style. Our Annika Boyshorts offer complete coverage featuring our signature super-soft cotton/modal blend that won’t ride up.
Hipster: This style is the perfect one for girls who like full coverage but want the waist band to sit just below their waistline. This style can be especially comfortable under bike shorts and leggings because the hipster’s lower rise ensures the waistband will not double up with the outer garment. As an added bonus, the waistband will not show!
Shortie: A hybrid of underwear and shorts, our Sophie Shortie provides maximum coverage and prevents ride up while the flat encased elastic waistband ensures there won’t be any discomfort due to digging.
Boys Underwear Shapes
Boys Briefs: The boys brief is cut just like the traditional men’s brief- but is much more fun in fashion-forward colors. This style is perfect for the boy who wants the least amount of fabric, while still retaining the functionality. The leg and waist elastic are positioned for maximum comfort and flexibility such as in our Lucas Briefs.
Boys Boxer: This style is for the boy who wants a loose, comfortable cut without any leg elastic. There is nothing to bind or restrict the boy who wants total freedom.
According to Rochelle Perera, Founder of Lucky & Me, “There’s no elastic at the leg opening, but in comparison to a brief, the style has a longer leg, which prevents riding up and a snug fit. Within this category, we offer the Noah Cotton Boxers and the Ryan Woven Boxers. The only difference within these types of boxers is that the Ryan Boxers are made with a moven combed cotton whereas the Noah is a knitted cotton fabric.”
Boxer Brief: This style combines the best of briefs and boxers that’s 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 is positioned for comfort and security such as in our Liam Boxer Briefs and Grayson Boxer Briefs.
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.