Whether it's sweltering outside or you're doing an intense sweat-inducing workout, not being able to dry off is, well, gross. I find this is especially true in the latter situation. I hate feeling like I'm drowning in my own dirt and sweat when I'm trying to push or challenge myself. I start to think about the sweat and only the sweat, which does not help my focus at all.
Now, there are a lot of sweat-wicking activewear pieces out there, from leggings to sports bras to tops. But one thing I didn't realize was a total game changer until recently was also making sure that I had on moisture-wicking underwear. You see, not only are you keeping yourself dry, but you're also making sure that your underwear isn't becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. I know—just thinking about it gives me the creeps.
So what do you want to look for when shopping for underwear? Breathability is key, so opt for cotton or performance fabrics that are designed to deal with sweat. Luckily, there are plenty of options now that are great for workouts but also perfect if you're out and about on a particularly hot summer's day. Because who wants to deal with butt sweat, period? Take a look at some finds below.
1. Lululemon InvisiWear Mid-Rise Bikini Underwear
Lululemon designed this bikini with yoga and on-the-go activities in mind. It's sweat-wicking, quick-drying, and breathable.
2. Fruit of the Loom Moisture Wicking Coolblend Panties
These are great because they are cooling, which is so necessary when you're doing an intense workout.
3. Gap Breathe Hipster
4. Boody Body EcoWear Classic Bikini
Pure comfort is the theme here—these are seamless and have a soft, flat-ribbed waistband. The fabric is made with 80% sustainably sourced bamboo.
5. Ocojoce Hipster Seamless Breathable Underwear
Made of performance fabric, these have a breathable mesh design and a lot of stretch. So here's your chance to move without worrying about getting too sweaty.
6. Under Armour Pure Stretch Hipster
When I'm searching for underwear, I want to look for ones that I can wear all day long and not feel uncomfortable. These are made with super-soft fabric that has a four-way stretch, perfect for any type of movement.
7. Parade Thong Universal
This thong from Parade is designed to move with you. It's been tested by athletes, so you know it's sweat-wicking and quick-drying.
8. ALO Icon Cheeky
I love the '90s-inspired waistband on these—how fun is that? The fabric is a breathable, four-way stretch jersey, so you'll want to wear these all the time.
9. Balanced Tech Seamless Hipster Brief Bikini Panties
Odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, these seamless bikinis are so perfect for your workout. You'll feel fresh and dry throughout your whole sweat session.
10. Reebok Seamless Hipster Panties
Here's another option with performance fabric. They also have a seamless edge so you don't have to stress about panty lines (if that's something you stress about).
11. Lululemon Smooth Seamless Thong
When a pair of underwear is described as "second skin," I'm in. That's the dream, right? These are breathable and sweat-wicking. They also have bonded seams to prevent any chafing.
12. Aerie Float Microfiber String Bikini Underwear
I have so many pairs of Aerie underwear. I'm obsessed with them because they're so comfortable and cute. I have this microfiber pair, and it's great for workouts since it's breathable and lightweight.
13. Voenxe Seamless Thongs
These seamless thongs are so lightweight and silky smooth. The fabric is breathable, and there's even a layer of natural cotton on the crotch for more comfort.
14. Commando Bikini
It can get so annoying if your underwear slips down, but that's not the case with these. These have a no-slip fit, even without elastic.
15. Calvin Klein Underwear Invisible Hispter
Made of breathable jersey knit, this pair will keep you cool and extra comfortable, no matter what you're doing.
16. Alo Airbrush Invisible Thong
With the name "invisible," you know these are going to be so comfortable and effortless. They're made with the softest, lightest fabric. An added bonus? They're odor-resistant.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.
Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.
In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).
She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.