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These Granny Panties Are Better Than Whatever Underwear You’re Wearing Now

Grandma wore them for a reason.

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Aerie Retro Hi-Rise Boy Brief ($9.50)

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One of the great joys in life as a woman is that moment away from the male gaze. Those moments when you don't have to worry about your posture, or the length of your skirt, or if someone is going to bother you while you’re trying to listen to music. Those pure, true moments of IDGAF.

And in the midst of a lingerie industry that wants me to lie to myself and say I'd be comfortable lounging around the house in items designed to show off the most skin, I've traveled back, back in time to an era when you didn't give yourself infections from your underpinnings.

Tap pants, mini shorts, granny panties, whatever you want to call them, are not what you'd wear on a particularly hot date. You wouldn't be able to stuff them under skinny jeans, and you aren't likely to pack them in your bag for a sexy vacation (if you can, please call me immediately and give me all your secrets). But there are few things better or more authentic to self than changing out of work clothes after a long day and into a thick, fluffy sweater and a pair of full-coverage, high-waisted undies. It’s something just for you — for your comfort and your sanity — that no one can take away. My favorite pairs? Why yes, I’ll tell you, thanks for asking.

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Rago Women’s V-Leg, $13 to $20

Rago is truly the best at shapewear (it’s been doing it for 65 years!) and every item made comes from the philosophy of being comfortable and sleek under your clothes.

A woman wearing Catbird cashmere boy shorts

Catbird Cashmere Boy Shorts, $136

These are by far the most luxurious item I’ve bought in my entire life. Owning a pair of cashmere panties to pair with a cashmere sweater, just for around the house and only for you to enjoy, is the the most warm, kind way to take care of yourself when you need it most.

Vanity Fair Ravissant Full Brief

Vanity Fair Ravissant Full Brief, $10

I own these in every color, and many pairs of them. They are the classic “granny panty” — in fact, your actual grandma probably wears these. They’re classic for a reason.

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Secrets in Lace Retro Full Panty, $29

These have such a classic tap panty feel with embroidery and a super high cut, and they are actually sexy enough to wear on a hot date.

GAP Breathe

Gap Breathe High-Waist Bikini, $14.50

Throw out every pair of underwear you own and stock your drawer with these, in every color. These are the most comfortable pair of underwear I have ever owned.

A model wearing high-rise maroon underwear and a striped shirt

Aerie Retro Hi-Rise Boy Brief, $9.50

Aerie is at your local mall, and it has really nailed the retro style in a more modern cut of the classic “granny panty.”

A model wearing Solstice Intimates Everyday Underwear

Solstice Intimates Everyday Underwear, $40

This is a more modern (read: Instagram darling) style of the granny panty, made in soft velvet with a cool scoop back and adjustable waist.

A woman wearing high waist pink tap pants

Angela Friedman Louisa Tap Pants, $120

Okay, I don’t own these yet, but they look so retro and chic that I’m just throwing it out to the universe that I’d love to have these in my possession immediately.