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Boy Shorts

Modeled after men’s briefs, they take on a more rectangular shape than most panties. 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.

Warner's No Pinching Boy Shorts ($9, originally $12)

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