Frilly, Floral, Flirty, and Fun

It's time to take the step into beautiful underwear.

Some people will never understand the merit of investing in pretty underwear. What's the point? Who will see it? It will only get washed a million times until it's a stretched-out, muted ghost of its former self. But that's where they're wrong! Treat yourself to well-made, high-quality undergarments and they will be the gift that keeps giving. Every day that you put on one of these whimsical and delicate or quirky and patterned pairs, the knowledge of what's under your clothes will give you a level of smug satisfaction. The pair you've had since middle school simply can't compete with that (it's definitely time to pull the plug on those, by the way).

So go on—stand up tall when you walk into your laundromat with these skivvies in tow, and bask in the satisfaction of owning sophisticated lingerie during one of the few times it's socially acceptable to show your underwear to strangers.

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Thief & Bandit, a brand based out of Nova Scotia, handprints its lovely designs with organic jersey fabrics and non-toxic, water-based ink—so your lower half is in good, clean hands.

Hawk Wing High Waisted Underwear in Pale Pink and Black on Slate, $38, thiefandbandit.com.

These fine bamboo jersey pants are a collaboration between Danish/French company Base Range and French/German label Bless. The prints on the underwear are merely everyday scenes from Bless's studios, but when applied to fabric they resemble something akin to a Jan van Eyck painting.

High Waisted Bell Pant (Bless Collab) by Base Range, $90, shop.monkhousedesign.com.
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This little tangerine lace number packs a pretty punch. Add the matching lace bra for double the fun!

Naomi Gliding Low-Rise Lace Briefs by Stella McCartney, $39, theoutnet.com

When the pattern of your underwear could be framed and hung in a modern art museum, you know you're doing something right.

Brief by Marni, $43, yoox.com.
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Sheer lace paneling and and silky-smooth satin make this retro-inspired pair both romantic and incredibly comfortable.

Charivari Leavers by Eres, $190, net-a-porter.com.

Perhaps not the most practical design (you won't be pairing these with leggings!), but pair the pink petal trim on these sheer tulle knickers with a full skirt, and no one will be the wiser.

Sheer Pink Knickers with Petal Trim, $110 misscrofton.com.
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Old Hollywood glamour in underwear form! Put these on and pretend you're lounging by a pool, martini optional.

Green Palm Leaf High Waist Brief by Peek & Beau, $7, playfulpromises.com.

Need a summery floral to brighten your day? You won't be able to see it, obviously, but you'll know it's there.

Coral Panties by Goddess Kayla, $22, simplybe.com.
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These black sheer briefs are embroidered with tiny, multicolored hearts—it's all in the details!

Embroidered Briefs, $19, stories.com.

For full coverage that doesn't skimp on style, try this mexican tile and flower print pair featuring delicate embroidery and a handy (and flattering!) control top.

Carmen Hi-Waisted Blue Talavera, $32, naja.co.
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