The French Underwear Trend That Makes Your Legs Look Way Longer


“The newest trend in underwear is definitely the high-cut French brief.” Boom. You heard it here first courtesy of former Journelle Head of Product Development Sandra Rose, aka the woman in charge of knowing what’s new and next in the underwear space. There are a couple of reasons to get on board with the trend, but my primary motive? The underwear style makes your legs look way longer.

“With the band sitting at your natural waist, it gives you legs for days!” says Rose. Fleur du Mal founder Jennifer Zuccarini agrees: “High-cut styles elongate the line of your leg and emphasize your waistline because they sit higher, on a smaller part of your waist than, say, a hip-hugger style.” Another, more practical plus of the high-cut underwear trend? “With a higher rise, they are less likely to bunch when you’re wearing high-waisted pants and skirts,” says Rose.

As for where the re-emergence of the high-cut French brief trend came from, Zuccarini attributes it to Instagram It models like Kendall Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski as well as ’90s supermodels like Naomi Campbell. Just like with any trend, “it takes time and the right people wearing it again and again for people to adopt a new look like this,” says Zuccarini.

Since the look has been gaining steam for a moment, the time is now to hop on the high-cut underwear trend. To help you with that aim, we rounded up the best options along with some visual inspiration to get started.

You can never go wrong with classic white. 

I might have to spring for the matching bralette.

This mossy hue is just what your underwear drawer needs.

Rihanna made a pair of five-star underwear here (according to actual reviews).

These Skims briefs have high ratings on Nordstrom thanks to how comfortable they are. 

If this isn’t chic lingerie, we don’t know what is.

This lilac color is perfect for spring. 

Rihanna does it again.

This pair comes in three other colors as well. 

Don’t you just love how simple these are?

Seamless pieces are so classic and comfortable. 

So pretty.

These breathable briefs are perfect for everyday wear, so stock up.

Worth the splurge.

Kim Kardashian West does it again. 

So many women swear by Cosabella lingerie.

Pair these with your favorite black bra.

Very French, don’t you think?

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. 

Next up: 11 Lingerie Brands French Girls Swear By

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