This Size-Inclusive Brand Finally Launched an Underwear Collection, and It's So Comfortable

The styles are flattering, breathable, and perfect for everyday wear.

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Universal Standard Underwear Tout
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Considering the fact that the average dress size for women in the United States is between 16 and 18, it's frustrating to see the majority of fashion brands remain stubbornly stuck on providing options only from sizes 0 to 12 for most clothing. It's no secret that the fashion world has been slow to embrace size inclusivity, with brands only recently recognizing the need to provide for more body shapes out of the typical Eurocentric thin-and-tall silhouette.

That's why it's a breath of fresh air to not only find a brand that provides a truly remarkable range of sizes, but also flattering designs. And the one label you should know is Universal Standard. It treats size inclusivity as the most basic of requirements, with options ranging from 00 to 40 and designates labels such as "medium," "large," and "extra small" according to the average dress sizes reflected in real life. A size double extra small, where on other brands might be a double 0, actually means sizes 6 to 8 at Universal Standard; medium is for sizes 18 to 20.

It's no wonder that the brand has grown a popular fanbase, with its clothing usually selling out upon launch and accumulating long waitlists for its best-sellers. And at last, Universal Standard has set its eyes on another fashion section long in need of an update when it comes to a new spectrum of sizes: Intimates and underwear. The brand has released its new UltimateS collection of three underwear styles that have been two years in the making along with a new line of basics. I tried the undies, and they're as comfortable as they're praiseworthy in the sizes they offer.

UltimateS High Rise Brief Nutmeg
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To buy: $18; universalstandard.com.

Available from sizes 00 to 40, the collection is perfect for people in need of an underwear drawer upgrade as well as something comfortable and breathable when summer rolls around. When I first got the samples that Universal Standard sent me to test, I was impressed by how cool-to-the-touch they were.

I knew they would be a favorite of mine as soon as I put them on to try. They're buttery soft, so smooth as to avoid trench-like panty lines under tight jeans and joggers, and so comfortable around your waist. As someone with lower back pain that is exacerbated by wearing extremely tight pants and underwear, I always seek out styles that mold and hug my body. Universal Standards' new underwear accomplishes this and more; if you're seeking to tick the usual boxes in picking the perfect comfortable underwear worthy of inclusion in your undies drawer, these should shoot to the top of your list.

This new collection at Universal Standard only further proves that creating and championing a wide range of sizes shouldn't—and doesn't–mean compromising an ounce on style or design. Shop these perfect underwear below for $18 each.

Universal Standard UltimateS Mid Rise Bikini in Sky

UltimateS Mid Rise Bikini Sky
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Universal Standard UltimateS High Rise Thong in Black

UltimateS High Rise Thong Black
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