Snagging elastic, shades of grey that used to be white and faded floral motifs. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably about time that you overhauled your lingerie drawer.

Wearing drab underwear is guaranteed to make you feel even drabber. There are so many types of bras and knickers on offer it can be hard to know where to start. Here are five types of knickers that every girl needs in her life.

The black lacy ones

For when you want to be covered up but still look and feel sexy, only French knickers in black lace will do. Sultry and seductive - French knickers are a flattering shape for ladies with an ample derrière and black lace is remarkably good at disguising lumps and bumps.

These Triumph hipster briefs are styled in silky fabric and pretty stretch lace with a delicate picot trim. The back offers full, but partially sheer coverage giving a suggestive hint at what lies beneath.

Triumph Amourette 300 HipsterTriumph Amourette 300 Hipster, £15, Figleaves


The invisible nude thong

Those white shorts, that peachy sheer skirt or that body-con evening dress. We all have outfits that require an ‘invisible’ nude thong like the Microfiber G String in nude from Intimissimi.

These are the knickers to wear when you really need to be wearing no knickers. Discreet and comfortable – avoid the dreaded VPL and try out the latest fashions with your dignity intact. Every woman needs a few pairs of these.

Intimissimi Nude ThongMicrofiber G String with Narrow Side Panels, £5, Intimissimi


The modern girl’s granny pants

These knickers are not only uber-comfy and practical, but look good too. The seamless little high-leg brief panty from the Body by Victoria range comes in a rainbow of cute shades and pretty patterns and the ultra-smooth design means that they stay hidden under tight-fitting clothes.

High-rise with a lace trim, these soft and seamless panties are an essential for any well-stocked underwear drawer.

Victoria's Secret High Leg PantySeamless Little High-Leg Brief Panty, £7.93 to £8.62 (depending on design), Victoria’s Secret


The pretty in pink ones

For when you want to feel beautiful and luxuriate in your girlishness, pretty in pink is the way to go. Think baby pink frill trims, peach lace and dusty pink silks. You’re never too old to feel like a princess.

These silk rose lace short knickers in cerise from M&S are will do the job perfectly. The vintage inspired range has been designed in collaboration with Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley and 10% from the price of each pair sold will go to the charity Breast Cancer Now.

Rosie for Autograph Pink KnickersRosie For Autograph Silk Rose Lace Short Knickers, £12.50, Marks & Spencer


The look at me ones

Very sexy for when you want to create impact. The Flirt Crisscross Cheekini Panty from Victoria's Secret is made from a show-stopping mix of lace, mesh and tulle in look-at-me colour combinations.

The sheer mesh finish, low-rise leg and minimal back coverage leave little to the imagination and the daring cutouts and crisscross detailing are sure to leave an impression.

Victoria's Secret Flirt Crisscross Cheekini PantyFlirt Crisscross Cheekini Panty, £12.76, Victoria’s Secret