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A Brief Guide to Panties

12th Jan 2023

A Brief Guide to Panties

Panties go unnoticed a lot because we can't see them. Unlike bras, which recently as the 1990's, have made their way to the outside, panties remain delegated to the darkness.

Knowing which style and fabric to choose, however, comes with its own host of problems as many women are unsure which panty style is best-suited for their particular needs. While unseen to the outside world, proper selection of panties is a vital component of any outfit. As such, a deeper understanding of panties can play a major role in amplifying a woman’s overall comfort, confidence, and sense of style.

Bikini-style panties offer an “in-between” option for briefs and thongs, and were inspired by bikini bathing-suit bottoms (as their name implies). Offering medium (moderate) coverage to the wearer, a bikini’s waistband usually sits between the bellybutton and hip (unless they are low-rise). They also have relatively high-cut leg openings and offer a fair amount of coverage in the back. Straps on the side of bikini briefs are generally thin, while the rear fabric sits relatively high on the cheeks. Bikini briefs come in a variety of colors and fabrics that are designed to fit nearly any preference. A string option is also available and is distinguishable by its thinner sides and higher-cut legs.

When to Wear Bikini Panties

Bikini briefs are appropriate for nearly any occasion. Considered highly versatile due to their size and shape, bikini underwear can be worn with nearly any outfit. This includes skirts (regular or mini), jeans, pants, or dresses. Although panty lines are relatively invisible with this style, certain fabrics (and bottoms) tend to show more than others. So be sure to keep this factor in mind when choosing bikini panties for your wardrobe.

Boyshorts

As their name implies, boyshorts are modeled after men’s boxer briefs and maintain a rectangular appearance similar to hipsters. This style offers full coverage to the wearer, with most sitting below the crease line of the cheek. Some boyshorts even reach as far as the thigh in their length (depending on your particular preference). Generally speaking, these panties tend to sit at the hips with significant coverage on the side regions. However, two major exceptions to this rule can be seen with bootyshorts and girlshorts, which tend to show more “cheek” and sit lower on the waist.

When to Wear Boyshorts

Boyshorts are regularly described as one of the most comfortable styles of panties on the market, with numerous fabrics to choose from (including cotton, nylon, and microfiber materials). As a result, they are great options for sleepwear and athletic attire. Seamless versions work great with skirts, dresses, and tighter-fit clothing. It should be noted, however, that normal boyshorts are prone to show panty lines. As a result, they should typically be worn with loose-fitting jeans, skirts, or pants if this is an issue you wish to avoid. Nevertheless, women seeking a full-coverage design can’t go wrong with boyshorts, as their total cheek coverage offers both a comfortable and modest style that is hard to beat.

Hipsters

Hipsters are often described as a mixture between bikinis and boyshorts. Offering a good deal of coverage, the hipster style maintains a wider waistband that tends to hug the body and hips (as their name implies). Often described as a “square cut,” hipsters are usually accentuated by bikini-style leg holes, along with full coverage in the rear. Generally speaking, these panties often sit low on the hips with the openings sitting just below the crease-line of the cheek. They also come in a variety of colors and fabrics that are tailored to fit nearly any individual’s preference.

When to Wear Hipsters

Hipsters are appropriate for nearly any occasion, and fit a wide-array of clothing options. They generally offer full coverage to the wearer, and are considered extremely comfortable by modern standards. Due to their low-cut features, panty lines are also less visible with this particular style. For these reasons, they are appropriate for almost any outfit, including dresses, skirts, tighter pants/jeans, and shorts (depending on their length).

Tap Pants

Tap pants are a sexy version of the boyshort that were designed to be relatively loose. Originally developed for tap dancers (hence their name), this panty style is often designed with delicate fabrics (such as silk or lace), making them extremely comfortable alternatives to other styles. Tap pants offer full coverage to the wearer (both front and back). In addition to their loose-fitting design, leg openings are usually quite open on this style with the waistband being the only piece of fabric that hugs the skin.

When to Wear Tap Pants

Despite their relatively longer length, tap pants are traditionally worn with skirts or dresses due to their loose-fitting design and lack of panty lines. Due to their extreme comfort (similar to men’s boxers), they are also well-suited as sleep attire.

Briefs

Briefs refer to standard underwear for women. Offering great coverage, briefs sit on (or just below) the bellybutton, and come in a variety of fabrics/materials. While similar to bikini underwear in many ways, briefs tend to have extra coverage along the hip, with additional material also appearing in the legs and rear. This style is also quite thick, and can provide a great deal of support to the tummy area when worn properly.

When to Wear Briefs

Briefs can be worn with any clothing option, and are widely considered to be one of the most comfortable options on the market. Their full-cheek coverage is also a great choice for individuals that prefer modesty over sexiness. However, due to their thicker fabrics, briefs are prone to show panty lines around the edges. For this reason, they are best suited for jeans and thicker clothing. It is also important to note that individuals (when selecting briefs) should attempt to find a pair that won’t bunch up, or “ride up” in the back.

Hi-Cut briefs (viewed from the front).

Hi-Cut Briefs

Hi-cut briefs (or high-waisted briefs) are an extremely comfortable style of panties that sit just below the belly-button. Hi-cut briefs offer exceptional coverage to the back and front, and provide additional tummy support/shaping. Possessing wider leg openings, hi-cut panties also give the appearance of “longer legs” due to their relatively thin sides. Generally speaking, hi-cut briefs are simply briefs that sit higher on the waist. And while this panty style experienced a lull in popularity for a short while, it has recently experienced a dramatic revival in recent years as women come to recognize their overall comfort and support.

When to Wear Hi-Cut Briefs

Hi-cut briefs are a great choice for outfits that involve high-waisted bottoms. They are also great for providing a comfortable layer between your skin and high-cut jeans that normally cause discomfort. As a result, this particular style is highly suitable for everyday usage, and can be incorporated into a number of outfit options. As with regular briefs, however, it is important to note that this particular style can show “panty lines” around the edges. For this reason, they are best-suited for jeans, thicker clothing, or loose-fitting dresses and skirts.

panties").Full Briefs

As their name implies, full briefs are designed for maximum coverage to the wearer. Classic styles typically sit high on the waist, and are designed with thick sides along with a lower leg line. Sometimes referred to as “granny panties,” full briefs provide a great deal of support to the wearer, especially along the tummy section and lower back. They also provide a great deal of protection against rougher fabrics (such as jeans and denim), affording women a greater degree of selection in regard to their wardrobe preferences.

When to Wear Full Briefs

Full briefs are generally designed for women who desire full coverage and support. As such, they are suitable for nearly any occasion and can be worn with dresses, skirts, and jeans. Due to their design, however, women should note that this particular style is more likely to show panty lines with tighter-fitting attire. For outfits that are more form-fitting, individuals will be better-served by “cheekier” options such as the thong, tanga, or bikini-cut styles.

Brazilian Briefs

Brazilian briefs, also referred to as “Brazilian knickers,” are a cross between the bikini and thong styles of underwear. These panties tend to sit low on the waistline, and possess wide sides along with minimal coverage in the back (providing a “cheeky” appearance to the wearer). Brazilian briefs are considered extremely sexy in the realm of panties, while simultaneously giving the appearance of regular briefs in the frontal region. For individuals wanting to transition (slowly) from bikini to thong, this style may be a perfect choice.

When to Wear Brazilian Briefs

Brazilian briefs are usually suitable for any outfit due to their comfort, and lack of visible panty lines for the wearer. And due to their coverage on the sides and front, they are even acceptable for jeans as they provide an extra layer of protection against the harsh feel of denim on the body. It is important to note, however, that this particular style has a tendency to “ride up” on the wearer, making them an uncomfortable choice for some women. To avoid this issue, always select panties that are properly fitted to your specific size. Likewise, choose fabrics that fit your particular tastes in regard to comfort.

French-Cut Panties

French briefs are similar to normal briefs, but possess wider sides that wrap around to the back. Generally speaking, French-cut briefs offer minimal coverage in the back as the bottom zone of the cheeks are exposed. Nevertheless, they offer considerable coverage in the front as they sit at the wearer’s natural waistline while hugging the natural curve of the legs. While some ladies look at this style as “granny panties,” their extreme comfort is difficult to beat in the realm of underwear and should definitely be a part of every woman’s attire.

When to Wear French Briefs

Due to their coverage, French briefs are suitable for nearly any outfit. They are extremely comfortable, sit securely along the hips, and are highly-suited for tummy control. In spite of these clear positives, however, it is important to note that this particular style is generally not suitable for low-rise pants (or shorts), as the top portion of your French briefs will be highly visible. Likewise, visible panty lines can be an issue with this style as well (depending on the particular fabric that you choose).

Cheekies

Cheeky panties are often described as a “cross” between the thong and bikini (similar to Brazilian briefs). Sometimes referred to as “cheekies,” the thong-like origins of this particular style are clearly evident upon first glance as these panties tend to reveal more of the lady’s lower bottom. Likewise, they follow a similar design to traditional bikini-cut patterns, but are slightly more revealing and “flirty.” Due to their coverage and thickness, this particular style is also incredibly comfortable to the wearer, and will provide your cheek area with a great deal of support. As a result, this style rarely “rides up” on the wearer (as long as a proper fit is obtained by the lady)

When to Wear Cheeky Panties

Cheeky underwear is a highly practical panty style that is suitable for nearly any occasion. They can be worn with dresses, skirts, and even jeans (providing an extra layer of protection against the rough feel of denim). Cheekies are also well-suited for tighter-fitting clothing as panty lines are virtually non-existent with this particular style. This is due to their back panels, which are far narrower than traditional panties, allowing them to practically “disappear” under your pants and skirts. Likewise, their low-cut design makes them a perfect choice for low-cut jeans.

Tanga

Tanga underwear is an extremely comfortable panty style that offers moderate to minimal coverage for the wearer (depending on your overall preference and style). Often described as a cross between the bikini and thong (similar to the cheeky), tanga underwear showcases much of the lady’s rear, while still maintaining a sense of coverage. They are also slightly narrower than a traditional bikini, providing minimum coverage on the front and sides for the wearer.

When to Wear a Tanga

Tanga style panties are appropriate for nearly any occasion due to their skin-hugging design and lack of panty lines. As such, they can be easily incorporated into nearly any outfit, with dresses and skirts being among the most popular combinations with this style. Due to their “minimal” style, however, it is important to note that tangas can be uncomfortable under jeans and rougher materials, as more skin will be in contact with these particular fabrics (leading to irritation and discomfort in your more sensitive areas)..

Thong

Thong panties are one of the most sought-after forms of underwear, and come in a variety of patterns and fabrics. Although they look like normal panties from the front, a thong narrows to a thin piece of fabric in the back where it sits snugly between the cheeks. As a result of this narrowing, waistbands are usually quite narrow in appearance. While they are considered unconventional (due to their minimal coverage), a thong prevents the appearance of panty lines with tighter-fit clothing. They are also considered extremely sexy by modern standards.

When to Wear a Thong

Thongs are appropriate for nearly any occasion. Plus, many women consider them to be one of the most comfortable style of panties available on the market. In more recent decades, they have even become popular as swimwear. Depending on your particular tastes, however, a thong is most often worn with tighter clothing (to prevent the appearance of panty lines). You should also consider wearing a thong with shorts, dresses, and skirts. They are also highly-appropriate for fabrics that are more see-through, such as white jeans, tights, and leggings. In these latter situations though, it is important to note that the wearer should select a color option that matches your outer layer to prevent your thong from being visible.

G-String

Similar to the thong, G-strings (also known as V-strings) are incredibly minimal in their coverage areas. Often described as the “loin cloth” of the panty realm, the G-string offers only a small amount of coverage to the front (usually a triangular piece of fabric at most), whereas the back usually consists of a single string that sits between the cheeks. Occasionally, designers will adorn the top of the back piece with a pretty bow, ring, or other detail to add to its “sexy” factor, or feel.

When to Wear a G-String

Due to their minimal coverage, G-strings can be worn with a wide-array of outfits as panty lines are virtually non-existent with this style. For these reasons, the G-string is often worn with form-fitting attire such as skirts, dresses, leggings, and tights as they give the appearance of a “no-underwear” look. Nevertheless, many women tend to avoid wearing G-strings with jeans or denim shorts as there is no protection offered against the fabric (making them incredibly uncomfortable). Moreover, the G-string is usually quite uncomfortable (when compared to other styles on the market). Be sure to keep this in mind when selecting this style.

C-String panties.

C-String

As if G-strings weren’t small enough, designers decided to create a new form of panties designed for absolute minimum coverage. The result was the C-string; a single-piece item devoid of waist bands that tucks neatly into the crotch and bottom area. C-strings are the closest a woman can get to going “commando” while still maintaining a sense of coverage. Often described as an “extreme thong” by designers, the C-string is held in place by a curved wire that sits between the butt cheeks.

When to Wear a C-String

The overall purpose of the C-string is to provide women with a sense of coverage while simultaneously avoiding visible panty lines for their clothing. As a result, the C-string is great for tighter-fit clothing. Nevertheless, it should be noted that women maintain radically contrasting views in regard to the overall comfort level of the C-string, with some loving it and others downright hating its feel. With no waistband for this particular style, many women also fear that the C-string is capable of sliding off during the day, resulting in a potentially embarrassing situation. For these reasons, great care should be taken when selecting this particular style.

"Peekaboo" Panties

“Peekaboo” panties, also known as “crotchless underwear,” is a style of underwear known for their split front. Peekaboo panties come in a variety of styles, including thong, boyshorts, or briefs. This particular style is highly impractical, as they offer virtually no support or coverage to the wearer.

When to Wear "Peekaboo" Panties

Peekaboo panties are usually reserved for “sexy” occasions, as they are not practical for everyday use. With virtually no support or coverage (especially in the front), the “peekaboo” style is best-suited for special evenings at home with your significant other. As such, wearing this particular style with jeans and other materials is not recommended, as the front opening can lead to serious irritation (or injury) after prolonged contact with rougher materials (such as denim).

Who knew there were so many options? We carry every style on this list, so if you're looking for some panties, check out the lingerie section of the website.