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Are You Making This Panty Mistake?

This may sound like a crazy question, but are you wearing your panties properly, or are you pulling them up too high? I know what you’re probably thinking: “I wear panties every day, of course I know how to put them on properly.”

First, ask yourself these questions: 

  1. “Are there some panties in my drawer right now that I never choose to wear because they don’t feel comfortable on?”

  2. “Is it possible that it’s not the panties, but that I’m actually pulling them up too high?”

  3. “Could I have been doing this for years without realizing it?”

I’m bringing this matter up because some years ago I realized that with some of my own panties, I was making this mistake.

Here’s how I figured it out.

One day, I was sorting through all my panties and separating out the uncomfortable ones. My panty drawer had a variety of panty styles – boyshorts, thongs, bikinis, briefs – you name it, I had it. Once I was done separating out the panties I didn’t like, I realized something. They were all low-rise.

This got me thinking, so I grabbed a pair and put them on like I do all my panties. It was then that I realized I had instinctively pulled them up too high on my waist. When getting dressed, I’ve always had a little ritual where I move from garment to garment without much thought. In following that ritual, I was treating all my panties the same way without considering the style.

So, I tried something else. I grabbed an uncomfortable low-rise bikini and stepped into it. But this time, instead of pulling the panty up without any thought about the style, I slowed down and became mindful about where the waistband should be placed. I lowered the waistband to rest closer to my hips.

And just like that, it felt like I’d had a complete breakthrough! This once uncomfortable panty just felt right. I wore it all day with no problem. And at the end of the day, I couldn’t believe how simple this solution was, and how long I’d missed it.

The moral of the story: 

Before you hastily pull up a pair of panties, take a moment to stop and think about the panty’s style. If there are panties in your drawer you avoid because you don’t like how they feel, if you go back and try this technique, you may be surprised by what you find.


A little more history about the complexities of different panty rises

The thong made its first appearance in the female-friendly fashion scene in 1939 as a burlesque garment (made to be skimpier than bloomers, while also providing just enough modesty to be acceptable). Fast forward 40+ years, the panty style became more mainstream among everyday women. In the late 1970s, the rise of the thong as a more modern panty trend initially met with the complaint that the style was uncomfortable. Upon further research, it was determined that these complaints were due to women pulling their thongs up until the waistbands were high on their hips.

At the time, these women didn’t understand that the thong panty was designed to sit lower on the hips than the traditional brief. Because low-rise pants weren’t yet a trend themselves, only strippers and showgirls knew that thongs were meant to rest lower on the hips.

As a result, panty designers went one of two ways: They either made thongs with longer rises so they could be comfortably pulled up higher on the waist, or they added tags to the panties to indicate to the wearer that they were low-rise.


I hope this helps you to not only feel happier about what’s already in your panty drawer, but to also feel more confident, educated, and open-minded when panty shopping in the future.

If you want more information about how to properly put on panties, I have an Expert Video just for you.

If you’re feeling inspired and want to add more panties to your lingerie wardrobe, there are thousands of styles available for you to try at HerRoom. Start building your dream panty drawer now!

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