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Panty Style 101: Thongs

Let’s talk about thong panties.

There are few undergarments that are more controversial among women than the thong panty. This is one of the skimpiest, most provocative panty styles out there. It’s also considered by many women to be one of the most uncomfortable panty styles on the market.

You rarely meet someone who is indifferent about wearing thongs. Instead, when you ask a woman how she feels about thongs, you either hear “I hate thongs” or “I love thongs.” You’re much less likely to hear anyone say “Thongs? I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.”

So, why do women have such strong positive or negative feelings about thong panties? In truth, every woman has her reasons. Some women hate thongs because they’re not wearing them properly. Others don’t like thongs because they’re wearing the wrong rise (thongs come in high rise, medium rise, and low rise styles) or materials (thongs also come in a variety of fabrics, including lace, cotton, spandex, and more). Others might simply think they hate thongs because they’re wearing the wrong size.

There’s still hope! If you address these issues and find the right thong for you, boom! You might just realize thongs aren’t only tolerable – but they’re extremely comfortable and flattering.

What is a thong?

The thong is considered one of the sexiest women’s panty styles – and that’s not surprising. Thongs set on the hips much like a bikini, but instead of a full rear panel, there is a thin strip of fabric that leaves the derriere exposed.

Why wear a thong?

There is a long list of advantages to wearing a thong. Some of the most popular reasons include:

No panty lines: Whether you’re in a meeting, on a date, or running errands, there’s nothing less attractive than a panty line that shows from underneath your clothes. If you want to win the war against VPL once and for all, look no further than the thong panty.

Sex appeal: The ultra-revealing cut of the thong panty is considered very sexy to both men and women. Pair a thong with a matching bra, garter belt and thigh highs or wear it under a sheer chemise for a sexy lingerie look.

Versatility: Thongs are available in a variety of styles, including different rises, materials, colors, patterns, and more.  Low-rise thongs are perfect to wear under low-cut pants and jeans, while high rise thongs are great to wear under dresses and high-waisted styles. Laser-cut thongs by brands like Commando and Under Armour are great to wear under thin and even sheer outfits, while lace thongs by brands like Hanky Panky and Cosabella are great for everyday wear and special occasions.

Comfort: Despite what you may have heard, thongs can be very comfortable when they’re sized and worn correctly.

How do you put on a thong?

Follow these steps for how to put on a thong:

  1. Hold up the thong and locate the back panel and the tag (if there is a tag) so you know how it is supposed to go on your body.

  2. Locate the leg holes. Note that with thong panties, the leg holes and the waist opening can appear similar in size. It’s not uncommon to accidentally step into the waist opening and one leg opening instead of both legs. Look for the crotch lining to ensure you’ve found both leg openings.

  3. Hold the thong in front of you, with the back panel facing you. Now put one leg through the waist and leg opening, and then the other. Pull the thong up to your waist and into place.

  4. Adjust the thong so the back string is centered between your rear cheeks. Pull on the front and readjust the waistband until you’ve achieved a comfortable fit.

I want to buy a thong. Where do I start?

The thong panty you decide to wear will depend on what you like, what you’re wearing, the occasion, your size, and your personal style preferences. Here are some recommendations:


Natori Bliss Perfection One Size Fits All Thong


Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise Thong


Commando Thong Low-Rise CT


Rago Soft Shaping Wide Band Thong


Calvin Klein Signature Cotton Thong – 5 Pack

Want to learn how to get the right panty fit for every panty style? Visit the page Get the Right Panty Fit to learn everything you need to know to find the best fit for you.

Learn what panty styles every woman should have in her lingerie wardrobe on The Fitting Room™ page here.

Need more content? Check out these two Expert Videos about panties.

Expert Video: How to Put on Panties the Right Way

Expert Video: Best Panty Styles for Your Bottom Type

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