Eye catching and functional, thong underwear is now the mainstay of most women's lingerie drawers. Formerly the domain of exotic dancers, sexy thongs are now the lingerie of choice for women of all ages because there's nothing better than a no show thong under tight-fitting skirts.
What is Thong Underwear?
Thongs are a type of women's underwear that rides high on the hips while leaving her derriere completely exposed. Because of this, thongs have acquired the less complimentary name of "butt floss." Strangely enough this crude term is actually a pretty accurate characterization for this women's underwear garment. When first introduced on the market, many women found thong underwear uncomfortable. Since then, manufacturers have cut thongs with a longer rise. Their comfort level is now very high.
Why Wear Thongs?
Many women asked themselves this question when they first came on the market. However, with immediate acceptance came the answers. Though thongs offer very little support or coverage, their minimalist design offers many advantages over traditional panties:
- There are no panty lines.
- Thongs are extremely sexy.
- Provide a great tease under sheer sleepwear.
- Team up nicely with matching bras to make a very sexy lingerie set.
- Makes for an outrageous fashion statement when wearing low-rise jeans. This look is called "The Whale Tail."
- Low rise thongs are a great solution to low rise fashions.
- Most men absolutely love women in sexy thongs because of their revealing nature.
- They can be very comfortable when worn correctly.
How is a Thong Worn?
Thongs were initially thought to be uncomfortable by the masses because when a woman went to put it on, she pulled it up as if she were putting on a brief. Thongs were designed to rest on the hips. So, naturally, women sensed the discomfort of the thong being too high in the crotch. Manufacturers such as Cosabella jumped on the band wagon and lengthened the rise of thongs. In fact, Cosabella thongs were the first comfortable thongs for the masses. Eventually, most women came back, tried on a thong again, and found them more comfortable. Today, with low-rise pants on the market, thongs come in both high-rise and low-rise styles. For example, the Hanky Panky 4811 is a full rise thong. The Hanky Panky 4911 is a low rise thong.
Is a G-String a Thong?
The quick answer is yes. There are actually quite a few variations on this silhouette known as the thong. Here they are:
- G-Strings: What distinguishes this thong style from others look at its back. A g string back is a t shape - where the vertical crotch string intersects with a horizontal waist string. For the confident woman who is willing to practically bare all back there, this is her choice. The most famous and best-selling g-string on the market is the La Perla Sexy Town G-string. It also won The Undie Award for most favorite.
- T-Back: T-backs look like a g string in back, but the waistband and vertical center back panel are wider. The waistband also rides lower - just at the top of a bottoms center line.
- Rio: The rio is similar to the t-back, but the sides tend to have a curve because they crest at the top of the hip, then dive down in front and back to a more low-rise look.
- Tanga: The tanga has a full front panel that is similar to a high-cut brief, and the back is cut so that the lower cheeks of a woman's bottom are exposed. The tanga covers the most of all the thong silhouettes.
What Style Thong Should I Buy?
Whether buying for yourself, or as a gift, here are some thoughts to consider before making your purchase:
- G-Strings are not considered a piece of underwear to be worn all day.
- Rios and tangas can be worn all day.
- For elimination of panty lines, select a thong not made with lace or trims.
- If wanting a thong for everyday wear, find one that is soft, stretches and will not bind.
- For a first-time thong wearer, the best starter thong will be one with a high rise and a wide waistband.
- Women with generous hips will look the best in a rio because of the curvy line it creates around the hips.
- In a man's mind, there is no woman who doesn't look sexy in a thong. So, big or small, get one and test drive it with your man.
- Tidy grooming is a must when wearing any thong style. Make sure your area is clear of arrant hairs before putting one on.
What Should a Thong be Made of?
The type of fabric is mostly a personal preference, but, as usual, there are some things to take into consideration:
- Cotton is always a great choice because it breathes, absorbs and is soft. However, 100% cotton will eventually stretch out-of-shape.
- Stretch is always good. The more your thong stretches, the more comfortable you will feel.
- Any embellishments on a thong will be visible if worn under tight-fitting clothing. If you select lace, make sure it is flat and stretches.
- Silk has the same properties as cotton, but is thinner and feels sexier.
- For total elimination of panty lines, select a thong with die-cut edges.
- Modal fabrics are extremely soft, but the thong should still have a cotton crotch lining.
- Wicking fabrics are also a good choice because they pull moisture away from your body.
What Color Thong Should I Wear?
If you want a totally invisible look, a nude thong is your best answer. A black thong is always the sexiest - with or without lace detailing. The white thong is traditionally worn by brides. Wearing a white thong under white pants will absolutely show. The most popular color is a pink thong. This is probably because a pink thong says you're a girlie girl. Around Valentines Day, a red thong is the choice. Otherwise, wearing a red thong is sending a very sexy message.
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