Panty Styles

and when to wear them

Bikini

Modelled after bikini bottoms, this underwear’s waistband sits three inches below the waist, and the style has a very high-cut leg.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
Under anything

Boy Leg

Modeled after men’s briefs, they take on a more rectangular shape than most panties. Similar to the hipster, the key difference is that they have a lower-cut leg. In fact, some styles’ legs extend a short way down the thigh.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
Under form fitting clothes or as loungewear.

French Cut

Popularised in the 80s, thanks to Jane Fonda’s exercise videos. They have the same high waist as the classic brief, but with a high-cut leg that rise just above the widest part of the thigh, which is often better for circulation.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
If you are Miley Cyrus. Or if you want the coverage of a brief but find the elastic band around the leg uncomfortable.

Full Brief

Commonly identified by the colloquial term “granny panties,” this undergarment provides full coverage and a high waistband.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
Limit them to your high-waisted pants or for, you know, that time of the month.

Hipster

Named for how they hug the hips, this styles waistband sits two inches below the waist. Hipsters have a low cut leg.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
Under low-rise pants.

Thong

This is the style most often sought when needing an undergarment for formfitting clothing, like tight skirts or dresses, because it provides no coverage on the butt — and thus no panty lines. Like the bikini, it sits three inches below the waist.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
Under formfitting clothes.

G String

There’s little to the G-string panty. Like the thong, there’s no rear coverage, and this style also provides little up front, where it forms a T shape of fabric. The front and back pieces attach directly to the waistband.

 

WHEN TO WEAR THEM:
To your next hot date? Because thongs and even boy shorts often provide a seamless look underneath clothes, it’s rarely necessary to require a G-string.