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Undie Styles: Your Definitive Guide to Types of Women’s Underwear

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Have you ever found yourself browsing for new underwear, a little overwhelmed or confused by all the options?

Some of them basically look the same; others have subtle differences, and even more are very clearly different from others. Or, perhaps you’re less confused and more indifferent about underwear variances, having never given much thought to the differences before.

Either way, it’s good to be educated about these things so you can reach for the best undies every time without hesitation. To make things easy, we’ve compiled a guide to types of women’s underwear and the purposes they serve to meet your underwear needs.

Bikinis vs. Hipsters

These two popular styles are undeniable in their versatility and go-to goodness. While they are similar in shape, bikinis sit right below the hips while hipsters, as their name suggests, fit a bit higher--usually just above the hips and have a wider waistband.

Bikini cuts can include string bikinis and other variations with narrower sides, while hipsters typically offer a bit more coverage. You can easily find cheekier styles (or less cheeky styles) that fall into either category, depending on what you’re looking for. Bikinis and hipsters are incredibly versatile, and can be found in a million different variations of their core cuts and shapes. There are even seamless styles, which can help to eliminate pesky panty lines.

G-String Thongs vs. Regular Thongs

Ah, the thong. What was once a racy lingerie item reserved for special occasions has now become a staple in any woman’s underwear wardrobe. A G-string thong has the most minimal coverage of all undie styles, featuring a single string of fabric down the back and usually around the sides as well. (V-string and T-string are similar to the G-string, with V or T-shaped fabric right at the tailbone).

A “regular” thong is really just any thong that is not a G-string. They can be found in varying fabrics, though lace is a very popular choice as it is breathable and comfortable. Any type of thong style underwear will have little to no coverage in the back, which makes them the ideal choice to wear with those leggings, linen pants, or little black dress that hugs in all the right places.

Briefs vs. Boyshorts

Briefs are the most classic cut, often with a higher waist and more coverage than previously mentioned styles. They aren’t typically very cheeky and lots of brief styles are high-waisted, some with tummy panels to smooth and support.

Boyshorts are a feminine twist on a men’s classic boxer style, with coverage past the cheeks and a hipster waistline. Briefs are an excellent choice if coverage is your concern, as they come in a variety of cuts and lengths to fit your specific undie needs. Boyshorts are a fun, flirty style that may not be best if you’re looking to avoid panty lines, but they are perfect to wear for lounging with just a big t-shirt or a cute cami.

 

Hopefully this guide has given you some info to use next time you’re shopping for new undies or digging through your drawer of current favorites. If you’re in the market, we’ve got a few lacy and seamless styles that are sure to fit right in to any wardrobe.

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