Underwear Etiquette (Part 1)

Like the air we breathe and the water we drink, underwear is a part of life so ubiquitous that it often goes unnoticed. I’m not letting another year pass with so many of you unclear about your underpinnings. It’s about time we put a stop to the visible panty lines while keeping you up to date with your underwear terminology.


Most people confuse a G-string and a regular Thong. While this confusion is understandable, in lingerie world the two terms aren’t interchangeable. G-strings (sometimes called V-strings) are the skimpiest of skimpy underwear choices. G-strings are usually a small triangle of fabric in the front, and just elastic or straps everywhere else.

G-strings are useful under body-con dresses and skirts, where you might otherwise go commando but aren’t quite down with that program.

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Similar to G-strings, thongs are slightly thicker on the band, with a little more coverage on the front and back triangles, considered, by some to be the G-string’s more comfortable counterpart

It’s also widely regarded as a preventative measure for VPL (visible panty lines). The minimal underwear option is designed to sit seamlessly under your clothes. These should be your best friend when it comes to quashing VPL.



Briefs don’t have the sexiest connotation. So what? They are absolutely gorgeous and, unless you’re trying to hide panty lines, are great for every day. They are similar to bikinis, but they offer a more traditional cut and extra coverage.

While not as seamless under fitted clothes as a thong, briefs work nicely under jeans and short skirts or dresses that aren’t as figure hugging.



Think of this panty style as a middle ground between thongs and briefs. Typically slim on the sides, and with just enough on the behind to offer some coverage.

A bikini is not only very sexy, but another great option for a less visible finish. The skivvy has a low-slung, cool vibe that’s perfect when layered under denim.


Boy shorts

As far as underwear goes, boy-shorts are the more modest options. Modeled after men’s briefs, they perfectly frame the derriere, with full sides and front, but a thong-style base. Not only are they usually mega comfortable, depending on the fabric and fit, boy-shorts can usually serve the same function as thongs under clothing.

The covered-up silhouette can often be worn with form-fitting clothes without any dreaded VPL. They work especially well layered beneath short, fluttery skirts on windy days when you don’t want to moon the world with your Marilyn moment.


High waist

High-waisted underwear “granny panty” has enjoyed a revival in recent fashion seasons and is often an intentional fashion statement these days. The retro silhouette sits higher than standard briefs at your natural waist. Just like a classic brief, it has full coverage across the behind and front for easy comfort.

The silhouette is especially practical when wearing garments that look best with smooth lines underneath and it can also serve the dual purpose of shape-wear.

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From G-strings to high-waist, we should all own at least a pair of each.

Stay fab and flawless

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4 thoughts on “Underwear Etiquette (Part 1)”

  1. Thank misnessah! This is good. I’ve had people recommend the pantylineless panties, made of stretchy material to me (from Woolworths I think). What do you think of those?

    1. Those are real good hey. Haven’t tried them myself but if you get just the right size they look as good at a thong. No traces of pantylines at all!
      Thanks for reading friend 😊

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