Wearing a Thong? 5 Things to Keep in Mind

Underwear lines can be rather pesky, revealing themselves beneath our favorite fitted pants, dresses and skirts.  

So whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or want to look professional at work, it's important to know how to get rid of underwear lines. And when wearing tight pants and loose, breezy dresses, thong panties are a fantastic way to keep underwear lines discreet. 

However, not every woman is keen on the idea of thongs. Whether it's due to their reputation for being uncomfortable or the fact that they've adopted unfortunate monikers such as "butt floss" and "whale tail", women tend to steer away from trying thongs. But it's important to know that these reputations are quite overblown. When chosen correctly, a thong can actually be comfortable, classy and sophisticated.

Want to try a thong to get rid of those underwear lines? Here are five things to keep in mind. 

1. Find the Right Thong for You

Although many people understand the general concept of thongs, this underwear actually comes in several styles. You may even have heard of specific names like "g-strings". But really, what's the difference? We'll break it down and offer some guidance on how to choose the right thong fit for you. 

  • Traditional thongs-Traditional thongs typically have a wide waistband that supports a narrow strip of fabric between the cheeks with full frontal coverage. 
  • G-string thongs-These thongs have a narrower ¼-inch strip of waistband (usually made of elastic), along with a thin fabric between the buttocks and a small triangle strip in front. 
  • Tanga/samba thongs-Crossed between standard panties and a traditional thong with a thicker waistband, this thong style offers extra fabric above the cheeks, while still leaving your bum exposed to prevent panty lines.

If wearing a thong for the first time, start with a tanga/samba first. It will still hide your panty lines without that "wedgie" feeling. 

2. Thongs Are More Comfortable Than They Appear

While thongs are not for everyone, they are more comfortable than they appear. (Although they may take some getting used to.) Yes, the fabric slides up between your bum like getting a wedgie, but you get accustomed to it rather quickly. In fact, many thong lovers argue that thongs (more so, g-strings!) are one of the most comfortable panties due to the lack of fabric that can easily become bunched or saggy. 

As mentioned, though, thongs take some getting used to, so don't give up after just one day. Your first-time thong may cause some initial discomfort, but after a few days, we know you'll become a thong lover for life! 

3. Pay Attention to Thong Fabrics

When picking out a thong, pay attention to the fabric. Like all panties, thongs are designed in anything from lace to spandex. And some are more comfortable than others. You don't want an irritating fabric or synthetics, which could lead to chafing, trapped heat, moisture or worse.

Cotton thongs are the most breathable, which offer good hygiene (more about that later). Leonisa offers thongs made in a variety of fabrics, but they offer cotton gussets to keep you fresh. 

Lace thongs offer a stretchier, more forgiving option that reduces "muffin tops" often caused by thin elastic bands like that of a g-string. If wearing a g-string, lace fabric is a fantastic choice. That being said, lace thongs tend to reveal a texture beneath tight bottoms.

Silk and satin thongs offer a sensual texture for bridalwear and honeymoon lingerie, or any other time you simply want to feel sexy. 

4. Always Check Your Thong Rise

Thongs tend to rise above the belt line when you sit, bend over or squat, creating what is known as a "whale tail". To avoid, always test out a thong in front of a mirror to test its rise. If the thong rises, there are some ways to avoid it or prevent it from being seen. 

  • Try on a different size
  • Switch styles (example: from g-string to samba)
  • Avoid low-rise jeans or shorts
  • Wear a belt
  • Wear a long shirt

As you sit, bend, squat, etc., subtly check your thong rise, tucking it in if it's exposed. 

5. Wear Thongs Safely

As mentioned, cotton thongs and cotton gussets are the healthiest, most breathable options for your private parts. But there are still more good hygiene tips we'd like to share.

  • Change thongs daily-Because they reach the anus and vagina, shifting thongs spread bacteria (which can cause infections!) faster than average underwear. For most ladies, this isn't an issue. But if yeast or bacterial infections occur, change thongs more frequently.
  • Rotate thongs with other underwear-Don't just change your thong daily, but switch into different underwear. Even if you love thongs, wear them when you really need to avoid panty lines with a certain outfit or dress, not at places like the gym or as you wear jeans. You should also avoid thongs when you're sick or on your period.
  • Choose a larger thong size-Go up a size instead of sticking with your regular undie size. A larger thong size can offer more comfort and offer some breathability. Choosing the wrong thong size is one reason many women find them initially uncomfortable. 

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