Women's Guide To Panties

Different Styles of Underwear for Women

Women have several different styles of underwear to choose from when shopping. Obviously, there are some styles are a better fit for some women compared to others. Unfortunately, most women don’t know what kind of underwear style is the best fit until they try it on and wear the underwear. Other styles are obviously more comfortable than others. Ultimately, good-fitting underwear, no matter the style or brand, shouldn't accentuate a bulge and panty lines are always a no-no. Many of today's styles now offer seamless options, so wearing them from work, to workout, to dinner, or club is literally seamless. 


Also known as, "granny panties," this style of brief underwear provides full coverage and a high waistband. It isn’t the most attractive pair of underwear, but it is the most comfortable for many women. One drawback of this style is that the high waistband is visible above low-rise jeans and trousers.

French Cut

Also sometimes referred to as "high-cut," French cut underwear has the same high waist as the brief, but it features high cut leg holes that rise just above the widest part of the thigh. Some women prefer this style of cut as the elastic band around the lower leg holes can be tight and uncomfortable.

High Cut

These are different from the French cut underwear. They are high cut in the leg holes, and the waistband also sits about one and a half inches below the wearer’s natural waist. This style provides more comfort for the wearer than other styles that provide less coverage, but is also less visible underneath clothing than styles that provide more coverage.


This underwear isn’t worn solely by hipster girls; it’s actually named for the way the waistband sits a full two inches below the waist on the hips. The hipster features low cut leg holes and also provides full coverage. They are excellent for women who like to wear low-rise jeans and trousers.


This style is modeled after men’s briefs and has a rectangular shape like a fitted boxer. The waistband sits below the waist, and the pants have a low cut leg. In fact, some styles of boyshorts may have legs that extend a short way down the thigh, making them a good option for wearing all day long.


This pair of underpants is modeled after women’s swimwear bikini bottoms. The waistband sits a full three inches below the waist. It also has very high cut leg holes. These provide little coverage, but are less visible underneath clothing.

String Bikini

The string bikini style of underwear is modeled after women’s string bikinis swimwear. They also sit a full three inches below the waist. However, the leg holes are constructed with a thin string of fabric on other side of the bikini. The front and back of the string bikini looks like a triangle of fabric.


This style provides a bare minimum amount of coverage and is usually preferred underneath form-fitting clothing. The waistband sits 3 inches below the natural waist, and the sides and back of the underwear are composed of three strips of fabric. The front of the thong forms a T-shape of fabric. Thongs are a great style choice when minimum coverage is a preference or necessity. Again, just make sure to have the right fit. Stretchy material only goes so far.


The tanga provides full coverage in the back, but has no sides. The front and back pieces attach directly to the waistband, which sits slightly below the natural waist.

G String

G-string is a type of thong, a narrow piece of fabric, leather, or satin that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a band around the hips. A G-string can be both worn by men and women.  As underwear, a G-string may be worn in preference to panties to avoid creation of a visible panty line, or to briefs in order to enhance sex-appeal.

The two terms G-string and thong are sometimes used interchangeably; however, technically they refer to different pieces of clothing.


As narrow as a G-string, but without the supporting "string" around the wearer's hips/panty line, leaving just a sideways C shaped piece between the legs. This is held in place firmly by a flexible internal frame. Since there is no material around the waist, the C-string completely eliminates the panty lines which thongs and other underwear create. C-strings are also designed for use as beachwear, which reduces the tan lines that would have been left by the side straps of even a G or V-String.


A more conservative style called a cheeky covers a little more area, but exposes the bottom part of the buttocks. Some cheekies are used as undergarments while others function as bikini bottoms. Often they have a band at the waist.


Maebari are strapless Japanese loincloth garments in the form of an adhesive strip covering the genitalia. Maebari are attached like pasties and because they do not have a clamping frame extension past the perineum (unlike the c-string design), the anus area is usually left exposed. Although conventional use for maebari in Japan is as underwear, in foreign swimwear designs named strapless bikini or no string bikini by various manufacturers, maebari-style bottoms are used with matching pasties 


Women’s Underwear Sizes

Most manufacturers in the United States rely on a standard sizing chart for their underwear styles. While the sizing between manufacturers isn’t always going to be an exact match, women can usually expect sizes to be roughly the same between brands. Packages of underwear sold by many manufacturers feature a "panty size," which is usually a number that women can remember when buying more underwear in the future.






















29-32 inches

33-35 inches

36-38 inches

39-41 inches

42-44 inches

45-47 inches

48-50 inches

51-53 inches

54-56 inches


20-22 inches

23-25 inches

26-28 inches

29-31 inches

32-34 inches

35-37 inches

39-41 inches

42-44 inches

45-47 inches

Most underwear packaging focuses on waist measurements in indicating what panty size women should buy. However, it’s important to know hip measurements when purchasing certain types of underwear.

Measuring to Find the Right Size

Finding hip and waist measurements is not difficult. All a woman needs is a pencil, paper, and some measuring tape. These measurements are easy to take in privacy and refer to later when shopping.


Stand straight and wrap the measuring tape around the waist where it is most comfortable to wear the waistband of underwear. This is usually about an inch below the navel. Pull the tape snug, but not tight, and record the number of inches.


Stand straight with legs together. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the hips. Pull the tape snug, but not tight. Record the number of inches.


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