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Panties: A Buying Guide For Women

panties : buying guide for women

Panties are the most common and widely used undergarments and are mostly used by girls and women. They are also known as pants, undies, or knickers.

 Generally, panties have an elastic waistband, crotch panel which is usually lined with high absorbent materials and has a pair of leg opening. Most of the fabric used is breathable which allows the air to pass. They are available in a wide range of colors, designs and fabrics. 

Apart from very basic their are high-end fashionable panties which will make you feel fashionable and excited.

Types of Painties

type of panties

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  • Classic Brief:
    These are both high rise and thick sides also known as Full Brief. These types of panties provide complete front, back, and side coverage.
    They are best to wear with high- waist outfits for the smooth and flat silhouette. The most common fabrics used for briefs are cotton, microfiber, and nylon. They are generally very comfortable.
  • High Cut Brief:
    Also Known as French Cut Briefs. These briefs offer full coverage on the front and back, but the high cut of the thigh means they end at the hip crease.
    It has the same high waist as a classic brief but with high cut leg openings. The wider leg openings and minimal side coverage are great for wearing with form-fitting outfits. Fabrics commonly used range from mesh to microfiber.
  • Control Brief:
    These are like regular classic brief and has a slightly thicker waistline band with an added function of shape-wear.
    The waist portion of the brief tighter and provide compression under the belly button area. In some styles, these goes as high as under the breasts.
     It provides a flat waist line and wears under body-con skirts, rights, and leggings for smooth silhouette around your abdomen.
  • Hipster:
    This underwear has a low rise in the front and back and wider sides to cover the hips. It provides coverage ranging from minimal to moderate which making them a good choice for professional, comfortable, or saucy outfits.
     The waistband on hipster underwear sits on the hips, a couple of inches below the waist, and have low-cut leg holes. They come in a range of fabrics for comfort and style including lace, mesh, cotton, and microfiber. Best to wear with low waist jeans and pants.
  • Bikinis:
    Bikinis are a type of underwear that has a higher cut leg, thin sides, and low rise to offer less coverage for your butt with less waist coverage than briefs. The waistband sits 2-3 inches below the waist. They also come in string bikini form, in which the leg holes are constructed with a thin string of fabric.
    They can come in the same comfy fabrics as briefs (cotton, microfiber, and nylon), but also the more delicate ones like lace and argyle mesh. Depending on the fabric bikini underwear types are super versatile.
    You can wear them with anything from your favorite pair of jeans to a mini skirt.
  • Boy Shorts:
    Boy Shorts are inspired by men’s boxers briefs as the name indicates.They have a longer cut that runs to the tops of the thighs. They take on a more rectangular shape than most panties and are similar to the hipster, the key difference being that they have a lower-cut leg. Some legs go down as low as the thigh.
    Generally, these are very comfortable, good coverage, and close-fitting. They can be worn under dresses and skirts and if they are long enough they can be used as lounge wear and sleepwear. They are a good choice for lounging around the house with Body bra.
     Most fabrics used are cotton, microfiber, and nylon.
  • Tanga Brief:
    These types of underwear provide moderate to minimal coverage and have back coverage that is more than a thong but narrower than a bikini. They are a good option if you want something between a bikini and a thong. It has a thin waistline band and a bikini-like leg opening. Good to wear with body-con skirts, tights, and leggings. Fabrics used are mesh, cotton, microfiber, and some time mixed polyesters.
  • Thong:
    Thong underwear uses minimal fabric to make an understated underwear style. The underwear is revealing, comfortable, and body and back-hugging, perfect for wearing under tight and form-fitting clothing. It’s a smooth, sleek style of underwear that is highly comfortable. Thongs are made for super minimal coverage to avoid visible panty lines, with a T-shape string in the back. Like the bikini, it sits three inches below the waist with the sides usually hitting right at or above the hip bone. They come in a variety of fabrics, from cotton to lace, so that you can wear them every day and on special occasions. Good to wear with body-con skirts, tights, and leggings.
  • G-String:
    It is designed to provide a minimum amount of coverage on the front, back, and side. Waistbands are string or string-like elastic bands. G-strings tend to be made with more delicate fabrics, including lace and satin. It not very comfortable with pants and some other type of jeans, denim, like outfits. It is good with tights and leggings and used when you want to avoid any visible panty line.

Fabrics Used For Panties

  • Cotton:
    Cotton is considered to be the most healthy fabric for any inner-wear. They are lightweight, soft breathable, natural. It can be used in everyday life and are fairly less expensive than any other fabric. Cotton panties are best with office wear, lounge-wear, and sleepwear. It holds sweat and water which makes it unsuitable while swimming or exercise.
  • Nylon/Polyester :
    These two synthetic materials are ideal for active-wear, making them the right fabric for underwear to use while exercising. They wick moisture away from the body, reducing the risk of rashes, chafing, and infections. It is highly durable, comfortable, less prone to sagging than cotton, and ideal for bikinis and sports underwear. Best of all, they can help to slim down your form. Nylon and Polyester are both more likely to cause irritation, rashes, and infection. Wear synthetic underwear when at the beach, swimming, or working out, and change back into cotton underwear as soon as possible.Best of all, they can help to slim down your form.When polyester is blended with spandex, it provides better support and shape retention than cotton.Nylon tends to be lighter and smoother than polyester and cotton.
  • Silk :
    Silk is a slippery fabric that slides all over the place. They lightweight traps heat near your body and feel soft and luxurious against your skin. It is the ideal fabric to use for sleepwear. Silk is costly and lacks durability. It also traps moisture against your skin and raises your risk of infections. Silk is extremely smooth, soft, lightweight, breathable and cool to the touch, making this fabric an excellent choice for hotter weather and  dries more quickly than cotton.
  • Lace :
    Earlier lace used to be thick but now they are soft and comfortable to wear. You can get lace made from cotton with other synthetic fibers. High-quality lace will also be more durable than other materials.
  • Satin Panties:
    Glossy and extremely smooth to the touch, satin is a lightweight fabric comprised of polyester, nylon, cotton, or a combination of different fibers. Satin is generally a more affordable alternative to silk. Because of its luster and a smooth hand, satin is a popular choice for women’s lingerie. Satin panties should be hand washed and line dry

10 Points To consider On Panties

  • Check your size:
    Size is the most important factor before selecting any panties. To start, check your waist size, and also the HIP SIZE.
  • Different brands may have different sizes:
    Compare the size of different brands. There are big variations in sizes from brands to brands. Check the measurement a select the size which matches your hip and waist size.
  • Have variety:
    Select panties that suit your clothing style and are comfortable. Have 2-3 different style at-least to match your lifestyle.
  • Chose the right fit:
    Having too loose or too tight. Check the waistband and leg opening bands. They can be very uncomfortable sometimes.
  • Consider your body type.
  • Consider your Activity Level. Avoid Thongs When You’re Working Out. Well-fitting, moisture-winking underwear is best for working out.
  • Ventilation matter:
    Consider airflow and check the fabrics. For a short time, it may not matter much but if the airflow is restricted for too long it may cause infections.
  • Change regularly:
    Always use clean and dry undergarments. Change as soon as possible if it gets wet due to sweat and after active exercise. Consider replacing your underwear every year.
  • Seamless panties:
     These are better as they do not put any extra marks and pressure due to the elastic band and they are quite comfortable. Seamless Styles Are The Most Comforting On Your Skin
  • Have cotton underwear:
    The best and most comfortable fabric is cotton. Most experts recommended using cotton fabric for undergarments. These are good to use during sleep. If possible sleep commando

Mistakes You Should Avoid While Using Panties

  • Not wearing cotton:
    Most of the fabrics such as synthetic fabrics and silk are not breathable and their moisture holding capacity is very less. These increase the risk of infections. Cotton fabrics are both breathable and can hold moisture and hence reduce the risk. You should at least have some cotton panties in your collections.
  • Wearing thongs:
    Thongs can be good options when you want to avoid panties line but have some negative side as far as health is concern as it may be depositing colonic bacteria into your vagina or urethra.
  • Wearing the wrong size:
    Not having the correct size is the most common mistake. Wearing lose is uncomfortable and as good as wearing nothing. Wearing too tight is an even worse mistake. It will cause irritations and infections apart from being uncomfortable. Tight undergarments restrict airflow. 
  • Wearing the wrong during exercise or workout:
    Using synthetic fabric or wearing too tight undergarments both can be uncomfortable and unhygienic.You need panties, which are breathable, can hold moisture, and are breathable. Avoid cotton and go for fabric which is moisture-winking and breathable.
  • Not changing panties daily and after the workout:
    Using the same undergarments for 2-3 days or after workout increase the chances of infection many folds. Wearing sweat-soaked undergarments is not only uncomfortable but also promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast. This condition causes rashes and friction to cut on skin.
  • Using the wrong detergent:
    Panties and other undergarments are made from delicate fabric that can be damaged by the strong detergent. Use hypoallergenic detergent.
  • Wearing the wrong design:
    There are cuts and designs, which may not be comfortable and can, put rashes on your skin. Always select the right cut for your body.
  • Wearing the wrong cut for your outfit:
    Select panties considering the outfit which you are going to wear. Have a few different types of panties to match your outfit.
  • Wearing underwear that is too thin:
     Wearing thin panties can be uncomfortable. Thin undergarment keeps shifting to an unwanted area. Select thicker fabric, which will be more comfortable.

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