The iconic underwear that got Sisqo excited all the way back in 1999 has never really gone out of style. Functional, and surprisingly comfortable, these barely-there briefs have been around for almost a century. Which is why we've put together this article all about buying thongs!
Whether you're after a seam-free pair to avoid a VPL under your favourite bodycon dress, or a cheeky g-string for a bit of 'Netflix and chill' we've ranked the top 10 best women's thongs in the UK. With links to buy from ASOS, Amazon and John Lewis, we're here to help you avoid getting a bum-deal on your next pair of pants.
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Perhaps you've never given buying underwear that much thought, or maybe you've already spent far too long trying to decide on which pair to pick? Either way, we're here to share with you a few of our top tips for finding the right thong online!
The word 'thong' is often used colloquially to refer to any form of skimpy underwear that passes between your bum cheeks. Thongs and G-strings may seem similar, but they are actually two distinct styles of undergarment. So before you buy the wrong one, it's important to know the difference between the two.
Thongs are a style of underwear with a half-inch to one-inch strip of fabric at the back. They are designed to be as minimal as possible in order to be discreetly worn underneath garments where a pair of full briefs would be too visible.
Of course, thongs do have a particular allure and there are a plethora of designs intended purely for fashion, or for the bedroom. And not to forget, some women just like the feeling of freedom that comes from less fabric around their nether regions.
G-strings offer a lot less coverage than a thong. These pants have a V-shaped panel of fabric at the front with thin elastic straps, instead of full sides and back. These are the closest to 'going commando' you're going to get, while still maintaining some modesty.
In regards to practical wear, a G-string can be a good choice for wearing under especially tight and fitted clothing, such as leggings or a bodycon dress. That said, your comfort level may vary. As you can imagine, the string at the back has a tendency to move around, which has the potential to quickly become irritating.
This should go without saying, but it's important to maintain proper hygiene down-under. Fabrics that disrupt the delicate eco-system down there can result in some nasty bacterial and yeast infections, so if you're buying a pair for daily wear you'll want to make sure to pick a fabric that's breathable.
Cotton thongs will be the most breathable and come in a range of different knits for comfort and practicality. However, they do tend to absorb sweat. So if you're planning to wear your thong while doing exercise, on a hot day or in a sweaty nightclub, you may want to choose one made from nylon as this fabric will wick away moisture from the body.
Modal is a great choice for daily wear as it provides the same comfort as cotton, is colour fast and won't shrink in the wash. That being said, you don't need to avoid synthetics such as polyester, polyamide and viscose altogether. If you're only planning on only wearing them for a couple of hours, these fabrics can replicate the appearance of silk or lace for some very attractive designs that are more durable and cost-effective.
Buy a thong that's too tight and it'll be cutting you in half, but get one that's too big and you risk it falling down to your ankles on the dance floor. If these sound like scenarios you'd rather avoid, make sure you select the right size.
In general, when buying a thong, the same sizing rules apply as when picking your regular underwear. Although, if you would prefer a little more comfort, you may wish to go a size up.
Even if you know your usual fit, it's never a bad idea to take a look at the sizing chart. Measurements sometimes vary depending on the manufacturer, so you could find the thong you receive runs a tad smaller than expected if you aren't careful.
Many styles are available in multiple colourways. The colour you pick will largely come down to your personal preference. However, there are a few things you might want to take into consideration.
Think about the clothing you're planning to wear it under. Neutral colours and those that match closely to your skin tone will be less likely to show through what you're wearing. A neon pink thong might seem like a fun option, but do you really want it peeking through your yoga pants every time you go into downward dog?
Your colour choices should also be partially influenced by how often you plan to wear it. Patterns and darker colours are likely going to hold up better than whites, light greys or pastel shades, and will be less likely to fade or discolour in the wash.
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If you're looking to re-stock your underwear drawer, you really can't go wrong with these cotton thongs. An almost too-good-to-be-true budget buy, you get 6 pairs for £10.99!
Far from cheaply made, we recommend opting for one of the ribbed multipacks over the other variations. This small design detail not only improves the overall look, helping hide any signs of wear after a few washes, but adds a little more stretch and flexibility. So you can expect a comfortable pair that won't cut in or chafe.
It may not be the immediate underwear choice that comes to mind, but wearing a thong while you exercise does have it's advantages. For sports and physical activity where flexibility is key, you'll be guaranteed a full range of motion. Equally, if you're planning on going for a run or doing a heavy cardio session, you can avoid things getting too sweaty!
We've chosen this pack of sports thongs from UnderArmour to help you smash your next gym session. Made from nylon, these pants will wick away sweat for improved comfort when training.
Without a doubt, this is our top pick for those on the lookout for bedroom attire. This playful piece of lingerie features carefully placed cutouts with elastic strapping, so you can show a bit of skin while leaving just enough to the imagination.
The real cherry on top is the gorgeous embroidered appliqué on the front. It adds a touch of luxury that is in keeping with the tasteful je ne sais quoi of the overall design. Just be aware that although it's named the Sienna 'Thong' it's actually a g-string, which may or may not be what you're looking for.
Sadly, clothing manufacturers don't always take different body shapes into account when offering underwear in various sizes. That's why we've chosen this thong from ASOS' Curve range for ladies who wear sizes 18 - 30.
The high-leg cut is made to flatter a curvier figure and sit correctly on the hip. So you won't have to worry about elastic cutting into your side, or having to pull them up every 5 minutes. With a seam-free design in a dusky mink shade, you'll be able to wear this versatile thong with pretty much anything!
A lace thong doesn't necessarily have to be overly sensuous, or remind one of something out of a Downton Abbey fanfic. This embroidered thong from Lindex is feminine and girly, without looking too juvenile, which makes it the perfect choice for those who prefer more delicate designs.
The beige colour will flatter a range of skin tones, and can be useful to have on hand if you're after a pair of neutral undies to wear under light clothing. It even comes in a wide range of sizes, so you're sure to find the perfect fit!
The 'whale tail' trend may have been left behind in the earls 00s, but having a hint of your undies peeking above your waistband remains in style. And what's more iconic than a pair of Calvins under your favourite jeans?
Although the thick elastic gives off an active-wear vibe, these pants are more for fashion than fitness. The blend of cotton and modal means they'll be super comfy for daily wear and can be safely thrown in the wash.
This is the perfect compromise between shape wear and a thong. Ideal for wear under a body-con dress, it gently nips in the waist to enhance an hourglass silhouette, without feeling as though you've squeezed yourself into your great grandmother's undergarments.
We particularly like the attention to detail. In particular, the mesh paneling gives it an elegant sexiness that's far removed from the usual utilitarian look of shapewear. When paired with the right bra, you're certain to look gorgeous from the bottom up!
We like that these seam-free thongs from Sloggi have a low-rise cut. This makes them an excellent option for wearing underneath your leggings or skinny jeans, without the waistband showing over the top.
The only potential downside is that these thongs are made from polyester. However, as the fibres have been woven into a breathable mesh, you needn't be too worried about trapped moisture or sweat. This fabric choice also provides a minimal profile, allowing them to sit close to the body, almost like a second skin.
Bluebella's Marina thong has a serious vintage-inspired appeal, reminiscent of both burlesque and old Hollywood glamour. It's not as as elaborate as other designs, with a subtle lace trim to artfully draw attention to your curves.
That being said, it could be considered a little pricy for what it is. The lace is certainly much higher quality than many cheaper options. However, this may not be quite enough to justify buying if you're shopping on a budget
If you're looking for a pack of practical undies to avoid a VPL under your favourite fits, these might just be the ones for you. The scalloped hem isn't just there to look pretty, it helps avoid any lumps and bumps caused by thick elastic edging.
However, the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed one particular downside in how these thongs are sold. While we applaud that ASOS chose to include neutrals for a wider range of skin tones, all three come bundled together in one pack. But hey, you could always split them with your mates.
Thongs are a great addition to the lingerie drawer, but there are many more essential pieces that you should consider investing in! Take a look at some of our related articles about underwear to wear during both the night and day.
Whether you landed on this article via an unfortunate typo or not, we hope you've enjoyed reading it. What you wear underneath your clothing, is just as important as what goes on top when it comes to comfort, confidence and style. So it's never a bad idea to invest in the best lingerie!
Author: Wren Mann
No. 1: Knitlord｜Women's Bikini Hipster Thong｜Pack of 6
No. 2: Under Armour ｜Pure Stretch Printed Thong｜Pack of 3
No. 3: Bluebella ｜Sienna Thong
No. 4: ASOS DESIGN Curve ｜Tiggy Seamfree High Leg Thong
No. 5: Lindex｜Ella M Live Embroidered Thong
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