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Guide to Thongs & G Strings

Whether for form or function, thongs are a popular mainstay of many women's lingerie drawer. Thongs were once the domain of exotic dancers. Now, these skimpy panties are the lingerie of choice for everyone from teens to mature women.

Thongs are a special type of underwear that ride high on the hips and leave the bottom almost completely exposed. Some people jokingly refer to them as "butt floss." As tacky as that sounds, it is a fairly accurate description of this type of underwear. They can be uncomfortable or barely noticeable, depending on the type and material chosen.

Why Wear a Thong?

For people who have never worn thongs, they seem a silly choice of undergarment. After all, they offer little in the way of support or coverage. Still, there are some perfectly logical reasons to wear the itty-bitty panties:

Thongs eliminate panty lines.

Thongs can be a sexy alternative to teddies.

Thongs are an attractive addition to sheer nighties.

When paired with decorative bras, thongs make a pretty lingerie set.

For the very young and very adventurous, thongs make a bold fashion statement underneath low-rise jeans.

Many men fantasize about seeing "their women" in revealing panties.

Thongs can inject a bit of spice into the love life.

Types & Styles of Thongs

Although the issue seems pretty straight-forward at first glance, there are actually several varieties of bottom-baring lingerie:

G-String: When people refer to butt floss, they are picturing a g-string. Featuring little more than a triangle in the front and a thin string around the hips and between the cheeks.

Chip G String: A very small G String with a small, low cut front panel.

Micro G String: This is probably the smallest G String currently available. A bikini wax is definitely recommended for this tiniest of thongs.

Half Back: More coverage than a traditional T Back thong but les than a full back bikini.

Micro Thong: This thong had G String sides, thong back and chip cut front panel.

Quick Release Thong: Traditional style thong with side clips for easy exit. This thong is an exotic dancer favorite.

SJ Thong: Like a traditional thong but with skinny sides like a G String.

T-Back: T-backs offer more coverage than g-strings, and the side straps stretch straight across the top of the buttocks. From the back, the straps resemble the letter "T."

Rio: The Rio is similar to the T-back, except the side straps rise above the hips.

Tanga: The tanga exposes the bottom of the butt cheeks, but covers everything else.


Special Considerations When Buying a Thong

Whether you are considering thongs for yourself or as a gift, there are a few shopping considerations.

What Kind to Buy?

G-Strings are generally not comfortable enough for all-day use.

Rios or Tangas are more comfortable for regular use.

For elimination of panty lines, T-backs are highly effective.

If you are buying panties to wear for everyday use, buy the softest, most comfortable material you can find.

For a first-timer, Tanga cut panties and Rio cut panties offer a gentle initiation into the world of sexy panties.

For a woman concerned about the size of her hips, Rio cut panties are generally more forgiving. (Just a tip, though: if you are baring your bottom, he will definitely not be critiquing your hips!)

G-strings and others with little frontal coverage may require a close shave or Brazilian wax.


Thongs are available in a wide variety of materials. The type you buy is largely a matter of personal preference, but there are a few things to consider:

For everyday use, cotton is a safer choice. Cotton is a breathable fabric and lessens the risk of infection.

For special occasions or intimate moments, silk is a sensual choice.

For elimination of panty lines, Lycra and thin cotton are good choices.

For a daring night-time look, PVC or leather are possibilities.



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