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.
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.
Now you hopefully have a better idea of what to look for when comparing options online, let's get onto the recommendations. From shapewear, to cotton multipacks, it's time to find out which thongs made our ranking list of the top 10 best in the UK!
Pack of 3
|Size Range||XS - L (UK 4 - 18)|
|Colours Available||Beige mink, brown|
|Size Range||UK 8 - 18|
Pack of 2
|Fabric||Polyester, elastane, cotton|
|Size Range||XS - L, 3XL|
|Colours Available||Blue and pink, grey and black|
|Size Range||S - XL|
|Colours Available||Black, nude|
|Fabric||Cotton, modal, elastane|
|Size Range||XS - L|
|Colours Available||Grey, black|
|Size Range||XXS - 6XL|
|Fabric||Polyamide, elastane (100 % cotton gusset liner)|
|Size Range||UK 18 - 30|
|Size Range||UK 8 - 16|
Pack of 3
|Size Range||XS - L|
|Colours Available||Seaglass Blue, Enamel Blue|
Pack of 6
|Size Range||S - XL|
|Colours Available||Pink, white, grey, dark grey, light blue, light green, black|
ASOS DESIGN Curve
Women's Bikini Hipster Thong
Pure Stretch Printed Thong
Tiggy Seamfree High Leg Thong
Ella M Live Embroidered Thong
Modern Cotton Thong
Firm Control High Waist Shaper Thong
Scallop Microfibre Thong
Best Affordable Thongs for Daily Wear
Moisture-Wicking Thongs for Fitness Enthusiasts
Intricate Lingerie With Bedroom Appeal
A Versatile Thong Designed With Curves in Mind
A Delicate and Feminine Contemporary Lace Thong
Classic Calvins Provide a Sportier Look
A Waist-Cinching Shaper for Dynamite Curves
Low-Rise Undies With a Seam-Free Fit
A Subtle Lace Thong for Vintage Glamour
Say Goodbye to Your VPL Woes
|Fabric||Cotton, elastane||Nylon, elastane||Polyester, elastane||Polyamide, elastane (100 % cotton gusset liner)||Polyamide, elastane||Cotton, modal, elastane||Nylon, elastane||Polyester, elastane, cotton||Viscose||Polyester, elastane|
|Size Range||S - XL||XS - L||UK 8 - 16||UK 18 - 30||XXS - 6XL||XS - L||S - XL||XS - L, 3XL||UK 8 - 18||XS - L (UK 4 - 18)|
|Colours Available||Pink, white, grey, dark grey, light blue, light green, black||Seaglass Blue, Enamel Blue||Black||Mink||Beige||Grey, black||Black, nude||Blue and pink, grey and black||Black||Beige mink, brown|
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
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