Like Brazilian waxes and sex toys, the thong is not for everyone. But it can serve a purpose—and no, it's not peeking out from low-slung jeans, flashing too much information.
Step 1: Understand purpose Understand that there is a practical purpose for the thong. Though it's sometimes worn to turn up the heat in the bedroom, many women wear the cheek-exposing briefs to avoid panty lines under close-fitting skirts and pants.
Step 2: Think of thong as panty When considering fit, think of the thong like any other panty. If it's too small it could cut off your circulation; if it's too big, it could bunch in the front or sit above your waist.
Step 3: Choose one that will stay hidden Thongs come in lots of different cuts, like high-waisted, g-string, hip huggers, low-rise—even crotchless. Choose one that works best for you, and that will stay hidden below your waistline.
TIP: Since a thong is meant to be discreet, announcing itself every time you bend over defeats the purpose—and just looks tacky.
Step 4: Choose the fabric Choose the fabric you prefer. For everyday underwear, stick to 100% cotton. There are also thongs made from cotton and spandex blends, cotton and Lycra blends, nylon and spandex microfiber, silk knits, mesh, and—although notoriously itchy—lace.
TIP: Thongs can chafe—and encourage yeast infections, so avoid wearing them to sleep.
Step 5: Consider color or pattern Consider the color or pattern of the thong.The point is to make your underwear invisible through your clothes, so if you need a thong to wear with a white skirt, we beg you: don't pick a hot pink thong.
Step 6: Give it time Comfort isn't the main function of a thong, so if you've never worn one, you'll have to get used to having what at first feels like a wedgie. Give it time, and you'll stop noticing anything—except how smoothly your skirts lie!
FACT: The modern-day thong was probably introduced in 1939, when New York City mayor LaGuardia decreed that exotic dancers cover up for the World's Fair.