By: Meagan Neville
We want to know the answer to the question: why do women wear thongs? Which is almost like asking “why do we wear underwear?” It’s simple: it’s a necessary wardrobe staple to align with the needs of our varying wardrobe styles.
It turns out, however, when you ask why do girls wear thongs, it beholds quite a bit of controversy. With strong female insight and opinions on the subject, we decided to look into the pros and cons of this unique piece of underwear.
Just as women come in all beautiful shapes and sizes, so do thongs. Whether you wear a Cheeky Thong, a G-String or a Tanga, at the end of the day, women want to feel good, comfortable, sexy and strong.
THE PROS OF WEARING A THONG:
Many women agree that wearing a thong makes them feel comfortable, especially when wearing yoga pants, jeans, shorts or skirts. There is a perfect balance of comfort and freedom when wearing a thong, so if you pick the right fit and fabric, you are golden.
You can choose from an array of simple, comfortable fabrics for your thong, like satin and lace options, and even cotton. But, if you want a dose of durability and breathability with your comfort, then you’re definitely better off opting for a hemp thong option.
Fabrics with more stretch tend to be most favorable since they allow better movement with you throughout the day. Overall, ladies will opt for a comfortable thong, as long as it feels like wearing nothing at all.
2. REDUCES THE VISIBLE PANTY LINE
What most women want when it comes to underwear is a pair that won’t show any signs of a VPL. You know, that perfect pair for when you’re wearing your favorite tight jeans confident there is no sign of any line. The kind of look that one can really only accomplish while wearing a thong or going commando.
I think we can agree that wearing a thong is way more hygienically friendly than the alternative.
A thong will ensure that you are free and clear of any health issues, skin irritation or odors so when you’re feeling sexy in your clothing, you can be confident that no visual interruptions will be in the way.
A panty line is not something you should have to worry about, so get yourself that thong.
3. SEXINESS FACTOR
Thongs have this magical ability to make you feel super sexy, no matter what you choose to wear over it. And with thongs making a major comeback, I think we are allowed to embrace the confidence that comes along with wearing the controversial piece of underwear.
I’m talking about that feeling when you’re wearing a thong to work, knowing you can run your whole day effortlessly, while exuding confidence and sexiness. Or feeling like you can command the elliptical at the gym while donning your thong. No one needs to know what you have going on underneath your outfit, but it’s just so fun!
It also helps to see an emergence of ladies rocking the thongs, from J.Lo to Bella Hadid, as a way to accept its normalcy. Women like to feel sexy, and they deserve to feel this way.
4. HIP CLEAVAGE
Wearing a thong can accentuate a woman’s hip cleavage, which is the skin roll created at the top and front of the thigh when you bend forward, sit, or kneel. This concept could have easily been part of “Sexiness Factor” but I think it deserves its own attention.
One can achieve this look by wearing a high-waisted thong and pulling the waistband up above the hip bone, in order to let it rest on the skin, exposing the crease between your hip and thigh bones. Hello to the newest member to the cleavage family.
I’m intrigued by this intricate nuance, because as a woman I am in love with all of our parts, both perfect and imperfect. So let’s take the time to respect the beauty of our bodies that, when accentuated by a thong, is pure art in its own right.
THE CONS OF WEARING A THONG:
There is a level of discomfort for ladies who can’t seem to find the right thong, and instead of feeling that barely there feeling, they experience the opposite. Which leaves women on the “cons” side of the thong debate wondering “so, why do women wear thongs? It’s so uncomfortable!”
For some women, they are more comfortable in full coverage for added warmth in the cold weather. For others, it may not be functional for their wardrobe. Why wear a thong when you’re wearing stockings and a skirt all the time? Why go through feeling tight and constricted if you don’t have to?
As many women see it, thongs are a less-than-practical kind of underwear that they prefer not to invest in. How I see it, finding the right underwear is like dating - you have to go through a few bad pairs until you find the right one.
2. HEALTH CONCERNS
Many thongs are made of a less breathable fabric, allowing moisture to be trapped, and increasing your chances of bacteria imbalance, leading to infections.
Since thongs are essentially a very close fitting fabric, nestled right against your lady parts, absorbing every bit of natural and totally normal vaginal discharge, it’s just one of the side effects of wearing a thong.
Depending on how much your body produces and how your body reacts are legitimate reasons as to why some women choose to live thong-less. To reduce and even eliminate these types of health concerns, you can always turn to a natural, more breathable thong option or, find out how to hand wash underwear for the ultimate clean for your thongs.
3. CLOTHING IS TOO CLOSE
Because there are different dyes and additives in our clothing, like jeans for example, there are some residual chemicals that, when worn too close to our body, can have negative effects on our skin. For many women, thongs don’t cut it when it comes to coverage for this reason.
Your skin is your largest organ, and although its main job is to act as a barrier to toxins, it’s also super vulnerable to the problems we face as a result of the clothing we wear, absorbing these not-so-friendly chemicals.
From this perspective, I can see that wearing full coverage underwear is way more protective than a thong.
4. NOT PERIOD FRIENDLY
When you’re rocking a thong, there is virtually no room for a pad or a panty liner. Even tampons can cause some problems.
When you try to wear a pad or a panty liner in a thong during your period, don’t expect much success. A pad will absolutely not sit right, and good luck trying to make sure it does a nice clean up job. Yes, pads are absorbent, but gravity will always win and when that pad is moving all around, everything else will too.
Not only is wearing a pad in a thong uncomfortable and impractical, but it’s also unhealthy. It leaves a higher risk for bacteria to move around, which ultimately can lead to infection. As previously discussed, we don’t like infections.
There are some obvious plus sides to wearing a thong that inevitably comes with some downsides. I think personal preference is key, but if you are looking to feel sexy or try out that hip cleavage, I say go for it!
If you want to play it safe and reduce your chances of getting that UTI, you should consider working with a breathable, anti-bacterial hemp thong. It’s the best way to go.
At the end of the day, it’s always good to keep everything in moderation. You can switch up your underwear styles so not to stick to the same one every day, especially if you’re wearing thongs.
So let’s keep it real, and give us your pros and your cons. Why do you wear a thong?