You should never sell yourself short when it comes to your panties. Like a good fitting bra, the right underwear can make you instantly feel confident and sexy. These six types do that job perfectly, and lingerie stories now offer them in different designs and fabrics. So it may be boyish-looking briefs, but if it comes in see-through fabric? It spices things up a bit for those, ahem, special occasions. Check if you have each kind, and if not, it's time to invest one one.
When to wear it: It is your everyday basic. The fit: A middle ground between the thong and briefs, it has a slim band on the side that hits your hip with a line that’s usually two inches below your navel. The cut is classic and sexy, and comes in a variety of prints, colors, and fabrics.
When to wear it: You want zero panty lines. The fit: The thong should fit your behind to a…T. It should create a smooth line in the back when wearing anything clingy or tight. Despite the fact that it bares your buttocks, you can still get it in different styles, from string to fuller cuts that cover the hips.
Low-rise boy shorts
When to wear it: It’s perfect under short flirty skirts. The fit: Sporty in shape, the hipster or boy shorts perfectly frame the derriere, with full sides and front, but a thong-style base. They’re modest and very comfortable.
Midis boy shorts
When to wear it: You don’t want visible panty lines, but can’t handle a thong. The fit: The midis are hipsters except they have a higher waist, reaching just below your navel to give you fuller coverage in front and behind. They don’t cut across your bottom, but instead, come underneath it.
When to wear it: If you have fuller thighs, this will make your legs look longer. The fit: High-leg briefs have a narrower band on the side and a higher cut, exposing more of the hips. Swimsuits with this cut make legs look longer and slender.
When to wear it: You want full-coverage when you’re wearing a pair of pants or a skirt with a high waistline. The fit: This provides more support at the rear. So it doesn’t go to granny panty territory, opt for full briefs with sexy details or in a body-hugging fabric.
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Photos by Dairy Darilag. A version of this article appeared in the January-February 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines. Edits have been made by Smartparenting.com.ph editors.