'Granny Panties' Are the New Thong -- Raise Your Hand If You're In!

underwear shoppingWe've all heard you can only wear white after Memorial Day. You dare not wear a bikini without a certain kind of body. And if your underwear isn't a barely-there strip of fabric thought to prevent those unbecoming lines under dress pants, then you're wearing seriously unfashionable "granny panties."


You knew the first two were bunk, but the last one? Also a ridiculous MYTH!

Especially because we now have proof that "granny panties" -- you know the kind that actually feel comfortable to wear, like bikinis, boy shorts, and high-waist "Bridget Jones"-y briefs -- are much more in than thongs these days. Sales of thongs decreased 7 percent over the last year, while sales of fuller styles have grown a collective 17 percent, according to the research company NPD Group.

Can I get a collective "hell yeah"!?

As The New York Times reports, we ladies used to go lingerie shopping thinking about everyone but ourselves. Will your friends approve? More importantly, will your man approve? Is it "hot"? Does it have lace, pearls, any other bells and whistles that have nothing to do with comfort? Ugh!

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Not that there isn't a time or a place for any of that, but when it comes to everyday undies, comfort is key. This is 2015. Who has time for painful panties, lines be damned!?

Not to mention that the high-waisted, high-cut styles that are trending "hark back to a time when different body shapes were in style,” Myla Dalbesio, a size 10 underwear model, tells the NYT.

Guessing she means body shapes with curvaceous hips a la Marilyn Monroe that don't take so kindly to strings or barely-there material that digs into your flesh but look all sorts of gorgeous with a fuller brief?

Even if you're not "hippy," this is fab news for all of us. Dalbesio explains that she hopes this trend toward styles previously dismissed as "granny panties" means the lingerie industry is starting to recognize that “there is not one ‘ideal body,’ but a plethora of them.” Right on!

Further, it seems like it means more of us are buying underwear that makes us feel comfortable and happy with how we feel and look, which I'm sure we can all agree is way sexier than any painful thong could ever be!

How do you feel about granny panties vs. thongs?


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