Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated April 7, 2021)
Sometimes you have the perfect dress or the perfect pants that go with the perfect top that looks amazing and you have the shoes and the hair and the accessories to make it all come together seamlessly—except for the seams of your panty lines. No matter what you may do, those panty lines sometimes seem like they're a part of your ensemble, making your chic, trendy look crumble. How do you combat the panty line?! How can you rid yourself of tacky and move even more toward trendy?
Sometimes it may seem like the only way to erase the panty line is to wear no panties at all (which is not a viable option for most). One of the more common options of late is the thong, (which I realize is a mere strip of fabric away from no underwear anyway). It covers the bare essentials and because the bare essentials do not include the bottom, there are consequently no panty lines. Magic! However, I, like many of you, do not feel comfortable in a thong and the problem (or perk depending on who you are) is that the thong tends to (or intended to depending on how you look at it) ride up the back, creating a pleasant view for anyone who happens to be sitting behind you. Who doesn't want to see someone's rhinestone studded, chain embellished undergarments?
Now let's seek an alternative to thongs as the solution for panty lines. One of the best ways I've found to eliminate the panty line is to wear panties that don't have a real seam. The edges of the panty are surged, creating a nice, flat seam to your panty that won't show through. Other tips include wearing underwear made of a synthetic fabric as opposed to cotton. Cotton tends to bunch, creating an unpleasant underwear fiasco whereas a synthetic fabric is smooth, allowing your clothes to slide on nicely and leaving the underwear unnoticed. If you want to avoid the thong then go for the low rise panty that covers your entire bottom, again made out of a synthetic fabric. The combination of the smooth fabric and seam lines that lie right where your thigh begins create a panty line-less look. Another less often used trick is mesh boy short underwear. The mesh won't bunch and they don't use traditional seams because of the mesh. One last solution is body shaping underwear. Way more functional and comfortable than a few decades ago, the body shaping garments now go past the expected panty line and give you a smooth look.
So in recap, here's how to avoid the lines:
Here's to no more panty lines and I wish you luck in your panty line squashing endeavors!
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