Taking Measurements

Panty Guide

Use this guide to discover how we categorize our different panties. Here you’ll see back shots of our most popular styles. Below we go into more details about each panty style.

The thong is a traditional thong style. There are two major variations of a thong. One variation is a “g-string” commonly associated with the super narrow hip and ‘between the cheeks’ string. Often measuring as little as 0.5cm in width. The other newly more common type of thong is called a “Tanga”. This is a wider at the hip, wider at the top yoke or “y” of the back of the thong. It can also be considered the ‘ultimate cheeky’.

The next common style is the hipster. Usually associated with a ‘cheeky’ cut. The bottoms of the ‘cheeks’ typically spill out on this cut. While the ‘waist’ of the panty sits right on the greatest part of your hips. When measuring your size for hipsters – it’s important to take your hip measurement right at the place where the edge of the panty will hit. This measurement will often be similar to ‘the muffin top measurement’ but typically smaller than the hip measurement at their fullest point.

A classical underwear cut. You have a few variations here. You have the string bikini look, that looks just as it sounds, strings on the sides (0.5cm strap widths) with an inverted triangle cut across the bum. This day in age the bikini often sits at the waist, but a more classical cut would place them at a mid-rise point on the hips, a few inches below the belly button.

This is really a girly version of a boxershort (but of course waaaay sexier). Laying flat boyshorts really take on the shape of a rectangle. They have good coverage of the cheek area, but a skinny boyshort would fit more like a cheeky hipster in the lower half.

The ultimate classic cut. These are typically higher waisted (though in current times they do seem to cut them a little lower). The have a thicker waist band and higher cuts on the leg openings which allows for more stomach coverage as well as moderate to good coverage of the bum.

Now of course there are exceptions to every rule. Check out customer reviews, model shots, and of course the flat images to make the best style choice for you. We encourage customers to try out various cuts/styles from our clearance section to really figure out what style they like best.

And of course, sizing can be a little hit/miss with undies. Whenever buying undies online – reference the model measurements and make sure to take your measurements at the “waist” of the panty (wherever that would fall). Keeping in mind a brief will hit higher on the waist than a hipster which is going to hit pretty low.

The 5 Golden Rules of Online Shopping for Women

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As most women know, online shopping can be quite a gamble. There are perks to ordering online, like cheaper prices and a wider selection than what you can find in stores, but the experience can be as emotionally damaging as it is wasteful if you don’t have a few tips and tricks under your belt. Trying to imagine my short, curvy body fitting into an article of clothing that is advertised on a tall, slender model can be as difficult as trying to imagine tasting the color blue. It can be discouraging for those who are thinking about ordering online, and disappointing for those who do try their luck and receive a package full of ill-fitted insecurities and love handles galore. Fortunately, there is hope! With these golden rules of online shopping for the modern realist, we can say sayonara to sadness fueled by wasted money, feelings of inadequacy, and those really intimate moments you spend looking in the mirror, trying desperately to squeeze into that unforgiving garment of doom.

Rule #1: Measure Yourself (And know what you’re measuring)

Before you buy something online you can look into the sizing chart, which typically includes various body measurements per size, depending on the garment you’re looking into. Every online shopper should invest in a measuring tape so that you can take measurements and see exactly which sizing category you fall into. Some of the measuring terms can be confusing, so it’s important to understand the meaning of the different body parts. For example, your hips are typically the lowest, widest part of your torso, while your waist is the higher, slimmest part of your torso. Also, be sure to measure yourself accurately! It’s better to put your pride aside before you order so that you don’t have to deal with the disappointment later. When taking measurements, be sure to pull the tape tight enough so that it doesn’t sag, but loose enough so that there are no muffin tops around the tape.

Rule #2: If you see model measurements, trust them! They’re there to help!

Some company’s include the model’s measurements along with the sizing information. If it’s there, trust it! Even if your measurements don’t match the models, it’s a good point of reference to guide your buying decision. If you’re feeling really unsure, try contacting the seller for advice on which size to order. They’ll appreciate your interest in their products, and you’ll go into the purchase feeling much more sure that you made the right choice!

Rule #3: Take fabric type into consideration

Fabric type is crucial to the fit of a garment, and it’s important to know which fabrics act in which ways. Let’s take chiffon, for example. There is no room for forgiveness in a garment made of chiffon because it doesn’t stretch at all. A garment made of cotton and spandex, on the other hand, allows for much more flexibility. Fabrics that include higher percentages of stretchy material (8% or higher), spandex, also tend to have a more retentive feel, and can aid in “sucking” you in. In addition, knitted materials typically do stretch, while woven materials do not. A simple google search of the exact fabric composition of a garment can give you lots of helpful insight to the way the material will act before you buy it.  

Rule #4: Be realistic– know your body, and own it!

This rule is more of a life rule, but is extremely relevant when buying clothes online. It’s important to know yourself and be realistic about the types of clothing that work with your body type rather than against it. I can’t tell you how many bad reviews I’ve read that were written by unhappy customers who have 40D busts and were trying to rock a flimsy lace bralette that offers no support whatsoever. Leave wishful thinking for shopping in stores that have fitting rooms and avoid feeling badly about not fitting into clothes that simply were not meant for your body type. Embrace your body, no matter what size, and don’t compare yourself to unobtainable or unrealistic standards. When all else fails, keep in mind that most companies have a return policy!

Rule #5: Look into the reviews and write some of your own!

Reading the reviews for clothing you’re interested in ordering is a surefire way to get a better idea of the item. Learn from your fellow online shoppers’ mistakes, and do your part by writing reviews for products that you order, whether they were successful buys or not. If you feel comfortable, include information such as your height, weight, dress size, body measurements, and the size you ordered. Together, we can help each other out and get rid of online shopping’s bad reputation once and for all!