Friday, 22 June 2012
What do cool modern women wear under their clothes? Not thongs apparently. The “triangle and a few strings” staple of the underwear drawer has been chased away by boy shorts and French lace. But are you jumping on the underwear bandwagon?
Everyone’s got a little lingerie nostalgia. Well I do anyway. I had a special pair of aqua green Thursday “briefs” (the cute way of saying childish granny pants) which I wore the day I finished second in my regional cross country race at the age of nine. Eight years later I wore my lucky Thursday briefs to all my end of year exams. I still have them in a box somewhere, a washed out memento of my childhood achievements.
But back to thongs/ G-strings (I’m using the terms interchangeably, but if you want to know the difference look here). The only reason G-strings really became cool was the boom in female “How tight are your pants?” competitions, towards the end of the 20th century. The tight trend was followed by the slightly tawdry “How low can you go?” era, where everyone wore their G-strings high and proud.
I always found it very apt that Australians called flip flops “thongs”. You know that horrible bit that goes between your toes and is a guaranteed blister generator? It’s the shoe equivalent of a night wearing a thong: Absolutely torturous.
As you can maybe tell I was never a thong fan. In fact I’ve been known to go commando to avoid the infamous VPL, without feeling like Moses is trying to part the Red Sea between my butt cheeks.
And from what Cosmopolitan’s reporting, I’m not alone. Women everywhere are trading in their G-strings for a bit more coverage. French knickers are doing what Napoleon didn’t quite manage, and assuming worldwide domination. And boy shorts, complete with NVPL (No visible pant line) technology are killing it in the stores.
This from Guido Campello, vice president of branding and innovation for lingerie line Cosabella: "Our boy short is our fastest-selling item, and women have told us guys absolutely love it."
Now, I’m not advocating picking lingerie based solely on what your boyfriend or girlfriend likes. Actually, fuck it, who cares, if it gets you laid, go for it.