Is Your Panty Line Showing?

So I was chatting this morning with lovely Janine from Vanilla Soul in New Zealand when the subject of grooming, specifically panty lines came up!

I’ve had a horror of g-strings forever, (thongs, for the US readers, though thongs are footwear for we Aussies – and jandals for the Kiwis – what’s up with that? But anyway :)). One, because I hate hungry undies and can’t imagine that a g-string would feel like anything other than hungry and uncomfortable. Two, because the G was invented to comply with minimal standards of public decency in strip joints – just enough fabric in them to just cover the girly bits. And three, for most people you can see the panty line of the G anyway – it’s just higher.

My eldest daughter was introduced to the G in a summer modelling program when she was at high school, and she tells me you get used to it. So I’ve spent some time in the underwear section buying undies for her and is a g-string the most expensive underwear on the planet or what? Yes I get that we’re paying for the work that went into making them, but really? I reckon Gs are more expensive per square cm than an average suburban house! 🙂

Anyway, back to the conversation with Janine – now I’m age 49 I still like ‘nice’ undies and if they fit and don’t grab or cut anywhere, I’m happy. And If Sometimes People Can See I Am Wearing Panties…. well, so what? Chances are the person looking at my pantie line, if they care enough to do that, are also Wearing Panties.

Or going commando, but that’s another post 🙂

It got me thinking about how many years I spent worrying about whether people could actually see my panty line, and what it meant about me if they could see it. Funny to think of now, was dead serious back then! VPL (visible panty line) was right up there on the list of the worst grooming errors EVER!

And what about bras? I remember sewing those tiny little ribbons with the snaps on the end, into my strappy tops, the ones you’d slip under your bra shoulder strap so that the bra strap didn’t slip down the shoulder! More hours of my life wasted 🙂

Now wearing our undies as outies doesn’t even make people blink!

Janine’s take on it all is that caring about your undies is a sign of good grooming. Me, if mine are clean and comfy, I’m all good 🙂

What do you think if you see someone’s panty line? Why do you think that? What do you think other people think of you if your panty line is visible. Share please 🙂


  1. Lenore on March 21, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Hmmmm have never got my head (or bottom) around the idea of a g-string, like you I am not a fan of the hungry underwear.

    As for the pantyline – I think it’s nice to have a good line to a garment – so think it’s a shame when you can see the undies cutting into the flesh – not to mention the discomfort that it must cause!

    These days I think I am just very practical – comfort is so important to me – and besides I don;t wear my under garments as outer garments so who cares really….lol

    • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 2:40 am

      @Lenore, comfort is number 1 for me! If undies have a connection to ‘being sexy’ then pinchy undies would really undermine that feeling I think – as well as marring the garment line 🙂

  2. Tamera on March 21, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I do a check in the mirror after getting dressed and panty line is just one of things I check in the few seconds it takes to look in the mirror and turn around to view my backside. If I am showing underwear lines or bra straps then I would probably change. If not then I continue on and don’t think about it again because I already checked that.

    • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 3:06 am

      Tamera, how much of a panty line would need to be showing for you to decide to change? Does the fabric of your outer wear influence your decision?

      • Tamera on March 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        @Sandy, any panty line showing is reason to change. This rarely happens because my usual clothes would only show lines if they were too tight. In that case I’d change to a looser fit and give up some sweets until my favorite clothes fit well again.

        Other times it is just the fabric of the pants and in those cases I chose the more expensive undies that are made to lay smooth at the edges.

        As for age I’m in my mid-40’s but never had kids or anything else that would age me, so I still look and dress as if in my 30’s. I also don’t have a strict dress code so I just dress up for the fun of it with a lot more freedom to follow fashion than if I had a business dress code.

        • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

          I’m a fan of French-style knickers myself, no panty line 🙂

  3. Lisa on March 21, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I, like your daughter, wear “g-strings” (thongs) all the time. The main reason – I hate panty lines. I find them unflattering on me…and I do happen to notice if other women happen to have them. I also agree with your friend, that watching out for panty lines is a part of grooming. I definitely used to pay attention to whether or not I was sporting panty lines when I wore regular underwear. Now that I wear thongs I don’t think about it at all!! Underwear is fun for me, definitely helps in feeling sexy, and so I try to always keep my underwear updated, sexy, and in good shape.
    As for noticing it on other women, I feel that it must be uncomfortable for them…And If I am completely honest, I do not necessarily find it attractive. Not the worst offense in the world, of course. I just will happen to notice it.
    Much Love,

    • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 5:17 am

      @Lisa, interesting 🙂 If you notice a panty line on another woman, do you think she’s not as well groomed as she could be?

      I agree undies can be fun, there’s some gorgeous stuff around. But the price of g-strings – what the? LOL!

  4. Janine Lattimore on March 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

    LOL a lot. The Janine in question here. What an interesting debate. I would be very interested to see if age plays a part in how conscious we are about panty lines. My mother, who was a dressmaker, always told me that panty-lines and visable bras were a no-no for good dressing – I also used to sew the little bra-holding straps into my clothes. I’m 38. I’m a comfort girl too, but I wear g-strings under clothing made of thinner material where briefs would show a panty-line. I also consider it a dressing fopaux to have your g-string showing up above your hipster pants though.

    Be interesting to hear from one of your daughters Sandy. I will be teaching my daughter to avoid visible underwear lines (and black bras under light coloured tops) – of course, whether she listens to me and agrees we will wait to see . . .

    • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Janine, it might well be age related 🙂 I bet there aren’t that many women in their 50s wearing g’s 🙂

      Younger women dont’ have any issues showing any and all kinds of undies. Madonna has got a lot to answer for. Hah – I wonder what she says to her daughter about showing undies? That’d be an interesting convo to listen in to 🙂

  5. Lesleigh on March 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

    LOL! Ummmm mother! Hmmm… I would be daughter in question. The trick with a comfy g is buying a size bigger than you normally would. It doesn’t cut into you or leave a line. So yes, I am anti-panty line. That said I dont judge other women’s panty lines, for me it’s about feeling sexy in what Im wearing. If they feel sexy, all the power to them. Sexiness is about how you feel!!! f*** what other people think about my panty line, it’s about their stuff not mine! I’d feel flattered if people were that busy checking out my ass!

    • Sandy on March 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

      @Lesleigh, nah, still not convinced 🙂

  6. Paige on March 22, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Great post Sandy! Well I have worn “G’s” for years but for me its because I have different sized butt cheeks and all normal undies seem to be hungry undies on me!! G’s are sooo much more comfy for me and I agree definitely make me feel sexy and a bit “cheeky”. As for panty-lines showing its never been a worry for me and I definitely dont judge other women for having theirs show, I think as long as people are comfy in what they are wearing, who are we to judge!

    • Sandy on March 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

      Paige, so if you’re going to have hungy undies, you might as well have ones that make you feel sexy too? LOL. I agree about the panty line, it’s years since I cared…… 🙂

  7. Lynda on March 25, 2011 at 4:28 am

    have just been telling my teenage daughter that I read your post entitled “Is Your Panty Line Showing?” when my three teenage sons pipe up and tell me that in the ‘fash’ world it is referred to as your ‘VPL’. “Visible Panty Line”, I’m told. My education is always expanding, but by my teenage sons?

    • Sandy on March 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

      hehehe hadn’t heard that one! Gotta make a TLA (three letter acronym) for everything eh? 😀

  8. Pamela P on November 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve found the answer to showing panty lines through my skirts and dresses. I usually wear silk french knickers. The elasticated waist comes under the top of my skirt, and because the legs are wide and have no elastic they do not show through my clothes.
    Sometimes if I’m feeling a bit naughty I will go commando. I really love doing this, but you need to be quite careful bending and sitting.
    Pamela P

    • Sandy on November 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Heh Pamela great idea 🙂 I’m a french knickers girl myself, I just don’t understand G’s – permanent wedgie it seems to me!

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