Panties (in American English, additionally referred to as pants, lingerie or knickers in British English) are a type of underwear primarily worn by girls. Panties might be form-fitting or free. Typical parts embody an elastic waistband, a crotch panel to cowl the genitalia (often lined with absorbent materials resembling cotton), and a pair of leg openings that, just like the waistband, are sometimes product of elastic. Numerous supplies are used, however are often chosen to be breathable.
Panties in several colours.
Panties are product of quite a lot of supplies, together with cotton, lace, latex, leather, lycra, mesh, nylon, PVC, polyester, rawhide, satin, and silk. Building sometimes consists of two items (entrance and rear) which might be joined by seams on the crotch and sides; a further gusset is commonly within the crotch, with the waistband and leg-openings made out of elastic.
Within the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and infrequently in different Commonwealth international locations resembling Australia and New Zealand, panties could also be known as “lingerie” or “knickers”; “knickers” may seek advice from male underwear, whereas “panties” usually refers solely to feminine underwear. In Australia, males’s underpants are sometimes called “lingerie”, though the phrase may seek advice from girls’s underpants.
Numerous types of panties (Thong & G-string: again view)
Panties are categorised into varied types based mostly on standards resembling the quantity of rear protection, width on the sides and top at which they’re worn. These classes are usually not essentially distinct and utilization could range considerably amongst brands:
Adhesive panties are generally described as strapless/stick-on panties. They’re a type of micro-panties that cowl the naked minimal components on the back and front. They’re helpful when girls don’t want the panty line to be seen.
Bikinis, like hipsters, sit at hip degree, however the cloth of the facet sections is narrower. With the string bikini sort, the facet sections disappear altogether and the waistband consists of solely string-like materials. There could also be much less rear protection with the bikini model.
Boyshorts cowl the hips and are named for his or her similarity to boxer briefs, a variation on boxer shorts. Some resemble males’s briefs, full with fly and distinction trim. In contrast to males’s briefs, this model is often decrease lower. Boy shorts usually cowl many of the buttocks.
Briefs rise to the waist, or simply beneath the navel, and have full protection within the rear.
Basic briefs, generally referred to as “granny panties” as a result of they have been the usual underwear of the early to mid 1900s they usually appear like a method for older girls. The waistband sits very excessive on the waist. The leg holes are small so the underwear cowl as a lot space between waist and thigh as doable.
Management briefs are designed to supply assist whereas giving a slimmer look. This sort often incorporates a stretch materials resembling spandex and should lengthen above the waist. Some have an additional agency panel to flatten the stomach. Some additionally compress the buttocks, whereas different management briefs are designed to keep away from compression of the buttocks. Some simply carry the buttocks and have holes lower out for max fullness of the buttocks.
Excessive-cut briefs are designed with bigger leg holes and narrower sides to point out off extra leg and permit extra freedom of motion.
Cheekies might be styled as a hipster, bikini, or boyshort within the entrance, however within the again it is designed to hug the butt cheeks and have a seam or runching to make the material sit partially between the cheeks to intensify the form. It leaves the outer 1/three to 1/2 of every cheek uncovered and sometimes have a lace or scalloped trim.
Hipsters are worn decrease down on the physique, with the waistband straight throughout the hips.
Tangas present a reasonable to minimal protection with again protection that’s lower than a bikini, and the waistband is lowered to a slim strip on the sides.
The G-string has a vertical string on the again, which connects the crotch to the waistband, generally that includes a triangle of cloth which is the half that’s generally known as a whaletail when it peeks out above the waistband of low driving pants.
The T-front is a kind of G-string during which the string reaches additionally the entrance half. It offers nearly no protection whereas nonetheless sustaining the essential hygienic underwear features and protecting solely the genitalia. Often it’s constructed by strings solely, generally with extra cloth or lace across the waist.
Thongs have a waistband just like tangas, however the rear protection is usually lower away. The crotch is triangle formed because it narrows to a skinny strip towards the again and sits between the buttocks, turning into wider in direction of the highest the place it connects to the waistband.
The earliest recognized use of underwear that resembles trendy panties dates again to 4,400 B.C. in the course of the Badari interval in Egypt.[page needed]