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Top tips for banishing panty lines (hint: you don’t need a thong)

It’s morning. You’ve styled your hair, picked the perfect outfit, and are about to step out when you spot them in the mirror: panty lines. Sound familiar? It’s a struggle as old as time (or at least as old as underwear).

Visible panty lines (VPL for short), are a faux paux for professional attire, and it can ruin the sleek look of tight clothing. Even long flowy dresses can show VPL if you’re not wearing the right underwear. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep your panties discrete, and you don’t necessarily need a thong to do it. These underwear tips will prove that you don’t have to go commando in your yoga pants to avoid VPL.

Match your underwear and outerwear

Hiding your panty lines can be as simple as picking the right kind of underwear for your outfit. Lets cover the basics:

Loose skirts or flowing pants

Slip shorts work to contour your hips and prevent chaffing in flowing clothes, and the smoothing effect means no one will spot any panty lines. Better yet, slip shorts let you keep your modesty no matter which way the wind is blowing, and prevent skirt wedgies from ruining your look.  

Skinny jeans

Boyshorts offer full coverage for your hips and thighs so you can protect your skin from denim, and the leg openings sit right under your curves to minimize pantylines no matter how tight your jeans fit you. Boyshorts also happen to be the perfect defense against sweaty thighs and chaffing. 

High-waisted bottoms

Whether you’re rocking high-waisted shorts, pants, or a skirt, if your clothing rides high, you want your waistband to follow suit. Low rise panties are much more likely to create unwanted creases or lines, so you’ll want to bust out your favorite pair of high cut briefs.

Yoga pants and leggings

Here’s where things get tricky. It’s hard to hide anything under skin-tight clothing, for obvious reasons. Slip shorts can minimize the effect because the leg band is much lower, but a thong is much stealthier. In this situation, the key to banishing VPL is choosing ultralight, seamless underwear.  

Blending in seamlessly

With the right fabric and design, you can wear your favorite style of underwear regardless of the outfit you’re choosing. Seamless underwear is hem-free for a sleek, form-fitting style that will stay out of sight no matter what you’re wearing. So if you really want to make VPL a thing of the past, it’s time to invest in some seamless skivvies.

Tommy John has perfected the art of quality underwear by sticking to the three Fs: Fabric, fit, and function. Our VPL-proof materials give you the flexibility to flaunt your favorite style of underwear so you can look good without a second thought. Our Air Invisibles collection wears like you’re not wearing anything at all, and the seamless design is guaranteed to be invisible in leggings, jorts, skinny jeans, or dresses. The feather-light material wicks-moisture away from your body and dries incredibly fast. 

For shapewear that’s actually comfortable to wear, try our Comfort Smoothing collection. The laser cut seams are truly invisible no matter what you’re wearing, and the form fitting design will flatter your natural assets with a subtle smoothing effect. The material is soft and light so you can stay cool and avoid irritation common with restrictive shapewear. 

Reconsider the thong

Okay, you don’t have to wear a thong to ditch unwanted underwear lines. But they can be useful! After all, a high-quality thong can boost your confidence and let you flaunt your natural curves with an absolute minimum of fabric.

Given how many bad thongs are out there, it’s understandable why so many people avoid them. Many thongs are designed thoughtlessly and wear like a permanent wedgie. But not every thong is created equal, and Tommy John has crafted a thong that’s a dream to wear. It will stay in place where you need it to avoid whale tail and butt floss as you bend and move. 

So if you’ve written off the thong after a few bad experiences, we get it. But maybe it’s time to try again with a lovingly crafted, high-quality thong.

Discrete, comfortable underwear by Tommy John

If you don’t love your underwear, why bother wearing it? Upgrade your top drawer with panties you’ll look forward to slipping into each day. With styles and collections for every occasion - whether you’re hitting the gym or lazing around the house - you can lay a perfect foundation for every outfit, every day.

And if you’re not satisfied with your new undies, don’t fret. Our no questions asked return policy offers free exchanges or a full refund the first time you buy, so if you don’t love them, you won’t have to pay for them.