If your upbringing was anything like mine, you probably heard the phrase “It’s not what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside that counts.” Cooed to me by well-meaning adults intent on shaping my moral code, little did they know that this oft-repeated incantation has shaped me fashion-wise as well.
While I do place high esteem on finding the perfect LBD and jeans that minimize my rear, I find it equally if not more important to ensure my undies fit securely—not in that muffin-top-inducing way—but in a seamless, second skin perfection that will allow me to wear curve-hugging dresses without worrying about unseemly lumps. My answer to the perfect pair of panties? Hanky Panky. Though the brand also offers panties and boyshorts, the classic lace thong has been my go to pair for about five years now. The one-size-fits-all label can initially be a turn-off, but these panties really do seem capable of clothing a wide range of bums comfortably (the brand claims to fit sizes 2-12). They are made from stretchy lace in a rainbow of colors and while I own pairs in nearly every hue Hanky Panky offers, the nude selections are most popular as they offer a few different shades to match a range of skin tones. Toss in the fact that the brand offers low, medium and high rises and it’s practically haute couture!
To everyone who ever told me it’s what’s on the inside that counts, my underwear drawer thanks you.
$20 and up, hankypanky.com.