There are all kinds of reasons we love thongs—and even more reasons we hate them. When done right they skim our shape, sitting invisibly under everything we own. Done wrong, they live up to the term "butt floss," creeping into crevices, cutting into bulges, and making us fully aware of their presence every single second we’ve got them on.
Just like finding true love takes more than a few nightmare dates, the quest for a perfect thong is always more disappointment than delight—unless, of course, you’ve got a good matchmaker. With this in mind, we’ve weeded out every thong we’ve ever met that didn’t make our cut. There were the pairs that seemed like "the one" the moment we put them on, only to twist or sag or otherwise disappoint after a couple hours of wear. Also off the list: those whose scratchy lace or ill-placed seams that made them undeserving of even a quick test run on our lady parts.
In the spirit of helping you find your ideal match, we present the nine pairs of thongs so comfy they left us thinking, “Oops, forgot to wear underpants today.”
Calvin Klein Invisibles Thong
To paraphrase a cliché, there’s nothing sexier than feeling comfortable in your skin, and this seamless microfiber thong feels just like your own (if, that is, your skin came in on-trend colors like pearl gray and crimson). Plus, no side seams means it’s undetectable beneath everything in your closet.
B.Tempt’d by Wacoal Lace Kiss Thong
You’d be forgiven for making the snap judgement that these panties are all style, no substance. But try to forget about their obvious aesthetic appeal for a minute. While this lacy pair isn’t quite as comfortable as some of the others on our list (the fabric’s slightly less soft than the miracle that is microfiber), they’re the ultimate office-to-date-night panties that won’t leave you constantly trying (and failing) to discreetly adjust on the way to meetings.
Hanky Panky Retro Thong
For anyone who’s ever found what they thought was the perfect thong only to have a muffin top pop up a few minutes after pulling them on, we present a solution. This retro-inspired pair smoothes along hips without cutting in, and the high waist hits at just the right spot, cradling any belly wobbles in super-soft lace. Plus, how sexy are they?!
Commando Tiny Thong
If this pair’s name didn’t already clue you in, Commando’s “Tiny” thong gets by with the bare minimum of lightweight microfiber fabric, making them the obvious choice for the skimpiest of outfits. They also leave no possibility of visible seams showing under clothing for one obvious reason: they have no seams to speak of.
Cosabella Never Say Cutie Thong
Why exactly can’t we call this thong "Cutie," Cosabella? The lacy design certainly lives up to the moniker. On top of that, the low-rise cut hits the comfort sweet spot of not too high, not too low, while the lace band is wide enough to stay put. A somewhat thicker fabric than many thongs on the market also means that this one wears really well. Line dry it and it’ll be your BFF for at least a couple years, even in heavy rotation.
Maidenform Dream Lace Thong
Somehow these silky panties are comfy enough that we’d be okay with wearing the style all day, every day, for the rest of our lives (or at least a good portion of them). They don’t bunch, they don’t ride up and they basically just do an excellent job of being a sexy little thong.
On Gossamer Hip G Thong
Airy mesh, scalloped edging, and ad well-cut silhouette allow this pretty thong to really stay put, even through an intense SoulCycle sesh.
Cosabella Talco Thong
Another lightweight option, this low-rise microfiber thong features flat-seamed edging and a pared-back minimalist design that never rides up.
Calida Sensitive String Thong
Ignore the slightly yuck name; the sensitive string in question is in fact thin double strands at the sides that distribute tension to avoid cutting in, making this pair incredibly comfy and flattering at the same time.
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