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We love underwear because they are a canvas of endless possibility — from style to fit, pattern to color, there are so many alterations that it’s easy to forget some of the most basic information.

If you’re not familiar with the differences in women’s underwear styles, you are certainly not alone.

Something as minimal as strap placement or a three-inch difference in coverage can earn a pair a completely new classification. While these differences may seem small from the outside looking in, slight stylistic changes can truly be night and day for some wearers.

When it comes to thong underwear, understanding the difference between styles, cuts and how each fit your body makes all the difference.

High-waisted thong underwear explained

Also known as the High Rise thong, this style of underwear features a waistband that lands further up the midsection, usually within an inch above the navel. Looking for less coverage but also that supportive, held-in feel? The high waist thong might just be the answer to your prayers.

The aesthetic value can’t be overlooked here either. This universally-flattering style certainly has a throwback retro vibe that is undeniably charming yet remarkably functional.

Because of its high-rise feature, you can pair this style with anything from a high-waisted skirt or pants to a flare dress.

Another perk of the high-rise? This thong basically doubles as shapewear, so kiss those unwanted lumps and bumps due to layering goodbye.

model wearing Parade thong underwear

High-cut thong underwear explained

Sexy yet totally functional, the High Cut thong features the same fit as the high rise thong but has narrower waistbands exposing more of the thigh. This style offers less coverage overall.

If you’re in the market for a sexy yet practical fit, this style is an excellent choice because it still gives you that everyday feel but with some jazzy hip accentuation.

The high-cut silhouette paired with the thinness of the waistband also works to elongate your legs.

Coverage and cut are the two main differentiating factors between these two styles. Still a tad bit confused?

Think about it this way -- a high-cut thong is almost always high-waisted whereas a high-waisted thong isn’t necessarily high-cut!

G-string thong underwear explained

As you can imagine, the G-string offers the least amount of coverage out of the three styles.

Designed for the most minimal fit, the ultra-cheeky G-string has an elastic band that bridges the triangular patch of cloth covering your vaginal area to the waistband at the rear end.

This style is often considered to be the most intimidating because of how little fabric it has going on, but those who have grown accustomed to the cut swear by it. With a G-string thong, VPL (visible panty line) is truly a thing of the past.

Are thongs comfortable?

Yes, thongs can be very comfortable and are OK to wear everyday. Wearing thong underwear is a personal preference for many women. We break down how two key factors determine ultimate thong comfort: material of the fabric and fit.

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High Rise Thong | Re:Play

High Rise Thong

Re:Play

We blended the styles you love to make this ultra-flattering Thong.
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High Rise Thong | Re:Play

High Rise Thong

Re:Play

We blended the styles you love to make this ultra-flattering Thong.
1289 reviews
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Size Chart
Bralette

A B C D DD DDD/F
32 XS XS S S 1+ 1+
34 XS S M M 1+ 2+
36 S M M L 2+ 2+
38
L XL XL 3+ 3+
40
XL 2XL 2XL 3+ 3+
42
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Our bralette bands and shoulder straps differ in width based on your size—for the ideal level of support.
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Shoulder straps: 12mm
Underbust elastic band: 20mm
L-XL
Shoulder straps: 16mm
Underbust elastic band: 40mm
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Underbust elastic band: 50mm
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L 10-12 41-42.5"
XL 14-16 43-45.5"
2XL 18 46-49.5"
3XL 20-22 50-53"