VPLs and other calamities to avoid

Visible Panty Lines.  Enough said, right?  (also, I have no pictures for you, but I think Steve Martin does a great job of summing it all up no?)

#charmcolorfully silly steve

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I was at a……place, where I couldn’t help but notice this teenage girl and the unsightly bunching of her bikini-brief-type underwear under her knit skirt.  I was horrified, but mostly because: where was this girls parent(s)?  Where were here true friends?  Why wasn’t someone helping her out here?!

I mentioned it to my sister, who grew up in an era where VPLs were brought to everyone’s attention and the dreaded thong became a staple in any modern women’s closet* (see excerpt from Wikipedia below.)  She, as a mother to a teenage daughter herself, asked me, “Are you really suggesting she wear a thong?!”  “No, I’m suggesting she do whatever she has to in order to get rid of the VPLs!”  Whether it’s resorting to a thong (not really necessary with the latest “lineless” underwear options available today) or simply NOT WEARING KNIT SKIRTS THAT ATTACH THEMSELVES TO EVERY LINE, SEAM AND BUNCHING OF YOUR BIKINI-BRIEF-STYLE UNDEROOS!  Is the desperation to wear that skirt (it was a plain black knit skirt) so terrible (and apparently worth it) that it over-rides the atrocity that is VPLs?!  I get  my sister’s reaction – thongs (and g-strings) really originated from stripper’s uniforms; what parent(s) wants their daughter wearing a stripper uniform?  However, that bunchy-undies-complete-with-lines look was more heinous than even a word scrawled across her rear-end.  It draws attention to her butt, either way (ahem, just like a stripper – #justsaying.)  

On a side note – beware.  Thongs aren’t always the solution – if you can still see lines from any sort of underwear, you might want to rethink the clothing you are considering wearing.  Unless of course, you are a stripper.

Also – three ways mirrors.  Unfortunately, everyone else has a 360 degree view, and you should make sure your backside is covered (or at least doesn’t have VPLs, something we have control over.)

*Modern thong

Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, who had in the mid-1960s created the first topless swimsuit, which he called the monokini, is credited with introducing the modern thong in 1974.

Attitudes to the wearing of g-strings vary geographically and across societies, as is usual with highly revealing clothing. Prior to its entrance into mainstream fashion, g-strings were primarily worn by exotic dancers. In the modern Western world, g-strings are more commonly marketed towards females but are worn by both sexes. By the late 1980s, the style (for females) had made its way into most of the Western world, thong and g-string underwear became more and more popular through the 1990s due to shows like Baywatch, where numerous females were recorded wearing thong swimsuits.

In the 1990s, the thong began to gain wider acceptance and popularity in the United States as underwear (and, to a lesser extent, as swimwear), especially with women, but also men. In the USA and Europe, the wearing of thongs by men was once mainly limited to the dance belt, the posing pouch for bodybuilders and the realm of male strippers. Men’s thongs are now more widely available and commonly worn as day-to-day underwear or swimwear. They are not marketed as strongly to men as they are to women. In Europe thongs have been commonplace for many more years both as underwear and swimwear.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, some people wore thongs with low-cut hipsters and deliberately exposed them over the top of their trousers. This led to many designs of thong intended to be worn in this manner, which were adorned with jewels and motifs on the back. However, in the later 2000s, the exposure of a thong above one’s pants became a less popular and the trend turned to the wearing of lower-riding thongs that hardly show above trousers, except when bending or twisting.

Recent surveys place the number of American women who wear thongs as their preferred underwear style at 28%.  Many reasons exist why people may choose to wear thong underwear or swimwear, such as prevention of visible panty lines; prevention of ride up so one need not pull at one’s underwear in public; comfort; fashion consciousness, including the feeling of being more adult; and minimization of tan lines.  While thongs are available for girls as young as eight years, it is common for parents to not approve of girls wearing them until they reach their teens.

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