As women, most of us have accepted having underwear wedged up our butts is a better alternative than the dreaded VPL (visible panty line). From the first time I wore spandex pants, my mother passed down this undergarment protocol, and I’ve never looked back since.
My first thong from Victoria’s Secret is as ingrained in my memory as the indents I’m sure it left on my skin. It had a gray elastic band with minimal stretch — fine — but the worst part was the actual thong part. There was a little cotton triangle that led to a string made of the exact same stiff elastic material. Regardless of my discomfort, I learned to grin and bear it — it was better than grinning and baring underwear lines in the school hallways!
With age (and innovation in the women’s lingerie industry), I’ve been able to find more comfortable materials and styles of underwear. I’ve even found seamless full underwear that’s completely smooth under my clothes. But no matter what undergarment I’ve worn, I can still feel that my underwear is there. It’s not always uncomfortable, but sometimes it bunches under my clothes a tad more than I’d prefer, or thick lace bands get twisted and bulkier, or my thong gets wedgied just a little too far.
Things all changed when I read about a bra by Negative Underwear that was so comfortable, it had sold out 10 times. I started wearing a matching underwear set from the brand, the Silky Non-Wire Bra ($65; negativeunderwear.com) and the Silky Thong ($30; negativeunderwear.com) both in the White Albatross design, which dropped this past August. The solid black and peach colorways cost slightly less at $28 than the patterned options.
The bra is undeniably comfortable, yes, but that didn’t really surprise me. I’m only a B cup, so I’m not unaccustomed to supportive wireless bandeau styles. This thong, on the other hand, shocked me. For one, the band immediately gave me flashbacks of my first thongs that would literally snap against my skin if I wasn’t careful when putting them on.
I literally shuddered (albeit faintly) the first time I tugged on the Negative Underwear Silky Thong band, but the material was so soft and pliable that nothing really happened. There was no dramatic snap against my skin or need to pull that much to get the underwear on. The band rests completely flat and gently against my waist, remaining smooth and invisible under my jeans or other clothes all day.
Second of all, what thong can’t you feel in your butt? Your butt’s natural state is not with a piece of fabric between the cheeks, so even if you think your underwear is on the comfortable side you can still at least feel it. Not this one, my friends.
One of the brand’s slogans is aptly “Underwear you want to live in,” and part of the company’s success can be credited to the “back to the basics” mentality pervasive in their designs. The bras and underwear are made “for women, by women” and forgo the bells and whistles typically featured on women’s lingerie for thoroughly researched materials and deliberate, functional style choices.
The underwear comes in four sizes — 0, 1, 2, and 3 — and there’s a helpful tool on Negative Underwear’s site you can use to gauge your bra size. I honestly wouldn’t believe the level of comfort and seamlessness of Negative Underwear’s Silky Thong if I hadn’t tried it for myself, but the brand is known for selling out so I’m clearly not the first to catch on.