Like the best evangelists, I was once an unbeliever. The first thong I tried was an unwelcome lesson in “beauty is pain.” Needless to say, it was not a Hanky Panky thong.
For the most part, Hanky Panky’s answer to Thong Skepticism has been to let the product speak for itself. And for the millions of women who wear Hanky Panky thongs today, the message has come through loud and clear: the Hanky Panky thong really is different from others on the market. But we’d also like to address some of the assumptions underlying Thong Skepticism head-on.
Thong Fallacy # 1: Women only wear thongs to please men.
The first Hanky Panky thong was designed in 1986 by a working woman for other working women. Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founder, President and Creative Director, set out to design a thong that would please the women who wore it. Our Signature Lace Original Rise Thong is a thing of beauty in its own right, flattering on the body, comfortable enough for everyday wear, and a practical solution to the problem of visible panty lines.
Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise Thong in Fig. Style No. 4811. $20 on hankypanky.com.
Thong Fallacy # 2: Thongs are only for younger, skinnier women, not me.
Four generations of women in my family wear Hanky Panky, and those in their late 30’s and 60’s are 4811 devotees. The wide, V-shaped waistband of the classic Hanky Panky thong is flattering to women of all shapes and sizes, creating curves where God forgot to endow them and a smooth, hourglass silhouette over hippy hips. Our Original Rise Thong fits pant sizes 4-14, and our Plus Size Original Rise Thong fits pant sizes 14-24.
Hanky Panky Plus Size Original Rise Thong in Cranberry. Style No. 4811X. $22 on hankypanky.com.
Thong Fallacy # 3: There’s no way a thong can be comfortable.
Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace is remarkably soft, not scratchy as lesser-quality laces often are. “It’s like lace butter,” commented one personal shopper. Our lace has enough elasticity to be truly one size fits most, but doesn’t pinch or bind your skin.
“A Tiny Scrap of Fabric Wins a Huge Following” appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on June 18, 2004. The article catapulted the Hanky Panky thong from a celebrity favorite to The Name on Everyone’s Hips®. The enduring popularity of the Hanky Panky thong lies in its being as comfortable as it is beautiful and in superior materials and construction.
But you don’t have to take my word for it . . .
As an experiment, I asked four women in my inner circle, none of whom had previously worn a Hanky Panky thong, and two of whom were self-proclaimed Thong Skeptics, to give our classic thong a try. Here is what they said:
Occasionally, when I’m wearing something fairly tight or slinky, I wear a thong but not once have I found it comfortable. This one was indeed different. At 5’ tall and 101 lbs, I was skeptical about a one size fits all product. Lo and behold, this one fit fine and was immediately comfortable, feeling soft and almost nonexistent. Miracle of miracles! —Anonymous, NYC
The Hanky Panky thong is truly, surprisingly comfortable. The beautiful cappuccino color helped to win me over. I’m well on my way to being a convert.—Suzanna, New York City
At first glance I realized the thong runs “one-size fits all”. I was skeptical and assumed that there was no way this could work. Happy to say, I was wrong and it was a perfect fit. The visually appealing, soft stretchy lace material lies flat so there are no visible lines to deal with and the side bands are wider so they fall seamlessly on your hips. No rising up nor rolling down with movement. You also avoid that permanent wedgie feeling which is a plus! I’m currently wearing my first pair of Hanky Pankys and not once have I had to adjust nor have I secretly wished I was going “commando.”—Happy with Hanky Panky, NYC
If I were going to wear a thong, this is the one I would choose. It was more comfortable than anticipated.—Anne, Fairfield, CT
Ready to give a thong a try? Check out the size guide below and then get your comfort on!
Of course, if you are a panty devotee for life, that’s cool too. Our boyshorts, bikinis, briefs and hipsters are equally popular, and come in a wide range of fabrics.
–Clara, Larissa, Carrie & Melissa