Coo coo cachoo, Mrs. Robinson

Animal print lingerie is Seduction 101. Take a page out of Mrs. Robinson's book and catch your heart's desire.

Seduction 101: animal print lingerie. Take a page out of Mrs. Robinson’s book and snare your prey.

Why is animal print lingerie synonymous with sex?

When I set out to tackle this profound question, Hanky Panky Senior Designer Larissa suggested I re-watch Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, paying particular attention to Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)’s clothes.

Turns out Mrs. Robinson wears animal prints in no fewer than six scenes: a tiger print dress to Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman)’s graduation party; a leopard print bra and slip underneath the dress, which Ben helps to unzip; a leopard fur coat to their rendez-vous at a hotel bar; a giraffe print skirt in the hotel room; a zebra skin lounge throw over her legs at home when Ben comes to call on her daughter, Elaine; and a leopard fur-trimmed jacket and pillbox hat to Elaine’s church wedding.

Hanky Panky's Zebra and Leopard Nouveau prints for lace.

Hanky Panky’s Zebra and Leopard Nouveau prints for lace. Available in a multitude of silhouettes and styles, petite to plus and every size in between, on hankypanky.com.

In her hunter and grazer animal prints, Mrs. Robinson is both predator and prey, as trapped as Ben in banal suburbia, even if her own poor choices put her there (a romp in the back of a car with a silly man, an unplanned pregnancy, an abandoned art degree, and alcohol, cigarettes, passionless sex, and beautiful clothes to fill the emptiness). Their affair transforms Ben from an angsty boy to a resourceful man who will stop at nothing to get the woman he wants (Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, alas, not Mrs. Robinson herself). Seduction, it seems, is not enough to bag the game.

Glenn Morris in Tarzan's Revenge (1938), directed by D. Ross Lederman.

Glenn Morris in Tarzan’s Revenge (1938), directed by D. Ross Lederman.

But even without cultural references, nothing says Call of the Wild like animal print lingerie. As we know from PBS’s Nature series, or from taking Fido or Fifi to the dog park, other mammals are happy to do it in the open (on camera even). Does donning animal prints help us check societal inhibitions at the bedroom door? Do we assume the characteristics of a leopard when we wear her spots (most importantly, hand-eye coordination)?

Audrey Hepburn wears a leopard print hat by Givenchy in Charade (1968), directed by Stanley Donen.

The fairest of them all. Audrey Hepburn in a leopard fur Givenchy hat in Stanley Donen’s laugh-out-loud and oh so romantic comedy, Charade (1968). Available under a CC-SA 3.0 license.

All partying aside, the best thing about animal print lingerie may be its visual impact. Could any human-made pattern ever rival what Nature has produced on the coats of leopards, jaguars, tigers, zebras and giraffes? The striking look of animal prints, as much as their sexual connotations, is responsible for their being what one fashion writer called “an oxymoronic ‘trendy classic’.”

Clara

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Hanky Panky Goes Back to School

Lida (Barnard '68) with Esti Herman's daughters, one of whom is Barnard Class of 2018.

Lida Orzeck, Barnard ’68 and co-founder and CEO of Hanky Panky Ltd., with her friend Esti Herman’s daughters, one of whom is Barnard Class of 2018, at The Barnard Store. 

What is Convocation and how does it differ from Commencement? As a first-time Trustee of Barnard College, I agreed to attend Convocation this year and now I know that Convocation formally opens the academic year. Anyone familiar with the English language would assume that’s what Commencement is for, but they would be wrong!

I was quite moved by the event as I sweated in the requisite polyester robe. Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, Barnard alum and CEO of the national YWCA USA, gave a riveting and meaningful keynote address.

With a little bit of time to kill before the start of the 50th anniversary gala of Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center—as an undergraduate at Barnard, I worked with the program’s high school students shortly after DDC, then known as Project Double Discovery, was founded in 1965—I visited The Barnard Store where they sell Hanky Panky thongs and boyshorts in the school colors of blue and white, which we emblazon with “BARNARD” in crystals.

Hanky Panky rolled "BARNARD" boyshorts and thongs at The Barnard Store.

Hanky Panky rolled “BARNARD” boyshorts and thongs at The Barnard Store.

Two alums (Ashley Putnam ’06 and Tracy Rodriguez ’01) and Hanky Panky regulars were at the Hanky Panky display making their selections and squealed with excitement when I identified myself. We were itching to make that instant connection via the Hanky Panky Handshake ™ but, alas, we were all wearing dresses. The revelry continued because, at the same time, Noa Herman (Barnard ’18), daughter of our dear friend, Esti Herman, walked into the store with her sister. Barnard Store employees, Barnard students Ashley and Christina, joined in—everyone wanted a selfie with me!

I don’t remember school being this much fun!

Lida

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Honeymoon Checklist: Paris

Fodor’s recently named Paris, France the #1 destination for Fall honeymoons.

Freedom fries aside, I have to agree that nothing is more romantic than consuming 5,000 calories a day in croissants, steak and wine, walking it off at the 1,700+ dealer flea market in St.-Ouen de Clignancourt, and spending more than one can afford on cut flowers at the marché-aux-fleurs.

Honeymoon Checklist: Paris Food Lover's Guide to Paris by Patricia Wells, Antique Flea Markets of London and Paris by Egle Salvy, English-to-French dictionary, Breton stripe sweater, dark jeans, ballet flats, tisane of orange and rosewater or mint, Hanky Panky 8-Day Thong Pack, Lady Catherine robe, ouvert panties, Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant

Who hasn’t dreamt of romance in Paris? Or shopping in Paris? Thank heavens the two are not mutually exclusive.

If, while in France you want to do as the French do and dress well, from your skivvies to your beret, don’t forget to pack something lacy and racy along with your Michelin map.

Hanky Panky Lady Catherine Collection: Silk chemise ($72), BARE brief ($45), silk robe ($295), leg garter ($27), bralette ($79), cheeky hipster ($59), and low rise thong ($35). Available on hankypanky.com.

The Hanky Panky Lady Catherine Collection. From the left: Silk chemise ($72), BARE brief ($45), silk robe ($295), leg garter ($27), bralette ($79), cheeky hipster ($59), and low rise thong ($35). Available on hankypanky.com.

 

Nothing spices up a honeymoon like Hanky Panky After Midnight. From the left: Signature Lace Peek-a-Boo Bralette ($48), Signature Lace Open Gusset Cheeky Hipster in Leopard Nouveau ($35), and Naughty & Nice ($42), which includes two Signature Lace Open Gusset Low Rise Thongs, one in Black and the other in Leopard Nouveau. Available on hankypanky.com.

Nothing spices up a honeymoon like Hanky Panky After Midnight®. From the left: Signature Lace Peek-a-Boo Bralette ($48), Signature Lace Open Gusset Cheeky Hipster in Leopard Nouveau ($35), and Naughty & Nice pack of one Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Black and one Signature Lace Open Gusset Thong in Leopard Nouveau ($42). Available on hankypanky.com.

Bon voyage lovers!

Clara

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A soigné way of dressing: the bodysuit

“Clothes can and should be beautiful, but they only work if you want to wear them in your everyday life.”—Donna Karan, My Journey. New York: Ballantine Books (2015)

Donna Karan did not invent the bodysuit, but she did teach a generation of American women that a good bodysuit is the foundation of elegant and easy dressing.

Hanky Panky BARE Bodysuit

From the design studio to the board room, our new BARE bodysuit is the perfect concealer under sheer shirts. $72 on hankypanky.com. Budding designer Anna McCann wears the BARE bodysuit in Taupe under a vintage Hanky Panky sheer mesh embroidered tank, and a vintage Hanky Panky purple mesh mock turtleneck.

Karan’s first collection as an independent designer, in 1985, wowed the fashion industry and consumers alike. Karan’s idea was that, with “seven easy pieces,” all of which worked together interchangeably to create multiple outfits, professional women could dress without stress in outfits that worked equally well in the office and at the theater. As the New York Times’ renowned fashion writer, Carrie Donovan, said at the time, “It is a soigne way of dressing.” The bodysuit was the foundation of Karan’s collection. When she showed her first line to industry mavens and department store buyers in May 1985, Karan dressed the models in bodysuits and heels:

Inspired by an interactive exhibit by Jonathan Borofsky at the Whitney Museum, I had all the models lounging on different platforms in nothing but bodysuits. When everyone was seated, the girls started getting dressed, adding layer upon layer. The clothes came alive right in front of the audience. Donna Karan, My Journey

Hanky Panky Love Me Back Bodysuit

A creative girl can get “day to night” looks from Hanky Panky’s new Love Me Back bodysuit, which is made of mesh and “wet look” jersey. $84 on hankypanky.com

The tricky thing about bodysuits, in my experience, is that they are rarely comfortable below the belt. When I was 14 years old, I “borrowed” a Donna Karan bodysuit from my mother’s wardrobe, ready to take the 8th grade by storm. Unfortunately, I spent the day picking my wedgie, ruining my attempt at adult sophistication.

Who better to solve this dilemma than Hanky Panky, makers of The World’s Most Comfortable Thong®? This year, we introduced two new bodysuits to the line—the Classic Bodysuit in Signature Lace and the BARE Bodysuit—both of which have low leg openings to ensure they stay put (read: no wedgie). Senior Designer Larissa notes that these bodysuits also avoid panty lines and protect the wearer’s modesty under both short skirts and low rise pants. And all Hanky Panky bodysuits have Supima® cotton gusset linings, making them healthy, as well as comfortable, to wear without underwear.

Clara

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Hanky Panky History: A Lingerie Timeline

Lida Orzeck & Gale Epstein, c. 1973

The best partnerships grow out of friendships. Hanky Panky co-founders Lida Orzeck & Gale Epstein, c. 1973

One of the things many people are surprised about is how long Hanky Panky has been in business. In fact, today marks our 38th anniversary!

Here is a brief timeline featuring a few of Hanky Panky’s greatest hits and milestones.

1977: Hanky Panky’s first designs introduced—a bralette and bikini, made from hand-embroidered handkerchiefs. These styles are now part of the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1977: Hanky Panky’s first designs introduced—a bralette and bikini, made from hand-embroidered handkerchiefs. These styles are now part of the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

April 9, 1978: Hanky Panky’s original cotton handkerchief lingerie photographed by Skrebneski for the Chicago Tribune.

April 9, 1978: Hanky Panky’s original cotton handkerchief lingerie photographed by Skrebneski for the Chicago Tribune.

 

1979: the Hanky Panky shoulder pad undershirt is introduced. In 1984, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art accessioned two examples of this innovative style into its collection.

Henri Bendel Catalogue, c.1980

Henri Bendel Catalogue, c.1980

Hanky Panky stretch lace shoulder pad undershirt. c.1984

Hanky Panky stretch lace shoulder pad undershirt. c.1984

 

1986: Hanky Panky’s innovative 4811 one size lace thong is introduced and due to its fit, beauty, practicality and comfort, quickly becomes a best-selling style.

Hanky Panky's Iconic Lace Thong was Introduced in 1986

Hanky Panky’s Iconic Lace Thong was Introduced in 1986

 

August 1987: Hanky Panky’s stretch lace teddy photographed by Steven Meisel for VOGUE.

Hanky Panky Bodysuit. Vogue, August 1987, 363

Hanky Panky Bodysuit. Vogue, August 1987

 

 January 2004: Hanky Panky’s signature rolled packaging introduced. The candy-like packaging and countertop display expanded Hanky Panky’s presence beyond lingerie shops and into ready-to-wear boutiques, spas, department stores, and even vending machines!

Hanky Panky Rolled Thong Display

Hanky Panky Rolled Thong Display

 

June 18, 2004: Hanky Panky’s thongs are featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, introducing Hanky Panky’s one-size lace thongs to a wider audience. The 4811 Original Rise and 4911 Low Rise become fashion staples, and inspire countless imitations at every price point.

Hanky Panky thongs featured in The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2004, A1

The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2004

 

2007: Hanky Panky launches Petite and Plus Sizes, with the introduction of 4911XS and 4811X.

Hanky Panky Petite and Plus Sized Thongs

Hanky Panky Petite and Plus Sized Thongs

 

November 19, 2009: Hanky Panky launches e-commerce at HankyPanky.com

HankyPanky.com, December 2009

HankyPanky.com, December 2009

 

Fall 2010: Hanky Panky After Midnight® collection of risqué lingerie debuts. Co-founder Lida Orzeck said of the collection, “We’re working on extending our popular signature lace fabric into a sexier collection of lingerie called ‘After Midnight’, and we wanted to see what would happen if we pushed the envelope a little further.”

Hanky Panky After Midnight®

Hanky Panky After Midnight®

 

Spring 2012: Hanky Panky introduces Hanky Panky BARE invisible panties. Made from a unique second-skin jersey from Italy, Hanky Panky BARE panties are ultra-lightweight, smooth, and disappear under the clingiest fashions without sacrificing Hanky Panky’s signature fit, quality and comfort.

Hanky Panky BARE

Hanky Panky BARE

January 2015: Hanky Panky introduces their signature fragrance, Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum. Of the fragrance, co-founder Gale Epstein said, “Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum is an extension of Hanky Panky—fresh, flirty, and comfortable. I wanted to create a fragrance that complements the intimacy of lingerie, a classic signature fragrance made from the finest ingredients.”

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum, available in a 1.7 oz spray ($70) and a .20 oz rollerball ($25) on hankypanky.com.

 So, what does the future hold for Hanky Panky? Wait and find out!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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On Trend: Summer 2015

This summer’s prints for Signature Lace evoke bright bouquets, yachting holidays and starry nights, inspired by the season and these runway looks:

Runway inspiration for summer prints

From the top left: Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2015; Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2015; Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2015; Media Spring/Summer 2015; (boots) Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2015. Photographs courtesy of WGSN.

 

Summer Prints

Hanky Panky’s summer prints are a “shore thing.” Left and right: Anchor Stripe Signature Lace Racerback Camisole and Brazilian Bikini; Anchor Stripe Triangle Bralette and Cheeky Hipster. Middle: Hibiscus Signature Lace Classic Camisole and Boyshort. Available on hankypanky.com.

Summer floral prints

Hanky Panky summer floral prints for lace. Left and right: Colorburst Signature Lace Basic Camisole and Low Rise Thong; Colorburst Crossover Bralette and Boyshort. Middle: Fleur Dot Retro Bralette and Retro Thong. Available on hankypanky.com.

The color palette for our seasonal Signature Lace solids is bright and sporty.  Vibrant colors like like Mango Tango and Tropical Punch evoke lush summer fruit and just beg to be color blocked.

Summer Palette

Hanky Panky’s summer color palette is bright and sporty. Signature Lace colors include Mango Tango, Island Blue, Tropical Punch and Hot Fuchsia. Available on hankypanky.com.

Runway inspiration for summer color palette.

Runway inspiration for Hanky Panky’s summer color palette. From the left: Lucas Nascimento Spring/Summer 2015; Lacoste Spring/Summer 2015; Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2015; Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2015. Photographs courtesy of WGSN.

We’re sending summer off in style now through the Labor Day weekend at hankypanky.com.

Clara

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Thong Diary: Hanky Panky in the Dog Park

The Hanky Panky Handshake™

The Hanky Panky Handshake™

Recently, Hanky Panky’s stellar Sample Room Manager and dog-lover, Luis, had an experience that was unique for him but which is one we women-of-the-Hanky-Panky-sisterhood enjoy regularly. While walking Chairman of the Board (and standard poodle), Henree, in nearby Madison Square Park, Luis was asked by a tourist from Chicago if she could pet Henree and after that Luis and the tourist fell into conversation. Luis divulged where he worked and the devoted Hanky Panky fan he just happened to run into talked so animatedly about her love of the brand and the breadth of our styles in her lingerie drawer that her husband had to move away in embarrassment. For the Hanky Panky Handshake to be performed according to its definition, it must take place between wearers of Hanky Panky product. I can assure you no trademark rules were broken when this photo was taken!

Lida, Co-Founder & CEO, Hanky Panky

Do you have a Hanky Panky story you’d like to share? Submit it to thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

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Introducing…the padded triangle bralette!

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Padded Bralette and Low Rise Thong

Signature Lace Padded Bralette and Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky’s newest bralette is here! The padded triangle bralette is based off our classic Signature Lace Triangle Bralette. We’ve added stretchy and supportive power mesh lining  and pockets with lightweight removable pads for light support, coverage and subtle shaping.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Padded Bralette 487004

The Signature Lace Padded Bralette features lightweight removable pads and soft stretch tulle lining with a single dart for shaping and light support.

This style is the perfect comfy everyday bralette for petite women, and matches your favorite Signature Lace bottoms.  Available in Black with mocha lining and chai with mocha lining, in sizes XXS (30AA-B), XS (32AA-B), S (34AA-B), and M (36AA-B).

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Survey Says: Best Full Back Panty for No VPL

Want full coverage underwear without the visible panty lines (VPL)?

According to a survey of Hanky Panky staffers, the best full coverage panty for no-VPL confidence is our BARE Boyshort. “They do not show under my yoga pants,” said Larissa, our Senior Designer. Hanky Panky BARE is made from a soft, smooth, and ultra-lightweight microfiber knit. The boyshort’s raw cut edges make it invisible under the closest-fitting pants, skirts and dresses. All bottoms in the BARE collection include a Supima® cotton gusset lining.

Hanky Panky BARE Boyshort in Bliss Pink. Style No. 6J1281. $30 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky BARE Boyshort in Bliss Pink. Available in ten colors, including skin tones, in sizes xs, s, m, and l. $30 on hankypanky.com.

For full back coverage without panty lines, Hanky Panky boyshorts in Signature Lace, Heather Jersey, Modal, and Organic Cotton took a close second. Camille, our international sales manager and a “devout boyshort gal,” prefers these other boyshorts for wearing under skirts. “Our sig lace, jersey, modal, and cotton boyshorts are trimmed with a narrow band of lace that lies flat on the leg, so there’s zero chance of them rolling up.”

Boyshort Row (left to right): Signature Lace Boyshort in Juniper, Logo To Go Modal Boyshort in Black, Heather Jersey Boyshort in Heather Grey, and Organic Cotton Boyshort in Black. Available on hankypanky.com.

Boyshort Row (left to right): Signature Lace Boyshort in Juniper, Logo To Go Modal Boyshort in Black, Heather Jersey Boyshort in Heather Grey, and Organic Cotton Boyshort in Black. Available on hankypanky.com.

The Retro Hot Pant has been a “sleeper” style since it was introduced in Spring 2011, with a strong cult following among Hanky Panky staffers and customers. “The Hot Pant is the most comfortable, sexiest thing to wear under anything short,” says Shannerri, who works closely with lingerie boutiques. “There’s no VPL under pants, but I mostly wear the Hot Pant with short skirts and dresses.”

Hanky Panky Retro Hot Pant in Chai. Available in Black and Chai, sizes S, M, L, and XL. $37 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky Retro Hot Pant in Chai. Available in Black and Chai, in sizes s, m, l, and xl. $37 on hankypanky.com.

Unlike our Signature Lace thongs, Hanky Panky’s full back coverage panties are sized. Please check out our size chart if you are unsure of your panty size, our style guide for information on fit, and our fabric guide for questions about our different fabrications.

Clara

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Are You a Thong Skeptic?

Are you a Thong Skeptic? Take this quiz to find out.

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.

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.

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" WSJ, Page 1, June 18, 2004

“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!

One Size Thongs Rise/Size Chart

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

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