Ask FGG: Where Can I Find Comfy Plus-Size Panties?
We track down underwear with plenty of coverage and just the right amount of stretch
I’ve worn thongs since HS (big fan of no panty line), but it’s time for a reboot for me and my Target doesn’t sell my tried and true thongs anymore. I’ve worn other types of thongs and now understand what most people say re: thongs and uncomfortable. But regular panties feel weird on my used-to-no-fabric cheeks. Can we have a roundup on the best knickers out there? Thongs, boy shorts, panties – meant for women who might be carrying a little extra behind or in their tummy?
Oh, do I feel your pain. A few years ago, Target stopped carrying my favorite panties (I prefer a hipster style for coverage where I’m widest) and I still don’t think I’ve completely recovered. I think it’s common to become accustomed to a certain style, fabric, or cut, making everything else feel anywhere from alien and annoying to downright uncomfortable. You don’t mention a price range, but I did some digging and found some more affordable styles. For specialty boutiques that offer sweet nothings on the more frilly side, check out our Ask FGG column on plus-size lingerie.
If comfort is your first priority over the thong style, I’ll start with a few words about fabric. Avoid nylon and look for cotton paired with Lycra or Spandex (cotton keeps you cooler and Lycra®/Spandex adds stretch so your panties move with you comfortably). For a bump in cost, seek out performance, sports, or microfiber panties made with fabrics designed to wick moisture away from your body while you sweat while also moving with your body as effortlessly during workouts as everyday activities. (Junonia’s QuikCool™ fabric is a good example).
Keep in mind that these are just suggestions and, sadly, our staff hasn’t taken the opportunity to test these brands ourselves (but that would be a fun outing!). For a basic necessity, underwear is a finely honed personal preference and it might take some trial and error before you find a style or brand that suits you.
Comfy plus size bikinis, hipsters, and briefs
I hit the websites for many major big box and department stores and frequently recoiled in horror as I discovered that white and beige granny panties are still alive and well in the 21st century. So it took some digging, but I knew that Old Navy is a popular resource for affordable casual clothing, and while their plus size offerings are now available online only (what’s up with that, Old Navy?), their selection isn’t bad. These cotton/Spandex plus-size hipster 3-packs look great and the price is right at 3/$12 (also available in a bikini cut). These silky-smooth Hips and Curves microfiber bikini briefs ($9.99; sizes 1X-4X) come in fun colors and is also available in a boy short and thong style.
Plus size boy shorts and boxer briefs that fit like a second skin
Lane Bryant has a decent selection of boy short panties in plus sizes, but their lace trim microfiber boy shorts look super-comfy (3 for $29; up to size 26/28). Avenue has a utilitarian but super-sleek looking seamless boy short panty ($9.90/buy 2 get 1 free; up to size 26/28; also in a cute stripe pattern), and Just My Size (also available at Walmart) sells super-cheap ($9.98/4-pack) cotton boy shorts (watch their sizing, which goes from 9 to 14 but those correspond to 44-45″ and 61-64″ hips). I offer up these seamless plus-size boxer briefs for women by Junonia (cotton/Lycra® blend, $24.95, up to size 6X) as neither as a cheap-and-easy or adorable find, but a style I’d love to see more of out there.
Plus size Thongs with some stretch for comfort
These lace-trim Old Navy thongs (up to size 4X, they also come in stretch lace singles and cotton 3-packs–remember, sold online only) look perfect: stretchy, comfy, generously sized (some reader reviews suggest buying a size down, which means better odds that they’ll fit bigger girls) and they’re on sale as of this writing. Lane Bryant Cacique stretch cotton thongs look comfortable (sizes 12 – 26/28; 5 for $29); check their in-store sale tables for seasonal markdowns. I like the fuller coverage at the sides of this Woman Within stretch thong; they’re also tag-free for even more comfort (sized by hip width up to 68″). Avenue’s stretch lace thongs are also on sale now, come in vibrant colors and look super-comfy (sizes 14/16-30/32).
Good luck in your search for the perfect panties!
C’mon girls: tell us about your underwear. What’s your preferred style, brand, and/or retailer, and how do they best fit your body type?