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Hanky Panky Smooths It Out


A few years ago, I mounted a crusade against visible panty line.  Working women don’t always think about the smoothness of their rearview, and many types of full-seat underwear cause this unsightly fashion faux pas.  I was once afflicted with this terrible disease, but I never thought that I would be the kind of women who wore thong underwear (I was young and stupid enough to think that there was a “kind” then.) until I found Hanky Panky thongs.

Hanky Pankys are super comfortable.  I know…thong and comfortable are not two words that you would think go together, but in this case, they do.  I rarely even know that I’m wearing them, which was not my experience with other types of thongs (not only was I sure I was wearing them, I desperately wanted to remove them for most of the day).

Like most Hanky Panky wearers, I started out with the traditional one-size-fits most, low-rise, lace thong.  This classic also comes in petite and plus-size.  They also make a mid-rise and a higher rise.  And I thought they were eliminating VPL 100-percent of the time, until I wore a crepe dress.

Under the thin crepe, the outline of the flowers was visible.  Ironic that in my quest to prevent VPL, I had actually caused VPL.  *facepalm*

Luckily, our friends at Hanky Panky are now making a thong in smooth, microfiber jersey.  The thongs come in a “natural rise” that I was initially skeptical about, but it turned out to be a little higher the low-rise, but not too high.  And like its lace counterpart, Hanky Panky Bare thong is very comfortable.

As for sizing, this thong does not come in one-size-fits-most, so you’ll have to pick your size.  I am a size 6 hip and was a small.  So it seemed to run fairly close to the size guide suggestion.  They’re not yet making these thongs in petite or plus-size, but hopefully, they will soon.

I love this product.  It’s the perfect thing for thinner materials.  No more rumply flower pattern on my tush, thank goodness.



  1. Jenn L. says:

    Wow, this is awesome news. I, too, abhor VPL and quest to avoid it – but same issue, jersey or similar fabrics would not a cute result make.

    Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to picking up a few if/when they go on sale.

    August 1, 2013/Reply
  2. Marie says:

    This feels a lot like a sponsored post. Is it?

    August 1, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Sponsored posts are required to be marked by law. This is not a sponsored post, I just like the product.

      August 1, 2013/Reply
      • Marie says:

        Thanks for answering. I was just curious. I’ve heard great things about Hanky Panky.

        August 1, 2013/Reply
        • Belle says:

          Love ’em. Can’t get enough ’em. I also sleep in their boyshorts. Thongs are very comfy for daytime wear, but I’m a restless sleeper and it can get uncomfy.

          August 1, 2013/Reply
  3. SK says:

    I just purchased my first pairs from the NAS and am legitimately thinking about replacing all my underwear with HPs. They are truly as amazing as you say.

    August 1, 2013/Reply
  4. Heather says:

    Does anyone have any experience with the Hanky Panky maternity line? Does the lace/modal V-kini eliminate VPL? I HATE VPL, but then I got pregnant and well, thongs just aren’t working for me anymore, and I’ve yet to find a comfortable solution.

    August 1, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I had a fashion mag editor tell me that the HP thong was the only thing she could wear in her last trimester. The lace modal will be VPL free under all but the thinnest crepe. I’ve never had a problem with any other fabric but crepe.

      August 1, 2013/Reply
  5. Anon says:

    Have you ever tried the Soma Vanishing Edge? https://www.soma.com/store/browse/shelf.jsp?cat=Panties+Featured+Collections&subCatId=cat4200004&catId=cat40090 They’re my favorite! You can get them on sale at the outlets pretty regularly. They’re totally invisible and I love that they’re a normal-cut panty. (Ha, not an ad, I’m a loyal CHS reader – there’s just no way to write a post about underwear that doesn’t sound like an ad 😉 )

    August 1, 2013/Reply
    • GAGOPGal says:

      I LOVE Soma Vanishing Edge! They are the only panties I wear. Comfortable and no more VPL. This is a very good option for woman who would prefer to not wear a thong. I, for one, don’t care for the “dental floss in the crack” feeling and exposed cheeks. But that is just me. 😉

      August 7, 2013/Reply
  6. MCW says:

    Thanks Belle! I actually had been thinking of writing in because I also bought that pink jersey faux wrap dress from Ann Taylor you posted earlier this summer and have had major VPL issues even when wearing the VS Lacie (I’m still paid intern status..). Thinking these may solve the problem!

    August 1, 2013/Reply
  7. Katie says:

    I was literally just looking for something like this on their site. I dont know how i missed it! Hanky Panky thongs are my go-to choice 90% of the time…love them!! I have noticed the same thing under my thinner bottoms though so I can’t wait to try these out! Thanks for posting!

    August 2, 2013/Reply
  8. Maharani says:

    How breathable are they? Frankly,I prefer all cotton. Synthetic underwear, even with a cotton gusset, is usually too uncomfortable to wear after a short period, for me. This problem is entirely the fault of cheap modern fashion-dresses used to have linings or a slip and VPL was not an issue.

    August 5, 2013/Reply