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How to Avoid Showing Panty Lines - Are Panty Lines Okay?

What's Wrong with Having Panty Lines?

Women wear panties. At least, they do much of the time. But they work so hard at hiding the panty lines. Why? Does the world want women to wear panties or not? Don’t answer that. I guess it depends on who you are. And the situation. Let’s face it. There are some skirts or pants that will show panty lines. You know the material—that slinky, clingy (even if not tight) material that just makes those lines shine. So, I ask you, what’s a girl to do?

Panty lines or not?

Those Pesky Panty Lines

I’ll admit it. Up until a certain age, I was a victim of society’s “You’ve got panty lines” guilt. I brainstormed on how to stop those horrendous tell-tale signs of panty-wearing. I tried different clothing, different panties….

Again, what’s a girl to do? I fought trying the thong panty for a while. For years I just knew that nice girls didn’t wear thongs! That archaic notion eventually turned into the “The thong’s not professional” premise. Ha! Well, then leave it off the resume! No need to show your boss your underwear! (No comments, please….)

So What Do You Do About Panty Lines?

Okay, so now with all the excuses shot down in my early to mid-thirties, I decided to buy the panty-line free thong as a new, liberated, hopefully panty-line free woman. The results? I had a permanent wedgie--both embarrassing and uncomfortable--ALL DAY LONG! Perhaps there are women who can handle that feeling, or maybe I bought the wrong kind, but, for me, the thong, as for other women I know, was not the answer to this age-old dilemma of panty lines. I guess I could wear pantyhose without panties. But in 100 degree weather? No, thank you. I had to make a decision which didn’t involve going bare under a skirt.

If You Must Try to Hide Your Panty Lines....

Accept Your Panty Lines!

Sisters, I embraced my panty lines. It took years! But I finally broke through society’s expectations as well as my own self-consciousness, deciding that, if I had panty lines, then so be it! I mean, if someone were to notice my no panty lines look, then what would a person think? That either I’m wearing no panties at all or I’m wearing a thong? I wasn’t comfortable with either (physically in both cases).

A few years down the road, I did make quite a find with some panties advertised as panty line-less. How is that? They had thin material and a lack of hem that made them smooth. The panty line was minimized. What a find—the best of both worlds! But now I don’t remember what kind they were. Hanes, I think. You might look for some of those.

Why, I ask, is having panty lines even an issue? With panty lines, at least people know that you are wearing underwear. Is that so wrong? Otherwise, does the mind wonder? Or wander, even? Who knows? I say to heck with society's fashion expectations and any subsequent judgments on your derriere. Be free with or without your panty lines! You're a grown-up. Go with what makes you more comfortable.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 02, 2014:

derpaga - I love your comments! Yes! We should just be comfortable. Yes thongs are awful in so many ways. And they SHOULD be cheaper since they're made of less material! You make a lot of valid points!! :-)

derpaga on March 02, 2014:

Ladies, just wear panties you find comfortable! You're the one that's walking around in them all day! You shouldn't have to go out of your way to get used to a certain type of clothing, especially if it's more expensive, or considered "fashionable" by other people.

I don't know about you, but to me, thongs are tight and are more likely to give yeast infections, seriously. Also, why would you want more of your ass to show when you bend over, compared to hi-cut/bikini(non-thong, "brief-styled") panties? I've also never understood why thongs either cost the same as, or more than regular panties. Since you're getting less clothing they should cost less right? o.O

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2014:

Well, thank you, vivaciousvictoria! I'm following you now, so write some hubs! :-)

Victoria Crispo from New York on January 12, 2014:

Thank you! I'm new to Hubpages but look forward to reading more of your entries! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 11, 2014:

vivaciousvictoria--I love you name! Yeah, I'm with you about the "triangle" outline, the dimples, and everything else. LOL What's the big deal about VPL in light of all that, huh? Love your comments!

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Victoria Crispo from New York on January 08, 2014:

I am thrilled(!) to read that someone else feels like I do about thongs and VPL. I sincerely do not understand the appeal of thongs. I really feel like a lot of women use the "VPL" argument but the truth is, they are succumbing to the dictates of society that thongs are "sexy", and they too want to "be sexy", so they will wear thongs. I think some women who are wearing them do so because they are insecure about not feeling attractive enough to men, and this gives them the opportunity to feel like they are appealing to what men like.

I don't know, I don't find the outline of that "triangle" under the pants (right under the waistband, on the lower back) when someone wears a thong to be sexy at all! And thongs defeat the purpose of not showing visible lines because in most cases, it is really obvious when a woman is wearing one. If you're that concerned about showing a line or what kind of underwear you are wearing, why wear any at all? :)

And maybe I shouldn't point this out but I have also seen not only the tell-tale "triangle" on women wearing thongs but a host of "cottage cheese", "dimples", jiggly butt, and other things I'd rather not see- I would think VPL would be the less offensive of the options!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 29, 2013:

LOL, Tom! I like your comments. Very funny. I personally think leggings are horribly uncomfortable. I prefer looser fitting clothing. But to each her own. I'm glad you enjoy them! :-)

Tom on May 29, 2013:

Personally I find panty lines very attractive when women wear leggings I also think its sexy if they don't have a panty line so I don't know where I fall in the category I do however say who cares some men like it some do not just be yourself and who cares what others think leggings are sexy regardless and women will never stop wearing them because they go with so much and from what I hear most tell me they are comfy so I will end with let the panty lines show ladies

BeachGuy33 from Florida on April 29, 2013:

Yes, I've been wearing panties for a couple of months now. I'm an attractive guy and fit, so it does generate some extra attention. I can relate to the topic since I'm very conscious about having a VPL myself. My clothes fit me well, not lose enough to fall down but not skin tight either. Putting a little thought into your last sentence, I guess there are many factors that could result in a VPL such as the lighting you are in, standing,bending,sitting and possibly your shorts/slacks getting the outline of undergarment after having them on for awhile, even if they are loose fitting.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 28, 2013:

Honestly, BeachGuy, I don't think about or notice all the different shapes that much. So are you saying you do wear panties? Well, regardless, I do think it's hard to totally conceal any type of undergarment unless the clothing is really loose, probably. :-)

BeachGuy33 from Florida on April 28, 2013:

The question was quite vague, soI'll be more detailed. I would guess most women are familiar with the outline of different types of panties, such as cheeky,boyshorts,hipsters and bikini styles. I live in Florida, so I mostly wear shorts, which aren't always a very thick material, but not see through either. I don't like thongs so they are not an option. I'm assuming most men wouldn't be able to tell the difference in the various outlines. I'm not trying to display I'm wearing them, but it seems almost impossible for some sort of VPL not to show in some fashion if not wearing a thong. Would women easily be able to tell they are panties? Hope this helps with the first question.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 26, 2013:

LOL, BeachGuy, I don't even know what to say. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 26, 2013:

lovedoctor--I just don't like the feel of thongs, but to each her own, right? I have a few pairs of panties that hardly show lines, and they are so comfy. I wish I could find more of them but have had no luck. :-( Glad you liked the hub. :-)

BeachGuy33 from Florida on April 25, 2013:

Ok..I'm a guy. I love wearing panties. I always feel like the women can tell have them on. Can you ladies tell if a guy has or is wearing panties?

lovedoctor926 on April 25, 2013:

Hi Victoria, I don't like panty lines. I prefer thongs. They're not too uncomfortable. It's just a matter of getting used to them. voted up interesting.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 25, 2013:

Indian Chef--Yes, we all have our opinions, don't we? :-) Thanks for appreciating the hub!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 24, 2013:

Victoria... I would say I do not like pantylines too on a lady, just like i don't like strech marks on a girl or on a boy. What a person like is not based on reasons most of time but you have written a very well hub for guys like us. voting it up and awesome.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

love doctor--I don't wear white pants--heehee. I don't like thongs, either. What's a girl to do? :-)

lovedoctor926 on December 04, 2012:

I have these nice white linen pants and no matter what panties I wear them with you can see the panty lines so in this case thong. I find thongs uncomfortable to wear the entire day plus things can get messy too if u keep that thing inside too long. lol. for yoga class, thongs are good underneath leggings.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 04, 2012:

leonie--Great input. Thanks!

leonie on December 04, 2012:

i think theres nothing wrong with vpl.i wear very thin no vpl panties.its very comfirtable. i love seeing always give the female a good look ,as long its not to tight

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 23, 2012:

Thanks, Pinkchic! Glad you liked it!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on September 21, 2012:

Cute hub! I enjoyed reading your thoughts!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 13, 2012:

Thanks for the comments, Thelma. I personally don't like women showing their thongs under pants, whether they have great bodies or not. I think it shows a lack of taste. Anyway, I just like to be comfortable! I appreciate your comments!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 13, 2012:

So funny! I never thought that wearing panty lines is an issue. Well, I´m living in Germany and I can wear whatever I want under my skirt or pants without thinking about what other people say about me, although I don´t like thongs. They´re uncomfortable. I sometimes see young women here with pants lower than the waistline, showing their thongs. That´s ok for me to look at when they have a beautiful body but a huge overweight women? Horrible!

Thanks for sharing this funny hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 19, 2012:

lovedoctor--It seems that pantyhose are pretty much out....Yeah, I agree with you pretty much. As long as dark panties aren't under white pants, it's all good. Interesting....

lovedoctor926 on June 18, 2012:

Panty lines are visible with just about any pants unless you are wearing a thong of course. Personally, I don't like how it looks, but it doesn't really bother me. It's not as if you are wearing pink underwear underneath white pants. Then, I would really worry! lol. I agree with you:thongs are very uncomfortable, however, if you are wearing leggings or nice white pants, it's a lot better than the panty lines showing. As far as pantyhose, women don't wear stockings here in Florida.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 31, 2012:

CC--You are funny! Yep, I'm thinking we can't win with it, so we might as well just do what we want to do, huh????:-)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 30, 2012:

Hehe, you made me think of this gal at work who wore those stretchy but boot-cut pants. She NEVER had a pantyline. So, of course, the rest of us giggled because we knew EXACTLY why. That young thing, why she didn't care if the whole world knew if she was wearing a thong. But, as I write this, I'm thinking, well you're danged if you do and danged if you don't. I always wore baggier pants...I always felt too self-conscious in anything else. But...then...I discovered leggings...and seamless undies...and...talking about underwear...I'm starting to blush. I can't go on. HEHE. *blush*

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 23, 2012:

Oh, Doc, another man's perspective! So interesting that you think pantylines are sexy and why....Great comments! Thanks!

Doc on February 23, 2012:

Another man's perspective. Pantylines are sexy. There is a subset of men who adore pantylines. It gives us insight into the type of panties your wearing. We know your secret. Also, some women wear thongs to be seen-that's not a secret so its not as sexy.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 14, 2012:

haha--You're so funny. VPL. Whale tale! Great comments. You gave me something to think about, Alecia!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 13, 2012:

This funny for sure but so true. I hate thinking about it and try not to care when the truth is that it's something women have been considering for ages. I just try not to show for dresses and fancy occasions, otherwise I'd rather have VPL than whale tail! Great hub!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

thoughtforce--It's definitely a fun topic to write about. haha. Thanks for the great comments!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on February 13, 2012:

I liked this hub since I often wonder over these fun things myself. I agree with you that panty lines shouldn't be an issue but unfortunately it is! Every girl and women knows it and most of us try to hide panty lines. It makes me wonder though, why is it that men are supposed to show their underwear, and so much of them, and women should not! It makes no sense at all to me. And why do we go along with it! Thanks for the fun and interesting read,


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

alocsin--I think that perhaps you're the second or third man to read this hub. I'm glad you did and that you found it amusing. I appreciate it!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

As a man, I probably shouldn't be commenting on this at all, but I found the premise intriguing and the writing amusing. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 22, 2012:

Perspycacious--that is a great comment! haha Party lines instead of panty lines. I love it!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on January 21, 2012:

Maybe, if Americans concerned themselves more with panty lines than with party lines our Congress could finally pass a budget! (Preferably, like panty lines, a balanced one! ;o)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 21, 2012:

Great comments, sweethearts! Lots to ponder--you're right. I'm glad you thought it was a fun hub, so maybe we don't have to take the issue so seriously, huh? I enjoyed reading all the different comments, too!

sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on January 19, 2012:

Tis a problem. Girl's ponder pantylines while showing bra straps when wearing T's and halters. Boy's showing underwear when wearing low hanging pants. Does leave little to question (the age old question boxers or briefs). Makes me wonder if pantylines invited the question cotton or silk and lace. Fun hub and interesting comments. Thanks for the fun read it's good to ponder once in a while.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Rosemay--Yeah, the guy butt-crack thing is SO not attractive. I, too, am more worried about the belly sticking out rather than the panty lines! hey, it was a fun hub, anyway, right? :-) Thanks for the cool comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Susan--I didn't know men like panty lines. Good for your husband! It was a fun hub to write!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2012:

Thanks for the comments, Ruchira! Loose-fitting clothing does help! :-)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 16, 2012:

Haha this is a fun hub, what is a girl to do. Lol

I must admit I used to be worried about panty lines, tried thongs and found them uncomfortable. Now I have other things to worry about like a tubby tummy which kinda puts panty lines in the background.

What I do hate is seeing a guy bend over and his pants slip to show the crack, that is so unsughtly.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2012:

LOL, This was a fun read. I used to worry about panty lines all the time. Then when I met my husband he informed me that men actually like panty lines. I still try to hide them though.

Ruchira from United States on January 15, 2012:

Hi Victoria,

You have pointed out a good concern. Your hub was enlightening, did not know about those kinda strategies to avoid those lines.

I usually avoid wearing tight clothes but if i do, try to wear dark shades.

Voted up as useful.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 15, 2012:

homesteadbound--I try to avoid pantylines if they're too obvious. But other times, I just think, "Oh, well!" haha. I hide those bra straps, though. Thanks for the comments!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 15, 2012:

I have always tried to avoid panty lines, it just means I have to wear a longer top or less tight fitting pants. Just me. And I don't like my bra straps to show either.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 15, 2012:

haha,Vincent. I love your comments. Yes, ladies I'm sure worry about the ole panty lines more so than the men do. Epi in a speedo along the Lake Erie beach! You're too funny. What a vision! :-)

Vincent Moore on January 15, 2012:

Panty Lines or no Panty line, don't much matter to Vincent as he is a Butt man and knows what hides between those lines. LoL...Gotta love this hub though, I never thought it was such a big deal, but I guess it is to all you ladies out there. I can just see Epi in a speedo to running along his Lake Erie private beach:-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 15, 2012:

Millionaire Tips--interesting observation about commercials. I'm sure there are many more examples out there like the one you mention. Yeah, panty lines aren't so bad in moderation--haha. Anything taken too far--or too obvious in this case--can be a problem or issue! Thanks for the comments!

Shasta Matova from USA on January 15, 2012:

I'd seen commercials decades ago about panty lines, and hadn't really noticed until then. There are messages we hear in commercials that we absorb without thinking about it. (I wrote a hub about a car commercial with a message that we should always be prepared with the biggest car). I don't think seeing panty lines is a bad thing unless it is really obvious. But I do always wear jeans or try to wear thick pants so I don't have that problem.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 14, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, randomcreative. Good to see you again!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 14, 2012:

Melovy--I don't see a bunch of low-hanging pants on the females here since skinny jeans are all the rage. But, yes, on the guys' boxers showing. Yeah, so in that case, panty lines are a non-issue! Thanks for the perspective. Interesting!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 13, 2012:

I agree that it's better to see panty lines and know that people are wearing underwear than to not have any lines. I also agree that thongs are very uncomfortable and could never wear them on a daily basis.

Yvonne Spence from UK on January 13, 2012:

Victoria, here in the UK the young (around 16 - 23) not only embrace panty lines, they let it all hang out. It’s fashionable to wear your trousers slung so low that panties - and boxer shorts for the guys - are revealed over the top of trousers, or sometimes through holes. (I often wonder how the trousers don’t fall down they are so low.) And, as Jeannieinabottle also mentioned, if you are really fashionable you show off your bra as well.

So panty lines barely get a look in with all those panties and boxer shorts to catch the eye instead.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

I hear ya, lady rain. I don't think anybody should or would look there, anyway. haha. Thanks for that comments!

lady rain from Australia on January 12, 2012:

I don't have an issue with panty lines because I don't think I have a really nice and firm butt to attract any attention to that area LOL!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

I agree, effer, I don't know why it's such an issue. Probably started by men! Yes, tight pants are worse, pants or leggings that show every nook and cranny of the female body. Yuck. So ugly. Guess it's all in the eye of the beholder??? Thanks for the great comments!

Suzie from Carson City on January 12, 2012:

Victoria Lynn...This hub made me laugh, because of the images that go through one's mind, picturing a group of women marching in unison, showing off their panty-lines!! I wonder who it was and WHY "panty-lines" became an issue...don't you? Like we women don't have ENOUGH to concern ourselves with!! It must have been a MAN since we can safely assume they spend the most time checking out the female body ...Panty lines? Not so bad, but what IS ugly as heck, are the outer pants that are SO tight, they go right up into the crack!!! Oh, YUK! Now that's a sad sight!! lol

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

Epi--If there were more gentlemen like yourself, then panty lines would be a non-issue. Glad I got your attention on the title, though! Speedo Gonzales--I love it! Glad you got your boxers and your voice back. Good to see you this evening.

epigramman on January 12, 2012:

..I must say this title certainly caught my eye although truth be told a woman's panty line has NEVER caught my eyes because as a gentleman I just DON'T go there - lol - that said - I had panty line problem once - women at work thought I was wearing a speedo and they started harrassing me with the nickname SPEEDO GONZALES - it soon stopped and I went back to wearing my boxer shorts - and I got my normal voice back too!!!!

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Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

Hey,Frank! I appreciate a guy commenting! Sometimes panty lines are difficult to avoid, just an FYI.I appreciate your perspective. I'll just say to each his or her own! I don't really think it's a big deal either way, but it's kind of fun to discuss! I'm glad you joined the conversation! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

Jeannie--It was a fun hub to write! And you're right about people showing their bra straps. So why not panty lines. You're so funny. Haven't read your hubs lately. I need to saunter on over there. Great to see you. Thanks for commenting!

Frankracetteconsu from Montreal on January 12, 2012:

ok i am the only guy answering this but yes . panty lines = not sexy . My aunt bought me and my brother a thong as a joke for our birthday. It was the very think kind, so i am glad i did not wear it LOL. I don't know why but thongs are sexy ( on a guys perspective). When I see a women with out panty lines I don't automatically think thong , but when i see a women with panty lines i think to my self WHY ? I guess it's a guy thing or maybe just me

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on January 12, 2012:

I always have panty lines and I am proud of it! I don't have a problem showing off my ability to wear underwear, nor should anyone else. I figure, people can tell I am wearing a bra, so who cares is they know I am wearing panties? As a matter of fact, it seems to be in style to wear your bra in such a way so the world can see your bra straps now. So yes, embrace the "definitely wearing underwear" look!

Fun hub! Voted up and awesome!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

Daniella--Yeah, the ones I tried had these really thick seams, which defeated the purpose, as the panty lines were just moved up higher. haha. Maybe I'll try some again. Or, if not, so be it with the panty lines. haha. It was a fun hub to write, anyway. Glad it make you laugh. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 12, 2012:

Well, LesleySherwood, some of my comments have some sarcasm in them, that's for sure. While I don't like huge obvious panty lines, I don't think they're a big deal, either. Yeah, maybe loose clothing is the answer for all of us. haha. Thanks for the comments!

Daniella Lopez on January 12, 2012:

LOL! This is awesome... I will admit that I'm still of the mindset that panty lines are a big no no.

Also, I was going to add, you can prevent the "wedgie" feeling with certain types of thongs. Try to stick with just cotton or silk, no lace. Also, the ones with really thick seams will feel very uncomfortable.

Anyway, great hub!

Lesleysherwood on January 12, 2012:

Good point. People at least know you're wearing undies if you show a panty line. I would love to adopt your attitude. I can't get with it though. I have to admit, I don't like the panty line. Do I wear my jeans to tight I wonder? lol

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