What are the different types of thongs?

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The truth is, not all thongs are created equal. 

There are many different types of thongs, and each fits the body differently. 

As a woman who has been wearing thongs for nearly two decades, I can assure you that I understand just how coveted a well-fitting thong is, and I have learned exactly how to spot one in the underwear aisle. 

In this article, you will learn which types of thongs you should be wearing according to your body type and how to stop yourself from making a big mistake in the lingerie section of your favorite store.

What are the different types of thongs?

There are at least seven different types of thongs, which range from more coverage to less coverage, and within each type can be a range of styles and fabrics. 

The seven most common types of thongs are:


Perhaps the most famous of all thongs is the G-string. True to its name, it essentially is a piece of triangular fabric tied together by a string. 

The G-string provides minimal coverage and is your best option when wearing an outfit that a panty line would ruin. 

Despite what many people might think, the G-string is an extremely flexible undergarment due to its floss-like fabric and is suitable for any body type. 

Just make sure you are wearing the correct size as the strings could cut into your hips if too small.


Unlike the G-string, the C-string is not very well-known. This is in part due to its newness on the lingerie scene but also because of its uniqueness. 

The C-string looks just like that, a C. 

It is a waistband-less thong that covers only a woman’s private bits and nothing else. Because there is not a waistband, it looks like you are going full commando when wearing a C-string. 

This makes this type of thong ideal for snug-fitting dresses or bodysuits. 

Its nonexistent waistband makes the C-string a comfortable option no matter your size or shape. Although, it would not be your best if you are planning to be very active that day.


The tanga thong, otherwise known as the samba, is a cross between full-coverage underwear and a thong. 

This type of thong has a wide waistband which provides full coverage in the front and moderate coverage in the back. Due to its width, it also provides more coverage on the sides. 

If you do not yet feel comfortable wearing a minimal-coverage thong, such as a G-string, but you like the look and feel of a bit of exposure, then the tanga is a good option for you. 

However, if you are lucky enough to be blessed with bountiful curves, you might have a hard time finding a tanga that fits you just right. 

The additional material of a tanga can tend to suffocate all the wrong places when you’ve got a bit more junk in the trunk. But if you have a leaner build, it most likely will not be a bother!


Sometimes confused with a G-string, the V-string thong is also a minimal-coverage thong that looks like a tiny triangular piece of fabric held together by a thin line. 

Though they are very similar, the main difference between the G-string and the V-string is that the V-string provides slightly less coverage and cuts wider up the hip, looking much like a V. 

A V-string can be comfortable for nearly all bodytypes. 

However, if you have a shorter torso, you might find that the high-cut of the band makes a V-string tricky to wear with any low-cut pant, short, or skirt.


The T-string is a type of thong that also gets confused with a G-string as they look eerily similar. The main difference here is that the T-string contains fabric in the back that forms the shape of a T and gives a flat behind some instant volume.


The cheeky gets its name from the way it accentuates and enhances your cheeky assets. 

It provides a bit less coverage than the tanga but more coverage than other types of thongs, making it a great option for those that hate to feel too exposed but still want to feel sexy. 

Much like the tanga, though, if you are voluptuous, cheeky underwear could be uncomfortable after wearing too long.  


The Rio is a high-coverage thong that is often used as a starter thong to get one used to wearing this particular type of undergarment. The shape of a Rio thong is almost identical to a bikini.

As if you did not already have enough options when it comes to thong-shopping, you also must figure out what material is most comfortable for you. 

You will come across thongs made out of all kinds of material, such as silk, latex, cotton, satin, nylon, spandex, or lace. And not all fabric will be made the same either. 

One lacy thong might be itchy while another is not and one cotton thong will be breathable while another will feel stuffy. 

Really, the only way to figure out what material you prefer is to try, try, and try again. But as a general rule of thumb, you want a fabric that breathes and does not bulk. 

Remember, the goal is to be comfortable, and with the right thong, you will feel just that!

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