Choosing and wearing the correct size of panties can eliminate embarrassing ride-ups, wedgies and bunching problems. The right size panties should contour to your curves without pinching or leaving indentations on your skin. With varieties ranging from high-cut to low-rise, every woman can find a comfortable-fitting panty. With a few simple measurements and visual inspection of prospective panties, you're well on your way to wearing the right size without the risk any embarrassing undergarment malfunctions.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cloth measuring tape
Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your waist. Bend to the right or left, and look for the natural indent in your skin. Place the tape measure at this crease, and stand up straight. Write down this measurement.
Locate the fullest, widest part of your hips. Wrap the tape measure around your hips, keeping the tape parallel to the ground. Write down this measurement.
Use a size chart (one is listed in the Resources section) to determine your panty size with the given measurements. If your measurements fall between two sizes, choose the larger one.
Look for panties that lay smooth against your skin. There shouldn't be any bunching or sagging at the front, in the crotch or the rear of the panties. Conversely, the panties shouldn't be restrictive and pulled too taught against the skin.
Check your legs for mobility. Panties shouldn't restrict your movement or leave red indentation lines. If the fabric is bunching around your legs, try a high-cut panty.
Feel the waistband of the panties. It should be snug, but not tight. If the fabric is rolling down onto itself, the panties are too big. Unless they are thong-style panties, the fabric should cup your buttocks, and lay smooth over your lower belly.
Tips and warnings
- Not all fabrics fit the same. Silk panties are less stretchy than cotton. Before purchasing several pairs of panties in one type of fabric, buy a test pair to make sure the size is accurate.
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