with Susan Wagner
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Believe it or not, one of the things on my life list is “wear a thong.” And before you ask, no I have never tried the thong; I’ve just been making due, I guess. Or wandering around for 43 years with VPL. Either way, it’s time to put on some big girl panties. Very very small ones, apparently.
When you tell the Internet that you’ve never worn a thong, everyone has something to say. I got lots of recommendations for the Hanky Panky thongs, but it was my friend Rachel who offered the most concrete advice. “Listen, it takes three days,” she told me. “Buy yourself three thongs and make yourself wear them for three days straight. After that, piece of cake.”
Ok, three days. I can do that.
Last night, as part of our Fashion’s Night Out wanderings, Rachel and I found ourselves at The Lingerie Store. And here’s where I have to stop and say this: I’m not really a lingerie kind of girl. Oh sure, I own bras and underwear, but they’re all pretty utilitarian. My bras tend to come from the junior department (because I wear a 34 AA, which is super hard to find in the big girls’ section) and my underwear are mostly Hanes Her Way (the comfy cotton type). My goal for my undierpinnings is not to feel sexy or feminine — it’s that no one see them during the course of my day. Boring, I know, but it works for me.
The thong, of course, is inherently sexy — or so I gather. When I told Twitter about buying thongs (because of course, I was standing right in front of a huge display of them and Rachel was there and it’s on my life list, so how could I not buy a couple?) — when I told Twitter about the thongs, the response was, “Your husband will love them!” Actually, I think my husband will be a little freaked out by them. And honestly, I am too, just a little. Ok a lot.
The women in the lingerie store convinced me to go with bright colors — one hot pink, one turquoise. My usual approach to lingerie buying is to opt for the neutral shade, the one that will disappear under my clothes. But a thong should be fun! Right? So bright colors it is!
Of course, when I got home I realized that I have two pair of light-colored pants that could probably benefit from a thong, but not from a turquoise blue or hot pink thong. Already I am wishing I had followed my instincts and opted for beige.
And now, of course, I have to wear the thong, because “buy a thong” is not what’s on my Life List. I’m still unsure about it, though. I get the no-panty-lines thing (and I am all in favor of that, believe me) but I’m just nos sure about tossing on something so inherently sexy for my regular day of errand running and copy editing.
Are you a thong girl? Do you choose your underwear for utility or sex appeal? And do you have any advice for me about making the thong work? Because I’m a little nervous over here.
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