As you may have heard on the Today Show a few weeks ago, sales of the traditional thong, the best way to get a smooth looking derriere, are beginning to decline.  Previous thong fans are opting for more coverage and smoothing as they grow older.  In addition, many of the youngest customers aren’t fans of thongs.  Because of decreasing sales of traditional thongs at Lady K, I can’t argue with the facts.  What I don’t agree with is the idea that VPL (visible panty line) is okay.

Skirts, slacks, shorts and jeans are increasingly being made of fabrics containing spandex, causing clinging and body hugging in the butt, tummy and thigh areas.  The best outfit is suddenly uncool with every panty elastic showing through.  Unless you always wear long tops, it’s time to rethink your bottoms!

Consider a modified thong, a boyshort, a mid-thigh control pant, or even pantyhose with or without toes or feet.

Hanky Panky’s Retro thong is a modification of its best selling original lace thong.  It has much wider and stronger lace, giving it coverage from the waist to the top of the leg and a bit of tummy control.  It’s a beautiful way to smooth without leg or waist elastics.  Who likes it?  The Retro is our best seller for ladies 18-80 years old.

There are many versions of boyshorts on the market.  Whether bikini, hip hugger or higher, the leg has a looser cut around the front and back avoiding digging elastic lines.  They don’t cup under the butt firmly, but just stay in place.  My two favorites are an all lace style from Hanky Panky and a cotton hip hugger with stretch lace top and leg from Natori.  If even the flattest lace is not an option, solid nylon/ Lycra with no edge trim is great.

Spanx and similar control products have been super popular for controlling and smoothing from the waist or the bra band down to mid-thigh.  Spanx makes the same control pants with calf length or full length sheer hosiery.  There are also control top pantyhose with no toes for open toe shoes.

What’s right for you?  The proof is in the trying.  Come in with your problem outfits and leave with one or a wardrobe of problem solvers.  No more VPL!

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