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visible panty line

When it comes to undergarment blunders, there’s hardly a worse offender than the VPL. Some of us go to great lengths to avoid the visible panty line, and the truth is, it’s not always such an easy feat. Particularly if you wear a lot of form-fitting clothing, you may notice this pesky problem popping up more often. Or, if you like particular panty styles, you may also struggle with a visible line.

What are the best ways to prevent a visible panty line? In this guide, we’ll cover some of the most effective strategies for ensuring you achieve a smooth silhouette with any ensemble.

Find a flawless fit

First thing’s first. If your panties don’t fit well, they’re far more likely cause VPL. For example, if they’re too tight, they could cut into your skin and cause some bulge around your buttocks, thighs, or waist, that will show through your clothes. On the other hand, if they’re too baggy, the extra fabric will create some unsightly lines, bumps, and wrinkles under your outfit. Try a variety of styles and sizes until you find your perfect fit, and remember: your size may vary between brands.

Go seamless

Look for seamless panties that have laser cut edges if you’re wearing a body-hugging ensemble and concerned about any lines showing through. In particular, styles made with lots of spandex and elastic are ideal — the thinner the material, the better!

Try a thong

There’s no doubt about it — thongs are one of the best styles to wear when you’re trying to prevent VPL. These panties are cut with no coverage on your behind, so you don’t have to worry about lines showing on your derriere. Again, opting for a style made with a touch of spandex is best. Consider the rise on what you’re wearing as well: If you’re sporting a high-waisted skirt, for example, you’ll want a higher rise thong to avoid a visible line across the waist.

Related: The Girl’s Guide To Panty Styles

Bring on the boyshorts

If you’re not a fan of thongs — either because you find them uncomfortable or simply don’t love the look — fret not: boyshorts are a stellar alternative for dodging a visible panty line. Since they offer ample coverage, extending all the way to the top of your thighs, they don’t cut across your butt. That means you’re less likely to see any VPL. Again, look for seamless styles to be on the safe side. And while we love boyshorts with lace accents and other fun, feminine details, you’re better off sticking with super simple styles if you’re trying to avoid VPL or any other visible lumps or bumps.

Get sleek with shapewear

Shapewear can be your best friend when you’re looking to achieve a smooth look. Any undergarments that extend down to your thigh and up to your waist will give you a sleek silhouette, and as an added bonus, can make certain ensembles hang better on your body for a more flattering fit.

Go commando

Of course, if you really want to prevent a VPL, one of the most effective tactics is to simply skip panties altogether. So if you’re feeling brave enough, try going commando! The best way to do this without risking a wardrobe malfunction is to try going panty-less under a tighter dress skirt that hits closer to the knee or below, or a pair of pants.

Any of these approaches should help to keep VPL at bay, but here are some final tips. Slinky fabrics are far more prone to showing visible panty lines, as they cling to the skin. Opting for thicker fabrics is a smarter strategy. Also, looser silhouettes are obviously more forgiving in regards to VPL than tight-fitting clothing. Textured fabrics are your friend because they can camouflage visible lines. Additionally, prints can hide VPL very well — the more elaborate the pattern, the less likely it is that your panty line will show.

Related: How To Shop For Plus Size Underwear

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Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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