Remember the one-size-fits-all stretchy lace thongs that were popular a few years ago? It was my absolute go-to in my twenties, but over the years, the one-size-fits-all silhouette has ceased to cut it (because, news flash, one-size is always a scam). While I found similar styles at Victoria’s Secret and Aerie a few years ago, the popular lace style seems to have either disappeared from the market entirely, or on the rare occasions I’ve been able to find it, shrunk in size and styling thanks to the low-waist trend making a comeback.
Because of this, I’m left with a less than stellar selection of thongs that are either too old, too young, or just plain old in appearance. To remedy the situation, I started by eliminating any and all straps that didn’t quite fit, as well as ones that might fit well, but just didn’t feel comfortable after hours of wearing them. (I’m a firm believer that you should only keep the things you love wholeheartedly—it makes life so much more fulfilling, not to mention the dressing experience.) Then I set out to find the perfect lace thong. Eventually, I swiped on the Soma Intimates Embraceable Embraceable All-Over Lace Retro Thong ($12 or $5/39) — and instantly, it intrigued me (so much so that I immediately bought five colors).
So, what makes this thong so special, you may ask? Few things. For starters, it’s sold in a whopping 18 colors in women’s sizes S through XXL (I’m a size 12/14 and XL fit just fine). Design-wise, it has a higher waistband compared to many thongs today, which I find to be more comfortable and flattering on my body. This waistband is also double (if not triple) the width of the lace thongs I’ve been swearing by, which I also find most functional in a lingerie nature. The thicker the waistband, the less it will sag and bunch under pants and leggings, which can be very embarrassing to treat outside your home.
What’s more, unlike some lace thongs that feature seam-through lace that inevitably snag or bunch under stretch (or feel tight while wearing), this thong features no such restrictions. It’s made of nylon and spandex without a single slit through the strap to ensure the lace lays flat against your body, eliminating snagging and panty lines alike.
The designers of these beautiful lingerie haven’t forgotten the basic rule of high-quality lingerie, though, having the measure to line it with 100% cotton for maximum comfort and optimal breathability. While you might think panty liners are up for debate (given how comfortable seamless polyester panties can be), board-certified OB/GYN Staci Tanouye, MD, FACOG says otherwise: “[Cotton and linen are] She told us earlier while discussing the topic of the best lingerie to buy. This is important because undergarments that don’t breathe can retain moisture, which in turn can harbor bacteria and potentially lead to a whole host of other problems, including infections and strong odors. (And I leave you feeling like a swamp monster, no less.)
All this to say: I am a huge fan of the Soma Intimates Embraceable Signature All-Over Lace Retro Thong and regularly check the site for new colors. Something to keep in mind, however, is that these shapewear are best paired with dresses or high-waisted pants and skirts, as the lace will show otherwise. Although it’s not really the end of the world if that happens, as the revealing thong trend seems to be back in the spotlight here in 2023, too. Who would have thought?
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