Thong vs. G-String: Differences and Similarities

Renata Black, EBY Co-Founder & CEO

People tend to refer to “thongs” interchangeably with “G-strings.” In reality, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

From fashion to function, these two panty styles are far more different than they are alike. Though they both have a similar cut that exposes the buttocks and can be used to amplify sex appeal, a thong provides more coverage, more comfort, and more fabric options than a G-string. 

Now, let’s take an in-depth look at the differences and similarities between thongs and G-strings!

What is a Thong?

A traditional thong covers the genitals with a V-shaped design in the back — often described as a “whale tail.” Along with a thicker and more reliable hip construction, the fabrics used to make thongs (e.g., cotton, lace, elastic) are much sturdier than the thin, fabric-like lace or mesh used to make G-strings.

To prevent panty lines, women often choose thongs over briefs or bikini bottoms. The variety of materials used in thongs translates into an array of contexts in which they are comfortable to wear. For example, thongs are a trendy panty style for workouts, as an outer garment, or for swimming.

Not many people know this, but the thong evolved into the panty style we know today from its origin as a swimsuit bikini bottom — to expose more of a woman’s backside for tanning. 

Some people think thong panties are uncomfortable, but you have to make sure you have the correct sizing for a comfortable wearing experience. 

That’s why we designed EBY thongs to be unlike any other: with our unique seamless material and one-of-a-kind no-slip grip technology, you won’t even notice you’re wearing underwear! They’re basically like a second skin. Interested in trying for yourself? Our sizing ranges from XS – 4X in both low and high-waisted cuts!

What is a G String?

A G-string, also known as a V string, is simply a string that creates a T-shape in the back and provides no butt coverage whatsoever. G-strings have donned the affectionate nickname “floss,” and it’s no surprise why: G-strings cover the front of the body, which also happens to be the location of the only piece of fabric in the G-string.

The triangular, narrow piece of cloth extends to cover the genitals and attaches to a thin material like a string or clear elastic straps around the hips. The most popular use of the G-string is to eliminate any chances of a panty line mishap, especially when wearing an extra tight material like a body con. 

Are G-Strings Comfortable?

Some people find G-strings more comfortable than any other type of panty, which may be attributed to the minimal use of fabric and overall sex appeal. However, many people have found that the lacey, “flossy” fabrics used in G-strings tend to become uncomfortable after wearing them for long periods — especially if it’s your first time trying out the panty style.

G-strings have become a symbol of empowerment, thanks to the sex appeal and scandal they bring to the table. Even men can wear G-strings, which makes it a universal garment for those who want to express their sexuality through intimacy.

The Similarities Between Thongs and G-Strings

People use the terms “thong” and “G-string” interchangeably because they share a distinct silhouette compared to other underwear styles. Additionally, both undergarments expose more of the backside and prevent panty lines. 

Understandably, these elements have blurred the lines between thongs and G-strings. 

However, each of these aspects directly relates to one another. The G-string’s T-shape and the thong’s V-shape cover sensitive parts of the body compared to a usual panty, minimizing the chances of revealing any visible panty lines.A pink EBY Thong being modeled by a woman

The Differences Between Thongs and G-Strings

As we’ve already hinted, there are far more differences between thongs and G-strings than similarities. 

To help make these distinctions, we put together a clear and concise chart to outline the main differences between the two undergarments. But before we break down the differences one by one, let’s go a bit more in-depth into the two most prominent differences between thongs and G-strings: design and exposure.

Thong vs. G-String Design

Though these undergarments share similar silhouettes, thongs and G-strings are quite different in their design. Mainly, this is because thongs are not made with simple strings. 

The string of a G-string provides the least amount of material and support possible, while the band of a thong provides a bit more coverage and comfort around the hips.

Thong vs. G-String Exposure

Speaking of coverage, exposure is one of the main differences between a G-string and a thong. 

G-strings are usually made with a small, triangle-shaped fabric on the front of the garment that only covers the most sensitive parts of a woman’s privates. 

On the other hand, thongs cover body parts as much as a regular panty in the front and leave most of the rear exposed.

However, a thong’s level of exposure is nothing compared to that of a G-string. Because G-strings are made with such little material, they create a T-shape design in the back, while the extra fabric used to make thongs creates more of a V or Y-shaped silhouette.

Now, we are ready to finally put the G-string vs. thong debate to bed once and for all!

Other Differences: A Listing of the Differences Between Thongs and. G-Strings

Thong G String
Concept An undergarment that contains a considerate amount of coverage both in the front and the back. Made with more cloth and wider side panels. An undergarment that provides some coverage in the front, and none in the back. Made with strings.
Shape V-shaped T-shaped
Gender Used By For women only For women and men
Type of Clothing Considered a type of panty, as well as a swimsuit style Considered a type of thong
Coverage Provides a usual amount of coverage in the front, and a decent amount in the back (comparatively). Uses more fabric than a G string Provides frontal pelvic hair coverage only, leaving the backside completely exposed. Uses less fabric than a thong
Purpose Prevents panty lines, great for working out Prevents panty lines in tight clothing. Also serves as a scandalous piece of lingerie
Comfort Comfortable (so long as you have the right size) Minimal comfort (wedgies and uncomfortable digging on the sides to be expected)
Support Supportive Supportive

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As you can see, thongs and G-strings are far from the same. Though they share similar visual purposes, thongs provide more coverage and offer more comfort for physical activities. Thongs are ultimately the universal undergarment.

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EBY thongs are made from the highest quality seamless materials, so you never have to worry about an uncomfortable thong ruining your day ever again. And with the help of our signature no-slip grip, bunching and wedgies are a thing of the past! 

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