The Difference Between a Thong vs G String

Renata Black, EBY Co-Founder & CEO

Thongs tend to be referred to as G strings interchangeably, when in reality that couldn’t be farther from the truth. From fashion to function, these two panty styles are different in more ways than they are similar. 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. For an in-depth look at the difference between a thong and a G string, keep reading on.

What is a Thong?

A traditional thong covers the genitals with a V-shaped design in the back that is often described as a “whale tail.” The fabrics used to make thongs (cotton, lace, elastic) are much sturdier than the fabrics used in a G string, and the construction of the hips is a lot more thick and reliable. Between thongs, briefs, and bikinis, thongs are definitely the best underwear for preventing panty lines. Because thongs provide a wider range of materials, the contexts in which they can be used are much wider as well. For example, thongs are a very popular panty style for working out, and can even be found in swimsuit outer garments form, as well. In fact, not many people know this, but thongs actually originated as swimsuit bikini bottoms and eventually evolved into the panty we know today. They were invented so that a woman’s backside could have more exposure when tanning.

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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 been donned the affectionate nickname “floss” and it’s no surprise why: The most coverage that the undergarment provides is in the front for body secretions, 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 body con. However, G strings have also become a symbol of empowerment, thanks to the sex appeal and scandal they bring to the table. A G string can even be worn by men, which makes it a universal garment for those who want to express their sexuality through intimacy.

Similarities Between a Thong and a G String

People have used the terms “thong” and “G string” interchangeably for so long because they share a similar silhouette compared to other underwear styles. This, plus the amount of exposure of the backside, and the preventative use of eliminating panty lines, have caused a lot of understandable confusion between the two garments. As a matter of fact, each of these aspects directly relates to one another; the T-shape of the G string and the V-shape of the thong barely covers parts compared to a usual panty, therefore minimizing the chances of revealing any visible panty lines. Thong vs G String - EBY

The Difference Between a Thong vs G String

As mentioned before, the differences between thongs and G strings are much greater than the similarities. To help make these distinctions, we’ve put together a clear and concise chart outlining the main difference between the two undergarments, so that we can put this “G string vs thong panties” debate to bed once and for all. But before we break down the differences one by one, let’s go a bit more in-depth about the two most prominent differences between the undergarments.


Though they each have similar silhouettes, thongs and G strings are actually quite different when it comes to design, due to the fact that thongs are not made with strings. The string on a G string provides the least amount of material possible, while the band of a thong provides a bit more coverage and comfort around the hips.


Speaking of coverage, exposure is also a key difference 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. Thongs, on the other hand, cover body parts as much as a regular panty in the front and leave most of the rear end exposed in the back. But 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.

Other Differences

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


As you can see, thongs and G strings are not one and the same. Thongs can be made from any of your favorite panty materials — lace, cotton, seamless, and more — while a G string tends to stick to a thin fabric like lace or mesh. Though they share similar purposes, thongs are ultimately the more universal undergarment, due to the fact that they provide coverage all around and therefore offer more comfort for physical activities. 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! If you’re interested in making the switch to EBY for good, why not consider joining our membership program? As an EBY member, you will have exclusive access to all the best deals on our website, as well as our quarterly customizable underwear subscription box. Our subscription box will keep you supplied with three pairs of fresh new undies four times a year, so what are you waiting for? Build your very first box today!