The Best Knickers in the World?

I am in no way exaggerating when I tell you that these knickers by Hanky Panky are by far the best thongs that I have ever worn. I hate thongs. I even hate the word thong. But these lace beauties are just in a different league to the usual thrush-inducing arse-flossing scraps of nylon that are routinely offered to us by lingerie brands. “Here! Spend £38 on the matching thong why don’t you? You’ll possibly be infertile after three hours and have a strange rash in your special areas, but we don’t care! It’s MATCHING for Christ’s sake!” You know the scratchy ones that I’m talking about, don’t you? The ones that appear to have been pattern-cut by a madman. Or perhaps just a man.

The problem with thongs is that they are a bit of a necessity. Almost every outfit that’s figure-skimming requires a thong. At home, beneath the comfy tracksuit, M&S 100% cotton knickers rule the roost, but when it comes to stepping out into the world, something a little daintier is often needed. Yes, you can get away with those flimsy seamless pants (Debenhams do good ones, but they do tend to curl up in the leg and then dig in) and if you wanted to, you could wear Spanx, but it’s all a bit cumbersome and sweaty, isn’t it?

So for now, the Hanky Panky is my favourite pant. This knicker is one-size-fits-all, though, and I have a feeling that is why it is so supremely comfortable on my size 10 frame. Were I a size 18/20, I’m not so sure how comfy it would be, but I would welcome any feedback from various knicker-sizes – please leave a comment! As a little test, though, I have stretched a pair to their limits and they seem to have quite a bit of leeway. I could get two of me into mine without overly stretching them. (Now that would be a fun test, wouldn’t it?) There’s no singular piece of elastic sewn through, so you don’t get a cutting-in line as the knicker stretches, the whole piece of lace just stretches to accommodate.

I am not lying when I tell you that I have never been more pleased with my knickers – I bought four single pairs, and then I spotted them in the sale at Net-a-Porter and bought five more pairs! The best thing about these is that I’ll never grow out of them – they’ll last me my whole lifetime! (Visualises a 90-year-old self with Zimmer frame, wearing acid-green thong.)

£18 per pair, but you know what? I’ll pay that, I’ll pay that gladly – no muffin-top, no VPL, no vastly uncomfortable piece of fabric slicing my bottom in half. Just soft waistband, substantial gusset (I have ALWAYS wanted to say that) and brilliant, acid-bright colours.

Find them at  Net-a-Porter


  1. Hanky Panky’s Original Rise thong is the greatest article of clothing ever made. Hanky Panky should start making men’s underwear because they have certainly mastered making underwear intended for women.

  2. I just can’t resist the things you recommend. Saw them at 10% discount and just grab one to try.

  3. I want to report back. I had thongs on me once in my life because I hate it wuth passion.
    I got it.a new said it’s good.
    I tested it.
    I love it.

    thank you? heck yeah!

  4. “…beneath the comfy tracksuit, M&S 100% cotton knickers rule the roost” HA. Preach it! As always, a brilliant post!

  5. I really don’t get it when people say that thongs are unconfortable! I actually find normal knickers uncomfortable, you can’t feel a thong (if you’re wearing the correct size). I did have a look at these but the colours aren’t really for me and I do like to match my colours. They need to make some in black and nude and make a decent matching bra for the bright colours!

  6. Hello Ruth & ladies.
    Just as a help for a lil’ lover prized panty out there, Victorias Secret does a similar thing they call the lacy (or something) which I swear by. They have 5 for 25$ sometimes. World wide shipping (just check custom rules for you country)
    Will never wear anything else after I started buying these. No marks, bulks, folding etc…
    Hope this was helpful.
    Love your page Ruth

  7. “thrush-inducing arse-flossing” and this is why I love you Ruth!

  8. I am a size 16 and Hanky Panky panties fit me perfeclty too! They are very stretchy.

    Thanks for a great blog


  9. I’m not sure that if these are comfy on your model sized body they will work quite the same on my size fourteen ass… One size fits all does not fill me with confidence!
    Although for reference the comfiest pants I’ve discovered are from Sainsbury’s! Who woulda thunk it?! The VPL free ones are fab :-)

  10. great post :) must try some, especially when they are on sale. is the bandeau top often available? it isn’t right now. Also, whats VPL?? :) hugs xx

  11. They may be made for women but they can fit a man just fine. But don’t ask me how I know that.

  12. Couldn’t agree more with how amazing these babies are, they are literally the only style I will wear now! I love that more companies are coming out similar styles, all price points deserve a comfy bottom :)

  13. hahahah! awesome. I am a hanky panky fan too! the fabric is lovely, and I’ve seen hanky pankies in Hollywood movies too. I’m a size 4/6. I wear size 25 paige jeans, and still hanky panky would be my preference to the cut of looking good naked. Not all laces are the same.

  14. Hanky Panky panties are like lace butter! They fit, even small hipped women, and they are flattering. (It’s a women-designed, women-owned company, go figure!) But under a skimming, skin tight dress I recommend going commando. Tight, poly blend dresses will catch a bit on the lace – it’s not the panty’s fault but the dress. Personally, I buy both the low-rise and high-rise panties as they are both useful in a varied wardrobe. And, as for the cotton-lace Hanky Panky panties, they do leave a bit of a panty line but they are also unbelievably comfortable, stretchy and forgiving. The cotton they use is super soft and wears well. I have about 50 pairs of panties, been collecting for years…love them! Any of my “matching” panties come out for nocturnal activities and therefore the torture lasts only a few minutes. But I buy my Hanky Panky panties in colors that match my bras, so I figure I still have the “matching panty” thing going on…just maybe not the same material. Then again, who is going to criticize?

    ps. They sell lingerie, too. Quality and sexiness in a comfy chemise…check it out!

    • Will do, thanks Tiffany! x

    • To Tiffany’s lingerie point, they also sell tank tops and long sleeved tops made of the same lace. They are so soft and really nice for layering.
      I am sooooo glad you brought up this subject!

  15. I hate thongs with passion, but I think I invest in one of these , just one for a lifetime and for God’s sake.


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