A G-string is a narrow piece of fabric, leather, or other
material that covers the pelvic area, passes between the buttocks, and is
attached to a band around the hips. A G-string can be worn by women or
men. However, if Apparel Search was voting, we would prefer that this
garment be worn only by women. Nothing against men that wear g-strings,
but our opinion is that they typically look better on women.
The G-string style consists of an elastic string (also a
narrow piece of cloth, leather, or plastic) that connects the front/pouch and
the waistband at back, worn as swimwear or underwear mostly by women.
The g-string can be worn as a bathing suit or as
underwear. In regard to swimwear, they may serve as a
bikini bottom, but
may be worn alone as a monokini. As underwear, a G-string may be
worn in preference to panties to avoid creation of a visible panty lines.
The two terms G-string and thong are sometimes used
interchangeably; however they technically refer to different pieces of clothing.
The thong is a garment generally worn as either underwear or as a swimsuit in
some countries. It may also be worn for traditional ceremonies or competitions,
such as sumo wrestling. Viewed from the front, the thong typically
resembles a bikini bottom, but at the back the material is reduced to a minimum.
The thong typically has more fabric on the backside in comparison to a g-string.
A g-string is a type of thong.
The G-string first appeared in costumes worn by showgirls in Earl Carroll's
productions during the 1920s, a period known as the Jazz Age or the Roaring
Twenties. Linguist Robert Hendrickson believes that the 'G' stands for 'groin'.
The Oxford English Dictionary reports that the G-string was originally a narrow
strip of fabric worn by Indian women. During the Depression, a "G-string" was
known as "the gadget", a double-entendre that referred to a handyman's
"contrivance", an all-purpose word for the thing that might "fix" things. During the 1930s, the "Chicago G-string" gained prominence when worn
by performers like Margie Hart. The Chicago area was the home of some of the
largest manufacturers of G-strings and it also became the center of the
burlesque shows in the United States.
G-strings leave little to the imagination, but they are clothing
none the less.
If you think g-string underwear is sexy, you may want to
check out the tube tops as well.
Suggested underwear retailers:
Learn about boyshorts,
panties, and other types of lingerie.
You may want to also visit the
underwear glossary to learn about additional styles.
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