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.

Women's G-string Underwear

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:

Victoria's Secret


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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