Who doesn’t like pretty panties? And shopping for them is oh so fun!
Knowing how to select the perfect panties for your female self is important…
This post is your ultimate guide to transgender and crossdressing panties!
Keep reading to learn all about the best panty styles and fabrics, how to find your right size, and suggestions on where to shop.
6 Essential Transgender / Crossdressing Panties Styles
Before you start building (or expanding on) your panty wardrobe, it’s helpful to know the most common underwear styles.
Here are 6 essential panty styles – along with the pros and cons for crossdressers and transgender women.
Briefs are a full coverage panty style with a bit of a vintage flair. Briefs come in different variations, including high/low waist and high/low leg styles.
Briefs are a great option for crossdressers and transgender women since they are comfortable and offer good coverage in the crotch area. The downside is that they tend to show panty lines.
Bikini panties are similar to briefs, but with less coverage – i.e. a lower waist and higher leg openings. This gives them a sexier look, while still retaining the comfort factor.
Bikini panties are one of the most popular panty styles and a solid addition to your panty wardrobe.
Thongs are an undeniably sexy panty style that offers the least amount of coverage. However, traditional women’s thongs can be difficult to wear given the lack of fabric in the crotch area.
The best solution would be to choose a thong panty specifically designed for the MTF transgender body or look for a women’s style with a wider crotch area.
Boyshorts are a women’s version of boxer briefs. Boyshorts offer the most coverage of all the panty styles.
While this isn’t the sexiest panty, it’s very comfortable and can still look cute and feminine in the right fabric and style. Boyshorts are a great option for lounging.
The hipster is a low-rise panty style that’s sort of a cross between bikini panties and boy shorts. It offers more coverage than bikini panties, but less coverage than boy shorts.
Hipster panties can be a good option for trans women and crossdressers. However, avoid panties that are cut too low at the waist if you have love handles or a belly; this can give you that muffin top look.
A gaff is underwear that’s specifically designed for crossdressers and trans women for the purpose of tucking male anatomy. This is important if you want to create a smooth look under tight fitting clothing.
Gaffs are most commonly seen in thong styles, but you can also find bikini-style gaffs with more coverage in the back.
What are the Best Fabrics for Panties?
Now that we’ve covered the most common panty styles, let’s talk about the fabric. The material your panties are made of will have a big impact on the overall look and comfort level.
Cotton is a classic panty fabric that’s soft, breathable, and comfortable. This is a great choice for sleeping in or lounging around the house.
Satin panties are definitely a favorite among crossdressers and transgender women. They look sexy and feel great against the skin.
Lace panties are undeniably sexy. The downside to this fabric is that it offers less support and the lacy texture can show through certain garments.
Nylon/spandex panties are very popular. These are synthetic fabric blends that have a silky feel and are very stretchy and comfortable.
How to Measure and Find Your Right Panty Size
Fit is critical when it comes to panties. Ill-fitting panties can bag, bunch, or squeeze in all the wrong places. Not only does this look bad, it’s also very uncomfortable.
Here’s how to measure your proper panty size and ensure that you’ve found your perfect fit.
How to measure your panty size
Step 1: Measure your waist
Using a tape measure, measure the narrowest part of your waist. This will typically be around the level of your belly button.
Step 2: Measure your hips
Keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor, measure around the fullest part of your hips and behind.
Step 3: Determine your size
Using these two numbers, find your size by referring to the panty size chart below.
Note: Size charts can vary among clothing brands, so always refer to the manufacturer’s size chart before purchasing your panties.
How should your panties fit?
- Crotch – Should offer complete coverage without bunching or sagging.
- Waistband – Shouldn’t bunch, roll, or dig into the skin.
- Leg opening – Should feel comfortable and not squeeze into the skin.
- Buttocks – Shouldn’t bunch or ride up. If the panties ride up, try a larger size.
Where to Buy Transgender / Crossdressing Panties
Now that we’ve covered the basics of panty styles, fabrics and fit, let’s get to the fun part… shopping! Here are some trans-friendly brands and shops to find your perfect panties.
Carmen Liu Lingerie
Designed by a trans woman for trans women, Carmen Liu Lingerie offers genderless lingerie and tucking underwear in a range of attractive styles.
En Femme Style
En Femme Style (formerly Suddenly Fem) is a premier transfeminine clothing brand. They offer a great assortment of gaffs and panties specifically designed for the male to female body.
Of course, we can’t walk panties without mentioning Victoria’s Secret! VS is a great place to stock up on sexy panties at an affordable price. Many readers have also commented that their local sales associates are generally trans friendly.
Secrets in Lace
If the retro look is your thing, Secrets in Lace offers an enticing array of vintage-inspired panties. You’ll find lots of satin and lace undies that are perfect to show off in.
Another favorite among Femme Secrets readers, Torrid offers affordable and trendy plus size clothing, including lingerie. Check out their Torrid Curve line for loads of sexy and comfortable panty options.
A self-described brand of “lingerie for men,” XDress offers a large selection of panties, thongs, g-strings, bras, babydolls, and gender-neutral lingerie.
Let’s Talk Panties!
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to panties!
Hopefully this guide will help you choose the perfect panties style and inspire your next panty purchase. (Because, let’s face it, a girl can never have too much lingerie!)
Let’s continue the panty talk below. Take my panties style poll and tell me about your favorite styles, brands, and purchases in the comments below!
P.S. Now that you know everything about panties, you might be ready to expand your knowledge on bras. Check out my article on The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing a Bra to learn more!