Best panty style for your bum shape

This article was first published in August 2020 and was refreshed on the 14th of June 2021.

You cut your hair to suit the shape of your face and wear clothes that flatter your figure. Why don’t you wear underwear that accentuates your bum and give you sexier curves? 

I’ve never given much thought to my bum shape, always having gone for my usual bikini briefs (full briefs during my 3rd and 4th trimester but let’s not go there). But bum shape is really a thing!

Like fingerprints, no two bums are the same. But most bums will be one of these four common types.

If you want to up your game in the underwear department, read on.

Booty type: Round-shaped butt, affectionately called bubble butt

Bubble butt explains it all. Your entire butt cheek (top and bottom) looks balanced and round. Your bum is widest at the center of the hips. The imaginary line between your waist and butt is very obvious. Think Jennifer Lopez’s insured butt.

Best panty styles for round butts

With a round butt, you want to give the illusion of more cheek on the sides to balance out the center where your bum is fullest.

Look for panties that gather high on the rear and have high-cut leg openings so the eye rests higher up.

G-strings, tangas and minikinis look best on you. There’s no worry about excess fabric there. Check out these panties:

Calvin Klein Sleek Model Thong Panty

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Ciao Bella Tanga by Wacoal

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The B.Tempt’d Ciao Bella Tangas comes in 25 beautiful colours!

If you like patterns, panties with a central pattern or central back seam can give your bum contour.

Maidenform Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga 

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The Maidenform Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga has a central seam and high lace trim.

If you want a little more coverage, go for Brazilian panties.

Emporio Armani Eternal Lace Brazilian Brief

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No matter what type of underwear you decide on, make sure the material is stretchy so you don’t bulge at the sides.

Avoid like the plague

If you have a round bum, avoid full coverage panties like the plague. High-cut underwear and full briefs have too much fabric. These can make your already round bum look even bulkier and cause yucky bulges and panty lines.

Booty type: Heart-shaped butt or ‘A’ bum 

Your bum resembles an upside-down heart. There is more volume at the bottom of your bum than at the top and the widest part of your bum in at the bottom. In fact, sometimes your butt cheeks can ‘sit low’ on your thighs. Your waist tapers into your butt and there is less of a ‘line’ between your waist and bum.

Best panty styles for heart-shaped butts

Look for panties that give your bum a lift and makes it look perkier. You can get away with high-waisted bikinis and hipsters. These are my favorites:

Maidenform One Fab Fit String Bikini
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Calvin Klein Invisibles Hipster Panty

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The CK Invisibles Hipster Panty is sleek and invisible under clothes.

Brazilian-cut panties and minikinis will work wonders for you too.

Calvin Klein Crackled Lace Brazilian Panty

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Cosabella Say Never Brazilian Minikini 

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The Say Never Brazilian Minikini gives you better coverage while staying sexy. 

Lucky gal. Thongs and tangas are also up your alley.

Ciao Bella Tanga by Wacoal

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I love these B.Tempt’d Ciao Bella Tangas. There’s 25 colors to choose from. 

If you like underwear with patterns, you can go for center details like ruching and central seams to help bring the focus centrally and upwards. 

Maidenform Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga 

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The Maidenform Comfort Devotion Lace Back Tanga has a central seam and high lace trim.

Maidenform Sexy Must Haves Bikini Panty

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This Maidenform cutie has central ruching at the back.

Avoid like the plague

If you have a heart-shaped butt, avoid underwear with too much lower coverage as it can add volume to your bottom-heavy bum. Especially avoid boy shorts and full briefs.

Also avoid small elasticated leg holes as it would cause a very unflattering lower bulge just above your hips.

Booty type: Inverted triangle butt/ ‘V’ shaped bum

Women with an inverted triangle butt basically has ‘no bum’. Your bum is top-heavy with the most fat at the top of the butt. The widest point on your butt is at the top of the hips.

Best panty style for inverted triangle butts

Your goal is to create the illusion of a rounder bottom. Think hot pants and boy shorts.

Cosabella Say Never Hottie Lowrider Hotpants

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These Hottie Lowrider Hotpants come in 30 vibrant colors!

Maidenform Dream Cotton with Lace Boyshorts

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The Dream Cotton Boyshorts come in 32 fun colors and patterns.  

You are also one of the few women who look good in full briefs. 

Halo Lace Brief by Wacoal
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If you like patterns and colors, go wild. Panties with added fabric like ruching and lace around the leg openings create an illusion of volume. 

Maidenform Sexy Must Haves Bikini Panty

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You could also go for ‘push-up panties’. They are basically underwear that lifts or is padded. Push-up panties are not as well-known as push-up bras but deserve mention nonetheless.

Lelinta Butt Lifter Boyshort

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This Butt Lifter Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts by Lelinta is not only padded but lifts your butt as well. 

Everbellus Padded Butt Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts

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Everbellus Butt Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts is invisble under clothing.

Avoid like the plague

If you have an inverted triangle butt, avoid high-leg openings as it will highlight your lack of butt.

Booty type: Square-shaped butt

Women with square-shaped bums have high, prominent hip bones that don’t taper towards the bottom. Your bum has equal width from top to bottom and can look flat from lack of curves.

Best panty style for square-shaped butts

As with inverted triangle butts, you want to create an illusion of volume and curve. The trick is to wear panties that accentuate your butt and distinguishes your bum from your waist.

Boy shorts bring the focus to your buttocks. 

Maidenform Dream Cotton with Lace Boyshorts

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The Dream Cotton Boyshorts come in 32 fun colors and patterns.  

Brazilian-cut bikini panties and tangas also work well for you. 

Ciao Bella Tanga by Wacoal

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The B.Tempt’d Ciao Bella Tangas comes in 25 beautiful colours!

Simone Perele Confiance Sheer Brazilian Tanga

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The Simone Perele Brazilian Tanga satisfies your inner franchophille.

Scalloped edges, lace or prints can give the illusion of volume too.

Maidenform Sexy Must Haves Bikini Panty

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This Maidenform cutie has central ruching at the back.

You might also like ‘push-up panties’. These babies lift your butt and some are even padded to give the illusion of a rounder, bigger bum. 

Lelinta Butt Lifter Boyshort

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This Butt Lifter Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts by Lelinta is not only padded but lifts your butt as well. 

Everbellus Padded Butt Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts

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Everbellus Butt Hip Enhancer Boy Shorts is invisble under clothing.

Avoid like the plague

If you have a square butt, avoid frilly leg holes. Also avoid solid colors. Patterned underwear suit you best.

To wrap up this butt-talk

There you go, the best panty style for your bum type. But just because certain types of underwear is recommended for your bum type doesn’t mean you can’t wear any other styles. Fashion rules (and bum rules) are made to be broken.

Experiment with all sorts of panty cuts and patterns. You’ll know soon enough which ones you like the most.

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