Okay, maybe the high waisted retro panties feature a bit more lace, and a bit less beige, but those are minor differences. The real distinction is the attitude of the woman wearing them.
How do you think of yourself?
If you think of yourself as frumpy, chances are you look it. Sorry. I deleted that twice before leaving it there. It’s just true. If you think of yourself that way, no matter what you wear, it shows through.
We often are told that if we dress differently, we will feel more confident. Sometimes that is true. However, wearing ill-fitting or uncomfortable clothing is not a mood booster. Nobody looks or feels fantastic when their clothing requires constant adjustment. Tugging your pants up or your shirt down, adjusting your bra straps, trying to wiggle out of a wedgie: these are neither attractive nor confidence builders.
I am not advocating a makeover for your lingerie drawer. I’m advocating a makeover of your mindset. Let’s start with not calling anything “granny panties.” Call them Pin-Up Girl Panties. You, you’re the pin-up girl. Pin up girls come in all sizes, so no excuses, and they’ve been around longer than you, so you are not too old, either.
If you feel great in a thong, or boy shorts, or bikinis, or hip huggers, or spanx, wear them. It does not matter what sort of underpinnings you wear. It matters that you are comfortable and feel good about yourself.
Undergarments aren’t seen by most people. Or shouldn’t be. That hot pink bra strap that doesn’t line up with your sundress straps, or the top of the thong showing when you reach down, they don’t make your look. They might get noticed, but people should be noticing you, not your underwear.
Have you ever thought, as the mom standing in line in front of you bent down to pick up the dropped binky, “Wow, if it wasn’t for the visible Y of her thong, she would look like such a frump?” No, nobody ever has. If you’d seen the top of her pin-up girl panties instead, she’d have looked no more or less like the woman she is. So it doesn’t matter what undies you wear.
Remember, you are not a frump. You’re a pin-up girl. In disguise.
Why disguise it? Because I don’t think most women are trying to convey sexy 24/7. Sometimes, yes, and for certain people, definitely. Usually, most women I know want to look nice, beautiful, maybe stylish, not older than we are, maybe sophisticated or quirky or professional, often thinner than we are, and more confident than many of us feel. We don’t need or want to arouse everyone we encounter. So everyone needn’t know you’re a pin-up girl. It’s enough that you know it. (You can let your husband in on the secret, but I bet he already knows.)
So wear your comfortable panties and know that you look great when you feel great. Stop calling them granny panties. Even if you are a grandmother. If you don’t want to think of yourself as a pin-up girl, remember, Wonder Woman wore full coverage briefs, too. You can be a superhero.