Knicker style guide

From comfortable classics to shapely shorts, find the right style to suit you with our easy knicker style guide.


A staple of any lingerie drawer and a popular style. Designed to flatter and be comfortable with good bottom coverage.

Ideal for… All shapes and sizes


A similar style to classic but with a slightly skimpier cut, with less bottom coverage. Most styles are cut slightly lower, sitting on the hip.

Ideal for… Pear shapes

Thongs and G-Strings

A small sexy shape with minimal coverage and line free look, a nice alternative to a no VPL knicker. Thongs often sit slightly higher on the hip than a classic brief. Thongs have deeper sides than G-strings that are often string sides.

Ideal for… All shapes and eliminating VPL

Full knicker

A full knicker sits higher on the waist with more coverage. Often with a lower leg providing more coverage.

Ideal for… Apple shapes would particularly suit this shape with the deeper cut


A fuller coverage style of knicker. Deeper side seams and lower leg coverage ensure a super comfortable style.

Ideal for… All shapes and sizes and is super flattering


An invisible style of knicker, designed not to be seen under clothing. Often with seamless or minimal stitching to ensure a smooth silhouette. Available in different styles from a thong to full knicker.

Ideal for… Creating a smooth, no VPL appearance

High leg

Often sits just below the waist, narrower side seams and higher cut legs but still with good coverage.

Ideal for… Making legs look longer

Tori Shelton

As Figleaves' garment technologist, Tori is an expert at bra fittings for both lingerie and swimwear. Working with our buyers, she manages the product from fitting to production, ensuring quality, fit and materials are the best they can be.