From the website: 'Thongs are panties designed to offer a totally smooth fit with no detectable panty lines. The no-show thong has become popular with women of all ages.
Basically, the thong is a panty with full frontal coverage with a narrow piece of material for back coverage. Some thongs have nothing more than a g-string for no back coverage. The g-string (a type of thong with a more narrow back strip) sometimes consists of lace, pearls or sequins.
Thongs come in different fabrics including: 100% cotton, cotton and spandex blends, cotton and lycra blends, nylon and spandex microfiber, silk knits, mesh and lace.'
From the website: 'Thongs are believed to be descended from the earliest form of clothing, the loincloth, which were generally a male's clothing item. In modern clothing, thongs first became popular as a swimsuit style in Brazil. The origin of the word 'thong' is from the Old English thwong, a flexible leather cord.
The first direct descendant of the loincloth, in the direction of thong, was the jockstrap, created by Chicago sporting goods company Sharp & Smith in 1874. The first historical reference to the thong in post-1900's is in 1939 New York City when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered nude dancers to dress more appropriately.
Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich was credited with introducing the modern thong back in 1974 which grew in popularity in South America, especially in Brazil. In the 1990's, the thong began to gain widespread acceptance and popularity in the United States of America (U.S.), amounting for sales of more than $2 billion per year in 2006. More recently, men's thong wear has begun to gain popularity for fit and supportiveness, especially for activities such as running, exercising, at the gym, or as daily wear.'
From the essay: "Mom," my daughter wearily explained, "basically, every girl at school is wearing a thong." The only viable alternative, one that my daughter favored, was an item called boyshorts. Either way, it was going to be 8 to 20 bucks apiece, not three for $9. "But who sees them?" I sputtered. My daughter explained that besides the locker-room scene, girls liked to wear their overpriced thongs with a silky strap showing.
She was right about my not getting it. How did a risque item popularized as a tool of seduction by Monica Lewinsky become the de rigueur fashion for eighth-and ninth-graders? Yet the trend is undeniable. Sales of thongs to tweens (a market now defined ridiculously broadly as ages 7 to 12) have quadrupled since 2000, from a modest $400,000 to $1.6 million, according to NPD Fashionworld, a market-tracking firm.
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