Why Granny Panties aka Full-Cut Briefs Are The Best Over 50

Thongs fill an increasingly smaller section in my lingerie drawer these days. I used to think they were mandatory for certain pants and close-fitting skirts but my attitude is changing and I’m much more comfortable now. I’m talking about granny panties, aka full-cut briefs. We’re going there because I’ve found them the best option for my over 50 body.

Eres Bucolique mesh-paneled lace briefs on A Well Styled Life

Granny panties are defined as classic briefs with a high rise and have full coverage in the rear. They’ve been the butt (pun intended) of jokes for years. Described as uncool, unsexy and frumpy, they’ve been the panties that every woman was supposed to hate, even women over 50.

The fact is granny panties are comfortable and healthier to wear for many reasons. They minimize muffin top bulge, help conceal lower belly sag and prevent visible panty line. They’re also healthier than thongs if you have hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections or leak a bit when you laugh.

A quick peek around the internet turns up more sites selling full panties than ever before. They come adorned with lace, satin, sheer inserts and silk bows.

These are what I wear most days. They have a vanishing edge at the leg opening with stay-put silicone strips that keep the panties in place without panty line. The light nude is a perfect shade for me that is invisible under white linen pants which are notoriously see through. They have several nudes to choose from so I recommend you choose the one that matches your skin tone the closest

Full-cut briefs are available with high cut leg openings and also in a thong version which defeats the purpose in my mind but each to her own.

Have you discovered full briefs AKA granny panties?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!





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  1. Nancy Treinen
    November 7, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Years ago I started wearing Skimp Skamp by Bali. They have a seam down the back, and the fit is great. I had always had a problem with irritation from side seams, so these were the perfect answer. They are readily available in many stores and online and I try to buy them when they are on sale.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Nancy.

  2. December 5, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    THANK YOU for this recommendation. I’ve been following your blog happily for 2+ years. I just love it! You’ve inspired me and I’ve learned a lot. I was at my wits end with underwear. I used to get a certain style at Nordstrom Rack for years. As they phased them out, I bought the last 30 pairs, but that was a few years ago and what’s left of them is an embarrassment! The search for new ones was not going well. My body has changed and so has the underwear market. I took a leap of faith and followed your recommendation on Black Friday and bought these. They’re great and my search is over. Thank you so much for bringing so many great products and accessories to our attention.

    • December 5, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Marian. I’m thrilled you’re here and so glad you found me… and these panties;) They really are great.

  3. Sandra Matthews
    August 22, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Thanks for this information Jennifer. I tried these Soma Vanishing Edge “Granny Panties” when you mentioned them in a previous post…..they are the best! I have recommended them to my family and friends. These great finds and suggestions are one of the many reasons I follow you.
    Thanks again!

  4. Jean
    August 22, 2018 / 5:28 am

    The $255 panties I see are sold out. I need to know who bought them!!! ????

    • August 22, 2018 / 7:40 am

      I bet her husband isn’t tossing them in the laundry with his jeans ????

  5. Hummingbird
    January 31, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I love this topic! Years ago I did try thongs, but I too could not adjust to the fit. I’m surprised so many ladies have complained about the comfort of bikinis because they were my go-to panties for years. I’ve always loved a sexy pair of lace panties, however since my body shape has changed over the years I had to leave the bikinis alone. So, since I need some lower tummy support, briefs ( or as you call them, granny panties) look the best and lace briefs are my ultimate sexy!!

    • January 31, 2018 / 8:58 am

      That’s why I left bikinis behind..pardon the pun. I prefer some extra tummy support and waist high briefs give me that.

  6. Diane Hamelin
    January 27, 2018 / 4:42 am

    I’m 75, and still wear the Jockey French Cut and find them very comfortable, no lines or bulges. GREAT TOPIC
    Facial hair would be a great one also. TKS for all subjects.

    • January 27, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I will be covering that again. We all have it

  7. Vicky
    January 21, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    What a topic! Too bad we can’t, somehow, manage to try before we buy. You have to spend money to find out if a panty fits your body or not. I’ve never been able to wear the French cut panties, because I don’t have a French cut b … “bottom.” I hate the stigma that goes with granny panties, but love the comfort. I’ll be looking into a lot of these suggestions. I love, too, that I haven’t read a single snarky, hateful comment! Love the positivity and uplifting comments.

    • January 21, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      I don’t like how they look but they’re comfy and invisible under my clothes! That’s a win for me.

  8. tb
    August 4, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    Love this post! I’m a bit younger but I wear briefs too as I find them more comfortable than thongs or bikinis. I also need 100% cotton and those are hard to find sometimes. Does anyone have any recommendations for 100% cotton briefs, preferably high cut, that don’t have that sporty look like Jockeys?

    • August 4, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Cotton is most healthy, so I’d love to hear too!

    • Christi Carlisto
      August 8, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      I can’t wear cotton and have been out looking for new panties after reading this blog! Wacol and Natori had a nice high cut legs in nice cotton. Think they were 3/$45! On Gossamer has a nice brief too!

  9. Linda
    August 4, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I’ve been wearing briefs (I won’t call them by that dopey and demeaning name) since I was a child in the ’50s, a teen in the ’60s, a hippie in the ’70s, and forever beyond (65 now). Every other style was uncomfortable and/or created lines, ripples, or bulges in some spot or another. On me, briefs are the smoothest and most invisible–way more so than hipsters or bikinis. As for thongs–just gross. Maybe I’m weird, but I don’t find briefs frumpy.

    • August 4, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      We don’t find them frumpy either, Linda! They’re the most flattering and comfy.

  10. Nancy
    August 3, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I’m crazy about the Soma vanishing edge boy shorts. Extremely comfy, no panty lines, and sexy in their own special way! Also high quality. Buy them on sale – buy 3, get 2 free. Great value.

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Their vanishing edge is brilliant!

  11. Sandra
    August 2, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I do.and love them….

  12. August 1, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Thankns for the introduction to some new panties. I like the patterns. Just purchased some new ones by Bali and my 86 year old husband loves the fun patterns. Who knew? I’ll try some of these Soma’s.

  13. Talia
    August 1, 2017 / 6:36 am

    I love the Soma vanishing edge panties. They host sales often and when they do, I stock up. Great post!

    • August 1, 2017 / 7:27 am

      I stalk their sales too, Talia!

  14. Sarah
    August 1, 2017 / 5:36 am

    I love those vanishing edge Soma panties! I like the high cut leg version — more comfy to sit in, for me. My only complaint is that I wish they would stay stocked in all colors. Frustrating when you need a pair of, say, red and they don’t offer them this season! So I’ve learned to stock up if I like a color!

  15. Debbie Z.
    July 31, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Jennifer, I love how REAL you are!! Hilarious, but important, topic today! I am really high-class- ha!- I wear panties I buy at Walmart. My sister let me know about these a few months ago because she had been wearing them for a while and I love them. They are comfort plus. They are Secret Treasures Ladies Microfiber Brief. They come in a six-pack and are oh so light feeling on. And I haven’t noticed panty lines with them either. I wore bikini and hip style underwear when I was young, but alas these do not work well with my 62 year old body. Have I ever worn a thong? No, and have never had the desire to- they seem just awful to me.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      I used to wear bikinis too but at my age, they all roll down which is so uncomfortable. Why suffer?? Those sound great! I’ll check them out.

    • Anon
      August 1, 2017 / 6:34 am

      I just last week got some of these “Secret Treasures” at Walmart, too! This post is really timely because I think at age 57 it’s time for me to move to grannies. They actually look better on me than my old, shrunken hipsters. And they’re great under pants.

      • August 1, 2017 / 7:28 am

        I agree that they look better on my 60 year old body too!

  16. B
    July 31, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I love Soma. My favorite granny panties are the lace high leg brief.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      I just bought my first pair of those and I agree!!

  17. Faye
    July 31, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Terrific subject! Love hearing that I’m among the many responders that have never tried a thong. Not that I haven’t considered it but I imagine discomfort. Now, Jennifer, how about discussing another subject not often spoken of: facial hair. I refuse to use chemicals on my face so what is the alternative? Shaving that peach fuzz? Other?

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Oh Faye, you’re singing my tune. I’ll write an update soon 🙂

  18. Martha E
    July 31, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I have been wearing Soma modern briefs for years. I love them. I haven’t found anything else as comfortable. They have great sales.

    Like others, bikini panties are uncomfortable and roll easily. Thongs were NEVER an option!

    We have to learn to go for comfort and ignore media hype.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      We are smarter than they give us credit for.

    • August 1, 2017 / 8:10 am

      These look very comfy! I’ll check them

  19. Laurel
    July 31, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Agree with many others here. I haven’t ever worn a thong, simply because they just look so uncomfortable. My every day wear (with jeans, etc.) are Jockey French Cut briefs. Other favorites are Hanky Panky Retro V-kini briefs (beautiful and comfy), and Soma vanishing edge high cuts for when I need to get rid of VPL.

    I once read a blogging new mom who commented that “once you’ve worn those amazing German cotton briefs while pregnant, you don’t want to go back.” Shared that with my hubby who nows calls them Panzer Pants. I line dry all my panties, so he has some crazy comments when he sees them lined up in the laundry room. ha!

    So appreciate your honesty and real topics. 🙂

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Lol. I appreciate your honesty Laurel! Thanks for being here.

  20. Allison
    July 31, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Itsy-bitsies high cuts from…….Costco!!! I have 18 pairs because…..Costco. Tons of pretty patterns and plans ( actually had an awesome nude selection this summer) wash well are cool and comfortable.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Never heard of those! I love Costco. I’ll definitely check them out!

  21. Rose
    July 31, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I’m still laughing. Granny panties. Hilarious. I’ve been wearing that style mainly since childhood. I’m 68. Feels like one doesn’t even have a pair on. Always been able to get beautiful patterns/colours etc.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      That’s what I love about them, you don’t feel them!!

  22. July 31, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I could not agree more with your assessment of the thongs and the comfort of the “Granny Panties.” I tried wearing a thong ONCE and that was enough to know they were not for this granny. I wear mostly Bali panties but also love the lower tummy support of Soft Surroundings panties. I can’t stand the thong lines that are so obvious under knit dresses and pants. Again, thank you for standing up and saying what needs to be said about this somewhat neglected subject.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      I didn’t know Soft Surroundings carried panties. I need that lower tummy support too! The more the better, now. It’s my pleasure to open up topics we need to talk about.

  23. Tammy Jones
    July 31, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I love the ones from Soma! I’ve been wearing them for a couple years now. They are so comfortable also stay in place and no visible panty lines!

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Exactly!! That’s why I love them too.

  24. Linda
    July 31, 2017 / 8:12 am

    My husband jokingly calls them “bloomer butts” but hey, they’re comfortable!

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      You’ve got that right and the right ones are invisible under clothes. Works for me:)

  25. Linda Dodds
    July 31, 2017 / 8:03 am

    The Ambrielle brand at Penneys are pretty and comfortable and come in different styles.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      I’ll check them out! Thanks

  26. Katrina
    July 31, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Ha! The men I know call thongs “Butt floss!” A good description! Certainly not for me, though. Granny-Panties-R-Us!!!

  27. July 31, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I’m a fan of the Hanky Panky lace boyshorts. They’re an investment, but last for years and are comfortable with no VPL. I also have worn and liked the Soma’s.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      I’m a Hanky Panky fan but haven’t tried that style. I’ll check them out!

  28. July 31, 2017 / 7:50 am

    I bought one pair of the soma panties you featured while on vacation…..the price frankly put me off. I never spend 24 dollars on 1pair of panties! However I really love them!I will have to watch for sales.

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      I’m glad you tried them. I always wait for their sales too! They have them frequently.

  29. Susanna
    July 31, 2017 / 7:44 am

    So glad to see a blog on this topic! I used to wear thongs–the Hanky Panky ones that are reasonably comfy and sexy. BUT, those days are over! At this stage of my life, I want comfort, no panty lines and coverage. My go-to’s are Natori’s full brief with lace and Nordstrom’s thin microfiber full panty. I’ve never tried Soma, but I will now! And, no way would I pay $255 for a pair of panties, even if I was a “professional” woman 😉

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      I’m going to try those Natori too! Those $255 panties are pretty but not in my budget. Ever.

  30. Annette
    July 31, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I have never worn a thong either! I can’t believe these people I see lean over and there is the top of the thong sticking up. So unflattering! Thanks for addressing this topic. 🙂

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      I see that often and wonder why they don’t care. Wedgie comes to mind.

      • August 1, 2017 / 6:11 am

        Yes, and I always wonder why they weren’t called wedgies instead of thongs in the first place! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  31. Donna
    July 31, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Just got off the Soma web site…pretty undies… Sad to say, I’m boring in that I wear Hanes white cotton grannies. The idea of wearing a thong conjured up all kinds of things going wrong… Speaking of thongs, I was staying with my daughter in Florida several years ago, sunning by the pool and happened to look up to see a fella across the way wearing a thong bathing suit. Oy vey…

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Lol. I’m sorry you had to see that Donna! Ouch.

    • B
      July 31, 2017 / 3:54 pm


  32. July 31, 2017 / 7:11 am

    I too have never worn a thong, I’m proud to say…my go-to pantie is Jockey-for-Her French Cut Briefs. Love ’em.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      I’ll have to try those!!

    • Maggie
      August 1, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      That’s been my favorite for the last 30 years or so.

  33. July 31, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Thanks Jennifer, I’ve been looking and buying so many panties that are uncomfortable. I’m 74 and to me these look as sexy as I could want. LOL!! I’ll go to my Soma outlet store and give these a try. You’re blog has helped me purchase many products that other wise I wouldn’t have know about.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      My pleasure Carole! I didn’t know they had outlets. Lucky you!

  34. July 31, 2017 / 7:05 am

    I have NEVER WORN A THONG!!!!!!!!
    I ADORE THEIR LACEY BRA’s as well……………..
    I think YOU told me about this STORE!!!

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Lacey is always pretty. Lucky, smart you!

  35. Betsy
    July 31, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I never understood the appeal of thongs — they look like they’d be so uncomfortable, and certainly don’t provide much buffer between skin and clothing. Since I’ve always had a bit of a round tummy, I also never found bikini style panties to be comfortable, either. I’m a long-time fan of the Victoria’s Secret hi-leg cotton briefs — good coverage, great feeling fabric, and reasonable price point (several times a year VS has a sale and you can get 7 pair for $28).

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Bikinis aren’t comfy on me either! That’s an amazing price! Wow

  36. Karen
    July 31, 2017 / 6:55 am

    I wear hipster style Gillian & Omally seamless panties with smooth leg openings from Target. The beige is invisible under white pants.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      I have a few of those too but the the silicone strips are such an improvement, I hardly ever wear the Target ones anymore.

  37. July 31, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Oh, I just love granny panties these days, and my favorites are by Icon – “Pee Proof Panties.” I do have a bit of incontinence (and I know I’m not alone….) and my Icon undies have absorbent panels that are just the best thing since sliced bread. They’re not cheap – but Icon offers discounts for purchases of multiple pairs. In addition to granny panties – a/k/a “hi-waist” – Icon offers hip huggers, bikinis and (and I don’t understand this one….) thongs. Right now, they come only in black, beige, blue or gray, but I believe prints are in the future. I have several pairs and the security they give me is amazing. Check out http://www.iconundies.com to order and to read the (rave) reviews. I am not an employee of Icon, nor do I receive any compensation from them – I’m just a very happy consumer of their product, and I highly recommend them, ladies!!!

    • August 1, 2017 / 8:10 am

      These sound amazing!! I’d never heard of them. Thanks for sharing with us Candy.

  38. marj
    July 31, 2017 / 6:10 am

    So who brainwashed people into thinking differently made underwear were “granny pants”. So sexist and unkind….. Actually, when I was young and visiting my grandma, she told me many women always wore housedresses and went commando – so there is nothing new under the sun —— including bad attitudes created by advertising. I would have thought the bloomer – pantaloon loose leg style would have been determined to be the “granny pants” but perhaps somebody liked them too much.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      That’s so interesting. Commando? I’m very surprised but I shouldn’t be. Advertising is no friend to anyone.

  39. jodie filogomo
    July 31, 2017 / 6:06 am

    What a great topic to address!! My mom (the 70+ model on my blog) feels naked in anything but these. But I keep telling her she should try the vanished edge detail so you don’t see the elastic indent! She can’t get used to it though because she feels like they are falling off, if she doesn’t “feel” the elastic!!
    It’s funny how we get so used to a certain detail…

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      That is funny, Jodie. It’s all how we perceive comfort.

    • katheryn
      August 1, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      i agree with your mom, Jodie. I grew up wearing what is called “granny pants.” I’ve never worn anything else – not even a french cut leg. All the other styles feel very uncomfortable to me.

  40. Stormy Smith
    July 31, 2017 / 6:03 am

    The Eres $255 panties are exquisite, but not in my price range.
    I wear Hanky Panky Signature Lace French Briefs and am quite pleased.
    There are no longer ANY thongs in my lingerie drawer!

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      I’m heading toward that too Stormy. The only thongs I have left are by Hanky Panky so I’ll check out your suggestion. Thanks!

  41. Judy C.
    July 31, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I wear I similar style in Bali brand for just the reasons you mentioned. Especially the untidness of thongs.

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      The untidiness factor is gross!

  42. Harriet
    July 31, 2017 / 5:52 am

    I have never shopped at Soma but I think those panties are cute!

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      They’re really comfy too!

    • Margot
      August 4, 2017 / 4:50 am

      Love Soma but always buy on sale – because there always is one now or will be soon. I like their vanishing tummy modern brief. Their customer service is usually top notch.

      • August 4, 2017 / 6:47 am

        I agree! If it’s not on sale today, it will be soon.

  43. Pam M
    July 31, 2017 / 5:14 am

    The lace panties at top are $255 on net-a-porter web site.

  44. July 31, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Hmm, I wonder where Karen got the idea the panties cost $255? They look nice and comfy to me!

    • July 31, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      They do look nice but they are $255. Crazy stuff.

  45. Karen
    July 31, 2017 / 4:55 am

    I don’t know any Grannie that would pay $255 for a pair of underpants! Those are for a professional woman and I don’t mean a doctor!!!

    • Roxanne B
      July 31, 2017 / 5:06 am

      Karen, you made me choke on my coffee because I started laughing so hard! I had to look at the price because I thought you read it wrong. The day I have to pay $255 for underpants is the day I start going commando!!

      PS I wear Maidenform Invisible Line hipsters, which were an Oprah favorite years ago…$10 on Amazon. I used to work in ObGyn where we saw a lot of thong induced infections, so those were never an option for me

      • July 31, 2017 / 6:26 pm

        Many women do go commando, Roxanne. I’d rather find an alternative 🙂

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Hilarious!! You made my morning Karen :). Thanks

  46. Linda
    July 31, 2017 / 4:42 am

    My favorite panties are Hanes X-temp hipsters. These pretty much do everything granny panties will do without making me feel too frumpy. I do have a few pair, though, and don’t mind wearing them. I never have and never will wear thong panties!

    • July 31, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      I’ll check those out, thanks!

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