What’s Tanga Underwear?
Is a tanga a bikini or a thong? I was doing research for a thong series for Underwear News Briefs and I kept coming across people referring to tangas as a thong style. I always thought of them as a string bikini,. At least that is what Kiniki calls theirs. Women’s underwear seems to refer to them more often than men’s. What I did notice with women’s tanga underwear is there was no consistency. They seems to range from a thong back to cheekies to about a bikini back along with different amounts of side coverage. So I set out to figure out what tanga underwear is.
When trying to find a definition of a tanga I didn’t get a consistent one either. For example one place called it a medium sized panty between a brief and a bikini. That I believe is an incorrect definition. Most say it is between the back coverage of a thong and a bikini. I tried for a dictionary definition, but most referred to tangas as a monetary coin. I did however find the Oxford dictionary defining it as underwear. Here is how it is defined there, “A pair of briefs consisting of small panels connected by strings at the sides.”
Using the Oxford dictionary definition, I’d say underwear with string sides could be referred to as a tanga. It does also say small panels, which works with the back coverage stated above between a thong and a bikini. I think a traditional thong back would fit that definition, but probably not a string back. To answer the question I started out with, I’d say a tanga can be either a bikini or a thong as long as it has string sides. I’m seeing tanga as a descriptor word that helps explain the underwear style better. Below are some example of pairs of underwear that I’d say you could call a tanga bikini and tanga thongs. What are your thoughts on tanga underwear?