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Brief Types Explained

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Belle Lingerie05 March 2021

brief types explained

The lingerie industry has a bad rep for using terms we just don’t understand! Tanga brief, Brazilian brief, low rise briefs … what does it all mean? Keep reading this blog to see brief types explained and some of our best selling briefs. There is nothing worse than online shopping for lingerie and reading words that mean nothing to you. How are you supposed to know what you are buying and if you will love it if you are faced with over-complicated descriptions and nonsense? We are here to cut through the noise and get to the bottom of the baffling brief terminology so that you can rest easy knowing you’ve ordered exactly what you want. Once you have the knowledge you can start shopping for new briefs here >

Brazilian Briefs

A Brazilian brief is somewhere between a bikini-style brief and a thong. It generally gives you good coverage on the front but a cheeky higher cut at the back to expose some of the rears. Brazilian briefs usually have high cut legs and sit low on the waist. This type of brief will only cover the top half of your cheeks, leaving a more seductive finish. These are ideal for flattering your curves and showing off your bum. They are also great for avoiding visible panty lines as they are less likely to be seen than a full coverage brief. Shop all Brazilian briefs here >

High Waisted Briefs

This is an extremely popular style which we are sure you are familiar with. As the name suggests, these briefs sit higher up with the waistband sitting well above your hips, where your waistline cinches in. A high waist brief will give you great coverage at the front and even some tummy control as the fabric will smooth out any bumps. There are a variety of high waist styles, from everyday comfort with great rear coverage to sexy high waists with a thong-style back. Some high waist briefs are designed to flatter and be seen and some are designed for shaping and comfort. Shop all high waist briefs here >


Shorts are a full coverage favourite, designed to give you confidence by supporting your curves. The short will come down lower on the leg than a standard brief, giving you that more boxy shape. Shorts can be a low rise or high waisted but most have great rear coverage for comfort and modesty. Short briefs also have wider sides so won’t dig in or scrunch up. These are not always the most flattering of briefs but they are certainly a great choice for everyday comfort. You can even wear shorts as nightwear instead of lingerie. Shop all shorts here >

Tanga Briefs

Tanga briefs or tanga knickers are the middle ground between a full brief and a thong. This style offers some rear coverage but still exposed some of the cheeks. They are typically low rise so sit on or just below the hips. Tanga knickers have higher cut legs so rise a little up towards the hips, creating a more triangular shape front and rear. These are great for everyday wear if you prefer not to wear thongs. Shop all tanga briefs here >



A thong is a classic sexy lingerie style which offers very minimal rear coverage. This was designed to eliminate the VPL all together as you will not see a thong under tight-fitting clothes. Your cheeks are completely exposed with a thong so there is no hiding. You can find wonderfully comfortable everyday thongs or opt for a more seductive style. You can even get high waisted thongs if you prefer coverage on the front but not the back. Thongs are a great practical solution and ideal to upgrade your tired old lingerie to something a little more seductive. Shop all thongs here >

Hipster Briefs

A hipster brief is similar to a short but doesn’t fall so far down the leg. A hipster gives you good coverage front and rear with wide comfortable sides. Hipsters also sit much lower than a full brief so will rest on the hips or just above. The waistband will be wide and comfy, ideal for everyday wear. Shop all hipster briefs here >

Bestselling Briefs

Our bestselling briefs come from Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Sloggi & Pour Moi. If you are looking for a cute floral everyday style with good rear coverage then opt for the Tamara or Frances brief. If you love a semi-sheer lacey number then take a look at the Freya Expressions brief. The Lois brief by Panache gives you great rear coverage and a flattering, floral insert at the front. We love the Sloggi basic maxi brief for unparalleled comfort and a supportive high waist. Looking for something a little more seductive? The Pour Moi Imagine Deep Brief has a sexy Brazilian cut rear but still gives you high waisted support. Shop our bestselling briefs here >

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