Tips & Tricks on How to Avoid the Dreaded VPL

Hello, bloggers! I know it’s been a while; this summer has been jam packed with plans so it’s been a little hard to balance life and this blog during the month of July! Nonetheless, I’m coming back with a highly requested post. From a few lovely followers (and an overwhelming amount of supporters in the comments from a previous post), we are discussing the dreaded… VPL (dun dun dun)! Otherwise known as “visible pantie lines”, a few readers have agreed that this can make or break an outfit. I was lucky enough to turn this post into a collaboration with some members of the blogging world and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are a few tips and tricks on how to manage those unwanted lines.

I was initially approached by two lovely women to do this post who have been extremely patient (sorry for the delay ladies!) and insightful on this topic. They were eager to get in on this collab and I’m so happy they were able to contribute to this post. Thank you all! In order to have a range of different ladies involved, I asked them to provide their stats (age, height, size, line of work) and for fun: VPL Pet Peeve. It was also important to have a well-rounded and thought-out post, so each lady has also provided their own tips on how to avoid VPL. I hope you all find this helpful!


Age: 31
Height: 5’6
Size: S/M (depending on brand)
VPL PP: VPL under leggings! It’s a tight fitted pant, so wear the appropriate underwear!!!! Especially at the gym, I know we are working out but still ….
Tip/Trick: I personally wear thongs! I think most of us ladies do this day and age? I’m personally a sucker for Victoria’s Secret underwear. Can always find something for every occasion! 

I totally agree with Laura on this one. Thongs are the easiest way to avoid VPL with all types of clothing. I’m trying to be a little more aware of sales that happen at Victoria’s Secret, Aerie etc. Stay tuned into my Instagram account for these announcements! I know price can sometimes deter people from purchasing the higher end under-garments, but if you’re lucky at the right time of year (aka VS Semi-Annual Sale), you can stock up on some good quality underwear.


Age: 27
Occupation: Lawyer
VPL PP: My biggest pet peeve at the office is other women who have that dreaded VPL with their pencil skirts and dress pants!  We take all this time and effort to dress up and do our make up so a cute skirt or pair of pants gets ruined by tacky lines!
Tip/Trick: Obviously thongs help avoid these and to go one step further I try to wear seamless so not even lace thongs show lines at all! Currently obsessed with lulu lemon underwear! Super comfy and amazing, a little pricey, but worth it in my mind! When I’m not at the office I’m usually doing yoga, which to be honest, I usually go commando to avoid the lines in my yoga pants.

I can certainly relate to you Jenn. I also work in an office where my pencil skirts come out of hiding, but what shouldn’t is those unwanted lines. Jenn and I had an email chain going back and forth in which another tip was revealed: if you’re afraid of lines, check in the mirror before you leave the house. Not only pencil skirts, but all business casual and formal wear is one of those extreme “make or break” styles when it comes to VPL.


Age: 26
Height: 5’5
Size: M
VPL PP: I hate seeing even casual looks ruined with lines, especially when leggings are involved. In the fall, I love feeling comfortable, so leggings are the way to go, but not when super cute looks are ruined by VPL!
Tip/Trick: I personally love seamless for an “all-purpose” underwear, but thongs for leggings 100%. It’s the tightest pair of pants you can wear… remember that.

Kelly, I totally get that. Fall looks are the transition into your most comfortable clothes, but that doesn’t mean we should allow those unwanted lines into our lives! My leggings definitely get their use in the fall, so its important to pay attention to VPL – especially when you’re trying to rock the riding-boot legging combo. I find that even jeans you need to be mindful with… Some jean material is thick enough to withstand the textures from what you’re wearing underneath, but not always. Jeggings or jeans mixed with other materials are something you need to be mindful of. I personally love Levi’s for a good quality and reasonably priced jean.

My Two Cents…

I totally agree with the ladies above. Outfits can be taken to a whole new level with the fine details alone… Shoes, a belt… VPL vs. no VPL! If you were unable to read through the comments on my last outfit post, my personal stats are as follows: I am 25 years old and about 5’1 (#shortpeopleproblemz). I typically wear an XS, but often for undergarments I go with a size S for comfort!

VPL PP: Boyfriend style underwear/ full paired with a thong-cut bodysuit. At this point, the thong really would just be more comfortable!

1. Shop the sales. Seriously, some stores have amazing deals during the year! Victoria’s Secret and Aerie come to mind for me.
2. If you wear a full coverage underwear (especially with leggings), a little trick is to wear an over-sized layering piece. This way, your comfort levels remain at 100% while avoiding the “visible” VPL to the world. I suggest doing this with any item that goes below your waist – which is cute AND doesn’t ruin your outfit. Think about incorporating long knit cardigans, boyfriend style blazers, duster coats… the list goes on and on.
3. I recommend trying out all of the styles of underwear the ladies above mentioned. Find one that works best for you! Whatever is most comfortable will make you excited (and ready) to put together an outfit without having to worry about unwanted lines. Some like thongs, others prefer seamless, it really depends on personal preference. Just know, it is in fact possible to remain comfortable without compromising the whole look.
4. If cost is an issue, don’t underestimate the “no-name brand” garments. I know Canada doesn’t have Target anymore, but I remember they had some pretty cute pieces at very reasonable prices. Try Walmart, Target, and other bargain stores. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you shopped at VS or a no-name store, lines are lines.

Where to Shop:

It wouldn’t be a post for the “outfit” category without links, right? Here are some standard brands, along with others mentioned by the ladies above:

Victoria’s Secret


La Vie En Rose

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