Butt First, What Shape Is Yours?

Butt First, What Shape Is Yours?

By Kate Shapland

There are five types of bottom shape in the world and a proper underwear style for each of them. How’s your knicker wardrobe looking ladies?


If the line between your hip bone and outer thigh runs perpendicular to the ground, your butt is square.

The best bottoms for you: while underwear is designed to sit high on the thigh can ride up and result in a wedgie, boy shorts, bikinis, tangas, and thongs can be comfortable and flattering for women with square, flat butts.


If the line between your pelvis and hips angles inward, your butt takes on a ‘V’ shape from behind – a butt shape common among women with broad shoulders and very narrow hips.

The best bottoms for you: stick with briefs, boy shorts, hipsters, or bikinis without high-cut leg holes, which won’t provide quite enough coverage for your butt cheeks. Because a V-shaped butt can make your cheeks look like they’re sagging, make sure your underwear’s leg opening cups the bottom of your buns for extra definition.


Pear-shaped women tend to have A-shaped butts that widen below the hip bones.

The best bottoms for you: because A-shaped butts tend to stem from fuller thighs, the most comfortable underwear styles have high-cut legs with larger leg holes. Stick with tangas, bikinis, or boy shorts made from stretchy lace, or seamless, laser-cut edges — and avoid styles with elastic-edged leg holes, which can be binding and uncomfortable.


This one is pretty much self-explanatory, but mostly because you’ve seen this shape on Kim Kardashian, Queen Bey, and J Lo. If you want a rounder butt — which tends to be a popular sentiment for aesthetic surgeons — strengthening the butt muscles can give your backside ‘more projection’ without surgical intervention.

The best bottoms for you: a round butt requires extra fabric in the back for full coverage — otherwise, the crotch of your underwear will just shift backward, which can lower the front waist band and trigger a frontal wedgie — not cool. Tangas and thongs, as well as briefs and boy shorts with four-way stretch, a center back seam, and — in a perfect world — ruching along that seam are ideal for contouring your butt cheeks. Size up for even more coverage.


The upside-down-heart-shaped butt is round without defying gravity. Like round booties, it involves a curve to the outer hips, but with more volume in the lower part of the hip.

The best bottoms for you: because your butt and hips are full, and your buns are set low, high-cut leg holes might not give your butt cheeks quite enough coverage. Go for briefs, boy shorts, hipsters, or bikinis with a lower-cut leg opening. If you’re worried about looking saggy, make sure your underwear’s leg openings cup the buns, hitting right below your butt crease for the illusion of an instant butt lift.