Panties can be either form fitting or loose depending upon the choice of the buyer. Elastic waistband, crotch panel (meant to cover up the genital area) which is generally preferred to be lined with the usage of absorbent materials like cotton, a pair of leg openings which are made of the same material as that of the waistband are the basic components that a panty consists of. While manufacturing panties, special care is imparted on the type of material used; breathable materials are preferred the most.
There exists a wide range of designs in panties. The designs are classified on the basis of amount of frontal area covered as well as the width of the sides of the clothing. Thongs, G-strings, hipsters, bikinis, tangas are various varieties of panties. Spandex is another popularly used material in panties.
Panties are generally worn above the garters. One can find a wide variety of options while shopping for panties.