Padded Panties Prove Butt is Back in a Big Way

The idea of an ass bra is just plain hilarious, right? Or is it?

Remember the days when women with large bums covered up in sarongs and oversized shirts to hide their supposed genetic misfortune? We don’t know if it started with Sir Mix-A lot’s obsession with Oakland booties, JLo’s most infamous asset, Venus Williams’ pension for showcasing her backside with itty bitty lingerie-like tennis gear, Kim Kardashian’s derriere or Beyonce’s gloriously fierce curves, but somehow it is now officially trendy to have a big butt. So trendy, in fact, that New York Daily News dedicated an entire feature to the phenomenon.

New York Magazine suggests that fuller bottoms are back (pun intended) since many Spring 2010 runway collections featured short shorts. Following that logic, this might be something Lady Gaga, a.k.a. she who never wears pants, is responsible for.

Regardless of the cause for the trend (It’s probably a combination of all these reasons), a slew of new products have hit the market to help women with flatter rears fill out as a result.

The Ass Bra is our favorite, especially because of its name. A few variations of it are available, and it works by squeezing the thigh area under your bottom and resting under the cheeks to give them a boost. Padded panties like Pure Style Girlfriends Bump-A-Booty Padded Panties look like the most comfortable option, and the $30 underwear is apparently quite popular. You can also get Bali Comfort Shape Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer, which looks and works basically like a Spanx but squeezes the thighs tight to make the butt appear larger. {SheFinds}

Our initial reaction is to bust out laughing at the ridiculousness of it all, but if you think about it, padded panties or ass bras are really no more insane than the push up bra, Spanx or chicken cutlets. Actually, we’re surprised no one thought of this sooner, and the padded panties might prove really comfortable to sit on at work all day despite the extra baggage’s potential to be too warm in the summer months. We also prefer deceiving undergarments to plastic surgery like the Brazilian Butt Lift and other augmentation procedures. Padded panties are less permanent.

Our No. 1 recommended way to get in on the “It” body part of the moment is to work for it. The backside is one area of the body that can really change in appearance from consistent exercise to target the area, and firmed muscles are an ideal way to give your rear a boost. Check out Shape Magazine’s ultimate butt workout here to get started!






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