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Early last month I told you that the lingerie company, ThirdLove, was claiming that there are seven different types of boobs in the world. They said that to be able to buy the right and most supportive bra, you needed to know your shape. And whether you’re round, bell shape, east-west–whatever you are, you should be aware.

Well, underwear company HerRoom.com says there are five different types of butts, and knowing your shape can ensure that you get the right underwear for dat a–. Could that mean boy shorts aren’t for everybody?!

Cosmopolitan linked up with HerRoom.com lingerie expert Tomima Edmark and New York board-certified plastic surgeon Matthew Schulman, MD to get the scoop on backsides. Here’s what they found:

VERONICA COLLIGNON

VERONICA COLLIGNON

Team Round Booty

They say a round butt (think Beyoncé’s backside) could use underwear that has full coverage. But the best undies for this booty are allegedly supposed to be thongs, tanga panties, briefs, and dare I say boy shorts. Confusing, I know.

VERONICA COLLIGNON

VERONICA COLLIGNON

Team A-Shape Booty

If you’re pear-shaped in general with thick thighs, you might find yourself with an A-shape. Recommended undies include high-cut panties, tangas, and bikinis. But if you must go with boy shorts, they say go with ones made from stretchy lace or with laser-cut edges–not with elastic edges. Those are said to be uncomfortable for this shape.

 

VERONICA COLLIGNON

VERONICA COLLIGNON

Team Upside-Down Heart Booty

Round but lower backside? This shape reportedly does well with briefs, boy shorts, hipsters or bikinis.

VERONICA COLLIGNON

VERONICA COLLIGNON

Team Square Booty

As Cosmo put it, “If the line between your hip bone and outer thigh runs perpendicular to the ground, congrats, your butt is square.”

Go-to drawls for women with square, flat butts include boy shorts (they’re they go again), bikinis, tangas, and thongs. But elastic-edge panties are not your friend, and can cause uncomfortable and unseemly bunching.

VERONICA COLLIGNON

VERONICA COLLIGNON

Team V-Shape Booty

Pelvis and hips pointed inward? Your backside is likely in a V-shape. This shape is reportedly a normal one for women with broad shoulders but slender hips.

The best underwear for you? Yes, boy shorts. Also, hipsters, bikinis (not the high-cut ones), and briefs.

I would like to say that I have a heart-shaped bottom, but I could be lying to make my booty seem fabulous. But bikinis are the most comfortable for my bottom. How about you? As it turns out, if you can’t decide, boy shorts really are for everybody after all…

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