I usually purchase these without the lace. However, I quickly learned how functional the lace is under pants that tug my waistband down. The lace is lined with magical 'stickum' that resisted even the most difficult pair of trousers, all while delivering the smooth, no show, no ride up qualities of the plain version. I need more!
these are advertised as hipster briefs but are cut more like a full brief. the lace at the top doesn't have much give and cuts into skin, somewhat uncomfortable. I thought they'd be like the other hipsters which I like very much.