I’ve written a bit about underwear before. And yes, I’m still blushing. In that post I revealed my interest in everything cotton and comfortable and neutrally colored, along with my penchant for matching my undies and bra with the rest of my outfit. Doesn’t matter if I’m the only one who knows it, there’s something about sporting a matching ensemble that just gets the confidence juices flowing right from the start of the day.
In my own life, I’m still relying on a combination of affordable cotton underwear with a few more special ones mixed in. For bras, I’m still eshewing too many clasps or clips in favor of things that can be yanked aside for easy access and popped back into place discreetly. (I am still holding out hope that someone might soon make a bralette that *also* has a thin layer of cushion for days when I’d rather my nipples not take center stage underneath a cotton tee.) I am slowly weaning myself off of these, because it’s time.
After I wrote my first intimates post, I was introduced to Brook There (who sponsored this post back in December), and ever since I’ve been pinning a whole slew of other indie and eco companies. I’ve found myself especially drawn toward folks working to elevate the humble cotton bra and underwear to a place that feels a little bit special, even if the overall look is still simple.
In the interest of service, I’ve gathered a list of companies that I’ve been long admiring and a few that are new-to-me, for you guys to reference here. Lots of them are doing the cotton bralette and plain jane underwear that I like the best. Since I realize that glorified training bras and granny panties might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ve also tried to include a few companies that also make options that might work better for women who come in a shape different than my own, or who might simply prefer a little lace and wire alongside their organic cotton and elastic. Goodness knows that barring some kind of benefactress coming forward to keep me in beautiful underwear for the rest of my life, some of these finds might stay in the aspirational pile for me, but aspiring is my favorite pastime. As always, please, please add to the list if there’s anything you’ve been loving that I missed.
American Apparel: I’ve mentioned before my ambivalence about the company based on its former CEO, but extreme creepiness of former management aside, these guys do make affordable basics in sweatshop-free factories. Their Cotton Spandex Jersey Bra is a summer staple around here (pictured). And their Shirred Back Underwear make simple briefs just a little more fun (also pictured). They’re sturdy enough, but not works of art like some of the others on this list.
Base Range: These beautifully simple undergarments border on boring, which is honestly what I love most about them. Base Range produces their clothes in small factories, using natural materials and high standards. I like their Soft Bra and Lady Bra best. And if I saved my pennies their Classic Bell Pants could make for daily undies. More about their process here.
Storq: My very favorite maternity line (and RMTL sponsor) is coming out with an intimates bundle in 5, 4, 3, 2, soon! The bundle includes a bra (made with the same super-soft modal as their basics bundle and designed with a flexible cup for prengant and nursing mamas!), full-coverage underwear in the same modal fabric, and…socks! (Sign-up right here to get notified as soon as the collection launches.) (Made in the USA.)