minimalism

Thoughts on Underpinnings

A little while back I posted on Facebook asking for recommendations for under things, ideally organic, sustainably made under things. And the response I got was pretty sad. It seems that most of my lady friends don't actually own undergarments that they love. So I set out on a search of my own. 

One friend recommended Aerie products, another mentioned Patagonia, so I started there. And after a little online digging, I also found PACT Organic, and decided to give their items a try. I judged the items based on fit, style, comfort and perceived longevity, and here are my results.

 
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+ Aerie: While these were hands down the most stylish of underpinnings, I found the fit to be on the small side and felt that they wouldn't hold up well with daily wear. I also prefer organic cotton when it comes to things of the undergarment nature, so I decided that as cute as they are, the Aerie bottoms aren't for me.

+ Patagonia: quality and sustainability boxes were checked for sure, but I didn't love the fit and the appearance they had on the body. I tried this style and this one, and they felt and looked quite a bit like wearing a bathing suit bottom. 

+ PACT Organic: these were the ones I kept! I love the organic cotton, and the fit was pretty spot on, although I plan to go one size up with my next order for a little wiggle room (and babies, let's be honest.) The price was fair ($22 for two pair), and the style was more what I wanted. I ended up ordering boxers for my husband and boxer briefs for my son and was happy with those as well, and I plan to try their camisoles as my Target ones are needing replacement. I love their commitment to sustainability, fair wages and work environments, and pesticide-free organic cotton, especially for items coming so close to sensitive areas of our bodies. We will definitely be adding some PACT items to the holiday stockings this year! 

 
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There are a couple other companies I want to try:
+ Organic Basics: I'm asking Santa for a starter set - organic cotton underpinnings for both top and bottom as well as organic t-shirts to wear under sweaters to extend their life (more on that soon!) 

+ Naja: Seemingly the perfect pairing between pretty + ethical... because every lady needs something a little special, am I right?? Another request for Santa ;) 

Do you have any favorites when it comes to underpinnings? Share them in the comments below!