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Six Pairs of Underwear You’ll Want to Wear and Some Bras Too

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*Post UPDATED July 8, 2021

A couple of years back, I went on a mission to find underwear that fit, that I felt good in, and that were comfortable to wear.  I also wanted to move away from toxic, big brand companies, who treat their garment horribly and often have no idea what we want from our undergarments. I was looking for natural fabrics that breathe and also wash and wear well.  Luckily, there are now several brands doing the work to be better and create undergarments that are healthier for the planet and for us to wear.

 

Aisle Period Underwear: The Good for the Planet and Your Period Underwear
Size Range: XS – 5X
What I like: They are comfortable and offer a greener solution for your period.  Their underwear works really well.  They are also a gender inclusive brand.
Price Point: $36-$64
Review:  I did some fit testing for them a few years ago and was impressed  with how well they work.  They are comfortable to wear and offer a no leak security like I have never experienced before.

Earth and Elle: The Everyday High-rise Boyshorts
Size Range: S-XXL
What I like: All of their pieces are sewn locally her in the Vancouver.  They use natural, sustainable fabrics like hemp and organic cotton.  Their items are soft, require no special washing, and are very breathable.
Price Point: $32.95-$34.95
Review:  I always used to buy and wear boy shorts, but as the years have gone on, and my body has changed, I have found them to be to low and always riding up my bum.  This has all changed now with this amazing high rise cut by Earth and Elle.  They are a dream to wear!  Just put them on and no need to adjust.  They stay in place and offer amazing breathability, plus the colours are perfect.

Knickey : The Comfy Everyday Underwear
Size Range: XS – XL (I wear the XL.  I have found they have relaxed a bit with wear.  I might order the Large next time to compare. )
What I like: The high rise.  That they are made of organic cotton.  The comfort for everyday wear.
Price Point: $17.55 CAD
Review: Ridiculously comfortable and they have become my everyday underwear.  I love the feel of them.  They are organic cotton, so very breathable.  I have the the high rise briefs and really like the coverage.  I have had a couple of quality issues with them.  On a couple of pairs the elastic waistband has separated a bit from the panty.  I have just sewn them and continued wearing them.  I have also experienced some pilling on the elastic waistband.  I still love the feel and fit of them and would buy them again.  Made in the USA.

Huha : The Good For Your Vagina Underwear
Size Range: XS – 3XL (or as they say…plum to pitaya!)
What I like: Silky smooth fabric.  They don’t roll down under my mommy tummy.  Their underwear is made from breathable fabric that is infused with zinc oxide.  This makes the fabric resist odour as well as infection causing bacteria.
Price Point: $34 CAD
Review: They are so comfortable to wear.  They washed like a dream.  (No pilling!) They stayed put.  There was no rolling down under my tummy and my booty looked cute, if I do say so myself.  I even liked their thong undies!  First thong I have found comfortable since having babies.  This company is brand new and about to launch their official website soon.  Did I mention that this is also a Vancouver based, woman run brand???  It is!  Use my code JENNIFERPISTOR to get 10% off your order! 

Knix : The No Panty Line + Good For Your Period Underwear
Size Range: S – XXL ( I own both XL and XXL.  I find them to be a small fit and prefer the feel of the XXL.)
What I like:  I find them the perfect thing to wear for photoshoots or any time I don’t want VPL (visible panty lines).  I find them much more comfortable since sizing up to the XXL.  My XL’s tended to slide down under my tummy.  They offer up undies for leakage control and for your period too.  My favourite item they carry are my thigh saver shorts.  I wear them under all my skirts and dresses.  No more chub rub!!!
Price Point: $23-$42 CAD
Review:  This is the only brand I’m featuring who’s underwear is made out of synthetic fabrics.  This is also a Canadian based, woman run and operated  company.  Their campaigns are powerful and very inclusive.  I’m hoping they will continue to grow their size categories.  As I am at the top end of their sizing, there is a lot of room for growth there.

Hernest : The Good To Sleep In Underwear
Size Range: XXS – XXL ( I wear the XL )
What I like:  They have used their delicious fabric for sleepwear, for their underwear.  The cut is really cute and they don’t dig in.  These would be great paired under a loose fitting Summer dress too.  They are so incredibly soft.
Price Point: $39 CAD
Review:  I have had the pleasure to work as a brand ambassador for Hernest and to model for them.  They offer up beautiful, sustainable, sleep and loungewear.  Their underwear was designed for those who like to sleep in their undies and a t-shirt.  I’m a PJ kind of girl, but I really do love the feel of these undies.  I still wear them under my loungewear and PJ’s.  So breathable and comfortable.

 

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Let’s quickly talk bras.  They are the thing we all love to hate to wear.  They bind.  They dig in.  They squish and shape us in unnatural ways.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Over the past few years, I have moved away from traditional underwire bras.  That’s right!  I’ve gone wireless!  I have three brands I  now wear and find amazingly comfortable for my everyday wear.  They are….

Earth and Elle:  You may notice that all three of my current bra brand picks are also in my list of undies.  Ya like what cha like.  My Earth and Elle bra is The Comfort Bralette.  It has no hardware, just slip it on.  In my experience, it offers up a medium level of support.  It’s not anything I’d be wearing out for a jog, but I wear it all day long and find it supportive enough.  For reference, I wear a 36DDD and I’m in the XL bra.

Free Label: These bras are game changing.  A bold statement, I know, but absolutely true.  The comfort is out of this world and the support is perfect.  I own the Thompson bra (low support but great at home), two of the Andie Bras (medium support and a great everyday bra), and the Becky bra (pictured here in these pics, it’s very supportive and a great option for larger busts).  I am often asked if the under band rolls up on me.  On me, it doesn’t.  I find it rides up and tucks under my boobs, but it’s what I find most comfortable for me 40 year old boobs.  These guys have become a fan favourite (the bras, not my boobs…haha), so they do tend to sell out quickly.  My advice would be to sign up for their newsletter so you are notified first when they offer their next pre-sale.

Knix: This was the brand that first moved me away from underwire bras.  I have a couple of their Evolution bras (which are reversible) and like them the most out of any of their bras that I have tried.  I do find their sizing a bit tricky to navigate and have purchased a few bras now that are too small. I’ve bought bras extenders for a couple of them and gave one to my sister.  The two original bras I have are still in rotation for the times I want or need a more traditional looking bra to wear.

One more to keep an eye on, although I have not tried it myself, is the newest creation from Nettle’s Tale. They have created a piece called The Bonnie Top which is both a sports bra and a swimwear top AND it’s reversible!  It is also made of 92% recycled polyester and 8% spandex.  The size range is Small to 3X.  You can find it here.

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bra + undies: gifted from Free Label for their #distancemakesusstrongercampaign
tee: purchased from Free Label

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