*Post UPDATED May 6, 2022
About 5 years ago after having my twins, 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 workers 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. (Note: The undies I’m wearing in this post are from Free Label and no longer available. The bras are and I talk more about them at the bottom of this post.)
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 size and 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. A Vancouver Company!
Earth and Elle: The Everyday High-rise Boyshorts
Size Range: S-3XL
What I like: All of their pieces are sewn locally here 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: $36.95 CAD
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: XXS – XXXL (I wear the XL.)
What I like: The high rise. That they are made of organic cotton. The comfort for everyday wear.
Price Point: $17 USD
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: $28 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!
Hernest : The Good To Sleep In Underwear
Size Range: XS-4X ( 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: $29 -$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.
Revol: The Sexy and Inclusive Period Underwear
Size Range: 2XS-8XL
What I like: They offer a variety of flow protection options and the styling is really quite sexy. They offer and incredible size range and are gender inclusive. They are another amazing Vancouver business.
Price Point: $42-$50 CAD
Review: I love the stylish and a bit sexy designs of the undies. The flow protection is amazing. I’m a fan of the high rise and full coverage of them. I purchased the XL in them and do find them a wee bit snug on my tummy on my most bloated days. Otherwise they are comfortable to wear and I would buy them again.
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? I have moved away from traditional underwire bras. That’s right! I’ve gone wireless! I have found comfort and support from a couple of local brands that work amazingly for my everyday wear. I also have some simple Fruit of the Loom bralettes that I wear. I had bought some like 8 years ago after having my first daughter. I was lucky to find some new ones on the secondhand site Poshmark to replace them. Secondhand can be a great way to go. Often there are brand new bras available simply because they didn’t fit the purchaser properly. When I go the new route, I buy….
Earth and Elle: My Earth and Elle Bralette has no hardware, you just slip it on. In my experience, it offers up a light to 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). They also offer the Dani bra for larger bust, but I have not personally tried that one. 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. Free Label has become a fan favourite, 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.
A couple more to keep an eye on, although I have not tried them myself, is:
- 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 4X. You can find it here.
- Huha. They have released The Tata Bralette and the Tata Bralette Lite. They are made with the same gorgeous Zinc infused fabric as their undies. The straps are adjustable and available in 3 colours. The size range is XXS-3X. Find them here.
bra + undies: gifted from Free Label for their #distancemakesusstrongercampaign
tee: purchased from Free Label