What I'm looking for :: organic cotton or natural fibers/materials (as much as possible), fair labor, traceable origins, durability, wearability
Considerations :: Thrifting doesn't necessarily apply to the category of intimates, so having a fair favorite or two in this category is helpful. I'm willing to take special care to hand wash (bras) as needed + to line dry (as usual). This prolongs the life of these beauties + keeps them out of the landfill (or preferably the compost heap) for as long as possible.
These beauties (above) are my top pick for sustainability. The fabric + elastic are traceable + biodegradable (the 100% organic cotton ones). I've collected mine one by one + on sale. :) Pansy has added a more supportive bra to their collection, which I'd love to try.
I love these high waisted bottoms + comfy tops that accommodate a range of sizes. I find the tops supportive enough for everyday wear + like that the straps are pretty enough to be on display. I would be comfortable in a set of Arq pieces at the beach (one less thing to pack). Again, I collect these lovelies slowly over time.
We have lots of these in our house. I would wear them too, if they had a higher waisted version. Pact underwear are soft + long lasting + can be found locally (where we live).
I have four of these + they have eliminated my need for liners. They feel like a light, reassuring hug. I just wash these along with the other dark laundry.
For Europeans + for a back closure bra :: The Nude Label :: organic cotton :: made locally in Valencia, Spain
I would love to try one of Nude Label's bras, when I need a new one. I like the back closure, because it allows one to tighten the fit as the bra stretches out. I also like that I wouldn't mind these straps being visible when wearing spaghetti straps.
Again...this fairdare favorites series will highlight a very few fair brands to maybe start a search with...when a wider search feels a bit daunting. For more (+ lots more) fair intimates including supportive bras + sports bras, right this way. There are new players in the fair intimates category all the time, which is very exciting! I'll keep my eyes out + will keep updating our fair intimates lists (which is searchable toward the bottom of the ethical brands page). This post will be searchable both there + toward the bottom of the fairdare page. Feel free to add your fair favorite intimates in the comments! :)