When building an environmentally friendly wardrobe, there’s no better place to start than with the contents of your top drawer. Swapping out your desirables, or undergarments, with an assortment of styles from sustainable lingerie brands has proven to be an easy and efficient step in the direction toward a more conscious closet. From cozy cotton pieces with flexible cuts to lace bras and teddies, there are plenty of options to choose from.
When you think of lingerie, it’s likely that frilly negligees and garter skirts spring to mind. But lingerie is so much more than that. The category extends beyond sexy and playful to include everyday pieces that work hard in your wardrobe, like socks and slips and undies that prevent garments from clinging to your body. So when it comes to more sustainable alternatives, it’s important to cover all your bases. Brands like Mary Young strike the perfect balance between sex appeal and comfort, while celebrity-approved label Boody is revered for its wearable styles that are great for layering and lounging around the house. Investing in a wide variety of lingerie designs ensures that there are no gaps in your most relied-upon lineup in your closet.
Designed in London and made by hand in Italy, Aurore Lingerie is a contemporary brand inspired by the effortless chicness of the ’90s. The brand has adopted a “less is more” approach to design, as reflected in its sustainable initiatives. From the use of recycled materials to small-batch production, founder Alexandra Di Nella takes pride in ensuring the process has a minimal effect on the environment.
In addition to its curated selection of secondhand housewares, lifestyle brand Bum-Cake Vintage has quite an impressive offering of repurposed lingerie finds that have an undeniable chic, retro feel. The online retailer is bound to become your new go-to for teddies and slipdresses, but you’ll have to act fast because the highly coveted drops sell out fast.
Boody’s seamless styles are popular among the supermodel set, with Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Emily Ratajkowski on the list of famous fans. The brand offers customers a breakdown of the impact each of its products has on the environment on its website. Its best-selling shaper bra in particular is made from a stretch-jersey fabric derived from bamboo for a comfortable and cool fit.
Specializing in organic cotton underwear, Brook There is all about giving you comfortable options in lingerie design that you can wear with anything you own. Whether you’re throwing on a T-shirt with jeans or opting for a plunging blouse, there’s a suitable undergarment that will provide a seamless no-show look.
Thanks to Black-owned brand Nubian Skin, people of all colors can now find their perfect shades in nude essentials. With a wide range of hosiery, underwear, and newly launched footwear on offer, the label’s sustainability practices are just an added bonus. Shoppers will love the barely-there feel (and look) of the organic cotton pieces.
New York–based brand Uye Surana makes it so you never have to choose between sultry lingerie designs and sustainability ever again. The female-led label is committed to being as transparent with customers as possible on its production process by highlighting its ongoing initiatives. Those whose personal style leans toward playful and bold will love the floral-mesh socks and matching bralettes.
What started as a basics brands for kids, quickly amassed into a full-fledged essentials brand beloved by editors and influencers alike. So it makes sense that sustainability is at the core of the brand’s ethos. From its use of organic cotton and nontoxic dye, the brand has found a way to create vibrant, comfortable designs that are guilt-free.
Based in London, Fruity Booty creates small-batch lingerie collections out of repurposed and other sustainably sourced materials. These pieces range from long boudoir gloves and bloomers to ruched panties with Brazilian cuts and underwired balconette-style bras that have both a modern and retro vibe.
Founded by New York native Rachel Jones, the eponymous label was born out of the designer’s search for the perfect bralette for small-chested women. Since then, the brand has expanded into a range of styles that are made using sustainable cotton and modal materials with a hint of stretch for flexibility and hold, to make sure they withstand multiple washes and wears.
In a little more than a year, Parade has become everyone’s favorite underwear brand. Its cleverly themed collections are reasonably priced and loved by influencers, stylists, and celebrities on Instagram for their bright colorways and inclusive takes on chart sizing, which goes from XS to 3XL. Whether you’re into seam-free boy shorts or mesh-trimmed thongs, the DTC brand has you covered.
“Hara, meaning ‘green’ in Hindi, is a clothing label designed for you and our earth collectively,” the brand explains succinctly on its About Us page. Founded in 2016, the brand has partnered with organizations like the Environmental Justice Foundation to help support labor workers and begin ridding the industry of its use of pesticides on cotton farms. The fact that HARA designs of-the-moment styles that are on par with current trends is an added bonus.
A DTC loungewear and underwear brand, Botanica Workshop creates independent designs using sustainable and organic materials to decrease its impact on the environment. With styles like slips, underwear sets, and flexible bralettes among some of its most popular designs, the brand has gained a cult celebrity following, with the likes of Emma Roberts and Shailene Woodley as fans.
Mary Young’s namesake brand has made it abundantly clear that it has only one mission: to create ethically made garments that are comfortable for you and not meant to necessarily please a partner. As a result, the label has gone so far as to ditch traditional lingerie details like underwire to ensure maximum comfort, while opting for minimally chic size-inclusive designs. Not to mention, the brand has found a great way to incorporate bamboo-derived materials into its lineup for a soft yet sustainable option.
If you’re ready to swap out your favorite slipdresses for something that’s more eco-friendly, NK Imode has a few different lengths and styles available for your perusal. The brand uses silk material made from a family-owned factory in Suzhou, China, to guarantee quality and craftsmanship to customers in every piece.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.