40 Pieces of Cute, Ethically-Made Lingerie for $99 or Less

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Fact: people still handmake every single item of clothing we wear – including lingerie.



Whether it’s a luxurious $180 silk bra or a pair of $2.50 cotton panties you wear to work, every single item in your underwear drawer was made by human hands. Budget lingerie is priced so low in part because of the low cost of labor in many countries, but also because of major labor issues within the fashion industry. Garment workers, a majority of whom are women, are often exploited for cheap underwear.

So until robots start independently operating sewing machines, ethically-made lingerie – that is, lingerie that is created by people who are paid a fair wage in good working conditions – will always be more expensive than budget lingerie. Pricewise, ethical garments simply can’t match the brands selling 5 for $25 panties and underwire bras for under $20.

Even the most basic of mass-produced ethical pieces, like panties from Hanky Panky or Cosabella, start at $20 or $22 a piece. And that’s just knickers. A lot of labor goes into making underwire bras, which is why their prices are higher. So what do you do when you want something ethically-made, well-priced, and not-so-basic? Well, you come to this list, of course.

The knickers on this list are all $50 or less, while the bras and any accessories (like girdles and garter belts) are all under $99. I know this isn’t affordable for everyone, and thankfully, there are ways to build a more ethical lingerie wardrobe that don’t involve overspending your budget.

However, if you are able to spend $30 on a pair of panties, why not consider an ethically-made pair? Plus, everything here is super cute, so you don’t have to choose between your morals and pretty underwear. If you’re looking for ethically-made lingerie at less-than-total-luxury prices, here’s a quick guide to filling up your wardrobe.

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Quinne Myers

Quinne Myers is based in Brooklyn, NY where she runs the ethically-made loungewear line, she and reverie. She is also a textile designer, a watercolor illustrator, a writer, and a consultant for the lingerie industry.

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