Eco-Designer Spotlight: Underprotection Lingerie Review
When I got sent the press release for Underprotection, a Danish sustainable lingerie and loungewear brand, they caught my eye. I was immediately impressed by their chic lookbook with beautiful photography --- none of the hippie granola cliche of sustainability. Upon perusing their website, I found that their commitment to sustainability seems to have a solid foundation, using not only eco-friendly materials, but also using sustainable labor practices.
A representative from Underprotection was kind enough to send me two sample sets of my own choosing for review. Their catalog images didn't seem to do the styles justice, but between the web catalog and the lookbook photos I chose my favorites out of a lot of cute options. When Underprotection's package arrived for me, I continued to be impressed. A hard copy of the gorgeous lookbook was included, and information about the fibers used in each style was attached to the hang tag. Silhouette-wise, the Pamela bra and brief set is very different from Sigrun body, though both happen to be composed primarily of bamboo. Now, bamboo is admittedly semi-controversial as an eco-fiber --- the plant itself is wonderful, but the process of turning it into filament is chemical-heavy... but there's no denying it does make for a wonderful fabric. Anyway, I like to test new wardrobe and put it through its paces by subjecting it to a photoshoot. Special thanks to Lauren Luck for the extra-special film photography.
Style-wise, while the halter-strap is very cute, it is a little impractical for daily wear, but I just can't resist a good bralette. The fit was comfortable, with about as much support as you'd expect from a soft cup bra. The matching panties were also comfy --- they had a more relaxed fit than I usually go for, yet it seemed appropriate for the style. The waistline was a smidge low for my tastes, but the fabric stretchy enough that I could pull it up to my natural waist. The keyhole at the back is a cute little touch. Overall, I thought this was a great set to make me feel both comfortable and sexy.
I was pretty curious about the Sigrun body --- while I'm addicted to rompers, the minute you call it a "bodysuit" or "teddy," somehow I get these weird 80s-high-legline-cheap-lace pictures in my head and lose all interest. The menswear reference and stark black and white fabrication of the Sigrun body was just too good to deny, though. I did find the super-duper-extra-sheer crotch, with no liner, a slightly odd choice: for the photos, I had to wear a lightweight pair of nude high-waist panties. I think it would make me self-conscious enough to not make it a loungewear go-to, much as I'd like it to be, but I'll be definitely wearing it as a daywear piece. Again, I love the combination of the comfortable fit with a stylish design.
Four stars. For the most part, the stitching was very clean, although I did notice that the halter strap seemed a bit strained in its set-in on one side. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll have to tack it back in place at some point in the future. I love the drape and feel of both the lightweight bamboo satin and the soft bamboo mesh (!!). The colors/color blocking are utterly charming. I think Underprotection is a brand to keep your eye on, even if you don't have a particular interest in sustainable design. Who doesn't love clothes that both look and feel good when you wear them?
What do you think about the sets shown above and the other styles on Underprotection's website? Share your thoughts in the comments below.