Lingerie Review: White Rabbit "Prince" Panties
Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I don't know about you, but I have been seeing White Rabbit ads alllll over my Facebook feed. Here's the scoop on my experience with them.
White Rabbit launched with a very small collection: just two styles. The initial launch included the subject of today's review – a basic panty, "The Prince," available in sizes S-XL for $16.95, or $13.95 if you buy 3. The other style was a lace thong, "The Elizabeth," available in One Size and One Size Plus for $14 or $11.95 if you buy 3. Both styles are available in black or white. They offer free shipping on 2+ items if you are in the US, and have a "comfort trial" program, which lets you try their styles with a simple money-back guarantee. Since I don't wear thongs, I asked for the Prince.
I found that The Prince fit true to size. There are pretty much no surprises here --- it's true to the description throughout. The waistband lays really flush against even my full hips. It's a comfortable low rise, with a nice cheeky cut. I did find it rode up a little bit through the day, but that may say more about the shape of my posterior than about the pattern cutting.
The fabric is soft, although I don't know how well it will stand up to multiple washings. One wash in and I see the fabric is fuzzing slightly, but maybe that's just more visible on the white. I also always worry about this type of lace fraying, sprouting little elastic fibers throughout. I wash my knickers cold/delicate cycle/tumble dry low if they go in the machine, to minimize the heat damage. We all know that heat styling is bad for our hair, but most women don't think twice about popping their clothes in on the hot cycle of the washing machine. Regardless, all the materials used in this panty are smooth and comfortable against the skin --- there is nothing itchy or distracting.
The construction all seems to be geared towards creating very flat seams for a smooth line under clothing. The side seam, gusset lining, and waist band all lay very smooth with a minimum of bulk. The only slight flaw is the folded in legline --- the coverstitch has pulled tight around this area, contracting fabric slightly to create a tiny roll. It's pretty minimal and probably won't actually make a different unless worn with a very lightweight and clingy dress.
I'm going to go on a slight tangent here. The main fabric of The Prince is 95% bamboo, 5% spandex. They advertise bamboo as being "luxuriously soft, moisture wicking and anti-microbial," as well as "a sustainable source of fiber for apparel fabrics." The last bit is a bit more complex than that, as I've mentioned in previous pieces. I'm given to understand that bamboo is very sustainable to grow, but the process of turning it into fabric is significantly less so. It's something to be aware of if sustainability is a concern.
White Rabbit also uses sustainable production practices, which I really applaud. They work with a small, family-owned factory in Mexico, employing only women and offering good working conditions and fair wages. The ethics of mass-production are of increasing concern to consumers and I hope more brands follow suit. Not stopping there, they donate a percentage of each sale to Fabrica Social.
Fabrica Social is a social enterprise based in Mexico City with an incredible mission at hand: to drive sustainable economic development by empowering communities of female artisans. They currently work with 7 rural communities, providing training on creative design and business administration.
Unfortunately, at the time of my writing, the Kichink store where you can buy Fabrica Social products is empty.
All told, I think White Rabbit's The Prince is a good simple panty that hits all the basic points. It's comfy, ethically made, and lays well under clothing without digging in or adding bulk. My only hesitancy is that it is at a slightly awkward price point – but making things with ethical practices is always more expensive.