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Ask the Addict: Where to Find 100% Cotton, Elastic-Free Bras?

100% cotton bra by Rawganique


This is an older "Ask the Addict" question from several years ago. I've been meaning to turn it into a blog post for ages (a few years is basically forever in internet time), but, as with so many things recently, it got away from me.

I received a question from a reader who needed a bra made from 100% cotton or wool. Because she worked with electricity, her bras could contain no metal, no spandex, no latex, no polyester, or any other synthetic material.

While that might sound easy at first (after all, lots of people wear cotton bras), the truth is almost all cotton lingerie contains at least a little bit of spandex and/or metal. Finding undergarments with no elastic in the modern era is an extremely difficult thing to do.

Though this reader needed 100% cotton undergarments due to her work, I also know there are people with allergies or skin sensitivities who may benefit from the same. And that's why I'm turning this into a blog post! If you're in the market for a metal-free, elastic-free, natural fiber, or hypoallergenic bra, take a look at the options below.

Remember: if skin sensitivity is an issue for you, be wary of language like "100% cotton exclusive of trims and/or decoration." That often means there's a synthetic fiber in areas like the band or straps.

P.S. As always, please do your own due diligence and research when it comes to buying products to address a medical concern or allergy. TLA offers this blog post as a *beginning* to the search for options, and we are unable to independently vet or verify any company's claims.



100% cotton bra by Cottonique


Decent Exposures

100% cotton bra by Decent Exposures


Blue Canoe

100% cotton bra by Blue Canoe



Organic Linen Bra by Rawganique



100% wool bra by Econica

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

6 Comments on this post

  1. Grayson says:

    Sorry – slight mistake in my prev comment (feel free not to post it, just update your post as needed?) – Cottonique doesn’t have spandex but they do use plastic in their bra clasps. What I meant to say is that none of these companies is avoiding all bad-for-the-environment materials. Of course, this post is about allergies, not the environment, so fair enough! (But there is a post at Cottonique on one of the bras from someone who’s allergic to plastic….) Anyhoo! Just some fyi, please use/ignore as you see fit.

  2. Grayson says:

    Just an update – perhaps these companies’ practices have changed, but every single one of them uses spandex in the bras I looked at. I’ve only come across one company so far (in the past few days; I’m currently looking for a new bra) that is truly 100% elastane-free: The Very Good Bra in Australia. I’m in love with their philosophy: 100% compostable, zero-waste, plastic-free bras! Exactly what I’m looking for … but I’m really hoping to find something closer to home. How can this not be a more widespread idea?

  3. tiggertiffin87 says:

    Thank you so much! As another commenter said, 2020 decided to make me develop hives when latex or elastic touched my skin so I’m on the hunt to replace my bras and underwear. I’m so done with a band of welts across my ribcage and my waist.

  4. Sarah W. says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! On its way out, 2020 decided to inflict one last insult and I suddenly developed a spandex contact allergy. This list has really helped me narrow down sources of 0%-spandex bras, which is REALLY more trouble than it should be. Thank you :D

  5. Carol says:

    Thank you SO much for the work you’ve done to gather information for those of us that need lingerie alternatives. Trying to find available information on the internet can be a daunting task. I truly appreciate you making the job easier!

  6. nofixedstars says:

    this is good information also for people who are trying to minimise or eliminate synthetics from their lives generally! it is not so difficult to find other clothing that is all natural fibre, but lingerie has been mostly synthetic for ages. and while i was familiar with a couple of cotton bra manufacturers, i hadn’t seen any that produced more structured, supportive, and yes—pretty—bras such as appear above. it’s good to know about these options, which may be worn out and then composted after removal of any hooks or other fitments, making them much closer to zero-waste than their synthetic counterparts. i had found a few silk lingerie pieces on occasion, but the price is not within reach of many people, and some choose not to purchase silk for ethical reasons. attractive, supportive, durable cotton lingerie is a great resource for many people. thanks for this post!

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