1 Only Hearts french lace bikini | $45 at Only Hearts
2 Hanky Panky 5-thong set | $90
3 True Intimates high-waisted panties | $45 (not your mama’s granny panties!)
4 Deborah Marquit lace bra | $205 at Net-a-Porter
5 Private Arts silky thong | $23
6 Commando Cotton boyshorts | $30 at Nordstrom
I got an email from a reader a while ago asking for help finding lingerie made in the US. And here we go! I had to do a bit of digging to find brands beyond the ones I already knew (Hanky Panky & Only Hearts), but I was able to find several more. But honestly, if I were to recommend only one item of lingerie by any designer made in the US, or not, it would be the Only Hearts Second Skin bikini.
I have only one pair of these and I am constantly wishing for more. As I am wont to do, though, I “save” them for “special occasions” (not THAT kind!) like traveling, or whatever, because they are SO GOOD. They’re just perfect. And I don’t even like bikinis. They never ride up, never shift, and are so soft and comfortable, I’d wear only these with everything if I could; I’ve had my pair for several years, and they are still good as new.
But I don’t buy underwear very often, and what I do buy, I expect to last for a very long time. And usually it does. I have countless pairs of Hanky Panky thongs (I always buy the ugly colors when they’re on sale at Nordstrom), and as long as they never go in the dryer, they should hold up well for many more years than they already have. I have also had Hanky Panky boyshorts, which I loved, but they became too big on me, and I never replaced them. Interestingly though, I didn’t think the lace held up as well on the boyshorts as the thongs for some reason.
Besides those, I do have several pairs of Gap panties and some by Natori that I really like – NOT made in the US, so I’m good now, and I try not to replace items that don’t NEED to be replaced anymore, so I’ll wait, but ultimately, I’ll just have a drawer-full of those Only Hearts panties, I promise you. (if you sign up for their mailing list they’ll send out coupon codes around black Friday, etc.)
I do also have the Only Hearts second skins underwire bra which I do like a lot, but I find for my scoop or v-neck tops, it shows, and over time the underwire has warped a bit, so it doesn’t lay as flat as it should, so I don’t wear it unless I’m layering.
Overall, I have been very pleased with all my Made-in-the-US lingerie – although I certainly haven’t tried every brand out there. I have listed a few more brands besides those I’ve already mentioned that produce in the US; if you know of any more, please let me know and I’ll add them!
Shop my favorites:
Made in the US lingerie brands:
Commando | also at Bare Necessities, who has coupon codes all the time & Saks (30% off with FRNFAM right now)
Deborah Marquit | super high-end, beautiful lingerie
Hanky Panky | Everywhere…Bare Necessities, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Saks (use code FRNFAM for 30% off)
Only Hearts | also at Nordstrom, Shopbop
Real Girls Lingerie
Zinke | mostly swimwear, also at Nordstrom & Shopbop
What are your favorite lingerie brands? Have you tried any that are made in the US?
Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Conscious Closet Challenge this week!! Knowledge is power…
We must be shy about airing our undies, so to speak!
I wish I could say that I’ve been able to find my dream fit undies. But, alas, I’ve always felt that I must have a weird size: 38B. It’s kind of like my feet…a little bit off…10.5
So, I love the look of bralettes, but I can’t seem to find one that works for my large band/small cup size. Plus, I wouldn’t be willing to wear one in public unless it was lined after nursing 3 children.
Grechen Reiter says
haha! right? it’s crickets over here 🙂
i love bralettes, but i’m lucky i can wear them most of the time. just not under fitted things…
Sarah C says
I’ve been trying to go more American-made in my lingerie drawer, but don’t have much at the moment, I have a couple pairs of Knockout Panties, which I like, but my favorites right now are from Dear Kate (designed and manufactured in New York). http://www.dearkates.com/.