Ask The Allergista: Where can I find Cotton Underthings for Women?

Q:

I am allergic to elastic and synthetic fabrics. Bras leave me in pain, panties leave welts and bathing suits are torture. Polyester makes me squirm and sweat. Where can i find these in natural fabrics,cotton, linen, silk, etc?

A:

Thanks for writing me! I'm sorry to hear you're in such pain! Hopefully these solutions will help.

Victoria's Secret has a cute mostly cotton bra and it doesn't seem to bother me. They list cotton/spandex on the site but they're 96% cotton and 4% elastane:

cotton_victorias_secret_bra

For underwear, these Jockeys are 100% cotton. Even the elastic is wrapped with cotton:

jockey_cotton_bikini

Searching on Etsy is definitely worthwhile - especially since you can contact the seller directly and ask them questions! Check out this bra:

cotton_bra

I was also just told about this website called Cottonique last week - they've really put in the effort to figure out how to make underthings work for women who need 100% cotton items. They do things like have ties and drawstrings for the bras instead of elastic!

cottonique

Make sure to check out my Cotton Lounge, Basics and Underthings Pinterest board as well! There's a lot of cute stuff on there ;-)

I hope this gives you some options you like and I really hope your skin feels better soon!

Good luck!

Sincerely,

The Allergista