The High-Waisted Panty is Back (and More Sustainable Than Ever)

Marilyn Monroe high-waisted panty
Marilyn Monroe Poses with her Dog in a High-Waisted Bikini

Imagine if you will, a lacy, sexy, panty, ethically made from sustainable materials, that actually sits high on the waist, covering your belly and making you feel retro gorgeous like Marilyn Monroe. It’s not a fantasy! These elusive high-waisted, organic cotton panties actually exist!

High-Rise Panties Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande Shows Off Her High-Raise Panties. © M.A.C. Cosmetics

When jeans went low-rise more than a decade ago, so did panties. As a middle-aged woman, wearing undies that accentuated my pooch belly did not make for a happy time for me. But over the last few years, high-rise panties have returned with a vengeance, and gone green! Performers like Ariana Grande (left) and Beyoncé (bottom) have shown off their figures in high rise panties, pushing this retro revival forward.

High-Rise Bikini on Beyoncé
Beyoncé Sports a High-Rise Bikini.

The eco-friendly version of this movement is primarily being spearheaded in Europe, with companies like Swegmark of Sweden, and Peau-Ethique in France showcasing high-waisted panties made from organic cotton and certified Fair Trade. Peau-Ethique even went one step further, making a retro high-waisted panty with an attached garter belt for extra sass. At the start of this trend, we got a humorous, thoughtful write-up from Girly Girl Army about our high-waisted Infinite Support Brief.

Organic Cotton High Waisted Panties from Europe
Three High Waisted Panty Options all made from Organically Grown Cotton
womens bamboo high-waisted brief underwear
The Anything But Basic Bamboo High Waisted Brief

More recently, San Francisco-Paris collaboration brand, Les Lunes, released the simple, but ultra-flattering, Anything But Basic High-waisted panty made from a luxurious bamboo fabric. It has less “support” and tummy control than the Swegmark panties and a bit less pizzazz than the Peau-Ethique options. Instead, it comes in at a lower price and has a silky texture surpassing the other options in comfort and barely-know-its-there wearability.

With so many luxury, ethical, sustainable options available, even the most dedicated low-rise fan might want to grab a retro high-waisted panty for under their favorite skirt or dress. What would you choose: flirty lace, tummy-controlling support, barely-there bamboo or a simple organic cotton basic made right here in Oregon? Whatever you decide, we think the retro indulgence of high-waisted panties is back to stay.

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Written By Adrienne

2 Comments on “The High-Waisted Panty is Back (and More Sustainable Than Ever)

  1. Kayla Luhrs Reply

    January 24, 2019 at 11:26

    This article and info made my day! As high waisted pants have come back into style I’ve noticed that they are so flattering and comfortable for my particular body shape. The high waisted panty is also SO flattering and I can’t wait to get some to pair with my fave newest pants! Organic intimates are a MUST in my professional medical opinion, so that part goes without saying 😉 Thank you eco-fashion philosopher!

  2. Susan Reply

    January 25, 2019 at 12:39

    These look great! Love the write-up in girliegirlarmy.com, too!

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