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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GIVEAWAY: Green Tree Organic Cotton Camisole and Panty of Your Choice – ENDED

Organic Cotton Camisole Made in the USA
Trista Cami with Bra in Black

Hey Folks, it’s long past time for a giveaway from your favorite eco-fashion boutique!  This month we’re giving away an intimates set from our own in-house brand, Green Tree Organic Clothing.  Up for grabs is the organic cotton Trista Cami with Bra (shown left) in your choice of black or white PLUS any one of Green Tree’s organic cotton women’s underwear.  We’ve got 7 panty styles to choose from in sizes ranging from XXS – 3XL.

Here’s a little TWIST: the more people that enter, the more sets we’ll give away!  We know you’re sometimes reluctant to share a giveaway because it lowers your chances of winning.  But we’re setting the chance of winning at 1 in 50 people or less, guaranteed.  So if we get more than 50 individual people entering, we’ll give away 2 sets, more than 100 people, 3 sets, etc.  So share away!

We need your help to keep bringing in the finest organic bras and lingerie from around the world.  So please spread the word about sustainable clothing and lingerie, and tell your friends and family about FaeriesDance.com.

About the Prize(s)

womens organic cotton hi cut brief in black
Organic Hi Cut Brief in Black

Each winner will receive 1 Trista Cami with Bra and 1 Green Tree Organic brand panty in the color and size of their choice.  Options include:

  1. Eat Organic Panty (printed bikini style, XS – XL)
  2. Heart’s A’flutter Panty (printed bikini style, XS – XL)
  3. Organic Hipster Brief (XS – XL)
  4. Lace Waist Low Panty (XS – XL)
  5. Organic Bikini Panty (XXS – XL)
  6. Organic Full Brief (S – 3XL)
  7. Organic Hi Cut Brief (XS-XL, our most popular style!)

The prizes are shipped at our expense.  The winners will have the option of adding on any other products they would like to purchase from us at no shipping charge. After the contest ends, each person entering will receive a special discount code by e-mail for any Green Tree Organic brand products.  This discount is exclusive to contest participants.

Organic cotton womens panty
Hearts A’flutter Panty

All of Green Tree Organic’s products are made locally in Oregon. We design and pattern in Portland. All cutting and sewing is done in Stayton. We get our internal tags from a company in Portland. The printed panties, Eat Organic and Hearts A’flutter, are printed using water-based inks by a woman-owned printer in Portland.

Our fabric is a 95% Organic Cotton, 5% Spandex blend and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified.  All of the panties listed above, as well as the Trista Cami, are made from this certified organic cotton fabric.  We source the fabric from a small, family-owned company in India. It’s knit and dyed local to where the cotton is grown.

About Faerie’s Dance

womens organic cotton hipster brief
Organic Hipster Brief in Sweet Pink

Since 2005 Faerie’s Dance has been a force for good in the fashion world.  We support small, sustainable businesses, many of them are women-owned or family-owned.  All of our products are ethically produced providing living wages to the workers that make them both here in the USA and abroad. No sweatshops or child labor are ever involved in the making of our goods.   We currently offer more than 1200 sustainable items in our store including organic, natural fiber and recycled clothing, accessories and jewelry.  Find out more about our philosophy and our funny name as well as our generous charity policy.

How to Enter

Enter the contest using the form below.  You can get extra entries by visiting our social media pages and sharing this contest.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Special Occasion Bras

Our final episode in the 10-part “Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra” series deals with special occasion bras. These are bras you may not wear every day, but you definitely want to have one or two in your wardrobe.  From glamorous Swarovski crystal embellished bras for weddings and special date nights, to workout bras, to nursing bras, this video highlights beautiful, organic bras for every occasion.

We also forgot to mention strapless bras or bandeau bras. Our current selection of strapless and bandeaus is pretty slim.  We’ve had a number of options in the past, but they tend to be short-run lines that we cannot restock.  Of course, we’re always looking for new organic bras.  Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of any of our eco-fashion pages to get regular updates on new items that come in.  We only send e-mails once per month, so you won’t be overwhelmed by too much e-mail.

The specific bras shown in this video include:
Jeweled Organic Triangle Bra (S-L)
Mia Bra Top (S-L)
Evette Halter Bra (XS-L)
Katherine Sports Bra (34B-42D)
Bamboo Sports Bra (S-L) – mentioned, but not shown
Nursing Bra (36C-40E)

All of the bras shown in these videos, plus many others can be found in Faerie’s Dance’s Bra Department.

As always, thanks to Dr. Kayla Luhrs from for modeling for us for all these weeks.

And most of all, thank YOU for watching!

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Camisoles with Bra Liners

In this penultimate video in our Find Your Perfect Organic Bra series, we address camisoles with bra liners. These are full-length camisole options that have built-in bras to keep you cool in summer and offer a warm layering piece in winter without the extra bulk of a separate camisole and bra.

The “typical” bra-lined camisole has an internal shelf-style bra for light support and modesty.  We show one in organic cotton and one in bamboo though we have a number of others at FaeriesDance.com under Camisoles.  The last one we show, Cateline, is rather unique as it’s a camisole with shaped, padded cups.  Since No Wire Padded Bras are our most requested bra style, Cateline offers another option for those looking for that specific type of bra.

The bra-lined camisoles shown in this video include:
Trista Cami with Bra (XS-XL)
Bamboo Cami with Bra (S-XL)
Cateline Padded Camisole (S-L)

As always, thanks to Dr. Kayla Luhrs from MoonCycleMedicine.org for modeling.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Allergen-Free Bras

We’re back from vacation and ready to continue our 10-part organic and natural fiber bra series.

Today we’re discussing a specialty line of Allergen-Free Bras that are 100% organic cotton, spandex-free, latex-free, dye-free, and chemical-free. These bras have been medically tested to reduce rashes and inflammation caused by eczema and dermatitis.  There are several different styles to fit a variety of body shapes while still providing light support, modesty and most importantly, rash-free comfort.

Of the ones we show in the video, the Side-Tie version runs a little larger than the Front Close version in the same size.  We’ve had several customers tell us this as well.  While the Side-Tie doesn’t fit Kayla well since we don’t have the correct size for her, it’s actually a very popular style for women with C cups and above as it provides a little more coverage than any of the other Allergen-Free bras.

Here are the specific bras mentioned:
Allergen-Free Slimfit Bra (4-7)
Allergen-Free Side-Tie Bra (34B-42DD)
Allergen-Free Front Close Bra (34B-38C)
Allergen-Free QUEEN Front Close Bra (40C-44D)
All Cotton Bra Liner (sizes 5-10)

If you do have allergies or skin sensitivities, feel free to contact Dr. Luhrs to discuss treatments as well as wellness plans at MoonCycleMedicine.org

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Underwire Bras Without Padding

Learn more about organic cotton, natural and sustainably produced bras. In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra fit, seaming, styles and features.

Episode 7 takes a quick look at Underwire Bras without padding. Underwire bras overall tend to give you more support than no wire bras, and the underwire gives a distinct shaping.  The shape of an underwire bra without padding can be quite different than a similar style with padding.  The padding tends to mask your own natural breast shape, while the underwire without the padding will highlight your personal shape.  The seam design, whether vertical, horizontal or seamless, has a much bigger impact on your overall look when wearing an underwire bra without padding.  So seam style is definitely something you’ll want to test to see what works best for your particular body and shape.

If you’re concerned about any connections between underwires and breast cancer, please check out last weeks post on Padded Underwire Bras.  We address that issue both in the description and in more detail in the video.

Here are the specific bras mentioned:

Sublime Demi Bra (32A – 36D)
Elegance Underwire Bra (30A – 36D)
Seamless Underwire Bra (S – L)

You can also fine the other bras and matching panties in the Sublime line.

Please visit Kayla’s community nonprofit website Moon Cycle Medicine to get whole-life wellness information. Kayla is a board-certified medical doctor.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Padded Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras? In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra sizing and fit, different bra styles and what features to look for in a natural fiber or fully organic cotton bra.

Episode 5 looks at No Wire Bras with modesty padding. No Wire Padded Bras are our most requested bra style. They are the hardest bras to find in organic and natural fabrics, but we do have a few gems.  There are basically two types of No Wire Padded Bras, those with integrated padding sewn directly into the cups, and those with removable pads that sit inside “pockets” sewn into the bra.  The integrated padding kind tend to have better shaping while the removable padded kind are a bit more versatile, allowing you to wear the bra without the pads when they aren’t needed.  This is a particularly nice weekday/weekend bra option.

Unfortunately all of the No Wire Padded Bras we carry have either nylon or polyester foam as their inside padding.  We’ve actually discussed this back in 2014 in the post, The Elusive No Wire Padded Bra.  While we have found more options in the No Wire Padded category, the basic premise of that post, bras can have eco-padding and underwire or conventional padding and no wire, remains true today.

The specific bras mentioned in this video are:
Yvonne Wireless Padded bra in organic cotton (32A – 38C) Kayla is wearing a 34B
Body No Wire Padded Bra in pine tree fabric (32A – 36C) Kayla is wearing a 34C
Adjustable Soft Bra in bamboo (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Laura’s Bra in bamboo, mentioned in the video as a smaller, sleeker option to the Adjustable Soft Bra, still with removable pads

You can get also whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Triangle Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you? Join us for our 10-week long organic bra video series.

This week we’re covering Triangle Bras. Triangle Bras are very lightweight, minimal coverage bras without a lot of support. They are generally sized as S, M, L instead of 34B, 36B and are best fit for cup sizes AA – C. Triangles are definitely not for everyone. These bras work well for women who prefer not to wear a bra, but may require one for modesty. They are so lightweight and comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing a triangle bra at all. But don’t expect a lot of shaping or push up. These cute little “slip of a bra” triangle styles are just for covering your natural shape, not changing or enhancing it any way.

When choosing a triangle bra, find one that looks pretty to you. A touch of lace or detail that speaks to you will enhance your enjoyment of this simple style.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Avignon Triangle Bra (XS – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Triangle Bra with Lace (M – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Brigitte Triangle Bra (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Amour Triangle Bra (only S left) shown on hangar

We discussed bamboo fabric a little.  Several years back we wrote a piece on Tencel, Rayon and Bamboo that you might find interesting.  For more eco-fabric information, checkout our Most Eco-Friendly Fabric roundup.

You can also get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Cami Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you?  Join us for our 10-week long organic bra video series.

Today’s episode focuses on Cami Bras.  Cami Bras are a subset of the “Bralette” family. They are always sized as S, M, L instead of 34B, 36B, etc. and they pull-on over the head as opposed to having back closures. It’s a very simple style that tends to be flattering for A-D cups.  Because they are easy to make, a lot of clothing companies that don’t specialize in bras make them.  So you need to watch out for sizing!  Cami Bra Tops, also sometimes referred to as Yoga Bras, tend to come in a wide variety of colors and prints, which definitely adds to the fun of this particular style.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Soy Lace Cami Bra (XS – 2XL) This one runs small, Kayla is wearing an L.
Grace Bra Top (S – L) This one runs large, Kayla is wearing a S.
Cami Bra Top (S-L) This one runs true-to-size, Kayla is wearing a M.
Eve Panty – the panties that match the Grace Bra Top.
Sri Yantra Yoga Bra (only L left), orange bra shown on hanger.

You can also get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bralette

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you?  This second episode of our bra video series, discusses easy-wear, natural fiber “bralettes.”  I forgot to mention in the video, but bralettes are generally sized S, M, L instead of 34B, 36C, etc.  We do our best to convert the sizes so you have the numbered size equivalent in the product description.  We measured Kayla last time as a 34B, which in most bralettes will be a medium.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Ballerina Bralette (XS – 2XL) This one runs large, Kayla is wearing an XS
Tokyo Bralette (S – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Jen’s Bra (S-XL) Kayla is wearing a M
Soy Lace Bralette (XS-XL), shown on hanger
BC Bralette (S-XL) shown on hanger

The Ballerina Bralette is made from hemp, which we’ve determined is the most eco-friendly fabric.

You can get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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