I really love the look of high-waisted, retro underwear, but I really can’t wear non-cotton underwear. I’ve noticed that most of the retro-style underwear is made from lycra or other non-breathable fabrics. Do you have any suggestions for 100% cotton retro underwear? I’ve found some pretty bland, all white granny panties, but that’s it!
This is an interesting question, it’s very valid and not something I have given much thought to previously.
Most girdles, panties or anything that else that is supportive and sits around the waist (with our without a crotch) is made with either synthetic fabric or a mix of cotton and synthetic fabric, but not usually cotton alone. Cotton doesn’t contain the right properties for shapewear, unless it is structured with boning.
You therefore have several options:
1. Vintage cotton boned girdles – These sorts of garments are very structured and I wouldn’t recommend them for newbies but they are usually made of pure cotton.
2. Wear suspender belts with cotton knickers (under or over the belt) – This should allow your skin to breathe. I have also found some pure cotton suspender belts which may be of interest to you, I’m wearing one in the below photos and I have one or two left in my shop.
3. Wear cotton knickers under a light open-bottom girdle – this will allow your skin to breathe a little more than it would with a panty girdle.
4. Most brands use cotton in the crotch area of their firm control panties, this might help.
I hope my answer has been of some assistance. If you find another solution, please let me know as I would be interested to hear about it.