Socially conscious shoppers and queers in the crowd know that hunting for plus size lingerie and underthings that are ethically made by queer-friendly companies can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are many reasons for this which could take up several blog posts (cost of manufacturing, outsourcing, etc.). In the meantime, here are a few places to find underthings from companies that are both LGBTQIA+ friendly and that value ethical manufacturing and sustainability.
Handmade in the Netherlands, Danae offers some of the most comprehensive options available to trans communities. At Bluestockings, we stock two of their binders up to XXL and will be adding another binder with the Grand Opening in June. On Danae's website, you can order custom sizing for a small extra cost.
The Bow Playsuit by Dottie's Delights
Made in Chicago, Dottie's Delights sets the standard in retro and pinup lingerie. Their bodysuits are available to 3XL (check their sizing, which goes XL, 1X, 2X, 3X) and their underwear goes to 2XL.
Half Tank by GC2B
GC2B offers two binder styles, both of which are made in the USA and are available up to a 5XL.
Augusta Fringed Kimono in Scarlet by Harlow & Fox
Harlow & Fox
A luxury label for fuller busts, designed and made in Great Britain with materials sourced from Europe. Bras available 30-38 DD-G (UK).
Designer Rachel Hill makes everything by hand in Canada, and it shows: the quality of eco-friendly lingerie line Origami Customs is tremendous. Moreover, much of it is explicitly gender-neutral and queer friendly. Gaffs, packing briefs, and bodysuits and harnesses meant for all genders feature in her collection. Many pieces are available XXS-5XL, and customization is available through the brand website.
Jane Brief by Raven Dreams
Raven Dreams designer Abi Tyrrell makes her gorgeous wares by hand in England. The ruffled knickers, luxurious robes, and mouthwatering accessories (such as rosy nipple covers) which populate her Etsy shop are the stuff your Pinterest dreams are made of.
Rosie Red Couture & Corsetry
For your couture corsetry and bridal needs. All manufacturing takes place in Oxfordshire, England. From the website: “Bodies don't scare me and beauty comes in all different glorious shapes and sizes. Every body deserves to feel beautiful.” To wit, one of her beautiful lookbooks features Georgina Horne (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) and Evie Wolfe.
A brand new lingerie company that recently made The Lingerie Addict’s list of “9 Black-Owned Companies to Watch.” Bras are available in a spectacular range of 28-44 A-H, with custom sizing available. Bodysuits available up to XL. All underthings are handcrafted in Washington D.C.