Underwear is a struggle many people deal with. From size exclusivity, clashing styles, lack of support, underthings can become a huge stressor for any person and body. For transgender and gender non-conforming people, this becomes infinitely more difficult. Our body types are often unconsidered, and are diverse even within our communities. Whether we be transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, GNC; many of us struggle to find comfort with our underthings.
It’s hard to know where to turn to for good fashion, good comfort, and sensitivity in the market. Trans people look to trust in a brand that is run by other LGBTQ people, but we still sometimes find ourselves getting burned. So where else is there to go? Here’s a compiled list of underwear companies that just might help you out.
1. Lucky Skivvies
Lucky Skivvies is an Harlem-based, black-owned company that caters to the LGBTQ community with colorfully printed, fitted boxer briefs. Lucky Skivvies owner, Kadesha is a one woman show creating for GNC women, non-binary, and trans people of all gender identities. Sizes range from S to 3XL. Lucky Skivvies
2. Rebirth Garments
Rebirth Garments is a Filipinx, non-binary owned company based in Chicago that focuses on uplifting the disabled, queer community through GNC, innovative wearables and radical visibility to create a “QueerCrip dress reform movement”. Designer and creator Sky Cubacub handmakes each unique piece, specializing in trans individuals with disabilities. All items can be modified for accessibility, shape, and size, as well as compression or binding ability based on fabric choice. Rebirth Garments
3. Playout Apparel
Playout Apparel is a gender non-conforming, lesbian and non-binary owned company based in NYC. The brand promotes a “gender-free, gender-equal, gender-neutral” underwear shopping experience by having every design and print include pouch-optional styles. Styles include boxer briefs, trunks, thongs, bikinis, and various Pride apparel! Sizes go from XS to 5X in some designs, and nearly all go up 3X. Playout Apparel
4. Just Babes Club
JBC Lingerie (Just Babes Club) is an Australian brand catering to all body types with gorgeous, lacy lingerie and bralettes. With underwear sizes between XS and XXXL, as well as two sets of underwear built for those who need more space below, their brand brings beautiful lingerie to many bodies. JBC Lingerie
Shapeshifters is a small but viral binder company centering transmasculine and non-binary people looking for color and comfort. They create made-to-measure binders, racerbacks, facemasks, and even a dress with a built-in binder. Due to COVID-19, orders are currently limited to off-the-rack sales. Shapeshifters
6. Origami Customs
Origami Customs is a Montréal-based, non-binary owned fashion company. Their gender-inclusive underthings include packing bottoms, binders, bras, gaffing underwear, and strapon underwear! As a slow fashion company they take pride in each piece they make,and will size items for perfect fit (at no extra cost to you). Origami Customs
7. LeoLines LLC
LeoLines LLC is a mother-owned and operated company located in Colorado, USA. It has its beginnings in girl’s dancewear and transfemme underwear for children, but now provides comfortable compression down below, across the gender and age spectrum. A tried and true small business, Chris has been doing custom sewing for over 30 years, and looks to bring comfort for every individual who orders from her. LeoLines LLC
Cantiq is a size and gender-inclusive store based in LA selling floral, sweet lingerie of all looks and varieties. Their pieces include hand-crafted, delicate-looking underwear, bralettes, and bodysuits! Cantiq has a focused “Genderfluid” collection explicitly for those who need more space below with their underwear. Pieces are uniquely sized here, but run on average from XS to 3XL. Cantiq LA
9. Toni Marlow
Toni Marlow is a Toronto-based brand focused on racerbacks, boy shorts, apparel, and packer underwear! They also have boy shorts discreetly built for period pads. They have a limited style, but the accommodations for those with menstrual flow makes their products unique. Sizes range from 2XS to 2X. Toni Marlow
10. Carmen Liu Lingerie
Carmen Liu Lingerie is a trans woman-owned lingerie brand based in the UK. Their collection focuses on women in transition – providing bras that stay comfortable during chest growth, and thongs that are both for comfort and beauty! See here.
11. Wilde Mode
Wilde Mode is an alternative style, sensory-free, genderfree underwear company based in Scotland. They include exciting prints and colors for all their items, without minimizing comfort in any way. Stock includes boxers, panties, racerbacks, leggings, and facemasks!
All handmade to wear, sizes go from XXS to 6X! Wilde Mode
12. Tuck Buddies
Tuck Buddies is an Oregon-based made-to-wear underwear store centered around providing tucking-safe, transfemme underwear for kids and adults. Started by a single mom of a trans daughter, this company is testament of motherly love and care extended to the transfemme community. Tuck Buddies specializes in cute and fun printed brief underwear, with sizes ranging from XXS to 4X. Tuck Buddies
RodeoH got its start in creating sex equipment for cisgender women-loving-women but quickly noticed its audience diversifying with trans buyers using their underthings for packing day-to-day. They now sell packing underwear, packers, dildos, fabric underwear harnesses, as well as other sex equipment. Sizes run between XS to 3X. RodeoH
Aisle focuses on reusable, sustainable options for those who menstruate, without gendering their products in any form. They have different styles of underwear that are absorbent & leakproof, so it can entirely replace sanitary pads and tampons! Underwear comes in briefs, boxer briefs, hipsters, and bikinis. They also sell liners, cups, & pads. Sizes run from XS to 5X. Aisle
While this list isn’t the end-all-be-all, it provides a look into options many have not had the chance to find for themselves. While there are other brands out there (including a listing of swimwear and sportswear to consider), this was an attempt to keep to brands currently open to fulfill shipments during COVID, while also centering many smaller companies that could use support as well!
About the Author
gerri ds is a mixed Asian, transmasculine creative born and raised in Hong Kong. They work in SPFX studio work and makeup artistry, but not without dabbling in a dozen other arts while at it. gerri currently lives in Los Angeles with their life partner, binging too much food television and wiggling their cat around.