So I was getting changed the other day and suddenly realised, I don’t actually remember the last time I bought a new bra. I have no idea if I am still the same size as I was pre pregnancy. So I did a little research and was shocked to find 1/3 of women wear the wrong size bra… and according to one survey 70% of women would prefer to wear an old bra that they feel comfy in than wear a new bra.
Now I decided to write a blog on this. I am one of the 70%. I don’t need a new bra, mine does the job and as long as it doesn’t hurt and is comfy then it is fine. Why waste money on a piece of new clothing that isn’t even seen when the ones I own are comfy.
Then I came across ColieCo Lingerie.
ColieCo Lingerie is not your typical underwear and swimwear company. They provide ethically manufactured lingerie, A LOT of their products are made out of 100% recycled bottles, how ingenious is that.
I spoke to Nicole at ColieCo and asked a few questions:
Why did you decide to set up ColieCo?
I started ColieCo whilst I was still at university (Leeds College of Art) studying Fashion Design. I knew that after I had finished my studies I would want to work for myself and create something that I was passionate about. I wanted something that I could immerse myself in and to love what I did everyday.
Some of your lingerie is made out of 100% recycled bottles, Is the material soft and able to go through washing machines?
The ethical aspect stands in our core ethos. It comes before design and is ingrained in our material sourcing, manufacturing methods and studio management. Energy use, pollution, and wastage are a constant focus, from examining options for source materials, through the impact of transport from source materials right through to customer, to packaging.
The RPET fabric that you are referring to is so super soft – imagine your favourite swimsuit fabric then imagine being able to glide your hand over it with no friction. It really is that soft! It has been through our usual vigorous testing and can be washed in the washing machine. We ask our customers to use a cold or cool wash for environmental reasons.
Why should people choose you over other designers?
We offer lots of different aesthetics that might appeal to many tastes, body shapes and uses. We also offer the option for our customers to choose the prints, colours and styles. We think that by doing this the products are more personal, people can make emotional attachment to them meaning that they will want to keep it for as long as possible. This is great news for us as it means less clothing waste is put back into the cycle.
I would like people to be able to make up their own minds about this question though. I would only encourage people to look, ask and open dialogues with designers about what they are doing to move forward in how they ethically source and manufacture their products.
I see you are able to make custom orders, do the prices change a lot and how long do custom orders take to make on average?
If it is a simple change such as the customer would like bigger cups put on a small back band of a bra then we can do this free of charge.
For small changes to the pattern shape, prices start at €5.
Because we make each item to order (which saves on fabric waste, excess stock and mis-use of time) it is easy for changes to be discussed and noted through to manufacture, it is a great perk of the way that we work!
We like to keep our turn around on orders at under two weeks. This does not change if the item is a custom order or not.
What is your favourite piece in the collection?
My favourite will always be the LOTTIE set! The pin up style, the fabric choices, the adjustable components – They all make this the perfect item for me to wear! https://www.etsy.com/listing/239102725/lottie-lingerie-soft-cup-bra-soft?ref=shop_home_active_13
For a busy mum who wants to be comfy but have something a little different which item would you choose as their must have item?
For comfort I always head for the KELLY crop top bra. Yes – crop tops can be cool! The KELLY crop has a mesh layer at the back for a little bit of something special, and again – you can choose your favourite print for the main fabric too. https://www.etsy.com/listing/268886589/kelly-crop-top-bra-soft-bra-in-a-deep?ref=listing-shop-header-2
This paired with the VENUS knickers is a really good, easy look.https://www.etsy.com/listing/256978926/venus-low-rise-cut-out-panties-knickers?ref=shop_home_active_34
Even if you only get one funky, sexy piece of underwear in your wardrobe, why not take a look at ColieCo. The fact they are ethical, they can be custom made so will fit beautifully and the designs are stunning is a tick in any box for me. We need to have at least one set of underwear which makes us feel beautiful. I know that when I wear matching (or even non matching) nice lingerie, I walk with a lot more confidence.
We spend a lot of time looking after our kids, chasing after them and running around going to appointments for them and we need to spend some time on ourselves, we need to make sure we are looking after our mental and physical self, so after relaxing your mind why not treat yourself to a beautiful, eco friendly lingerie set.