I tend to wear pretty minimalist fashion items, and feel at home in a pair of sports leggings and a t-shirt. The t-shirts I used to buy from fast fashion retailers tended to wear our very quickly, and were generally of very poor quality. I was therefore delighted when I stumbled across Organic Basics, who produce high quality, sustainable and ethically produced basics such as undies, socks, t shirts and, more recently, sportswear.
I was lucky enough to be sent some goodies by Organic Basics and have now tested their cotton t-shirts, cotton underwear and sports leggings. Here’s an honest review of each of these products, and what you can expect once you receive your order.
I recently completed a six day, 160km hike through the Scottish highlands and wore the SilverTech Active Leggings every single day. They are amazing - they survived the rain, dried very quickly and didn’t smell at all despite the continuous wear. I love this because it means they don’t have to be washed often, which equals less energy use at home. They are made from 96% recycled nylon (which required 80% less energy to make), 4% elastane and are treated with Polygiene® to stay fresh.
I have both a white and black organic cotton t-shirt. They are a fitted style, very breathable and comfortable. I’ve washed my black t-shirt many times and it hasn’t lost its colour or started to fade. I wear mine casually day-to-day but they are also perfect for yoga or working out. If you like a loose fit, I’d recommend going one size up. I’m a size 8-10 on top and wear a size small.
I wear the organic cotton thongs during the day and the bikini briefs at night. The reason I find I can’t wear the briefs during the day is that they have a pretty visible panty line as the material is quite thick. I personally can’t find any bottoms that they work under - so this is something to bear in mind. They do have an invisible range which I haven’t tried yet. I would say the undies are made slightly small made - I ordered size medium and I’m usually a size 10.
Organic Basics are my go-to for basics - I love how transparent they are about their manufacturing process and the fact that the items are such high quality. Next time you’re looking for new basics that will stand the test of time - check them out.