This post on ethical foundation wear is paid-for content in association with Heist.

The right underwear can make a huge difference to how we look in our clothes, and how we feel about ourselves. Yet many of us overlook the transformational impacts that the right foundation wear can bring. Here’s why you should consider what you wear under your clothes, as much as your clothes themselves.

What Is Foundation Wear?

Firstly, did you know that our undergarments are often referred to as foundation wear? Foundation wear is simply the base layer of every outfit that you wear. These garments support and streamline your body, and can include items such as tights, knickers, bras and shapewear. In short, we wear foundation wear every day whether you refer to it as foundation wear or not!

Why Is The Right Foundation Wear Important?

Person wearing Heist underwear in eco lace
Heist’s Eco Lace Bralette and Knickers

Your underwear is the very first part of your outfit that you put on. The right underwear for your clothing choices sets a solid foundation for your outfit, by complimenting your shape, whilst providing you with comfort and support throughout the day.

Whilst your underwear shouldn’t be visible under your clothing – unless you intentionally want it to be – the right underwear should make you feel great about your body.

What About Ethical Foundation Wear

Person wearing Heist's ethical foundation wear
Heist’s Eco Lace Body Suit

Your foundation wear can be ethical. Heist, a company with a strong sustainability focus, for example, sells a range of wide range of styles of more inclusive-sized foundation wear, with sizes ranging between size 6 and size 22. 

Their Eco Lace collection, in particular, uses recycled and recyclable materials to make their beautiful foundation wear. This range encompasses beautiful lace bodysuits, as well as knickers, and bralettes, all made from recycled polyamide.

Wearability has not been compromised.  Far from being rough or itchy, their Eco Lace collection has been engineered to be lightweight, smooth and silky-soft to touch and feel incredible against your skin.

Meanwhile, their tights are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyamide and recycled elastane. This soft recycled yarn is kind to your skin, and better for the planet than tights made from virgin plastics.

Heist has also adopted a ‘make on demand’ stock replenishment approach.  This means they only make what you want when you want it – helping to reduce waste.

What’s more, all components of Heist’s packaging are recyclable. They only use FSC certified paper, made using materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.  Where any plastic components are used, these are made from 100% recycled materials.

Your underwear can truly look good and do good.

What About Shape Wear?

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Heist’s Shapewear Collection

Shapewear has come a long way from its old-fashioned and uncomfortable counterparts. Heist, for example, has created intelligent shapewear that both looks and feels good.

Not convinced that shapewear can be intelligent? Well, Heist has equipped their ethical foundation wear with expertly positioned HeroPanels™. These are clever bonded, laser-perforated shaping panels that work to give high-performance compression without compromising on comfort.

This means that when you wear Heist’s shapewear, you’ll notice that even though you can feel strong, even compression, you don’t feel an elastic band-style squeeze. Instead, the garment feels like a second skin.

This is because Heist’s HeroPanel™ technology cleverly mimics your fascia – the connective tissue that stabilises your muscles. So by strategically placing HeroPanels™ in specific anatomical areas, Heist can make shapewear that slims and sculpts you exactly where you want it, without squeezing you unnecessarily for the results you’re after.

The more you wear the HeroPanels™, the more they relax in response to the shape, movement and temperature of your body. As a result, you end up with shapewear that is moulded to your body. This is why you feel less constricted than if you were to wear traditional shapewear.

Does It Make You Sweaty?

You’re probably thinking that adding panels to undergarments will make them thicker. And thickness equals warmth and sweatiness.

We talked about intelligent shapewear. That intelligence doesn’t just extend to how the foundation wear shapes you, but also to how it regulates your temperature. If you were to turn Heist’s ethical foundation wear inside out and take a closer look at the HeroPanels™, you’ll be able to make out tiny dots. Those dots are some of the 20,000 laser perforations designed to let your body breathe whilst wearing the shapewear.

Heist really does mean it when they say its shapewear is intelligent!

Whilst these particular foundation wear products are not able to be made out of recycled materials yet, Heist does ensure that they are produced ethically.  Heist says they pay a fair living wage to their employees and contributors. Meanwhile, in their supply chain, Heist only partners with factories and warehouses that guarantee a safe and supportive working environment. These factories and warehouses must evidence their commitment to this with Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certification and Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) registration.

So whether you are looking for shapewear or just standard underwear, the next time you need new foundation wear, consider pieces that will make you look and feel amazing. We put so much thought into how our clothes look on the outside but remember, the right underwear can make an even bigger difference to how we look and feel.

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