Celebrating International Women's Day with a company that produces underwear, might seem strange to you - but it isn't to me, not when it's this company.
Not only does Dear Kates produce awesome products (more on that below), but they celebrate women: their freedom from uncomfortable or potentially toxic disposable products, their right to have form and function, and much farther beyond that, awesome women doing awesome things in their lookbooks.
Dear Kates has products like their special edition line of underwear known as the League of Ladies, which was a response to their "dissatisfaction with the portrayal of female superheroes and disempowering slogans on contemporary underwear." Instead, these feature historical figures like Amelia Earheart, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, and Harriet Tubman as superpowered "Super" versions of themselves with abilities like fortitude in the face of great uncertainty. In the lookbook for this collection, these super undergarments are modeled by people of varying body types and races who are real life superheroes that exemplify the abilities of their super counterparts in one way or another.
Dear Kates has a habit of not only showing people with all sorts of races and body types in their lookbooks, but also showcasing women who are doing amazing things. Women in tech, women who create things. Women who do things and should be looked up to. This is why I wanted to point them out on International Women's Day.
Not only that, but they celebrate innovation and challenge outmoded ways of thinking about underwear on their blog. You Should seriously check it out.
Not only are their lookbooks and everything behind their brand really awesome and supportive of women doing amazing things, but their products are, too.
Many women have to wear pantiliners regularly due to discharge, leaking during their menstrual cycle, or light incontinence. These issues are more common than we're likely to admit, and most people aren't willing to talk about it. But Dear Kates is - and not only that, but they're providing a solution, too.
The patented technology in their underoos can not only hold a fair amount of liquid when necessary (up to three teaspoons), but they don't stain and they prevent liquids from leaking through to whatever you're wearing over them. Not only that, but they're breathable, which is necessary for people who experience vulval irritation and especially yeast infections.
When I first got my Ellas in the mail, I was firstly really impressed by the packaging - it was fun, and would be fun for people of all ages. Then, I was impressed by how sturdy the actual product looked. There was lace panelling, but it didn't look flimsy. It was actually sturdy to the point that I worried the underwear would be too stiff and uncomfortable - but they weren't.
My Dear Kates have performed just as admirably as the company that makes them - they keep me dry no matter what I'm doing, keep me comfortable, any discoloration that happens disappears with a wash in the machine (no hand washing necessary!), my highly acidic vaginal fluid, which normally bleaches dark underwear, hasn't broken down the dark lining of these at all, and they work just as well now as when I first got them many, many months ago. I really wanted to give them a go and make sure that they could hold up - while "regular" cheap underwear have perished while I've had these, they shrug off everything I've thrown at them like it's no big deal.
My Ellas are currently my favorite undergarments - this might be because I don't currently have any of the fancy lingerie that I crave, but even then? I'll want more of these for my "everyday" underwear, and I really want to get my hands on some of their leggings.
You can see more from Dear Kate - including products, how they do their magic, and look books - on their site. If you'd like to support me via an affiliate link, you can buy the Ella Brief (which I have) and Thong from my friends at GladRags - but you should definitely check out the huge array of styles and sizes that Dear Kates has in stock, too.
Thanks to Dear Kates for sending me my favorite underwear in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.