Underwear Thesis: Knickey Review

My unbiased and unfiltered review of Knickey underwear including the bikini and high-rise underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Have you been enjoying Underwear Thesis this week?? I hope so!! I’m absolutely loving sharing all of my uber-detailed thoughts and helping you find the best pair of underwear. Today’s review is dedicated to Knickey, a brand that’s been frequently requested for this project of mine. Full disclosure, I bought several pairs of their underwear but they also offered to send me some to try. I was very clear that my reviews aren’t always glowing and they were ok with that! I still feel a bit weird about having gotten a free product for this series, so I’m not sure that will continue going forward. As always, I disclose upfront when I’m given product and will continue to do so. With that settled, let’s dig into my Knickey underwear review!

My Totally Unfiltered Review of Knickey Underwear

If you’re new to my Underwear Thesis, I encourage you to read these posts before proceeding:

The Search for The Most Comfortable Underwear Brands Under $60! Join me as I shop for new underwear and talk about all of the features + how to buy underwear. As a former textile designer, I am sharing information about seams, stitching, chafing, underwear construction, the best fabric for underwear and more! Get all of this shopping advice + underwear brand reviews on jojotastic.com #underwear #panties #undies

My Search for The Most Comfortable Underwear

This post is an excellent starting point and lists out ALL of the criteria of this project, including:

  • Judging criteria
  • Commonly used terms
  • My size + body type details
  • and a lottt more

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What to Look for When Shopping for Underwear, tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Information about the pros and cons of different types of fabric, trim, what is a gusset, and more!

What to Look for When Shopping for Underwear

Including:

  • Fabric and trim
  • Seams and stitching
  • Gusset
  • Size and fit
  • Washability

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How to Care for Your Underwear So It Lasts Longer! recommended washing machine settings, retractible clothes line, delicates bag and detergent

How to Wash Underwear So It Lasts Longer

Including:

  • Delicates bag
  • Cold water + gentle cycle
  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • And more!

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Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions of the product. If you love Knickey, that’s great! I applaud you! But if you’re on the fence about whether to buy them or not, this is what I think you need to know in order to be an informed consumer.

My unbiased and unfiltered review of Knickey underwear including the bikini and high-rise underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Styles Tried and Price

Fabric Quality + Details

Grade: A

Knickey is all about elevated basics that are made with organic cotton and 5% elastane which is important for stretch. I loved that they also list ‘0% toxic chemicals’ on the content details of each pair of underwear (it’s printed directly on the fabric because they are tagless also, which I love). The fabric is really soft.

When I first opened the package from Knickey, I was obsessed with their fabric. I absolutely love my Arq underwear, but sometimes you don’t want a pair that’s quite as thick. So the weight and softness of Knickey is exactly what I had in mind. I also really like the quality of their elastic and stitching. The mid-rise hipster and low-rise bikini have really nice leg openings because it’s made with the same fabric as the rest of the panty. That means it’s also very soft and helps to prevent chafing! The high-rise briefs don’t have that unfortunately. Sometimes I experience chafing from the elastic on the leg openings for that style specifically.

The gusset is made of the same fabric and open on both sides. I believe these are the first pairs of underwear that I’ve reviewed where that’s the case!

My unbiased and unfiltered review of Knickey underwear including the bikini and high-rise underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Manufacturing Quality

Grade: B

Each pair of underwear is made SO well. Zero loose threads, pulls, snags, etc. They look nearly brand new even after months of wear and washing! The only part that seems to be wearing is the elastic at the waist and the leg openings.

Ethical Practices and Sustainability

Grade: A

Knickey is very transparent about their sustainability practices. The use GOTS Certified organic cotton and are both OEKO-TEX certified and FairTrade International certified. They even had a section called Behind the Seams (love a good pun) that is dedicated to sharing their sustainability and ethical manufacturing standards.

I appreciate that Knickey breaks down all the various manufacturing steps for their organic cotton from the farm to the ginner to the spinner to the factory.

Inclusivity

Grade: A-

Knickey does an excellent job of offering neutral shades of underwear for different skintones. And I really appreciate that they don’t use ‘nude’ to review to any of them! They also feature a variety of models of different sizes and skintones, so that’s awesome as well. Within my entire Underwear Thesis, Knickey is at the top of my list of brands who are inclusive.

My favorite feature of the entire Knickey website is the ‘see it on’ tool. You can choose between XS, S, and XL models to see the on-body fit of each pair of underwear. There’s even video!

The only reason I gave them an A- is because of the size range. The offering is XXS through XXXL. I’d love to see a deeper offering of sizes because I’m a picky bitch.

My unbiased and unfiltered review of Knickey underwear including the bikini and high-rise underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Washability

Grade: A

Like I said, the underwear from Knickey washes SO well. I don’t put mine in the dryer, so keep in mind that will extend the life of your underwear.

Fit & Comfort

Grade: C

And here’s where it gets real… the only style I like to wear is the high-rise brief. Both the hipster and the bikini are wedgie central and it is so disappointing. I wanted to love them SO badly… and I don’t. I don’t even own the hipster and bikini because they fit so poorly.

The hipster was too wide and didn’t stay on my hips. I specifically remember trying to sleep in them and having to get up and change out of them because they were moving around so much. I also found the crotch panel to be way too narrow.

As for the bikini, I would consider it to be more of a cheeky cut. They do say the cut is “very cheeky coverage” on their website, so I guess I should have known? As much as I love the fabric and their soft leg openings, I suspect the lack of elastic used for the opening means that the underwear is more likely to shift around. Such a bummer!

I do like the fit of the high-rise briefs… but it feels like this style is their answer to Arq. It’s a similar rise, only slightly lower. The cut is higher on the leg and the back feels cheeky as well. They definitely give me more wedgies than the Arq ones, but I still wear them. I just don’t love them, if ya know what I mean?

My unbiased and unfiltered review of Knickey underwear including the bikini and high-rise underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Overall thoughts

Grade: B-

I wanted to love Knickey SO BADLY!!!!!! The fabric is awesome. I love their sustainability practices and transparency. I love their branding. I love everything… except the fit. Such a bummer. I still like the high-rise brief. They are fine. But I will definitely be keeping an eye for new styles in the future and crossing all of my fingers and toes that the fit is better.

Ready for even more Underwear Thesis reviews?? Catch up on my previous reviews:

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Patagonia Underwear Review

For this series, I am pretty much exclusively focused on cotton and natural fiber underwear. But I received so many requests to review Patagonia underwear that I knew I had to include it in my Underwear Thesis! As a rock climber and avid hiker, having good athletic underwear is important to me. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of their sustainability efforts. So because of that (and a few more reasons I’ll get into), I made an exception. Let’s dig into the latest installment of Underwear Thesis: my Patagonia underwear review!

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My unbiased and unfiltered review of Allbirds underwear including the athletic hipster underwear and bikini underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Allbirds Underwear Review

Welcome back to another day of Underwear Thesis! Today’s underwear review is all about Allbirds, a brand most well-known for their footwear. They’ve ventured into a few other categories as of late, including underwear. Naturally, a few people reached out to know my thoughts on them, so I picked up two different underwear styles and have a LOT of thoughts… Let’s dig into my Allbirds underwear review!

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Auden From Target Underwear Review

So to kick things off this time, I’m sharing my thoughts on truly one of the most requested brands of this entire project: Auden from Target! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked to review Auden. So I’m really glad to finally have this review published — you’ll have to let me know what you think!

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My unbiased and unfiltered review of Parade underwear including the bikini and high-rise hipster underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Parade Underwear Review

Ooooh boy. I have put off publishing this underwear review as long as I could, but it’s time. I need to put on my big girl panties (pun very much intended) and share my unfiltered review of Parade underwear. You might be wondering why I’ve put off this review for so long… and it’s because I was majorly disappointed. I probably should wait until the end of the post to say that, but I just needed to address the elephant in the room! Let’s dig into all of the details about why I did not like Parade’s underwear, shall we?

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My unbiased and unfiltered review of Everlane underwear including the bikini and high-rise hipster underwear! tips and tricks from a textile designer and fabric expert to help you be a more informed consumer and better shopper. Full review including washability, inclusivity, fit, sustainability and ethical practices.

Everlane Underwear Review

New year, new underwear! I wanted to start off by thanking you for your patience in the last few months. I really did want to share even more  Underwear Thesis reviews, but like… moving, renovating, the holidays, a tree falling on/around our house… it’s been a LOT. So, thank you. Lets move onto the reason you’re here though: my unfiltered thoughts about Everlane underwear! It was really fun to get back into these reviews and really dig into the details of each pair. I hope you enjoy this Everlane underwear review and learn a lot!

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What do you think of this Knickey review?? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest digital influencer and former textile designer with an eye for beautiful things. Jojotastic is a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress home, interior styling, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style.

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