If you follow our Facebook page, you may have seen a great discussion the other day about that problem so many of us face when wearing dresses or skirts in the summer: thigh chafing, a.k.a. “chub rub”. In the words of editor Michelle “the unspoken nemesis of women without a thigh gap”! I know from my friends of all sizes that it’s not only curvy women who have this problem, but it is a sure-fire way to ruin an otherwise lovely day wearing a floaty summer number.
Luckily, there are lots of different solutions. Not all of them work for everyone, but there are cheerleaders for each one!
These are potentially the original solution to thigh chafe, used by many women over the years! There are many different variations: some women use bike shorts or Spanx, but the downside to these is that they can be quite hot and sweaty in the summer. An alternative are slip shorts and even special anti-chafing shorts, which don’t have the compression factor and are meant to be more comfortable in the heat. Here are some our readers recommend:
- Undersummers Lace Shortlette. Available up to a size 30 in snazzy colours!
- Thigh Society, Anti-chafing panty short. Up to size 24
- All Woman anti-chafing short-leg knickers. Up to UK size 40!
- Jockey Skimmies Slipshort. Up to size 2XL.
If you don’t want the full coverage that shorts give you (and let’s face it, in the middle of summer it’s not so appealing!), a new product called Bandalettes has been launched. They’re like wide garter belts which go around the tops of your thighs, and they have both a lace and plain version, and come in sizes up to a 32″ thigh circumference. I’ve heard mixed things about them – some people swear by them, others have found they roll down.
3. Anti-chafing gel
Want to avoid wearing more layers altogether? Anti-chafing gels are made primarily of silicone – they go on in a smooth gel, and dry to a slightly powdery finish. They reduce the friction on your skin, but they do tend to wear off over time, so you need to re-apply. These gels are used by all sorts of folks including marathon runners! They’re also one of my favourite solutions.
4. Talcum powder
And lastly, good old talcum powder! It’s low-tech but many women swear by it.
So there’s a bunch of options to try if you want to buy something to help. Of course, you could always make your own shorts! I haven’t seen a pattern specifically designed for this purpose – does anyone know of one, and have any advice about which fabrics would be good to use? And do you use any of these solutions? What are your recommendations for the thighed among us?
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