The Dreaded Chub Rub

When your thighs rub and chafe, dresses are nearly impossible!

401596_553139594727508_194735619_nI love dresses. They are cute, comfy, and hide a multitude of sins. In fact, I have a ton of trouble buying clothes. But this week I ordered 6 dresses online and they ALL fit, and looked OK!

I live in Florida. It’s hot as hell, and there is nothing as nice and cool as a summer dress, right? Yeah, right. That is, until you take about 10 steps and your sweaty thighs start to rub together. Then you take another 10 and the burn begins, 10 more steps and a gigantic rash erupts all over your thighs. Lovely. So much for summer dresses!

And you don’t have to be fat to experience this. I had it in high school. I was not fat by any means (of course I thought I was)…but my thighs were always a little chunkier. Now, if I wear loose shorts one leg will always get bunched up, so I get the lovely appearance of tugging my shorts out of my crotch or walking with my legs spread (always attractive).

I’m a little scared to go to a water park! I have 2 great bathing suits (they are more like little empire waist dresses) but you can’t wear shorts with them. So I will be wet and trying to chase my kids. Chub rub will be awful by the end of the day.

Luckily, under dresses, we have a few options:

Spanx that go to mid thigh. There is nothing cool and a refreshing about that! And, not to be gross, but when those things come off, things are not smelling overly fresh in the lady bits department, so forget about wearing that dress and Spanx on a date where things might get heated. Plus, at least for me, my Spanx roll down, then lodge right over my c-section scar causing me some major pain. And if I wear a high waisted one, it defeats the whole purpose of wearing a dress: cool comfort. (See my post about Spanx and “Spanxidents”). I wish I could find some that are mostly cotton with a bit of shaping that don’t roll down.

There are traditional cotton bloomers which just seem a little to wrinkly and loose to me, but seem to work for many. I’m also thinking a nice pair of men’s boxer briefs would work. They’re thin, cover the chub, and come in lots of colors. You can even grab performance ones to whisk away moisture and keep your vajayjay cool!




Bandalettes makes a sexy elastic lace band that stays around your thighs. These look nice, but I wonder if they need more of a satin area in between the legs. The price is right at $14.99 to give them a try though. I wish I had time to order these before this weekend’s festivities.


Luvees makes some shorts JUST for chub rub. But they hold NOTHING in, in fact, I guess I bought a size too big, because they kept falling down the whole time I wore them last time. They also make big bands that somehow stay on your thighs to combat chub rub, similar to the Bandalettes, with the satin inside, but since the underwear didn’t stay up, I’m not sure these will.

There are also some products to smooth onto skin to help out with the chub rub, but may need to be reapplied:

My husband and kids ride motocross, and found a product called anti-monkey butt powder to stop chafing. But really, as funny as the name is, do you want to wear something with that name? Now they sell Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder, still…the name isn’t the best, but it has great reviews and I just ordered it.

Body Glide is another popular solution, and has amazing reviews. and they also make Body Glide for Women and it says it is water resistant. Maybe it will help at the pool.

Liquid Underwear Silky Powder is another option, as is LUSH Silky Underwear dusting powder which is very popular.

Trislide has a spray-on anti chafe skin lubricant that has great reviews.

DZNuts Bliss Chamois Cream for woman also has anti-bacterial properties, and pre-and probiotics, helping with any unwanted bread-baking that happens when things get too moist for too long, you know what I mean? Yes, I mean those lovely yeast infections, or the other kind. This product is made for bikers.

Ha! Speaking of yeast…

The most popular and sworn-by solution I have heard of is Monistat anti-chafing cream.  Yes, I know, Monistat is what we think of for yeast, but women are swearing by this! I will be checking this out this weekend and I’ll let you know!

How about you? Do you have any proven method of avoiding the dreaded chub rub? Or have you just given up on dresses like I have?


  1. I wear Spanx. It serves the dual purpose of sucking shit in and preventing chub rub. However, it totally takes away from the whole “cool” summer dress thing. But I won’t wear a dress without them. Because there’s a lot of jiggle in my wiggle. Spanx keeps that to a relative minimum. 🙂

  2. Oh this cracked me right the fuck up! For as much chub as I have, Ive honestly never had an issue with chub rub. Maybe I have so much it just gave up! I do know the anti-monkey butt works – I bought some for a friend of mine that did a 150 mile, yes ONE HUNDRED FIFTY mile desert race. She raved about it.
    Jacob has chafing issues and the under amor boxer briefs really help him.

  3. Brigitte Murphy says

    I have this same issue and hate the spanx results as well….I have see a very flexible lightweight tank style bodysuit that looks easy to wear (except if you have to pee)…my issue is the neckline….tank style. I like dresses in a deep “V” style (playing up to a better feature) and this doesn’t work….I will try the monkey powder….love the name!

  4. Hi! I found your blog after watching Last Call Brittany. I love in dresses in the spring and summer, and I swear by Jocky’s “skimmies slip shorts”. They’re long enough to seriously cut down on the chub rub, they don’t ride up, and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a million layers on hot days. I highly recommend them!

  5. You may also want to try Thigh Society. It’s like a boxer brief for women, designed specifically to prevent chub rub and it doesn’t make you hot and sweaty like shapewear.

    Check it out here:

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