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