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It wouldn’t be summer without sundresses. But if you’re like many women, wearing a dress or skirt in the summertime can sometimes lead to unpleasant chafing and discomfort. This is because regardless of your weight or fitness level, your thighs can rub together in these summer fashions. Add in heat, humidity and sweat, and you have a perfect storm for your inner thighs’ delicate skin.
For years, women have combated this problem via clever solutions like wearing biking shorts under their sundresses. However, this solution can be impractical and also uncomfortable. After all, the whole point of wearing a light, airy sundress is to enjoy the warm weather without sweating in unwanted layers.
But thankfully, there are now additional solutions on the market that can help women to combat the dreaded (and offensively named) chub-rub, including anti-chafing thigh bands.
Thigh bands fit neatly between your thighs to help prevent uncomfortable rubbing, meaning you no longer have to wear shorts in order to save your skin. There are many brands on the market, including this option from PrettyLittleThing, which is $12. They come in a variety of sizes from XS to XL because, as mentioned above, thigh chafing can happen to ALL of us, no matter what size you are.
As of this writing, these particular PrettyLittleThing bands were sold out.
But there are other options. For example, you can find Bandelettes on their website or on Amazon. This product (which retails for $16.95–$18.95 and comes in a variety of colors and styles, whether you want simple, soft elastic or pretty lace) has been on the market for years and has glowing reviews from a number of trend-setters and media outlets.
Lashauna Williams, a style writer at InStyle, gave these bad boys a thumbs up, writing, “At the end of the day, it does what it promises and it’s cool to try something so innovative that hasn’t been on the market before.”
There are also other options to help prevent chafing between your thighs. BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Balm is a cult favorite, and all you have to do is swipe the product between your thighs (or under your bra, or anywhere your skin might be sensitive and prone to rubbing).
For an immediate solution, you can also use deodorant in a pinch, which women say helps to prevent sweating and chafing between their thighs.
Have you tried any of these anti-chafing options in the past?