Chafing. Chub Rub. Gah - my inner thighs are on fire! Whatever you call it, the struggle is real. Wearing skirts (and dresses) in summer isn't just tricky for plus size women. Most women's thighs rub together. And without pants or tights creating a barrier between our inner thighs, they quickly become a red, irritated mess. It doesn't have to be that way.
Of course we want to go bare legged in warm summer weather. And we also want to walk more than five steps without damaging our bodies. The trick is to add a layer between your thighs that will let you remain cool.
There are several lotions that you can apply to your inner thighs to prevent friction, and therefore chafing. Isn't that a nice and dignified way of saying, "here, rub this stuff on your inner thighs"?
Solid deodorant can do the trick, but there are better solutions. Body Glide is packaged like solid deodorant, and you can just rub it on. Gold Bond has a similar product. Monistat has a gel that works in the same way.
Baby powder can create a barrier and absorb your sweat. Lady Anti-Monkey Butt Powder is made specifically for preventing friction while soothing already-irritated skin. The name isn't dainty, but neither is the problem it solves.
The advantage of these potions is that they're invisible - you can use them while wearing a bathing suit and no one will know. But if you have to walk a lot, you're going to have to reapply this stuff throughout the day, so bring it with you.
I still haven't recovered from bike shorts going out of style over 20 years ago. The fabric was thin enough that I could wear bike shorts under my skirts and dresses. Instead of my inner thighs rubbing together damaging my skin, the inner thigh seams of my shorts rubbed until holes appeared.
There's a better way. Today's anti-chafe shorts don't have inner thigh seams, so they last much longer. I like Undersummers because if they peek out, they're lacy and cute. If you'd prefer a more minimalist, unembellished version, try Thigh Society's anti-chafing slip shorts. Underworks has cotton versions.
Pay attention to length when selecting anti-chafe shorts. Get out a tape measure if you need to. Do your thighs meet all the way to the knee? Do they separate a bit partway down? Not all anti-chafing shorts are knee length, so be sure you get ones that offer the coverage you need.
If you don't want to wear shorts, Bandelettes are bands of fabric that resemble the top of thigh high stockings. Most are made from stretch lace, but there are non-lacy options.
Now You Know the Secret
Learning all this stuff was life changing for me. Life. changing. I became more comfortable in my clothes and started to enjoy summers a lot more. Since this is something that happens to most women, we need to talk about it more openly.
Wearing skirts in summer is a no brainer - it should also be comfortable.