The hot weather is here and along with it comes sundresses, skirts and for some chaffing. Good intro no? Dresses and skirts are no doubt more comfy when the mercury rises however if you are a larger lady, or someone who’s legs touch/rub together when you walk in a dress it can be unbearable—I happen to be one of those people. I have therefore spent a lot of time reading up on how to prevent said discomfort. Below is what I’ve come across and what I think is a waste of time and money. The first thing I came across also helps with bikini-zone red bumps as well as chaffing. I was watching a documentary about transvestites and one said that after she shaves her upper thighs/bikini-zone she applies antiperspirant. I did some further research and other sources have confirmed that this does indeed prevent the little red bumps/in-grown hairs associated with the bikini-zone. In addition it provides a layer of protection and prevents sweating (which makes everything worse down there). I personally have found that this makes a great short term solution but, if you are going to be out in the blazing hot sun, walking for hours then it wears off in about 2 hours at which point you’re back in pain town.
Running/jogging blogs and forums are a good source for information on the topic of chaffing. Which is where I came across a liquid silicone based product that you roll onto the chaff-prone areas. I have not used it myself but the joggers out there swear by it and it’s cheap enough to give it a try.
All of the modern solutions got me to thinking about what ladies in the 50’s/60’s did about this problem and then it dawned on me—They had different undergarments, here’s the difference.
- Women wore super comfy granny panties made of 100% cotton or 100% silk. Which is more breathable and offers more coverage than modern undies. This totally helps I suggest switching undies.
- Most women wore either a girdle or panty girdle many of which cover the inner thighs. The modern equivalent is spanx, which I have never worn nor will I ever; they look terribly uncomfortable and not very breathable. They also cost a lot for what seems like a rather low cost item.
After surveying the land I have settled on sweat wicking bike shorts. I know this really isn’t a revelation but it was for me. With all the new stretchy (not compressing like spanx), sweat wicking, various coloured fabric available this is by far my favourite choice. I try to get ones that closely match either my skin colour or the colour of the dress/skirt I will be wearing them with. I prefer shorts that are about 2-3inches above the knee and are seamless. This above all the other options helps the most. The added bonus with bike shorts is when it’s windy and your dress blows over your head no one will see your polka dot undies. I am pretty resolved in my chaffing solution but I’d really like to know what you guys do to prevent it.
Helpful? not helpful? Let me know, I’d love feedback.