There’s nothing good to be said about chafed thighs. Summer is arguably the best season of the year, but if your inner thighs touch when you walk, summer can also be one of the worst.
I remember the exact day when I became fully cognizant of the horrors of thigh chafing. It was 2008 and I was in Florence, Italy, and the temperature was a ridiculous 111 degrees (only they told us the temperature in Celsius format, obviously). I knew it was supposed to be hot so I wore a skirt, which has to go down as one of the worst life decisions I’ve ever made. I have never ever experienced thigh chafing that was so painful and uncomfortable, and the chafing started almost immediately. It was a really long day.
I returned from the trip and talked to a friend about what had happened. Said friend happened to be wearing a dress at the time and when I started talking about thigh chafing she lifted her dress up to show me what was underneath. Lo and behold, my tiny friend was wearing bicycle shorts under her dress! I’m pretty sure I gave her a hug and called her a genius. As she told me, she loved wearing bicycle shorts to prevent chafing, but also because she never had to worry about having a Marilyn moment here in the Windy City.
I had two thoughts then:
1. It doesn’t matter how thin you are. Chafed thighs can affect everyone.
2. Duh. Why didn’t I ever think to wear shorts under my skirts and dresses??
From that day forward, I’ve never left the house wearing a skirt or dress without either tights, SPANX, or bicycle shorts underneath and it has worked great for me. Keep reading for a few of the products I personally recommend that will help prevent summer thigh chafing.
How to Prevent Summer Thigh Chafing
Cheap Bicycle Shorts
Every summer I’ve made an annual trek to Wal-Mart to stock up on inexpensive bicycle shorts, and they’ve really been a summer lifesaver. I haven’t found many stores selling bike shorts, but I love that you can get a two-pack of truly comfortable shorts at Walmart for less than $20!) My only complaint has been that depending on the dress or skirt I was wearing the shorts weren’t always completely invisible under my clothing. While I do wear SPANX for more formal occasions or when I need more control, I generally prefer the comfort of the bicycle shorts to the constraints of shapewear.
Bodyglide Anti-Chafe Balm
Another option for preventing thigh chafing is to use Bodyglide. Bodyglide is an anti-chafe balm that you apply anywhere that your skin rubs together. While Bodyglide is good for when you need a quick fix, I haven’t found it to be a great all-day option for preventing inner thigh chafing. The balm wore off quickly, which means you need to reapply frequently, and that’s just not always possible.
Jockey Skimmies Slipshort
As much as I love bike shorts, my heart truly belongs to Jockey Skimmies Slipshort.
If you’re looking for a no-fail solution for how to prevent chafing on inner thighs, Skimmies Slipshorts might just be a miracle product. They’re thinner – MUCH thinner – than bicycle shorts. When you have them on they are hardly noticeable! While they are form fitting, they are not tight and uncomfortable. The waist is not as tight as traditional waist-high shapewear, meaning it doesn’t cause a muffin top to form.While these shorts are fairly long, the material is thin enough that you can also pull them up a bit to make them shorter without any problems. They’re also available in a shorter length. These shorts are seriously the best way to prevent thigh chafing that I have found.
Skimmies Slipshorts come in 6 different colors and sizes range from XS – 2XL. They cost $20 per pair, so they are definitely pricier than bicycle shorts, but still cheaper than most SPANX.
I’d really never planned on writing a post talking about inner thigh chafing or thigh chafing remedies, but wanted to share a few of the tips I’ve acquired since that disastrous visit to Florence many years ago.
Do tell: How do you prevent your thighs from chafing during the summer?