To ask slightly chubby ladies who wear skirts......

(111 Posts)
MintChocChip147 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:54:27

How do you do it?!
I'm about a size 16 and wore a maxi dress yesterday and the pain from the top of my legs rubbing together was horrible! Really hurt!
I won't be wear a dress or skirt for the rest of summer I don't think.
And my legs leave a lot to be desired so that rules shorts out too.
Looks like I'm spending the entire summer in cropped trousers and strappy tops!

Cropped leggings under dresses

Or you can get cotton lycra cycle shorts

Or sloggi do longleg pants

Or try lanacane anti chafe

There is another product 'bodyglide' iirc

NoComet Thu 18-Jul-13 09:58:46

these are the answer

I have three pairs, white, nude and black curtesy of a local naice bra shop.

candycrushhater Thu 18-Jul-13 09:59:00

Evans comfort shorts. They are fab grin

Readallaboutit1 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:59:41

Talcum powder does wonders!

Stops chafing instantly, Im 37 weeks pregnant and fit in nothing but a dress so I have no choice grin

eccentrica Thu 18-Jul-13 10:00:38

It only happens to me when I'm pregnant (I'm 16 weeks at the moment) and it's horrible.But there's no way I'm putting trousers on in this heat. I've been using light moisturiser on my inner thighs and that really helps to stop the rubbing.

I've got primark control shorts, think they're £6, and have been perfect in this heat, they're in the wash today and I'm really regretting wearing a maxi dress without them, think I need another couple of pairs so I can wear them every day!

muppetthecow Thu 18-Jul-13 10:03:26

I go for the old 'cut the bottom off a pair of tights and make them into lightweight shorts' thing. It stops the chafing (and the regular trips to the loo to apply more talc) and you don't get too hot. It's been a godsend this week as I'm 37 weeks pregnant and can only really fit into my maxi-dresses!

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Thu 18-Jul-13 10:06:59

Ah chub rub sad I always wear leggings under mine to stop this happening so I'm not help. I'm snaffling all this advice though! I miss bare legs!

peachactiviaminge Thu 18-Jul-13 10:07:01

Baby powder. Tesco has it for 33p at the moment.

soontobeburns Thu 18-Jul-13 10:09:40

CandyCrushHater im wearing my Evans comfort shorts now. Couldn't cope without grin

SomethingProfound Thu 18-Jul-13 10:18:40

Talc and anti chaffing cream

neunundneunzigluftballons Thu 18-Jul-13 10:21:52

Baby powder and I have needed it fat or thin when I was 8.5 stone in college and I am 5.5 I still had rubbing thighs now at 11 something I just need more of it wink.

Shodan Thu 18-Jul-13 10:31:40

Roll on deodorant. I use Mitchum. Works brilliantly.

sashh Thu 18-Jul-13 11:08:29

Cycling shorts.

Antiperspirant applied to inner thighs.

If you have already got chapped inner thighs then apply a medical dressing to one thigh so your legs don't actually rub against each other.

starfishmummy Thu 18-Jul-13 11:18:07

Cropped leggings
Culotte slips

flippinada Thu 18-Jul-13 11:20:42

Cropped/cut down leggings or tights are your friend.

As a fellow victim of thigh chafe I feel your pain!

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Thu 18-Jul-13 11:21:12

Fifth vote for talc here! It's the business.

MintChocChip147 Thu 18-Jul-13 11:35:29

I can see that talc would work for a little bit but don't you have to keep stopping every so often to reapply it?
Do the underwear/ short things make you hot?

squoosh Thu 18-Jul-13 11:37:39
nenevomito Thu 18-Jul-13 11:39:17

I cut off tights as well. Cut them off beneath the knee as they roll up a bit.

Evans used to do comfort shorts which were the same material of tights, but didn't ride up. I miss them.

I bought some cheap leggings with a thick waistband (so there are no lumpy bits) and cut them off at the knee. They don't make me too hot and stop me bleeding from chub rub (i'm not massive but in this weather it's inevitable) smile

I have often wondered this myself having only got minor relief from lanacaine and talc and I could never find cycling shorts in my size...

HeadFairy Thu 18-Jul-13 11:46:22

when we lived in the far east they used to use KY jelly grin

I was a child-teenager then so I have no idea if it worked. When I came back here I had no idea that KY had any other use grin

Now I wear Capris a lot.

muppetthecow Thu 18-Jul-13 12:04:18

Mint I find I get hot with leggings but not cut-off tights. I always have to reapply the talc fairly frequently so it doesn't work too well for me (unless I'm going somewhere with easy access to the loos - like a wedding or something) but I know plenty of people who can put it on in the morning and not have to reapply all day. I think it depends on how much of a (how to put this delicately...?)perspiration situation you get!

auldspinster Thu 18-Jul-13 12:27:27

Long knicks from La Redoute
Mitchum on upper thighs

auldspinster Thu 18-Jul-13 12:29:10

Oops posted too quickly - primark do short leggings that you could cut off.

Dunno if they still do em but evans used to do shortish cotton shorts, not skin tight but would be ok under skirts. I never got on with comfort shorts, too sweaty.

jendot Thu 18-Jul-13 12:43:34

Little cotton cycling shorts instead of pants £3 a pair on eBay... I own a pair in every colour and match them to what I am wearing.

nenevomito Thu 18-Jul-13 12:47:34

ooh jendot - do you have a link?

Kannet Thu 18-Jul-13 12:53:59

Buy some body glide its amazing stuff

x2boys Thu 18-Jul-13 12:54:34

And where di you buy any thing that looks even half decent I speak as a large lady myself? Who has spent the past few weeks sweltering in trousers and tops!

LadyCelia Thu 18-Jul-13 12:56:10

Deodorant stick rubbed on the rubby thigh areas works nicely I find.

ReginaPhilangie Thu 18-Jul-13 12:56:26

Yup cropped leggings or tights underneath.

Thanks for the thread opsmile, was wondering the same thing!!
Great tip about cutting normal tights down and wearing them underneath, will give it a trysmile

Mandy2003 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:15:59

Ah, the Sloggi long legged knicks grin

I used to work in a canteen kitchen when I left school and all of us chubsters working there wore these under our (dinner lady-ish) overalls.

Lj8893 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:24:29

I do the cut off tights trick, but its starting to get uncomfortable the bigger my bump gets with the tights now so I am going to try alot of these tips!

Thanks OP for starting the thread and thanks everyone else for the ideas!

Mandy2003 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:27:00

I've put body glide on my shopping list!

Holly1977 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:22:30

I'm not particularly chubby but have started wearing dresses for the first time ever due to being 17 weeks pg. My thighs aren't chafing but do get sweaty. Seems to me that wearing anything under the dress like tights or shorts defeats the point of wearing it in the first place. currently I'm just sitting with my legs akimbo under the desk where no-one can see! smile

LongTailedTit Thu 18-Jul-13 14:34:17

This is brilliant for tips, thank you OP!
I've only had trouble with this since I was pregnant with DS, so have just had two years of really fecking sore inner thighs in summer, it really hurts!!
Shall try deo tomorrow.


hiddenhome Thu 18-Jul-13 14:37:24

WD40 does the trick.

Liquid talc. Absolutely amazing. No mess. grin

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Thu 18-Jul-13 14:52:25

WD40 does the trick.


steppemum Thu 18-Jul-13 14:52:40

I use long knickers. They are knickers with legs. They are cotton and quite light and thin, so much much better than tights or lycra or thick cycle shorts.

I find comfort shorts too sweaty.

catabouttown Thu 18-Jul-13 15:56:58

I concur with talcum powder!! I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and have given up completely on squeezing into my maternity trousers so maxi dresses is all I am wearing, I couldn't survive without talcum powder!!

Even when I wasn't pregnant though I have always had this problem, even when super slim I am all hips and thighs and end up with horrible spotty rashes on my thighs if wearing a skirt or short shorts when it is hot. I used to just out sudocrem on overnight to help ease the pain and ugliness but now I've discovered talcum powder I will stick with that!!

arghh Thu 18-Jul-13 16:04:26

3B ACTION CREAM! you can buy it online its austrailia's no1 anti chaffing cream! my other half gets what he calls chefs arse (that's the official industry term!!) and it works wonders!!

wonderingsoul Thu 18-Jul-13 16:04:53

I cut the legs of leggings.

I can't wear a dress without it and it's still cooler then wearing jeans or trousers.

ChippingInHopHopHop Thu 18-Jul-13 16:10:00

I just wear shorts. I don't have the prettiest legs on the plantet - but it's too hot to give a fuck... oh that and I look like a bloody lamp in a skirt or a dress grin

I use Vaseline. Works wonders!

picnicbasketcase Thu 18-Jul-13 16:15:56

I borrowed a pair of DH's boxers the other day blush

EBearhug Thu 18-Jul-13 16:23:00

I only wear skirts on days I know I won't have to walk far for this reason. Today, I have loose trousers.

Mind you, it's mostly too hot to eat at them moment, so I should end up losing some weight.

NoComet Thu 18-Jul-13 16:23:39

The sloggies are 95%cotton, 5%, so not too hot.
Tights in warm weather give me thrush, these don't.

Lanch- watsit cream works, but it's about £7 a tube

RunningBear78 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:27:52

aaah thank you so much for this! I'm preggers, can only fit in dresses at the mo and this thigh chaffing is a new one on me! Feel like I'm walking like a cowboy, not v attractive.

Will dig out the body glide and hunt down some long knickers me thinks !

Thank you all flowers

JerseySpud Thu 18-Jul-13 16:27:54

i chopped a pair of leggings down to shorts and wear those

ohforfoxsake Thu 18-Jul-13 16:39:29

I wore a pair of DHs trunks under my maxi dress yesterday. Worked a treat grin

kali110 Thu 18-Jul-13 17:36:12

Definetly talc lol im a 14 nearly 16 thanks to muscles genes in the family but im always wearing skirts or dresses. Couldnt give a fuck what anybody thinks!footless rights also good

trinity0097 Thu 18-Jul-13 18:23:24

Cycling shorts under dresses or skirts for me, keeps me far cooler as I don't then get that skin on skin heat.

Seenitall Thu 18-Jul-13 18:37:33

This is why I love MN - I thought I was the only one, after a long day yesterday on a school trip I was in real trouble, on the way home (whilst no one was walking behind) I adopted a rather fetching cowboy walk for some light relief lol

auldspinster Thu 18-Jul-13 20:43:11

I was thinking of buying some primark mens trunks to test how well they worked on chub rub.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 18-Jul-13 20:46:05

Evans comfort shorts in my experience are shit, they roll right up so the legs are right up and the chafe continues.

Do sloggis do this or are they better?

IsThatTrue Thu 18-Jul-13 20:59:32

I have the primark control pants which go down to the knee and up to the boobs. They hold everything in and stop the horrible thigh chafe.

For already chaffed thighs aloe Vera gel works wonders.

MisForMumNotMaid Thu 18-Jul-13 21:02:07

I used to use vaseline when I went running. Tiny amount. Stopped all problems.

oreocookiez Thu 18-Jul-13 21:05:58

Oh you poor thing, I have the same problem and wear comfort shorts from Evans - easier to get hold of on line. Sudocrem is a nice relief in the evening x

JsOtherHalf Thu 18-Jul-13 21:55:38
Undertone Thu 18-Jul-13 22:21:01

Ahem. In a tight spot you can use any 'bedroom lubricant'. Durex Play not as good as one i tried one year called 'Millennium' which was in a terrifying cock-like black bottle but ooooo i was gliding along.

thegreylady Thu 18-Jul-13 22:32:49

I am size 16/18 and dumpy but don't have that problem. I have a couple of mid calf length dresses from East that I am alternating as they are very light cotton and I just swear cotton n bra a and pants underneath. My legs are pretty chubby too.

ChoudeBruxelles Thu 18-Jul-13 22:35:47

Roll on deodorant on your inner thighs.

Skinheadmermaid Thu 18-Jul-13 23:40:39

I'm quite slim but the top of my thighs still rub together, it's my problem area i suppose!
I wear thin tights. It's actually cooler for me then bare legs as theres no sweat or chafing and my skirts are very, very short so i get a nice breeze!

NoComet Fri 19-Jul-13 00:32:51

Sloggis stay put on me, I have 14s and 16s and both are fine.

They are very stretchy and go over my big bum.

One word of warning, they are quite long, you can't have a skirt more than just above your knee.

NoComet Fri 19-Jul-13 00:36:40

I have resorted to keeping my lightest thin shorts on under my long floaty holiday dress.

Having done the cow boy walk along the sea front the night before.

marriedinwhiteagain Fri 19-Jul-13 00:41:01

There was a thread a week or so ago about shoes that rubbed and lanacane cream was recommended to stop the rubbing. Could that do the trick. Vows not to eat for a week so I can stay in a 14 and not suffer this in the heat.

independentfriend Fri 19-Jul-13 04:19:44

Cotton knickers +
Knee length cycling shorts

MrsHeinzDoofenschmirz Fri 19-Jul-13 09:14:33

I wear the Sloggi long leg pants/knickers and they are lighter and more comfortable than normal undies, and they stop the chafing completely.

HatieKokpins Fri 19-Jul-13 09:18:03

BodyGlide, it's what marathon runners use to stop chafing. You can use it on your feet to stop blisters from sandals too. Lanacane anti-chafing gel just isn't as good (and doesn't last as long).

persimmon Fri 19-Jul-13 09:19:36

Sainsbo's do 'apple' and 'pear' control pants for about £7; the pear ones have long legs which work a treat to stop thigh chafe and they also stop jiggle pretty well without being hideously tight.

Weirdly, I have BIG thighs but rarely suffer from thigh chafing.

namechangeforaclue Fri 19-Jul-13 10:15:23

Cream your thighs. Creates a barrier and type of cream works.

AutumnMadness Fri 19-Jul-13 10:22:18

Try putting dry block deodorant like Sure Cotton on your legs. It really works. Honestly. And you don't have to re-apply it every five minutes.

oreocookiez Sat 20-Jul-13 13:12:34

AutumnMadness I am going to try that this afternoon as going out in a long skirt. Thanks for the tip

Shitsinger Sat 20-Jul-13 13:49:38

Asda do a lovely liquid baby talc- cheap and useful for lots of things .No mess

CrackleMauve Sat 20-Jul-13 13:52:16

Bodyglide is the business:

soontobeburns Sat 20-Jul-13 15:54:21

Is the body glide really better than lanacane? Dont want to spend a tenner on it when I have some of the lanacane here if I can find it in the mess

CrackleMauve Sat 20-Jul-13 16:01:02

I have has both, Bodyglide much better and lasts ages.

soontobeburns Sat 20-Jul-13 16:08:09

Thanks CrackleMauve I was hoping to hear that. I do find the lanacane good but its annoying having to reapply it every half an hour. (At a size 24 I need something long lasting as I have big thighs)

Seems theres a gap in the market for skirts/dresses having a panel of extra material between the upper legs! grin

Mandy2003 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:22:20

Mmm - culottes grin

Na, culottes definitely look like baggy shorts, I mean one piece all round the outside, but with a bit in the middle grin

Lj8893 Sat 20-Jul-13 18:49:19

Yeah, like a skirt with an inside pair of loose shorts if that makes sense?

I would buy one in every colour!

monicalewinski Sat 20-Jul-13 18:52:02

BeyondTheLimits I think you're onto something!! I got my bodyglide delivered yesterday (after reading this thread) and it worked a treat - I will prob look at long knickers too now.

I thought I must be in a minority with my chafing thighs as everyone has looked so effortless in their dresses - thank god for this thread!

WetDog Sat 20-Jul-13 19:37:35

I read that a MNetter used a cotton napkin/serviette and popped that in her pants so it hung down between her legs to stop them rubbing.

Think it was an emergency thing as she already had really bad chafing on her thighs.

I thought that was genius - found it - thread is here.

wetdog that is genius!

I tried deoderant today and am most impressed! grin
Shame my shoes still rubbed though... angry

miffybun73 Sun 21-Jul-13 22:28:34

Baby powder on the inner thighs works wonders.

AtAmber Sun 21-Jul-13 22:35:45

I have bought some comfort shorts from Evans but haven't tried them yet. Do you wear them with knickers as well or just by themself?

WeightyKaty Sun 21-Jul-13 22:51:45

Lots of longline pants on eBay. Also spanx do the trick too. Have tried deodorant too which is fine but w long Knicks you know there won't be a problem

NoComet Sun 21-Jul-13 23:04:49

The DDs have exactly what we need for PE, they are called skorts.

Now if some one did a nice denim, just above the knees scort, instead of a bum skimming black nylon one...

Fluffyears Wed 24-Jul-13 18:37:20

Oh dear I get awful 'chub rub' I have tried all the products. The best thing I found is an American company called They ship internationally from NYC and I live in Scotland. I ordered the product on sSunday and it arrived within a week. Basically they are stretchy lace bands with a silicon grip inside that you place round thigh at thickest part like a garter. Despite being like hold ups they do not fall down like those. I wore them during a nice day out with lots of walking and through an entire work day. They barely moved and I forgot I had them on. They are lacy and look nice and very breathable. Dresses are back on for me. I ordered mine via etsy uk they cost about £15 so you don't pay tax either. I really recommend them just make sure you measure correctly and order the smaller size if in between sizes so they grip well, they stretch very well. Just don't use lotions or talc with them.

WillowJoinInOurCrufae Wed 24-Jul-13 18:42:23

Another vote for cycling shorts

I make coloured (to match somewhat) cycle shorts out of lightweight knits like bamboo or rayon. Not only are they more comfy, but I don't have to be as ladylike when doing things like gardening.

Bubbles1066 Wed 24-Jul-13 19:56:07

Cut off tights for me. I'm a size 10 but seem to carry all my weight on my upper thighs. Very annoying.

Floppityflop Wed 24-Jul-13 20:10:32

I am a size 10 (I can fit in an 8 in skirts but not in trousers due to thigh issue) and I suffer too even with tights on. My tights get all bobbly between the thighs because f this. I may try cycling undershorts. They are very like control pants actually but the only problem is the padded bum area - bit sweaty!

cardibach Wed 24-Jul-13 21:11:01

Evans comfort shorts are great - buy them in a size bigger than you think and then they don't roll up as some posters have suggested. I will be looking at Body Glide!

Fluffyears Wed 24-Jul-13 21:27:40

This is why I love my lace band things as bit sweaty and no thrush issues that tights can cause in warm weather x

Fluffyears Wed 24-Jul-13 21:28:05

*not sweaty lol x

Mitchum roll on, brilliant.

I used to wear cycling shorts or spanks type pants but had been getting way too hot. I was going to buy the lanacane cream but decided to give roll on deodorant a try first and I'm so glad I did. I've had bone dry, chafe free thighs ever since even though the rest of me has been melting.

Alohomora Wed 24-Jul-13 21:38:33

Several options - ladies I know use Bodyglide (don't like it), I wear either knee-length hose or cycling shorts. Have just ordered some Bandelettes to try and see whether they're an acceptable alternative.

Got married last month and had a very sexy pair of knee-length sloggi underpants under my wedding dress!

MrsOakenshield Wed 24-Jul-13 21:40:50

brilliant thread. I bought some anti-chafing gel from Decathlon at the weekend and I think it would have stopped chafing but I hated the sensation of my thighs touching each other (I haven't worn a skirt in the summer for years) so I went back to my scruffy cropped jeans after about half an hour.

One thing about the Sloggi pants which I can't tell from the picture - does that seam go all the way under? I cannot bear a seam up me fanjo (not all that keen on it over me tummy either - the line imprinted on your tum always looks so attractive, I think . . .).

My jeans always go at the inner thigh too. I'm not even particularly chubby though a few pounds off and some toning up wouldn't go amiss, I suppose.

WildThongsHeartString Wed 24-Jul-13 21:43:35

Talc + anti chaffing cream = Asda Baby Liquid Talc

Actually a smooth cream glides on with a totally non sticky finish, and smells like a baby! And cheap as chips smile
little angels

OfficerMeow Wed 24-Jul-13 21:47:05

Talc and femfresh deodrant.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Wed 24-Jul-13 21:49:50

I have two pairs of shorts from Evans that work wonders. They're a very gentle stretchy material so they're not hot and they don't pinch like cycling shorts would.

Fluffyears Wed 24-Jul-13 22:10:37

I tried body glide lanacane, talc etc but had to keep re-applying. I bought some shaper pants that go down my thigh but it's too hot to even wear tights lately. I googled 'chub rub' and the USA have loads of ideas online x

byhec Wed 24-Jul-13 22:20:46

Great thread! Vaseline works as well as more expensive options!

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