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Nothing ruins a lovely, sunny day faster than developing a red, raised, painful chafing rash on your legs.
Some people seem to escape chafing, but for those of us who don’t (it’s the combination of gorgeous thighs and sweat that does it!), it can be a real mood killer on an otherwise fun summer’s day.
Thankfully, anti-chafing shorts exist. These brilliant, hot pant style shorts stop your thighs from sticking together and rubbing. So, you can spend all day walking around the sunny streets of Rome or exploring rock pools with your family in Cornwall without suffering from a painful rash at the end of the day.
We’ve dived into our Mumsnet forums and found recommendations for the very best anti-chafing shorts to buy this year. Here are our top picks.
1. Best overall anti-chafing shorts: Sloggi Women’s Basic+ Long Brief Shorts
Price: From £11 | Buy now from Amazon
“I love the Sloggi shorts (I'm wearing them today).” (Vetted by Mumsnet user sanitygirl)
“I've tried them all and I keep coming back to the Sloggi Long Briefs. They are cotton and the coolest of the lot.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Slug)
Sloggi’s Long Brief Shorts have rave reviews from our Mumsnet community. The popular shorts are available in black, white or beige and have a lace detail to the hem.
They have soft seams for extra comfort and are made from 95% cotton so you don’t get too hot and bothered wearing them.
Mumsnet users praise the shorts for being cool to wear and say they keep coming back to this Sloggi style. We’re sold!
- High percentage cotton
- Soft seams
- Only neutral colours available
2. Best budget shorts to prevent chafing: Jandaz Cotton Cycling Shorts
Price: From £5.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Cycling shorts work better in my opinion. And I think you can get them in pale colours for going under summer frocks.” (Style of short tried and tested by Mumsnet user mellowbean)
“I always just buy cheap cycling shorts from anywhere and they do the job!!” (Type of solution recommended by Mumsnet user lizmums334)
If you’re looking for a budget option to help stop chafing in summer, these cycling shorts by Jandaz are a brilliant option.
Two Mumsnet users suggest using cycling shorts, instead of forking out for a more expensive anti-chafing short, and find it works brilliantly.
These Jandaz cotton shorts are available in a wide range of colours. And, at £5.99 a pair, you could always opt for a few colours and then match your shorts to your outfit. Reviews do say that these shorts come up a little small so it’s worth ordering a size up.
- Wide range of colours available
- Reviews mention the sizing comes up small
3. Best colourful anti-chafing shorts: Snag Chub Rub Shorts
Price: £8.69 | Buy now from Snag
“You could try Snag Chub Rub Shorts – they have cooling varieties and they genuinely are cooling. No idea how.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user RedCarsGoFaster)
“Snag are good, they don’t make you sweat.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Fstar)
The humorously titled ‘Chub Rub’ Shorts from plus-size brand Snag are the perfect solution to uncomfortable chafing.
Made from 80 denier tight material, Snag have designed these shorts to be cooling and keep you comfortable on the sweatiest of days. The moisture-wicking fabric is just the thing for the summer months.
Snag have really thought about every detail with their Chub Rub Shorts, they’ve even included a cotton gusset to make you even more comfortable.
- Wide range of colours
- Cotton gusset
- Slightly more expensive than some options
4. Best anti-chafing shorts multipack: Wirarpa Long Leg Knickers
Price: From £14.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I got these Amazon ones and they are great. Not nearly as long as in the photo, more like men’s jersey trunk style boxers. I’m a 10/12 and M is a perfect fit.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user JudyStillDreamsOfHorses)
Once you’ve discovered anti-chafing shorts, it’s hard to go back. So, this multipack with three pairs is a great buy.
We love the range of colours available, you can either opt for a bright and bold combination of blue, yellow and pink shorts. Or you can go for a pack of three black shorts, which are easy to wear and perfect for laying under all of your favourite dresses.
The shorts are made from cotton and elastane, the perfect blend for being breathable whilst also holding their shape. They could do with having a pure cotton gusset, for added breathability, but overall they’re a brilliant buy.
- Lots of colours available
- No 100% cotton gusset
5. Best anti-chafing shorts with cool technology: Marks & Spencer Cool Comfort Anti-Chafe Shorts
Price: £10 | Buy now from M&S
Marks & Spencer have been leading the way in high-quality, affordable women’s underwear for decades and their anti-chafe shorts are no exception.
These shorts have been made with M&S’s Cool Comfort technology which helps to keep you cool all day long. They’re also constructed with seam-free outer legs so they won’t show through any tight-fitting dress. There’s nothing worse than a bumpy seam poking through an otherwise smooth silhouette of your dress or skirt.
We love the ‘no show’ design of these shorts; it makes it even easier to style them with a wide range of pieces to get maximum wear out of these protective shorts.
- Seamless, ‘no show’ design
- Cooling technology
- A little more expensive than some options
6. Best anti-chafing shorts for stretch: Popsy Underpops Anti-Chafing Shorts
Price: £7.95 | Buy now from Popsy Clothing
“I wear Popsy ones when I'm dancing.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user RuthW)
Underpops, the anti-chafing shorts from Popsy Clothing, are a popular choice. They’re made from the same material as tights so they feel snug and stretchy to wear.
At 80 denier thickness, these shorts are opaque enough to add a layer of decency without being so thick they make you feel too hot.
Designed to be worn under your dresses or jumpsuits, these shorts are a versatile addition to your wardrobe. Choose between a wide range of colours including red, yellow, blue, purple and pink.
- 80 denier material
- Wide range of colours
- Reviews mention sizing being a little generous
7. Best short anti-chafing shorts: Joyshaper Anti Chafing Shorts
Price: From £11.99 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’d rather people not discover your genius anti-chafing solution, then try these boxer length shorts from Joyshaper.
These anti-chafing shorts finish around the middle of your thigh making it less likely that they’ll be spotted under your dress.
As well as being easy to conceal, these seamless shorts are made from nylon and spandex so will hug you and fit well, without falling down or gaping.
- Subtle length
- More expensive than some competitors
8. Best seam free anti-chafing shorts: Jockey Skimmies Cooling Slipshort
Price: From £15.88 | Buy now from Amazon
Reviews of these cooling Slipshorts by Jockey are enthusiastic and glowing. Customers use phrases like "life-changing" and "sooo comfy" to describe them.
These shorts are made from a super-soft blend of polyamide, elastane and cotton. While they’re a little more expensive than other options, they’re made to a high standard so should be there to protect your thighs for summers to come.
Reviews praise the accurate fit of these shorts too, and how good they are at not rolling up or folding over at the waistband.
- Cooling fabric
- Accurate fit
- Slightly more expensive than other options
9. Best tummy control anti-chafing cycling shorts: SOFTSAIL High Waisted Cycling Shorts
Price: From £6.95 | Buy now from Amazon
These multi-tasking cycling shorts help to stop your thighs chafing and also provide some tummy control, thanks to their high-waisted design.
With a thick, high waistband, these shorts help to smooth and support your tummy. They’re also made from a breathable blend of cotton and elastane so you won’t get too hot layering them under your outfits.
These cycling shorts are available in a wide range of colours. We’re torn between the mint green and gorgeous bright pink.
- Tummy control
- Wide range of colours
- Reviews describe them as being not opaque
10. Best pretty anti-chafing shorts: Big Bloomers Anti Chafing Lace Edged Slip Shorts
Price: £18.95 | Buy now from Big Bloomers
“The Big Bloomer company anti-chafing knickers start at a 12. They are great.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user Bejazzled)
“I like the Big Bloomer ones. A good fit, they don’t ride up and are cool.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Speckledyhen)
If you plan on showing off your anti-chafing shorts, or just have a thing for gorgeous underwear, then these shorts by Big Bloomers are perfect for you.
These anti-chafing shorts are finished with an intricate lace hem. The soft, delicate lace adds a beautiful feminine touch to these comfortable shorts.
We love the elegant look of the lace hem peeking out of a short dress or skirt. Not to mention these shorts are also seamless, making them extra comfortable to wear. Elegant and soft – the perfect combination.
- Lace trim
- Shaping back panels
- Only available in black or white
- More expensive than some options
What causes chafing or 'chub rub'?
Chafing, or ‘chub rub’ as it’s sometimes called, is caused by your thighs rubbing together over and over again as you walk. It happens more when you’re hot and sweaty as the heat further irritates the skin so it can get very sore. It can happen all year round, but it’s usually more of a problem in the summer months.
How do anti-chafing shorts work?
Anti-chafing shorts are a clever solution to thigh chafing. They provide a subtle barrier in between your thighs to stop them rubbing.
They are designed to be worn under your favourite dresses or skirts so you can still wear your summer wardrobe, just without the painful rash on your thighs.
What material is best for anti-chafing?
Each different material has its own strengths. Cotton is brilliant for being breathable and cool, but is perhaps the most noticeable under clothing. A pair of shorts made from tights material will be subtle and smooth, even under tight-fitting clothing. You can also get anti-chafing shorts made from synthetic blends like polyamide and elastane – these will be both smooth to wear and will effectively wick away sweat.
What shorts prevent chafing?
Any cycling short or anti-chafing short will prevent your thighs from rubbing together and so stop you from chafing. Anti-chafing shorts have been specially designed to be worn under other clothes and so are usually smoother and thinner than cycling shorts.
Can I wear anti-chafing shorts under dresses?
Yes! In fact, that’s exactly what anti-chafing shorts are designed for. You can layer them under dresses, skirts and jumpsuits.
What else can I use to help prevent chafing?
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