How to Prevent Chub Rub: The Best Products + How To Heal Chub Rub

Tips on how to prevent chub rub by Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and style advice blog.

My friend, I see your Google searches and I feel your pain… literally. You're wondering how to prevent chub rub (or possibly how to heal it, STAT).  Thighs rubbing together is bad enough, but add sweat and you can end up with a rash, welts, zits, and more. I’ve tried a ton of products on the market and more fail rather than win. Let’s not focus on the negative, let me share the best products on the market to prevent chub rub, tested by me and Wardrobe Oxygen readers.

This post was originally published in 2016 but I continue to update it every so often as new products come on the market and brands increase their size offerings and selections.  

How to Prevent Chub Rub

There are two ways to prevent chub rub – with clothing and with products you apply to your skin.  It is a personal preference as to which one is more effective.  Extra fabric can be uncomfortable in the heat and humidity; products applied to the skin need to be reapplied as you sweat.  I encourage you to read the comments on this post from fellow Wardrobe Oxygen readers to help you make a decision if you've never used a product before to prevent chafing.

How to Prevent Chub Rub: The Best Undergarments

Below is a list of the best undergarments on the market to prevent chub rub or thigh chafing.  Some brands offer a variety of products that are right for different height people, different outfit needs, have wicking or cooling features, and more.  I focused on size-inclusive brands, but state in each product review the size range offered by the retailer.

Jockey Skimmies

I reviewed Jockey Skimmies way back in 2014 after I saw a kazillion bloggers write raving reviews that were sponsored by the brand. I had to see for myself and see if I’d rave even without being paid. After using them, I was also raving. Jockey sponsored me to try out Skimmies once again and again I raved, but this time with a free pair. I now own several pairs of Jockey Skimmies.

They have cooling, wicking, and tummy control versions; I find the Original to be the best for staying in place and holding up through washings.  The Original can be a bit long if you’re petite or wearing a shorter skirt, but I find more success hiking up the Original size than the shorter ones, which roll up on me. Jockey Skimmies may look like a pair of Spanx but they don't suck, smooth, or restrict unless you pick their Slimmers version. 

Don’t put these in the dryer, and wash them on gentle with as much care as a frilly pair of panties and they’ll last you for several seasons. Jockey has expanded their size range for Skimmies in the past years and now offers their slipshorts up to a 3XL. I find these run big, if between sizes go down.

Thigh Society

I was the biggest Jockey Skimmies fan… and then I experienced Thigh Society.  A woman-owned Canadian small business (that ships free to the US), Thigh Society creates slip shorts up to size 4XL in three inseams and multiple colors. They have four styles of slipshorts:

  • Thigh Society Cooling shorts are my personal favorite for summer. Made from moisture- and heat-wicking fabric that feels like a silky second skin; these slipshorts are comfortable even on a swampy humid August day in Washington DC. I appreciate the knit-in cotton crotch.
  • Thigh Society Staple shorts are the most similar to Jockey Skimmies in that they are stretchy semi-sheer knit, like hosiery. I find they hold their shape better than Jockey and also hold up better through laundering (including drying).
  • Thigh Society Cotton shorts are a great choice for those who want or need natural fibers. These are super soft and pretty opaque, making a great base layer under my poplin and linen shirtdresses.
  • Thigh Society Original Shorts are completely opaque and super soft and comfy. These are good for winter, for when your shorts may be showing, and if you just want a bit more coverage.

I have been a Thigh Society customer for several years and have now owned all four styles of the brand's slipshorts. The quality is amazing; they have held up better than any other slipshorts I have tried, even when going through the dryer. They don't roll up at the hems or down at the waist, don't segment, and the Cooling version is so light it is undetectable even under a fitted jersey dress.

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Bandelettes was created when cofounder Julia Abasova was struggling with thigh chafing and sewed some stretchy thigh bands to deal with it.  She shared her problem and the product she created with her friend, Rena Abramoff and together they created Bandelettes.

Bandelettes are bands of stretchy lace with silicone grippers; sort of like the top of a thigh-high stocking without the stocking.  They're placed on your thighs right where they touch and prevent friction. These are a fantastic option for hot days where the idea of wearing another layer of clothing sounds like torture.  They're also great for lightweight clothing where bike shorts or Skimmies may show through. 

I find the best way to wear Bandelettes is to put them on at an angle with the outer sides higher up.  On an angle, the Bandelettes don't slide down yet still cover the right area.  I know some like to have them higher on the inner thighs and lower on the outer thighs; play with them and find the right spot for your body.

Bandelettes come in a variety of colors and sizes and cost less than $20; they're great to tuck into your purse or suitcase for those unexpected situations.  

Snag Tights

Created in April 2018 by Founder and CEO, Brie Read, Snag Tights believes that anyone who wants to wear tights should be able to have tights that genuinely fit in comfort, regardless of size, shape, age or gender.  While they are known for their amazing hosiery that fit great, hold up great, and come in amazing colors, Snag Tights also carries Chub Rub Shorts.

Available in several colors and only $13.00, Snag Tights are available in hosiery sizes A/B through G which is equal to US fashion 2/4 to 26-32.  There are sites to shop Snag across the globe; the links above are for those who are in the US.  To shop Snag Tights in other countries, scroll to the bottom of the site where they have links to the UK, Eurozone, Australia, New Zealand, and everywhere else.


CarrieRae Munson was a teacher in Texas and desired something for modesty and to prevent chafing during the hot summer months and in 2011 founded Undersummers. Undersummers has one of the most extensive collections of slipshorts available on the market and they are made in the USA.   They offer up to size 5XL, have maternity options, and a detailed size chart so you can get the right size for your shape.

With five different lengths, options with pockets, fun colors, and versions with lace trim, there is likely an Undersummer that is right for your needs.  I personally have not tried Undersummers but Wardrobe Oxygen readers have and rave about the fit, quality, and customer service.


Pettipants are divided slips that will provide fabric between your legs to prevent chafing while offering anti-static properties and plenty of ventilation.  These are a great choice if you wish to spend the summer in skirts and dresses. While pettipants were far more popular in the past, you can still find them online.

How to Prevent Chub Rub: The Best Topical Products

Below is a list of the products that I am readers believe help preventing chafing without having to add extra layers of clothing.  Some that readers adore I haven't found effective and vice versa.  I find that products you apply to skin are a more personal choice, if one doesn't work don't assume there isn't any hope. 

Megababe Thigh Rescue

Created by influencer Katie Sturino, Megababe is a line of products made specifically for women. Cruelty-free, nontoxic, talc-free, and paraben-free, Megababe offers effective products for issues women deal with such as body odor, chafing, sweat, and melasma.  Megababe is best known for its product Thigh Rescue. With a subtle citrus scent (or unscented), Thigh Rescue has a consistency similar to… well Bodyglide or a thick lip balm. 

A little goes a long way; if you don't like this stuff it may because you're using too much product. I find Megababe Thigh Rescue works better than any other anti-chafe product on the market. It's also a favorite when wearing swimwear.

I recommend carrying Megababe Thigh Rescue with you for reapplication; it will wear off after a couple of hours (and less if you're sweating). I have a mini-sized tube in my purse at the ready; it's about the size of two lipstick tubes side by side and stays snapped shut even if my bag gets jostled around.

Megababe Magic Powder

While I don't find this “hardcore” enough to prevent thigh chafing, Megababe Magic Powder is great for under the bust, the belly, under arms, and other places where mild chafing and sticking can happen. Made with cornstarch, Magic Powder is easy to apply, is instantly cooling, and unlike traditional powder is much more travel-friendly.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

I gave this product a good opportunity – the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Middle of June in a field in Tennessee. It didn’t last the walk from my tent to the gates of Centeroo. But over and over Wardrobe Oxygen readers recommend this product in comments, email it to me, Tweet it to me, and in general swear by it. For me, notsomuch. However, it’s a cheap dupe for Smashbox primer, so while it may not keep chub rub at bay, it can help keep your makeup in place this summer!


I’m annoyed that Bodyglide has a ‘Her’ formula that they admit is exactly the same product except it has some moisturizers in it and it’s in a pink package. I’m also annoyed that for this bit of hydration and a pink package the product is more expensive (different sized package but per ounce, it’s more expensive than the blue).

I really wish I could promote an alternative that is gender-neutral but I’ve tried alternatives and they’re just not as good. I buy the blue, I’m not going to pay extra for Barbie packaging, but you have the right to buy what you wish. 

Anti Monkey Butt Powder

The consistency of an anti-chafing product matters, and different people desire different kinds.  For those who prefer a powder, the best on the market is Anti Monkey Butt Powder, which has a terrible name and marketing, but a good product.  What makes it unique is it's made with calamine, which soothes the skin. 

They have versions for men, women, and babies.  The version for women is talc-free and instead uses cornstarch so it creates a silky feel.  The brand encourages you to purchase this product from their Amazon storefront.


Yep, that stick of Dove or Degree can really help prevent chub rub.  I have resorted to this when on travel, and find it effective (though it needs to be reapplied) not just for preventing chafing on low-impact days, but also for helping to heal and protect any area that is irritated from previous chafing.

how to prevent and heal thigh chafing aka chub rub

How to Heal Chub Rub

So your shorts took a hike up your legs while you hiked that forest trail.  Maybe you forgot your Skimmies at home on your weekend getaway.  Possibly one of the above-recommended products just didn't work for you.  Here are some tips on how to heal chub rub:

  • Clean the area.  Once you get home, wash with a gentle soap.  The skin may be raw, so this isn't the time for scented body washes and scrubby bath poofs.  I find a washcloth and some Dr. Bronner's (NOT the peppermint!) gets the job done.  Pat dry.
  • Protect the area.  Got a kid still in diapers?  Have some leftover diaper cream from that point in life?  This is a good use for it.  If not, head to the drugstore and grab some.  It's made to heal angry skin without irritation, and I found it works better than any “adult” product on the market.  Some use the same Monistat anti-chafing product above for this, but I find a tube of Desitin or tub of Boudreaux's Butt Paste heals faster.
  • Keep it dry and separated. This is a perfect excuse to slip on those funky-printed rayon wide-leg pants.  A non-fuzzy fabric (no sweatpants or fleece) that is loose and goes to your knees or lower is perfect while your skin heals.  My favorite are the Cool Nights pants from Soma. Even if you're one to sleep commando or in a pair of briefs, I recommend having some fabric between your thighs until you're back 100%.

Is there a chub rub solution you swear by that isn’t mentioned in this post? Share it in the comments and help your fellow woman stay chafe-free this summer!


  1. July 31, 2021 / 11:36 am

    I googled to see if Megababe was worth it and just ordered 2 pair of Thigh Society shorts. I continue to love your blog. Thank you!

    • August 3, 2021 / 8:42 am

      I hope they work out for you!!

  2. iliketoknit
    June 16, 2021 / 10:56 am

    I just wanted to put in a plug for Snag Tights – I LOVE their products, and their overall presentation (lots of bodies of different sizes in all kinds of fun clothes). Their tights are the most amazingly comfortable ever, and their bike shorts version (I forget what they call them) are like wearing nothing, but in a good way. I do tend to size up in most hose/slipshorts, for comfort, but Snag products really are designed to fit real bodies and I find you don’t have to. They never roll down! I do find the shorts on the longer side (I’m 5’6″) but they will hike up and stay up quite easily. They’re also absolutely not shapewear, which is great for me because I just want the chafing protection, but if you’re looking for something to hold you in a little, these are not it. The big caveat is that they do sell out of some of the most popular items so it can take a while for your order to arrive (especially since they’re shipping from Europe), so they’re better for planning ahead rather than “dang, it’s got hot already and I need some slipshorts.”

  3. Heidi
    June 15, 2021 / 2:46 pm

    I was using Bodyglide, but I like Gold Bond Friction Defense better, and it’s cheaper and somewhat easier to find.

  4. Erin
    June 15, 2021 / 10:12 am

    Long-time skimmies wearer – excited to try some of these other options!

    One question – if you’re using mega-babe or something else while wearing a swimsuit (never thought of this!), do you apply before or after sunscreen?

    • June 15, 2021 / 10:15 am

      Good question! I apply it after. I usually apply the sunscreen at home, the Megababe in the locker room so there was time for the sunscreen to soak in. I reapply sunscreen, and I’ll reapply megababe but usually have some time between, at least 10 minutes, so the sunscreen soaks in.

      • Erin
        June 15, 2021 / 10:19 am

        Thank you! That makes so much sense and is the solution I need this summer!

  5. JP
    September 9, 2020 / 10:27 am

    Totally agree on Jockeys Skimmies.

    My technique is normally a layer of the blue Body Glide with a layer of the Monistat anti-chafe over it.

    For chafed skin, I agree with what you have said, but I would add Lantispetic Moisture Barrier Skin Cream. My triathlon coach swears by it for chafed skin or saddle sores from racing, and I can vouch for it for protecting inner thigh areas also.

  6. B
    June 11, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    YES, the rub! After reading your first review of the skimmies I went right out and bought five pairs, some in beige and some in black. A life changer and I don’t say that lightly. i am from California where the summers are hot but very dry. But I travel to the mid Atlantic states in the summer. I went from a sweaty miserable long pants wearer to an easy breezy dress kind of tourist. These are the posts that keep me coming back.

  7. ErinG
    June 10, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    As usual, a timely post!!! After standing outside in 90+ heat today for 2 hours for preschool graduations I was beyond thrilled with my 3 year old Skimmies!!! I was sooo sweaty but at least my thighs were comfortable. I am going to try some of the balm recommendations. I did try body glide a couple summers ago but it just didn’t work for me… I really want something to wear with a swimsuit so I don’t feel my upper thighs rubbing… also with cut-offs, the very top of my thighs rub and I hate the feeling!

  8. Karmen
    June 10, 2020 / 3:16 pm

    Mega babe is my go to, after trying everything else. I just find the jockeys and such too darn hot.

  9. Bette
    June 10, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    I love my Jockey Skimmies and have pairs that are at least 6 years old and look great. Now I’m excited to try Thigh Society, at your recommendation, and notice they now offer 4 styles, rather than the 2 you have listed. Yay!

    • Bette
      June 10, 2020 / 2:21 pm

      I meant to add, for anyone with a large abdominal scar or who just hates seams on their stomach or tight waistbands, the Jockey Skimmies are seamless through the body. It seems Thigh Society are seamless, too. Love!

  10. Sherry
    June 10, 2020 / 11:18 am

    I LOVE Undersummers! They are a lifesaver in the summer and, for me, the only ones that don’t roll up. I am petite and pear shaped for reference. I also second megababe for when a shortlette type of undergarment won’t work. Great list.

  11. Lee
    June 10, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Your original post on this several years ago was how I found out about the term “chub rub” but my goodness, I’d certainly been experiencing it. I use a Target brand of the shimmy-style shorts & love them. For going to the beach or pool, I use the Sports Shield For Her and it helps so much, especially when taking long walks. I prefer to wear swim shorts or swim skirts & the Sports Shield works well with both.

  12. Téa
    June 10, 2020 / 10:43 am

    A few things that I do to help – I DRY the area with the coolest setting on my hair dryer and THEN get dressed! I also DRY my roll-on deodorant…it’s a game changer. I LOVE the JOCKEY skimmies and the SOMA slip shorts are nice under golf skorts. I also just bought 2 different “100% cotton” full slips from Vermont Country Store – ordered my bust size. I will use these under breezy, light colored linen dresses…truth be told, I often have a few pair of extra panties in my bag for steamy days…DelMarVa summers are no joke. ONE more – “belly jelly” is a product for surfers that give “slip”…very thick, but great for beach days! White tube, pink lettering – Buy it at a surf shop!

    • JC
      June 11, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      What does dry my roll-on mean? I have no idea what you’re talking about. Please and thank you.

      • Sheila
        August 22, 2020 / 10:26 am

        Probably roll-on deodorant 🙂

  13. Patricia
    June 10, 2020 / 10:28 am

    How timely! I just researched your site for recommendations yesterday and bought the Jockey product so I can wear more skirts/dresses this summer. Will also look at the other options.

  14. Cecelia
    June 10, 2020 / 10:06 am

    My favorite is bamboo slip shorts from Amazon. Super thin, actually cooler than commando and did I mention they have POCKETS? Considering how few dresses have pockets this is a game changer for this mama. Thanks for reminding me I should order some more.

  15. CuzAmanda
    January 31, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Hi Allie! My first box of Jockey Skimmies arrived in the mail today. Can’t wait to try them – they are so soft! Would you believe at my age (53) and with my curves, I had never even heard of a product like them to fight chub rub until you told us about them. Heck, I didn’t even know chub rub had a name until I read it on your blog. Oh my. 🙂 Have I been under a rock all these years? I am grateful for the “teaching” posture you take in your blog. Thank you! Keep it comin’! 🙂

    • January 31, 2020 / 6:02 pm

      Yay! I am so glad to be a useful resource for you! <3 Enjoy your Skimmies!

  16. Melly
    August 6, 2019 / 10:24 am

    I love my Skimmies! I throw them in the washer and dryer and three years on they’re still great! My other fave is TomboyX boxer briefs: I wear my Skimmies for anything slim or slinky, the TomboyX cotton boxers all the rest of the time — breathable and comfy! Thanks for the great post Allie! Love Wardrobe Oxygen! 🙂

  17. Diane Simmons
    May 6, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    Not really glamorous, but it works: Anti-Monkey Butt Powder! Find it on Amazon, cheap. It comes in versions for women, men, and babies. The women’s and babies’ versions do not contain talc.

  18. Nazila
    May 2, 2019 / 7:26 am

    Great post

    Two things – skorts – you can find them in more work appropriate styles these days

    Commando slip skorts – expensive but worth every penny – combines the half slip and shorts – in a light weight material that also has no waistband so no more weird lines

  19. April 22, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    I should have read this post before I left for my trip… I got the WORST chub rub after walking over 17,000 steps in a 38 degree weather in one day…NOW I KNOW!

  20. Shevvi Crowley
    April 21, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Megababe is worth every dime. I’ve tried every thing mentioned here and in the comments and it is what works best for me on an active, sweaty day. Even better than bodyglide.

  21. Grace Mitchell
    August 11, 2016 / 5:36 am

    If you’re very tall and/or very long-torso, you have to be careful to get something long enough. The regular Skimmies are just barely there for me. One other thing I’ve tried that works well is men’s athletic boxer briefs (I like the Jockey ones, they’re long). The do the same job as the Skimmies, but have two advantages: a wide waistband, which works better under some skirts, and sweat-wicking fabric. If it’s very hot, I definitely end up “dryer” in these than the Skimmies.

  22. Rachel
    July 2, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Thigh Society “panty shorts” (as they call them). Love them! I like the original, which are a little low rise, so it’s not another layer at my waist. And no inner thigh seam.

  23. June 28, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    I just tried a pair of Ellen boxers and oh my gosh, they are so soft, the waistband doesn’t dig into my hips, and they’re just the right length. Thank you for mentioning these!

  24. Vanessa Benoit
    June 26, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I prefer Bandalettes from this list. They have worked amazingly well for me. The most important rule of tumb when ordering is to properly measure your thighs before buying to be sure you get the right fit. They are my go to to prevent chafing. www

    • Ruthann Rizzi
      July 30, 2021 / 4:30 pm

      Yes to this ^. These let you wear the panties of your choice, and they work incredibly well.

      At night under sleep shirts I wear just on one leg (change leg each night.). Switching from side to side helps cut down on any chafing from the silicone bands, but if you measure correctly and make sure they are not stretching (therefore not pulling on your skin) they don’t chafe at all.
      Great product.

      And, thank you for this review website – I’m new here, but this is my demographic. Have found my tribe.

  25. Vicki B
    June 23, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Thank you so much for your article. All this time I thought I was THE ONLY ONE! I can’t wait to try some of the suggestions with my new summer dresses. They are so much cooler than pants/shorts and look so much nicer. I recently tried Gold Bond spray body powder. Love it and it seems to heal the rash. I also understand that they have a glide stick also so am going to try that.

  26. Christina Brunk
    June 23, 2016 / 7:15 am

    So…bought my first pair of Jockey Skimmies yesterday after reading this post and am wearing them today. Now I know why thin people wear skirts and dresses all the time – with no chub rub I would, too! I love these things!
    Question for you ladies…would you wear these under shorts, too?

    • June 23, 2016 / 7:17 am

      I haven’t, but I don’t see any reason why not! I’ve worn them before under pants. Glad they work for you! 🙂

  27. Happinessatmidlife
    June 23, 2016 / 12:02 am

    I use Bodyglide for running but never thought about using it when I am wearing dresses. Great idea!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  28. Lisa
    June 22, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    The best, simplest, and cheapest solution I’ve found–solid antiperspirant applied to the inner thighs. No rubbing, friction, or sweating. I use Secret Invisible Solid, but I’m sure other brands would also work.

    • Ginger
      June 23, 2016 / 6:51 am

      I also spray antiperspirant on the tops of my feet to avoid rubbing from sandal straps.

    • June 23, 2016 / 7:15 am

      i second the antiperspirant method!
      i use whatever solid stick I have on-hand (right now its a random leftover Irish Spring stick my hubby didn’t like. not only does it smell nice, but as you said, it prevents the sweating which causes the chaffing in the first place.
      in addition, ive found that if youre already chaffed, it also helps protect the area a bit + lets your thighs glide past one another without as much friction, which makes the chaffing worse.
      its a cheap solution + it works for me!

      • June 23, 2016 / 7:18 am

        I never got the deodorant to work more than a quick fix or for a low-sweat and activity day (like a day at the office). Though last night at dinner my friend too said she swears by deodorant!

  29. LarkBark
    June 22, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Any thoughts on what to do when you want slimming in addition to chub rub avoidance? Sounds like the Skimmies don’t do that job. But yikes, this post couldn’t be any more timely given how hot and gross it is in DC! Any chance you could do a post on how you deal with sweat and sweating through clothes in the summer? Btw, I’m the one who wrote in about my bad arm break a few months back and I am fully rocking sleeveless things this summer thanks to your advice. 🙂

  30. Lauren Driscoll
    June 22, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Great post on a very real issue, I learned a couple new things. ….and now I am going to go get me some skimmies:) Thanks Allie!!!

  31. Kathryn Braun Fenner
    June 22, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Vermont Country Store has cotton and nylon pettipants. Also long-leg cotton briefs (I have a similar pair I bought in desperation in Germany last summer that look about the same–great under looser skirts.)
    I heartily endorse Skimmies, and I took your recommendation and sized down–excellent advice!

    • Ginger
      June 23, 2016 / 6:50 am

      Another pettipant fan! I particularly like them under straight hip-hugging skirts when I want more crotch circulation. A regular slip will ride up but pettipants stay down. They’re also fab for loose linen pants. They provide a little extra opaqueness and keep the crotch from bunching and wrinkling so bad. I order them online. If you frequent outlets you can sometimes find them way in the back at the VF (Vanity Fair) outlet. They hid with the half slips so it’s for shopping trips where you have time to thumb through the racks. In cooler weather the capri-length can up the game on inexpensive unlined pants and make them hang like they’re lined.

      And yes – also a fan of skimmies.

      • June 23, 2016 / 7:19 am

        I never thought of wearing with pants. Ginger, you’re brilliant, I’m so going to do this!

  32. Lee4
    June 22, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    You’re the reason I’ve been able to fix the dreaded chub rub! I first bought the wrong type of Skimmies–the short version. They are comfortable until they roll up my thighs–drives me nuts. I went to Target & bought something similar to the Jockey Shimmies–they are the Maiden Form brand & are still working great.

  33. Kate K
    June 22, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I LOVE that you put this together. I still remember the first time I experienced chub rub–I was 22, I was in Minneapolis, it was 90+ degrees and humid, and I was walking miles in a cute little pink skirt to get to a concert. It was hell, and it was also so confusing–I had no clue what the hell was even happening.

    And now, it’s something that I have to constantly be vigilant about. I wear bike shorts, I’ve used BodyGlide (grrr about the unnecessary gendering though) and I plan to buy a pair of Skimmies sooner rather than later. Last year I was at a music festival and I was too warm for my bike short/dress combo. I ended up using my Dove deodorant as an emergency solution, and it actually worked quite well. I just brought it with me and reapplied when I used the porta potty (which was slightly nuts but it worked.) I don’t think it’s the best solution but it works in a pinch. And Dove makes those little travel size and you can buy them any Walgreens.

    • June 23, 2016 / 7:19 am

      Last night at dinner my friend said she does the same thing – travel sized Dove deodorant in her bag for this very reason!

  34. June 22, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I just wore all dresses with nothing particular underneath for a hot weekend trip to NYC where we walked everywhere. THIGH SADNESS. I am totally ordering some Skimmies right now.

  35. Amanda choj
    June 22, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I also like the “go dri” compression shorts at old navy, and gold bond friction defense.

  36. Amanda choj
    June 22, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I cut most of leg off an old pair of tights in a pinch. Dkny makes shorts similar to this. I also like men’s merona boxer briefs, they are stretchy and thin and go on sale a lot. I bought 4 pairs for $10.

  37. Grace McNamee Decker
    June 22, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I dislike undershorts that feel like… short stockings. Too hot. Bike shorts, in a smooth, silky stretchy material have become my absolute favorite. I have three pairs of these. They are called “compression” but that’s not really true, unless you ordered them small. They come in plus sizes and they make my summer skirt wearing self so happy.

      • Grace Decker
        June 10, 2020 / 2:54 pm

        It’s FOUR YEARS LATER and the two pairs I have are going STRONG. Like, they are as new. After four years of wearings and washings AND DRYER after every time worn.
        They are still at the same link and still about $35 and the best money my thighs have ever spent.
        You know what I mean.

  38. Heather
    June 22, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I forget where I first heard of it, but Skindura Secret Shield is the BEST. One application in the morning and I have no issues all day. It feels so smooth and no tacky feeling at all. Worth the price!

    Gold Bond Friction Defense is a decent option when I need a replacement that’s more readily available than the Skindura. I find it to last longer and be less tacky than Body Glide.

  39. the cape on the corner
    June 22, 2016 / 9:20 am

    alright, i need to try these skimmies. my go to are bike shorts, or now they are more like yoga shorts. i also found a slip that is shorts, but i have to hoik them up really high to not be seen and to be in the right spot on the thigh. thanks for this post, and glad to hear that the chafing gel didn’t work. well, not glad to hear, b/c that stinks, but you know what i mean. a different opinion.

    • June 23, 2016 / 7:23 am

      I wonder sometimes if the people writing these posts about chub rub really use the product, or if they’re just trying to get clicks. Some of the suggestions do not sound good (Coconut oil? On a hot sweaty humid day? I even saw using lube!) and this is a real issue so many of us face. I dealt with it even when I was 104 lbs, and while some popular tricks work for some (like deodorant or powder which don’t do it for me), some I think are cobbled together just for clicks or SEO. Booo!

  40. Wendy
    June 22, 2016 / 9:12 am

    I bought the Jockey skimmies after you reviewed them two years ago and they are indispensable! The following fall I bought 4 more pairs at a steep discount at our Prime outlet Jockey store. The are still in great shape, and I wear a pair almost every day in the summer. They were a life saver when I was using a knee cart for my broken foot.

  41. Krista Alexander
    June 22, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Four years ago I discovered Luvees. Similar to Skimmies, these are all soft lace with a padded satin thigh pad. Luvees are no slimming, no smoothing, just comfortable. I use a few different things depending on what I’m wearing and how hot it is outside. But when it’s ridiculously humid (hello Cental Florida summer) and my outfit is a loose, long maxi, these are my go to. Excellent customer service as well.

    I also love my Jockey Slipshorts from Target and a pair of Skinny Britches from Nordstrom Rack. Though the Skinny Britches tend to make me hot so I only use them when I need a tiny bit of smoothing under a dress.

    • June 23, 2016 / 7:24 am

      I have heard good things about Luvees but have yet to try them, thank you for sharing your experience with them, so helpful!!

  42. Mallory
    June 22, 2016 / 8:45 am

    It can be not the best for black skirts, but I love the Lush powder Silky Underwear. It absorbs all the sweatiness and smells amazing. And plain old baby powder. I’m a powder gal.

    • Kathryn Braun Fenner
      June 22, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Be careful of powders–talc can cause ovarian cancer, and corn starch can exacerbate yeast issues….

  43. It's a blur, sir.
    June 22, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Another Skimmies fan here! I probably have 20 pairs, and wear them every day. I too prefer the original length, not-wicking, not-antistatic ones (they aren’t as comfortable). They do run quite large–by their size chart I should be wearing 3x, but I find the XL size most comfortable. Jockey sells on eBay, where sometimes you can get good deals on closeout colors, or sometimes with sales + discounts they can be pretty cheap at Kohls.

  44. H
    June 22, 2016 / 8:24 am

    Thanks to your previous review, I own four pairs of Skimmies! LOVE them! The Monistat cream works for me when I am at a thinner size but not for all-day comfort like my Skimmies.

    • Kathryn Braun Fenner
      June 22, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Me, too!

  45. Versatilestylebytracey
    June 22, 2016 / 8:15 am

    With my humid summers, I don’t want an added layer at all. I have been using Body Glide for 3 years and love it!

  46. MonicaH
    June 22, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I LOVE Jockey Skimmies!! I tried them after reading your original review, and they are amazing. They are ridiculously comfortable and I find that while they aren’t Spanx, they do offer a small amount of smoothing. I also buy the original length and just hike them up a little bit if needed. My new rule for any kind of dress or skirt is: “will the Skimmies work underneath it?”

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