Chafing Stopping You From Wearing Dresses? Here’s Help

Dear Deborah,

I’d like to wear a sundress this summer, but I find I get so sweaty that my legs rub together and it is very uncomfortable. Is there any way to fix this problem? Thanks, Jean

Hi Jean,

Dresses are a great summer option if you don’t want to wear shorts or Capris, but with the warm weather many gals suffer from chaffing. There are a couple of things you can do about this.

bike shortsSHAPEWEAR

I highly recommend that you try some shapewear under your dress. The little “bike short” style is perfect to go under any sundress and will totally eliminate the chafing problem.

Be sure to buy the thigh slimmers that have a flat band around the leg so they don’t roll up, and that are long enough for comfort (probably right above the knee).  Not only will they stop your thighs from rubbing together, they will smooth out your legs and midsection too!

body glide to prevent chafingBODY GLIDE

Another option is a product called Body Glide. It’s like an antiperspirant stick. It’s non-greasy, stops friction and creates a protective barrier on the skin. It allows perspiration to pass through to cool the body, but it doesn’t get trapped on the skin.

You can use Body Glide on your legs, under your arms, or where your bra straps irritate your shoulders. It also works on your skin where sandal straps may rub. This product has had rave reviews.

I hope that helps! Cheers, Deborah

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10 thoughts on “Chafing Stopping You From Wearing Dresses? Here’s Help

  1. Hi All,

    I’m loving your newsletter. It’s great to have help for those of us who have are becoming older and want to still look fresh! My question is in regards to having large upper arms. I have lost about 60 pounds and it has left my upper arms flabby. I dare not wear sleevless tops without a sweater. But I hate look being totally covered. It can look very matronly. What other options are out there? I don’t want surgery and I am excercising to help tighten the area.

  2. I got the secret shield a few weeks ago and it works like a charm just rub it on and no more chafing. Its so much cooler than another layer of clothing on your skin. And with the scorching summer we’ve been having thats a good thing.

  3. I agree that the shapewear is awfully sweaty and stinky, not to mention they dig in my stomach and hurt. The slip/shorts from JCPenny are a must for my wardrobe. They even have three layers of lace so you can cut them to the right length.

    When you are heavy in the thighs wearing skirts and dresses are often too much trouble. I think I wear a skirt about once every othter month, dresses even less! If you’ve got thighs that don’t get out of the way of each other, time to drop a few and get more exercise in your routine. I am in this group and 10-20 pounds can make a lot of difference in comfort. Now, the hard part is actually doing it!

  4. I wear petti-pants in the summer. They’re loose and airy and they protect against chafing. And they’re inexpensive – $12 at JCPenney! (But when I was heavier they didn’t work as well; they tended to ride up.)


  5. Another option is Body Glide. Body Glide comes in a antiperspirant style package and is used by runners and other athletes where chafing is a problem. Look for it in sporting good stores. I have run many races and wouldn’t attempt one without Glide, and I always pack it in my suitcase when I travel.

  6. Ewwww! Sorry. I know everyone loves spanx and what-not, but I live in Memphis and it is hot as the Gateway to Hell here! My tip for chafing would be Shower to Shower powder!!

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