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Chafing Stopping You From Wearing Dresses? Here’s Help

Dear Deborah,

I want to wear a sundress this summer, but I get so sweaty that my legs rub together, which 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 for wearing any sundress and will eliminate the chafing problem.

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

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 love your newsletter. It’s great to help those of us who are becoming older and want to look still fresh! My question is in regards to having large upper arms. I have lost about 60 pounds, leaving my upper arms flabby. I dare not wear sleeveless tops without a sweater. But I hate looking at being covered. It can look very matronly. What other options are out there? I don’t want surgery, and I am exercising 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. It’s much more relaxed than another layer of clothing on your skin. And the scorching summer we’ve been having is a good thing.

  3. I agree that the shapewear is 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 correct length.

    When you are heavy in the thighs wearing skirts and dresses is often too much trouble. I think I wear a skirt about once every other 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 doing it!

  4. I wear pettipants 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 an antiperspirant package and is used by runners and other athletes where chafing is a problem. Look for it in sporting goods 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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