Before I went on my trip, I searched high and low for a garment I could wear under my dresses (I didn’t pack any skirts) that wouldn’t cause chafing, and I wanted something that wouldn’t make me lose my mind (waistband constant falling).
Let’s get some vocabulary out of the way:
1. Chub rub: A nice way of saying your thighs rub together/touch. If you don’t fall into the thigh gap/canyon category, this might be you.
2. Chafing: Irritated skin; caused by repetitive friction (hmmm…sweaty thighs touching!).
I’ve never experienced chafing, but since I was going to be in humid weather, I didn’t want to risk it. I wanted a shorts like garment with a wide waistband and said waistband should not dig into my skin, roll down, or slide for any reason whatsoever.
The products I purchased and tried:
Brandon and I were at Macy’s in San Francisco when I came across several racks of Jockey Skimmies. The material felt comfortable, and I liked the waistband, so I purchased four pairs. I wanted so badly to like the Jockey Skimmies (perfect fabric and GREAT length), but they slid down my waist! I had zero time to continue pulling up the shorts, so I promptly returned these to Macy’s the next day. Skimmies are very highly rated, so I would suggest you test these out. You never know if they might work for you!
I purchased some Yummie by Heather Thompson shorts from Dillard’s. There was one main problem with these: the legs were too short and kept riding up!
While perusing Target’s activewear while in-store, I saw the C9 Champion® Advanced Performance Bike Shorts and decided to give these a try. These had a great length and the waistband didn’t roll down. Unfortunately, I just didn’t like how tight they fit. I would have sized up to an XL, but none of the Target stores around had XLs in-stock. I would suggest you give these a try; I noticed that XLs and XXLs are in-stock online, so I’m going to buy another pair and test them. Because they are athletic shorts, they’d work well for exercise.
I decided to save the best for last. I came across Undersummers on Amazon before I realized there was an actual storefront for the brand. Undersummers come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes (S-4X). They fit great! I LOVED that they didn’t roll down, they FELT great, and they were super comfortable. I purchased the black and nude colors, and I’m planning on purchasing several more. Undersummers are more expensive than any of the other garments I tried, but they are worth every penny.
2. Wear the shorts in place of your underwear; I washed my Undersummers out by hand every night and let them air-dry.