The Sexy Solution To Thigh Chafing (A Review)
A while ago I introduced you to Bandelettes, a new and very innovative product, that addresses (in a very sexy way!) a common problem among women, especially plus size women: thigh chafing.
When I was first introduced to this product I loved the way this company approached trying to find a solution to this problem: in a sexy way!
There are various methods out there, even new ones I’ve discovered with talking to Pasazz.net followers on Facebook, on how to tackle this uncomfortable problem. Some people recommend ripping out tights and using the top part to prevent skin rubbing; others recommend using deodorant between thighs (!) to sooth and reduce friction. You get the point right, a lot of different solutions, and I am sure there are different solutions which suit individual people best.
However, out of all the solutions to thigh chafing I read about and heard of, none of these came close to approaching it the way Bandelettes have.
When I think of a solution to thigh chafing, especially when thinking of the home made remedies and other solutions, I tend to approach it with apprehension, and treat it as something I have to do to solve an often painful problem. However, tackling and preventing inner thigh chafing with something like Bandelettes simply sounds like fun, and also like something my husband would love to see me wear!
So suddenly, the problem isn’t so bad, thanks to this fun and seductive solution!
I was lucky enough to have 2 pairs of Bandelettes sent to me a couple of weeks ago to try out. First off, finding the right size of Bandelettes to order is super easy. Simply measure your inner thigh, at the point where you plan on wearing the Bandelettes, and then quickly find where you fit in their size chart.
Every pair of Bandelettes arrived of course very nicely packed, and what struck me upon opening the pack is how soft and smooth the material feels. To be honest I was a bit apprehensive about these products at the start, when I first got to know about them. I thought adding some material in between my inner thighs would increase friction further and definitely not solve the problem, but boy was I wrong!
When you first touch the Bandelettes you will notice how lovely the material feels; and of course I tried them on as soon as I received them and way pleasantly surprised at how secure the inner silicone feels, and held a good grip on my thighs. And of course, the test was to walk in them… and here I noticed how nice and smooth they feel.
To top this all off, once again, these babies simply look sexy!
I wore them that week on an evening to a dinner party, and they were very comfortable to wear. With it being Summer, the heat is obviously on the high side, and I imagined wearing these would bother me… but again I was wrong and they simply felt smooth! They held up a tight grip to my thighs, without any need to reinforce them or pull them up throughout the evening.
So if you’re looking for an inexpensive, and sexy way, to address your inner thigh chafing problem do consider Bandelettes!
Thighs the limit: how to cure ‘chub rub’
A new product promises to solve the problem of thigh chafe for skirt-loving plus-size fashionistas.
Whenever I see a gorgeous plus-size girl sauntering down the street in a skirt or a dress on a hot summer’s day the first thought that passes through my mind is always “what’s going on underneath?”
“Chub Rub” is one of the great unspoken issues for scores of women who suffer from inner-thigh chafing when they attempt to wear dresses or skirts.
Everyone has their own solution: bike shorts, lotions, creams, baby powder, deodorant, or even eschewing skirts and dresses entirely (quelle horreur!) and let me tell you, I’ve tried them all.
But nothing’s excited me quite as much as a new product that has hit the market this summer called Bandelettes.
Bandelettes look like the lace band at the top of a stay-up stocking – in other words, they’re sexy as hell. For someone who’s spent the past few summers in cotton bike shorts this is something of a revelation.
I recently bought two pairs, one in black and one in nude. I wore them religiously for two very hot and muggy weeks in New York, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re the closest thing to the perfect cure for thigh chafing as it’s possible to get right now.
They’re one of the breezier options on the market: apart from a strip of lace you don’t have an extra layer to sweat through. They’re relatively cheap. From experience I can tell you that the customer service is A+. The size chart is fool-proof: measure where you want them to sit. That’s your size. If the measurement falls in the middle of the sizes (as mine did) then size down. You can wash them in the sink, and they’ll be dry and ready to wear again within half an hour.
There’s a strip of silicone along both top and bottom edges of each band which helps them stay in place without slipping and sliding. I admit that after two weeks of continual wear the sensitive skin between my thighs was starting to react a little to the silicone, but it was a small price to pay for an entire fortnight where I didn’t have to choose between either wearing a second layer on a baking-hot day, or ducking into the bathrooms every hour to reapply lotions.
And look, I love the aesthetic of them. Bike shorts are all very well and good, but they’re definitely the granny pants of the chub-rub world, and often they’re too long to wear with certain skirts and dresses.
You almost want to show Bandelettes off. A cheeky peek of lace under the hem of a skirt… is there anything sexier?
Do you suffer from inner thigh chafing? What is your magic cure?
A cure for ‘chub rub’? New product promises to help women who suffer from ’embarrassing’ inner-thigh chafing
A new ‘wonder’ product has hit the market for women who suffer from painful inner-thigh chafing.
Bandelettes are six-inch thick, garter-like lace bands that fit around the upper thigh to stop skin-to-skin rubbing under dresses, skirts or shorts.
The website deems them a ‘functional yet glamorous’ innovation, designed to combat a ‘common problem’ that’s ‘rarely discussed’.
Bandelettes, are six-inch thick, garter-like lace bands that fit around the upper thigh to stop skin-to-skin contact under dresses or skirts
To help the ‘bandelettes’ stay in place there is a strip of silicone along the top and bottom edges.
They are also made from elasticated lace, which makers say is breathable in warm weather.
Guardian style writer, Lilli Pascuzzi said that she wore them ‘religiously’ during two hot weeks in New York this summer and found them to be the ‘closest thing to the perfect cure’ for ‘chub rub’.
Previously she said that she had tried everything to prevent sores appearing on her legs including wearing bike shorts, lotions, baby powder and deodorant.
Similarly Lauren Wayne, a mother-of-two from Seattle who runs the parenting blog Hobo Mama, gave ‘bandelettes’ a big thumbs up.
‘They covered amply all the areas that would normally swish together when I walk,’ she explained.
‘I had no irritation, no heat rash, no little bumps. In short, I was comfortable and carefree all day long! I was so pleased, I even wore them indoors with just a long shirt on while I was doing sweat-intensive home improvement projects.’
She also said that as soon as she slipped them on she felt ‘kinda pert [and] saucy.’
Touching on the issue of thigh-chaffing in a recent article for xovain, pus-sized blogger Katie Frost wrote: ‘If you’ve ever dealt with inner-thigh chafing, then you understand the pain and embarrassment that comes along with it.
‘My thighs touch. There, I said it. In the age of the coveted thigh gap, mine smush together. For the most part, this is fine; but once the weather warms up, the problems begin.
‘When you combine sweat and friction together, you create chafing – a painful, burning rash. It takes forever for the spots to heal because it’s nearly impossible to keep your thighs from touching for the week or so it takes to clear up.’
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Presseomtale fra Refinery29 Lifestyle Magazine:
Finally! Fashion Provides A Solution For Thigh Rubbing
Chub rub. Thigh chafing. Whatever you call it, most women, regardless of size, have experienced it. It’s not something to feel bad about, but it can certainly make you feel bad. You can strap on shapewear, glop on anti-chafing gel, constantly reapply lotion, or completely avoid skirts and dresses, but none of those “solutions” are as clean, light, convenient, and sexy as Bandelettes. (And yes, we said sexy.)
Bandelettes are one of those “why didn’t I think of that” solutions, reminiscent of Sara Blakely’s SPANX. Resembling the top band of a thigh-high, Bandelettes comfortably adhere to your thighs with inner silicone strips that prevent shifting while you strut.
Bandelettes offer an affordable solution to a frustrating problem. Biting back our seething jealousy, we spoke with designer Julia Abasova to find out more about these ingenious creations that will no doubt become the next wardrobe staple for every woman.
What inspired you to create Bandelettes?
“The problem of thigh chafing has been bothering me for the most part of my life, regardless of the size I was, so I was always looking for solutions. One day I was talking to my friend [Rena Abramoff], who is now a business partner, and described her the idea I had for the Bandelettes, never thinking that it can be turned into a real product. To my surprise, my friend didn’t dismiss my idea as crazy talk, but came up with a nice design and offered to realize it in real life. My partner was brave enough to take the initiative of realizing my idea and her design into a real product that can help so many women all over the world. Without her support and belief that this can work, I’d probably still be suffering from the chafing like so many women do. So, you can really say that Bandelettes were created over a cup of tea.”
Where did the name come from?
“It’s actually a term for a molding in the form of a ring at the top of a column. We thought this name perfectly describes the product, and it’s easy to pronounce and remember.”
Do you have a design background?
“We don’t have a design background. We both actually have an accounting background; although, my partner has been passionate about art since her childhood and created numerous paintings and other pieces of art.”
Do you plan to offer larger sizes or longer lengths in the future?
“We are definitely thinking about larger sizes with longer lengths but haven’t started the production since it needs to be tested first.”
Will you do any other colors or prints?
“We have a couple of new colors and patterns lined up in our production, so please stay tuned.”
Do you have any “chub rub” horror stories?
“My horror chub-rub experience is that every summer I had to dismiss wearing any dresses or skirts in order to not incur any discomfort. So, imagine the horror of not being able to shop for cute dresses of skirts ever because you knew simply you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it.
“I guess, I’m ‘lucky’ in this sense since my ‘chub rub’ was mostly an inconvenience rather than an experience worth a horror story, but let me tell you one thing, I’m glad we have this product available to prevent the possible horror story episodes.”
Enda en lang bloggomtale, så jeg limer inn konklusjonen først:
Bottom line: I’m impressed! They look and feel good and drastically reduced irritation from chafing. They held up pretty well to a long day of shopping, but showed a bit of wear. I’m sure I’ll be reaching for them the next time I go bare-legged. They’re the best solution I’ve tried.
My Turn with Bandelettes
Review By Pretty Girl Science Blogger Amanda
A few weeks ago Nichole wrote about Bandelettes “anti-chafing thigh bands”. I usually peek into her posts before they’re published and I was as curious about this new accessory as many of you were. The Bandelettes people were nice enough to send me a pair to try out too! I’ll admit, I had my doubts about how well they’d work for me. Nichole and I have a lot in common, but in some ways we’re total opposites. She’s always hot, I’m always cold. She’s a laid-back stay-at-home mom, I’m a hyperactive and childless shopping addict. Neither of us are that girly, but she’s the girlier one. I do like skirts and dresses too (especially now that I’m losing weight again), but I have absurdly sensitive skin. I’ve gotten rashes from seams and zippers, had allergic reactions to necklaces and earrings, shredded my feet in half an hour in new shoes, and had all sorts of other trouble from clothing and accessories. “Chub rub” is a problem for almost every woman at some point, but I have tiny scars from it. Over the years I’ve powdered, slathered, balmed, and even worn boxers trying to avoid the pain and skin damage from chafing. Nichole’s right about the shorts, they can cling and stick and make you sweaty. Stockings and tights are fine in the winter, but we have hot summers here and stockings feel disgusting on a muggy day. Lotions, balms, powders, and other products help, but they wear off. Reapplying in public can be tricky or messy and if you forget your product at home, you might as well not have bothered in the first place. I’m gonna sound all infomercial-y here, but… There has to be a better way! Could Bandelettes be it?
I was apprehensive. Lace scares me. It can cause chafing! When my pair arrived, the texture reassured me. They’re very soft. Don’t think scratchy bra lace, think the soft stuff that edges camis. They’re pretty too, with a large, dense floral pattern.
Even more reassuring was the grippy (but not sticky) silicon band at both edges of each Bandeltte. It’s a lot like the stuff at the edges of the cups of strapless bras. This pair is a Size C and fit snugly, but comfortably, when I tried them on.
They’re even prettier on.
They’d look cute peeking out from the cuffs of shorts, but I don’t wear shorts. They’ve got a second lace pattern too, but I prefer this one.
I finally got to actually wear them last Wednesday. I only wear my own “girl clothes” a few times a week. I have a uniform for work and I prefer loungewear at home for lazy comfort, but errands and shopping happen at least twice most weeks. It was horrible out on Wednesday, humid and 90-ish. I wore them under my favorite denim mid-thigh skirt, happily escaping my sweltering jeans for a change. The Bandelettes looked a bit long on my short legs (I have a 27″ inseam even though I’m 5’7″), but weren’t visible beyond my hemline while I was standing. When I sat I had to keep an eye on things, but they were only slightly visible on the sides with this skirt. If you were looking for them, you’d see them, but you wouldn’t notice otherwise.
With any undergarment, fit and comfort will depend on the way you’re shaped. Nichole didn’t have any rolling issues. I had a little bit of rolling at the back along the upper edge, depending on where I positioned them. Moving them down a little bit fixed that. At one point the one on my right leg felt like it was moving around when I walked briskly. I even ducked into a bathroom, swearing it was slipping. It wasn’t. I have no idea quite what was going on. It stayed in place just fine. I think it might be just a bit too large, but I’m not sure if the next size down would fit my left. My right thigh is a smidge smaller and firmer-toned than my left. I’m all kinds of wonky.
I won’t say that I had 100% protection from chafing, but it was a MAJOR improvement over anything else I’ve tried. The only irritation I had was where the lower edges rubbed the thigh of the opposite leg slightly. Without any chafing protection I get redness, swelling, and tiny spots of broken skin. This was just a slight rubbing. No slippery hands or powdery mess and no awkward reapplying in the car or a public bathroom.
[Kommentar fra Bonding: Pass på at begge lårbåndene slutter på samme sted, så gnisser ikke det ene båndet på det andre benet. Og hvis den ruller ned bak under rumpa, så må du dra den litt ned bak, til under der rumpa møter låret. Så den sitter litt på skrå.]
My skin was still in pretty great shape after six hours of shopping, but how were the Bandelettes holding up? There was already a bit of outer surface pilling on both of them, where they’d rubbed together as I walked. No actual damage, but the surface of the lace was already starting to look a little worn. Nichole didn’t notice wear to hers, but I’d had a more active day in mine. I’m also tough on things. I walk fast and rarely stand still for long. Shoes, pants, undies, etc all have a tough time keeping up. The Bandelettes may have looked a little worse for wear, but I can see them holding up better than some tights I’ve worn.
I only had one real problem with them and it’s a sensitive topic. This might be TMI, but it’s the kind of thing I’d want to know if I was reading this. They’re potentially awkward in the bathroom. If you have to sit, they’ll touch the seat. I didn’t want that! Especially not in a mall bathroom! Stockings or shorts would be pulled down and I guess I could have pulled one or both Bandelettes down and then re-situated them when I was done, but I hovered instead. Not easy when you have joint pain. I asked Nichole how she handled this problem. Turns out she didn’t use the bathroom while wearing them. I’m still not sure what I’ll do about this next time I wear them. What do people who wear garters do?
[Kommentar fra Bonding: Jeg ruller ned mine når jeg er på et offentlig toalett, samme som jeg ville gjort med strømpebuksa med fransk åpning ;)]
The good points:
-Comfortable, especially on hot days
-Don’t slip or crawl
The not-so-good points:
-They swished slightly when I walked [Kommentar fra Bonding: Det gjør ikke mine]
-Might be too long for some skirt or dress styles
-They sit wherever you do, if you get my meaning [Kommentar fra Bonding: Det synes jeg er fint. Når jeg sitter på en klam stol og skjørtet sklir opp, så sitter jeg på lårbåndene isteden. Mer behagelig enn en klam stol ;)]
-May quickly look worn out if you’re active
Produktomtale. Den er veldig lang, men konklusjonen er at hun er en slank dame med veltrente lårmuskler som gjør at lårene gnisser. Hun har derfor unngått skjørt og kjoler. Med Bandelettes lårbånd fra Bonding er hun veldig fornøyd:
Bandelettes review– do they help with thigh chafing on muscular legs?
Review posted on Muscles and Curves Blog
A while ago, I stumbled across the website for Bandelettes (I’m pretty sure it was from a blog that mentioned or reviewed them, but I’ve since forgotten which one, whoops). As a person whose anatomy dictates that she will always have some part of her thighs that touch, regardless of relative body fat, I was immediately intrigued. I looked at many of the reviews linked on the site, but wasn’t sure based on the reviews whether they would work well for more muscular legs.
I dithered over whether or not to order a few times over the next few weeks, but ultimately couldn’t decide whether it was worth purchasing or not, so I emailed the company and asked if they’d be willing to send a pair for review, and was wondering whether they’d gotten feedback from muscular or hourglass women (two populations that are perhaps more likely than average to have thighs that touch). They kindly agreed to send me a pair* to try, and asked for my thigh measurement. (I measured at what I believed to be the largest part of my thigh at 24 inches– which put me in size B).
I tried on the beige pair immediately upon arrival– my husband commented that they are definitely attractive on (if there was any doubt, rest assured that they do look just like they do on the website on– the appearance on is like the upper band of a thigh high stocking). For those purposes, the black pair are more visually appealing due to the contrast with my skin tone, in my opinion.
We’ve been having a terrible heat wave recently, which meant I had several opportunities to give them a whirl. I wore them on a weekend with my favorite short skirt– the skirt was just long enough to cover the bands. For this reason, I went with the beige pair– they are a good match for my fair skin tone, and were essentially invisible under the skirt even when the skirt moved up.
Though I can't swear they would be invisible underneath a thin jersey skirt, there are no telltale lines to show that I have the bandelettes on underneath with the skirts I tried (I prefer not to have obvious signs of what I'm wearing underneath clothing, for the most part).
More important than the appearance, they worked! Despite being outside in 100+ degree weather (38+ Celsius) and shopping for several hours wearing the bandelettes, without rest breaks, I experienced absolutely no chafing at all. Success!
Emboldened by the first success, I decided to wear a new knee-length skirt to work for a day where I needed to look professional.
Though I didn't realize it at the time, this was a pretty intense challenge for the bandelettes-- it was another very high humidity, over 100 degree day, and I was doing a lot of walking outside, and it was a long work day, as well. I decided to wear the black pair since the skirt was long enough they wouldn't be visible unintentionally.
(my husband tucked the back tag of the shirt in before I left for the day)
In this case, the bandelettes did not completely prevent chafing by the end of the day-- but I had immeasurably less chafing than I would have if I hadn't worn them.
I've cleaned both of the pairs I have several times now, and am pleased with how easy they are to clean (hand wash only, but since they are small and lack underwires, it truly is no hassle to toss them in the sink with a little detergent for a few minutes, then rinse), and how fast they dry (hang dry, but easily completely dry overnight with no special tricks needed).
They really do enable me to wear skirts! Normally, I don't wear them when it's really hot due to the chafing risk-- but it really does allow me to wear a skirt, without needing to worry about whether it'll be so humid or hot that I'll have thigh chafing all day long (which is a miserable experience I'm loathe to repeat). I've worn skirts or dresses 3 days in the two weeks since I've received them, as compared to 3 times total this summer before that (and two of those times, I got such bad chafing that I considered swearing them off for all future summers).
I do think more muscular women (those that weight train regularly, for example) should consider sizing up-- when I measure at the very top of my thigh (it looks narrower compared to where I measured, at 24 inches, but I start to have butt muscles in that place, near the back where I experience chafing), my thighs are more like 24.25 inches. Size C is described for thighs between 25-26 inches (so, in theory, I still should fit better in size B), but I think the gaps in the lace might be slightly too large and allowed some of the skin to contact the textured lace on the outside of the other band, which was what allowed for the chafing to occur on the hot, knee-length skirt day (though swelling and sweat were also likely factors). I also have issues with the top of the band rolling down a bit in the back (though this is not visible with clothing, and the bands are able to stay up, regardless)-- I think because my muscles are firm and larger than many women's, I may not "squish" as much as the size has estimated and therefore a size up might be the correct size I should try.
I was contacted again by Bandelettes to see how the product worked for me, and I gave my honest experience (albeit shorter than my post here). They very kindly sent me a pair in size C to see if that solved the chafing issue (though I emphasized that it was a truly exceptional circumstance, and that I didn't think it was a product issue).
I had another day in which I needed to dress more formally only a few days later, so I broke out another pencil skirt (this one even more slim fitting than the earlier one-- and lacking a back slit!), and my brand new Portofino top (love!), and went to work. The bandelettes were noticeably a bit larger compared to the size B, and they did not show any crease or mark underneath, despite the slimness of the skirt. This was a really long day, again, with a 2 hour presentation (and assisting with set-up), several long walks in 100 degree heat, and a happy hour with friends immediately after work.
Though it felt absolutely wonderful to get home after that long day and shuck off my heels, skirt, and bandelettes, I experienced absolutely NO chafing. Based on my experience, I think it may be advisable to order a size larger than recommended for muscular women, at least if you are near the upper end of the size range for your particular size.
*Though this was received for review, not purchased directly, as always, all opinions are my own and I will give my honest opinion of a product, regardless of cost.
Bandelettes: Sexy Usefulness!
1. of or having a special activity, purpose, or task; relating to the way in which something works or operates.
1.sexually attractive or exciting.
“Functional” and “sexy” aren’t two words often used together because a certain amount of practicality is usually sacrificed to make something hot. Think “thong” ladies! Nowhere is this better demonstrated than wearing dresses. It doesn’t matter if it’s a flirty sundress or a wicked black leather mini, chafing in your inner thighs is enough to make you run screaming to a boring pants suit! But you can now throw away the talc powder because we’ve discovered a great new product that is both attractive and useful to avoiding that raw stinging feeling! Introducing Bandelettes.
Born of necessity (one of the creators had a persistent chaffing problem for years), these lacy elastic garments are worn at the top of your thighs. They look like the tops of sexy stockings or garters (meaning your man will salivate when you flash them at him) but they don’t slip. The secret is the soft but elastic lace they’re made of. Though I’ve never had too much of problem with skin chaffing, they felt wonderfully soft on my skin. And who doesn’t feel sexy wearing things like this?
Instantly fashionable, you can wear these with anything that covers or shows off you legs whether you have problems with skin rubbing or now. Scandalous! highly recommends. Finally a product that bridges the gap between functional and sexy. A girl could get used to this!
This racy lace isn't just for show - it has a service! The elastic lace bands protect your inner thighs from rubbing together and cause painful chafing.
Bandelettes are a sexy solution to an embarrassing problem – chafing due to inner thigh friction. Bandelettes are 6" elastic lace bands with nonslip silicone, designed to stay up without creating bulges. Available in caramel, red, black, and white.