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Bandelettes in TODAY Style: When it comes to body positivity, these 7 fashion designers just get it

This article is part of TODAY Style’s “Love Your Body” series.

The fashion industry has come a long way in recent years, from expanding options for shoppers of different sizes to featuring more diversity in ad campaigns.

Along the way, there have been a handful of designers heralding that change. These are some of our favorites.

1. Christian Siriano

No post about forward-thinking designers would be complete without Christian Siriano. He was ahead of the curve — pardon the pun — when it came to creating clothing for plus-size women. And in recent fashion weeks, he’s been applauded for featuring plus-size models in his runway shows. He doesn’t discriminate when it comes to budget, either — Siriano handles couture as well as he does budget-friendly designs for brands including Payless ShoeSource and Lane Bryant.

But our favorite thing about Siriano, who got his start on “Project Runway,” is that he does all this without expecting any sort of pat on the back.

“Everybody is shocked by things that are different,” he told TODAY in an interview about his approach. “That’s just what it is. It’s different now, but it will be normal one day to see every size on a runway and in the front row and at fashion week and events.”

2. Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton working on a design on season 14 of “Project Runway.” Photo by: Lifetime

Like Siriano, Ashley Nell Tipton is also a “Project Runway” winner. She made history on the show as the first designer to send an entirely plus-size collection down the catwalk.

Now she designs a line for JCPenney and consistently proves that plus-size designs can be just as stylish as anything else.

She also recently partnered with Bandelettes, a company that designs thigh bands to prevent chaffing thighs. (Genius, right?)

3. Alexandra Waldman

Alexandra Waldman created a fashion brand that will exchange and replace customers’ clothing with a new size for up to one year — so if you lose or gain a few pounds, you don’t have to worry. (Don’t you like her already?)

She co-founded Universal Standard with pal Polina Veksler. They were inspired by Waldman’s own struggles to find clothes, and the knowledge that a real woman’s weight can fluctuate.

“Sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down,” she told TODAY in an essay. “Not only can this be an emotional roller coaster, it also comes with the financial burden of replacing your clothes, which can have real consequences on your life.”

Finally, someone who understands the struggle!

4. Tommy Hilfiger

When it comes to inclusivity in fashion, the problem isn’t only related to size. People who have disabilities or limb differences have also struggled to find clothes that fit properly.

Enter adaptive clothing, which is easier for such people to put on, thanks to magnets instead of difficult buttons or zippers, or adjustable waistbands, sleeves or pant lengths, for example.

Tommy Hilfiger was one of the first mainstream brands to get on board by releasing a kid’s collection of adaptive clothing, with help from the nonprofit Runway of Dreams. We can’t wait to see more designers follow suit.

5. Susan Gregg Koger of ModCloth

There are so many things to love about ModCloth and its founder Susan Gregg Koger. Since its beginning, ModCloth has been promoting body positivity and spreading the message that every woman should be confident in her skin, no matter her size.

That’s why the company sells sizes from XXS to 4X in many styles, and even nixed the label “plus-size” altogether.

Koger is also a huge challenger of Photoshopping ad campaigns and spoke up on Capitol Hill about the need for legislation to regulate the digital alteration of models’ appearances in advertising.

6. Dana Donofree of AnaOno Intimates

Dana Donofree created AnaOno Intimates for breast cancer survivors who don’t want to sacrifice comfort for beauty. Photo by: Courtesy of AnaOno Intimates

Dana Donofree tapped an underserved market when she launched AnaOno Intimates, which creates beautiful lingerie for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Donofree, herself a breast cancer survivor, was motivated by the belief that all women deserve to feel sexy.

“As women, we owe it to ourselves to listen to what our heart wants,” Donofree told TODAY. And if just happens to be a sexy, well-fitting bra? She’s got you covered.

7. Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy wears a look from her fashion line. Photo by: Ben Watts

That’s right, when Melissa McCarthy isn’t busy acting in a blockbuster or playing Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live,” she’s a fashion designer. And her brand, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, caters to women of all sizes.

“I’ve been every size on the planet and know that I didn’t lose my sense of style just because I went above a size 12,” she says on her website.

McCarthy has long been a voice of reason in Hollywood when it comes to featuring all types of bodies, reminding us that every size is worthy of beautiful clothes.

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Ban Chub Rub! 7 Products to Prevent—and Heal!—Thigh Chafing |

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The weather is getting warmer so you know what that means: Skirts! Dresses! Rompers!

But as you tuck away your pants and the hot heat creeps in, there is something you need to fear: that unfortunate and sometimes painful thigh chafing. Also known as: Chub Rub.

The trifecta of keeping chub rub at bay? Stay dry, lubricate when necessary and relieve friction. Fortunately, there are a few things you can add to your cart to prevent and heal raw skin—and everything is under $25! And even if you don’t suffer from thigh rub, your underarms and underboob aren’t immune to sweat and friction, either, so don’t scroll past if you have chafe-free thighs.

1. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

When I asked around for my lady friends’ go-to anti-chafe product, nine out of ten times they screamed in my face, “OMG have you tried Monistat’s powder gel? It’s the best.” (Pretty aggressively, might I add.) Well, if my gal pals swear by it then it’s good enough for you. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel goes on as a gel but feels like a powder, combining the power of both a powder and a lotion. And, it does exactly what you need in an anti-chafe product: It forms a barrier to protect uncomfortable irritation from razor burn and heat to sweating and rubbing of the thighs and underarms.

BUY FROM: Target, $6

2. Body Glide

Body Glide is a stick that goes on kind of like deodorant, but is totally odor-free. Oh, and it’s for your inner thighs. It’s vegan, full of vitamins A, B, E, and F and hydrates as well as protects the skin from uncomfortable rubbing. And did I mention that it’s also SPF 30 so it does double the protection from rubbing and sun exposure (great for those days when you’re headed to the beach). Even more, while we love it for inner thighs, you can also use it in places like you feet to prevent blisters on your yet-to-be-broken in sandals. Buy the small 8-ounce container for discrete use and consider it your newest beach bag must-have.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $8+

3. Bandelettes

If you’re not ready to add an extra step to your lotion routine, go with individual Bandelettes for your thighs. Roll them on like a garter to add that much-needed barrier between your legs. They come in 15 different colors to match skin tones and to blend in under skirts, dresses, and more. Wear them every day or just when working out (tennis, anyone?) to stop the chafing before it starts.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $17.95

4. Lush Cosmetics Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

While it’s not explicitly marketed to stop chub rub, we like to use it for chub rub nonetheless. Never fear! It’s totally safe for your lady bits as it’s vegan and Lush Cosmetics doesn’t do any testing on animals. Rub the powder along your thighs, underwear line, and anywhere else you need a little relief, to stop sweat and irritation from rubbing. It’s full of jasmine for a refreshing scent, cocoa butter to nourish irritated skin,

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24

5. Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

We love coconut oil for everything from treating our dry hair, removing makeup and cooking—duh. But did you know that coconut oil can hydrate and protect against chafing at the same time? Slather some on before you walk out the door for instant protection and instant relief. If you find that it’s too slick for your inner thighs, add ¼-cup of arrowroot powder to ¼-cup of coconut oil. (It thickens the coconut oil without removing any of the hydrating properties.) Oh, and it smells freaking fantastic.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $6.60

6. Vaseline

We know—petroleum jelly is pretty basic, but it’s a classic bathroom staple for a reason. Like coconut oil, vaseline works wonders for hydrating and stopping annoying (and painful!) friction between your thighs. If you don’t have a jar around the house already (who are you?) then finally bite the bullet buy some less than a cup of your fave iced coffee.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $4

7. Undersummers Classic Shortlette

If you need to extend protection down to your knees, consider a spandex short like Undersummers. It’s made with breathable fabric (96% polyester with 4% spandex for a little stretch) to keep you dry and cool, and won’t ride up, meaning you’ll stay protected as long as you’re wearing them. And while they might not look that sexy, the lacy version gets the job done, too.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24.99

In a pinch? Other go-tos are: Deodorant, baby powder and even dry shampoo. However, these products are not specifically tested for inner thigh chub rub, so use these sparingly and invest in something above for long-term protection.

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Rena and Julia of Bandelettes with Denise Bidot

In Plus Model Magazine: Bandelettes continues to take over the fashion scene by storm.

NYFW Wrap-Up: Bandelettes Makes NYFW Runway Debut at the Chromat Show – PLUS Model Magazine

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The intimates brand made its NYFW debut on the runway at the Chromat AW17: Buoyancy show on Friday, February 10th. Another score for the plus size fashion world.

Bandelettes as seen at NYFW

If you don’t know what Bandelettes are, you should. The thigh bands have become very popular because they not only prevent thigh chafing but comfortable and sexy. They are accessories that make a woman feel confident and sexy, while eliminating the discomfort of “chub rub”.

Bandelettes are made with non-slip silicone strips designed to be worn around the upper thigh and are available in lace and plain elastic solid bands. Not only they provide comfort, but they’re sexy enough to wear on their own, as proven on the Chromat runway this week.

 NYFW group shot

Plus model Denise Bidot rocked the runway in her Bandelettes and epitomized the brand’s mission to help women feel comfortable and confident.

Plus Model Denise Bidot at NYFW in Bandelettes

Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, founders of Bandelettes told us exclusively:

“We are very proud and happy to be a part of the Chromat show this year! A few years ago, when we started our journey in the fashion world, we could not even think of something like this happening. We are thankful to Chromat for this opportunity and Becca’s vision.”

Rena and Julia of Bandelettes with Denise Bidot

Becca McCharen-Trans, founder of Chromat told us:

“It was great working with Bandelettes this season! We love working with models of all sizes each season, and the Bandelettes made it even easier for our curve models to storm the runway!”

Rena and Julia with founder of Chromat, Becca McCharen-Trans

According to Rena and Julia:

“Bandelettes stand for body acceptance and self-confidence, and our accessory helps thousands of women feel not only comfortable but sexy and beautiful by turning an unattractive problem into a stylish and sexy look.”

Bandelettes founders pose with model at NYFW

Bandelettes doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. They will be at various events and expos in 2017, including:

You can shop Bandelettes and see what all the hype is about by visiting Congrats Rena and Julia on this major achievement!

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7 Ways to Prevent Thigh Rub in Health

From Health Magazine:

7 Ways to Prevent Thigh Rub

At Monday’s Met Gala, Schumer, 34, stunned in an Alexander Wang gown, and her Instagram account featured plenty of behind-the-scenes photos of her prepping for the big event. But it was this video of Schumer applying deodorant to her inner thighs—“No chafe #nothighgapnoproblem”— that racked up more than 121,000 likes. Obviously, many of us can relate.

Deoderant is “good in a pinch,” confirms Dr. Piliang. As a general rule, anything that absorbs moisture can help with chafing, she says. But deodorant can also be drying, so if you use it too often, your skin might become even more irritated.

With summer right around the corner, we asked the experts for a few more options to help stop the chafe.

Lip balm 

Since lip balms are slick, they can help keep your thighs from rubbing against each other and creating friction, says Carolyn Bangert, MD, a dermatologist at McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Petroleum jelly

This is another option that can act as a lubricant and prevent friction, says Dr. Bangert. Bonus: Petroleum jelly can also be used to soothe already-chafed skin. (The only downside? It can be a little greasy.)

Body Glide

An anti-chafing balm that helps prevent the skin irritation caused by friction, Body Glide is an alternative for people who don’t want to deal with messier products. Plus, it also protects against blisters, which makes it especially useful for weekend warriors and athletes alike.


They’re a good option when you’re wearing a dress: The fabric acts as a barrier against the skin, which helps prevent friction and wick away sweat, says Dr. Piliang.

Baby Powder

Since baby powders are good at absorbing moisture, they’re also helpful for preventing chafing. (Though you might want to go with a cornstarch-based product instead of one that contains talc.) And like petroleum jelly, baby powder can also be used on chafed skin to soothe the irritation.


On first glance, these look too pretty to be useful. But in fact, Bandelettes are specifically designed to ward off chafing. Plus, they’re also recommended by fashion editors and bloggers alike. They’re non-slip, made of silicone, and are cute enough to wear with (or, ahem, without) your favorite skirt.

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