The concept seems easy enough: two bands placed around your thighs, preventing them from rubbing together and irritating your skin. Recently, I attended the Spring 2017 Chromat runway show at New York Fashion Week, and there they were (seen above, on curve model, Hunter McGrady). This wasn’t my first brush with them (in fact it was probably my 5th or 6th!), so I took this as a final sign. I absolutely had to give them a try.
– Excerpt from the original article in InStyle
A product, obviously, designed for curvy women who do not want to give up feeling sexy and comfortable at the same time. The designer of Chromat, brand launched in 2010, has always been attentive to the theme of discrimination in the fashion world, and also his recent collaboration sounds like a hymn to the body-positive appreciated by many.
– Excerpt from the original article in Vanity Fair
When Bandelettes first launched, it was a product to help women with thigh chafing issues.
Now the company stands for so much more.
The thigh bands not only have become popular within the plus size fashion industry, but also caught the eye of Becca McCharen-Tran, designer of Chromat, who has partnered with Bandelettes twice to feature the thigh bands on models walking the NYFW runway for them. And it’s a pretty big deal.
– Excerpt from the original article in PLUS Model
(Image Courtesy of Chromat)
For Spring 2018, the designer took her messaging a step further, outfitting two models with varying silhouettes in anti-chafing thigh bands by Bandelettes. Resembling a cross between a garter and the elasticized rim of a thigh-high stocking, the sash-like bands are made to reduce friction, particularly when wearing dresses, skirts, or lingerie.
– Excerpt from the original article in VOGUE
Excerpt from the original Cosmopolitan article here.
Just because the word “anti-chafe” doesn’t sound the sexiest doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy! These non-slip lace bands provide a barrier between your thighs while also doubling as lingerie.
Bandelettes Elastic Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands, $16
Original article: WJLA
by GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON
Tuesday, July 18th 2017
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Let’s face it, most of us are not equipped with those hard to attain thigh gaps we see plastered in magazines. And yes, it can become a sticky situation in the heat of summer. Fashion and lifestyle blogger Yasmine Saibou offered a little help with several ways to avoid chub rub this season.
Let’s face it: Those hot summer afternoons combined with bare legs can lead to some seriously uncomfortable thigh chafing. Have the freedom to move around all you want—without that distracting irritation—by slipping on these affordable elastic bands. They’ll hide perfectly beneath whatever frock you chose to sport on sticky days.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
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Wooden Grill Scraper
This handy wooden scraper is cut at a narrow angle to allow the hot grill to burn perfectly sized grooves into the wood to get the job done every time. A solid birch construction means it won’t scrape or damage metal or porcelain surfaces.
To buy: $25; uncommongoods.com.
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Garbage Can Fly Trap
Put your pet’s unmentionables to good use with this two-in-one trashcan. The scent of the pet waste naturally attracts the flies into the cartridge under the lid. The cartridge is lined with flypaper, which prevents their escape. The container also comes with a quick-release button for easy disposal of the trapped flies.
To buy: $35; amazon.com.
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HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker
Love coffee, but don’t want to drink a steaming cup on a hot summer day? Cool it down with this nifty iced coffee maker. It will chill a piping cup of joe in just one minute, so you don’t have to add any extra time to your morning routine. You can also use it to cool off tea, whiskey, or wine, which makes it perfect for your next weekend barbecue, too.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
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Nesting Glass Storage Containers
These nested glass storage containers are the ultimate space savers. They stack into each other, which means you only need to find room for one container instead of all four. Plus, they’re made of glass that’s thermal and shock-resistant, so they can easily go from the freezer to the oven to the dishwasher and back to your cupboard.
To buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.
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For those guilty of pressing snooze a few too many times in the morning, this app is the perfect fix. It requires you to scan barcodes of certain items in the morning in order to disable the alarm. The free program gives night owls a little extra push to make it all the way to the shower or to the coffee machine—whichever you need more to get your day started.
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July is here, and with it comes vicious chub rub. It takes no prisoners. It reddens our thighs. It makes us beg for fall. I’ve often wished that there was some perfect equation that’d help me determine when it strikes — some combination of heat times speed divided by humidity plus time. But nope, it just kinda happens sometimes and doesn’t other times. There are no rules.
For a while, I would just use my deodorant, hoping that rubbing it on my legs in the morning would prevent all future woes. It (again) worked occasionally. All my friends with similar issues would wear bike shorts, but let me tell you: there is no way. I’m already a sweaty disaster in the summer. I’m not adding all that extra fabric. So, I suffered in silence, or in screams of agony only my roommate could hear.
But this summer, I decided that buying a product to fix the problem was better than ignoring the issue for three months. So I researched other articles, culled anecdotes from friends and friends of friends, and read Amazon reviews to find a good variety of products to test. I may not like helping myself, but I do love a good scientific experiment. After all, isn’t friction just physics, and can’t I game the system so that nothing hurts anymore?
For the purposes of science, I tried to keep all the variables the same. I walk 20 minutes to and from work. I wore a dress every day and the same shoes. The heat was always over 75. No reapplication was allowed. I thought about trying to find some way to keep my upper-thigh hair the same, but then I was like, “Naw, I’ll just do the usually half-assed job of shaving my upper thigh that I always do.”
What I learned, for the most part, is you can’t stop the rubbing from happening so it really just all comes down to how you want the rubbing to feel. Here’s what I put between my thighs:
I cannot get over how sexy these were. As a finicky person, I kept worrying they were going to fall, but every time I became convinced that they were slipping and went to check, there were actually still stuck on perfectly. You almost feel the rub more in these, but it’s not painful — just the brush, brush of lace. It’s a nice sensation. And there’s so much less fabric than bike shorts! The only real issue is that I maybe flew too close to the sun and wore these bar hopping. After adjusting them once, I had a little chafing from placing them incorrectly. But that was human error. Just know where your rub is before putting them on.
Bandelettes Elastic Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands
The Least Sexy
When I put this on, my thighs immediately felt smoother. I got nervous that that wasn’t a good thing, because sometimes your thigh skin is a bit rougher, as a built-up defense system from all the rubbing. Still, the instant relief was a game-changer and the gel wasn’t too sticky. Throughout the day it got better! It did make my legs stick together a bit, but not in a terrible way — I just occasionally had to take one stride a little bigger to make my thighs separate entities again. There’s only one downside here: Every friend who I asked to try this out with me seemed averse to buying a Monistat product. But you gotta do what you gotta do. It’s a good product and it works!
$14, Megababe Beauty
Megababe and Gold Bond Friction Defense are both sticks, but Gold Bond has no smell. Megababe is smoother, whereas this one feels more like deodorant. It worked fine in the morning, but in the afternoon I felt like it had worn off more than these other products. I could feel those neglected upper leg hairs, the beginning of chafing creeping in. There are a bunch of runners on the stick, though, so maybe if I was an athlete or at least walked faster, this’d be a good, scentless solution. As is, it was second to Megababe for me in terms of glides.
$17 for pack of three, Amazon
Oh man did this feel terrible instantly. Powder feels gross between your legs, but this has the added weirdness of also tingling for a bit after you put it on in a strong, annoying way. I knew I was going to be averse to powder, so this is me revealing my bias. If you don’t cringe at the thought of powder between your toes, maybe you’ll react better to this. Or try Anti-Monkey Butt. Side note: I also used it in my shoes because I wanted it to be as multipurpose as possible and I think it made them smell worse.
Good, But Maybe Not for Everyone
This feels like you’ve just put hairspray between your legs. As you move, you feel it slick between your thighs, but I enjoyed that sensation because I always knew it was working. That wet feeling lasts for way, way longer than you’d think it would, but it didn’t stain my dress. Basically, using the spray all comes down to how much you want to notice what’s down there. I had my friend try it and she hated how long it lasted. I thought it worked fine and got the job done.
The Funny One
Look, did I purchase the lube primarily because I thought it would lead to a funny anecdote? Sure. But I actually think it works pretty well. Weirdly, it felt better the longer I had it on (not sure what that says about this as a lube). It feels pretty normal and the wetness goes away quickly (again, don’t know what this says about it as a lube) but it keeps your legs un-chafed for the day. Like with the deodorant, it’s nice to have a solution that is multipurpose. Plus, what’s funnier than looking your boyfriend dead in the eye, pumping this lube twice, slathering it between your legs, and then heading out the door? Also, maybe you can try heated “for her pleasure” lube. Why not have some fun on your morning commute?
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.