Ever found yourself googling “what can I wear so my thighs don't rub”? Me too. Luckily, anti-chafing shorts are here to save the day (and our sanity).
It's no secret that my mood completely changes as soon as the sun starts to shine (hello, endorphins), but it can switch just as quickly as I begin to feel that familiar, painful rash between my thighs. Chafing is extremely common – it can occur in all shapes and sizes, sexes, genders and so on – but it's rarely spoken about.
What is chafing?
Chafing occurs when your thighs (or any parts of your body, really) rub together as you move, causing an uncomfortable friction rash that often sticks around for far too long. As well as chafing cream, there is a fool-proof solution to relieve your thighs: anti-chafing shorts. The best part? You don't have to apply, pat, roll or spray anything onto your skin. Bliss.
What shorts are good for legs that rub? What shorts prevent chafing?
There are thousands of anti-chafe shorts out there, but there are two styles I regularly revisit for their affordability factor and general practicality.
- ASOS Design Curve Two Pack Anti-Chafing Shorts, £15, ASOS
- Period Pants Anti Chafing Shorts, £30, Modibodi
ASOS DESIGN's two-pack speaks for itself; you get two pairs for the price of one. They're super thin and lightweight, so easy to throw in your bag when you're on the go, and the seam-free design means they don't dig in anywhere – so no one's any the wiser as to what you're wearing. When its that time of the month, though, this pair from Modibodi are the ones I reach for. I don't have to think about changing my sanitary products every few hours or worry about leaking, they're genuinely some of the best period pants I've ever tried – as well as being a dream in the anti-chafing department, of course.
What is the best material to prevent chafing?
When shopping for a pair of anti-chafing shorts (or several, for that matter), the best material to look for is polyester, nylon and high-tech fabrics that are moisture-wicking and are designed to keep your skin dry. This is to avoid thigh rub (i.e. where your thighs stick together) and any friction from occurring. This two-pack of anti-chafe shorts from Marks & Spencer is made from polyamide (a synthetic material) and elastane (for stretch), creating a barrier between your legs and protecting you.
The next thing to look for is length; something long enough to cover most of your thigh, but not too long as to peep out from beneath short summer dresses and mini skirts. These ones from Amazon are semi sheer for a more seamless, discreet finish, while these Stay Cool Chub Rub Shorts from Snag can be pulled up for a more personalised result.
How we tested/chose the best anti-chafing shorts:
Combining our expert knowledge in fashion - including which brands are worth spending your money on live up to the hype - with customer reviews and data on what you’ve been searching for, we’ve curated what we feel is a selection of the best anti-chafing shorts on the market. We’ve rifled through the good and the bad so you don’t have to, and have paid particular attention to specifics like functionality, cost, fabrics, sustainability and wearability in order to narrow it down. Our aim is to find you pieces which will last as well as work, and, as a team of 30+ here at GLAMOUR HQ, we’ve tried our fair share of the best anti-chafing shorts to know which ones are worth shouting about.