(Thanks to AC/DC for the post title inspiration).
Okay, hive. Today, we’re going to talk about chub rub, which Urban Dictionary defines as “the rubbing and chafing of chubby thighs against one another during long walks or duration of activity.”
Yeah, I suffer from chub rub whenever I wear a skirt or dress without tights. Although I think that “chub rub” is a bit of a misnomer, because I’ve suffered from this all my life, when I was a size 6 and when I was a size 16. It’s just the way my thighs are shaped. They rub together no matter how big or small they are. So I’m going to call it “not-just-chub rub,” or NJCR for short.
I’ve tried different solutions to NJCR. I’ve rubbed deodorant on my inner thighs to create a protective barrier. It helped with the chafing, but felt kind of gross. Last year, Mrs. Rainbow turned me on to using Monistat Chafing Gel instead of my usual Smashbox Photofinish Primer (it’s the same formula, but the Monistat is waaaaay cheaper), I figured I’d try that on my thighs, since that’s what it’s made for. Again, it helped with the chafing, but didn’t help with the fact that my thighs rubbed together, and in the summer, it could get sweaty (sorry to be so gross).
My solution in high school and college was to wear spandex biker shorts under everything. Keep in mind that I was in high school and college in the late ’80s/early ’90s, so the only biker shorts I could find looked like this. The HORROR!
Image via Cycling Newbies
When Spanx and Spanx-imitators were invented, I invested heavily, and always wore their body-shapers under my dresses and skirts.
Cass and Co. Thigh Shapers, Image via ShopNBC
I could easily wear a pair of white, ivory or nude thigh shapers under my wedding dress and be done with the whole deal, but I think I want to wear something a bit more delicate and romantic. Also, I don’t want anything as restrictive as a body shaper on my wedding day. My skirt is A-line, so I can go without the full support. I want something lighter and more comfy.
So, I did a bit of research and found Luvees.
They have this thigh coverall, which, I’ll admit, kind of weirds me out, but to each their own. I just imagine that I’d be reaching under my dress to hike them up all night. No thankee.
Image via Luvees
But they also have their panty coverall. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Image via Luvees
They’re lightweight and lacy, and still sort of sexy – at least as sexy as any NJCR remedy could be.
Do you suffer from NJCR? What’s your solution?