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What is Chub Rub and How to Stop It?

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger Natalie in the City wears Thigh Society's anti chafe shorts.

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger Natalie in the City wears Thigh Society's anti chafe shorts.

Summer has to be one of my least favorite seasons for the simple reason that it’s just hard to be a carefree, fun-loving, and fashionable fat girl during the hotter days. Why? One of the biggest things that stand in my way of having the best summer ever is chub rub—and I know every thick, plus size woman can relate.

What is chub rub?

So what is chub rub? It occurs when my thighs rub together when I wear shorts, skirts, and dresses. After maybe 10 minutes of walking, my inner thighs quickly chafe, causing a very irritating and painful rash.

How to stop chub rub

Now, I don’t want to spend my summer hiding my thighs in jeans or pants to avoid getting a chub rub rash…I want to wear trendy plus size dresses and skirts like everyone else. So how do I deal with chub rub? Since 2017, I have sworn by Thigh Society’s anti chafing underwear. And I STILL wear my first pair—The Original—from 2017 at least once a week both by themselves and under dresses and skirts. Yeah, the quality is that good!

But since I got my first pair of Thigh Society anti chafing shorts, the brand has evolved to offer a variety of shorts that suit every woman’s seasonal and wardrobe needs. And I just got to try out some of the newer styles. While I stand by the brand’s “Original Short,” my second favorite has to be The Cooling anti chafe shorts, which I am wearing in the color beige. These shorts are very lightweight and sheer and they feel like practically nothing. I love wearing these on the hotter days, but they will also work great in fall if I am wearing a thicker sweater skirt.

I also got to try out The Staple anti chafe shorts, which I am wearing in black. I chose a 9″ inseam for these shorts so that I could wear these into the fall under longer dresses and skirts. That’s another reason why I love Thigh Society, they give you a variety of options for the color, length, and coverage. These shorts are breathable and comfortable, and most importantly, they keep me safe from chub rub and chafing.

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger Natalie in the City wears Thigh Society's anti chafe shorts.

What about anti chafe sticks and anti chafing thigh bands?

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention anti chafe sticks and balms since they are also such a great option to prevent chub rub, but I will always opt for shorts over a balm that may feel too greasy or sticky and will likely wear off after a couple of hours. Anti chafing thigh bands are also a great option to combat chub rub, but they often roll down and fold after minutes of walking. But I also love to wear mini skirts, which present a challenge to my preference of wearing shorts underneath. However, Thigh Society now offers their anti chafing slip shorts with a 5″ inseam, which allows me to wear a mini skirt without the shorts showing. SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size XL/2XL, which is my usual size at Thigh Society. I usually wear a size 18 or 2X on bottom!

Let’s have a great summer!

If you are tired of getting chub rub and missing out on fun, summer styles, try anti chafing slip shorts to find some relief! These shorts truly bring me peace of mind when I am planning out my outfits for the week. Knowing that I will not be in pain while wearing my favorite skirts and dresses is a huge anxiety reliever, and it actually gives me hope that I can enjoy summer to the fullest! And while summer may be coming to a close, anti chafing slip or bike shorts are also perfect for fall to not only protect us from chub rub when we style our favorite sweater dresses, but also to keep us warm during the chilly days.

Want to talk to someone who knows chub rub all to well? Drop me a line via email ( or send me a DM on Instagram (@natalieinthecity_)! Let’s chat!

Outfit details:

We come here for the fashion, right? Of course! Well, without further adieu, let’s start with the mink skirt look. I am wearing the Jillian Tie Tank Top from Universal Standard paired with a black ruffle mini skirt from Meijer. In my next look, I am wearing a Rust Tie Wrap Midi Skirt from Soncy and Eloquii’s Faux Leather Tank.

Thank you to Thigh Society for sponsoring this post. I am a huge proponent of brands that promote inclusivity and sell high-quality, well-fitting clothing. All opinions expressed in this post are 110% my own! Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make Natalie in the City a possibility!

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger Natalie in the City wears Thigh Society's anti chafe shorts.
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