How to Fight Thigh-Chafing – A Bandelettes Review

29 May

Anyone else enjoying a good sunshine  and 19 C degrees out there? Well, it certainly feels that the summer has finally arrived to Finland and we are enjoying the best weather we can. I am a girl for mild but warm temperatures and even though I love the occasional 28 C it does not serve my body well – I am a sweaty pig to put it nicely when the temperatures climb above 25 C. Now, enter Mish Online and Bandelettes – the anti-chafing bands for people of all sizes and shapes.

The story starts from a Twitter pic the lovely George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust posted sporting her very own lacy Bandelettes and I was instantly intrigued. I was so swoon I hit the comment button and had to complement the look and the idea of the Bandelettes.  A few moments later Mish Online – a British lingerie online shop who stock Bandelettes – dropped me a message asking if I wanted to try some too! I was so smitten and of course said yes – the last year’s July had been hell on the thigh rub front so what could be a better way to avoid it this year.

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The Bandelettes come in various sizes and a few colours and textures – luckily, they do make them for slimmer people as well. I am a UK size 10 at the moment and was hesitant if the sizes would go small enough for me as the so called “chub rub” is sometimes seen as exclusive to plus size gals. To be honest, I actually hate the whole word as it is so misleading – I sure don’t have chub on my thighs as I am more of a top heavy gal (the fat goes to my tummy, arms and boobs) but I still get thigh chafing when the hot months hit us. My thighs are pretty muscular (I can do squats with my 70+ kg boyfriend on my back) and my hips rather narrow, when I do have some roundness to my bum. This means my thighs do touch each other even though I am definitely not plus size! It might seem that I am trying to justify something here but really, I just want everyone out there to know that if your thighs touch, it does not mean they must be particularly big – it’s just a body shape kinda thing.

When opting for the size, I was determined the A would be a good fit for me as my thigh measures 22″ at its fullest. As the size A is meant for thigh measurement of 21-22″ the darling Stacie at Mish decided to send me both the A and B Bandelettes so I could compare the two sizes to each other. This was great as I don’t have any squish to my thighs so the bigger size (meant for 23″-24″ thighs) could indeed be a great option for me.

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When I received the parcel I was happy to notice that both of the A and B sizes fitted me well! It seems I am between sizes – the A feels a bit tight at first and the B feels a bit on the looser side. However, neither of the sizes fell down or made me uncomfortable during the day and I could easily wear them for several hours. I was also sent two colours: the A in Beige and the B in Black. I really loved both of them and liked the possibility of matching them with my underwear as a lovely little accessory. The Bandelettes that were sent to me were both the lacy ones but Bandelettes are also made in plain styles, for example for sports purposes – take note runners in hot climates!

When it comes to the materials, the Bandelettes are very comfortable and and feel soft against skin – I barely noticed them after a couple of hours of wear! However, as George pointed out in her review HERE, the Bandelettes do leave a subtle little noise when walking. This could be due to the material but is no way super notable when you start wearing them regularly.

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I have not tested the Bandelettes in our hottest weather yet as I have to wait until July for that but if you my dear readers are interested, I could do an update post about how they worked in an even hotter weather. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would be interested in! However, from my rather short testing period I can tell that these suckers will most likely work like a dream when I really start needing them; the Bandelettes are pretty and practical enough at the same time to earn a firm place in my lingerie drawer from now on.

If you wish to buy your own Bandelettes, Mish Online has provided all 2COP readers a 10% off your Bandelettes with a code “2CAKES10“. How awesome is that? The regular price of the lace Bandelettes is £12,99 so very affordable, especially with the discount! Also, do let me know in the comments if you have already tried the product or have any questions about it – I would be happy to answer! 

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10 Responses to “How to Fight Thigh-Chafing – A Bandelettes Review”

  1. Charli May 30, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    I love that you’ve spoken about chub rub for women that are not plus sized! One of my friends who is no more than a size 8 and spends all her time working out in the gym go super embarrassed about her rubbed thighs when on a walk last summer and, with red faced, admitted ‘that is happens all the time’. I hate that there are such negative connotations around it … we all have different bodies and it isn’t a matter of size that causes rubbed thighs, its simply body shape!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

    • Sophie June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      I know what you mean about the embarrasement as I used to feel ashamed about it too and my mom used to make snide comments about my weight when I complained about it which didn’t make things any better… It is by no means a thing to be ashamed of though! I have learned it through the years and am now very proud of my muscular thighs 🙂 xx

  2. Emma May 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    Hi Mette, I agree with you and Charli above about making the issue of thigh chafage a more well known thing for non-plus size ladies. I used to be a (UK) size 18/20ish around 8-10 years ago and suffered terribly with chub rub in the summer. I’m now a 10/12/14 and although my legs don’t rub together in skirts any more, they must do in trousers as I’m forever having to replace jeans that are like a year old because the denim on the inner thighs have worn through! So annoying as the jeans are in otherwise perfect condition. I’ve rubbed through two pairs in the last couple of weeks and it makes me think I can’t be the only one this happens to?!

    P.S I just want to say that I really enjoy your blog – I’ve been following it for a year or so (maybe more? Not sure! :-)) and really love your confidence and passion for the things you love – super cool! 😀

    • Sophie June 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

      Thank you for your sweet words 🙂 I can totally relate to the jeans thing – it almost feels like jeans today are made of such thin materials that they wear off really easily! xx

  3. Lee Rivers May 31, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Soph, those are some badass squats! That’s very encouraging!

    • Sophie June 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      Haha, thanks!! I have worked hard on my squat game 😉

  4. Diana June 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I tried to use your coupon code, but it says it does not exist. 😦

    • Sophie June 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Really? I need to ask Mish about this immediately!! Just wait for it love, I will make it work for you 😉 xx

    • Sophie June 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

      Hiya! It should be working. You didn’t add the ” ” to the code, did you? 😉

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