Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Big Bloomers Company Anti Chafing Knickers

I love summer. The sun shines, the skies are blue, and the warm weather makes my soul sing. However, I must admit that for me there is a downside to summer: I dread the onset of the higher temperatures because it means if I wear my beloved leggings I will overheat. I have to make the tricky decision between feeling way too hot and going barelegged, neither of which are a concept I relish. 

I have always had large thighs. I can recall that even as a perfectly healthy and of average weight child if I went barelegged I would experience chafing that brought me to tears. A particularly strong memory is when I spent a fun day at the beach with my family, but unfortunately the combination of salt water and sand lead to me developing a rash on my inner thighs that left me in agony for much of the day.

From my early teens, when I started to have more of a say in what I wore, I would almost always go for jeans and trousers rather than skirts and dresses. This continued into adulthood and in fact it was only about four years ago that I wore a dress for the first time and since then I've barely worn trousers or jeans. I love pretty dresses and skirts; to me they are so feminine and fun, and they work so well on my curvy figure. But of course wearing skirts and dresses means that I face the same problem I had as when I was that child on the beach: the dreaded chub rub.

As mentioned earlier, I avoid this on most occasions by wearing leggings with pretty much everything. For those rare times when leggings are not appropriate, I call upon my collection of tights. And if it's too hot for tights, I sometimes wear my Maidenform shapewear shorts. But there are some occasions in the summer when shapewear is the last thing I want to be wearing - it's no fun trying to peel off those shorts when you're dying for the loo and it's even less fun working up a sweat hoiking them back up again afterwards.

So what are the options for ladies who suffer from thigh chafing? This isn't an issue that is exclusive to plus-size women; it can happen to any woman and sometimes even to men. If you are blessed with large-ish thighs it's highly likely you will at some point experience your thighs rubbing together and causing friction that can be both painful and uncomfortable.

Thankfully, there are a number of creams and salves that create a barrier on the skin to stop a rash developing. I own Body Glide and Secret Shield, both of which are formulas that look like a stick of deodorant, and although I've used them on my feet to stop shoes rubbing I've never been brave enough to use them on my thighs.

Another option is shapewear. I own several pairs of shapewear shorts and I favour those with longer legs. I like how they hold me in and of course how they stop my thighs from rubbing together. But there is no escaping the fact that they are pretty hot to wear, and I don't mean in the sexy way.

Of course tights, stockings, and hold-ups can also work. In the past I've worn tights with the legs cut short to act as a barrier between my legs. This actually works quite well but once again tights aren't the most cool things to wear so it's not an ideal solution in the summer months.

Thankfully there are such things as anti-chafing shorts available. These are akin to shapewear shorts but they are much lighter to wear and don't offer any shaping or smoothing effects. Their sole purpose is to solve the issue of chub rub. In recent weeks I've read a number of blog reviews of such shorts from a brand called The Big Bloomers Company (also known as The Big Tights Company) and I was absolutely delighted when they offered me the chance to try these shorts out for myself.

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My first quandary, as with all clothing, was which size to go for. The knickers are available in five sizes: 12-16, 18-22, 24-28, 30-34, and 36-40. They run true to size so there is no need to size up. My waist is a very different dress size to my hips so there usually ends up being some sort of compromise. I asked Georgina for sizing advice as she owns some of these shorts and wrote a fab review here, and I ended up going for the 18-22. I suspected they would be big on my waist but I wanted to ensure good bum coverage and a comfortable fit in the leg. 

The Big Tights Company sells these shorts in both a short (£12.95 per pair) and a long (£15.95 per pair) leg option. They also come in three colours: black, white, and natural. I asked for the long in natural and in black; when my parcel arrived yesterday I found I had been sent the black in long and the natural in short. I must admit I was initially disappointed but after trying on both pairs I was really pleased because the two lengths give me different options.







For reference I am about 5'4 in height, and the bras I am wearing are the Ewa Michalak S Szykuś and the S Satine, both in 32KK/70KK (which is proving to be a little too small in the cup for me these days).

Both versions of the knickers are made from a very soft and lightweight fabric (93% polyamide and 7% elastane). They are machine washable at 30 degrees and dry very quickly.

The size 18-22 was the right one for me to go for I think, but I did find these shorts very roomy in the waist and it made me wonder if the smaller size, 12-16, might be worth a try at some point. The good news is that these knickers fitted really well everywhere else and despite being roomy in the waist it didn't cause a problem or make them fall down.

The short leg knickers measure about 42cm in length, and the long legs knickers are about 50cm long. Both have a waist of around 30" but the waist is very stretchy and could probably stretch another 6-8 inches at least.

I wore these knickers yesterday to take photos and ended up keeping them on all day. It was a very warm day but in these shorts I felt cool and comfortable. They're ideal for wearing around the house as well as under skirts and dresses; honestly, they really are that comfortable! As they're made from a very stretchy fabric they are not at all restrictive so they mould to your body shape and remain in place with only minimal adjustment required. They are even stretchy enough to pull the waist up and tuck it into your bra band if wished (this can be a good thing to do on a hot day sometimes!).

The knickers are seamless so it's not obvious you're wearing them under clothing. They have a ribbed section on the inner thighs to add a bit of extra support and to increase the longevity of the shorts as this is the area that will get most friction and it's therefore important that it doesn't wear away too quickly. There's also a ribbed cuff around the bottom of each leg to ensure the knickers stay in place and don't ride up. During the time I wore the shorts yesterday I'm pleased to report that they didn't move an inch despite lots of running around taking photos and lots of fidgeting!

With the two lengths to choose from, I think I will tend to wear the longer shorts on slightly cooler days and when my skirt is well below the knee. On really hot summer days the shorter knickers will be just the job, and they're better for wearing with skirts that are a little shorter in length. Overall the longer shorts are my preferred option as they cover more of my legs but the shorter ones will definitely come in handy and get plenty of wear.

It's important to remember that as these knickers don't have any shaping properties they are not the right underwear to opt for if you're looking for something to hold you in, perhaps to wear under a tight dress, for instance. But if you're simply after some shorts for modesty and/or to prevent chafing, these knickers are the perfect solution. I am attending a christening later today and I will be wearing one of my Collectif Dolores Doll dresses with these shorts underneath. I just haven't decided yet whether I'll go for the long or the short leg ones!

I have got so many good things to say about The Big Bloomers Company. Laura has been a delight to work with and she is always very professional. She genuinely cares about her customers and does everything she can to make them happy. She talked to me about how she personally sources all the items she stocks on the website so we as customers can rest assured that the products are all of top quality. I've certainly been very impressed with what I've seen so far so I strongly recommend this company to you.

If you'd like to read more reviews of The Big Bloomer Company's anti-chafing knickers then click the links below:

Natty Nikki

I'd also highly recommend the plus size tights, stockings and hold-ups from The Big Tights Company. You may have noticed them in my recent Cleo bra review, and you'll see them again in future posts. I've finally discovered sexy hosiery that fits my meaty thighs and is incredibly comfortable to wear - win!

UPDATE: After wearing the black long length knickers all day I can confirm that they are brilliant! Today was very hot, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s, but I did not once feel hot because of the shorts. I felt confident and comfortable, and on a few occasions I actually forgot I had these knickers on! They required minimum adjustment during the day and served their purpose to perfection. I shall be getting more of these shorts - has my review tempted you to give them a try?

28 comments:

  1. Hello! First time commenting on your blog. Thank you for reviewing such an essential item of clothing. Are you likely to review any highstreet versions of this anti chubrub underoos?
    I really enjoyed your style of writing.

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    1. Hi Emma, thanks for commenting! I'd gladly review high street versions of these shorts but I'm not aware of any. Feel free to post some links here and I'll have a look.

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  2. Thanks for reviewing these - I have been on the hunt for just such a product for quite some time. My aunt my mum and me all suffer from chronic chafing so these will be a godsend to us. I think the longer ones will be best as even though you said they don't ride up I am scared they will!!!

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    1. I definitely prefer the longer length shorts as they seem to stay in place much better than the shorter ones. But it's great there are options as I know of someone with shorter legs and the short length are perfect for her.

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  3. I admire you so much for wearing these thing's on the internet!!!! Not to say you look bad, you don't you look great as always but they are hardly sexy are they. But I guess sore thigh's are not sexy either so better to wear short's like these than be in pain. I'm going to recommend these to my friend as she is always complaining about chubrub x

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! Like you I feel that sore thighs are something I will avoid at all costs, even if it means looking less than glamorous.

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  4. I have seen these on a few other blogs but wasn't convinced until I saw them on you! I know you always give honest and thorough reviews so when you say they work I believe you. I will be ordering some of these (might have to do it through my bf though as my credit cards are all maxxed out lol) and maybe also some for my sister, she is plus size but only like a 16 so I think I will order the smaller size for her xxx

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    1. Thank you, Paula. I hope these knickers work as well for you as they do for me x

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  5. How can anyone make anti chafe pants look sexy? You do! Oh my god they look great on you, I am so jealous. They seem like the perfect solution to chub rub (I love that term haha!) and they still look ok, not like granny pants or anything. They must be very comfortable to wear if they don't shape you at all. Definitely will be adding these to my birthday wish list :0)

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    1. These are super comfortable and I have even worn them to sleep in! They didn't make me hot at all and they stayed in place all night. Perfect!

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  6. Do they ship internationally? I would like to buy several pairs of these knickers as they seem to be the answer to my prayers.

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    1. Hi Becky Louise. I'm pleased to say that yes they do ship internationally. Just go to the website and all the information is there.

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  7. I can totally relate to chaffing. My thighs have always done this even as a kid and I have dealt with it by only ever wearing trousers. I feel dubious that these shorts would work for me but as a size 28 I have very few alternative choices (apart from wearing trousers all the time). I will give them a try as the price is good. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Joanna x

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    1. Hi Joanna, thanks for commenting. I know of ladies who are a similar size to you and larger who swear by these shorts, so it's definitely worth giving them a try x

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  8. Ok so like others have said you somehow manage to make them look oh so beautiful! I think I need several hairs for my forthcoming Lanzarote holiday girl! Being a curvy plus size girl is not fun when the sun is blazing down, but after reading your fab blog I am confident these will stob that awful chafing!

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    1. These shorts definitely stop all chafing! Have a lovely holiday x

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  9. They seem great, especially if they are not to hot for summer !

    Recently, i've also find a solution for thigh chaffing that i really like, and wear most of the time now. It's an item called Bandelettes, with two lace band left on the thighs and help prevent rubbing. For me, it's like a dream after years without the possibility of wearing a dress or skirt in bare legs. ^^

    If you want, i wrote an article in my blog but it's in french (yep, that explains my bad english ^^') here : http://jaimeraispasetreunefille.blogspot.fr/2014/04/Bandelettes-the-perfect-thigh-chaffing-solution.html

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    1. Hi Zoh, thanks for your comment. I've heard of Bandelettes but have yet to try them myself. I suspect I might find them too short but it would be interesting to road test them. Your English is very good, by the way :-)

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  10. Great post! I think there's a typo there, where it says that your waist is a different size to your waist!

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  11. These look a great deal like the Jockey Skimmies I just fell in love with here in the U.S. They also come in 2 lengths but the main differences being: Skimmies are available on EBay & amazon for $13 or so ( £8), have a more mid-rise waist, & come in wonderful colors like deep blue & bordeaux. I'm a die hard fan of breathable cotton & never opt for synthetic undies, let alone shape wear (shudder) but these are extremely breathable & comfy. They do provide a bit of (non constricting) smoothing & a clean line under tight skirts.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Callie. Do you think the shorts I am wearing here have a high rise waist? I wish the waist was higher, in fact. But the eBay shorts you've mentioned sound good.

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  12. These photos are making me moist hehehe!! I'm goin to have to wait till my boyf is out before i look at your blog!! (Bet your not going to publish this hehe)
    -Rach xx

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    1. Hi Rach, I publish every comment as long as it is not spam.

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  13. Just wanted to say I bought these and I love them! I've found sizing down was best x

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  14. I have such a sexier option for you. I found Bandelettes at the beginning of the summer because I was just trying to find a better option for fabrics and something that breaths a little better. However, since finding Bandelettes I have had not issues with chafing since. They are really sexy and look great under shorts, skirts, and dresses. You can check the out at www.bandelettes.com

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  15. Hello Curvy,
    These are just amazing and I will definitely going to buy them soon.

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