Thigh chafing/chaffing is caused by sweat and friction when one’s inner thighs rub together painfully (skin on skin or against clothing), often leading to a fiery 🔥 , burning rash. The irritation makes it very uncomfortable (nay, impossible!) to wear dresses, skirts or pants - especially in hot and humid weather. People with bodies of all shapes and sizes can get thigh chafing - sometimes endearingly called "chub rub" - but that's not meant to imply that only bigger people chafe. Thigh chafing doesn't discriminate based on age, size, weight, height, skin colour, ethnicity or gender.
We are SO tired of thigh chafing being perceived as a plus size issue or something to be ashamed of. It can happen to anyone because it has to do with friction, sweat, and skin sensitivity. Anyone who has thighs is fair game for chafing under the right conditions. Period. It’s a totally normal, albeit uncomfortable function of the human body.
Nope, not shapewear! Thigh Society's soft and stretchy fabric provides coverage with some very light smoothing, but definitely doesn't feel like shapewear, nylons, hosiery, or compression pants. Unlike shapewear, Thigh Society was designed to be worn in total comfort all day, every day. You can even sleep in 'em (fo real).
Thigh Society shorts are made of luxurious microfiber that naturally wicks moisture, and get an extra boost with our ventilated mesh inner thigh panel with re-inforced wicking power that won't wash out. The panel uses an advanced system to catch moisture quickly, move it off your skin and then release it for evaporation 4 times faster than other fabrics. Other fabrics absorb moisture after prolonged contact, but this one draws sweat off skin right away, leaving no time for discomfort and keeping you dry and comfortable.
Don't be fooled by other brands of anti-chafing shorts that promote the use of cotton throughout the inner thigh panel as a benefit. Cotton, while breathable, is notorious for trapping moisture and keeping it there...which means an higher chance of getting a nasty thigh rash. We *only* use a small square of cotton at the center of the gusset for your lady bits, since some women prefer it in a panty.
Cheaper, maybe - but our panty shorts have lots of added advantages over bike shorts:
Thigh Society can be worn all year round. Put 'em on under a wrap skirt in the fresh Spring breeze, under a Summer dress on a swelteringly hot day, under or over tights/pantyhose in the Autumn/Fall to extend the life of your hosiery, or for an extra layer of warmth in Winter. And don’t forget to bring them with you on tropical holidays – they'll become your new BFFs!
We thought you'd never ask! You can think of Thigh Society as your secret weapon:
While most of our customers wear Thigh Society under skirts and dresses, our slip shorts also make fast friends with pants, like any pair of bottoms with a dropped inseam (jumpers, scrubs, chef's whites, harem pants...) where your thighs may be touching.
When Marnie first started the company in 2009, there were barely any options to prevent thigh chafing unless you wanted to wear men's boxer briefs, bike shorts or cut your leggings, tights and pantyhose. It's sooooo exciting to see new options, from creams to lacy bands and shorts, since there are many skins types and bodies out there (right?!) and what might work for one person might not for another.
Our philosophy has remained the same since Day 1: offer a great fitting, high quality, comfortable, breathable and sweat reducing knicker that you'll actually want to reach for when getting dressed.
Have you ever bought other brands of so-called anti-chafing shorts that lose their shape after being worn for 5 minutes? Or when the waistband and leg seam start unravelling after the first wash? Or when they're labelled as "one size fits all" but they really don't fit *anyone* (not well, anyway)?! That's low quality. We use the best yarns and thread to ensure a long-lasting finished garment. Our high quality comes from the fabric we knit, our signature fit and construction - and we’ve spent years obsessing over each.
Our slip shorts will last you a LONG time - many customers still have the original pair they bought years ago - and they won't let you down in your time of need. Still need more convincing? More fabulousness here.
At Thigh Society, we're on a mission to help women everywhere dress confidently, comfortably and free of body shame (follow us anywhere on social media and you'll see what we mean!). We do that by providing a practical solution to the perfectly normal thigh chafing problem that millions of women of all shapes and sizes have, but may be too embarrassed to talk about. Let's end the stigma around thigh chafing once and for all!
Just as shapewear brands have tried to convince us that we need to transform our bodies by squeezing into gut-wrenching undergarments, we believe that confidence emerges when we are comfortable from the inside out.
Our material is made up of nylon microfiber and spandex, with a knit-in cotton crotch. Spandex gives amazing stretch, and nylon microfiber has a silky-soft and lustrous feel, plus it wicks away moisture like a champ. We've also enhanced the inner thigh panel with extra moisture-wicking reinforcement in your most chafe-prone area. It works to catch moisture, move it away and release it for quick evaporation to keep you cool, dry and comfortable - unlike, say, cotton - which traps moisture and keeps it there, priming your skin for a rash. That said, we did knit-in a small 3.25 inch square of cotton in the center crotch area in case you want to wear them as a panty.
Yup - they're super easy to care for. You can wash them in the machine in cold water and tumble dry on a low to medium heat setting, which will allow the fabric to regain its original, great fitting shape. We actually recommend machine wash over hand washing.
Even though Thigh Society shorts have amazing stretch and recovery, we recommend that you wash them after every time you've worn them for the day (even if you've worn them with underwear) to ensure that the fabric regains its original, great fitting shape.
It shouldn't, but sometimes very dry conditions can cause static. In that case, all you need to do is spray a bit of static guard and you're good to go. Putting some moisturizer on your legs first or wetting your hands and smoothing out the fabric can also help combat the dryness that causes static.
Our fabric is different from tights and pantyhose, which usually come with a very loud "swooshing" sound when you walk. That said, when 2 things rub together, there will inevitably be some noise. In most day-to-day situations, environmental noise should drown out any sound you might hear in the quiet of your own home, and our shorts will soften in the wash which should reduce any perceived sound effects.
All styles are made of the same lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking microfiber fabric. The Ultra High Rise has a longer leg inseam (9") compared to the Mid & High Rise (7.5") and the Ultra High Rise comes up way above your natural waist with *a lot* more tummy coverage. Our Ultra High Rise style has more generous front, back and leg coverage than either the Mid or High Rise, so if you want maximum protection, and prefer really high waisted underwear, that's your pick. If you're short but like your tummy very covered, we suggest the High Rise.
Nope! Thigh Society is super easy to put on and take off, since the material is very stretchy. Unlike shapewear, it won't make you feel like a sausage in too-tight casing (the horror!). Easy for the loo or other activities where you may need to undress quickly (wink, wink).
We sure hope not - then we'd be out of business! No muffin top and no digging in at the legs. Our designers and knitting technicians have decades of experience developing seamless intimates and high performance clothing to ensure a proper fit. Plus, we don't use a "one-size-fits-all" approach to sizing. We don't know about you, but those pieces *never* fit us properly. Still not convinced? Check out some of our press and blogger reviews here, and be sure to order the right size.
V.P.L. is short for Visible Panty Lines and happens when the outline of one’s undergarments (usually around the butt area) is visible through clothing. With our virtually seamless and elastic-free design, and combination of flat seam and seamless construction - you won’t have any V.P.L. High five!
It depends - the gusset (crotch area) is wide enough to accommodate a pad or liner, but you might have better luck keeping it in place with wings, and if you don't want to risk it - we suggest wearing a panty with the shorts during those times of the month.
Wikipedia lists camel toe as “a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female's labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes. Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the snugness of the fabric covering it, the crotch and pudendal cleft may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.”
Ick. Rest assured that we have a “no camel toe guarantee” with Thigh Society’s seamless gusset area, where your lady bits can rest comfortably without any annoying central seams.
We'd *love* to expand our size range in both directions since thigh chafing affects people of all sizes. We're working with our manufacturer to see how that might be possible. Right now it's more a function of the equipment available at our factory and not because we don't want to do it.
While our current Thigh Society style isn't specifically designed for maternity, the super stretchy fabric can accommodate a growing belly and will protect your inner thighs from chafing, which can happen with pregnancy weight gain. Many moms-to-be have worn their Thigh Society for up to the first 5-6 months, but it depends on how you carry.
Yes! If you're a menopausal woman who gets hot flashes, let our shorts do the work to wick sweat away, keeping you and dry and comfortable.
100%! They're super comfortable to sleep in, and will protect your delicate parts, especially if there’s no air conditioning. The breathable fabric ensures dryness and softness all day and night.
We don't promote them as outerwear but some customers do wear our black shorts with a loose t-shirt over top since the fabric is opaque (not see through). That said, the material is thinner than what you may be used to wearing as outerwear, so it depends on your comfort level.
While they weren't designed for super active sporting activities, customers have told us that they love our shorts for doing yoga and lifting weights at the gym.
We do have some customers who wear our darker coloured shorts (black and caramel) in the water, but they're not designed for that since they aren't as tight as swim trunks.
Men get chafing, too! We've been asked many times to make a guy's version of Thigh Society, and while we don't have any plans for a men's line right now...who knows, maybe someday?!
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Due to health/hygienic reasons, we're not able to accept returns of underwear; it's for your own peace of mind.
Thigh Society is mostly sold online, but is available at select boutiques in Canada, listed here.
If you would like to see Thigh Society at your local lingerie store or boutique, tell them about Thigh Society and e-mail us with the store contact information. If your boutique carries our line as a result of your referral, you'll get a free pair!
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For hygiene reasons, we are unfortunately not able to accept any exchanges or returns of underwear, even if unworn or not tried on.
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