Quarantine has been hard on most of us; primarily those who are sick, on the frontlines, unemployed, and food insecure. The rest of us are unsure about the future and stuck at home.
This virus will be affecting us all for a while, in ways both profound and superficial. We can contemplate the profound elsewhere, but for now I’ll delve into the superficial.
There have been a lot of tweets and memes being posted joking about people’s (mostly women’s) summer bodies. People aren’t crazy about starting summer carrying extra Corona stress and hibernation weight on our bodies.
Say the headline with me: Summer body is whatever body you have in the summer.
So you’re got a little extra lovin’ on your frame heading into the warmer months… Listen to me; curvy, thick girls have been living through summers for eons! We’ve survived. We’ve thrived. We’ve had summer flings. We let ourselves eat fried dough at the carnivals. All while looking amazing.
You will be fine! I’m here to help. With fashion, at least.
Most of us look towards skirts and shorts as a summer go-to. But skirts can be problematic for many reasons. Anyone who has experienced the special kind of hell that comes in hot weather when thighs touch (whether due to body shape, a narrow stride, an angled femur, a tight hemline) will be on the lookout for a stylish alternative. It doesn’t help that summer skirts frequently come in fabrics so light that any breeze will put your backside on display, or that even those with pockets can barely handle house keys.
Shorts can look unflattering. The crotch could be up in your business depending where the inseam hits. The hem can be too tight.
Whether your thighs touching is new to you or old news (and it’s totally normal, a figure made not just by muscle and fat, but also by the shape of your pelvis and the angle of your femur!), let me introduce you to two my favorite summer clothing pieces: Skorts and culottes!
Enter the skort! Functionality of shorts with the LOOK of a skirt!
The best skorts look like a skirt in the front and the back. (Get out of our lives, mullet skort! These are the skirt in front, shorts in back interlopers that present the problems of both shorts and skirts. Why are you making these, Stella McCartney?!) I also recommend that the skorts you buy have close-fitting shorts underneath to prevent bunching.
It’s like you’re wearing shorts, but you look like you’re wearing a cute skirt! What’s not to love?
Although they come in many iterations, I will spare you the French history and gaucho vs. culottes debates. I am referring to shorts that appear to be skirts. They are comfortable and dressier than your average jorts (jean shorts).
If all else fails – I hear amazing things about MegaBabe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick! It’s clean, and when applied to the thighs creates a “friction-free barrier that… allows thight that touch to glide against each other instead of chafe.” Best of all, MegaBabe (@MegaBabe) is made by a small female-founded (@KatieSturino) company! It retails for $13.99 at Target, or $14 at Megababe.com or Ulta.