A hot day and a wrap dress


So I run late. Not, like, I ran a bit late this morning, but I run chronically late. Not horribly so--usually just a few minutes--but late, all the same. And it's especially bad getting ready for work in the morning. I can't remember the last time I felt like I was out of the house on time.

So the easiest thing to wear when you are running late? A dress. No need to coordinate pieces! And a wrap dress in a drapey synthetic, like this one? Can literally be picked up off the floor and thrown on. Don't ask me how I know.

Wrap dresses can sometimes be an issue for me--I love the idea of them, but for them to work, they have to wrap in the right spot, and my extra-long torso sometimes keeps that from happening. This one, though, a random thrift find, is perfect.



Now, let's talk about something else having to do with dresses (and skirts) and hot weather. You know what I am about to say, don't you? Yep. Inner thigh chafing. If this is has never happened to you, consider yourself very lucky. If you are like me, though, it only takes one hot day in a skirt to remind you that yes, your inner thighs do touch each other, all day long. And the result is NOT pretty.

People have lots of different methods for combating this issues. I have a friend who swears by a liberal application of avocado or other oil to the problem zone. Another suggests the Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. A third swears by baby powder with cornstarch. I'm not a fan of any of these options, just because I don't like to apply extra stuff, I have really sensitive skin, and I am afraid it will rub off after a while and I'll chafe anyway.

So, for a long time, I went with another tried-and-true method, which I am employing today: bike shorts.


Bike shorts are good because they absolutely stop the issue, and they also provide a bit of a girdle type action--like minor league Spanx. Plus they keep you from exposing anything the world doesn't need to see if you aren't the world's most ladylike dress wearer. However, they have one major drawback, as far as I'm concerned--they're hot. They tend to be thick, they're spandexy, and when it's really warm, they stick to you in an unpleasant way.

Which brings me to my #1 way to deal with this issue, which I've seen heralded on other fashion blogs before (I know Erin and Audi have sung their praises): pettipants.

What are pettipants? Basically, they're a short, split, slip. They come in a wide variety of price ranges and levels of embellishment, but the basic, 2 pairs for under $10 version shown here works just fine for me (or I thrift them). They solve the chafing problem without sticking to you, and they also feel a little bit more polished than bike shorts. I love them to death. If you wear a lot of short skirts, or are petite, you can even go for the snip-it version, which is build for length customization. Cool, right?

Any remedies for horrible inner-thigh chafing I haven't mentioned? I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing, but I'm still curious to know how you deal with this issue.

And finally, what I'm wearing:
-Bisou Bisou wrap dress (thrifted)
-Ann Taylor camisole (Ann Taylor outlet store)
-Softspots purple suede wedges (Shoebuy)
-Champion bike shorts (thrifted or Target, I can't remember)
-multi strand turquoise and silver necklace (New York & Company)


I kept hearing you say "pedipants" the other night.

I like petti-pants way better.

I *love* that dress! You look great!

Antiperspirant on the area. It works!

I also wear men's boxer briefs under skirts. equally useful

also that dress is great. do you know who made it?

I have that dress! I originally got it at JC Penney's.

This dress is really flattering! I am going to try to bicycle shorts trick.

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