Yeah, sundresses and short shorts look cute and all, but when they come with thigh chafing and a perpetual wedgie, it really makes you just want to stay inside wearing sweats. Seriously, I’ve been there – and I’ve figured out how to beat it.
I’ve figured out the very best ways to stop all the most annoying dressing-for-summer problems and the cutest clothes that will help you do it (from plus size clothing brands that won’t make you look mom.com).
Keep scrolling for the most genius outfit hacks for curvy girls.
Apply deodorant – under your boobs
One of the worst parts of summer: underboob sweat. Drain the boob swamp for good with just a little antiperspirant. Spray a little under your boobs to help reduce sweat.
If even the strongest deo can’t control your boob perspiration – like, if it’s seeping through your shirt – try this bra liner made specifically for boob sweat.
Invest in a bodysuit
The more you move, the more tank tops ride up. Stay secure all day with a fitted bodysuit. It smooths your tummy and stays put, plus it’ll wick away thigh sweat.
Get a bra that fits
The reason your boobs are spilling out of your crop top? You’re probably wearing the wrong size bra. Click here for the best bras for big busts that will actually fit.
Cotton over polyester
Not all summer dresses are created equal. Choose breathable, natural fabrics like cotton and linen over synthetic ones like polyester, and you’ll sweat a lot less. Plus, when you do sweat, your clothes won’t stick to you.
Shorts under skirts will banish thigh chafe
Baby powder, Monistat Chafing Relief Gel, and Body Glide Anti-Chafing Formula all help to combat chub rub, but you often have to reapply them throughout the day – plus, they don’t always hold up in 100 degree weather. Instead, wear bike shorts under dresses and skirts on hot days.
An extra lightweight layer will help keep your crotch area dry and are a lifesaver if your skirt blows up in the wind.
Boyfriend shorts = more butt coverage
Short shorts can be a little uncomfortable if you’ve been blessed in the booty department — after two steps, they ride up and basically become underwear. Cuffed boyfriend shorts that hit at your mid-thigh are on-trend and still show off your curves.
Halter tops to nix underarm chafing
When it’s especially hot and humid out and you’re running around outside, underarm chafing from tops can be a literal pain. A halter-cut tank lets your underarms breathe and still looks hot.
Hi-low hemlines FTW!
Your butt can make dresses ride up in the back, so when it gets windy, you have to scramble to avoid flashing the entire world. Hi-low dresses are longer in the back so you can show some leg without showing your underwear, too.
Tone down cleavage without adding an extra layer
If you don’t want your boobs to be out and about for dinner at grandma’s, go for a lace bralette, instead of your typical cami – which will get bunched up under your clothes anyway. This version will tame your cleavage, without adding an extra full layer of clothing.
PURE STYLE Girlfriends Women’s Petite Plus Camiflage Lace Half Cami, Navy, X-Large
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Go for mix-and-match bikinis
Most people aren’t the same size on top and bottom, which is the reason why you might have trouble finding the right swim fit. Brands like Target, Adore Me, and Swimsuits for All let you mix and match, so you can snag tops and bottoms in different sizes and styles.
Get a higher-cut bottom and a triangle top, or tie string bottoms with an underwire top – you can mix and match until you find the perfect combo for your body.
Patch the inside of your jeans
Don’t stress if you “ruin” your fave pair of jeans from your thighs rubbing together and tearing away at the fabric. Chafing gets worse in the summer due to sweat, so be proactive: Sew a patch on the inside of your jeans where the fabric usually rips to create an extra layer of protection.
Even if they do eventually start to rip, you won’t have to worry because you’ll already have a patch underneath.
Two words: adjustable rings
Rings that felt totally fine when you put them on in the morning can get super tight as the day goes on and temps heat up because your fingers swell. Shop for adjustable rings that either stretch or have a gap in the band that you can adjust so they’ll fit comfortably all day long.
I’m Liz, the fashion and beauty girl at Seventeen.com.