We've outline some important things to look for when searching for good quality women's anti-chafe underwear.
When it comes to anti-chafe underwear we suggest sticking with naturally sourced fabrics that are gentle and soft on your skin. They also allow air to circulate and move freely through the fabric, this ensures airflow which dries out damp areas of the body.
Fabrics like cotton and bamboo are ultra absorbent which will allow you to cool down more quickly and helps to keep your skin dry and well ventilated. Bamboo and TENCEL do have an advantage over cotton when it comes to wicking sweat. Cotton is super absorbent but will retain moisture and stay damp, bamboo and TENCEL fibres have micro-gaps which release moisture to the outer layer and dry more quickly.
When it comes to finding the right fit you want to avoid underwear that feels too tight. This is not ideal for your lady bits and probably won't be comfortable. Remember you'll be wearing them as underwear, so it's super important to watch for seam placement and avoid seams that will sit on sensitive areas of your body (the camel toe seam) as they can cause rubbing and chafing.
Because the undergarment sits directly next to your skin, look for underwear with flatlock seams. This type of seam is very popular in activewear products and generally easy to find.
If you have had a bad experience with longer underwear or shorts rolling and bunching, choose an underwear with thoughtfully constructed seams. Seams will help the fabric fold around your body, stay in place and avoid any bunching. Also look out for fabrics with a small amount of Lycra or elastane added. This will give the underwear a very comfortable stretch and help the underwear to move with your body.
Lastly look for a length that sits naturally at a point on your thigh that won’t ride. Start by looking for a leg inseam of 4.5” inch or longer. And most importantly, you're going to want a lined crotch for absorbency, hygiene and comfort.