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How to Keep Your Shorts From Riding Up

Step Up Your Wardrobe Game: How to Keep Your Shorts From Riding Up

Step Up Your Wardrobe Game: How to Keep Your Shorts From Riding Up

Summer is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: time to bust out those shorts! But for some of us, wearing shorts can be a bit of a challenge. Whether it's the dreaded shorts riding up or the inner seam rubbing against our thighs, there are a few wardrobe malfunctions that can make wearing shorts a less-than-pleasant experience. 

But, fear not - in this blog post, we're going to share some tips and tricks to help you step up your wardrobe game and keep your shorts from riding up.

Why Do All My Shorts Ride Up?

When it comes to finding the right pair of shorts that don't ride up, there can be a lot of trial and error involved. Many people experience having their shorts slip up and become uncomfortable while they are wearing them. Although this is an annoying problem, there are a few reasons why it occurs.

One primary cause of your shorts riding up is the type and fit of your shorts. It’s important to pick shorts that fit your body well and are made from lightweight fabrics such as cotton or spandex. The fabric should not be too loose so it does not feel baggy around the waist area. On the flip side; however, if you choose a pair of shorts that fits slightly tight to avoid excess fabric bunching up at the waist, it might still ride upwards after excessive movement.

Additionally, quality issues put a strain on various areas of your clothing—including your shorts—which ultimately end in them riding up. Clothes with poor stitching may eventually loosen their hold when coupled with movement and gravity tugging on certain areas of your outfit—especially those near where your thigh gap meets at the pelvic region where you normally wear your waist-high clothing items.

How To Prevent Shorts From Riding Up

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Check The Fit

Another key factor in preventing shorts from riding up is making sure they fit properly. If your shorts are too small, they will be more likely to ride up, so make sure you have enough fabric to cover your thighs. Conversely, if your shorts are too loose, they may also ride up as you move around. Look for shorts that fit snugly around your waist and hips, but still have enough room in the crotch area to allow for movement.

Try Bike Shorts

If you're looking for a more secure fit, consider trying bike shorts. These shorts are made from stretchy materials and are designed to fit snugly against your skin. Not only will this help prevent your shorts from riding up, but it can also help reduce chafing and discomfort.

Use Fabric Paste

For those who struggle with shorts riding up, fabric paste can be a lifesaver. This product is designed to keep thinner fabrics in place and can be applied to the inside hem of your shorts to help prevent them from bunching up. Just be sure to choose a paste that won't irritate your skin or stain your shorts.

Look For Longer Styles

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If you're still having trouble with shorts riding up, consider looking for longer styles. While shorter shorts may be on-trend, longer styles can provide more coverage and may be less likely to ride up. Look for shorts that hit the inner thigh or lower, and pay attention to the inside hem of the shorts to make sure they're not too tight. 

Consider Polyester Boning

For those who want to take things to the next level, consider adding polyester boning to the inside of your shorts. This lightweight material is designed to provide structure and support and can help keep your shorts in place. However, be mindful that this may require some DIY skills, and may not be suitable for all shorts.

Embrace Your Inner Thighs

Finally, it's important to remember that it's okay for your thighs to touch. Many people feel self-conscious about their thighs rubbing together, but this is a perfectly normal and natural occurrence.

Rather than trying to hide it, embrace it by wearing shorts that fit well and provide enough coverage to prevent chafing.

Use Clips

Clips can be used to keep your shorts from riding up as well. These clips attach to the waistband of your shorts and help keep them in place. They're especially useful for those who have trouble with their shorts riding up during physical activities like running or sports. However, it's important to make sure that the clips don't pinch or create uncomfortable pressure points on your skin.

Apply Fabric Paste

Fabric paste can also be used to help keep your shorts in place. Simply apply the paste to the inside hem of your shorts and it will act like an adhesive, helping to keep them from riding up. Just make sure that the paste you choose won't irritate your skin or stain your clothing.

Try Clear Silicone Caulk

Finally, another option for people who struggle with shorts riding up is to use clear silicone caulk. The silicone strip can be used to seal any gaps between the fabric and your skin, helping keep your shorts in place even when you move around. Just make sure to apply the caulk sparingly, as too much can cause chafing and discomfort.

Final Thoughts

Wearing shorts doesn't have to be a nightmare. By choosing the right pair, checking the fit, and using a few key tricks and tips, you can keep your shorts from riding up and enjoy the summer weather in style. 

If you’re looking for the perfect undergarment to wear under your shorts, Undersummers carries several collections of anti-chafing and moisture-wicking shortlettes and underwear  to keep you looking cute and feeling comfortable. 

So go ahead, show off those thighs, and embrace your inner fashionista!


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Meet our founder: CarrieRae

Undersummers Shortlettes were created CarrieRae's personal need for comfortable thigh protection when she was working as a teacher. In 2011, her thick thighs rubbed and she needed a comfortable solution.  Pants are blazing hot in the Houston spring/summer months, shorts are not acceptable to wear to work, so she was left with capris and dresses.  Her thighs did not support wearing dresses, thigh chafing was too uncomfortable.  The idea of wearing a breezy dress sounded so comfortable to her, that she created the solution to her problem:  The Original Lace Shortlette®️. She wanted something to wear that was a single layer, the legs stayed put, comfy, and most importantly, pretty.

CarrieRae Munson