Product Review: Bandelettes

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Via bandelettes.com

Note: this is a review of a product purchased specifically for review purposes. I was not compensated by Bandelettes.com or by Freolla LLC for this review.

I love any article of clothing that pays attention to how great thighs are, and for a product that was designed to protect against chafing, Bandelettes.com is doing a lot to emphasize that thighs deserve to be showed off. Bandelettes are obviously intended to be seen, as their ads and promotional photos show-a nice reprieve from other shapewear companies that sometimes engage in shaming and body snark. What’s more, their website is full of testimonials by people who say that the product changed their lives, making them feel comfortable and pretty. So I waited for mine in the mail, and eagerly began field testing them.



The company is also including diversity in its promotional images. Via bandelettes.com

The company is also including diversity in its promotional images. Via bandelettes.com

First of all: bandelettes are pretty cute, and are available in a variety of styles and colors of lace, as well as in two colors of non-lace elastic. They look good under short skirts, resembling leggings or bike shorts but without all the fabric. I was slightly surprised to find that they have small bands of sticky silicone on the inside in addition to being made of stretch-lace. The silicone bands feel a little odd, but they seem to be a big factor in keeping the bandelettes from slipping around or falling down.

Bandelettes look great by themselves or with stockings. Photo by Anna.

Bandelettes look great by themselves or with stockings. Photo of me, by Anna.

Bandelettes work as promised: they protect your thighs from rubbing together. This is a major selling point for people who get heat rash, which I get sometimes on humid summer days (not fun). I put them on during an especially hot day last month and walked and biked around to see if they would do the trick. Bandelettes kept my thighs from touching like they usually would by sort of squeezing them in, which meant that they didn’t rub. The problem for me was that they trapped heat and made my legs feel sticky, and I got a little rashy from that instead of from chafing. If thighs rubbing together bothers you a good deal, I could see this product being a lifesaver. For me, heat seems to be more of a factor than friction, so I’m not sure I’d wear them in high heat; I might use them in the early fall as an alternative to leggings. They pair very well with thigh high stockings, and even help to keep them in place.

I’d also love to see the non-lace bandelettes available in a wider range of colors and possibly even some prints. This may not be feasible right now since the company is very new (they launched in 2013), but as they grow and develop, offering variety and on-trend seasonal colors might get people interested in collecting them and craving bandelettes as an accessory. I’d also like to see them a little sturdier: like many objects made mostly out of elastic fibers, they got some weird strings once they went through the wash.

Don't all these ladies look so confident about their legs?

Don’t all these ladies look so confident? Via bandelettes.com

Overall, bandelettes are an elegant solution to a problem that concerns many women, and the quality and price point seem to match up well.  However, if you’re sensitive to heat or artificial fibers, they may not work as intended. A cotton-blend version that breathes a little more might make all the difference in the world for some customers. I think that, given that the company is quite young, bandelettes as a product still have yet to achieve their full potential.

Have you tried bandelettes? How did they work for you? Do you want striped or polka dotted bandelettes as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!


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20 Comments on this post

  1. Sophia Lowe-Ellis says:

    I have extensive scaring on my inner thighs and just can’t wear dresses alone as its so painful. These bandelettes have been a lifesaver. I usually have to wear bandanges under any type of clothing be it skirts or jeans and these have been a perfect alternative as they protect my thighs and look really cute. No more embarressing summers for me

  2. Joy says:

    I’m thinking of ordering a pair to see if one or both will hold my IV pump. I’m on an IV medication 24/7 and usually wear a fanny pack of some kind, but that doesn’t always work well with a dress. I’d love to hide the pump from the world occasionally!

  3. Catherine says:

    The moment I saw this product I jumped straight on their website to order the red ones, while I was there I ordered two black laces ones as well. I make my own garters to hold my stockings up out of the tops of old pantyhose, and these seem like a wonderful alternative – they are so pretty and stylish. Now I can’t wait to receive them in the mail! So thank you for pointing them out to me. I just hope my skin will stand up to the silicone bands.

  4. Thursday says:

    Chafing can be a real issue for me, as I don’t like wearing trousers at all, so something to provide a buffer when the weather’s warm and I do lots of walking has been on my wish list for a while. These sound great except for the synthetic fibres and, alas, those silicone bands. Such bands on strapless bras tend to raise terrible welts on my skin even after a short wear so I wouldn’t be willing to try these out :(

  5. Megan says:

    What a great idea! The plain ones are ideal for wearing under a tennis skirt, and those lace ones are just beautiful!

  6. Leah says:

    Lots of people seem worried about heat, but honestly, I’ve had no problems with mine. I got mine fairly recently for a specific event – Dapper Day at Walt Disney World. I was in full fifties regalia, complete with petticoat, and was not about to add another layer to my outfit when the forecast predicted 90°. I got these and prayed they worked, as my tiny vintage bag wouldn’t hold bike shorts or hose. They did. They stayed up for a full day of running around the park, plus dancing at the Boardwalk afterwards until 1am. Plus, even in the Florida heat, they didn’t particularly bother me. When I finally took them off at 2am, I had no rash at all! Magic, I tell you.

  7. Brandy says:

    I have a pair of the lace black ones, and I love them! I wear them under my dresses, I haven’t actually showed them off, but I will this Weekend, I have a Burlesque Beach Bash to attend and until I received these I was a little shy about going without leggings, now I will wear these…and little else. lol I will fee much more comfortable.

  8. denocte says:

    ahhh I wanted to try them for ages! I think i’m even more hooked. I already sewed some cotton protectors for the chub rub, but I’d love these just as a cute accessoire that also happens to prevent rashes. i like!

  9. Annienymotee says:

    What a great idea! They look sexy, too! Please tell me this is a woman-run company… I’d love it all the more.

    • Rose says:

      Good news: at least one of the founders is a woman. From their website: “One of the founders of Bandelettes suffered with a persistent thigh chafing issue for many years. After having tried many different options only to have the friction cause irritation yet again, she knew that there had be an effective solution and it had to be something different.” You may now get super excited. :)

  10. Avigayil says:

    Woohoo!! These look awesome. I will probably wait for less synthetic version as I have fabric issues, but I am very excited about these as legs rubbing together is a big problem for me.

  11. heathery feathery says:

    I love my bandalettes. I should get some more colours, I only have the original beige ones.

  12. Francine Rossi says:

    These sound like a fun idea, but I would want to see them in a breathable cotton rather than lace, for under dresses in the summer. I will keep an eye out for these.

  13. Estelle says:

    I don’t suffer from chafing, but I want to buy these as a way to make cheap, plain-top stockings look like more luxurious deep lace-top ones :D

  14. Libby says:

    I loved my Bandelettes until they accidentally went through the washer and dryer, and then the silicone started peeling off and they just didn’t work anymore.

    • Cora says:

      Eek! I can understand your frustration. Though, in this case, that’s a normal reaction to silicone going through the washer and dryer and isn’t really a fault of the product. The dryer especially ruins silicone.

      • Libby says:

        Oh no, I don’t blame the project! Especially since they actually made it through the first accidental washing pretty well– the smaller silicone bands started to fall off, but the bigger ones stayed on, and as long as the bigger ones were there they stayed up. But once the bigger bands started to go, it was a lost cause. I really enjoyed them while I had them, though. I finally felt like I could go out without either wearing tights with an outfit or being in a lot of pain.

  15. Karen says:

    Those are interesting. I only deal with chubb rub when I’m wearing a dress and I solve that with longline panties if I’m not wearing tights. Definitely something to think about.

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