Product Review: Bandelettes
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.
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 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.
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!