Steph Barnes
September 09, 2017 5:08 pm

There’s still quite a bit of ground to cover, but when it comes to inclusivity, the fashion industry has been making slow, steady strides. Many brands have been hiring more models of color along with models of all body shapes and sizes. And this year, one fashion designer sent anti-chafing thigh bands down the runway.

For Becca McCharen-Tran, designer of Chromat — future-forward bodywear — inclusivity has always been top priority.

Tran started her fashion house in 2010, and has been regularly casting models of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities ever since. This year, she took things a little further by outfitting two models in anti-chafing thigh bands by Bandelettes.

Now, listen, not all of us have a “thigh gap” (that’s the beauty of human beings: we’re all different) and for those of us who’ve got thighs that touch and rub together, sometimes we need a quick “chub rub” fix. This might be it! The Bandelettes creation looks like a cross between a garter and the elasticized top part of a thigh-high stocking.

The goal? To reduce friction, especially while wearing dresses, skirts, and lingerie.

The space some women have between their upper thighs when they stand has been considered a measure of physical attractiveness, but that no longer applies, especially not on the runway. Tran’s show featured amazing body-confident models like Jordyn Woods, Denise Bidot, and Sabina Karlsson — we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off New York Fashion Week.

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