Words by Julie Tong
These yoga shorts might seem ordinary, but they are quite extraordinary.
The Ododos High Waist Tummy Control Yoga Shorts can be used for virtually any type of exercise, but interestingly, many shoppers have decided to used them for something different: to prevent thigh chafing, a hazard of hotter temperatures in the summer. Many women have shared their positive experiences using them underneath dresses and skirts to avoid unwanted peek-a-boos and “chub rubs.”
The shorts, which sell incredibly well in the US, are also available in the UK and come in eight different colours, retailing for £16 to £17. They include pockets too, keeping your phone, wallet and keys safe and sound, no matter if you’re heading on a morning jog or into a night of dancing. The design is made of a four-way stretch fabric that helps remove moisture, while the tummy control band helps to compress and smooth the belly area to ensure an all-around comfortable fit.
Below, more reasons to fall in love with the Ododos shorts.
“How often do you find a garment that is both flattering and practical? This is both, in spades. 60+ yo woman, struggling with larger and larger abdomen though in otherwise good shape, shape is changing with age. These are soft, go to the knee and have the pockets. Very flattering. And practical,” shared a happy customer.
“This is my third pair of these shorts, and they are my favorite workout shorts. The tummy band stays in place, and helps to smooth out any bulges, and the material is stretchy, allowing for easy movement in my kickboxing classes. I like they are longer than the other version, as I feel they are more modest (I have one pair of the shorter version). There are also so many color options with these shorts. I wash them in the machine, and dry them for only 30 minutes on low, letting them air dry for the rest of the time. My prior pairs have held up well with weekly use, and the fabric hasn't pilled one bit,” said one shopper.
“I often wear skirts and dresses when I am out for a night of dancing. I love these shorts because they have pockets, so I can keep small items like my phone, lip balm, expandable tampons, and credit cards right there on my hip without them falling out. They don't create a crazy weird bulge as long as you wear something that doesn't hug your upper thigh. I can go hands-free for the night, instead of carrying a purse or clutch around with me. If you do use these shorts under a dress or skirt, take extra care when you pull them down to go to the bathroom that your stuff doesn't fall out.The legs are long enough that they don't feel like underwear, and they don't ride up. They are pretty breathable, and the material is like most other bike shorts,” said one customer.
“These are my new favorite running shorts! I've always been a fan of spandex running shorts, but have become more self conscious about wearing them as I've gotten older. (yes, I use these for running, not yoga). The length of these is perfect, they don't ride up, and they don't suck you in like a sausage. The pockets are awesome and super functional. I'm able to fit my iPhone very comfortably and my house keys in the other without worry. It's also easy to access your phone during a run if you need to. I was afraid it would be a hassle, but definitely not. These are great!,” wrote one customer.
“I love these shorts. Not only are they soft and still have a spandex feel to them, having big thighs I literally can't wear any shorts that are above mid-thigh. These go down just a little above my knees and it prevents chafing while still looking stylish. I'd 100% recommend these! Maybe it's just me, but I would buy every color if they weren't $17 each (I'm not sure if they're worth that much) but i still love them!” shared one happy shopper.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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