Monday, November 18, 2019
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Camel toe - 9 ways to avoid it

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No-one wants to walk around with a camel toe, where the woman's pants are tight enough to show the outline of the privates. Yet this is something that none of our friends or co-workers is probably going to bring to our attention. After all, who wants to acknowledge that they've been looking at that area?

You can see how it looks on these celebrities who have been snapped with a camel toe. Not good, right?

Rest assured, there is plenty you can do to stop camel toe. Let's get started.

1. Always try on yoga pants or other tight pants before buying

This sounds obvious, but try on anything tight before buying it. Many change rooms have poor lighting though, and what might look like a perfectly smooth crotch area in the change room suddenly is a camel toe in the bright lighting of pilates class. Aaargh! To avoid this problem, when you bring the item home, keep your receipt and don't remove tags and wash it just yet. First try it on again in an area with plenty of light. If you catch a camel toe in your well-lit area of the home, then at least you'll be able to return your item since you haven't removed tags or washed it yet.

2. Buy tight items in dark colors

A camel toe is always going to be way more obvious in light colors. So steer clear of white and light gray. Instead aim for black, navy blue, or dark gray.

3. Listen to your body

If an item doesn't feel comfortable between your legs, odds are you probably have a camel toe going on! Don't accept discomfort in that area - this attitude in general will go a long way to avoiding camel toe.

4. Use a pantyliner

Pantyliners are a great way to stop camel toe. In the celebrity pics I showed earlier, I'd be willing to bet from the look of it that most of them were not wearing a pantyliner. This is an easy fix. But be aware, pantyliners are not 100% foolproof: super-tight pants that ride up are going to be no match for your pantyliner. This brings us to our next fix.

5. Shop around for different styles and brands of tight pants

What better reason to go shopping than to stop a camel toe? A different style of yoga pant in the same brand may be the welcome change you need. Or maybe trying a different brand altogether is the ticket for you.

6. Be careful with one-piece gear

The worst situation for camel toe is when the bottom part of your item rides up. This is going to be way more likely to happen with one-piece items, especially if they're a little short from top to bottom. Yes, it's easy to think that a one-piece swimsuit is modest. But switching to a good bikini may actually provide more modesty in terms of avoiding a camel toe, because the bottom part of a bikini is less likely to ride up. Again though, there is a lot of difference in how each item will work for you depending on its styling and shape, so your best bet is to try on different items in one piece and two piece.

7. Consider a longer-length top

If you can wear a hip-length top with tight pants, that's going to help. Of course, depending on what you're wearing, you might not want to have a longer top. Understandably, certain types of gym activities just aren't going to work with a long top. For example in core exercise you'll want to make sure you and the instructor can see the position of your body with a short tight top. But if that's not your situation, then a top that skims the hips is going to really help ensure that the area isn't so readily visible to everyone.

8. Take a tip from models

Models who wish to avoid camel toe will often use a pantyliner, but not the regular way. So if wearing a pantyliner doesn't work the ordinary way as described in step 4, wrap it sideways in the crotch of your underwear, not long-ways. Place it a little more toward the front of your underwear, not right in the middle.

9. Go a size up if an item is a bit too tight

Don't feel bad about going a size up if something is a little too tight. After all, which is going to be more embarassing for you: a) wearing a pants size tag one size up from your usual, which no-one will see, or b) having a camel toe, which everyone will see?

Bonus if you like to show off your body

For exercise wear or swimwear, you'll certainly need to shop around and be careful what you wear to avoid camel toe. But outside of that, you're not relegated to baggy pants and shapeless tops! If you like to flaunt what you have, consider wearing more dresses and skirts. You can show off a great leg line without needing to wear tight pants. There is no way you can get a camel toe in a dress or skirt, so wear those more often.

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