How to Prevent Camel Toe When Wearing Yoga Pants

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What is Camel Toe?

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Morty thinking about how to prevent camel toe.

Camel toe is when a woman’s labia majora is visibly outlined in tight-fitting activewear. This can happen with swimwear, shorts, leggings, tights, and any type of clothing that sits tight against the body. This can also happen to men too!

The name is derived from how the labia majora looks against tight fabric, somewhat like a camel’s toe (pictured above). Other names for this nether-region phenomenon include crotch cleavage and moose knuckle. I know…how unappealing.

Camel toe can not only be unsightly, but it can also be uncomfortable for most women when the fabric rides up into the creases of your body.

Everyone and anyone can experience camel toe at any point in their lives. Even celebrities are not immune to camel toe.

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Celebrities with camel toe: Sofia Richie, Mariah Carey Taylor Swift and Lil Kim

Some men may find the camel toe appealing and even fetishize it. In 2018, I saw some ads for underwear with a camel toe mold for those wanting to re-create the look.

Personally, I do not mind camel toe because it happens naturally and it takes a lot of inconveniencing for something to bother me. However, if this is a common nuisance for you and you want to be rid of it, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s learn about the causes of camel toe and how to prevent camel toe.

What Causes Camel Toe?

#1 Improper Fit

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Camel Toe While Wearing Swimwear

Sometimes fabric that is too tight and the overstretched against skin can create camel toe where there are crevices in the body (ie. behind the knees, hips, crotch area, and bottom of the glutes/derrier).

This can also happen when clothing is too loose and it rides up the front or back of a woman’s body. Finding the proper fit can be the solution to getting rid of camel toe.

#2 Going Commando

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Camel Toe in White Yoga Pants

Wearing skin-tight pants without underwear, or “going commando,” is a sure way to display your bodily features. It is more likely to create camel toe due to a lack of a barrier between the fabric and your body.

People like going commando because you won’t have to deal with visible panty lines (VPL) and the feeling of freedom from constricting clothing.

When going commando, we highly recommend disclosing that bit of information if you ever decide to sell your clothing on the secondary market.

#3 Wearing Leggings With a Front Rise Seam

A front rise seam may also be the culprit for camel toe. The seam may somehow find its way into your crotch cleavage. This can happen with normal wear or during exercise. Usually, this may be due to the clothing being too tight, ill-fitted, and a result of cheap activewear fabric and shoddy clothing manufacturing processes.

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Oh no! Camel Toe!

#4 Having a Shaved Vagina While Wearing Leggings

Being shaved down there can be more comfortable and physically attractive. The problem with that is, that because there is no barrier (usually your hair), camel toe can manifest itself through your spandex clothing. I’ve experienced a significant amount of camel toe when I shave, more than when I don’t.

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Camel Toe in my tight fitting Lululemon Align leggings. Boooo!

How to Prevent Camel Toe

Luckily there are a few ways to get rid of or prevent camel toe. For people who hate the look and sensation of a camel toe, here are a few tips to help you get rid of, or “camelflage,” your camel toe. When approaching these ideas, think about which options feel the most reasonable and feasible to you. You want a method that can be regularly implemented with ease.

#1 Wearing Leggings Made with Flat Front Panels

Flat front panels eliminate the front seam from pants, which prevents the front rise from riding up your crotch. This is great for people who love going commando. Leggings with flat front panels are very comfortable, have a lot of stretch, and can be made with high-quality fabric. K-Deer, SPANX, and Ultracor make awesome flat front panel leggings.

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K-Deer Leggings with Flat Front Panel

#2 Wearing a Panty Liner in Your Underwear

If you wear underwear underneath your leggings, considering wearing a panty-liner for an added layer against the seam of your pants.

Thereare both thong panty liners and regular full-sized panty liners. An added bonus is when you wear a panty liner, it prolongs the life of your underwear by preventing staining.

Cons of this method are that it isn’t exactly eco-friendly and can get expensive over time if you wear leggings often.

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Thong or Regular Panty Liner

#3 Size Up In Your Activewear Bottoms

Most of the time, the reason for camel toe is usually tight fitting clothing. Try sizing up in your favorite brands and see if that makes a difference.

If that doesn’t work, we recommend trying a different activewear brand or the other recommended tricks in this post.

#4 Wearing Leggings Built with a Liner

Some leggings have a built-in liner, which is great for people who love to go commando yet want to eliminate the pesky camel toe.

The built-in liner acts as a double layer or underwear built into the activewear. Built-in liners are usually more commonc with expensive brands because it takes more fabric to manufacture. Brands with a built-in liner or “underwear” include Ultracor.

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Ultracor High Waist Elastic Leggings

#5 Wear Leggings with a Gusset

A gusset is a piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen or enlarge a particular part of it. Examples include the yoke on a button up shirt or a piece of fabric sewn into the crotch of leggings.

A gusset is a necessity for some buyers. Yet at the same time, the lack of a gusset does not bother others. Personally, I can go either way with my leggings.

A gusset provides additional support and reduces the stress on seams when leggings are worn. Gussets can be diamond, triangle, square, or H-shaped. Below is an image showing different types of gussets you may see on leggings.

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Different Types of Gussets

#6 Avoid Camel Toe Prone Fabrics

Cameltoe normally takes place with stretcher fabrics and when used to make workout clothes. Linen fabrics, Spandex clothing or polyester fabrics are prone to cause camel toe.

It is better to avoid clothes that have 100% of their content manufactured from these particular fabrics. A blend of the fabrics works much better to cover up camel toe.

#7 Wear Thick Fabrics

Thinner fabrics are more likely to highlight all of the body’s natural lines, lumps, and bumps. If camel toe has been a common issue for you, considering shopping for leggings that are made with thicker and heavier fabrics.

Some brands with thick fabrics include Athleta, Carbon38, and Girlfriend Collective.

Read our Girlfriend Collective review here.

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Girlfriend Collective High Rise Compression Leggings

#8 Choose to Wear Darker Shades of Leggings

Darker shades tend to hide everything while lighter shades will display every bump, lump, and crease.

If camel toe is a frequent occurrence for you, I recommend sticking to dark colors such as navy, hunter green, black, charcoal grey, indigo (dark purple), and burgundy/maroon.

Below are my current favorites for dark colored leggings.

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Dark Colored Legging Options:
1. Year of Ours – Ribbed Cuffed Leggings in Forest Green
2. Lululemon Align Leggings in Dark Adobe
3. Lululemon Fast & Free 7/8 Tight in True Navy

#9 Wear Patterned Leggings

Patterned leggings will hide almost everything. I especially love to wear camouflage printed leggings for obvious reasons.

Be mindful that some prints that are printed on white fabric may stretch to white and cause the fabric to become see-through (not opaque). I tend to wear fabrics that are knit or printed on dark fabrics such as gray or black.

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Lululemon HIgh Waist Camo Align Leggings

#10 Wear a Long Tank Top or Sweater Over Your Leggings

If all else fails, you can always wear a long top over your leggings. A long tunic or sweater will  cover the camel toe and resolve any see-through issues in the crotch and bum area. Check out this post to get some ideas for what type of sweaters best go with leggings.

#11 Use the Cuchini

Here is a solution to your camel toe woes that is reusable. The Cuchini [a portmanteau of coochi + Houdini] is a pad that you can use to cover your labia from making appearances through your leggings.

These are affordable and a great investment if you’re camel toe prone. It is recommended that you wear them inside the underwear. The only drawback is Cuchini is a one-size-fits-all (OSFA) product and we all know that is usually not a good brand model for women of all shapes and sizes.

Some women have reported it being too small and the Cuchini gets lost. Another drawback is the need for adhesives to keep the Cuchini in place. I would probably not recommend this unless your camel toe really bothers you and the product fits your body type and size.

They also have a silicone version of a camel toe cover-up.

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Cuchini mold used to prevent camel toe.

#12 Wear Period Panties

Period panties are a sustainable way to deal with your period. Just wash the panties, dry them and wear them again. Period panties hold quite a bit of blood and should be used in conjunction with a menstrual up or other forms of sustainable period products.

They’re also great for eliminating camel toe! Period panties are made with a plastic leakproof layer that extends upward to add another layer on top of your camel toe. The added layer magically hides your camel toe!

Here are some period underwear brands that we recommend:

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Dear Kate Period Underwear

Related: Sustainable and Zero Waste Alternatives to Single Use Tampons and Pads

#13 Wear Camelflage Underwear

Camelflage makes underwear that prevents camel toe from happening. Ever. They make both regular and sport underwear that is camel toe proof!

The underwear is constructed with a rubber layer within the underwear that eliminates camel toe. You  won’t even feel it during wear. How’s that for a peace of mind?

A pair of underwear runs from $14-$20 a pop and are very high quality. I recommend buying your true size.

Buy Camelflage underwear here and use code SCHIMIGGY for 10% off. You can also buy Camelflage underwear on Amazon.

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Camelflage Lace Bikini Briefs Underwear that prevents camel toe

That completes the list of tips to cover up your camel toe. I highly recommend combining multiple methods to get rid of your camel toe. For example, I would choose front panel leggings in a dark color to prevent most of my camel toe mishaps. Or I would wear patterned leggings in a comfortable size. You get the idea. I hope this guide was helpful to you!

If you have any other tips and tricks, I’d love to hear them! I hope these tips were helpful in helping to lessen your camel toe concerns. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me! Thanks for tuning in!

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