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How to STOP Joggers from Falling Down (And Why It Happens)

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Why won’t my joggers stay up? Why do they stretch out and get saggy-baggy in the bottom and thighs over the day? Do you feel like you’re always hiking them up?

There are a couple of things that you can look at when you’re choosing joggers that can help you avoid the problem of your pants bagging and sagging and stretching out and slumping down as the day goes on.

The Wrong Fabric

The very first thing that might be making your joggers fall down is choosing the wrong fabric.

Fabric is key when it comes to pants. The ideal fabric kind of breakdown for joggers that don’t stretch out as they wear on is a blend of cotton, poly, spandex, and elastin.

A mix of a good percentage includes 60 to 70 percent of cotton, 20 to 30 percent of polyester, and then a good healthy dose of stretch, 7-9 percent of stretch. 

Some joggers are known for not stretching out as the day goes on, and these brands have given their fabric a trademark. But what it comes down to is the percentage of fibers that they have in the pants that makes them hold their shape. 

One of the keys to look for when looking at pants and fabric is form retention. Form retention basically means it will keep its shape, and won’t get stretched out. 

All fabric companies and denim companies are always playing with the blends of fabrics, and they are working on trying to alleviate this problem.

So, choose joggers that say form retention. It means that they put their best technology into those pants to make sure that they don’t bag over the day.

In general, having too much stretch a lot of times can cause the pants to fall down over the day. Because that synthetic stretch gets heated up with your body heat.

As you move, as your legs rub together, as your body emits heat, that heat causes trousers to be less stretchy and less form-fitting as the day goes on. 

So, the fabric content is the first thing to look at when deciding which joggers to buy that will hold its shape over time.

The Wrong Fit

The wrong fit is another reason why your joggers might be falling down over the day. 

A lot of women tend to buy their joggers a little bit too loose. Especially if you’re looking at 100% cotton joggers, or joggers with a very low stretch percentage, you want joggers that fit a little snugly at the beginning of the day.

If your favorite joggers have started gaping a little bit, one trick is your tailor, or you can put a dart in the back like a triangle in the back that can close up any gaps.

Again, if you sew, this is awesome; you can totally take in your waistband and make sure those pants fit you perfectly in the waist. But to buy the right size, make sure that they fit you perfectly at the waist. All-cotton pants should be a little bit too tight at the beginning. 

A lot of women are buying their pants already baggy, even with the current baggier style of pants. Ensure that you’ve got that nice snug fit around the hips and thighs at the top. Try on a few different sizes, and don’t get so hung up on the number on the sides. 

Every brand, fit, fabric, and body are different. Try on a few different sizes, silhouettes, and styles to make sure you choose the best size for you.

Once you’ve got a couple of brands where their sizes and styles fit you, you won’t have any problem.

The Wrong Style

The next problem that could be making your pants sag and bag is that you’re shopping for the wrong style.

Low-rise pants in general are notorious for falling down; they are the worst culprit when it comes to falling down and getting baggy and saggy at the end of the day. 

Low-rise pants are making a little bit of a comeback. But, unfortunately, regardless of whether or not you are a low-rise person wearing pants below the belly button, there’s nothing for them to hold on to, and they will start sagging over the day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the way you wear your joggers and what you wear them with will affect them. With skinny joggers, if they’re snug around your calves, the calves can pull the waist down.

Choose a silhouette that will stay up on you, especially if you have a striking difference between your waist and your hip measurement.

Fortunately, there are a lot of joggers with a curvy fit, so there’s a nice differential there between the waist and the hip. 

Experiment with different styles and different rises. A higher or medium-rise is much more likely to stay up than a low rise. Also, a straight, a flared, or a flowy, which are all over the place this season, are much more likely to stay up than skinny pants. 


It’s not easy to find joggers that will be comfortable, flattering, and fit and are not going to get baggy-saggy by the end of the day. 

There are many ways to work with the joggers you have – altering, belting, and tucking them, paying attention to the footwear you’re wearing with them. But going forward, focus on the fit, the style, and the fabric. 

I also have a comprehensive guide on stopping all your clothes from falling down that may interest you to read next.

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