Why won’t my joggers, pants, and jeans 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 jeans fall down is choosing the wrong fabric.
Fabric is key when it comes to jeans. The ideal fabric kind of breakdown for jeans 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 jeans 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 jeans that makes them hold their shape.
One of the keys to look for when looking at jeans and fabric is form retention. Form retention basically means it will keep its shape, and it 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 jeans that say form retention. It means that they put their best technology into those jeans to make sure that they don’t bag over the day.
For example, Levi’s 311 jeans have 79% cotton, 19% polyester, and 2% elastin.
DL1961 jeans have a performance fabric called Instasculpt. There’s 91% cotton, 7.5% polyester, and 1.5 percent% lycra. Their Instasculpt fabric is known for holding its shape, having that form retention, and not stretching out.
Paige is another denim brand. The Paige transcend denim jeans are only 23% cotton, 54% rayon, 22% polyester, and only one percent elastin.
You can look for this fabric breakdown in whatever denim and whatever budget you have.
In general, having too much stretch a lot of times can cause the jeans 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 jeans 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 jeans, joggers, or pants to buy that will hold their 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 jeans 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. A better-quality alteration is to go around the belt loops and hide the alterations that they make to the waistband under the belt loops.
They can alter underneath each of the belt loops so that your jeans are conformed more to your actual waist. Therefore, they’ll stay up a little bit and fit you better, so they’ll stay up better.
This is a little bit more of an expensive alteration, but it’s so worth it for a favorite pair of pants to make sure that they fit you and don’t continue to sag and fall down during the day.
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 jeans already baggy, even with the current baggier style of jeans. 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 jeans 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 jeans are making a little bit of a comeback. But, unfortunately, regardless of whether or not you are a low-rise person wearing jeans 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 jeans.
Another thing to keep in mind is you can always belt. We don’t want to belt all the time, but if you’ve got a favorite pair of pants and you don’t want to alter them, try a belt. There are a lot of invisible belts that can help you wear your pants with different tops without them being bulky.
It’s not easy to find pants, joggers, or jeans 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.
We could talk all day long to answer that question of how to stop joggers from falling down. However, we hope this post was helpful. If you have any more fashion questions or challenges, let us know.
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