How to Fold Your Jeans Like a Professional

This post is by Alyson Woods from Alyson is Neat. We bonded over out college jobs and retail folding experiences. Here she shares some secrets for organizing and storing your denim

When I was in college, I had my dream job. Well, a dream job for an 18 year old… I worked at The Gap. The only reason I got the job is because I said in my interview, I have wanted to work at The Gap since I was 16. How can you say no to that?

Through my time there I went through countless training seminars on the aspect of denim. I would also spend entire shifts re-organizing our denim collection. I have a lot of experience folding jeans to make them look amazing. Now, I want to share that with you. Just follow these easy steps, and you will have a killer stack of denim that is viewable and pretty!

1. Smooth jeans flat

2. Fold in half

3. Fold the bottom of the jeans to the yoke seam

(the upside triangular seam on the back of your jeans)

4. Fold leg down past the crotch

This will create a little bit of bulk in the fold. Also, if you like, fold in the crotch and tuck under the legs. (If space is a problem, omit this step, but yours jeans will be rather flat).

5. Fold again, and flip over!

You are done!

I demonstrated how this well-executed fold looks when sitting in a cabinet (um yes, I did this in my kitchen). The folds are thick, and so if space isn’t really an issue for you, this fold is perfect. You get a large viewing area of your denim.

However, if space is an issue… I will show you how I store my jeans. I have two small closets in my bedroom and dedicate one entire closet to winter items and a hanging shelf. I set my jeans with the waistbands on the outside, because if I can see the brand, I can identify the pair of jeans.

If you have any further questions, or would like some advice on how to organize your denim, feel free to leave a comment down below or send me an e-mail.



  1. August 4, 2010 / 9:04 am

    This is very helpful post! I tend to hang up my jeans in the closet, but this folding technique has me thinking that I should take them out of the closet and fold them correctly into my drawers. Great post!

  2. August 4, 2010 / 9:27 am

    Ha.. I’m the same… worked at the gap in college and by doing so crossed off a lifetime “goal” off my list! Those were the days… very fun ones indeed!

    I like the hanging shelf system… I definitely need a new system. that one looks great!

  3. August 4, 2010 / 12:22 pm

    Ahhh, so that’s how the pros did it. I just hang mine. 😛

  4. Thu Nguyen
    August 4, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    Hehehe! Thanks for the great post! I’ve down sized in apartments and my new closet is small… I usually hang my jeans but now there isn’t enough space. I like how you hang your jeans in the little organizer. Cool idea! 🙂

  5. August 5, 2010 / 8:24 am

    Hi there!! Great post and I’m such a denim fan too, I stack my jeans, so much neater and easier to get to!

  6. September 7, 2011 / 12:59 am

    Fantastic guide. I will bookmark your site and be certain to test once more often.

  7. September 11, 2011 / 4:14 am

    Therefore, Youve got to prevent and take a break.

  8. Mike
    November 25, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    If you are packing jeans for a trip, after step 2 above, simply rolls tightly from the waistband down. They will consume far less space in your suitcase/backpack/duffel and will not wrinkle nearly as bad. You can do this with tee shirts as well.

  9. Twana
    November 29, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    If you fold these with the waistline or top portion as the inside portion of the fold with the legs as the outer portion, you’ll have fewer fold lines in your pants legs. Just a thought. Other than that, everything else works perfectly. Remember that The Gap and other retailers are folding it with the waistline showing for marketing purposes. You want to fold it for convenience and neatness.

  10. December 10, 2011 / 8:12 am

    Great post!! Recently downsize to an apartment and space is an issue thank you so much!!

  11. Alanna
    October 8, 2016 / 2:19 pm


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