Three Ways to Stretch Your Jeans

When buying a pair of jeans, there might be a time where you land between sizes. Say a size 26 gives you muffin top, but a 27 sags a bit. Or that thing when you’re in the dressing room and you squeeze on a pair of jeans and it looks great at the store… but when you get home you realize that it’s just too tight to actually wear. Or perhaps you’ve gained a little bit of weight (or bought a pair of jeans when you were really skinny, and don’t plan on going back to that soon… or ever). OR maybe, that pair of high waisted jeans fits everywhere except the waist?

Well, those things have happened to me, and thankfully there is a way to stretch denim. Denim can be stretched up to an inch. Which just might be good enough for avoiding that upgrade to a new size, or if you would like your jeans to be moulded to your shape, this can be done as well with stretching!

There are a few ways to stretch your jeans. One of them is obvious, the other is more subtle and the last one sounds kind of crazy. But they all work.

1. Put the jeans on and do lunges.

Often times stretching out denim just requires you to wear them. Wearing solves a lot of problems.. it softens your jeans, and it stretches them to your shape. Doing lunges in your jeans helps break the fibers and stretches them out. It may not work for those who want the stretching to happen in the waist area, but it does loosen the denim grip in the rear and the thighs, two area that do tend to be too tight on a lot of people.

2. Put the jeans on and spray warm water on them.

Some people say you should spray the jeans with water then put them on… I don’t like putting on wet clothes. What you do is get your jeans on, you may not be able to button, so get them on as much as possible, then spray lukewarm water to dampen the denim. This will cause the fabric to give a bit more. Then button them up, and do some lunges while you’re at it.

Maybe it’s the lunges that are making us smaller, and not stretching out the jeans?

3. Soak in a bath with your jeans ON

Yes, this works. I actually got the idea for this post watching the trailer for Ginger and Rosa, the charming scene where the two girls are in a tub stretching their jeans.

The way it works is you put the jeans on, run a warm bath, and get in. Stay in there for at least 15 minutes. Then get out of the tub, towel dry, try a few lunges, and keep your jeans on for about 30 minutes. Then take them off and hang dry (do not put in dryer).

You’d have to be committed to do that, but it does work!

How else do you stretch your jeans?

[Image credit: Selvedge Love]


  1. April 4, 2013 / 11:13 am

    Great tips, pinning this.

  2. September 4, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    After stretching your pants by taking a bath in it etc, would you be able to put in into the washer and dryer or do it all on your own?

  3. Jennine
    September 6, 2013 / 1:32 am

    Hi there!

    I would suggest washing in the washer, but not the dryer. Never dry your jeans in the dryer (if they have spandex or elastane in them, they’ll lose their stretch)

  4. October 3, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    My dad used to use the bathtub method when he was a young spark in the 50’s. Although I think he said that he stayed in the tub with HOT water for at least an hour. Maybe he should have started with warm water and he wouldn’t have had to stay in so long? Oh and his goal wasn’t to stretch the jeans, it was to shrink wrap them. Go dad!

  5. Pingback: Thrifted Treasures
  6. Zoe
    April 27, 2015 / 11:10 am

    I get them on as much as possible and then shove something (like a spray bottle) in the waist band. That stretches them out a bit.

  7. Ric2013
    June 3, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Think it’s pretty clear from the dialogue in the bath scene that they are trying to shrink their jeans, not stretch them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *