How to Stretch Jeans (in four easy steps!)

by Jaime on November 20, 2011

There are few moments more frustrating than opening a package, pulling out a gorgeous pair of jeans and… they’re just a little too small. Don’t pay extra to return those baby blues when you can stretch them yourself in just four quick steps!

One of the best (and unorthodox) ways to stretch your jeans and get them to fit is a bit silly. Here’s how you do it in four easy steps:

1. Run a warm bath, and fill it up to the top.
2. Get your jeans on.
3. Get in the bath. Yes, with your jeans ON.
4. Sit, stretch. Let the water do its magic.

I know, it sounds crazy. It does… but it WORKS. This technique works best for raw denim or jeans made from 100% cotton, but can be used with many different cotton blends. And remember: make sure NOT to pull them by the belt loops. They’re not meant to take on that kind of pressure; they’ll tear. Not a good look.

Want to try something different? Here are some great tips from Denim Debutante readers!

I bought a pair of jeans once that were 100% cotton and were too small in the waist. I put them on – sprayed the waist band with water and then wore them until they dried. It worked perfectly. – Paula

I do squats, too. I also hang-dry all my jeans (well, actually all my clothes except pyjama pants, tshirts and undies) so they don’t shrink back up in the dryer. But each time a clean pair goes on, I’ll do a few squats and lunges and usually wear them while I do my morning crunches – it does the trick! – Kate

What are your tips for stretching out your jeans, or making sure that a slightly small pair fits perfectly?

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Damien November 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I just recently began a love for mens skinny jeans especially Levis 511. One method I use is dance central on the xbox 360 kinect. I did one session and after 40 min of dancing the jeans fit like a charm. I imagine any type of working out in your jeans would yield the same results though.


Rachel November 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

i’ve found that when you wear a pair of jeans over time they eventually form to your body…busting out some yoga poses and jumping jacks also work.


SVICA Jeans September 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Great tip! Thank you for sharing!

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