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A Trick for Too Tight Pants

denim blue jeans

I’m a little embarrassed about posting this hint on my blog.  For one thing, I don’t really like admitting to people that sometimes my pants are too tight.  For another thing, this hint is so well-known that it’s unlikely that many will find it useful.

This Trick Can Help You Breathe Easier

But on the outside chance that someone somewhere might breathe easier because of this hint, I’m going to go ahead and share it.  Recently, I shared this hint with someone in person, and she was impressed and appreciative.  So here goes!

If you’ve never wished for a little extra room around the waist of your pants, then I hate you you can skip this post.  For the rest of us, there is a way to gain a few extra inches around the waist of your zip and button pants. This works only if you are not planning to tuck your shirt in to your waist band.
blue jeans that fit but are too tight when I sit down

Here’s a regular pair of jeans that are quite comfortable when I’m walking or standing, but when I sit down, the waist feels too tight.  If you know of what I speak, then grab a rubber band or ponytail holder, and we’ll transform these pants from tight to comfy.

You can use a rubber band for this trick, but I prefer to use a soft ponytail holder.  If you need to use the one on the left in the picture below, you might want to buy new pants.  The smaller size will allow the waistband to stretch an additional inch or two. how to fix pants that are too tight around the waist

To complete our little “fix”, just thread the elastic band through the button hole in your pants, and then pull one end of the band through the loop so that it is secure in the buttonhole as pictured below.
how to fix jeans that are too tight around the waist
a quick fix for too tight jeans

Now, you can loop the elastic band over the button allowing the band to stretch as you move giving you a little extra room in the waistband.  Trust me, this works!  That little elastic band can mean the difference between being able to wear a particular pair of jeans or not.

While it’s probably true that those of us who need to use this trick probably already know about it.  But just maybe there’s one poor, sad soul out there who’s suffering through the day with her waistband digging into her muffin top.  This post is for her!

‘Fess up!  Have you ever used this nifty trick? 

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17 thoughts on “A Trick for Too Tight Pants

  1. Works well for helping regular pants fit into pregnancy too!

    1. Great point, Dawn!

  2. I’ve never heard of this trick (I don’t remember reading this in 7, must have zoned out), but I can certainly use it. Thanks for passing it along.

    1. I’m glad you can use it, Elizabeth. I can’t remember where this was in the 7 book, but it’s in there.

  3. I used this trick when I was pregnant with both of my kiddos!

    1. I think I should have targeted pregnant ladies with this post. I don’t know much about that. 🙂

  4. After reading this, I immediately marched into my bedroom, pulled out a pair of “incentive” jeans, and gave it a shot. I’m wearing them now for the first time as I write this. I have three-count ’em- three pairs of incentive jeans that I will be wearing from here on out! You just changed another life, Grandma. =0)

    1. Kristen, you made my day! I’m so glad you liked this hint!

  5. Elaine, You are too precious! I’m going to put hair ties on my shopping list!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Chris! Those hair ties will be useful for lots of things!

  6. I just tuck the tabs in, since I don’t wear my shirt tucked in, this works perfectly. I’ll have to try this trick too.

    1. I’ve tried tucking the tabs in, too, Cindy, but sometimes the zipper starts to unzip when I do that.

  7. I used to do something like this! I’d take a big rubber band and loop it around the left front belt loop then wrapped it around the other front belt loop to keep my pants tight enough that they wouldn’t fall down. Or use a rubber band to make the back of your shirt look like it isn’t too loose. It’s cool it can be used when the clothes are too tight to. =)

    1. Oooh, that’s a good idea to use the belt loops, Erika! Thanks for sharing that one!

  8. Thank you, thank you! Somehow I have gone my whole life so far without knowing about this. You are a hero.

    1. I’m happy to be your hero, Shauna! lol I’m glad you found a tip on my blog that is useful to you!

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