How to Prevent Jeans from Wearing Out in the inner Thighs featured by popular DC curvy fashion blogger, Wardrobe Oxygen

How to Prevent Jeans from Wearing Out in the Inner Thighs

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Hi Alison – One thing I have struggle with is wearing my jeans out in the inner thighs. I had purchased some expensive jeans that looked and felt great, however since they were so “washed” they wore through so quickly. Embarrassing and annoying! I did iron some patches in to get a little more life out of them. Any tips? At first, I was thinking it was sizing, but I just noticed that a pair of jeans I got in the fall are 14's which is a good size for me are also stating to wear.

How to Prevent Jeans from Wearing Out in the inner Thighs featured by popular DC curvy fashion blogger, Wardrobe OxygenJeans wear out between the inner thighs because of friction. Whether you're a size 4 or 24, there's a good chance your thighs touch and rub together when you walk. Thighs touching is a completely normal, healthy, and downright beautiful aspect of a woman's body. But it's annoying when it blows out your favorite jeans. Below are some tips on how to prevent denim from wearing out at the inner thighs or at least prolonging the time before it ends up happening.

The more you launder your jeans, the more you break down the fibers, causing the denim to get thinner and more likely to break. Jeans do not need to be washed after every wear, and should never be placed in the dryer. Some suggest putting jeans into the freezer to kill any smells on them; I've never tried it but have friends who swear by it. With stains, consider spot treating them and letting it air dry. The less time your jeans are in a machine, the longer they will last. Consider using the gentle cycle and washing your jeans inside out to reduce friction in the machine on the outside inner thighs.

Neither the brand name nor the price of the jeans will determine how long a pair of denim will last before a blowout. What usually is the determining factor denim weight. In the reader's original email, she mentioned a brand name that I also wear. I've had denim from that brand last for years, and others not make it through a single season. Same brand, same price, but different wash. Soft denim, denim infused with Lycra, linen, or another fiber, and any denim with weathering or a vintage finish is more likely to wear out than heavyweight or “rigid” denim.

If you find a pair of jeans you love but they are made of a soft, weathered, or lightweight denim, you can fortify them before wearing. It doesn't seem to make sense, but what's on the inside of the jeans will help preserve the outside.

  • Denim patches applied to the inside of the jeans at the inner thighs before wearing will protect that area and lower the chances of having your jeans blow out.
  • Men find that wearing boxers keep their jeans longer; the same holds true for women. Wearing hosiery, slip shorts, or control shorts under your jeans will make them last longer. Slip shorts or pettipants are a great choice if you don't want to feel constricted.

Over the years, many readers have suggested prepping jeans with Scotchguard. Yep, that spray you use to prevent stains on your couch can also prevent holes in your denim. I haven't tried this and don't plan to but I wanted to share if you're comfortable with this product. Do note, it will need to be reapplied after each washing, but spray it on the outside of the jeans in the thigh region, let dry (it will be virtually invisible), and you're ready to go.

More denim, fewer problems. We often have a favorite pair of jeans that we wear multiple days in a row. Thing is if you don't give your jeans a chance to cool off and bounce back, they are more likely to wear out. If you find a pair of jeans that are awesome, it's a smart investment to buy a second pair. Don't save them for when the first pair wears out, vary between the two (and if possible have a few days between where you wear other things) and both pairs will last longer.

Many men hitch up the knees of their pants before sitting. This provides more space in the knee, thigh, and crotch area for comfort but it also prevents the fabric from being stretched. Doing this before sitting will put less strain on the thighs of your jeans, reducing the chance of a denim blowout.

Even if a certain size seems to fit, consider sizing up and getting jeans tailored. If your denim is too snug on the thighs, rear, and hips, the strain especially when sitting and squatting will over time wear down the denim. A little bit more room in the jeans can provide months even years more life without even noticing a difference in the fit and final effect. And a perfectly tailored jean can make you look taller, thinner, and like a million bucks!



  • Menon August 31, 2018

    No expensive the jeans i is wearing out on inner thigh..

  • Mariah June 21, 2018

    Get higher quality jeans! If your jeans are constantly stretching out, that is not good quality material. It’s more expensive, but invest in jeans that are a step up. And if you never dry them from the start, they won’t need shrinking over and over again. 🙂

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  • Letícia March 14, 2018

    You left the first tip for last. At least here in Brazil women seem to understand that if a piece of clothing can be buttoned up it “fits”. Go one, two, however many sizes necessary up. I find that sometimes it’s not the size, but the cut – skinny pants are tight on the knees when I sit down. I end up having to take in all pants on the waist – I buy for my hips and take in at the waist. My tights don’t seem to complain much, but the knees said “no more skinnies, K?” 🙂

  • Julie March 14, 2018

    I always find it weird when people say not to dry your jeans. I mean, don’t your jeans stretch out? I have to wash my jeans every 3-4 wears not because they’re dirty but because they’re at least a size bigger, regardless of style or brand. If I wash and then just hang dry, they stretch out even quicker than when I don’t put them in the washer.

    • Alison Gary March 14, 2018

      My jeans stretch out, and I used to put in the dryer to shrink them back. When I started air drying I found my jeans didn’t stretch out as much and I didn’t have as much of a need to dry them to shrink them back. I have no idea why, but it’s like the denim got used to not being dried.

    • Valeria August 1, 2018

      It’s because the first time you machine dry anything with stretchy fabric you damage it’s ability to return to it’s original shape.

  • Zaeobi March 13, 2018

    Am I the only one who doesn’t get thigh thinning (despite having thunder thighs & suffering from chub rub) but the seat of my pants like to disappear instead (usually around the crotch seams)? Am I just shaped weirdly, lol?

    • Alison Gary March 14, 2018

      Nope, completely normal. Some get the wearing at the crotch seams, some lower in the thighs, some even get it closer to the knees. We’re all built differently and jeans affect us in different ways! 🙂

  • Alison March 13, 2018

    Good to krep in mind as I feel my favorite pair of Jag jeans thinning…

    • Alison Gary March 14, 2018

      My favorite JAG jeans just blew out and Im sad. They don’t make that style any more either.

  • Ruth March 12, 2018

    I have been fortunate enough not to have this problem with denim (despite having ‘thunder thighs’) but I did buy pairs of linen trousers in the summer for a few years. They only ever lasted one summer before going into holes on the thighs. If you fancy the look and feel of linen for the summer, I strongly recommend a linen and cotton mix which is much more durable.

    • Alison Gary March 12, 2018

      So true, the fabric can really make a difference. I’ve had this issue even with leggings, and it’s all about quality and durability!

  • Gillian March 12, 2018

    If you have a sewing machine at home, you can follow this tutorial from Closet Case Patterns, based on the techniques of Indigo Proff, who was mentioned in a comment above!

  • Andrea March 12, 2018

    For really special jeans, you can get the hole repaired. Check out indigo_proof on instagram for some photos of repairs. I was amazed at how good the repairs looked. Of course, this works best if you get the repair earlier rather than later.

    • Alison Gary March 12, 2018

      Thanks for this Andrea!

    • Laura March 13, 2018

      The photos on Indigo_proof are sheer alchemy. Bloody hell that’s impressive. Really impressive.

      My husband has this problem particularly with his work pants. Just binned 2-3 pairs because they’ve worn through. Obviously need to haul out the sewing machine and practice, practice, practice.

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