denim adviceI am CONSTANTLY frustrated with this problem of having skinny jeans sliding down on my butt. No matter if they are mid- or high-rise, they slide. Period. And no matter if they are 3,4 or 5 way stretch, they still slide.

Conclusion: it must be about the tailoring, the way the denim manufacturers cut the denim, and not the denim fabric itself. Because it doesn’t make sense to me – the fabric manufacturers supply a 4 way stretch denim and then the denim manufacturer doesn’t manage to cut the jeans in the right direction? But there is no other explanation.

Sliding jeans are so very annoying and much more so in winter when you are layering a heavy coat making it impossible to pull up sliding jeans like on the subway steps.

My take on this is that the problem could also be related to the cut of the calves. Because it is there that the jeans usually are too tight and therefore move down when you climb up steps or sit down.

For women it can be a challenge finding a pair that fits both our waist and our hips. If the pair fits you well in the legs and bum but is still sliding down it is most likely because the waistband is not tight enough so your jeans are sliding down your hips.

Also, we’d like to add that buying stretchier jeans is not always the answer! As many women can attest denim with Elastane can still slide down or be ill-fitting and I’ve certainly had a pair of jeggings that still slid down constantly. Making sure the waist fits properly is ideal whether they be jeggings or rigid denim Levi’s.

If you don’t want to go down the alteration route an old school solution that I like sounds obvious, use belts! From skinny belts to wide bold leather belts or even scarves they can do the job by cinching your waist, holding up your pants in the process, and complementing your outfit.

Also, you may want to try experimenting with different rises. Everyone’s waist line hits differently and some brands or rises may fit your particular measurements better than others. Try a few pairs with a rise that is an inch higher or lower than what you usually gravitate to, you might be pleasantly surprised and it may resolve the sliding issue. Jeans come in more rises than ever now from ultra high rise, high-rise, mid-rise, etc. they really run the game. Vintage style Mom jeans certainly fit differently from your typical high rise jegging so experiment!


The key to preventing high waisted jeans from sliding is finding a pair that fits properly and is made from a premium stretch fabric. At Parker Smith, we have designed our ultra high rise skinny, The Bombshell, with a contour waistband that sits on your true waist. The contour waistband allows the denim to sit at the smallest part of your waist while preventing any sliding or gaping. The majority of our Bombshell’s are also made from our Shaper fabric which is made to lift and mold to the body. By combining the right fabric with an impeccable fit our high rise denim is able to move with the body without sliding down.


The reason why our jeans fit so well is because of the construction of our waistband. The contouring of the waistband allows for the jean to sit perfectly on the body. Add that with incredible fabric, it’s the reason why we were able to make such a strong impact in the denim market.


    • Yeah, not just jeans but the rest of the clothing slided down and flew off this girl ? I won’t judge though because if I had her body I wouldn’t bother covering up too much either ?

  1. Yea. That picture is so sad. I assume this was taken in Hollywood and she is in the business of looking like that. Porn is an important industry in CA. On the bright side her hair looks good, she’s not showing anything she shouldn’t and she’s fit.

    Denim is not going to hold its shape or stay perfectly in place. It has to be cut, fabricated and styled to allow it to look good over time, anyway. Very few jeans meet this standard.
    Denim that fits at the true waist (in other words the entire waist band is cinched in – not loose — well above the hip bone) needs a dropped crotch and good tailoring for comfort and some shape retention, belted or not. This rise is the least likely to be comfortable or hold its shape. Certainly a stretch skinny with this rise is going to bag out faster than any other stretch skinny, and wearing a belt will only put more stress on the seat. Women who are told their jeans will act like long line girdles will be especially disappointed as their seats are smashed in and pressed down and new bulges are created by the jeans.
    Fabric that doesn’t stretch evenly in every direction will pucker, fold and slide down more than any other denim. For some reason most stretch denim does not stretch up and down. Walking, bending and sitting are all up and down movements. Of course when you bend, sit or walk in denim that doesn’t stretch up and down. the jeans will slide down.
    The worst slip down is a tight legging fit without much stretch, like the DL 1961 emma jeans, which come in some low stretch and some high stretch fabrics, but do not stretch 360 degrees as claimed.
    The best stretch denim I have tried so far for almost no slide down and total ease is the JBrand hi-def. When new, the hi-def worked like a pair of lulu leggings stretching in every direction and snapping right back. JBrand seems to be phasing out the hi-def. They have a new stretch fabric now that I haven’t tried but hope to try. (It’s a hassle for me because I have to order them to try them on. Stores don’t carry size 23.) I hope that their new denim stretches up and down and lasts longer than the hi-def. Jbrand tailoring is usually excellent, which requires less stress on the fabric. I’m not a fan of the other stretch fabric from JBrand that I have tried on so far.
    No stretch and low stretch denim also grows with wear and will slide down. The trick is getting a cut that stays up high enough and looks cute when it does bag out and slide down. I have a pair of DL 1961 Riley jeans like that. They don’t show my thong and the slouch is fine. They were sold as stretch jeans but the stretch was insignificant and disappeared quickly, even though I never put them in the dryer. They look better completely broken in. When I have to be active and look good all day, I usually wear my riley jeans. They are 2 years old and I will wear them until they dissolve. High praise for a pair of jeans. BTW I was told to buy my usual size when I got them, but I sized up one size anyway and they grew less than half a size. Otherwise, they would have had to be taken in a bit at the waist because the rise is pretty low.
    Stretch denim is almost always a disappointment, eventually.
    For durability, tailoring and very little slide down I find most of the skinny jeans from Frame are best (although I’m eager to try the new stretch fabric at JBrand) and most of the low or no stretch jeans from Rag & Bone are best. (I hear good things about Rag & Bone skinny stretch jean fabric, but the cut doesn’t work on me.)
    I always buy a rise that is at least an inch higher than I need and I try to stick to cuts that will look at least as cute when they grow a little. If I wanted a pair of pants that fit like spray-paint all day long, or that fit tightly at my natural waist, I would not buy denim.
    There is too much talk and not enough innovation in denim. Blurry, low rez, photoshopped pictures. storytelling and sales pitches are not going to influence the way the buyer looks in denim. I don’t want to buy jeans that just look good in the dressing room. I want the jeans that look good after months or hopefully years of heavy wear. I get furious when I’m told to put denim in the freezer!
    The idea of making a comfortable, durable, flattering legging out of denim may have been doomed from the start. Girls who would look best in that look are used to how great they look and feel in yoga leggings. But, a slightly eased up, lady-like, skinny jean in a good stretch fabric, perfectly cut for one’s body type, that doesn’t rely on a tight waist band, can be great if the wearer wants to show off their lower body and legs. There are dozens of other cuts that look just as flattering, don’t require stretch, and are prone to being more durable that is looking good after they grow from wear.
    “Raw” denim sounds risky and disadvantageous. I can’t imagine buying jeans to see what they will look like after they are washed. Please! Wash & dry the fabric before you cut it!

      • 🙂 I’m surprised there hasn’t been a denim expo in LA. I hear there are showrooms in LA that open their doors sometimes. If that’s true, please tell us when. We could do a denimology showroom crawl.

  2. PS. I hate to read the advice, “experiment.” The jean maker should be experimenting before they mass produce! I spent nearly 1K on denim in 2016 that I would warn others not to buy. If denim makers want us to experiment on their denim, then they should accept returns after weeks of wear. Especially when they promise no sag, no bag.

    • Wow, Kitty! Your insight is sensational! I absolutely agree with you about DL’s Emma – they suck. I actually loved them at first but after a few months their denim started almost to fall apart. I’d find these weird pre-holes loose spots in the fabric in the most random places like ankles, calves and below the waistband. J Band is AWESOME no question. Really fantastic fits and fabrics. They really do worth the money. I also truly enjoy all of my 7fam. Amazing quality, cut and look!

      • Please review your JBrand jeans for us, now that you have had them for a while, the review is most valuable.
        Surprised your emmas didn’t hold up. Must have gotten different washes. I got berlin (my favorite of the three), riker and milk. Anyway, I don’t recommend them.
        From JBrand, I got Alana in hi-def stretch, thrill. They fit flawlessly and they were super comfy. They didn’t last. Now I’m tempted by the J.Brand Maria in Angelic and the Lynette. Both are uniquely beautiful.
        I like it that JBrand pictures are so clear on their web site. Since their fabrics differ so much from each other, I wish they would describe them in more specific detail including telling if they stretch up and down and how much they stretch. I also wish Bloomingdale’s would regularly sell size 23, so I could try on a big pile of JBrand and Frame jeans. Size 23 is not that small in this world of vanity sizing. And, especially in Santa Monica, where we have so many gyms and yoga studios, and the bike path, there are a lot of size 23 women who would appreciate being able to shop for jeans at stores.

  3. I love a lower rise jean and have never had the “butt crack” syndrome problem…maybe just luck. I make sure the top is well tucked and wear a snug belt and/or blazer. I don’t dress to expose (like the photo above) I don’t feel the need to make that sort of statement….I dress for comfort and exposing myself is neither comfortable nor fashionable. J Brand has always been my go to premium denim…always bring compliments!

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