How to Stop Jeans Creasing at the Crotch

Every fabric will have a different fit to it and jeans are no exception. This is especially true because, despite sizes, we all have unique body shapes. So, expecting that jeans are going to fit each one of us in the same manner just isn’t going to happen.

Why do jeans crease? The most obvious reason is that they don’t fit our bodies correctly. You may come across this often if the jeans are inexpensive. Perhaps a more expensive cut of jeans or better-quality denim in the same size will not create creasing at the crotch.

Does Denim Crease and Wrinkle?

While a durable and strong kind of material, yes, denim will crease and wrinkle. This will most often happen if your denim has not been properly laundered or just rolled up and stuck in a drawer. There are a few ways to “de-crease” your jeans if you have the time and will to do so.

How to Stop Jeans Creasing at the Crotch

Why Do My Jeans Crease?

While denim may be appreciated for its hardiness as a fabric, it is not immune to wrinkling and creasing. The principal reason that jeans crease is that they do not fit your body type properly or at least as well as you had hoped. They may be too loose, too tight, or just a bad cut for your body shape.

Low-quality denim fabric will also be more prone to creasing especially in an unflattering place like the crotch area. Wear and tear can also contribute to creases. The more often you wear the jeans, the more they will stretch their shape and potentially create creases.

Proper care will also contribute to less creasing in denim. Treat your jeans as you would an expensive clothing item rather than just dropping them wherever it’s convenient.

The Crease at the Crotch

Many things can cause creases in the crotch area of jeans. A common reason is that the jeans are cut too baggy for your body. The creasing may be a result of excess fabric bunching up. Check to see if your jeans are bunching and sagging in the crotch area even if you are wearing a belt. 

The direction of the crease can also indicate your fit problem. If the creases tend to face inward, then you need a larger size as your jeans are probably too tight.

If the creases move outward, your jeans are too baggy and loose on you. Often diagonally directed tension marks located at the crotch, also referred to as “whiskers”, indicate a bad fit and they feel even worse if you need to sit down.

Wearing jeans lower on your hips can cause the denim to against the skin and crease

Crotch creases may also be due to the way you wear your jeans. Wearing jeans lower on your hips can cause the denim to against the skin and crease.

Another consideration is how much stuff you put in your jean’s pockets. Filling up your pockets can cause the fabric to bulge, stretch, and crease.

The yoke is also something to consider. If it is fashioned too low and not properly made, it will cause the crotch area to crease. The rise at the rear of the jeans can also cause creases in the crotch for the same reasons.

Other Considerations

Jeans are generally produced with 100% cotton denim. They can become larger as you wear them. Many pants made from a variety of other fabrics will not stretch or even shrink during normal wear.

When buying a new pair of jeans, it’s recommended to choose a pair that fits properly, and then buy them one size smaller. 

Usually, 100% cotton denim will stretch anywhere from an inch to an inch-and-a-half during the initial wearing period of approximately three months.

So, keep in mind that jeans can and probably will stretch and the extra material may cause creases.

Another possibility is that jeans manufacturers will add some elastic fibers to the denim blend to make them a bit stretchable.

Often stretchy jeans can create some difficulty in attempting to maintain a wrinkle or crease-free appearance, especially after laundering.

Methods to Stop Jeans from Creasing at the Crotch

A rule of thumb to follow is once you have purchased jeans, follow the brand’s care instructions. Caring properly for your jeans reduces the possibility of creases forming.

1.) Some people will select to iron jeans, but opinions on this are divided. Ironing does not damage denim and should not negatively affect the durability.

2.) Other people will hang their jeans in a shower to steam your denim jeans. You can also use a steamer directly on the creases in your jeans.

3.) Using a flat surface, lay the jeans on top and manipulate the creases out of the crotch area manually. Cover the straightened jeans with a damp towel and rub the towel with your hands.

4.) Boil water and hold the crotch area of your jeans above the steam.

5.) Apply a wrinkle relaxant to relax creases and allow the jeans to dry.

6.) Place your jeans flatly on a table and spray the creases with water. Turn a hair blow dryer on the warm setting and point it at the creases while stretching the denim a bit.

7.) Launder the creased jeans in cold water and mild detergent. Stretch out your jeans in the legs and waistband to impede shrinkage. Place the jeans in a dryer at a cool setting for approximately ten minutes. Hang the jeans up after tumbling dry.

8.) Some people opt to add a fabric softener when laundering jeans. Add it to the water along with your chosen detergent and wash. Allow your jeans to dry and the creases should disappear.

The Bottom Line

Jeans are made from denim, and although durable, denim is by no means a perfect material. Creases in lower quality denim will appear thanks to use.

The wrong size jeans will be at risk for creases and wrinkles in the crotch area. The best thing you can do is to buy a quality pair of jeans in the proper size and follow the care instructions.

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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