Does the zipper on your jeans tend to fall down? The zipper plays an essential role in securing your jeans around your waist. It creates a tighter fit, which in turn prevents your jeans from falling down. Unfortunately, though, it’s not uncommon for zippers to fall down. And when this occurs, your jeans may fall down as well. The good news is that you can typically prevent this from happening by following a few simple steps. So, if you struggle to keep your zipper up, consider the following tips to better secure your jeans.
Choose High-Quality Denim Jeans
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that low-quality denim jeans are more likely to experience this problem than their higher quality counterparts. Some companies use low-quality materials and poor craftsmanship techniques to make their jeans. While these low-quality jeans typically cost less than high-quality jeans, this is a case in which the saying “You get what you pay for” holds true. You may discover the jeans falling down throughout the day, as the zipper doesn’t stay up. Investing in high-quality jeans, however, will reduce the risk of this happening.
Choose the Right Size
In addition to choosing high-quality jeans, you should also choose jeans in the right size. If they are too big, conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that they are more likely to fall down. With that said, jeans that are too small may also cause the zipper to fall down. When you wear jeans that are too small for your body, the excess stress may force the zipper down. Therefore, it’s recommended that you invest in a pair of jeans designed to fit your body shape and size. You can find the perfect-fitting jeans here at MakeYourOwnJeans. As the name suggests, we offer custom sizing on all jeans at no additional charge. You tell us your size, and we’ll create a pair of jeans designed specifically for your body shape and size.
Wear a Belt
Of course, wearing a belt can help keep your jeans and the zipper in place. This is particularly true if your jeans don’t fit. If they are too large, a belt will keep your jeans safely secured around your waist, thus keeping the zipper from falling down. But even if your jeans fit right, it’s still a good idea to get into the habit of wearing a belt. Aside from the increased support it provides, a belt will enhance your appearance by adding new colors and designs to your outfit. Just remember to choose a belt that flows cohesively with the rest of your outfit.
Did you know that most zippers manufactured and used today have a built-in mechanism that’s designed to prevent them from falling down? Known as a zip locker, it secures the zipper in place. Since the 1970s, most jeans sold in the United States (and elsewhere) have this feature. To use the zip locker, simply position the hook — the thing you pull up or down on the zipper — down. If it’s facing up, the zipper may fall down. If it’s facing down, however, it will remain in place until you face it in the other direction. You can test this on your jeans by zipping up the zipper and positioning the hook so that it’s facing down. Assuming it has a built-in lock, you shouldn’t be able to pull down on the zipper.
The Button Trick
Aside from the built-in lock previously mentioned, perhaps the easiest and most effective way to keep the zipper on your jeans from falling down is the button trick. This involves placing a key ring through the small hole at the top of your zipper hook and looping it around the top fly button of your jeans. Basically, this secures your zipper hook to the top button on your jeans. Once secure, your zipper won’t be able to fall down since it’s connected to the top button on your jeans. This is a simple trick that’s easy and highly effective at keeping your zipper from falling down. And if you don’t have access to a key ring, you can use just about any other ring-shaped object of similar size.
Replace the Slider
There are times when the zipper’s slider — the track on which the zipper goes up and down — may break or otherwise stop working as intended. When this occurs, the zipper may fall down as a result. Granted, the button trick may still keep your zipper from falling down, but another idea is to replace the slider. This involves removing the broken slider and sewing on a new slider. If this sounds like too much, you can always take your jeans to a professional tailor and have them do it for you. Most tailors will gladly replace your broken slider for a small fee. And if they are your favorite pair of jeans, the nominal cost of a slider replacement is well worth it.
Maintaining Your Zipper
You should use caution when washing your jeans to avoid damaging the zipper. When the zipper becomes bent or damaged, it’s more likely to fall down. So, try to get into the habit of zipping up your jeans before washing them. Allowing the zipper to hang down only increases the risk of damage. It may catch with other garments in the washing machine, at which point the stress can literally pull the zipper apart. This is easily prevented, however, by zipping up your jeans and locking the zipper in place before washing them.
Also, use caution when zipping up and down your jeans. If it’s stuck, don’t force it. Aggressively yanking a stuck zipper may break or damage the slider, in which case you’ll have to replace it. By following the tips outlined here, you’ll have an easier time keeping your zipper in place and preventing it from falling down.