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Why do leggings fall down? And how to keep them from falling down!

When we choose to wear a pair of leggings, most of us do so because we want to enjoy that skin-tight, bodycon feel, along with the easy comfort that leggings offer us. So, there’s nothing more annoying when it comes to leggings than a pair that won’t stop falling down. But why do leggings fall down, and how can you ensure that your leggings stay secured at your waist and not your ankles?

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So, why do leggings fall down?

Leggings can fall down for a number of reasons:

  • Your leggings are the wrong size – your leggings are simply too big for your body shape.
  • The elastic in the waistband has worn out, making the “stretch” effect feel simply “stretched” – and therefore baggy.
  • Your leggings are not made of a high-quality fabric – leggings are supposed to be skin-tight and bodycon, so if they’re the right size but keep falling down, either the waistband is damaged, or the fabric is low quality.

Question: If my leggings fall down are they too small?

Actually – If your leggings fall down while you’re wearing them, it could be an indication that they are too big rather than too small. When leggings are too big, they tend to slide down as you move around, causing discomfort and making it difficult to keep them in place. On the other hand, if leggings are too small, they may feel tight or restrictive, and you may have difficulty putting them on in the first place.

How to stop leggings from falling down?

If your leggings keep falling down and it’s getting on your nerves, there are a number of things you can do to prevent it from happening. Here are some Peach tips to avoid the dreaded bum-flash:

Buy one size down

It might seem counterproductive, but buying a size smaller than your usual trouser size is a great way to ensure a body-hugging fit for your leggings. Unlike jeans or fitted trousers, leggings come with inbuilt added stretch, so you can afford to size down by one or two sizes, especially if you have narrow hips and a less voluminous bum. This will ensure that your leggings stay in place and will also give the appearance of a fuller bum and thighs!

Choose high-waisted leggings

High waisted leggings are a much better option than low-rise leggings if your leggings keep falling down when you’re out and about. High waisted leggings tend to come with thicker, midriff-cinching waistbands designed to give you a streamlined form and highlight your shape. These leggings are also optimal for those of you struggling with sliding leggings! If your leggings are always looking to escape down your legs, secure them in place with a pair of tight fitting, high-waisted leggings. It’s also a good idea to size down as with your other leggings, in order to truly secure the waistband around your middle. Take a look at some of the best high-waisted leggings from the House of Peach collection here.

Try leggings with brushed and compressed fabrics

Fabrics with some detailing on them will fall down less easily, even if they’re not exactly the right fit. Try switching from smooth, black leggings to a pair of high waisted leggings with detailed, raised fabrics. These kinds of leggings will cling to your skin and have a more difficult time sliding down to your ankles. You can check out the House of Peach range of detailed leggings here.

Boost those glutes!

If you’re on a fitness or weight loss journey and you’ve noticed that your leggings have started falling down since you started, you might want to incorporate more strength training into your routine. Try adding some booty-boosting exercise moves into your regime and focus less on cardio. When we lose weight too fast, we can also end up losing muscle, which isn’t great if you’re looking to build a round, voluminous bum! If you want to learn more about losing weight without losing your bum, check out our helpful guide here. (referring to article “how to lose weight but keep your bum.”)

How to keep leggings from falling down when exercising

Imagine the scene: you’re in the gym, you’re motivated to start your workout, you reach for the dumbbells. You’re squatting, your form is on point, your heels are pressed into the ground, your glutes are activated. You start to lift yourself back up from your squat position and – yikes – your leggings start to slide down. Embarrassing, right? Especially when you’re working out in a gym full of peeking eyes.

Leggings falling down during exercise is a fairly common problem, and usually stems from the fact that most traditional leggings are not the most optimal pair of trousers to use for exercise. Cotton leggings – like the kind you can buy from Primark for a fiver – are not designed for fitness nor excessive movement. The cotton fabric used for this type of legging is not stretchy enough, nor does it cling enough to the skin to support the full range of flexibility needed during a workout. So, how to stop leggings falling down when exercising?

Opt for yoga pants (or gym leggings)

Although some people might consider a pair of leggings and a pair of yoga pants as interchangeable, they’re completely different, with two different intended uses! Yoga pants are designed to stick to the body during exercise to allow full range of motion and freedom of movement. Yoga pants also usually use sweat-wicking fabric, specifically designed for exercise, which sticks to the skin to remove sweat. The clinginess of this fabric means that yoga pants fall down rarely, if almost never. Leggings, on the other hand, are designed to keep the body warm, with fabrics such as cotton, polyester and even wool being commonly used as legging fabric. Leggings might have elasticated waistbands, but there is usually nothing extra added to the fabric to make them extra skin-tight, unlike yoga pants.

So, which is better for exercise, yoga pants or leggings?

For exercise, you’re better going with a pair of yoga pants or gym or a pair of high waisted gym leggings equipped with a thick waistband. Check out our scrunch bum legging range or our honeycomb leggings here for example. These leggings won’t fall down as easily as cotton leggings and can support a wide range of movement whilst sticking to your body.

How can I tell the difference between yoga pants and leggings?

With both leggings and yoga pants now available in so many different colours and styles, it can be difficult to differentiate between a pair of yoga pants and a pair of leggings, especially if you’re shopping online. Also, UK markets don’t tend to advertise their products as “yoga pants”, which is a typically American term. In order to buy the right item, simply look at the waistband. If the waistband appears secure and thick, you’ve found yourself a pair of exercise-suitable yoga pants!


I’m Chloe – a body confidence writer here at House of Peach! I help women to feel fabulous in the body they’re in and feel amazing in gym wear – regardless of their body shape and type. Unleash Your Peach.

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