13 Creative Ways To Tighten Pants Without Belt Loops

  • By: Tiffany Peris
  • Time to read: 8 min.

Nothing is annoying like resting assured your pair of pants you haven’t worn for a long time are well kept in the wardrobe, waiting for the special day to wear them. But, unfortunately, when the day comes, and you fit the pants, the pants are no longer the perfect fit; they used to be a few months ago – they are running big, and you need to find a way to tighten the pants. To make matters worse, the pants do not have belt loops implying that you have to be creative and find out how you can tighten your jeans without belt loops.

To tighten pants without belt loops quickly, you can use suspenders, safety pins, or sew a little gathering on the waist. If you have time on your hands, you can alter the pants by a tailor or seamstress. Depending on the fabric used to make the pants, you can also shrink them by washing and drying them in hot settings.

This article discusses 15 creative ways to tighten your pants that do not have belt loops. You should never through your pants that don’t have a belt loop simply because they are loose and can’t fit you. Let’s see what you should do.

1. Use Safety Pins

I am sure you have had the saying, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Nothing can better explain what that means than a safety pin. If your button falls off, you can temporarily use a safety pin to fix the issue. Likewise, when your dress rips apart, a safety pin comes in handy and quickly solves the problem.

Interestingly, when your pants that have no belt loops suddenly feel bigger, you can use a safety fit and give your pants the perfect fit that you are looking for. Here is how you can use safety pins to fix loose pants with no belt loops.

1. Turn your pants inside out.

2. Place the pants on top of a craft table or a flat surface.

3. Fold your pants to have a rear-facing waistband fold.

4. Secure the fold using a safety pin

5. Try on the pants and determine whether you have the desired fit. If not, repeat the above steps until you get the perfect fit.

Take note that the type of fabric used to make your pants should determine the type of safety pin that you should use. For example, if your pants are made from a thick material such as corduroy or denim, make sure you use a safety pin capable of holding the dense material in place. Likewise, you can use light safety pins for lightweight fabrics such as silk or nylon.

In addition, when using a safety pin to tighten waits of loose pants, you need to ensure that the safety pins will not be seen once you wear your pants.

2. Use Hidden/Invisible Suspenders

Hidden suspenders, also known as invisible suspenders, work as regular suspenders. However, they are different from your standard suspenders since they are supposed to be worn under your untucked shirt, so they are hidden and cannot be seen.

This type of suspender is a good substitute for belts and regular suspenders. You need to attach them to the front of your pants and at the back of the loose pants, and the challenge of a loose waist is fixed.

Hidden suspenders will be ideal for wearing your loose pants for a casual event. They are made from soft fabric and are comfortable to wear. You can buy invisible suspenders for less than 15 dollars.

3. Use Regular Suspenders

You can use regular suspenders to tighten your pants even with no belt loops. Besides, when you wear your suspenders, you will be making a bold statement of your style, and the problem of loose pants will be quickly forgotten.

The only downside of this method is that there are some pants that you can’t wear with your suspenders. For example, if you go to the gym or go out for a jog, suspenders won’t be ideal for tightening your pants.

Both males and females can wear suspenders differently. The suspenders can be bought from most stores and are affordable as they cost anything between five to ten dollars. If you don’t have suspenders yet, you should consider having at least a pair.  

4. Sew A Little Gathering

If you have no option apart from wearing pants with a loose waist and no belt loops on them, you can quickly fix the issue by sewing a little gathering on the waist of the pants so that the pants will not fall off when you wear them.

To sew the gathering, you will first find the correct position of the sew close to the top of one of the pant’s pockets. You will then gather a section that will be sufficient to ensure that your pants do not fall.

Make sure you check the fit of your pants to have the desired tightness. Use a straight pin to hold the gathering before sewing temporarily. Then, thread your needle and sew the gathering. If you want to loosen the pants in the future, you can cut the threading.

You might have to untuck your shirt to cover the gathering as it might not be appealing to the eye.

5. Tuck In Your Shirt

I know it might sound basic, but you will be surprised by how effectively tucking in your shirt can help tighten your pants. If the gap that needs to be filled in your waistline is not big, you can fix the issue by ticking in the shirt you are wearing.

You will fill the gap that makes your pants loose by tucking in the shirt. If the shirt you are wearing cannot be tucked in, or you don’t want to tuck it in, you can wear an undershirt and tuck it. When you don’t want to wear a belt, you can always tuck your shirt and tighten the pants.

6. Use Big Binder Clips

This method is, to an extent, similar to the safety pin method discussed earlier. The big binder clips can be purchased from most stores. Here is how you will do it:

1. Pinch the two ends of the waistline together tightly close to the front side of your hip bone.

2. Open the binder clip and place it between your pants waistline and your skin. Make sure that the head is inside the pants waistband, and the teeth of the clip cannot be seen from the side.

3. You will now tightly pinch the two ends together.

Since the binder clips will not be appealing, if you plan to go outside your house when wearing the pants tightened with the binder clip, you need to wear clothing that will conceal the fasteners.

7. Layer Up

If your pants have no belt loops and are falling, you can fix the issue by wearing a few layers. By wearing one or two layers (depending on whether the weather allows), you will be able to fill up the gap that is making your pants loose.

However, you cannot just layer anything since you don’t want anyone who sees you know that you have layered your clothes.

You can wear a thick vest or t-shirt under your shirt and layer with it. The vest, in this case, will be tucked in, while the t-shirt will be left untucked so that it covers your waist.

If it’s during the winter season, you can tuck in a sweater and fill the gap causing your pants to fall.

Anything you believe is acceptable to layer up, even if it’s stocking, would do the trick.

8. Shrinking The Pants

The fabric used to make your pants will be critical in determining whether shrinking will effectively make your pants tight. For example, if your pants are made of synthetic material, you might not be able to reduce the size of your pants a lot since synthetic fibers are resistant to heat. However, if your pants are made from natural fibers, you can shrink the pants and make the pants tighter.

You can either use a washing machine and a dryer or boil the pants in hot water to shrink them.

When shrinking pants with a washing machine and a dryer, you will wash the pants with high water settings. Once the wash cycle is over, dry the pants with the highest dryer temperature settings.

If you prefer to boil the pants in hot water, you will start by boiling water in a large pot. The pot should be big enough to ensure that the pants will be fully immersed in the boiling water. When water starts to boil, use metal tongs or a wooden spoon to immerse the pants in hot water.

Leave the pants immersed in hot water for at least seven minutes. After seven minutes, remove the pants from the hot water and dry them on a clothesline or dryer.

9. Using A string/Rope

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In extreme cases, you can use a string or a rope to tighten the waits of pants that have no belt loops.

Since your jeans do not have belt loops, you should run the string just below the waistline to have some grip on the fabric. Indeed, if you run the string on the pants waistline, the string will eventually fall off as there are no loops to keep it in place.

10. Use Bra Crips

Bra crips are mainly used to hold bras in place and ensure comfort. In addition, bra crips can tighten pants that don’t have belt loops.

The crips can be bought from most shops. To tighten the pants with bra clips, you will use the crip to hold the gaps on the waist that make your pants loose. Once you have clipped your pants, you might want to leave your shirt untucked so that the clips and the extra material that has been held from your waist are concealed.

11. Have A Tailor/Seamstress Alter Your Pants

You can take your loose pants to your local tailor and instruct him to alter the pants to fit you correctly. This should be the best option since the pants will be modified and made to appear as if they were custom-made for you. You, however, have to be ready to wait a few days if your tailor is busy.

To alter your trouser, you should expect to pay $15 – $25.

12. Move The Button

You can either move the button’s position or add another button slightly further from the original button position.

As you know, the waist of your pants is circular. Thus, by moving the button a little bit further, you will reduce the size of the ‘circle’ of your pants waist.

You can either remove the button on your pants and shift it to the new position or use another control. This is a straightforward process that anyone can do even without any sewing express.

13. Return The Pants And Have Them Replaced

If your pants don’t have a belt loop and need to be tightened are new, you can return the pants to the store where you bought them and have them replaced with pants that are tight and better fitting.

Final Thoughts

Pants that don’t have buttonholes can be a nightmare. If you lose weight, you will find that pants that fit you perfectly are now big and need to be tightened.

The article has highlighted 13 different methods that can be used to fix the issue. Try any ways you feel more comfortable with, and let us know the outcomes.