How to Stretch Out Leggings in 6 Different Ways

May 16 , 2020

Akif AKAY

How to Stretch Out Leggings in 6 Different Ways

1. Wear Your Leggings on a Regular Basis

One of the most basic ways to stretch out your leggings is to simply wear them more often! For some people, the act of repeated wearing is enough to encourage them to mold to your figure and give a bit of stretch to the material. Therefore, if you’re lounging in the home for the day, try wearing your leggings for a couple of hours.

2. Get Active in Your Leggings

Alongside wearing your leggings casually to get that increased stretch, some people prefer to put them on for the heavier of workout sessions. This can mean anything from gym work to doing the chores. Concentrate here on increasing and exaggerating your movement for a more significant effect.

3. Wash Your leggings and Shape Them When Wet

A more accessible way for many to stretch out leggings is after washing them. Once you have put your leggings through the recommended wash cycle, take them out of the machine. Then proceed to pull and stretch them, manipulating them into the shape you require. This means taking great care here, and it can take a little time to achieve, but if you can encourage your leggings when they are wet, they are more likely to respond here.

4. Wash Your Leggings and then Put Them on When Wet

Perhaps the next best thing to shaping them when wet is to actually wear your leggings when wet! If you can manage it, wash your leggings on their usual cycle and then put them on straight away while they are still wet. Then leave them on for around 15 minutes, so they have a chance to stretch to accommodate your shape.

5. Use Weights to Stretch Out Your Leggings

A trick used by many leggings wearers is to encourage them to stretch by using weights. This is best done after their normal wash cycle and when the leggings are fresh out of the machine and still warm.

Place your leggings straight onto a flat surface. This could be the countertop or on an ironing board, for best practice. Then, secure the top of the leggings with the use of weights. This should be heavy enough to hold down the material while securing it. A popular choice here is often that of big heavy books!

Then repeat this same method at the end of the leggings but stretch out the leggings to where you want them to go before placing the weights down here. The continual tension here should encourage a more permanent stretch.

6. Wash Your Leggings in Baby Shampoo

A stretching method claimed by many legging wearers to work wonders is that of washing your leggings in a soapy consistency with the use of a gentle baby shampoo.

Though this will mean handwashing your leggings, rather than putting them through a washing machine cycle. But, the result is not only a clean pair of leggings but one which smells lovely as a result!

This method requires you to fill up a tub or sink with warm water and use a considerable amount of baby shampoo. Yet, rather than wash your leggings, you leave them to soak for around half an hour. Then, once this time is up, you wring out the excess moisture.

Once you have completed this process, you place the leggings on a surface and secure one again with weights at either end to stretch out the material. The idea here is that the baby shampoo will soften the fibers of the leggings, which encourage the material to relax and stretch, but more quickly. Once the leggings are dry, you should find a higher degree of expansion in their make-up.

Now you know how to stretch out leggings, make sure you do it right, and share with us your results.


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