How To Keep Pants From Falling Down. 13 Killer Solutions

Here’s a fantastic question from a reader looking for a solution to keep pants from falling down!

Tug,

I have the same problem as a lot of middle-age guys:

– Growing Middle

– Shrinking Butt

– Pants keep falling down, don’t fit right, and won’t stay up where I want them to

– Shirt won’t stay tucked in

I’ve been looking at two approaches to these problems:

1) Compression undergarments, to shape the body a little bit and

2) Shirt locks, Strapless Suspenders, Hidden Tailor, etc. to keep the shirt tucked in and pants up.

I haven’t seen anything about these two being used in combination, though.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Dan

Top Questions I’m Asked

Before we get to answering Dan’s question, here are the top 4 questions I receive about this topic.

How do you keep your pants from falling down? How to keep them up?

The best and most common way to keep your pants up is to wear a belt or belt alternative like the ones listed in this article.

What if my belt won’t hold up my pants?

If your belt doesn’t keep your pants up, it’s possible you have a big belly, flat butt, or both. When this is the case, wearing suspenders or a suspenders alternative, like the ones listed in this article, will be your next best bet.

How do I keep my pants up if I have a big belly or stomach?

Suspenders or a suspenders alternative, such as PantsProp or Hikers, are the best ways to keep your pants from falling down if you have a big belly. See below for more information and links.

How to keep pants from falling down without a belt?

If you prefer not to wear a belt, you can keep your pants up a number of ways including: having your pants tailored to fit you more precisely, wear suspenders or suspender alternatives, wear am elastic belt, buy pants with an adjustable waistband, buy pants with an elastic waistband, or try solutions like the ones outlined in this article below.

Why won’t my pants stay up?

The most common reason your pants won’t stay up is related to your body shape and how your pants fit your particular body type. If you have a larger waist (big belly) and smaller hips & butt, it’s much easier for your pants to fall down.

Thankfully, there are several solutions below that can help.

Why do my pants still fall with belt?

Most likely because your hips & butt are smaller than your stomach/waist, and your pants aren’t tailored to your body shape. Even if your pants fit you well, your body shape may create a situation where pants fall down naturally. Products like the ones outlined below should help in keeping your pants up.

How To Easily Keep Pants from Falling Down

Heya Daniel,

Good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!

You most certainly can wear a slimming/shapewear undershirt with something that helps keep your pants up.

Assuming you’re wearing a tucked in shirt, whatever product you use to keep your pants up will go on the outside of your shirt, and will not come in contact with your undergarments.

Even if you don’t tuck in your outer shirt, if something like Hidden Tailor came into contact with your compression under-clothing, I can’t see that causing any issue.

Keep in mind that Hidden Tailor is a product that should help keep your shirt tucked.

It’s also worth noting that compression clothing & shirt tucking solutions are really serving two different problems, neither of them are specifically designed to keep your pants up.

To see more about shirt tucking solutions, check out my Best Ways to Keep Your Shirt Tucked article.

How to Prevent Your Pants From Falling Down With or Without a Belt

  • Wear suspenders (more on this below)
  • Try suspender alternatives like PantsProp, Hikers, NoSaggs (more solutions below)
  • Clip the side of your Pants (see BeltBro & SkinnyClip below)
  • Tailor your pants to optimally fit your waist & body
  • Buy pants with side tabs / side adjusters
  • Buy pants with an elastic band
  • Wear multiple shirt layers and tuck them into your pants
  • Shrink your pants by washing in hot water, and drying on hot
  • Make sure you have purchased the right pants waist size

Products That Help Keep Pants Up

It goes without saying, if you’re really having a problem keeping your pants up, traditional suspenders (Amazon) would be something to consider.

But, I suspect you don’t want to wear suspenders, otherwise you probably would have mentioned it.

Still, if your pants keep sliding down, and you’re looking for some suspender alternatives, here are some that I think are worth mentioning.

PantsProp™

PantsProp (patent pending) is a super cool silicone grip designed to prop up your pants, and keep them from falling down past your hips.

You attach it to the bottom of your shirt just below your belt line, one on each side, and it creates a slight ridge for the waistline of your pants to sit on. Use in conjunction with a belt.

Where to buy: pantsprop.com

PantsProp - keeps pants from falling down & shirts tucked
PantsProp: A suspenders & shirt stays alternative

Note: If you’re looking for PantsPal, that is a not-yet-released sister product to PantsProp. PantsPal utilizes a threaded screw-type attachment, vs the ring attachment of PantsProp. PantsPal may be released sometime in the future, but for now the initial launch product is PantsProp.

Hikers Hidden Suspenders

Designed to be worn under your untucked shirt, Hikers suspenders alternative has a completely unique design. One simple attachment point at the front button hole of your pants, and one at the back.

As an added bonus, Hikers will never pop off your pants like most suspenders, thanks to their innovative fastening method. Made in USA. Free shipping to USA residents.

Where to buy: hikersco.com

Hikers suspender alternative
Keep pants from falling - Hikers
Hikers come in sizes XS – 4XL

BeltBro

This is more of a belt alternative, however, may actually work better than using a belt. Most belts have holes, and as such, they can either fit too loose or too tight.

You attach BeltBro to the belt loops of your pants, on each side, then tighten to your exact preference. It’s lightweight, stretchy, and best of all is buckle free!

Where to buy: beltbro.com

beltbro belt alternative
BeltBro belt alternative

NoSaggs

NoSaggs is a belt with an integrated ridge in the back, worn on the outside of your tucked shirt or undershirt.

Once the ridge sits right underneath your belt, it will help your pants stay up. The belt will also help keep your shirt tucked.

Where to buy: Amazon

A belt with an integrated ridge in the back, worn on the outside of your tucked shirt or undershirt.

Skinny Clip

Skinny Clip® is a simple device for tightening the waistband of pants or skirts. Simply slide Skinny Clip® onto your waistband, twist and clip.

Works with all fabric, pants, shorts, jeans, slacks and skirts.

Where to buy: Amazon

Skinny Clip
Skinny Clip

PantsUp

PantsUp is a solution that is comprised of silicone-like cubes that attach toward the bottom of your undershirt or shirt, on either side, in proximity to your hipbone. Once attached, it creates a ridge that sits right below your belt line.

Where to buy: Amazon & Etsy

PantsUp: Prevent pants from falling down
PantsUp

Belt Boss Invisible Belt Suspender/Shirt Stay

Belt Boss is a clip that attaches to your undershirt.

The backside of the clip goes on the inside of your undershirt. The front side of the clip fastens from the outside, with the undershirt in between. 

The front of the Belt Boss has U-shaped hooks that are designed to be placed under the front of your belt. 

Designed to keep the front of your shirt tucked, assists with keeping the sides of your shirt tucked, and looks like it would also help keep your pants from falling down.

Where to buy: Amazon

Belt Boss Invisible Suspenders
Belt Boss
Belt Boss. Keeps your shirt tucked, and pants up.

Under-Ups Hidden Undergarment Suspenders

Made by the folks at HoldUp Suspender Company, these hidden suspenders are made from a super comfortable material similar to what thick ace bandages are made from. 

Since these are worn under your clothing, you aren’t able to wear them if you’re planning to tuck in your shirt.

Available in tan, beige and black. Airport-friendly versions available too.

Where to buy: Amazon

Under-Ups Hidden Suspenders. Keep pants from falling down
Under-Ups hidden suspenders

Super Grip Strapless Suspenders

Invisible suspender that will hold your pants and shirt in place during any normal activity. Also acts as a shirt stay and invisible belt.

Where to buy: Amazon

Freddy’s InvisibleBelt

Adhesive gripping tabs you stick to the inside of your pants waistline. 

Helps keep pants up and shirts tucked in by way of friction.

Where to buy: Amazon

Freddy's Invisibelt

Magnetuck

Similar to NoSaggs, once you attach Magnetuck to your shirt, it creates a bit of a ridge that your pants can sit on top of.

You can see more information about Magnetuck in my article about how to keep shirts tucked, or jump directly to Amazon to learn even more.

Where to buy: Amazon

Magnetuck creates a ridge for your pants to sit on
Magnetuck

Men’s Padded Underwear

If you’re still wondering on how to keep pants up, and looking for alternative ways, here’s a fun idea. Find some men’s underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) with pads in the backside to make your butt look more pronounced.

Here are some padded underwear options:

  1. RounderBum butt enhancing padded trunk (Amazon)
  2. Leo padded enhancer boxer brief (Amazon)
padded underwear - can keep pants from falling down
Padded underwear

The extra padding in the butt area could also help keep your pants up (:

You may want to keep that idea in mind as an alternative to buying a specific product to keep your pants up, like I mentioned earlier.

Subs: Keep Baggy Oversized Pants Up

This list wouldn’t be complete without a solution to keep your baggy oversized pants up.

Subs waist suspenders

Subs are waist suspenders designed to keep your baggy pants up. The trend is referred to as sagging, and any one donning this urban fashion trend is wearing saggers (or baggy pants).

Attach the Subs belt to your waist, connect the clasps to the top of your saggers, and you’re ready to go.

Andrew Lewis, a Harlem entrepreneur & inventor of Subs, recommends wearing them with a belt, to ensure you maintain your own epic personal style.

Where to buy: hatchventures.com

Bonus Hack: Hidden Stretch Belt

No sewing skills are required for this creative hack to keep your pants up.

Here’s a video that shows step-by-step instructions on how to add a hidden stretch belt to your existing pants!

What About An Undershirt Designed To Keep Pants From Falling Down?

This idea, courtesy of an inventor who conceptualized an undershirt with channel integrated toward the bottom of the undershirt.

Within the channel, a soft “rod” (think styrofoam tube) would be placed, thus creating a perimeter ridge that could sit just below your pants waistline, secured by a belt.

For more details, please visit my Undershirt That Keeps Pants Up article.

Keeping Shirts Tucked

If you’re looking for ways to keep your shirts tucked, I’d recommend reading my Top 12+ Ways to Keep Your Shirt Tucked article.


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135 thoughts on “How To Keep Pants From Falling Down. 13 Killer Solutions”

  1. Which of these are available now? Which are the best? Could 2 devices be used at once?Thank you and bless you! This has been my waterloo and bugaboo most of my adult life

    Truly yours
    Larry dobkin

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    • heya larry, thanks for stopping by and for your question about my list of products that keep pants up!

      most every product listed in this article is currently available. there are a couple exceptions, but those should be available sometime soon.

      as for what is most effective — every person’s body is slightly different, so i wouldn’t be able to tell you which product is best for you. i’m sure some of these products can be used together to keep your pants from falling down, but the only way to know, would be to test them yourself.

      hikers hidden suspenders are the closest to traditional suspenders, but you can wear them under an untucked shirt. so no visible suspenders!

      beltbro and skinny clip are belt alternative products. of course if belts don’t work on you, then a belt alternative may not either.

      pantsprop and pantsup are both suspender alternatives. you can buy pantsup on amazon or etsy, and pantsprop has a waitlist currently.

      good luck larry. please let me know which products you try, and how they worked out for you!

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  2. My butt is so much smaller than my belly that I don’t have to unzip my pants to take them off. Belts don’t keep them up in the front. They fall below and then I have this accumulation of fabric at the zipper. I buy 42 inch pants and then they are so baggy in the legs and butt.

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    • heya ron — yeah, i hear about that issue quite a bit.

      guessing the only thing that will keep your pants up is suspenders — though i know many people don’t like to wear them.

      you should take a look at some of the suspender alternatives like pantsprop, pantsup, and hikers hidden suspenders. they are all listed in this article above.

      if you give any of them a try, please come back here and let me know how they worked out for you.

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  3. My problem stems from the dreaded disease “Noassatall”.

    With a growing belly after my new medication, paints don’t fit. So I put on a belt and tighten as tight as I have to to hold them up (but through the day it seems to not work). I saw my doctor and told him of my back pins and hips hurting down my leg. He laughed and said ditch the belt and get some suspenders. I did and well ack didn’t hurt as bad.

    Problem for me is I always have to wear two shirts. I made some homemade Velcro/elastic loops that worked ok but still had to tighten them so much I have several shorts and pants that has a broken loop now.

    And as for everyone that says have them altered. Ever tried to alter every single pair of shorts and pants you own? Not cheap. And makes you never wanna buy a new pair.

    No I don’t wear saggy clothes, but I do bounce in and out of 36 to 34’s. They need to make some fake butt cheeks.

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    • heya rob, you’ll be happy to know there are companies that do make fake butt cheeks for men (and women).

      some of them come in the form of padded underwear. other versions are available such as silicone butt pads. you may want to give them a try (:

      outside of that, you may want to check out hikers hidden suspenders and pantsprop. they are the two primary suspender alternatives that are covered in this article.

      good luck and keep me posted.

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  4. Your all wrong, my opinion for me that is….

    Women are for the most part are built like a bowling pin and men are buildt link a funnel. The problem with men’s pants is not the belt area but the area from the bottom of the belt to about 3-4″ below the belt….

    Take a good look your pants, the mfg have for some reason increased the diameter of the pants right when the pants should be getting smaller????? My idea is less materal under the belt and add a chunk of elastic above the back pockes form right side of the back pocket to the left side of the left pocket….

    Remember the old kakky pants with the little buckel on the back humm maybe the had something there !!!

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  5. Hi ,
    Has anyone tried the stuff you can put on baby footed pajamas to keep them from falling? Seems like it might help with both problems and if you tuck your shirt in or not. It can be purchased at Jo Ann’s Fabrics.

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    • hey fern! thanks for stopping by and posting your idea.

      do you mean using something like tulip puffy fabric dimensional paint (puffy fabric paint > available on amazon), and adding it to the inside waistline of your pants in hopes it’ll help keep pants up a bit better?

      that’s definitely something to consider, and it would likely work almost as well as installing waist grippers on the inside of your pants waistline. applying the puffy fabric paint would likely be easier than installing waist grippers, but i think waist grippers would have more 3-dimensional height.

      similar to that idea, a woman i know also installed building block tape (amazon) on the inside waistline of her pants, and she said it worked pretty good in keeping her shirts tucked. i don’t think she had a problem with her pants falling down. if i recall correctly, she said she used lego tape, but i couldn’t find that on amazon, so i just linked to the best reviewed building block tape i could find.

      of course for some, using a grip-tape or gripper paint type of solution on the inner waistline of their pants or skirts may not work. so, they’re left with trying one of the other products listed in this article.

      regardless, your idea is a great one and something i had never contemplated before. so, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts & idea!

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  6. My problem is more my ass and legs are too big, so whenever I take a step the tightness in the legs pulls down the back, so I end up with a ton of fabric in the front and very little in the back. I can basically roll down the front and with a belt looks like a potato sack. Wish they made jeans for guys with big legs. Closest thing I can find is boot cut jeans and wear them low. At least then when they’re falling down there’s not a roll of extra denim in the front.

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    • if you see this reply, you’ll be happy to know there are brands that make stretch denim jeans made for men with large thighs. if you want to learn more — drop me a line and i’ll be happy to help!

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      • heya jim, the waitlist is a google form, and shouldn’t prompt you to login to your microsoft account.

        can you try again and if you get the prompt for microsoft, can you send me a screenshot? i tried the link and everything looks ok from my end.

  7. Stephanie, Ken, lgs, Laura, Casey – thanks for stopping by! Will let you know when either PantsPal or PantsProp are available for purchase (:

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  8. Appreciate the links but would love to know when the pants pal or pants prop becomes available. Work with folks with disabilities and pants falling down is a constant issue. Belts and suspenders not always an option for them.

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    • heya casey, this is a super interesting issue & use-case you have.

      most of the solutions listed, including pantspal and pantsprop work in conjunction with wearing a belt.

      so if wearing a belt isn’t possible, and suspenders are not an option, then the only solution to keep their pants from falling down might be to tighten the waistband of the pants using a product like skinny clip (link in the article) or install a hidden elastic waistband in the pants (see video in article).

      one other, somewhat crazy idea is to see if the subs waist suspenders would work for your clients/patients. i just added information about them to the article about a week ago.

      they are designed for use in streetwear fashion — to keep baggy oversized pants from falling down past the butt. however, if you shorten the adjustable straps all the way, they might work well enough for you.

      if you decide to give either of the above suggestions a try, please be sure to come back to the article and let us all know whether or not it worked!

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    • heya peter – not sure when pantsprop will be available for purchase. i know there were some beta testers picked to tryout pantspal and pantsprop a few months ago.

      got word that a couple testers provided some feedback so far, while others hadn’t gotten around to testing.

      my guess is that not much is going to happen while all the covid-19 stuff is happening.

      will post updates here as i have them (:

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  9. I am desperate to find a solution to my pants not staying up. No matter how tight I make my belt they still come down.

    I’m a women so suspenders don’t work for most outfits. I can’t wear jeans or any other pants that don’t have an elastic waistband.

    It’s caused me tons of heartache and embarrassment. I’d love to try any new product that becomes available and would be perfect for testing the products.

    I’d gladly do a testimonial with pictures.

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  10. I would be interested in this product. Metal clip suspenders eventually dig in an rip my husband’s work pants. The only other option is buy button-down ones (hard to find) and sew buttons on a dozen pants. Belts are too uncomfortable after kidney transplant.

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  11. Hi I am desperate for any help to stop my trousers (pants) from falling down – I can’t wear braces as I get a very sore shoulder/ neck – I already wear jeans with elastain in them but they still fall down. Desperate to try anything that might help!

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      • hey gina, thanks for stopping by my site! would love to know what your husband has tried.

        has he tried some or all of the solutions listed in this article? if so, which ones?

  12. milt, tom, jeff — sent you the link to sign-up for the beta test and/or get the initial release discount of pantspal or pantsprop.

    understand that beta testing got pushed back a little due to the covid-19 outbreak, but as soon as people are back in the office, the beta will proceed.

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  13. I’d love to be a beta tester as well as be notified when they are available. I’m a big guy who would be happy to give feedback.

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    • Interested in PantPro and Pant Pals, please notify me when available. Could you send the link to be a beta tester. Thank you.

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  14. heya gary, audrey, & wayne! just emailed you with information about the beta testing, plus will still let you know when pantspal and pantsprop are available for purchase (:

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  15. Can I get the link for both products to be a tester please? This issue has been something big for me the last few years. Tried everything!

    Thanks

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  16. hey everyone,

    i just sent out an email to all of you who wanted to be notified about the availability of pantspal & pantsprop.

    the inventor is looking for a handful of beta testers.

    the email included a link to a google form where you can submit your name and interest in being a tester.

    if you don’t want to be a tester, submit your name anyway, because you’ll get a discount when the products are available for purchase.

    stay tuned for more info!!

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    • heya nick, just got an update! there are some beta samples of PantsPal & PantsProp that the company is going to send out for testing to people who have posted here!!

      i’ll be emailing everyone, asking who wants to be a beta tester, and sending them a link to provide some info of their interest.

      stay tuned — email coming tomorrow or this weekend (:

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      • I have an apple shape and a. Belt will not work I wear suspenders everyday and they starting to hurt my shoulders

      • are they still looking for beta testers id love to give it a try and would love to give an honest opinion of the product. I too suffer from the flat butt syndrome. Thanks Mom and Dad

  17. Tug, I personally do not have this challenge, lol. However some of the men my world could use some help. Let me now when PantsPal or PantsUp come to market please. They are not plumbers so they should not be sporting the look!

    Thanks

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  18. I am also interested in more information about, and in knowing when both
    PantsPal and PantsProp are available for purchase.

    Thank you for this wonderful cache of info.

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    • heya guri — i’ll let you know when pantspal is available for purchase.

      i suspect it will be able to be shipped to kosovo, but if not, you could likely use a mail forwarding service to get the product to you (:

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  19. Hi Tug,

    I am interested in more information about, and in knowing when both
    PantsPal and PantsProp are available for purchase.

    Thanks for all you are doing.

    Robert

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  20. I would like to be notified when the PantsPal and pantprop are available. Please and thank you so much for the article!

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    • hey stephanie! ok, will be sure to let you know when pantspal and pantsprop is available (:

      have you tried other solutions from this article? if so, which ones and what did you think of them?

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    • thanks jane!

      have you tried any of the products listed in this article designed to keep your pants up?

      did you want to be notified when either pantspal or pantsprop becomes available?

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  21. I just wanted to say thank you for this article. There was very little information on this topic when I needed it badly.

    I couldn’t step out of my car without grabbing my belt.

    I am up in front of people 32 hours a week so you can see the difficulty I was in.

    Anyway, using this article as a start of my research I created a great solution, and have a patent pending on it.

    My life is a lot easier now.

    You can see my solution above.

    Thanks. Merry Christmas.

    Dean

    [tug edit: product is called pantsup, and is on etsy – “invisible suspenders”]

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  22. THANK YOU for this!

    When God was handing out a$$es, he got it confused with glasses, and gave me bad vision!

    I’m afraid one day they will just fall to the floor when I’m in the checkout line! I’m CONSTANTLY pulling them up. LOL
    Have a great week!

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    • heya dave, you’re very welcome — apologies for my very delayed reply.

      sorry to hear your trousers / pants keep falling down :(

      have you figured out how to stop trousers falling down?

      are you using a product to keep your pants up other than a belt?

      Reply

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