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Why Do My Jeans Make a Popping Noise?

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I enjoy helping others solve the problem of their jeans making that annoying popping noise.

How to stop pants from making noise when walking.

How to stop pants from making noise when walking.

Why Do Your Jeans Pop When You Walk?

There are a few reasons that could be contributing to the problem.

  • For one, and I don't mean to be harsh, it may be because of you. The pants may just not fit you right according to your shape. In my case, the offending pair of jeans are skinny jeans. My thighs fill the legs out well, but they are much looser in the crotch region, and my big booty in the back makes them slide down throughout the day. The extra room in the crotch region makes the fabric bunch and then "pop" with my every movement. If you have skinny jeans, you know that they are generally supposed to be snug all over. See if your pants are loose at a place where they should instead be hugging. People who lose or gain weight often have problems with their clothes making noise. Your pants can either be too loose, or too tight in some places!
  • Another reason pants make noise is the firm fabric that they are made of. I have another pair of skinny jeans that are made with incredibly soft, stretchy fabric. They aren't technically made from denim, but they have never made a peep when I walk in them. Stiff fabric is much more likely to make noise, so consider this when you are out shopping.

How to Deal With Popping Pants

I'm no fashion professional, but I do know my fair share of common wardrobe gripes. Years ago, I bought my first pair of "popping pants" and was terribly embarrassed by them.

For those of you who might be confused about what this "pop" is, I am talking about this little noise you get from the crotch of your pants when you walk or move. Only certain types of pants will do this. Sadly, it doesn't matter how much they cost or what brand they are from. A lot of pants will do this, and it all has to do with the fit and the fabric. I still own a pair of popping pants to this day, I can't help myself when I see a pair of stylish jeans. I usually do not figure out that they pop until after I've bought them. I love my jeans, but this has been one of the most annoying, embarrassing problems that they can come with.

Yet, it's also pretty funny to talk about. I've compiled some tips to deal with a popping pair of pants and how to try to solve the problem. If all else fails, though, it would probably be best for you to give them away or take them back to the store for a refund.

Hike Them Up

  • The best way to solve a loose problem in the crotch is to keep your pants up with a belt. Luckily for us girls, they sell many, many cute belts in just about every store. It is very easy to find one that either matches your pants, your mood, or your overall style. This is the quickest, easiest thing you can do to fix your pants. Unless you are a tailor, I would try the offending pair of pants on with a belt and do a test strut to see if they still make the noise.
  • I've found that if they do still make noise, the problem is the fit around the legs and not the crotch or booty area. If it's not that, then the fabric used just doesn't agree with the shape of the pants and my body. At that point, it would be time to take them back.

Popping Emergency?

If you are like me, then you just throw your new pair of pants on and walk out the door. There is really no thought as to if they will make noise or not. When they do start to pop, it can be incredibly frustrating. Especially if you chose to wear your cute bottoms out on a date. When in an emergency like this, you simply have to deal with the little annoyance until you can go home and change.

  • Whenever my pants begin to make noise, I instantly find the time to (privately) hike them up. This always temporarily solves the problem. Remember that what's happening is there is too much room in the crotch, while it is most likely tighter all over.
  • Even though I have a bigger butt, girls with a smaller butt may suffer from this as well. What little fabric there is left around the thigh too will bunch in with the crotch seams and you will hear it snap. I have found a big portion of the pants problem for me has to do with skinny jeans as those are the least likely to fit both my curvy thighs and booty.
  • Walking quickly, and in small steps, can result in a popping machine gun. It is incredibly hilarious, for everyone except the poor person wearing them.

Don't Feel Weird

A lot of people will say they have never had, or even heard of, this problem. Well, they probably have the kind of body that fits well with most store-bought clothes. That or they know how to properly make sure their clothing fits before they purchase it—a skill I'm still mastering.

I also do not have the patience to intensely scrutinize every piece I pick up in stores. I have always been a weird shape, and I have a petite mother who has dealt with being a weird shape. There are tons of people who have plenty of problems finding the right clothes. Sure it looks good in the store, but then at home it just isn't sitting right.

So, if your pants pop, or if you have any other wardrobe problem, do not feel alone or odd. Many others including myself must deal with them too.


sunset on March 14, 2018:

I find my jeans do this because my thighs are probably too fat it seems like it gets sweaty there and everything's squeaks it's horribly embarrassing & miserable.

I found myself laughing so hard I thought I was going to have an asthma attack....

Mike on April 20, 2017:

Air collected round the crotch can make a squeeky sound. 'It wasn't me, it's the jeans I used to say when my jeans 'had something to say'. I'm not embarrassed! But someone will laugh calmly....he-he. My broad hips maybe let the jeans suck in air into the jeans and compresses it hard against the crotch and finally goes out there too. Not always but when I walk fast or walk up the stairs. If I release the belt or open the zipper the sound is weaker. (air lets out) Halfopen zipper is therefore ok, the hoodie hang over that opening so.... Or I can use softshelled pants too but I prefer jeans....beard, checky shirt and sunglasses (western style).

florencia on June 14, 2016:

Hahaha I came to find this while looking up information in spanish. Zero results in spanish. Im from south America. It happens that I have the cutest black skinny jeans but as soon as I walk with them on, they start making this popping noise. I wore them 2 or 3 times but the noise continued on every step I took. It's embarassing! Today I freaked out and ripped the sewing in the crotch with a scissors. I dont know how but, I will fix it :D

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Laura on June 18, 2014:

I just bought a pair of these and seriously thought I was the only one! They were so expensive and look great which is why I still wear them. I just need to keep them hiked up. Thanks!

GirlPuhi on January 10, 2014:

Thanks so much for this article! I have this same problem and when it's quiet it almost sounds like little tooting noises lol. When I'm around friends I tell them straight out "I'm not farting, it's just my pants" but being in a quiet area with strangers is awkward! Thanks for the tip of pulling up the pants; this will help me a lot in the future. :)

hvanstee on September 04, 2013:

I just want to say thank you for this post. I really REALLY appreciate it! You have illuminated so many important points that help this issue I've been having with pants finally make sense! I gain and lose weight a lot and notice the "pop" sound mostly with stiffer fabrics. I have a big butt and thick thighs and my pants bag at the crotch- excess fabric causing popping! Ah! I love the idea of softer clothing, finding a better fit for my body, and making sure I don't have a lot of excess fabric in the crotch. Pants that hug your body equally in all areas will be very good:) Good luck and thanks for you informative post!