How to button tight pants

A friend and I were texting back and forth about all of the best fashion hacks that we use and love and she mentioned the elastic hair tie pants hack. I told her that I loved that one and used it often during the first trimester of both of my pregnancies–and postpartum when I was trying to get back into my original size. Her response? “Me too. Now I just call that a regular Monday!” Ha!  Whether you are pregnant, or it’s just a “regular Monday”, this is a great trick to add to your life-hack-arsenal that will help you secure jeans that pinch at the waist.


Let me pause for a moment and point out the irony that the jeans we are using today happen to be J.Crew Toothpick jeans! Well, for times when you are feeling anything-but-a-toothpick in your J.Crew Toothpick jeans, grab a hair elastic and try this fashion hack.

Step 1. Use a hair elastic that closely matches the color of your pants and loop it around your button.

Step 2. Thread the hair elastic through the buttonhole.

Step 3. Loop the elastic back over the button and secure. This will ensure that your pants stay closed but will give you the extra inch you might need when pregnant/bloated/between sizes.

That’s all there is to it! This is what your jeans will look like with a tucked-in shirt.

Wear an untucked shirt to cover up your “pants hack” and no one will be the wiser.

Wow! What a difference a little hair tie and some ingenuity makes!

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