Jeans can be very fickle: They’re all cut differently; even when you buy them from the same brand, the wash changes the sizing; and depending on how you care for them, they fit differently every time you put them on. Because of all that, sometimes, sadly, your old favorites just don’t fit right anymore.
We’ve all been there, and it can be super frustrating. Either the denim has become extremely stretched out and the jeans are way too big or it has shrunk down to a microscopic version of its former self and you can barely squeeze into them. Either way, it’s a total bummer. Luckily, there are actually some very reliable fixes for the common denim dilemma. Armed with these six clever hacks on how to shrink or stretch jeans, you can make sure they always fit like a glove no matter which style you’re wearing.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.