How to stretch leather pants

Updated April 17, 2017

You just purchased a sleek pair of leather trousers. But when you tried on your new trousers, they felt a bit snug. You do not want to exchange your trousers for the next size up in fear that they might be too big, but you also do not want to be uncomfortable in tight trousers. Well, here are a few simple, do-it-yourself steps for stretching those slightly tight leather trousers.

Set your shower's water temperature to warm (not hot). Put on your trousers and hop into the shower. Let your trousers get thoroughly wet.

Get out of the shower. Keep your wet leather trousers on as you go about your day at home. Wear your leather trousers until they are dry.

To further stretch your trousers, rub them down with a leather softener. Make sure to really rub the treatment into the leather to soften it (and subsequently stretch it).

Wear your treated trousers around the house until the softener has fully infiltrated the leather. This should stretch the leather to a more comfortable level.

If your trousers are still too tight after performing the first four steps, repeat them to further stretch your trousers. Then continue to wear your leather trousers on a regular basis to naturally stretch them.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Leather softener
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Mary Beth Lentner has more than 10 years of writing and editing experience. Lentner's publications include dozens of articles for Record Publishing Company newspapers and magazines, as well as curriculum for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Lentner holds a Master of Arts in teaching and Bachelor of Arts in English from Kent State University.