Why Do My Underwear Roll Down? (5 Reasons Why)

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Yasmin Fisher

Yasmin Fisher is a fashion-loving shopaholic who has spent the last 10 years in customer service. She loves finding great deals, and thrifting is one of her favorite weekend activities.

One of the biggest issues with any male or female wearing underwear is that they consistently roll down, no matter what you are doing. It’s not only frustrating; it simply shouldn’t happen.

However, there are a few things you can hopefully fix or avoid your underwear issue. The fixes are simple and mostly self-explanatory, but due to the fashion industry, can be difficult to manage.

Why Do My Underwear Roll Down?

1. Your Activity Level Is High

If you are a pretty active person, you will need to find underwear that works with your activity level. Otherwise, you may have underwear constantly rolling down.

This is already annoying and frustrating most of the time, but this can be distracting while working out or participating in a team sport. The best option is to find sport-level underwear.

Usually, brands have a sports line of underwear made with different materials and sized differently, so you don’t have to worry about the underwear moving while running or working out.

These underwear are only recommended to be worn during high levels of activity, so they don’t get worn down too quickly and so you aren’t wearing super tight underwear all the time.

2. They Are Too Small Or Too Big

Most people underestimate their sizes when purchasing underwear, but it’s not their fault entirely. The fashion industry does a terrible job at regulating sizes and expectations.

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In one store, you may be small, while in another, you may be large, which can become extremely frustrating when you want to shop online or try something new.

If your underwear is consistently rolling down, chances are they are too small or too big, but you probably don’t know what size you are for every single brand.

So, the best way to fix this is to find a brand you like, figure out your size, and don’t stray from that. If you want to try something new, give yourself a few orders to work everything out perfectly.

Many companies will work with you if you are unsure about sizes and such, don’t be afraid to contact customer service and ask.

3. Wrong Material

Wrong Material

Oftentimes people choose underwear based on price because no one wants to spend too much on underwear. However, cheap underwear can usually cause more issues than most people realize.

Choosing cheap underwear means cheap materials that wear down quicker or don’t fit right from the beginning.

The cheaper the underwear, the less they were actually made to fit someone correctly. This is a huge issue if you are looking for dirt cheap underwear.

However, if you spend a bit more on it, you will likely find something that fits you better and lasts a bit longer, making more sense for your money.

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So if your underwear is rolling down, it may be due to the cheap material it is made with. Try spending a few more dollars for better material, and you should be fine.

4. Wrong Cut For Your Body Type

There is a reason why there are so many different types of underwear, just like bras or shirts, because every body shape needs something different to feel comfortable.

Whether you’re male or female, you have your preference with what feels best on your body and what stays where it should be best.

If your underwear is falling down, this may be due to it being the wrong type or cut for your body type. You can try a different cut or type to see if it helps your issue.

Some companies dedicated to undergarments have specific quizzes to help you figure out your specific fit, cut, or size. This isn’t just helpful; it’s supporting customer needs.

If you don’t know if a company does that, contact customer service and ask. They can usually help you with anything you need or point you in the right direction.

5. Needs To Be Replaced

We have all been guilty of keeping underwear and wearing it way past what it ever needs to be worn, but underwear is expensive, so it makes sense.

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However, once underwear is worn so often, the elastic in the waistband or the material itself starts to wear down and lose its shape.

This can lead to a few issues, but the biggest one is that your underwear will fall down consistently. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix.

If you purchase new underwear, this problem should solve itself; however, if you still have this issue, try fixing the size or material issue.

To learn more, you can also read our posts on why women wear bras, why women wear thongs, and why wedgies hurt.

Final Thoughts

Underwear is one of the most helpful and frustrating articles of clothing you can buy. It’s necessary for many clothing and situations, but it never seems to fit perfectly.

Most of the time, you can fix any issue your underwear has, including rolling down. If you give yourself a bit of grace with shopping and working through things, you should be without issue soon.


  • Yasmin Fisher

    Yasmin Fisher is a fashion-loving shopaholic who has spent the last 10 years in customer service. She loves finding great deals, and thrifting is one of her favorite weekend activities.

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