The Best Jeans for Larger Thighs

These Jeans Will Flatter Heavier Legs

If you've got meaty or athletic legs, you know it can be a challenge to shop for jeans. Women with big thighs often get frustrated when shopping for jeans because it's hard to find the right pair to flatter your figure, without emphasizing the size of your upper legs. Don't give up, though — there are plenty of jeans that are cut to flatter larger legs, if you just know what to look for. Here's our handy shopping guide to the best jeans for big thighs, so you can find the perfect pair to balance your shape.

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Start With a Darker Wash

Dark wash skinny jeans
Citizens of Humanity dark wash skinny jeans. Citizens of Humanity

A dark wash jean is your friend if you have big thighs. Darker shades of denim have an overall slimming effect, so look for a deep indigo wash (or even black denim) to give the illusion of slimmer legs. Dark wash jeans are also versatile for both work and play, making them a budget-friendly, versatile choice for wearing to the office and on weekends.

When buying dark jeans, look for a classic finish without too many distracting details. Whiskering, fraying and distressed styles may be popular with supermodels like Gigi Hadid, but do nothing for ladies with grown-up sized legs like Christina Hendricks.

Learn how to wear dark wash jeans to the office.

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Boyfriend Jeans

Dark wash skinny boyfriend jeans
J Brand Skinny Boyfriend Jeans. J Brand

If you have thicker thighs, you know that too-tight jeans are not your friend. Boyfriend jeans are trendy (take that, skinnies) but also roomy enough to skim your thighs, without accentuating what you don't want to showcase. Just like with real-life boyfriends, though, you may have to try on a few to find your perfect match.

Long length is one key to flattery — buy your boyfriend jeans too short and you risk entering the dreaded mom-jeans territory (which may be hip for teens, but can be disastrous if you have a grown-up, womanly shape). You'll also want to look for a pair of boyfriend jeans that fit you snugly across the hips and fall in a nice, straight line over the leg.

Cuffed styles are popular, but you may want to skip this step. Rolling up your jeans can visually shorten legs, unless you're taller than average, making them look wider than you'd like.

You can also experiment with all different colors of denim washes — but know that the darker the rinse of your jeans, the more they'll visually slim your legs.

Get outfit ideas for styling boyfriend jeans.

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Flare Jeans

Flare jeans
True Religion flare jeans. True Religion

Flare jeans are a fashionable way to balance a bottom-heavy figure, because they create a distracting contrast between your thighs and lower legs — and bonus, they're a stylish choice for work and weekends.

A standard flare jean style is cut slimly through the hips and thighs, then kicks out into a wider shape just below the knee. This bell shape at the bottom draws attention downward and helps to balance your features, making you look slimmer overall. Just be sure to avoid choosing a pair of flared jeans with fading on the legs, as this will highlight wider thighs, and so defeat the purpose.

For comfort and flattery, shop for a pair of flares with a bit of stretch in the fabric (one percent Lycra should do it), and stick to a wearable, medium-rise style.

Get outfit ideas for styling flare jeans.

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Bootcut Jeans

Dark wash bootcut jeans
Joe's Jeans bootcut fit. Joe's Jeans

Bootcut jeans — so called because you conceivably can fit a pair of boots under them — are a subtler version of flared jeans. These jeans are a great option if you want to achieve the same thigh-balancing benefits as you get from a flares, but don't feel a ‘70s-inspired look matches your personal style. They're also very versatile, matching with many different fashion looks and shoe styles.

If you go with a boot cut jean style, be sure to go all the way with a floor-skimming length, to elongate those legs.

Get outfit ideas for styling bootcut jeans.

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Trouser Jeans

Donna Karan Stretch Denim Trouser Jeans
Donna Karan Stretch Denim Trouser Jeans. Donna Karan

Falling in a straight line from the hip to toe, and usually featuring a mid-rise, trouser jeans are a flattering and comfortable choice if you have big thighs. Called "trouser" for their slacks-like styling, featuring a wider waistband, subtle stitching and angled or side-entry front pockets, these grown-up jeans skim over your thighs, giving your legs a longer, leaner look.

Trouser jeans are a great choice for casual Fridays at the office, worn with a pretty blouse or button-down shirt. After hours, simply change up your accessories — try adding a chunky necklace and over-sized sunglasses — and you're ready for the weekend.

This denim style does demand a sturdier-looking shoe, so avoid wearing delicate footwear with your trouser jeans. A chunky high heel or wedge-style sandal works best.

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