Shopping for jeans is literally like its own little workout. I don't know about you, but finding that perfect pair necessitates going through countless styles, designers, sizes and even wash colors. It's exhausting, isn't it? The task can be even more frustrating when your body type is slightly out of "the norm". If your legs are a bit heavy on top, you'll know finding jeans for big thighs is tricky at best.
I can only say I can relate to the plight of the out of "the norm" body type. The trend of jeans with super skinny thighs is certainly not helping our cause. But, alas I'm here to come to your rescue. Trust me, the right pair of jeans is out there for you and I'm here to help you find them!
This is the first part in a series on finding the right jeans for your body type.
- Steer clear of jeans that are too tight. They will do nothing but accentuate the thicker thighs. Skinny jeans don't work for this body type.
- Look for jeans that fall fairly straight from the hips to the knees.
- Stretch denim is a great option since it will provide a little "give" in the thigh area, providing comfort and less of that thigh hugger look.
- Remember that the darker the wash, the more slimming the jeans will be.
- Opt for boot or flair cut styles. Both will help mask bigger thighs. The key is creating contrast between the bottom of the jeans and the thigh area. A wide flair or boot cut will give the appearance of slimmer thighs. These cuts will also help to elongate the legs, making them look slimmer.
- Look for ones with the out-seam brought to the more to the front, this will create the illusion of slimmer thighs.
- Never trust the label size! Sizes very widely from manufacturer to manufacturer,
Shopping Tips for Finding the Best Fitting Jeans
- Go to stores that have a wide variety of designers, cuts and styles. This is particularly true if you're at the beginning of the learning curve in terms of finding the best fitting jeans for you.
- Don't rush the process. Never attempt to find the right pair of jeans when you're limited in time. As I said in the beginning, it's an exhausting process... you need to be able to take your time. It's not abnormal to try on 20 (yes, I said TWENTY) pairs of jeans to find the right ones.
- Go armed with some information, be informed and have some research under your belt. This hub is a great place to start. Go to Zafu (see below) and have some specific jeans recommendations you'd like to try on.
- Talk to the store's salespeople and get recommendations. Tell them what you're looking for and the problems you have with finding the correct fit. They know their selection much better than you, so this can be a time-saving step.
- Utilize help and feedback from others. Bring an honest friend with a flair for fashion. Or, get the opinion of the store's salesperson.
- Keep an open mind! You might just be surprised by the types of jeans that look good on you. Not all trends work for all people.
- Don't even consider buying a pair that's not comfortable. As cute as you might think they are, you won't wear them if you're dying to strip them off halfway through the day! They should be a little snug in the changing room since they will stretch out a bit.
- Don't buy them too small with the hopes you will become small enough to wear them. I used to pull this little trick on myself, thinking it might add that little incentive for me to loose that extra five pounds. Only buy them if they fit you perfectly at the time of purchase.
- Bring in the shoes you think you'll be wearing most often with the jeans. This is the only way to accurately check for length.
If You Don't Know About This, You're Really Missing Out
Have you ever visited Zafu? If you don't know about this website, I highly recommend you get to know it and for goodness sakes, USE it. I can't say enough good things about it. It's literally like having your own personal stylist consultant to recommend what jeans will look best on you. Basically, you answer a few questions (it will take about 2 or 3 minutes) and it will generate personalized matches for you and your body type. It's fantastic! They have over 200 jeans, so you are sure to find a pair that works for your body type.
The site talks about how it's like an online dating service for jeans and I have to agree. Never has it been easier to find your perfect match!
All Around Great Jeans for Big Thighs- Pricier, Designer
Joe's Jeans: These tend to run a little bigger in the thigh area, making them a great choice. The Women's Lillian and Visionnaire jeans are a great choice.
Paige Jeans: The Bentley and Hidden Hills styles are very thigh-slimming. The proportions are just right for women with bigger thighs. They both have different cuts, so avoid the skinny kinds. Stick with the bootcut and wide leg pants...
Citizens of Humanity: Again, these tend to run a little bigger in the thigh area.
Seven For All Mankind: The Trouser is fantastic for thick thighs since it's wide all the way down from the hips.
True Religion: True Religion also makes some fantastic jeans for thicker thighs. I recommend you try some on and see which ones work best for you. Their trouser jeans are a sure bet, though!
Moderately Priced to Economical Jeans
Seven For All Mankind, Flynt Jeans: Fortunately these are some of the least expensive jeans made by this high end designer. The Flynt style has just the right amount of "give" in the thighs, along with that perfect knee to ankle "V design" to make the thighs look thin.
Guess Jeans are making a comeback and keeping up with the new trends. Fortunately, they have the "G" line that offers some great choices for jeans with roomier thighs. Try these moderately priced jeans on for size:
The Trinity Trouser Jean: A classic, affordable and flattering pair of trouser jeans.
Levi's: I'm telling you, I've been wearing these since 6th grade and I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing them to my dying day. This company knows how to make jeans, make them right and how to keep current with the trends. In fact, I just bought another pair of Levi's two weeks ago and as usual, am pleased as punch. They have lots of different styles and cuts to choose from, which is a blessing, but it can get confusing. Look to the right to view the top picks for flattering and accommodating the thighs:
Old Navy's Sweetheart Bootcut: Super inexpensive and a great everyday pair of jeans. These jeans are definitely not made for women with those super skinny bird legs, so give them a try.
Jeans That Work for Any Body Type
When in doubt, opt for trouser jeans! They simply work well for any body type. As the name implies, they are cut like trousers. With a wider waistband, these rest at the widest part of the hip and basically go straight down all the way to the feet. They normally come in dark washes.
Dressing Tips to Minimize Your Thighs
If you haven't yet discovered the wonderful world of tunics, it's time you do. Couple it with a cinch belt and even with big thighs, you will look in proportion. The belt will emphasize your waist and take the attention away from your thighs. Trust me, it's a fashion tip you should not ignore.
Don't ignore the wonderful world of body shapers! They can make all the difference in the world in the thigh area. I have some jeans I'd never even dream of wearing were it not for my little undergarment secret!
Skirts are fantastic! They are comfortable and can hide a world of sins. Couple them with some fun boots and you'd be surprised how "invisible" your thighs become!
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on October 29, 2012:
Thanks for reading, bangell. You are right about tunics not working for everyone- you need to be fairly tall to pull that off.
bangell08 from Ohio on October 29, 2012:
Useful tips here! I have a small waist but am self-conscious about my thighs, and it can be really difficult to find jeans that fit well! I love wearing skinny jeans like several other commenters, but like catchpennyfashion said, opt for a size up or loose fitting ones. Skinny jeans don't have to look bad on people with larger thighs, but they will if they are so tight that they are cutting off circulation!
I can imagine that tunics would be helpful to some people, but it's not a surefire fix for everyone. I am petite (5'2'') with a long torso/short legs. Wearing tunics makes me look very disproportional!
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on January 03, 2012:
Thanks for coming by, Tia. I think there's a lot to be said for wearing what you feel comfortable in, too. So... I say go for it!
Tia Messier from Kansas City, Missouri on January 03, 2012:
I have a problem...I HATE wearing flare (and/or bootcut) jeans!! The style just does not make me happy on the inside (in all seriousness). I LOVE wearing leggings, tights, and skinny jeans, and I KNOW they do not look the greatest on me. But I am much more happy. Thus, I think I would rather wear what makes me happy instead of what makes me the slimmest-looking. Thank you so much for the article, though! :)
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on December 30, 2011:
My pleasure, wonderingwoolley... Anything for a fellow Badger! Thanks for coming by.
wonderingwoolley from Madison, WI on December 30, 2011:
This is great info- thanks so much for sharing!
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on December 21, 2011:
Great feedback, catchpennyfashion! Good to know about American Eagle. Thanks for coming by.
catchpennyfashion from San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 21, 2011:
I'm from Puerto Rico so I have a latinas body, and bigger thighs go hand in hand with that. I have never been heavy but my biggest problem when shopping for jeans is that sometimes a size wont fit on my thighs or hips but if I go bigger they are too big on my waist.
However take it from someone who has battled with this all her life, American Eagle has the absolute best jeans for someone with bigger thighs. It's as if they made them universal to fit everyone. I can shop for my regular size 2 there.
Also to add on the skinny jeans dilemma. I'm a skinny jeans fanatic and I don't think they are unflattering on someone with big thighs. The best way to wear them if you have big thighs is buy a size up, that way they won't be snug but you still get the skinny jeans look.
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on December 17, 2011:
Thanks for coming by and commenting, kitty! Glad the tips are helpful...
Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 17, 2011:
Awesome and informative tips here. Really good job! Voted up and useful.
Rachael C. from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :) on December 13, 2011:
Well, some jeans fit pretty well when they have the differentiation between leg sizes, i.e. short, medium, long...but those are hard to find where I live (at least for an affordable price). I'm planning to try out some fabric glue to fold the excess leg in and adjust them. Either plastic apron, or just wrap the thigh area in plastic wrap. = P . Hmmm, PJ jeans...never thought of that, but I just might!!! It's the good life, after all... Ditto, wordscribe!! : )
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on December 12, 2011:
toys-everywhere, you crack me up! Can't you just get shorter jeans? You may need to get them altered, huh? Or, I suppose you could buy some stilts! Kidding, of course... sorta. I hear you about battling the jeans stains, though. I'm normally covered in some sort of animal trail or kid fingerprints. I've often thought I need to just wear a plastic apron 24/7.
Oh, by the way... if you sleep in jeans, have you ever considered Pajama Jeans? You could just live in those, by the way. I wouldn't tell.
Good to see you, as always.
Rachael C. from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :) on December 12, 2011:
I suffer from the ailment and/or luxury (the moniker varies) of big thighs and hips as well, and always have trouble with jeans, despite their being my favorite article of clothing...I even sleep in jeans occasionally. I have an issue though, that my hips are too wide for the length of my legs. When they fit my hips right, it looks as though I should have some wooden posts to stand on for the jeans to make it to the ground without looking like potato sacks on my legs (in addition to a disappearance of my feet). I've also noticed dark washes' slimmer effects, but it makes it harder to camouflage things the kids spill onto me...juice and pureed vegetables to name a few. Great hub!! Very informative. Thanks :)