If your legs are heavier up top, you know it can be a challenge to shop for jeans. Here’s a guide to denim styles and brands that flatter larger thighs, so you can find your perfect pair.

A Dark Wash

A darker wash is your friend if you have heavy legs. Darker shades of denim have an overall slimming effect, so look for a deep indigo wash, or – better yet – black jeans, to give the illusion of thinner thighs. Dark wash jeans are also versatile for both work and play, making them a budget-friendly choice. When buying dark jeans, look for a classic finish without too many “bells and whistles”. Try the 7 for All Mankind Skinny With Exposed Buttons Jeans.

Boyfriend Jeans

If you have thicker thighs, you know that too-tight jeans are not really going to flatter your body. Boyfriend jeans are super trendy.! They are roomy enough to skim thighs, without accentuating what you don’t want to showcase. Just as with real-life boyfriends, though, you may have to try on a few to find your perfect match LOL! Long length is one key to flattery – buy your boyfriend jeans too short and you enter the dreaded mom jeans territory (you’ll want to avoid these by all means if you have heavier thighs!). You also need to look for a pair that fits you snugly across the hips and falls in a straight line over the legs. Cuffed styles are popular, but you may want to skip this step. Rolling up your jeans can visually shorten legs, making them look wider than you’d like. See image above for a suggestion how to wear your slouchier jeans without rolling them up. You can find some good options for boyfriend jeans at Nordstrom.

Flare Jeans

Flare jeans are a good way to balance a bottom heavy figure, because they create a distracting contrast between your thighs and lower legs. Typically slim through the hips and thighs, these ’70s style flares open out into a wider shape below the knee, drawing attention downward. Just be sure to avoid choosing a pair with fading on the legs, which will defeat the purpose. For comfort and flattery, shop for a pair of flares with a bit of give in the fabric (one percent Lycra should do it), and stick to a medium-rise style. Look for flare jeans here.

Boot Cut Jeans

STRÖM Tretton Dove boot cut jeans

Boot cut jeans – so called because you 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 that the flares give you, but don’t feel that a ‘70s 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, go all the way with a floor-skimming inseam. You can find some cool options for boot cut jeans here.

Trouser Jeans

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 bigger legs. Called “trouser” for their slack-like styling, feature a wider waistband, subtle stitching and angled, or side-entry front pockets.These jeans skim over your thighs, giving your legs a longer, leaner look. They’re a great choice for casual Fridays at the office, worn with a pretty blouse or button-down. Trouser jeans demand a sturdy shoe, so avoid wearing delicate footwear with this style. A chunky high heel or a platform shoe works best. Check out some trouser jeans here and here.


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