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I don’t know about you, but after more than a year at home in round-the-clock sweatpants, I’m ready to revisit buttons and zippers. Despite preparing my wardrobe (and myself) for the return to office, I am not ready, however, to forgo the comfort of pandemic dressing.
Luckily, baggy denim is having a moment, allowing us to ease back into things. As a woman who was blessed with athletic thighs, I’m particularly excited about the move from skinny to loose.
At the same time, I refuse to give up my high-rise skinnies because it took my years to find pairs that make me feel confident — and if Duchess Kate is still wearing them, then it has to be OK. Right?
In honor of my fellow thick-thighed friends — and the return of fashion — I rounded up jeans designed to flatter our curves. Not only will they fit both your legs and waist like a glove, but they can withstand the dreaded chub rub. Nearly all the brands I included are size-inclusive, so everyone can find their perfect fit. And don't worry: you won't find one low-rise pair on this list!
Top jeans for women with thick, athletic thighs
Swap your sweats for these trendy and super-soft drawstring joggers. Though they pair perfectly with sneakers, you can also wear them with heels!
These sleek, flare jeans can be kept casual with sneakers or dressed up with heels, making them the perfect pair to keep in your closet. Made with a medium-stretch material, they have a 4.5-star average rating and come in lengths ranging from short to extra long.
Unlike most mom jeans, this pair won’t flatten your butt! They come in both regular and tall cuts, with three different inseam lengths for the regular cut. "I have larger/thick thighs with a considerable butt and a smaller waist and this pair of jeans were perfect," one five-star reviewer shared.
Despite being made with a more rigid material, these jeans are designed to complement curvy bodies. According to reviewers, they tend to run large so if you want a snug fit, order one size down but if you want a looser fit, order your normal size. "My entire life I've never had a pair of jeans fit me. They fit perfect on the waist, there's adequate room in the thighs and they DON'T FLATTEN YOUR BUTT," one reviewer raved.
I recently discovered DUER, a Canadian performance clothing company that specializes in denim that feels as comfortable as yoga pants. This waist-hugging, high-rise pair perfectly hugs my thighs, and the pocket positioning is on point. They fit like a second skin.
There’s a reason mid-size fashion bloggers are obsessed with these waist-accentuating, vintage-inspired jeans that feature an easy tapered leg. They somehow flatter all legs — and though they’re a splurge, they were designed to last. Size down if you prefer a more snug fit.
I can’t get over how soft these jeans are — and how well they hold their shape. Made of cotton, polyester and elastane for a touch of stretch, this high-rise straight-leg jean is both flattering and forgiving.
Charlize Theron and Sarah Jessica Parker are fans of the eco-friendly fashion brand behind these vintage-inspired cropped jeans that boast a subtly flared leg. The wide ankle silhouette magically makes your legs appear leaner and longer.
Reviewers rave about these high-waist, button-up closure flares from "Modern Family" actor Sofia Vergara's Walmart line. As one reviewer wrote, "They are extremely comfortable and stretchy." I totally agree!
These curve-friendly skinnies are generous in the hips and butt region and are just as cozy as a pair of leggings.
These cult-favorite jeans have just the right amount of stretch and do exactly what they were designed to do: accentuate your waist, hips and backside. Don’t worry — they won’t actually give you a wedgie.
If I had to save one pair of jeans in a fire, it would probably be my Good American's. They come with a gap-proof contoured waist and a bum-lifting V-shaped back. The material is a mix of denim and stretch and they slide on glove. All Good American jeans are crafted with a fabric designed to hold their shape, no matter how often you wear them.
I snagged a pair of Everlane's Curvy '90s Cheeky Jean after reading rave reviews online and they did not disappoint. I love the flattering straight leg and the back pockets, which are set high and close together for a natural, lifted look.
I have a friend with thigh thicks who will only wear DL1961 denim — she loves how they hold her in without constricting. This pair smooths and conforms to your body, so you can ditch your shapewear.
These ribcage-grazing, button-fly jeans draw attention to your waistline. They boast an ultra-high (12") rise, a classic straight leg and the perfect amount of structure.
I recommend these skinnies to absolutely everyone. They fit my hips and waist without gapping or being too tight and make me feel instantly put-together.
I'll be living in these breezy, breathable crops that were designed specifically for hot summer days this year. Just like the other brand's other vintage jeans, they have a high-rise and a tapered leg opening. The style is also available in curvy fit.
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