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These jeans are thick-thigh friendly — shop Torrid, Levi and more starting at $20

Uncomfy denim, be gone!
Vivian Le / TODAY
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If you have thick thighs or a curvy shape, you know the struggle of finding a good pair of jeans. As a woman who was blessed with athletic thighs, I’m particularly excited about the move from skinny to loose denim. At the same time, I refuse to give up my high-rise skinnies because it took me years to find pairs that make me feel confident.

In honor of my fellow thick-thighed friends, 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.

Bestselling jeans for women with thick thighs | Editor’s picks for thick-thigh friendly jeans | What to look for | FAQs | How we chose | Meet our experts

Best jeans for women with thick, curvy thighs, according to shoppers

Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle Jeans

Sizes: 00-30 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: 28-32 inches

“I haven’t felt this comfortable in a pair of jeans in probably a decade,” a verified shopper said after slipping on these Old Navy jeans described as “part ‘90s nostalgia, part new-normal comfort.”

Its classic style isn’t the only thing to rave about — this pair includes the brand’s Never-Quit Shape Retention that ensures you’re being hugged in all the right places.

Torrid Boyfriend Straight Jean

Sizes: 10 — 30 | Colorways: 6 | Inseam: 31 — 34 inches

Reviewers are raving about how well these jeans fit their thick thighs. Inseams are offered from extra short to extra tall so everyone can have their perfect fit.

“I love these jeans. I am curvier on the bottom and these give me the slightly extra wriggle room that I need in my hips and thighs. They stretch a little. They are my go-to jeans,” a Texas reviewer said.

Democracy Women’s Ab Solution Jegging

Sizes: 4-18 | Colorways: 36 | Inseam: 28-32 inches

With nearly 10,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, these jeggings are hard to pass up on. Several shoppers who have thick, muscular thighs even noted how nicely these felt around the area without leaving a waist gap in the back.

One verified reviewer says, “They feel like lightweight jeans, not jeggings or fake jean leggings. As I pulled them up the first time, I thought to myself that there was no way that they would be comfortable around my waist. When I got there, there was an incredible stretch and they buttoned with ease. I wore them all day and didn’t have an urge to unbutton them or rip them off and toss them away like I had been feeling when wearing my other jeans.”

Levi’s 721 High-Rise Skinny Jeans

Sizes: 23-34 | Colorways: 42 | Inseam: 28 inches

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your skinny jeans yet (don’t worry, neither are we), these Levi’s are thick thigh-shopper approved according to rave reviews.

There are over 40 washes and a wide range of size/inseam length combinations. “If you have a curvy figure and thick thighs, these are perfect for you,” raved one verified five-star reviewer.

Venus Bootcut Jeans

Sizes: 2-24 | Colorways: 6 | Inseam: 31-34 inches

Slimmer at the top with a flare at the bottom, these jeans easily complete a look at any time of year. They even come in six different colors so you can have a pair for every day of the week (and an extra pair for two days a week).

One reviewer with self-proclaimed “chunky” thighs said that even the white pair fits perfectly.

Loft Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans

Sizes: 24-31 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: 25.5 inches and 27.5 inches

One verified purchaser called these jeans “fabulous for curvy women.” They come in regular, petite and tall sizing with the inseams starting at 25.5 inches. According to the description, these jeans have a classic fit that is slimming, butt-lifting and waist-flattering.

DU/ER Four Way Flex High-Rise Skinny

Sizes: 24-34 | Colorways: 2 | Inseam: 28 and 31 inches

Reviewers say these DU/ER high-rise skinny jeans are as comfortable as yoga pants. DU/ER is a Canadian performance clothing company that specializes in denim and this waist-hugging, high-rise pair perfectly hugs the thighs.

Reviewers say the stretch is reliable no matter how much they move around.

Torrid Luxe Slim Boot Jean

Sizes: 10-30 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: 28.5-36.5 inches

Instead of settling for flared jeans that are either too tight or too wide everywhere, opt for this pair from Torrid that offers a snug fit on the top half.

Reviewers are obsessed with it and say they keep going back for more. It comes in sizes 10-30 and inseam lengths ranging from extra short to extra tall.

Levi’s Wedgie Straight Women’s Jeans

Sizes: 23-32 | Colorways: 5 | Inseam: 26 inches

These cult-favorite jeans from Levi’s 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.

Reviewers said these will be your “go-to” jeans. “Perfect weight and color to go with everything in your closet. Gives a little bit of tummy control and slimming profile,” added one shopper.

Gap High-Rise True Skinny Jeans with Secret Smoothing Pockets

Sizes: 24-35 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: 25.5-32 inches

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.

One shopper said, “These jeans are softer and stretchier than previous iterations of HR True Skinny Jeans but just as flattering. Very comfortable waist. They stretch out a tiny bit while wearing but don’t lose their shape.”

Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Women’s Jeans

Sizes: 23-32 | Colorways: 16 | Inseam: 27 and 29 inches

This ribcage-grazing, button-fly pair will draw attention to your waistline. They boast an ultra-high (12-inch) rise, a classic straight leg and the perfect amount of structure. The design comes in 16 washes, however, reviews say each wash fits a bit differently.

“I love these jeans and size up if I want more room since I have fuller hips. I have these in 4 different washes and each fits slightly differently though,” said one reviewer.

Universal Standard ComfortDenim Dont Call Them Jeggings

Sizes: 6-32 | Colorways: 3 | Inseam: 28 inches

Swap your traditional jeans for these super soft ComfortDenim jeggings from Universal Standard. These jeggings are made of lightweight denim and a four-way stretch material. They also feature an elastic waist, deep pockets and breathable fabric.

The jeggings have more of a generous cut, so the brand recommends sizing down if you’re in between sizes.

Everlane The Curvy ‘90s Cheeky Jean

Sizes: 23-33 | Colorways: 4 | Inseam: 26.5 and 28.5 inches

Everlane’s Curvy ‘90s Cheeky Jeans were designed for an hourglass body shape. This straight-leg pair has a form-hugging fit through the hip and thigh and hugs close at the waist to remove the dreaded waist gap. However, reviewers say this light wash runs slightly small.

One reviewer mentioned, “I have bought so many ‘curvy’ jeans that aren’t curvy at all. These jeans are a true curvy fit! If you have a narrow waist and wider hips/bum these will be a great fit.”

Universal Standard Bae Boyfriend Crop Jeans

Sizes: 00-40 | Colorways: 4 | Inseam: 26 inches

Keep things relaxed in these boyfriend jeans from Universal Standard. Available in 20 sizes, this inclusive pair is made with a secretly stretchy, engineered fabric and is supposed to fit perfectly around your waist and hips.

One reviewer suggested these jeans are so comfortable you could sleep in them. “The Bae boyfriend jeans are my go-to jeans. This is my fourth pair,” they said. “They have all fit perfectly, and more importantly, they have fit perfectly ALL DAY!”

Everlane The Curvy Way-High Jean

Sizes: 26-35 | Colorways: 4 | Inseam: 27.5 and 29.5 inches

Cadmus says she loves these Everlane jeans. “These jeans have zero stretch in the waistband, thus sucking you in, and a bit of stretch throughout the legs for comfort — best of both worlds,” she says.

These jeans do not stretch so the brand recommends sizing up for more ease.

Good American Good Legs Crop Extreme V

Sizes: 00-30 | Colorways: 2 | Inseam: 27 inches

These Good American jeans come with a gap-proof contoured waist and a bum-lifting V-shaped back for a more fitted silhouette. The material is a mix of denim and stretch and they slide on like a glove. All Good American jeans are crafted with a fabric designed to hold their shape, no matter how often you wear them.

Best jeans for women with thick, curvy thighs, according to editors

Future Collective Western Seamed Denim Straight Pant

Sizes: 00-30 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: 29.5 inches

Commerce editor Vivien Moon says she’s obsessed with how comfortable these high-rise jeans are.

"As somebody who struggles to find jeans that have both a flattering waist and aren’t too tight in the thigh area, without being crazy oversized, these are a favorite," she says.

These new Future Collective jeans are western-inspired and made of recycled cotton for that extra plush feel.

American Eagle Next Level Super High-Waisted Flare Jean

Sizes: 000-18 | Colorways: 3 | Inseam: Not provided

These high-stretch American Eagle jeans have a vintage feel that pairs well with most basic tees. The super high rise and slim leg frame your curves as you strut through the day.

Senior SEO editor Jess Bender has been wearing these jeans nonstop since she received them.

"They give my inner thighs space to room and stretch and don’t hug them in an awkward, unflattering manner," she says.

NYDJ Ellison Straight Jeans

Sizes: 00-18 | Colorways: 4 | Inseam: 31 inches

These straight-leg jeans have a high-rise silhouette and a shorter inseam than NYDJ's bestseller Marilyn jeans.

SEO writer Jannely Espinal says she has big calves and these jeans fit her perfectly.

"What I love about these jeans is the Lift Tuck technology which hugs your curves without suffocating your belly," she says. "The fabric is soft and stretchy enough to pull with ease, which means you don’t have to lay down to pull them up."

7 For All Mankind Tailorless Denim Lustre Dojo Trouser

Sizes: 23-32 | Colorways: 1 | Inseam: Not provided

These 7 For All Mankind's wide-leg jeans have a subtle flare to accentuate your legs. They're made of no-stretch classic denim and have a shorter inseam than other versions.

Production assistant Audrey Ekman says she struggles with shopping for jeans because standard fits are always too tight in the thighs and too big in the waist — but these jeans are a perfect fit.

"The fit of these jeans makes that a non-issue because the legs have this super cool, flowy width that makes them really comfy and eliminates the problem of gapping waists and suffocated thighs," she says.

Ekman says these jeans are chic enough to even wear to the office. Best of all, they're 40% off now.

"They’re admittedly pricey, but well worth the investment because I know I’ll keep this timeless, high quality and flattering style in my wardrobe forever," she adds.

Madewell Curvy Stovepipe Jeans

Sizes: 23-33 | Colorways: 2 | Inseam: 28.5 inches

These Madewell Stovepipe jeans have a little extra room at the hips and thighs for anyone with thicker thighs. The contoured band and straight leg cut highlight your waist.

Bender admits these jeans are in regular rotation in her wardrobe. "They designed these specifically to have some extra room in the thigh area," she says. "The only negative I can think of is that they sell out of sizes pretty quickly."

Also, they come in petite, plus, standard and tall sizing, which makes them ultra inclusive.

What to look for when shopping for thick-thigh friendly jeans

When it comes to jeans, there are so many styles and shades to choose from. From mid-rise to straight leg, the options are endless. Our experts say the first step to finding your perfect pair is knowing how you want them to fit.

Wardrobe stylist Jessica Cadmus says the fabrication of your denim will determine how your jeans fit.

“If your priority is to be sucked in as much as possible, then a raw denim with no stretch is a good choice,” Cadmus says. “When trying on, select the pair that fits you the snuggest because they will ‘grow’ over the course of the day given there is no inherent stretch.”

If comfort is your goal, Cadmus suggests finding jeans that have at least 2% elastane in the construction.

When looking for jeans, she also emphasizes the importance of pocket placement.

“The higher the back pockets, typically the better as they draw the eye up for a slightly more elongated look,” Cadmus says.

Frequently asked questions about jeans for women with thick, curvy thighs

How we chose the best thick-thigh friendly jeans

We connected with an experienced fashion stylist to get the insider scoop on what jeans work best for thick- thighs. Using her expert insight, we considered dozens of highly-rated and affordable jeans. Our staff's shopping experts shared their all-time favorite recs, too.

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