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There is NOTHING fun about buying and returning and buying and returning over and over (and over) again until you find that perfect pair of jeans. And yet, for us women with strong, athletic thighs, that — more often than not — is what we end up doing. And it all boils down to the wild inconsistencies in sizing.
For some brands, we’re plus-size. For others, we’re “curvy.” Some jeans don’t leave nearly enough room for our athletic calves, and others leave far too much. Some claim to be “stretch jeans” but are made with fabric that, let us tell you, is anything BUT stretchy. While others are borderline leggings.
Sound familiar? SAME. So what’s a girl to do?
We’ve hand-picked our favorite jeans for women with strong calves and thighs.
But remember, what works for some will not work for everyone. Every woman has her own unique preferences for how she wants her clothes to fit her body. That’s why we created Revelle — a personalized shopping experience for YOU and you alone. But these 10 picks are a great place to start.
Because of their narrow ankle opening, bootcut jeans are a go-to option for women who need a tad more space in the calves and thigh area. These, which were created for Macy’s with a combo of cotton and elastane, are low-rise with a curvy fit along the hips.
This high-rise cut is made with super comfy stretch denim. We’re particularly partial to dark-wash jeans since they pair well with so many different tops and shoes.
Who’s ready to go big with a bold leopard print? These have an elasticized waist, which makes them that much easier to pull on. Plus, they’re far more likely to remain in place and move with you all day long.
Yet another bootcut pair of jeans that we’re *swooning* over. But can you blame us? The color is classic, the materials are spot-on (cotton, polyester, rayon, AND spandex), and the ankle opening is exactly what our calves have been begging for. Perfectly roomy.
When it comes to supportive stretch, it doesn’t get much better than these rugged camo skinnies. They come with a comfort waistband and ultra-soft fabric, so if you never wanted to take them off, well, we’d understand.
Flared jeans are the ultimate throwback. This cut — which widens starting at the knee and flares outward just above the ankle — was initially popular in the 1960s during the hippie era and is now back with a vengeance. Think of it as the opposite of a skinny jean, with flare that can vary from subtle to exaggerated.
This pair from Mango is made with elastic denim-style cotton with a flared and frayed bottom for a laid-back touch.
Not into high-waist but definitely not going for low-waist? Voilà…the mid-rise cut is for you. Everlane uses fabric with a high elasticity rate, which means you get all the style of a skinny fit but with a touch more comfort. These are just shy of ankle-length.
For a more relaxed fit, it doesn’t get much better than boyfriend jeans. Although they’re, by definition, a bit slouchy (and, thus, roomier!), that doesn’t mean they’re not sleek. In fact, more and more brands are designing boyfriend cuts with a slight taper to lend the look a touch more structure. We love styling these with a graphic T-shirt for a go-to street style look.
Behold the light-wash jeans of our dreams. Produced in small batches in LA, these sit high on the waist and come with soft pleats that extend outward to fit like the letter A. Unlike flare jeans, wide leg are narrower at your hips with a gradual (rather than dramatic) flare extending down to your ankles for a trouser look that’s perfect for us curvy women with stronger thighs.
Revelle is on a mission to make women feel beautiful in their bodies every day by helping them find clothes that actually FIT, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that the recommended items are based on availability as of the date the article was published. You can always get personalized recommendations by joining our community. Also, if you do purchase something by clicking on a link, we may receive a small commission.