Q&A: Where to Buy Pants for Men with Thick Thighs

April 11th, 2007

Q:  Where can I find khakis and jeans for guys who have very thick thighs?  My husband played football and has a 44-46" waist & 30" inseam, but his thighs can not fit into many brands.  Also, for some reason he thinks pleats look best on his body, but I have always heard pleats make you look bigger.  Help!

Dockers Premium Never-Ironâ�¢ Cotton Khaki - Flat FrontA:  Good instincts–pleated pants do make you look bigger.  Flat front pants are visually slimming, while pleated pants create more volume exactly where you don’t want it.

For men with thick thighs, we have 3 recommendations:

1. Look for "Relaxed Fit" styles, which have added room in the seat and the thigh.

2. For a slimming look, try dark colored pants, a wide leg, and a slightly lower rise.

3. As for where to buy the pants, try brands like Dockers, Eddie Bauer, and St. John’s Bay (at JC Penney).

Premium Never-Iron™ Cotton Khaki - Flat Front | $70 at Dockers.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kevin  |  April 11th, 2007 at 3:06 am

    Finally some fashion advice for us clueless guys :)

  • 2. RobynT  |  April 12th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Wow, it sounds like I wrote this question! My husband has the most luck at places like Sears and JC Penney too. Not as fun as some other stores, but more fun for him than not being able to fit into stuff. And there is some pretty cool stuff over there. He bought some Lees several months ago. He also has one pair of American Eagle pants he really likes but hasn’t had any luck there since.

  • 3. Trisha  |  April 13th, 2007 at 2:22 am

    Thanks, Robyn, for sharing this extra information!

  • 4. Jim  |  April 24th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the advice! What would you recommend for someone with relatively thick thighs but a 29-30″ waist? Also, how does a wide leg lead to a slimming look?

  • 5. Trisha  |  April 25th, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Relaxed fit styles will fit better than straight or boot legged styles.

    Wide legged pants are slimming for men with thick thighs since the fabric drapes in a more flattering way–it doesn’t hug the leg.

  • 6. lewis  |  February 9th, 2010 at 6:51 am

    where can people with legs that swell buy cargo pants?

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