How to Select Men's Jeans for Large Hips

Finding the right fit in men’s jeans is no easy task, especially if you’re among the many men with large hips. Although jean shopping may seem like a tedious and time-wasting process for men with your body type, there are a number of jean fits that will suit your physique.

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Relaxed Fit

Relaxed-fit jeans are perhaps the strongest denim option available for men with large hips. Although this jean design typically features an equal leg width from hip to hem, the legs and seat are generally wider than other styles. Relaxed fits are most appropriate for men with muscular or stocky legs, and should be avoided by men with thin legs, as they can create a sloppy, billowy appearance. Wear your relaxed-fit jeans with suspenders and a dark-colored polo for a slimming, casual look.

Straight Leg

Straight-leg jeans are another potential option for men with large hips. Although similar to relaxed fit -- they maintain an equal width from hip to hem -- straight-leg jeans tend to have a slimmer leg width than their relaxed counterparts. Jean designs often vary by brand; try on several different brands to find the style that suits your particular physique best. Their straight lines and sleek look make straight-leg jeans suitable for most dressy-casual occasions. Pair your straight-leg jeans with a black dress shirt, and black loafers or casual boots for a modern, dapper style.

Athletic Fit

According to the Men’s Health article, “Find the Right Fit for Jeans,” athletic-cut jeans are a “hybrid” that combine the “legroom of a relaxed fit, the flared hem of a boot cut and the snug seat of a straight leg.” Athletic-cut jeans are well-suited for men with muscularly bulky legs and men who have naturally large thighs. Their comfortable design make athletic-cut jeans an ideal option for athletic activities such as tag football, as well as appropriate for everyday casual attire. Pair your athletic-cut jeans with boat shoes, a light summer scarf and a colorful V-neck T-shirt for a comfortable, modern look.


Part of finding the right fit in men’s jeans is knowing which styles and designs are unflattering for your body type. Although skinny and slim-fit jeans are flattering on some men, they are ill suited to men with bulky legs, midsections and large thighs. Similarly, boot-cut jeans have a fitted design from the hip to the knee and can be uncomfortable on men with bulky thighs. Keep in mind that personal style is about knowing what looks good on you and making it your own.

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