Everlane cropped cashmere sweater | size small (purchased with credits from Everlane)
Everlane high-low belt
6397 Shorty Jean (on sale at Nordstrom)| size 29 (also on sale at The Dreslyn, selvedge denim at La Garconne)
Robert Clergerie Nalo loafers | on sale at Totokaelo – highly recommend these
Kara small dry bag
(so you can get a good look at the massive rise – yes, they’re meant to be loose and slouchy)
I have mentioned before my obsession with denim, haven’t I? And my inability to find jeans that fit my legs/calves? ICYMI, let me sum up: It is impossible for me to find jeans that fit my calves & my waist; and I’ve come to terms with the fact that jeans will NEVER look on me like they look on models – my legs are too substantial/athletic/thick, whatever you want to call them. And I think it’s exacerbated by the fact that I’m not plus-sized and am short; when I wore size 32-34 jeans and larger, I didn’t have such a huge problem fitting my calves because the assumption is that the thickness of your legs increase/decrease proportionately with your overall size. Which is not true.
I have several pairs of jeans. Enough now, definitely, but again, I have been searching for “THE PERFECT” pair, even though I know there is no such thing. I can’t help it. So now, with these jeans, I have finally found a pair that fits me like I WANT them to in the legs – the 6397 Shorty Jean. They do not cling AT ALL to my calves, they skim nicely over my hips, and have a great straight leg (on me), all while being too “big” in the waist.
As I said though, that is the situation with me and denim now. I think my “normal” denim size is 28, but I have IRO jeans in size 30 that I took in at the waist so they’ll fit me in the legs, and now these are firmly two sizes too big in the waist, but fit like I want them to in the legs. I’m wearing a belt here, and that works for now, but I will take them to my tailor to have them taken in a bit because right now there’s a bit of a paper bag effect at the waist/back that’s not ideal.
When I took these photos I actually wasn’t sure I was going to keep these jeans, but then as I was getting dressed yesterday I put them on and didn’t want to take them off. I wore them for real with my very old Isabel Marant Etoile sweatshirt and Vince shoes (see Instagram below) and was incredibly comfortable and happy I decided to keep them.
I know there are more of you out there, she of the larger legs, because you chime in here periodically on my posts to share your denim-shopping woes, and I get a few hits every day from google searches on some variation of “best boyfriend jeans for large thighs/legs.” So here is my final contribution to the cause, because I don’t think you can get much better than these, and I’m finished trying. I have to credit commenter Julie for letting me know about these jeans on a recent post or else I may not have tried them/stalked them until they went on sale. They are worth it.
So, anyone else with larger legs/calves out there?? What denim brands/styles do you wear to fit your legs? What have you tried?