Originally Posted by rxn
Been reading this site for a while and, after having read quite a bit, am looking to try some raw denim. However, I have a few questions regarding just what will actually fit me.
At 6'1, 195 and having been an avid squatter in the gym for a while, my thighs measure approximately 24.25 inches (using approx. 1 inch below the crotch for measurement). Because of this, I am unable to even pull up most slim or straight leg jeans I've tried on. 501s are very tight on me and make my legs look like tree trunks. I currently wear boot-cut jeans as a means of making due. However, I'm not a fan as they're too baggy and bulky.
Are there any brands you guys recommend for those of us with thicker legs?
Yeah, you don't have "thick" legs per se. Most of your standard slim (and even skinny) cuts will have a thigh of 12.5 (aka 25 inch circumference) at a 34 waist. We sound the same size (I'm 6'1, 190 FWIW) and beyond the skinniest of things haven't had too much trouble with sizing thighs.
In your situation you'll literally need to size your denim based on thigh size. If your thigh measurement is accurate, stick to the 12.5-13 inch measurements provided by charts on the various denim vendors. Should work for you. It will "feel" tight to you if you've been used to wearing veritable bags on your legs, but it will also "fit" you. You'll honestly just have to get over that change of aesthetic and feel.
Almost every brand will have something that works for you. It matters what you want it to look like and what you want to get out of it. Honestly - your measurement isn't a huge problem.