I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one dealing with this type of fit issue. Even when I was a lot younger and quite trim and in shape, my thighs and butt were a bit too large for most jeans of the day (e.g., Levi's and Jordache). This was, of course, before the advent of relaxed and looser fit jeans. It used to sort of bother me, but later in life I learned to be much more thankful that I got the butt in my family (my dad and brother are flat-assed). I love boot cut and flared jeans. I was glad to see what the previous poster noted, i.e., that the extent of the leg opening varies by manufacturer/designer. I love the visual line created by a good boot cut or flared leg and nice pair of boots. Apparently, so do a lot of women - several have remarked to friends of mine that they are wearing 'tapered' leg jeans and that it doesn't look good (in fact, the guys are wearing regular fit, straight-legged jeans, but the line does sort of look tapered at the shoe). I will mention something that I've found that works very well, fit-wise. I will purchase jeans that are loose fit (not baggy) but that have the boot cut, flare, or wide straight leg opening (somewhere around 20-21"), but in a smaller waist size than is normal for me. For example, I usually wear a 34 in jeans and 36 in dress slacks, but in some jeans I can wear a 32 and have the fit be pretty much perfect because of the extra room in the thighs and seat. Actually, those jeans snug my thighs just enough to show the contour/sweep of my outer thigh, and I've had a number of women tell me that "I love your thighs", so I think that the jeans fit is helping me. Levi's Red Tab Hemi jeans are great for this. I don't know if Levi's still makes them, but you can still order them through JC Penney for $29.99. Not a bad deal for a nice pair of stylish boot cut Levi's. Levi's Low Loose Boot Cut Jeans (567) also are good jeans for the money.