Not everyone has the legs to fit into the typical slim raw jean. For those who spend more time in the gym, or happen to play rugby, cycle or speed skate, getting a pair of raw denim around your quads can be a difficult and trying experience.
Luckily, there are a number of pairs out there which have been proven time and time again to be quite friendly to the slightly more built crowd. Here are five which we’ve heard first hand success stories with.
Samurai – S5000BKB
From Samurai, the S5000BKB is an expensive but exceptional option for those raw denim lovers who have built their legs up to the point that a slim fit just won’t do anymore. This is a limited edition (patches are hand-numbered) run of a 17oz Japanese selvage denim sewn from a Black x Black Warp & Weft weave.
They’re cut and sewn with the typical high standard of craftsmanship we expect from Samurai and will fit your legs nicely while looking brilliant, plus black denim appears to be making its way up the popularity ladder. Available at Blue In Green.
A.P.C. – New Standard
The original A.P.C. jean, the New Standard, is a surprisingly good denim option for those who have cultivated themselves larger than average thighs. The only thing here, as with some of the other pairs, is that you’ll want to make very sure you’re trying them on in-store starting in your usual size rather than the typical A.P.C. sizing down.
Or at the very least, it helps to have a good idea how they fit before you get into something that may get around your waist but won’t be able to slip over your thighs. Available at End.
Benny Gold – Gold Standard Denim
The most budget friendly option for guys with slightly bigger thighs are these Benny Gold jeans. Like most on this list, they’re a classic straight cut jean that will do you well if you’re looking to get into the raw denim market at an entry level price. Available at Benny Gold.
Naked and Famous – WeirdGuy Fit
Montreal’s Naked and Famous are typically known for being atypical and having an option for pretty much any sort of raw denim you could possibly want including raspberry scented, glow in the dark, and 32 Oz.; so of course they’d have an option that would suit men with slightly thicker built legs.
The WeirdGuy fit, despite its slightly off-beat name, is a great fitting straight cut jean that will keep your legs in comfort and style. Available at Tate + Yoko.
Edwin – ED39
As we’ve come to know, Edwin are one of raw denim’s premium manufacturers. These straight leg jeans cut from a Zimbabwean selvedge denim are no exception, and feature plenty of room for your thighs.
One of the more expensive options on this list, they will come at a higher initial cost but will end up wearing far better over time than another option on the list, such as the Benny Gold might. Available at Mr. Porter.