What Kind of Jeans Make Thighs Seem Thinner?

Beyonce doesn't hide her dancer thighs at the "Show Your Helping Hand" hunger relief initiative kickoff in New York City in 2009.

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When it comes to minimizing (or maximizing) certain aspects of your figure, it's all about balance. If you have larger thighs, there are definitely styles of jeans that can help disguise the extra weight you carry in that area. But particular jeans have to work with particular shoes -- heels play a crucial role in creating the most svelte silhouette possible, as jeans simply aren't enough on their own. And don't discount color; darker rinses tend to be more flattering. Something else to note: Thighs can often look bigger due to kick-butt athletic prowess. So if you want to show off a pair of strong legs in skinny jeans, don't let anyone stop you.

The Baggy Boyfriend Jean

If you're on your way to a casual affair, you can feel comfortable all day in a pair of super-loose boyfriend jeans. Slightly baggy and rolled up at the cuffs, the "androgynous chic" look of these jeans has kept them around, as they've been seen on a variety of celebrities of all shapes and sizes. These jeans should only appear as if they're your boyfriend's jeans; they should really be tailored for a woman. This means they fit properly at the waist and don't sag halfway down your derriere. Check out photos of classic pear-shaped beauty Katie Holmes, who repeatedly wears her favorite flattering pair of boyfriend jeans with everything from T-shirts to oxfords to striped grandpa cardigans. Try these with flats or even gladiator wedges for added height.

The Classic Boot-Cut Jean

The classic boot-cut jean is universally flattering. Whatever your body type, these will flatter your leg line, especially with a fabulous pair of sky-high stiletto ankle boots. The slight flare at the hem balances out larger thighs and creates an evened-out silhouette. When wearing these with heels (which you should do as often as possible to create the best possible look), make sure the bottom of the jean just skims the ground. Take a look at adorable Jennifer Love Hewitt, who did a great job of complementing her figure while she was out and about in Burbank, California, in 2009, wearing whiskered, dark-rinse bootleg jeans with heels, a long white button-down shirt and a super-cropped denim jacket. The jacket strategically stopped at her waist, emphasizing her sexy hourglass shape. Smart move, Hewitt.

The Wide-Leg Trouser Jean

It's best to do a pair of wide-leg trouser jeans in a higher waist, as these will shorten your torso and instantly elongate your legs by creating a leaner, taller, streamlined look. The straight, roomy leg all the way down disguises what you may or may not be hiding in the thigh area. Famous bottom-heavy star Kim Kardashian demonstrated this while shopping in Beverly Hills in 2009 when she wore a pair of super dark, wide-leg trousers (that covered her high-heeled feet) with a black belt and a ruffled navy blouse tucked in. She played it smart by going dark all over. Clearly, wide-leg trouser jeans help maintain those curves -- hugging your hips, rear and thighs -- but downplay them just enough to distract others from larger thighs.

The Always-Stylish Flare Jean

For a more extreme (but just as slenderizing) version of the boot-cut jean, try the flare cut, which will add a groovy dose of retro fashion to your ensemble. With the right modern pieces and accessories, flared jeans can actually look extremely hip -- as demonstrated by the enviably fit Jessica Biel, who undeniably has larger thighs than the average slim chick. When she celebrated her brother's birthday at LA's Cafe Entourage in 2011, Biel wore a low-key, cool outfit consisting of strategically faded flare jeans (fading on the thighs creates a slimming effect), polished brown boots, a white cotton T-shirt and a brown leather jacket. With a trendy feather accessory in her hair and a mini chain-held yellow purse, she looked healthy, chic and confident -- attributes that will always be in style.

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