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Top 10 Shorts For Thick Thighs

Struggling To Find Shorts That Fit Your Thicker Thighs? Reviewers Recommend These Relaxed-Fitting Styles

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The weather is warming up, so naturally, we’re ready to swap out our jeans and slacks for shorts. Unfortunately, finding a flattering and comfortable pair can be challenging, especially if you’ve been blessed with thick thighs. No one wants to wear shorts that chafe or ride up, but sometimes it feels like there aren’t any other options. Well, we’re here to assure you that there are—and better yet, we’ve found them.

When it comes to shorts for fuller thighs, there are a few things to look for. For starters, stretchy denim is nice. But more importantly, you need an inseam that offers enough coverage to keep you from tugging at your hems all day. On top of that, pull-on, elasticized waistbands (or those that have a drawstring) are a plus, as they will prevent uncomfortable digging. And here’s the good news: We’ve rounded up 10 pairs that have these features for you with the help of our data-driven algorithm.

How We Found The Most Flattering Shorts For Big Thighs

Here’s how our Top 10 lists work: Our algorithm scours the web and uses information from reviews, best-selling lists, social media round-ups, and more sources to determine which products are worth the hype. Then, we do our own research to make sure you know all the details—like whether something runs small or large, has specific care instructions, or is currently available in an exciting seasonal color. Ahead, see which pairs were deemed the best shorts for thick thighs, from brands like Everlane, Old Navy, and Athleta.

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April 29, 2024

Written By:Sierra Rogers

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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Top 10 Lists serve as unbiased shopping guides to the most trusted product recommendations on the internet. Products are scored and ranked using an algorithm backed by data consumers find most valuable when making a purchase. We are reader-supported and may earn a commission when you shop through our links.

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Girlfriend Collective Gazelle Short

Overall Score

4.4

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Girlfriend Collective Gazelle Short

4.3

4 User Reviews

0

Best Seller

2508

Industry Recognition

3.3

Social Buzz

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In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

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Best Workout Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
With a slightly loose fit and a built-in underwear liner, Girlfriend Collective's Gazelle Shorts are perfect for hot girl walks. Their zippered pockets will prevent your belongings from bouncing out on hikes and runs, and the drawstring waistband means you'll never have to experience any uncomfortable digging.

MORE TO KNOW
These shorts are made from Girlfriend Collective's Ripstop Woven material, a fabric that gives recycled single-use bottles a second life.

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Everlane The A-Line Denim Short

Overall Score

4.35

09

Everlane The A-Line Denim Short

4

150 User Reviews

2.6

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best A-Line Denim Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Made from organic cotton in a sustainable manufacturing operation, the A-Line Denim Shorts have a waist-nipping rise and a just-right 5.5" inseam. Keep in mind that this pair runs large but is made from non-stretch denim; refer to the size chart for the best fit possible.

PROMISING REVIEW
"Happy, happy shopper! As a girlie with thick thighs, it is not often I find a short that fits my waist and hips, but also is the perfect happy medium between longer and not short enough to get eaten by my thighs. I will be buying another pair!"

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lululemon Softstreme High-Rise Short 4"

Overall Score

4.45

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lululemon Softstreme High-Rise Short 4"

4.3

546 User Reviews

2.9

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Athleisure Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Looking for a pair that you can lounge in? With their stretchy, peach-fuzz-like fabric blend, lululemon's Softstreme shorts are it. They have a shock cord waistband that allows you to adjust the fit, and they're also quick-drying in case you plan to get a good sweat in. 

MORE TO KNOW
These shorts are available in six different colors, from neutrals like navy and tan to bright, spring shades like pink and lilac.

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Free People Billie Chino Shorts

Overall Score

4.45

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Free People Billie Chino Shorts

4.5

35 User Reviews

2.3

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Chino Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Free People's Billie Chino Shorts have a silhouette inspired by classic menswear. They combine a flattering, pleated front with a mid-rise waist and a relaxed fit. Pair them with a vest for an on-trend (yet classic) look.

MORE TO KNOW
Reviewers mention that these run slightly large in the waist. Keep that in mind when choosing your ideal fit.

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Old Navy High-Waisted Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts

Overall Score

4.5

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Old Navy High-Waisted Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts

4.8

943 User Reviews

3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Linen Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Everyone needs a pair of pull-on shorts they can turn to during spring and summer. Old Navy's Linen Blend Shorts are a perfect take on the style with their elastic waistband and airy feel. Choose from 12 different colors and patterns, or pick up a few pairs (especially considering how affordable they are). 

REVIEW HIGHLIGHT
"I LOVE these shorts — speaking from a woman with thick thighs and a big booty. They are flowy and so comfortable! I love wearing them around the house but can also be worn out to a casual event."

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Everlane The Easy Short

Overall Score

4.6

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Everlane The Easy Short

4.5

265 User Reviews

2.7

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Pull-On Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
The Easy Short lives up to its name. Made from lightweight cotton twill with a breathable fit and a forgiving waistband, this pair is perfect for everything from dog walks to date nights. Dress them up with sandals and a blouse, or embrace the athleisure of it all with a crewneck sweatshirt and sneakers.  

MORE TO KNOW
Everlane makes an Easy Pant too. 

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Athleta High Rise Mesh Racer Run Short

Overall Score

4.6

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Athleta High Rise Mesh Racer Run Short

4.6

684 User Reviews

2.9

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Running Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Runners, this one's for you. Athleta's Mesh Racer Run Short is described as feeling "...silky-sleek and light as air." They're breathable, stretchy, and have zip pockets to keep your keys safe during long-distance treks.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHT
"Love these shorts for running; I have thicker thighs, and these do not ride up when I run!"

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Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love High Rise 4" Mom Short

Overall Score

4.75

03

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love High Rise 4" Mom Short

4.9

12 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Mom Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
If you haven't familiarized yourself with A&F's Curve Love line yet, the brand's Mom Shorts offer a great entry point. They have a high-rise waistband but keep things relaxed through the hips and thighs. Plus, they're available in three different kinds of denim washes.

MORE TO KNOW
The Curve Love collection features styles that add an extra 2" through the hip and thigh to eliminate the gap that occurs when denim hugs your thighs but isn't snug enough around the waist.

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Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short

Overall Score

4.85

02

Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short

4.8

5829 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Biker Shorts For Thick Thighs

WHAT TO LOVE
Bike shorts have never been better. Girlfriend Collective's High-Rise Bike Shorts are a best-selling pair for a couple of reasons: comfort and versatility. Do yoga, hike, or throw on an oversized tee and run errands — whatever you do in these shorts, you'll look cute and feel great.

MORE TO KNOW
This pair comes in a wide range of sizes (XS to 6XL). They're also frequently released in limited edition colors, so keep an eye out for seasonal shades.

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Levi's 501 Mid Thigh Shorts

Overall Score

4.9

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Levi's 501 Mid Thigh Shorts

4.7

46 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

5

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Shorts For Thick Thighs Overall

WHAT TO LOVE
Modeled after Levi's lovable 501 jeans, these shorts have a high-rise waistband and an extra long inseam that hits mid-thigh. The denim they're made from isn't very stretchy, but reviewers say they fit true to size. Here's one shoppers take: "Obsessed. I have relatively thick thighs and they're still baggy and fit like the model (which is rare I feel). Perfect length."

MORE TO KNOW
If you're a regular Rank & Style reader, you're probably not surprised to see a pair of Levi's top this list. The brand has been perfecting denim for over 150 years, so its styles are often well-made and well-reviewed. Check out our roundup of the best Levi's to discover more options. 

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