Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
There’s nothing worse for a guy’s style than wearing the wrong kind of jeans, but sometimes we’re scared to try out new trends that we think may not be for us. However, with this guide, we’ll help you find skinny jeans that slim you down and look great, even if you’re on the slightly bulkier side.
Turn to most expert stylists and they’ll tell you that skinny jeans on fat guys just don’t work. The truth is, that’s not the case at all. In fact, it’s more than possible for a guy with a bigger waist to make those skinnies work. It just takes extra planning and making sure they fit well0.
You want to make sure that you have the fit and overall styling right as this makes a big difference. Once that’s down, the next issue is to make sure that you dress the rest of your body to really complement your form. You can’t just have a great pair of jeans with nothing to back them up – the whole look matters. It’s also a case of picking out colours and materials that work well together, so if you thought that there are just one type and shade of denim, think again. We’ll show you exactly how to pull off the dreaded skinnies and look great while doing so.
Jeans That Slim You
The most important thing about your jeans is their fit and style. There are certain things that you absolutely need to avoid, as when it comes to skinny jeans, bigger guy problems are commonplace. The biggest sin is wearing a pair of jeans that just don’t fit you in the first place, so let’s take a look at what you need to avoid if you are going to pull this off right.
What to Avoid
The first thing is to make sure that your skinny jeans aren’t too tight around the waist. The only thing that happens with this is that a bulge of flesh forms above them, giving you what on women is normally referred to as a muffin-top. Honestly, it’s not a great look on anyone, regardless of their size, but it’s just more obvious if you’re holding onto a couple of extra pounds.
If you’ve got a pair of jeans that fit okay, but you’re still worried about a potential muffin top situation, just cheat. No one’s going to call you out if you wear a top that’s long enough to cover your waistband, and you’ll easily hide any extra weight in the process. Kanye West isn’t the skinniest of guys, so being a big built guy, he seems to always wear T-shirts and jumpers that cover his waist band.
However there are some things that a T-shirt can’t hide, and that’s when things are a little too tight… down there. If you’re beginning to worry about your ability to reproduce, then just accept that you need to move up a size or two. You’ll be doing yourself a favour in the long run. And to be honest, when the jeans are too tight they never look as good as they could do.
On the other side of the scale, bagginess is not a good look either, especially if you’re after the skinny look. They’re called skinny jeans for a reason. Having a lot of excess fabric at the bottom around your ankles is another no no. You need the jeans to finish at the right length. With a brand like Levi’s you have the option to get them finished to the perfect length to suit you. However if not, most pairs of jeans come in waist and length sizes, so be sure to measure your leg before you buy.
Best Men’s Skinny Jeans
The best skinny jeans for fat guys are those which have a higher waistline. If they cover your belly, this is a great way to hold it all in and prevent any bulges over the top of the jeans. Your jeans should be tight against your legs, whilst also leaving you enough room to move easily and bend your knees. If you feel like you could do squats without busting a seam, then you’ve found the perfect pair of skinny jeans.
If you find that your jeans just have one small problem – such as being too long in the leg, for example – consider taking them to a tailor. Adjustments like this can be made cheaply, creating a custom pair of skinny jeans that you can wear with pride and, most importantly, comfort.
In terms of colour and fabric, bear in mind that a heavier denim is going to make you hotter and sweatier, which isn’t great for a larger guy. Go for a thinner denim, but be wary of finding one that looks cheap. Choosing a darker denim, whether it’s navy or black, is a simple way to help slim you down, you can then add the colour to the top half of your outfit.
The Two Main Styles
There are two main styles of skinny jeans – the skinny and the standard fit. The fit is really important, you need to know what works best for you as you don’t want to look out of proportion. The skinny fit may well be the best jeans for guys with big leg – that is guys who have big legs because they go to the gym a lot. Clinging to every curve and muscle, these jeans will show off all of that hard work and create a fantastic impression. So if this sounds a bit like you, go for it and get yourself a pair of skinny jeans.
For guys who have big legs because they’re overweight? The really skinny fit isn’t the best idea. Every jiggle will show through your jeans, and what’s more, they won’t fit nicely. It’s going to be almost impossible to find a really skinny pair of jeans that fits you properly. So if you’re a bigger man, stay away from the super skinny.
However, you can still nail the skinny jean trend with a pair of standard / straight cut jeans. Theses are definitely the best jeans for short fat men if you want to go the skinny route. Not only that, but they are so much easier to style, so if you’re not sure about your fashion choices then this is the best way to go. There is a slightly wider leg to this cut as well as less of a taper, meaning that you will fit in from waist to ankle without making yourself look bigger. They’ll even out your leg proportion but still look skinny enough.
Don’t Wear Them Out
A new pair of jeans is a joyous thing. The fit is perfect, the style is impeccable. But fast-forward a bit and after some heavy-duty use you can find something quite awful. The knees have gone saggy, there’s a wallet-sized imprint in the back pocket, the wash has faded out to a much lighter colour, and maybe even has some spots or stains on it, the lower hem might be ripped and frayed from being stepped on. This is when you know you need a new pair. A good pair of jeans will last so investing in a decent pair will be better than re-buying the cheaper jeans.
Don’t Ignore Your Size
Sometimes we don’t look after ourselves like we should. We eat a little bit more and skip those gym sessions. And what happens? Our waistline expands and our size goes up. Or maybe we’re being extra good and that size goes down. Guess what? Congratulations, you need some new jeans.
Don’t ignore changes in your size. They can take what was once a wardrobe staple and turn it into a fashion nightmare. As soon as those bulges above the waistline or the saggy wrinkles start to appear, shelve them and go shopping. You can even buy the same pair in the next size if you don’t want to go through all of the hassle of deciding on a new pair again.
Don’t Style it Wrong
Putting together a look is difficult, and getting one element wrong can ruin the whole thing. With skinny jeans, this is even more important. Make sure that the rest of your outfit isn’t too tight or too baggy. For a larger man, bold patterns are to be avoided, unless you’re going for vertical lines. Try to stick to darker colours, and keep bright highlights to accessories that won’t make you look bigger – ties, pocket handkerchiefs, watches, shoes, socks, and so on. You may want to hide behind a baggy hoodie to wear with your skinny jeans but don’t go too big. You want to slim down your outfit not make it appear even bigger.
One last thing; Don’t wear your jeans with the pockets full of junk. Each item you carry around not only increases the size of your waist area but also stretches out your pockets and leaves them out of shape. Clean lines and a fitted appearance are key to making skinny jeans look great on larger men.
How Big Guys Can Wear Skinny Jeans
- Fit: Always check you are wearing the right size.
- Style: Go for a higher waistline to avoid unsightly bulges.
- Colour: Darker colours create a slimming effect.
- Fabric: The heavier the fabric, the fatter you look.
- Replace: Often and carefully.
- Wear: With items of clothing that compliment your look.
On That Note
Skinny jeans don’t just have to be for the really skinny. Straight leg or regular skinny fit can still look good on a bigger guy. You just have to make sure you style them well and not have the jeans too skin tight. Stay in proportion with your body and don’t go for anything tight on top, make sure the jeans fit well and keep the colours dark. If you’ve got this, you can pull of the look.