While your average jeans are diverse and practical for travel, they can also be uncomfortable and easily lose their shape. Increasingly though, jeans are evolving into a comfortable travel option.
The Best Travel Jeans for Men and Women
From designer jeans to fleece-lined skinnies, here are 12 pairs of the best travel jeans that are stylish but also comfortable enough you’ll want to sleep in them.
No nonsense Denim Leggings With Pockets
These denim leggings are fantastic for air travel and will help shape retention. The denim is soft but holds its shape throughout the day. Get the sophisticated look of jeans while wearing these ultra-cozy leggings.
KUT from the Kloth Women’s Catherine Boyfriend Jean
This pair of relaxed fit jeans by KUT from the Kloth is perfect for traveling because of their loose style and spandex-cotton fabric. They’re also machine washable, and the spandex in the material makes them extremely soft. The cuffed style also makes them versatile. They come in a range of washes, allowing you to choose either a casual or polished look.
DL1961 Women’s Mara Instasculpt Straight Jeans
Any pair of DL1961 denim will do the trick if you’re looking for comfort, style, and quality, but I particularly like the Instasculpt styles, like these straight leg pairs, available in cropped or full-length. DL1961 denim is pure cotton, eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and is a hybrid elastane, which allows for shape retention and 360-degree movement, making it the perfect comfortable material for travel.
DL1961 Vince Casual Straight Jeans
Just like its women’s styles, DL1961 makes a comfy jean from its signature denim for men. The Vince Casual Straight-Leg Jean comes in a variety of washes and colors that will suit all travel needs and styles. An Amazon reviewer said it best: “Look of denim, freedom of sweatpants.”
Wrangler’s Flex Waist Jeans
Wrangler’s flex waist collection is made from flexible denim for the perfect stretch material. The jeans have a mid-rise fit and come in many different shades of blue.
Levi’s Women’s 710 Super Skinny Jeans
Levi’s 710 styles have advanced stretch and shape-holding technology to make them your most comfortable pairs of jeans yet. The Super Skinny style is made of extra stretch heavyweight denim, has 3.5 percent elastane, and fits any body shape flawlessly. Available in nine different washes and colors, you’ll want more than one pair for every occasion.
Levi’s Men’s 541 Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans
These stretch heavyweight denim jeans have elastane and cotton for a relaxed fit, comfort, and mobility. The Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans come in several color and wash options, too.
prAna Women’s Kara Jean Pants
The best-selling Kara Jean by prAna is made from a soft stretch denim and 75 percent organic cotton. With five pockets, they can be worn long or cuffed, and have two percent spandex for some extra stretch. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and washes, so it’s worth investing in a few pairs if you like their fit for maximum versatility.
Nothing says pajamas more than a pair of comfy fleece sweatpants or leggings. Well, luckily there are several fleece-lined jeans for both men and women out there that give you that extra comfort and warmth. For women, try a pair of Camii Mia Women’s Slim Fit Fleece Skinny Jeans; and men, the Lee Men’s Relaxed-Fit Jeans are a good option.
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Women’s Plus-Size Roll Straight Jean
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 denim is the perfect denim line for plus size travelers. The super soft stretch fabric holds it shape and has forward side seaming, a contoured waistband, and hip-slimming technology. The Straight Leg Jean in particular is made from a rayon spandex and is flattering for any body shape.
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- 11 Travel Clothes That Feel Like Pajamas (But Look First Class)
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.