While most travelers pack at least one pair of jeans when they go on vacation, jeans can be uncomfortable and easily lose their shape. Increasingly though, jeans are evolving into a comfortable travel option.
The Most Comfortable Jeans for Men and Women
From designer jeans to fleece-lined skinnies, here are 10 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. The denim is soft but holds its shape throughout the day, and you’ll get the sophisticated look of jeans while wearing ultra-cozy leggings. Bonus: They have pockets for any little essentials you need close at hand.
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 its loose style and spandex-cotton fabric. They’re also machine washable, and the spandex in the material makes them extremely soft. We love the cuffed style as well. 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 eco-friendly, antibacterial, and made of cotton and hybrid elastane, which allows for shape retention and 360-degree movement—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 jeans yet. The Super Skinny style is made of extra stretch heavyweight denim, has 3.5 percent elastane, and fits any body shape flawlessly. It’s available in several different washes and colors, so you might want to pick up more than one pair.
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 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; for men, the Wrangler Authentics Men’s Fleece Lined 5 Pocket Pants are a good option.
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Women’s Plus-Size Tummyless Skinny Jean
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 denim is the perfect denim line for plus-size travelers. The super soft stretch fabric holds its shape and has forward side seaming, a contoured waistband, and hip-slimming technology. The Tummyless Skinny in particular is made from a rayon spandex blend and is flattering for any body shape.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Codey Albers contributed to this story.