The Best Travel Jeans, and More Comfy Denim Favorites
Denim’s beginnings may have been humble, but we’ve come a long way since then. The name denim actually comes from a sturdy twill fabric called “serge” produced in Nîmes, France (hence the name serge de Nîmes or “serge from Nîmes”). Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis introduced blue jeans on the American market 140 years ago, and the first pairs came in two styles: indigo blue and brown cotton “duck.”
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But with the help of technology, denim is now manipulated in such ways that the fabric can vary not only in color but also in weight, texture, and elasticity, and feature properties like heat absorption. One thing hasn’t changed though — denim is one of the strongest, most durable, and most adaptable (when it comes to styling) fabrics, making it perfect for travel.
And after a recent 10-hour flight from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu, when I wore a pair of high-tech skinny jeans (more on them below), I can say with 100 percent certainty there is nothing cooler or more comfortable than denim.
Below, we rounded up the most versatile and chic denim dresses, skirts, jeans, jackets, and shirts to take on your next adventure.
Beija-Flor Emana Jeans
This line of jeans is a true high-tech breakthrough. Made from a soft fabric that includes body heat absorbing bio-crystals, Beija-Flor’s Emana jeans literally enhance wellbeing and comfort by reducing muscle fatigue and improving muscle recovery. Another bonus: the textile works to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $188
Kate Spade New York Chambray Patio Dress
This midi dress is a summer must-have — it has a relaxed silhouette and a pretty color-blocked print.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $298
Lucky Brand Sweet Bootcut Capri Jeans
AG Gisele Denim Jumpsuit
There’s nothing more comfortable and practical than a jumpsuit and this wide-legged one will become your go-to piece of clothing for any style scenario.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $218
Pepe Jeans Lulu Belted Denim Skirt
This comfy skirt has two oversized pockets that look cool and fit a few extra items.
To buy: asos.com, $79
Gap Denim Sleeveless Wrap Dress
Gap reimagined the classic wrap dress in denim and we love how chic the result is.
To buy: gap.com, $70
Caslon Boyfriend Shorts
If you prefer wearing shorts, these white ones have a slouchy boyfriend fit, complete with rolled hems.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $59
See by Chloe Denim Overall Dress
We’d wear this midi dress with a crisp white T-shirt underneath.
To buy: zappos.com, $395
Madewell Riverbank Button-back Top
This swingy indigo top will pair well with pretty much any bottom, and could there be a better silhouette for an evening of sampling every gelato shop you come across?
To buy: madewell.com, $70
Hudson Jeans Amelia Rolled Knee Shorts
These skinny knee-length shorts are made from slightly elastic denim, so if you’re going to be moving a lot or sitting down for hours, they’ll adjust to your body without restraining it.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $135
Kate Spade New York Embroidered Skirt
How chic is this classic A-line denim skirt with beautiful floral embroidery?
To buy: nordstrom.com, $248
Levi's Larissa Western Cotton Denim Shirt
We love the vintage Wild West vibe this dark denim shirt has, and the slightly loose fit makes it perfect for travel.
To buy: macys.com, $50
Levi’s New Boyfriend Jeans
Levi’s slightly loose–fitting boyfriend jeans not only look cool (and can be styled with either sneakers or heels), but they’re also one of the most comfortable options for travel.
To buy: zappos.com, $55
Alice + Olivia Two-tone Chambray Shorts
Frame Raw Hem Denim Shirt
This classic button down denim shirt can be styled with virtually anything — it’s a true wardrobe staple.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $220
Pilcro Femme Denim Jumpsuit
The fitted bodice of this cropped jumpsuit is extremely flattering and the halter cut is so feminine.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $138
FREE CITY x Gap Denim Crop Joggers
Mavi Jeans Samantha Denim Jacket
It doesn’t get any more classic than this jacket, and we don’t just mean the cut. The slightly faded indigo shade gives it a cool, worn look.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $98
Topshop Trumpet Sleeve Denim Jacket
This modern take on the classic denim jacket comes with oversized flared sleeves and ties.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $95