While some may argue that dressing up from head-to-toe in denim is not the most practical or comfortable way to travel, I beg to differ.
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.”
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.