Quick—name the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. For many moms, jeans are a must-pack item since they can be dressed down with a T-shirt and flip-flops, or glammed up with booties or wedge sandals for a night out. We’ve compiled a list of the best jeans for travel, including ones with plenty of stretch that work for long flights or road trips, comfy ones that are perfect for daytime or sightseeing, and cute styles to pull on for date night.
1. DL1961 Women’s Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans
Moms who prefer mid-rise jeans will love the Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans from sustainable denim brand DL1961. Available in five colors, these soft, curve-hugging jeans have a 30-inch inseam and a contoured waistband, and are designed to sculpt your legs and backside, even after you’ve gone overboard at the resort’s all-you-can-eat buffet. With a smidge of stretch, they’ll hold everything in place and feature a 10.5-inch leg opening that won’t squish your ankles like some other skinny jeans do.
2. Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans
For a lighter-weight pair of travel jeans that has lots of stretch, pick up a pair of Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans. Made with four-way stretch, these supportive jeans move with you, and are as comfortable as your favorite leggings, say reviewers. The high-rise cut means your muffin top will stay safely tucked away. The dark indigo wash and streamlined fit make these luxurious jeans perfect for a night out when paired with strappy sandals and a pretty blouse.
3. Parker Smith Step-Hem Jeans
Smaller-statured women will rock these Parker Smith Step-Hem Jeans, which feature five pockets, funky raw edging and sexy side vents that are perfect to show off your fun kicks or when paired with a silky top and heels or short booties. Because the straight cut isn’t overly contoured, these American-made cropped stretch denim jeans are comfortable enough to chase toddlers in.
4. Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Maternity Slim Boyfriend Jeans
For ladies who love their Levi jeans, these Gold Label Maternity Slim Boyfriend Jeans are available in light and dark washes, and they may become your go-to pair until your baby is born. The stretchy baby bump material is soft and comfy, and reviewers note it comes up very high to cover your entire belly. The cuffed bottoms work well for petite moms, providing a stylish, casual look that’s ideal when paired with sneakers or flats for strolls in the park or through a farmer’s market.
5. True Religion Women’s Becca Mid Rise Bootcut Jean
Great for women with long legs, these True Religion Mid Rise Becca Bootcut jeans offer a flattering, lean fit with enough stretch to make you want to wear them all day at a theme park with short boots or dressed up and worn with your fave dancing shoes. Available in three colors, these classic, yet modern jeans look especially good on tall moms.
6. NYDJ Plus Size Alina Skinny Jeans
Known for its signature lift and tuck technology that offers a slim, flattering fit, NYDJ’s Alina Plus Size Skinny Jeans celebrate your curves. Reviewers call them the most comfortable plus-size jeans on the market, and report they hold their stretch even after multiple washes. Crafted from soft, super sculpting denim, this legging silhouette looks great with a classic white button-down blouse or paired with a denim jacket. For a more contoured fit, you may want to order one size down.
7. DL1961 Women’s Coco Curvy Slim Straight Jeans
Moms with hour-glass figures will groove on these DL1961 Coco Curvy Slim Straight Jeans, which come in five colors. Constructed with extra room through the hips, thighs and bum, the stretchy material is breathable while holding everything in, which is helpful when you’re running after your kids. The classic straight leg is stylish without screaming “mom jeans,” too. Wear these for happy hour with a chunky heel, or play up the released hem in your comfiest flats.
8. Joe’s Jeans Women’s Honey Curvy Midrise Bootcut Jean
Moms who like to traipse around the dance club in heels will love these long Joe’s Jeans Honey Curvy Midrise Bootcut Jeans. With a contoured waistband and extra room in the backside and hips, these jeans are crafted from a stretch cotton/spandex blend that allows you to move without feeling you shouldn’t have had dessert. Available in several washes both dark and light, reviewers say these jeans feel like pajamas.
9. Hudson Jeans Women’s Barbara High Waist Super Skinny 5 Pocket Jean
Taller moms often struggle to find an ankle-length pair of jeans that actually fall below the ankle, but these stretch cotton blend Hudson Barbara High Waist Super Skinny 5-Pocket Jeans fit perfectly. With a flattering high rise, faded whiskering at the hem and a slim silhouette, these jeans provide great lift and support and are soft and comfortable. Available in both light and dark washes in a range of colors, these jeans will find their way into your suitcase every time.
10. Levi’s Women’s Wedgie Straight Jeans
If you have a hipster side and are looking for a high-rise for your petite frame, grab a pair of Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans. Inspired by vintage denim, the 99-percent cotton jeans feature a snug, but comfy fit through the hips and thighs for when you’re at an all-day music festival or amusement park and want to sit, stand or dance in your well-worn jeans. Choose from light or medium wash, both of which are perfect with a loose sweater or T-shirt.
11. Current/Elliott Women’s The Stiletto Jeans
Looking for a sleek and edgy look because you feel like dressing up for cocktails? Current/Elliott’s Stiletto Jeans work best on slim-hipped women who prefer a low rise option. Featuring a whiskered wash, chrome hardware and a zip fly, pair these jeans with a slinky top and plenty of bling.
Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist, content strategist and TV producer who writes for dozens of digital and print magazines, as well as many brands. Wendy loves cruising, adventure travel and venturing off the beaten path with her husband and teenage son, and she can pack a carry-on bag like nobody’s business. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.
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