We all have those ripped jeans that aren't flattering, but they're comfortable. And the black skinny jeans that work with your knee-high boots but show an awkward amount of skin when you wear them with ankle boots. And the almost-too-tight pair you've had since college that still technically fit so you don't want to get rid of them. Oh, and don't forget the dark denim you reach for time and time again because they're pretty solid, but you wouldn't say you love love them. Does any of this ring a bell? We thought so.
While your extensive collection of jeans is fine to live in your closet, you can't pack them all on your next trip—no matter how much you wish you could. But here's the thing: You really don't need to. For most trips, you need between one and three pairs of jeans, especially since you can wear them a couple of times before washing. Remember, overpacking jeans is caused by the fear of not having the right pair for the right situation. And this simply means you haven't found the perfect jeans yet.
Let's fix that.
Packing for your next trip, or even just picking out a pair of denim to wear in your everyday life, will be so much easier when you have an amazing pair that never lets you down. Oh, and while jeans would never be our first choice for road trip or airplane attire (we prefer put-together loungewear), if we do don denim for traveling, it's always high-waisted. May low-rise never return.
Below, discover the best high-waisted jeans for traveling (or for anything, really)
You really can't go wrong with a pair of classic Levi's. Most styles come in at a reasonable mid-range price for denim, and once you know your size, you can feel confident ordering (and re-ordering) styles each season.
Be warned: Agolde tends to convert stylish travelers with their jeans. They're that good (and flattering).
If finding a solid pair of jeans that are also good for the environment is on your bucket list, Everlane is your answer. The brand's factories use renewable energy and recycle 98% of their water.
We've been wearing Madewell jeans for years. They hold up wash after wash, trip after trip. Go with a darker pair if you want to be able to transition them from day to night.