What makes a comfy pair of jeans? While that totally worn-in pair you’ve had for years might be like a second skin, it’s probably not your prettiest pair. If you’re looking to invest in some new denim for fall, look for lots of stretch, especially if you’re shopping for skinnies. This actually doesn’t equate to a large percentage when it comes to fabric make up. Many jeans are 100 per cent cotton but even one per cent spandex or elastane will add a good amount of stretch. Unless you’re in the market for jeggings, don’t buy jeans that have more than four per cent stretch.
Another important factor in the comfort of jeans is the weight and type of denim. Most manufacturers won’t boast about their denim weight unless there’s something special about it. Denim that is less than 10 ounces is very lightweight and will feel super soft, whereas heavier selvedge denim may feel more rigid — but be longer wearing and more comfortable in the long run as the fabric conforms and softens to your own body.
This season, try something other than skinny jeans like wide leg or boyfriend jeans. These have comfort built right into the style. No need to lunge or wriggle into your pants!
These jeans are so comfy you’ll never want to take them off
The Castings Mid-Rise SkinnyA combination of premium Japanese denim and two per cent polyurethane (for stretch) make this a pair of comfy and high-quality jeans. Polyurethane will help your jeans keep their shape better than lycra or elastane. The Castings Mid-Rise Skinny, $185, aritzia.comaritzia.com
Paradise Mine High-Rise SkinnyThe right pair of high-waisted jeans can be more comfortable than a low or mid-rise. Just imagine never having to tug your pants up or worry about muffin top! These ones have lots of stretch while creating a slim silhouette. Paradise Mine High-Rise Skinny, $185, aritzia.comaritzia.com
Citizens of Humanity Rocket Black DiamondCombining cotton and three per cent polyurethane with 42 per cent lyocell makes these jeans feel less like cotton and more like silk. Lyocell helps clothes keep their shape even when washing and is more breathable than polyester. Citizens of Humanity Rocket Black Diamond, $212, aritzia.comaritzia.com
J Brand 212 Photo Ready BardotThese high-waisted, straight-leg jeans with plenty of stretch (2.5 per cent elastane) from Kate Middleton’s favourite denim brand let your ankles breathe while also promising a sleeker, slimmer look — hence the “Photo Ready” name. J Brand 212 Photo Ready Bardot, $226.09, jbrandjeans.comjbrandjeans.com
Second Yoga Jeans Mid-Rise SkinnyA fun pop of colour plus a diagonal stretch make these comfy jeans sexy. From Montreal, Yoga jeans are so stretchy, wearing them while doing Downward Dog is a breeze. Second Yoga Jeans Mid-Rise Skinny, $199.99, jeanmachine.comjeanmachine.com
Parke Women’s Active Denim Indigo SkinnyCrowd-funded on Kickstarter, Parke’s innovative denim combines an ultra-lightweight denim, a little polyester and three per cent elastane for a great fit that stretches and moves with you. Parke Women’s Active Denim Indigo Skinny, $149, parkenewyork.comparkenewyork.com
Fidelity Mila Zen ShabuAnkle length jeans are trendy and actually more comfortable without extra leg-hugging fabric in the way. This pair also has four per cent elastane, making them as stretchy as you can go before you’re wearing leggings. Fidelity Mila Zen Shabu, $174, shopfidelitydenim.comfidelitydenim.com
Old Navy Rockstar JeansEveryone who has a pair loves Old Navy’s Rockstar Jeans. They come in a variety of rises and washes, and they look good on all body types. The company calls them their most comfortable denim offering. This pair gets a sexy leg up with a leather-like texture. Old Navy Rockstar Jeans in Blackjack, $39, oldnavy.caoldnavy.ca
Gap 1969 Real Straight JeansGap’s jeans feel sturdy yet soft and have enough give that you don’t feel trapped. The 12 per cent polyester in this blend will help your denim keep their shape, and the straight-leg style is a nice slim alternative to skinnies. Gap 1969 Real Straight Jeans, $79.95, gapcanada.comgapcanada.com
Banana Republic Denim TrouserWith three per cent stretch, these jeans are both dressier than your average pair and more comfortable. Wear them to work with a blazer and never be afraid of unbuttoning your jacket ever again! Banana Republic Denim Trouser, $110, bananarepublic.cabananarepublic.ca
Triarchy Skinny BootCanadian brand Triarchy mixes soft and durable Japanese supima cotton with two per cent stretch for a denim pyjama feel. The skinny boot combines a slim, flattering thigh with a subtle low flare to balance proportions and look even more slimming than a skinny. Triarchy Skinny Boot, $170, triarchy.comtriarchy.com
American Eagle Super Stretch Artist JeanProving again that super stretch can be used in more than just a skinny silhouette, American Eagle’s flared Artist jeans have two per cent elastane for a stretchy, flattering fit at the waist and thighs with a slim flare, perfect for ankle boots. American Eagle Super Stretch Artist Jean, $32.69, ae.comae.com
Diesel Eazee-Ne Jogg JeansWhat do you get when you mix jersey and denim? Jogg Jeans! Diesel’s looks-like-denim, feels-like-sweats pants couldn’t be more comfortable. Diesel Blue Faded & Distressed Eazee-Ne Jogg Jeans, $400, ssense.comssense.com
Zara Mom Fit JeansYes, mom fit jeans are actually a thing — and a trendy thing, at that. Don’t scoff. They combine the comfort and style of a boyfriend jean with the muffin-top-hiding secure feeling of a high waist. Zara Mom Fit Jeans, $59.90, zara.comzara.com
Mango Boyfriend Angie JeansMany denim enthusiasts consider anything other than 100 per cent cotton sacrilege. Get pure jeans and comfort all at once with a roomy yet trendy style like these laidback boyfriend jeans. Mango Boyfriend Angie Jeans, $69.95, mango.commango.com
Gap Curvy Skinny in Eugene WashSay bye-bye to your belt. A skinny jean that won’t gape at the waist! This pair is made specifically for women with curvy thighs and hips and has a great leg opening that’s slightly larger than the usual pair of skinnies that feel like they’re painted on. Gap Curvy Skinny in Eugene Wash, $55, gapcanada.comgapcanada.com
Current Elliott The Traveler Boyfriend JeansA slouchy style with loads of stretch, these jeans are like your favourite skinnies without any tightness. They boast four per cent elastane and a laidback but edgy, black destroyed finish. Current Elliott The Traveler Boyfriend Jeans, $283.19, nordstrom.comnordstrom.com