“I’ve got chronic pelvic pain, and jeans dig into all the wrong places, especially when I sit for a long time. Airline flights especially. But I love jeans. Do you have any that you think I could wear on the road and still be comfortable?”
One of the booth workers…wait for it…had an answer for me!
She told me that I needed to look for a lightweight fabric–much lighter than the typical Levi’s 501 heavy-duty denim. She handed me a pair of Lee Skinny Jeans and had me feel the fabric. In fact, it was lightweight and very soft. Not Pajama Jeans soft, but much softer than most denim.
Next she told me that the Skinny Jeans will work because they stretch a lot. Stretch jeans don’t dig in.
She was 100% right, and did a great job of describing why I love my one pair of skinny jeans more than all the others. Mine are White House Black Market, very light and flexible denim-y fabric, and have enough Lycra in them to make them stretch way, way out. I wear these jeans when I travel. The waistband is minimally stitched, NOT riveted, and doesn’t dig in. They’re not quite as comfy as yoga pants, but they look good and they don’t hurt.
Not everybody likes the look of skinny jeans. But the same rules for looking for comfy jeans still apply:
- Lightweight material
- Soft material
- Wide waistband
- Rise that puts the waistband where it won’t dig into your most sensitive spots
- Minimal stitching at the waistband and inseam
- Minimal rivets, belt loops, or other decorations
- A relaxed fit (which isn’t the same as “relaxed fit” style) when sitting down–nothing so tight anywhere on your body that it squeezes or digs