The Definitive Guide to the Most Comfortable Jeans, According to Vogue Editors
You can’t deny the cozy allure of lounge pants, sweats, and leggings, but for the past few months, many of us here at Vogue have been longing for something that reminds us of our pre-WFH lives. We’ve found a happy medium in denim—the perfect pant that’s both practical and polished. Fashion editors are notorious for having large denim collections, so I asked a handful of my stylish colleagues to share their favorite jeans, and more specifically, their most comfortable pairs.
Wearing jeans when hanging around the house, all-day wear, or at the office, isn’t for everyone (and sweatpant supporters might say that jeans aren’t designed to be comfortable), but it can be. Finding a pair that’s somewhere between stiff and sofa-friendly is just a matter of trial and error. And by culling our editor-tested and approved pairs together, we’ve done some of the work for you. Per our editors, those die-hard denim fans who gravitate to non-stretch denim won’t even need to give up their preferences for a 100 percent cotton pair of twill trousers. As far as fabric goes, there are plenty of chic options in a variety of washes cut from a softer and thinner denim that doesn’t cross into stretch denim territory.
Besides sharing their most comfortable pairs, editors also revealed a few styling tips and tricks—shopping jeans with a surprise elastic waistband, knowing when to size up, and focusing on denim that doesn’t require breaking in. Thanks to these 19 picks, the search for the perfect denim to wear at home (and just about anywhere) can end here. Trust us, comfortable jeans do exist; you just have to know where to find them.
Charlotte Diamond, Assistant Market Editor
While I, admittedly, don’t often wear jeans when I WFH, Everlane’s cheeky jean, which I have in two washes, is my go-to comfy pair. They look polished when I stand up and are as comfortable as my favorite pair of sweatpants when I’m sitting down.
Alexandra Michler, Director, Fashion Initiatives
Although I will always prefer a dress over pants, I wear jeans almost exclusively at home now. I’ve found straight-leg denim jeans give just enough structure to feel put-together for a workday. I rotate between three pairs, but these from Khaite are my favorite. They are long enough for my legs and hit just above the waist. They’re perfect.
Madeline Fass, Market Editor
I am 100 percent a pants person, and my jean collection takes up a large portion of my wardrobe. I’ll wear any style of jeans, really, stiff vintage to baggy boyfriend, but over the past few months, I’ve taken to the pairs in relaxed silhouettes and a worn-in feel. I’ve been living in this pair from Boyish; the legs have the absolutely perfect amount of bagginess I’m looking for without having too much excess fabric for my 5’3 self. Even with the loose fit, they hug my waist just right and aren’t a mile too long. With a pair like these, who needs sweats?
Rickie De Sole, Executive Fashion Director, Vogue.com
I’ve never worn jeans as much as I have over the past year at home. Every morning, like clockwork, I find myself slipping on a rotation of my favorite jeans with a cozy sweater and a slip-on house shoe. The J Brand Franky jean is a perennial favorite in my closet—the high rise is slimming but not over-restricting. They’re comfortable enough to withstand back-to-back Zoom calls and chasing after my children. And the cropped leg is just right for my five-foot-three frame.
Willow Lindley, Accessories Director
My love for these comfortable (without looking comfortable) Gap jeans is already well documented, but I can’t help but want to keep spreading the news—especially now that they are under $40!
Daisy Shaw-Ellis, Jewelry Director
There’s something about wearing my denim every day that has made the
work-from-home dressing situation feel less like I’m giving up on myself from the waist down. This pair of Frame straight-leg jeans is a tried-and-true pair that I wear often. They’re the perfect straight leg: not too slim, not too wide, and not a mom jean. The wash is a true blue that (in my opinion and in my wardrobe) works with everything. And almost as important as all of the above, they don’t bag out after a couple of wears, a major pet peeve of mine.
Naomi Elizée, Market Editor
After a summer-long search, I’ve finally found the perfect pair of jeans that both fit comfortably and add some flair to any outfit. These Margiela Slit jeans are now my go-to pair of jeans. They fit more high waist but still have enough length on the bottom, which, for a tall woman like myself, is relatively hard to find.
Rachel Besser, Market Editor
To me, comfort is being tucked into a high-waisted jean. Everlane’s “way high jean” fits the bill in that regard. The brand’s moss colorway with piping details makes them feel elevated, too.
Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer
I’m a weirdo who wears jeans almost every day, even if I am not going anywhere. I swear I even think better in them! My go-to is a pair of black Levi’s 501s, which at this point feel like a second skin to me. Once you break them in, they are so comfortable—promise!
Mai Morsch, Associate Market Editor
Though non-stretch denim and comfort don’t typically go hand in hand, RE/DONE’s stovepipe jeans wear in perfectly. I’ve had this pair for at least five years, and they have become one of the most comfortable pairs in my collection. Plus, they haven’t faded one bit!
Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer
I’ve been a fan of Everlane jeans ever since the launch of The Easy Stretch years ago. Right now, I’m into the retro-fit of The Curvy ’90s Cheeky jean. They have just the right amount of stretch, which makes the fitted silhouette feel comfy without looking flimsy.
Sarah Spellings, Fashion News Editor
These jeans—which are the only pair in my closet that have any stretch—make me feel good no matter what. Got a six-hour plane flight? Wear these. Long day of Zoom meetings? These are just two notches above leggings in my book. The wide-leg silhouette hugs in all the right places and helps me live out my ’70s dream girl vision as well.
Chloe Malle, Contributing Editor
I’ve had these Amo Topanga jeans for years, and the bottom is getting threadbare from too many desk days, that’s how comfortable they are for work from home! They have just the right amount of stretch, and the fabric is so soft without losing shape. I also love the high-rise waist and cropped kick flare hem.
Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor
In college I discovered a lot about myself—including which jeans worked for me. More than 10 years later, I’m still wearing basically the same exact pair of pants. Black, skinny-leg, very high-waist denim with a little stretch by Acne Studios. When worn, I feel like Audrey Hepburn as a beatnik in Funny Face dancing in the cafés of Paris. Their extra-high waist means no fidgeting and retucking (blouses and, ahem, skin). Their extra-long length means my ankles won’t get cold. And their slight stretch (1 percent of elastane that makes all the difference) allows me to crisscross my legs with ease. They look somewhat dressy and can almost pass as a no-denim pair of pants—which is perfect because I seem to be in the extreme minority of people who don’t wear blue jeans.
Julie Tong, Senior Commerce Editor
I’m not a major denim fan, but if there’s one pair I’d slip on, it’s my straight-leg Levi’s Wedgie. I own them both in blue and white, and I honestly wear them year-round. I love that they have a slight wide-leg feel with a cropped hem, which is perfect for my shorter frame. If there’s any pair you buy today, make it this one.
Ciarra Zatorski, Assistant Market Editor
Who doesn’t love a mom jean? With the perfect stretch and slouch, this pair effortlessly marries an oversized fit with a tailored look and offers that couch-friendly feel we’re all longing for in a jean.
Emily Farra, Senior Fashion News Writer
Citizens of Humanity’s new Eva jeans are so comfortable: They’re baggy, but not sloppy and sit lower on the waist than my usual high-rise pairs. They’re ideal for working at home or cramped flights, but I’m also planning to dress them up with stacked-heel boots and sweaters this fall.
Laurent Valenti, Senior Beauty Editor
I’d been pining for a pair of Judi Rosen’s old-school, high-waist faded blue flares for years. They’re the stuff of peachy dreams: sculpting and lifting your bum to the heavens as only a sturdy, extra-high-rise style can. The irony that I finally landed a pair now—a time when soft pants reign supreme—is not lost on me. It takes no less than five minutes to shimmy my way into them, and they’re made of a stiff, raw denim that stands in total contrast to lounging, but I’ve relished breaking them in and fantasizing about the day I can take them out on the town. They make me feel alive.
Madeline Swanson, Editor
I am a Mother denim fiend. And for at-home wear, I am totally obsessed with its elastic-waist styles. This pair slyly hides the stretch factor in the back, so they still feel super polished and can be worn with a tucked-in shirt. They are jeans that are roomy enough for all the strange, contorted positions I take on while working from home, yet chic enough to wear proudly at the office when we (eventually) reemerge. Talk about a win-win!
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