Skinny jeans aren’t by their very nature all that comfortable, although there are a few styles that are exceptions to the rule and are remarkable comfy despite being a close fit. The best selling, most comfortable skinny jeans are those styles that have a little bit of stretch and are made with a soft fabric. You obviously also need to get a good fit so they feel good to wear. We have researched all the brands and found the best places to get the best fitting, most popular and (most importantly) most comfortable skinny jeans.
AE Denim X Skinny Jeans
American Eagle has some of the best quality and most comfortable skinny jeans going. Their styles change slightly with different lengths, colors and fits year to year, but their fundamental design remains very comfy. One of their best skinny styles is the AE Denim X Skinny Jeans. They are affordable, have an amazing fit on most body types and can last for years. Because of the stretch of the fabric you can get a nice snug fit without them feeling really tight. The key to AE jeans comfort is that they make their jeans with material that is stretchy and soft, but still looks like traditional denim. They also still feel like jeans and not leggings, partly because most of the styles are slightly loose around the ankles, unlike a jegging. The Denim X come in different length options for short, regular, long, and extra long. They will fit nicely on most body types. Overall this is a great jean to check out as they are durable, feel great, and look good.
Available from AE.com
Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans
The Old Navy Rockstar line of jeans is a great option if you are looking for decent skinny jean that is also inexpensive. The Rockstar is so popular that the line is available in high, mid or low rise and come in a tonne of colors and different lengths. They also sell a Rockstar Jegging that is pretty popular for a number of comfort loving women that I know. The feel of the fabric of the jean varies quite a bit across the different colors and styles of Rockstar, but they do all seem to have a good amount of stretch in the material for most of the Rockstar styles. Stretch is important so that you get the skinny jeans look, but you don’t feel that the style is too confining or difficult to move around in. What is great about the Rockstar is that they are so inexpensive that you can get multiple pairs in different colors and lengths, and not have to worry about the cost because they are often on sale.They’re a super flattering jean that you can dress them up or down, depending on the style and color you choose.
Available from Old Navy
H&M+ Shaping Skinny Jeans
If you are looking for a shaping jean that is also comfortable, the H&M range of shaping skinny jeans is well worth a look. What is nice about the H&M styles is that they are primarily made from a soft cotton that hugs all your curves. The denim includes a little bit of elastomultiester and spandex so you have stretch, but they are still able to retain their shape. The most popular of the H&M styles has five pockets and come in three different colors — dark denim, blue denim, and black.The shaping feature of the jean means that it will hold and shape the tummy, thighs, and back, but not in such a way that it is uncomfortable. The ankle has a little bit of space at the opening and isn’t skin tight. They come high, regular or low cut and you can get them for around $50 a pair.
Available from H&M
Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans
For those of you who are looking for a designer brand skinny jean, one of the best place to start is with Madewell. Their high rise skinny jeans are off the charts for comfort and fit. They will make your legs look longer and will shape your body in a way that you will love. The comfort of the premium denim on the Madewell Skinnies feels like leggings, so you can wear them all day long and still be comfortable.The Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans are made from super soft, dark rinsed cotton denim that has strategic shadow creases and fading, so they look like regular jean material but you don’t have the heaviness or the bulk of a thick fabric. Despite its softness, the material remains flexible and is able to hold its shape. This style are high rise, so you can move around in them easily and bend over without any worry of exposing skin that you don’t want exposed in the back. Sometimes high waisted jeans can feel constricting when you are sitting, but this Madewell style doesn’t have that problem.
Available from Nordstrom
Gap Stretch True Skinny Jeans
An always reliable place to get jeans is Gap and their 1969 True Skinny Jeans is, as you would expect, a comfortable, versatile jean that is great for most body types. They come in high rise and original, and you can get them in a variety of colors. Women who love this style say that they’re super flattering, fit true to size, and that they love the stretchy fabric and detailed stitching.
Available from Gap
Topshop’s skinny jeans have a large and loyal following. Their two most popular styles are the Joni and the Jamie. Both are modern, comfortable and form fitting.The Jamie style feel more like jeans than the Joni. Jamie have pockets and are made of denim that has a little bit of stretch. The Jamie doesn’t stretch out and is overall pretty sturdy. The Jamie is probably a little more durable than the Joni.
The Joni are also a great option that are stretchy, super soft, and comfortable. They use a different material on the Joni, so they are more stretchy and form fitting than the Jamie. They also don’t have pockets, are ultra skinny and ultra high rise. They are very close to being a jegging, but are still generally considered a jean. The high-elastane means that they can hold you in and hug your curves in a flattering way, and shouldn’t stretch out overtime. You can get the Joni in all kinds of colors, styles and lengths. They only downside to the Joni is that they aren’t the most durable jeans if you are wearing them on a regular basis.
Available from Topshop and Nordstrom
Alina Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans NYDJ
Another designer style that is great quality and have a legging-like fit and feel are the Alina Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans from NYDJ. They are made with a very nice black stretch material that make them a great option if you are looking for a black skinny jean. They do have quite a bit of stretch, so it is recommended that you size down with this style. The fabric is such that it is thick enough that you can wear them in the winter and still feel warm, but without feeling the bulk of a regular jean material.They are also the very popular high rise design, so they have good coverage over the tummy and at the back. A problem that you can run into with a black jean (or most black clothing) is that the color will fade quite a bit after washing, luckily the Alina, by most accounts, is able to hold its color wash after wash as long as you following the washing instructions.
Available from Nordstrom and NYDJ.com
Style & Co Curvy-Fit Skinny Jeans
A skinny jean that is really popular for a curvy fit is the Style & Co Curvy-Fit Skinny Jeans. It has a skinny jean look to it, but the leg isn’t super skinny so it doesn’t look skin tight. It is reportedly super comfortable, soft and should fit well with curves without adding bulk. They are also said to be very flexible so you can move around in them easily, even bending over shouldn’t cause most women any trouble with this style. It comes in 6 really nice colors that wash well and will hold their shape as you go throughout your day.The fit is said to be slimming for most body types and they are inexpensive, especially if you are able to catch them on sale.
Available from Macy’s
AG Legging Ankle Jeans with Raw Hem
AG Legging Ankle Jeans are a nice pair of dark-blue jeans cut with a very skinny fit. They have the trendy raw hems and are a low rise design. This is a very fashionable and flattering fit if you love a skin tight look and feel to your skinny jean. The fit is a little tighter than some of the other options on this list, so you won’t get the baggy look of the fabric like some leggings with stretch can cause. The raw hem is surprisingly clean and edgy looking and they are also a great color with a little bit of fading to give them a slightly distressed look. A lot of women say they are as comfortable as wearing leggings because of the soft stretchy fabric, which is presumably why they have the name that they do. AG jeans also generally wash really well and don’t get baggy after a few wears.
Available from Nordstrom
Skinny Jeans in Bedford rag & bone
The Skinny Jeans in Bedford from rag & bone are another great designer option if you are looking for a comfort jean, especially if you are tall, as this style tends to run a little long. This is a durable style that will hold its color and shape after repeated wearing and washing. They are a nice fit on most women,as I mentioned are a little long in the leg.The waist is mid rise waist and they are a little stretchy but no too much, which makes for a great fit on the legs. They are perfect jeans to dress up or down, since they have more of a jean feel to it than a jegging or legging.
Find at Nordstrom
Butter Denim at Avenue
A popular skinny jean brand for curvy figures is Butter Denim Skinny Jeans. They are made with extremely high-quality denim, that feels super soft and stretchy without being skin tight. The high quality fabric is said to be very durable, so you should get a number of years wear out of this brand. This mid rise style comes in a variety of pretty, flattering colors. The design features a zipper and button closure with belt loops. It has no have functioning pockets at the front, but there are two pockets at the back (pockets tend to add unnecessary bulk). The fabric is a blend of cotton, polyester and spandex.
Available from Avenue
Articles of Society Sarah Skinny Jeans
Articles of Society have a reputation for making really comfortable jeans. If you love a low rise style then the Sarah Skinny Jeans are worth checking out. They are both soft and comfortable and they don’t stretch out much as you go throughout your day They have nicely done trendy distressed detailing, and the raw edge hem at the bottom makes it easy to trim them a little shorter if they are too long. These are a great option for anyone who craves a designer fit with a relatively affordable price tag.
Find them from Nordstrom
Levi’s 700 SERIES Skinny Jeans
Levi’s have a few different skinny jean options in their 700 Series. The 700 series has styles that are updated and more modern than what you may associate with Levi’s. They are made with stretch denim and that are designed to flatter, hold, and lift. You can get skinny, super skinny, sculpting skinny and one that I loved for pure comfort the 720 Hypersoft High Rise Super Skinny Jeans. There are lots of options for different rises including high rise in both ankle and regular lengths. The fit of most of the Levi’s skinnies is pretty snug, most styles seem to be particularly fitted at the ankle. The ones I tried on had a nice stretch to the material, and weren’t uncomfortable at all. Levi’s skinny jeans definitely feel and look like you are wearing jeans not leggings, but are still very soft and comfy without feeling too stretchy.
Available from Levi’s
American Eagle Jeggings
If you aren’t totally sold on the idea of skinny jeans being comfortable, but you love the look you should check out jeggings. They aren’t for everyone, but as far as comfort they are superior to most regular skinny jean styles. The best jeggings are the jeggings from American Eagle, they have a bunch of different fits that are great including their Super Soft Jeggings. They are stretchy, look like jeans not leggings, and are extremely flattering. They can run a little bit tight depending on the sizing you go for, but they are one of the best options for wearing all day, whether you are sitting or standing.
Available from American Eagle