A soft pair of jeans is a great wardrobe staple to turn to when you want to feel comfy and casual. Many factors go into finding the most comfortable jeans for women. Getting the right style, fit, and length can go a long way to helping you look great and, in turn, feel great.
One of the most important features of amazing jeans is the feel of the fabric. Most women’s denim is cotton blended with a small amount of spandex or elastane to give the fabric a stretchy feel and add to the comfort level. However, with the trend moving away from skinnies styles that relied on stretch fabrics to wider leg widths that often require a more rigid material to help maintain the silhouette, there is a shift back towards 100% cotton options. Traditionally all-cotton denim needs a bit of a break-in period before it gets comfy, but brands have realized that comfort is a priority for most people, so many of the latest 100% cotton styles are now prewashed for a softer feel making them, in a lot of cases, just as comfy as stretch denim.
Finding that perfect pair can feel a little challenging due to the overwhelming choice that is available. We have sorted through a huge range of the most popular styles and narrowed down some of the best choices in terms of comfort level for all kinds of different styles and fits, from skinnies to wide leg. Since there are so many different fits, we have tried to include a wide range of shapes, cuts, and washes that will work well whether you want to keep things casual or when you need to dress things up a bit. Scroll down to see some of the most comfortable women’s jeans available right now or skip to our posts that narrow jeans down by fit.
These are the most comfortable women’s jeans to shop in each fit:
AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim
The AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim is an excellent pick to start our list. The loose, slightly baggy fit of the boyfriend cut means that you have a nice amount of room to move around in, but you still look chic and stylish because of the trim silhouette.
The fabric blend is 98% cotton and 2% polyurethane, so it has a little bit of stretch to it and does stretch out slightly as you wear it. They are pretty trendy looking because of the slimmer fit and can easily be dressed up or down. Women love this style not only for the feel, but many also find it extremely flattering and find the wash to have the perfect amount of distressing.
Available from Nordstrom
Everlane The ’90s Cheeky Straight
The Cheeky Straight Jean from Everlane is a favorite choice for women who are looking for a vintage look and feel but who want to maintain a serious comfort level. The material is non stretch Japanese denim that looks amazing and has a great reputation for being comfy and for molding to your body after a few wears.
The design is a straight leg with an extra-high rise and a cheeky fit on the butt. You can get these in ankle length and full length, so you can work with that depending on the look you are going for and your leg length. For an extra 90s touch, they even have a button fly. The Cheeky straight is a good choice if you are looking for a nice fit, a vintage look, and good quality, slightly thicker 100% denim.
Available from Everlane
BDG High-Waisted Mom Jean
The vintage-inspired high-rise BDG Mom design from Urban Outfitters is another highly recommended choice if you are looking to get on board with the on-trend high-rise mom look but aren’t sure where to start.
This all-cotton option is made from rigid denim that is a little stiff at first but softens the more you wear it. You can wear this tapered design cuffed or rolled out. These pants work well for a lot of different body types but are particularly good for curvy shapes.
Some of the most noted features of this design are the perfect thickness of the fabric, the excellent fit, and the pant’s soft, moderately stretchy overall feel.
Available from Urban Outfitters
Style & Co Curvy-Fit Skinnies
Skinny jeans are still a favorite choice for many women, and there are lots of great styles to choose from. A popular option that is worth looking into is Style & Co.’s curvy-fit skinnies. These are extremely comfortable despite having a tummy-control panel that holds everything in place.
They are a wonderful curvy fit, so they are perfect for those with a narrower waist and fuller hips and thighs. Most women’s jeans use a 10″ hip vs. waist measurement, but most curvy styles use a 13″ difference. The design is the basic a mid-rise and, of course, a skinny leg. The standout feature of this pant is the excellent fit. If you have had trouble getting a good fit on a skinny leg, you may want to give this style a look.
Available from Macy’s
AE Stretch Curvy Mom Jeans
A lot of the best trendy high rise mom styles are made of the slightly rigid all-cotton that needs a bit of a break-in period and can be a shock to women who have gotten used to the stretchy fabric that the majority of the denim over the last few years have been constructed from. No to worry, though, because these AE Stretch Curvy Mom Jeans are made with a decent amount of stretch, so you don’t need to be concerned about the comfort level.
These are another curvy fit that uses the different hip to waist measurement from standard sizing, so they don’t get that big gap at the waist that ill-fitting pants can have.
Available from American Eagle
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend
Boyfriend jeans are another style that is usually a solid choice if you are looking for a looser comfort fit. A perfect example of a comfy yet still flattering boyfriend design is Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend fit. Despite a slim leg, these are actually relatively baggy and have a slight stretch to them.
They’re super comfortable right away without having to wash them a few times to get the comfort level up. These are button-fly instead of a zipper, so be aware of that if you are interested in the Emerson.
Available from Nordstrom.com
Gap Mid Rise Perfect Bootcut
The Gap is a lot of people’s go-to when looking for denim. They keep up with all of the latest trends and styles and are constantly tweaking their fits and washes. They are also very reasonably priced for the level of denim you are getting. One of the Gap’s designs that have been around for years is the Mid Rise Perfect Boot Jeans.
In a market that is flooded with skinnies and mom fit styles, it is hard to find a good boot cut, but this design is one that many women call their favorite because of the leg-lengthening fit and the soft premium stretch denim. Like most Gap clothes, they are well made and have a good feel to them.
Available from Gap
Kut From The Kloth Stevie
If you have trouble finding pants that fit you well, you may want to look at KUT from the Kloth. The brand is good at sizing and fit and has a great reputation for usually being very comfortable.
One of their best bets is the Stevie. The fabric on the Stevie feels like classic denim, but it has a bit of stretch, and the fit is a straight leg with a mid-rise that is neither too high nor too low. They come in a few different washes that are all modern and stylish.
Available from Kut from the Kloth
Free People CRVY High Rise Vintage Straight Leg
Free People CRVY High Rise Vintage Straight Jeans are an interesting design as they are a curvy fit but actually work well as a mom jean for those who don’t need a curvy fit. T
hey are also a perfect style for those who like the curvy fit because of the waist to hip ratio. They have a bit of stretch, but the fabric is relatively thick and substantial with just enough stretch to still be comfortable.
Available from FreePeople
Mavi jeans are a go-to for a lot of people who are looking for comfort. Mavi has a lot of great options, but a good one to check out is the Kendra.
The Kendra is a high-waisted slim straight leg cut with a thick denim feel that is super soft and comfortable. The straight leg fit makes your legs look nice and long, and it has a flattering fit on the leg in the hip and knee area.
Available from Mavi.com
Lee Women’s Modern Series Curvy Fit Bootcut
Lee Women’s Modern Series Curvy Fit Bootcut Jean is a stretchy bootcut style that is a favorite of many women looking for a great curvy fit. The no-gap waistband is perfect for those with wider hips and narrow waists, and the fit is flattering with nice lines and well-crafted seams and detailing. They come in three inseam lengths: short 30″, medium 32″, and long 34″. The fabric is stretchy and has a relatively light feel to it, so it is good for milder weather. They also wash well without shrinking and hold up well to wear, so you should be able to get a good amount of use out of them.
Available from Amazon
Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans
If you love a wide leg design, there are quite a few options available, with one of the best being the Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jean. It is a trendy cropped length designed in a soft, stretch denim that has been specially washed for an already broken-in feel. This style is so soft and comfy that it is often compared to feeling like sweatpants. They are cute, super fashionable, and very flattering.
Available from Banana Republic
Lucky Mid Rise Sweet Straight Leg
Lucky jeans are known for being some of the softest and most comfortable jeans going. Thye have many styles to choose from that are all very pleasant to wear, so if you aren’t sure where to start, you could check out the Mid Rise Sweet Straight Leg. This is one of Lucky’s most popular styles because of the comfort, stylish fit, and flattering cut of the straight leg.
Available from Luckybrand
There are so many styles of Levi’s that are loved for their comfort level it is a bit hard to choose just one. If you like skinnies, try the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Totally Shaping Pull-on Skinnies. They are extremely popular, get great reviews, and come in a few different washes. Since they are pull-on skinnies, they are very much a ‘jegging’ style, which isn’t for everyone, but if you are looking for a denim ‘look’ that feels like a legging, they will probably be a good option for you.
For more of a classic jean option, you could try Levi’s Women’s Straight 505’s. These are a perfect straight leg that is a classic style that is coming back into fashion.
If you are looking for a modern, looser fit, you will want to check out LEVI’S Wedgie Icon. Yes, the name does sound a bit uncomfortable, but the loose fit and flattering high waist make them a comfy yet fashionable choice.
Universal Standard Seine High Rise Skinnies
The Seine High Rise Skinnies are Universal Standard’s best-selling jeans that have been made with comfort in mind. They have a high waist, and the stretchy fabric holds up well to washing and wear.
This skinny fit comes in five different washes and two lengths, and these are a fantastic option that looks and feel great. Universal Standard is also a good brand to check out for inclusive sizing.
Available from Universal Standard
Articles of Society Sarah
These Articles of Society Sarah Distressed Skinny Jeans are a popular choice for those who want a designer look and feel but without the high price.
The Sarah is a stretchy skinny fit with the perfect amount of distressing in a fashionably trendy wash. The fabric is very soft and very comfortable for almost everyone.
Available from Nordstrom
LL Bean “Double L” straight leg jeans
L.L. Bean’s straight-leg Double L Jeans are made of comfortable 100% cotton denim. Since they don’t have any stretch in the fabric blend, they need a little bit of a break-in period, but the fabric has been prewashed to make it softer and help prevent shrinkage. They come in multiple inseams, including petite 28″, regular 30″, and medium-tall 32″.
Fans of this style love the high waist, the large front pockets, and the fit that allows for room for movement. These are a great style if you are looking for denim that is substantial and durable enough to last for years.
Available from L.L Bean
NYDJ Barbara Bootcut
A key feature of finding that perfect pair of jeans is to get a good fit, which for many women can be a struggle. If you have had trouble with pants fitting properly, you may want to give NYDJ a shot. Many of their styles use a ‘proprietary lift-and-tuck technology’ that helps their styles fit all shapes and sizes well.
A great design to start with NYDJ’s is the Barbara Bootcut. They are a traditional bootcut made from stretchy denim that is flattering and helps all kinds of body shapes get a good fit. The Barbara also has a great reputation for quality and for lasting a very long time.
Available from NYDJ.com
7 for all Mankind Josefina
As far as comfort goes, 7 for all Mankind is a brand that pretty reliably offers fantastic options that look as good as they feel. One of their most popular styles is the Josefina; it comes in lots of different washes and slightly modified fabric choices.
The style pictured is the Luxe Vintage option, which is one of 7 for all Mankinds softest and most broken in options, so you feel like you have been wearing them for years right from the start.
Available from 7 for all Mankind
What to look for
It can take some time to find that amazing pair of go-to jeans that are so comfy you wear them at every opportunity. The following are a few things to think about when you are hunting for great denim options.
Stretch or non stretch– For the last few years, stretchy jeans have pretty much dominated the market, although lately, there has been a swing back to 100% cotton fabric that has the look and feel of vintage or classic denim. Stretch fabrics can be very comfortable but don’t tend to last as long as all cotton material and can sometimes stretch out in unflattering ways. Some 100% cotton denim can be restrictive and uncomfortable, so look for choices that have been prewashed for softness, so they have a little bit of a worn-in soft feel to them.
Fit-The fit of the pants plays a huge role in how comfortable you will find a particular style. Some women feel most comfortable in a stretchy skinny, while others love a boyfriend style’s baggy feel. There are so many different fits that it is always a good idea when you are shopping for jeans to consider the style and fit that works best for your body type and then go from there.
Weight of the denim– Another consideration is the weight of the denim. If it is a heavier weight, it will work best for colder weather or work styles that need to be strong and tough. Lightweight denim will be good for spring or summer.
Inseam length– When you are shopping for jeans, you also want to pay attention to inseam length to ensure that you get the type of fit you are looking for. The cropped length is still very trendy and great for summer months or when worn with booties in colder weather. A lot of pants only come in one inseam length and may have to be hemmed. You may want to consider styles that give you a few inseam lengths to choose from.
Rise of the waist- One final feature to keep in mind when choosing your jeans is the rise of the waist. Thankfully not that many designs are low rise anymore. Mid and high rise are the most fashionable at the moment and can be very comfortable. If you have trouble with styles digging into your waist when you are sitting, high-rise waists may be worth considering.