If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to bring more movement into your everyday routine, then you’re definitely going to need the proper attire to accommodate. While the athleisure trend is becoming near ubiquitous, sometimes even the greatest pair of joggers simply won’t take the place of a good, solid pair of jeans.
The style staple of classic Americana gets a whole new twist — literally — with blue jeans that won’t hold you back. After all, no one likes a pair of stiff pants, and they certainly aren’t well-suited for moving and grooving. But, have no fear, a range of brands have a new lease on traditional denim with a high-tech, performance spin that’s as comfortable as it is cool.
So whether you’re scaling a mountain or simply climbing up the corporate ladder (on casual Fridays, of course), this denim flexes with you every step of the way. So get up and get moving!
Levi’s Commuter 511 Slim Fit
No better way to kick off a must-have denim list than with iconic American denim brand, Levi’s. While the 501s will forever be a classic original, the Commuter collection is both stylish and performance-driven. The collection is designed with the modern urban cyclist in mind, but even if you’re not pedaling around town, the Commuter 511 Slim Fit jeans go the extra mile for navigating any terrain with their strong, Lycra T400 stretch fabric plus the added perks of water repellency, reflective details, a u-lock holder, and a higher back rise for extra coverage. A range of light and dark washes, and even a mahogany, “Burntwood” option, make the Commuter 511s versatile enough for any ensemble without compromising a shred of good style. The Commuter is also available in a slightly roomier, athletic fit.
7 For All Mankind Luxe Performance: Standard Classic
Good jeans are all about looking good on the outside and on the inside. The 7 For All Mankind Luxe Performance collection not only boasts handsome styling but also functional fabric recovery with innovative fiber technology to keep the jeans — and you — looking good from dawn until dusk. The Standard Classics are constructed of durable stretch Italian denim for prime comfort, and in addition, the fabric is brushed on the inside to make it even more comfortable on the skin. This rich dark gray colorway is a dressier option that takes your jeans to a whole new level that’s perfect with a button-down shirt and brogues.
DU/ER L2X Relaxed Fit with RAD
On a mission to reinvent denim with the latest advanced fabric technology — much of it borrowed from the sports world — the DU/ER label is inspired by the modern active man. Looking good while living effortlessly is easy with the brand’s performance jeans including the Relaxed Fit denim. The dark-wash jeans cut a sharp profile, but they’re so much more than just a pretty face. Made with a fabric that is 30-percent lighter and 30-percent stronger than traditional denim, these jeans feature five times the mobility factor, which means these are the pairs to pack for that next camping, hiking, and canoeing trip. The technical fibers in the fabric also act as temperature regulators, keeping you warm when it’s cold and vice versa. As if that wasn’t enough, radiation shield pocketing protects you from exposure to cellphone radiation with thin copper wires woven into the cotton.
Patagonia Men’s Performance Straight Fit Jeans
Designed for an active life, Patagonia’s Performance Straight Fit midweight jeans are made to move with you yet they’re stylish enough for your daily dress code. Providing increased comfort, stretch, and durability for the many demands of the daily grind, they feature mechanical stretch, Coolmax fiber-based moisture management, and a weather-resistant finish. And while these jeans will take you from the morning commute to an after-hours skate session, even more significant is the use of an innovative dye process that minimizes energy use, water use, and carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional dyeing processes. So, when you wear these Patagonia pairs, you’re doing the environment a favor, too.
Outdoor Research Goldrush
These Goldrush jeans from the purveyors of innovative, functional outdoor gear are tailor-made for conquering that next climb but they’re still appropriate for urban, streetwear. The clean, fitted pants are marketed to be more technical than most pairs on the market with a cotton, nylon, and Cordura blend that brings enough stretch to handle even the most harrowing of circumstances. Resilient, durable, and classic, they’ll likely look as good as new no matter where your next adventure takes you.