In the past, denim was not considered appropriate to pack for a European trip.Â However, times have changed and while the classic European woman may not have incorporated denim into her repertoire, her daughter probably owns several pairs.Â The youth in Europe wear jeans and you will see them everywhere.Â However, the jeans they wear are well fitted, in some cases quite tight but not in a vulgar way (well maybe in Italy but thatâ€™s a different story).
Seasoned lightweight packers have also shunned denim because of its thickness, weight, and long drying time.Â Despite these drawbacks if you wear jeans on a regular basis you can include them in your travel wardrobe, with a few caveats.Â After all I canâ€™t deny myself or any one else their trusty denim.Â A lightweight jean would be ideal but can be difficult to track down so it is best to limit yourself to one pair.Â Wearing your jeans on travel days (plane and train) will keep them from taking precious room in your luggage.
- Jeans in a dark rinse are more versatile and less casual than medium or light wash denim.
- Stay away from any sort of overly washed, bleached, or whiskered styles.
- Look for a flattering and proper fit, no relaxed or tapered styles
- The hem should almost hit the floor, this gives the longest line to the body and can help conceal less than sexy walking shoes.
- Try on jeans with your travel shoes to ensure the right hem length or have them hemmed accordingly.
- Jeans with stretch will not only be more comfortable they also have synthetic materials that slightly decrease bulk.
- Wearing your jeans on travel days (plane and train) will keep them from taking precious room in your luggage.
If you are lucky enough to already have found your â€œgo toâ€ jeans by all means pack them, as long as they fit in with my guidelines.Â Check the condition to ensure that there are no frayed hems, no sagging, or obvious spots.Â If the fit is not quite there, a tailor can help refine the fit.