Surfers know a little something about comfort. And when you’re traveling, comfort often means more than it does at home, because you’re constantly between tiny airplane seats, weird hotel beds, hauling bags, and generally in situations your body may not be used to in your day-to-day life.
Since I live in a beach town, it’s easy for me to follow along with the lessons of the surf community, and my Mollusk Beach Pants are my most comfortable travel/home pants.
Made from 100 percent pre-shrunk cotton, the pants look like everyday casual pants, but they’re as comfortable as sweatpants. The fit is slim and tapered, but the pants don’t hug the body too much. The two slant front pockets hold small items, but are roomy enough for your phone, keys, cash/cards, and a charging cable. There are elastic cuffs at the ankles and an elastic waist with an adjustable draw cord.
I have three pair of the Beach Pants—each in different colors, so I can bring them all along on a trip without looking like I’m wearing the same clothes every day. They’re not too slouchy, nor are they too dressy, and they’re just right for someone who wants to find a middle ground between the two. I’ve worn mine on planes, trains, boats, in automobiles, to the beach, out to dinner, to the museum, to walk my dog, and to the movies.
These pants always find a spot in my suitcase, which means I’m usually doing last-minute laundry so I can wear them at home and on the road. It’s a good thing that the cotton pants are pre-shrunk, so I don’t have to skip the dryer.
Beach Pants come in black, indigo denim, black, and guru (orange), and list for $88 on the Mollusk site.