Confession: Sometimes I wear the same pair of jeans three or four times a week, and, when I’m traveling, that stat almost always applies. Who wants to pack a different pair of denims for every day away? Jeans are heavy, guys! They take up a lot of space in suitcases, too! Here’s why I brought a pair of American Eagle Outfitter’s new Denim X skinnies on a recent trip to Los Angeles…

First, I love how they feel. Soft and stretchy (more on that to come in reason No. 2), but not too thin and flimsy, they hold without hugging too tightly. For a skinny, they’re not too clingy around my ankles, and their rise is just right – neither high nor low. “Versatile” is a word that applies to these jeans. “Flattering,” also. Look, I’m opening this story with a butt shot. And not just because of the view. They feel that good.

Second, they’re made with AEO’s new Denim X fabric – a performance stretch designed to never bag out. Want a pair of jeans that you can wear day, after day, after day without them slacking and looking lazy? Try these. They were (still!) photo-ready on Day 3 of my non-stop, coast-to-canyon stay in L.A.

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Good, right? It was like they memorized my shape on Day 1, and then played it on repeat all week. I’m tempted to buy another pair, in a lighter wash, to get me through the rest of the summer and my upcoming trips to Japan and Spain (you know I also work at Travel + Leisure, right?). Given the third reason these jeans are such a hit – the price, $50! – I think I’ll just go ahead and do it.

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