Since last fall, there has been one piece of clothing in my wardrobe for which I have been very grateful. Very grateful. Lucky Brand Jeans created the Lola 5 pocket sweatpant last year and I can't imagine a better pair of pants to wear on a long haul flight.
These pants came out in black and I purchased two pairs. They look like black jeans. They are styled just like the regular Lola Bootcut jeans, but they are made of a material that, though called “sweatpants,” seems to me to be more akin to something in between a well-worn t-shirt and a cotton sweatpant. They are forgiving to your curves and are very flattering (if I do say so myself). If you saw a woman wearing these pants, you honestly would never guess that they were basically sweatpants. They're wonderful.
I've been wearing them on domestic flights and have found that wearing them is a great way to look put-together while being ultimately comfortable. Last week, I wore a pair for the first time on a trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco to Tokyo. That's a LONG flight. The Japan Airline flight attendant offered me pajamas to wear during the flight - a top and a bottom - but there's something about wearing the airline's PJs that never really sat well with me personally. I declined the PJ offer and settled into my seat wearing my Lucky Brand Lola sweatpants and a Tommy Bahama half-zip sweatshirt (another long flight necessity for me). I honestly don't think I would have been more comfortable in a pair of pajamas.
The Lola 5 pocket sweatpant is no longer available on the Lucky Brand Jeans website. I suspect it's a seasonal thing. I sent an email to the company to find out if and when they will make their return, because if they do, I will certainly be a buyer. In the meantime, I noticed that they are now offering the Mimosa Wide Leg Terry Pant which, unlike the Lola Bootcut, has wide legs but is of similar construction. I suspect they are comfortable as well but I haven't made it into a Lucky Brand Jeans store to see a pair for myself. When I get back into the U.S., I will have to check them out.