Best Travel Pants for Women: Function and Fashion!

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but I think I finally have found the best travel pants for women – and I love them!

A couple of months ago Anatomie hooked me up with a selection of their new travel clothing collection. I created a variety of travel outfits using their clothing including the Skyler travel pants. I didn’t know it at the time but these are actually incredible travel pants, women now have fashionable trousers to choose from.


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I’ve worn them comfortably on long flight transportation journeys with trainers and stylishly in big cities like London and Madrid with my beloved combat boots. I used them in Thailand on the beach with my iPanema thong sandals and in contrast, I played in the snow with them in the UK. For the final stamp of approval, I paired them with heels for drinks with the girls in LA and they loved them so I know you will, too.

When I first saw them, they looked basic and didn’t really stand out as anything special. I assessed them with other female travelers to gauge their opinion on these travel pants for women and it wasn’t until they saw their potential that I did too. I gave them a chance and I’m really glad I did.


Anatomie Wear Travel Pants: Skyler Skinny

To shop, check out the Skyler slim fit travel pants.


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 These women’s travel pants have a slim, classic cut making them a basic that you can wear anywhere. Although they are labeled as “skinny” fit, they have more of a slim fit and aren’t as tapered at the calves or ankles as your average skinny jean. They’re simple and well made so you can wear them for business and look professional; wear them in a European city without looking like a tourist; and even wear them in a village without having a sloppy appearance. As an added bonus, you still look classy even while trekking.




Thin Fabric

Unlike my old Northface travel pants for women; these have ultra-thin fabric and take up a 1/4 of the space. They fit easily into a slim packing cube and hardly weigh anything at all. They’re feather light which also feels nice against your skin. They’re the perfect choice for those that want to travel light in size and weight. While the fabric is thin, it’s not sheer hiding dimply skin imperfections that some light fabrics don’t hide. Phew!



 City travel in Madrid, Spain




Their classic colors can work well with practically any color schemes. They won’t look dirty if they are and can be easily dressed up or down. They offer black, grey (which I’m wearing), navy, and khaki.





These pants totally rocked the comfort factor when I wore them on plane and train rides in Europe. The fabric has an awesome amount of stretch which allows breathability and gives you plenty of room to move around with ease. I didn’t look like I was going to the gym but felt like I could have worn them to work out if I wanted. I love my jeans but I don’t like long transportation rides in them since skinny jeans aren’t very generous with blood circulation. I’m big on wearing leggings or long dresses so I can sit in whatever pretzel like position and stretch out if I need to.




 making snow angels in the UK winter




The ultimate test for a pair of travel pants is how they hold up in diverse weather conditions. As the UK froze and I did, too, I was eager to get out and play in the snow! I made a snow man, went sledding, and even made snow angels all while wearing the Skyler trousers. I thought I was going to be miserably cold and the snow would seep through the seams but to my surprise, the fabric was hardly even damp! Even my under layer of tights stayed dry! Effective water resistant fabric is a MAJOR plus in my book.





There comes a time in every traveler’s journey that we need clothing that’s a bit more polished whether we’re meeting important people, flying first class or doing business. These travel pants for women make the cut and look classy. I attended the FITUR travel show in Spain and needed more professional clothing to network with potential advertisers. These pants worked great with a blazer and cute and comfortable flats.



 Beach living in Koh Samui, Thailand



Length and Fit

 I’m vertically challenged at 5’2” and have the worst time finding pants that fit my properly. Pants always fit my waist and are too baggy on my thighs or fit my thighs and hips and don’t zip up in the waist. These pants not only fit my hips and thighs but they also fit perfectly in length with just a quick fold! The fabric stays in place a the fold so I don’t even feel the need to get them tailored. Please note that they’re actually two inches longer than they look on me because I’ve folded them in.




Quick Dry

 I love testing out fabric to see what it can handle and how quickly it can dry. It takes forever to dry clothing in the UK because we don’t use a dryer and it is beyond cold inside the house. Instead of drying the pants by the heaters like the rest of my clothes, I hung these up to dry over the shower door in the bathroom without heating. After a few hours they were dry before the clothing that was on the heat. In Thailand, it dried in two seconds with the blaring November heat. Impressive in both scenarios. As a bonus, the fabric always bounces right back to the original shape when washed without getting stretched out like linen and cotton fabrics!

Read this post on Choosing the Best Fabrics for Travel.




 Rolled up as capris in 104F heat Dahab, Egypt




 To keep my travel wardrobe versatile, I opted against buying the genie style harem pants many travelers wear when traveling conservative areas including the Middle East. For my trip to Egypt, I decided to wear these travel pants instead which not only helped me blend in with the locals and expats but also ended up being extremely comfortable in the extreme 104F heat. They even felt like like loungewear on days I just chilled out and worked on TFG.





 When it comes down to it, every item in your travel wardrobe must have multi-use. It shouldn’t be all fashion and no function especially when you have a long journey ahead of you. I felt good wearing these travel pants in just about any setting even with heels and a nice top for nice dinner. I even turned them into casual capris by folding them up as shown above.




 paired with heels for drinks with the girls at home in LA



TFG recommends:

The Skyler travel pants from Anatomie Wear are available in sizes Small – X-Large and in colors Black, Navy, Grey, and Khaki. Because they’re ultra quality pants and you can wear them on the road, for work, and at home they also have a great cost per wear value.


I’m 5’2″, weigh 110lb and wear a size small or 4-6 in other clothing brands and fabrics with stretch. Their size small fits me very comfortably and is not too tight or too loose. Because of my height, I fold them in 2 inches which is why the length fits well in the pictures.



For more details, check out this pageAnatomie has a body type guide and a fit and style guide here: Anatomie Wear Travel Clothes For Women





If slim fit pants aren’t your thing but you still want a quality pair of travel pants, Anatomie has a wide selection of trousers that you may like. You can browse their entire collection here: Anatomie Travel Pants or check out my ultimate guide to travel pants.


best-travel-pants-for-women-paola PAOLA: Straight leg pants with flared legs are known to be universally flattering on the majority of body types. Anatomie’s Paola pants offer a look that everyone can love. Learn more about the Paola Travel Pants.

best-travel-pants-for-women-tania TANIA: For those looking for travel attire for business, the Tania pants offer an elegant slack style that can take your from work to fun in no time. Learn more about the Tania Travel Pants.

best-travel-pants-for-women-susanSUSAN: Similar to the Skyler, these pants have a slim fit but are jazzed up with some dashes of flare including zippers at the ankles and back pockets for a little flavor. Learn about the Susan Travel Pants.


If you want to find out if other bloggers think that Anatomie offers the best travel pants for women, check out their reviews:

Adventurous Andrea reviews the Skyler 


Shereen Travels Cheap reviews the Susan


Heather on Her Travels reviews the Fiora on video


 Share your choice for best travel pants for women in the comments! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share the love on facebook, twitter and pinterest!


I was not paid to review this clothing line. I received complimentary clothing and will receive a bit of commission if you check out the links in the articles which helps keep TFG afloat. Thanks for reading!




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89 Responses to Best Travel Pants for Women: Function and Fashion!

  1. michelle says:

    Hi Alex, just discovered your website and LOVE it! Taking a quick RTW trip in November to SEA then France and Sweden. I’m going to get the Skylar’s. Do you recommend black or grey? My preference is the black, but will it be too hot for SEA? Thanks!

  2. Mary says:

    I decided to take a risk and ordered a pair of the Paola Pocket Pant which are in the sale so only $100 – the risk being I’m in the UK so with postage/ customs / returns if they didn’t fit it would be an expensive fail. However, I simply love them. They are so light, comfortable and most important really really flattering. My bum hasn’t looked this good in ages!!

  3. jessey says:

    I like to travel with a couple of pair of cotton knit pants as well as a pair of black Chico Traveller pants. While they don’t have pockets, I don’t find that to be a problem as I usually have a sweater or lightweight jacket with pockets.

  4. Melanie says:

    Hi Alex.
    Are these pants loud when you walk? I have a fabulous pair of Athleta pants (their new slim dipper) that I love, but they sound like a cargo pant. You know, the swish, swish sound you associate with hiking/ski pants. The updated style makes it very versatile, even for dressing up, but the sound gives it away.
    Thanks, Melanie

  5. lexie says:

    I read a lot of comments from people saying the pants are a little too pricey… I am a college student/ traveler on a budget so I unfortunately have to agree at the moment. BUT, I have found the perfect budget pair of straight legged, light weight, scotch guard protected trekking/travel/casual/super cute pants. For those who cannot afford the seemingly perfect Anatomie pants, try Prana’s Meme pants! I cannot wait to take them on my upcoming trip to central america for cool nights in the jungle and higher elevation adventures.

    • Laurie says:

      I was excited, as I clicked through the fit guide for apple shapes with a not-so-flat tummy. Then I saw the price! eeek! I’m spending a month in Italy in September, and $200 for pants seems like way too much, when I’m already stretched to the max with travel cost$. *sigh* Maybe next trip….. They look like great travel pants. :-)

  6. Melissa says:

    how do the pants work with thermals under? thanks

  7. Annelise says:

    Love the different perspectives on these pants! For someone who can’t try them on, seeing different women in different pants is a huge help in deciding which pant would best fit my body. I would totally love to own a pair of Anatomie travel pants!

  8. allyson becker says:

    I like the idea of thinner weight slim pants. Sound very stylish and I would love to try them. Especially, since I recently lost 40 pounds.

  9. Jeri Accardo says:

    The one thing I MUST have when I travel is …………COMFORT!! These pants look like they defiantly fall in the category!

  10. maria de lemos says:

    Love the slightly narrow pants. the colors they come in are fabulous and they match with just about anything! Great choice for traveling light :)

  11. Homa says:

    These pants look super cute and would definitely earn a spot in my backpack when travelling. I like dark pieces that I can match with a whole bunch of different things, and these seem to fit the bill perfectly!!

  12. Ky says:

    These pants seem amazing- that is great that you can wear them in cold and hot weather. They don’t even look like travel pants. I would were them for everyday purposes

  13. Those are nice pants and you look good in them.

  14. maricel says:

    I want those pants they’re comfortable, can be worn anywhere, and iis quick to dry. That’s the kind of pants im looking for.

  15. maricel says:

    I want those pants they’re comfortable, fits properly, and quick to dry that is the kind of pants I’ve been looking for.

  16. Elizabeth K says:

    Super cute!! I like how versatile they are.

  17. Jessica says:

    I love these pants, I would love to have some for my upcoming backpacking trip!

  18. md kennedy says:

    I’ve have never heard of Anatomie but I do so love these pants! I travel a lot and usually end up wearing a dressy but light pair of slim jeans on the plane and pretty much everywhere….would love another option and these look awesome!

  19. rebeka deleon says:

    i like the look, color and they look very comfortable.

  20. Heather says:

    These look so comfy for traveling!

  21. Jet-Set Jen says:

    Thanks for the thorough and fantastic review. I can see these pants as carrying me through all the seasons and all my destinations.

  22. Marti says:

    The Skyler looks very cute, but so does the Paola… how to choose?!?!

  23. Lynda Del says:

    I want a pair of those fashionable pants!

  24. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love these pants! I would love to try them, I always have problems with my clothing when traveling, I unpack and nothing but a mess of wrinkles!

  25. Jane says:

    Could you find someone with a little more weight in the hip/thigh area….some of us shorter wider people don’t find skinny/slim fit very flattering. Afraid to try at this price….Thanks!

  26. Marita says:

    I want a pair.

  27. Marita says:

    I would love to have a pair of these for travel, thanks for sharing.

  28. Patti says:

    You can tell that these pants just look comfortable! The kind you could wear very day with everything!

  29. Mary G says:

    These pants look like they would be perfect for my next trip!

  30. cathy says:

    I wear a petite 6 or 8. What size would you recommend for me? I am only 5 feet tall.

    • alex says:

      Hi Cathy! I am 5’2″ weigh 110lb and wear the size small which fits comfortably and not overly tight. When I read their size description I considered getting a medium but I’m very happy I didn’t. Everyone raves about their customer service so they may be able to give you a good idea of what would work best for you. they also have an awesome no questions asked free return policy so that’s a great guarantee :-)

  31. Hannah says:

    I love these! The fact that they seem like leggings but look like a nice pair of pants is perfect. I basically live in leggings, but when I travel this upcoming fall, these would be perfect for those countries where leggings as pants might not be so acceptable. Awesome find!

    • alex says:

      These are really comfy to wear for long periods of time. I’ve been wearing them in Egypt and have felt as if I’ve been wearing loungewear when I’ve taken the day off to work on TFG and sit cross legged in front of my laptop all day ;-)

  32. Christine says:

    I need these pants! I travel to a lot of professional meetings where I also have some playtime. These would be great!

  33. Amanda says:

    These looked fantastic (on you and on the website)… it’s just the price that makes me hesitate. There isn’t that many travel pants out there that can look so great and seem to have everything covered in terms of quality. Now that it has been a while- are the pants still holding up as well as when you first received them?

  34. Angela says:

    I’ve been eyeing these pants for a while now. Hope to get them for my next adventure!

  35. Paola says:

    Hi, I think that is a great review for travelers. We are always looking for things that make our journeys more comfortable without losing the style. It is super important when you are taking long distant airplane trips to not strangle your hip and legs and allow the circulation of the blood properly . That is why is so important to choose the right pants and is better when it adds style. ;)

    • alex says:

      These have been really comfortable to wear on plane rides and long transport journeys. I like comfort on long trips and these have felt as good as wearing lounge wear :-)

  36. Wendy says:

    These are super cute! I’d be nervous about how they’d look on my newly-40 body, but would love to try them for my upcoming trip to Ireland & Italy.

  37. dori baranski says:

    these pants look so cute!

  38. Betsy says:

    These look like a fabulous find. We’re going to cold weather from Hawaii after the first of the year and I’ve been looking for options. Loved the snow angel pic – it convinced me! :)

    • alex says:

      Ha, it was my first time making snow angels so I was excited! Paired them with a set of thick tights for the cold and the tights stayed dry underneath post-snow angels :-)

  39. michelle says:

    Hi, I’m not a shop, I’m just selling a few pairs of these on ebay in size 10 and 12 because I wore these on a long hike across 2000 k in Spain and France back two years ago and then on planes across Europe in many countries over a 3 month period, then they became my favorites to wear cos I’d grown to love them so much when I got home. I wanted a new couple of pairs so when I found some wholesale I bought a few extra pairs to keep and some to sell. Quite honestly they are the best Jeans, can be dressed up or down and weigh nothing, dry overnight at the end of a bunk when hiking. Light as a feather and I can’t recommend them enough. I don’t know where you are but I’m in Australia. But I can post them on. I think Vigilante is a New Zealand brand. I’ve sent you the link to my ad but I’ll put it here too. I hope you don’t consider this spam.

  40. Deb says:

    I was so happy to find your website. I am 60, but I want to travel comfortably and with class. So many of the travel clothes websites are just dowdy/frumpy. I wear a size 6. Many things are too short for my age or to youthful. Yes, I do have a question. The Skylar pants look fabulous, but over my budget. I love skirts, skorts and sundresses, but I rely on long pants as I think they look better for my age. I will be in France in July! Hot! Can you recommend any other long pants, more affordable. I am reviewing your packing list to help. I am not going to overpack, but that means you need the right things to pack. Thanks!

  41. Karen says:

    Do you know if you can get these in the UK? Shipping looks really expensive.

    • alex says:

      It’s not the shipping cost that gets you its the taxes! I paid as much money on import taxes as the value of the shoes I ordered during my time living there. My shoes cost $60 and I paid $50 in import tax because they calculate it based on total cost PLUS shipping, what a rip off!

      My best advice is to have them shipped to a US address if you know anyone and then have them send it to you without the price tag so they don;t look new and put a very low value on them.

  42. Diana says:

    These Skyler pants look a lot like Lole’s Passage Pants. Would you happen to own any Lole travel type of pants? I’m just wondering how’d they’d comparing to the Amatomie pants.

  43. Anita says:

    I checked their website thoroughly and don’t see any size guide. Am I missing it? I see the body type guide but that isn’t helpful.

  44. Cassie says:

    $189 for ONE pair of pants?? That is beyond insane!! I don’t care how good ey are!

  45. déjà pseu says:

    Hi Alex,

    These look great! Can you tell me what the fabric composition is (couldn’t find on the website) and whether they bag at the knees at all after a long flight?

    • alex says:

      Hi there! I believe they’re Lycra. To be honest, I haven’t noticed the knees but they do get looser around the thighs for me after wearing them for a while which is nice to have that stretch on long journeys :-)

  46. Awesome advice and great pants!! This is a ”MUST HAVE”!

    Such a good read and lovely pics to. Thanks for sharing! One question: What fabric are they made out of?

  47. These look so lovely! I love that they look so versatile – it looks like it would be easy to dress them up for fancy occassions. Would you recommend them for hot, humid climates? (think: Thailand, Burma).

    • alex says:

      Hi Vanessa! I did wear them in Thailand last year and they’re lightweight enough to wear in humid areas, especially because they’re also water resistant and not as sticky as other pants when you feel sweaty – I prefer long dresses and skirt though in Thailand and shorts if possible. I can hardly tolerate any fabric when it’s hot…

  48. Alyssa says:

    These are AWESOME! My only question is how do I decide which color to get?!

    • alex says:

      they are awesome! the color depends on your style and the rest of your clothing. i have the grey which I really like because it’s neutral and goes with everything and doesn’t ever look dirty.

  49. Angela says:

    Hi, Alex. You’ve definitely sparked my interest in these pants! I do have a couple of questions, though. How well do you think they will fit a variety of body shapes? I am quite a bit taller than you, so I wonder if the pants are a good length for you, if they’d be too short for me. (I’m 5’6″ and wear a size 4.) Also, I have very wide hips compared to my waist and thicker calves than average. Your body type appears to be quite different from mine, so whereas the pants look great on you, I wonder if I’d have trouble with fit. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • alex says:

      Hi Angela. thanks for your comment!

      they have quite some stretch and feel like they mold with your body. i have an IMPOSSIBLE time finding pants so these were a total surprise when they fit so well. I also have wide hips and a smaller waist but they’re waist falls in a perfect location – not too high or low from the belly button. I guess the fit would depend on how other slim fit pants fit you on the calves. While they’re labeled as “skinny” fit pants they don’t have the slim fit on the calved most skinny cut pants/jeans do making them more roomy and flexible.

      As for your height, I actually have them folded in so they are longer than they appear :-) I’m assuming the model in their pictures is at least 5’6″ the minimum model height so they’d probably fit you in length like they do her. I fold them in 2 inches :-)

      Hope this helps!

  50. These do look appealing although I have hips and so skinny pants aren’t always flattering. I’m 5’2″ also and am wondering how the sizes run in these pants? Of course I haven’t looked up the price yet and I’m thinking it might be high!

    • alex says:

      For my height, I am beyond happy with the way these fit me at my stature! In the pics, I have them folded in so they’re actually a longer than it shows on me but with a quick fold, no biggie and the fold stays in place. I fold them in by 2 inches.

      They’re labeled as “skinny” but I wouldn’t say that is accurate. they’re more of a slim fit making them a more appealing cut to a wider range of body types. They’ve got a nice stretch making them more easy to mold to your body.

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