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Stop the Mom Jeans

By definition Mom Jeans are a specific type of fit of women’s jeans considered to be both unfashionable and unflattering to the wearer’s figure.

This style consists of a high waist (rising above the belly button) and making the buttocks appear disproportionately longer, larger and flatter than they are. They also tend to have excess space in the zipper/crotch and leg area. The jeans are usually a solid light blue color. This style of jean can also have pleats, tapered legs and elastic waistbands. A blouse or shirt that is tucked into the jeans usually completes the look.

These jeans were popular in the 1990s, but after Saturday Night Live did a skit about a fake brand of jeans called mom jeans in 2003 they gained greater notice. The hilarious tagline used in the skit stated “For this Mother’s Day don’t give mom that bottle of perfume. Give her something that says ‘I am not a woman anymore…I’m a mom!’”

The problem is that Mom Jeans flatter almost no one. They were designed to complement a real woman’s fuller figure, but the reality is that they make the behind, hips and stomach look….well big! If you own mom jeans don’t hold on to them any longer. Don’t be resistant to change. Your first step to recovery is to ditch the mommy pants. Every mom (this one included) wants to dress to minimize the cruel effects of multiple pregnancies, weight gain and the natural changes that come with age.  But seriously if the zipper on your jeans is the same length as the People magazine you’re reading in the grocery store checkout line, chances are you’re losing the camouflage fight!

Fashion is cyclical and sometimes that’s cool and sometimes not so much. Mom Jeans are making a comeback, and no I am not kidding! The reappearance of the high waisted jean in my opinion is a fashion tragedy of epic proportions. The hideous Mom Jeans are being targeted to hipster kids. Ads show them on midriff-baring skinny models who look anything but maternal.

Style experts say that low rise jeans are passé, and that things are inching back up…as in over the belly button. They are trying to convince us that mom jeans are making a comeback. Let’s remember that not every trend is a good one. So I ask you to not fall victim to the advertisements. Do not believe the hype. We must stand together! We must fight. We must not falter. Banish Mom Jeans forever.

Women Against Mom Jeans Unite!

The perfect jean is a staple of anyone’s wardrobe and should be both comfortable and flattering. Look for a style and wash that draw attention to the right parts of your body. Also consider the setting in which you plan on wearing the jeans: professional, casual, or both.

Here are some quick tips for finding a great pair of jeans.

1. Shop For Jeans That Flatter

  • Look for wide-legged jean with a mid-rise and flat front if you have an hourglass figure. These jeans show off your curves while slimming you down in a flattering way.  
  • Stay away from tapered legs if you have a pear-shaped figure. Tapered legs will only emphasize your thighs, making them look even bigger. Opt for a flare or trouser style jean, preferably in a medium to dark wash. Consider a pair with a contoured cut that rises higher in the back than in the front to avoid gaping at the waist.
  • Look for flares or boot-cut jeans if you have a rectangle figure, also known as a boy figure. The flare at the bottom adds curve to your silhouette, making you look more balanced and womanly.
  • Find a pair of moderate rise jeans if you have an apple-shaped figure or an otherwise larger mid-section. Moderate rise jeans fall just below the belly button, covering your stomach and keeping it in check.

2. Shop For Appropriateness

While a classic pair of jeans will work in most settings, some styles and washes do suit certain circumstances better than others.

  • Consider a darker wash jean if you want versatility.
  • Dark wash jeans are not only flattering, but they fit a variety of settings.
  • Pair dark wash jeans with a nice fitted blouse or long-sleeve button-down shirt for a more formal setting.
  • Match the same jeans with a fun, sparkly tank top for a night out with friends.
  • Avoid extremely dark wash jeans that border on black if going for versatility, since they may prove harder to dress down.
  • Always go with a dark wash jean for a business casual look.
  • Look for trouser-style jeans with a slight boot-cut, and avoid jeans that have any decorative details.
  • If you plan on wearing these jeans for strictly semi-formal or professional purposes, also consider a pair with a front crease to create a polished silhouette.
  • Look for medium to light washes if you want a strictly casual jean.       
  • Dark wash jeans are flattering and versatile, but extremely dark washes have a tendency to look a bit dressy.
  • Choose a fit that flatters your figure and opt for the lightest wash you can get away with if you want a jean that screams casual
  • Avoid the Juniors Department unless you really like the styles.
  • Junior jeans are designed to appeal to teens (and tweens) and though they may fit, they may make people past that age group look even older.

3. General Suggestions

There are a few basic concepts you should keep in mind when shopping for jeans. Remembering these will help you find the right jeans for the right look, price, and comfort.

  • Try each pair of jeans on before you consider buying it.
  • Different designers size their jeans in different ways, which means that your size may fluctuate between brands.
  • Pick out a range of brands and styles to take into the dressing room.
  • Try on as much as you can and study yourself in the dressing room mirror to get a thorough idea of what flatters you most.
  • Move around the dressing room with the jeans on before you decide whether to purchase them.
  • Get a good feeling for how the jeans feel. Which means walk around, jump up and down, sit down and bend over.

We hope this article has been helpful as you think about your next pair of jeans. We're here to help as well! Feel free to contact us at style@shopindulgeboutique.com to set up a one-on-one appointment.