What’s Old is New Again
“Mom Jeans”. Nobody with any fashion sense at all wants to be caught dead in mom jeans. But I for one, have been wearing mom jeans for a while now. Hey! I’m a mom. I wear jeans. Hence, Mom Jeans. Oh, I know, that’s NOT what Mom Jeans really means. But with a little restyling, Mom Jeans are SO much better than they were years ago. So keep reading if you want to hear my “mother load” of thoughts on mom jeans. See what I did there? And what some of my current favorite mom jeans are.
New Year – New Things – New Group
This is my first post of 2018. It also coincides with the first Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for another Ageless Style Link Up. We are starting the New Year with some new faces in our group. Welcome to Kellyann of This Blonde’s Shopping Bag and Lisa of Classic Style by Lisa. You can find all of their links below.
We’re also adding a guest co-host each month. Our first co-host of 2018 is Samantha from fakefabulous.com. Keep scrolling down and drop by Samantha and our other hosts blogs to say “HI” and link up your own fashion post. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers and get style inspiration.
If you’re new to this link up, we are a group of bloggers over the age of 40, who choose a fashion theme each month, put our own unique twist on it and share it with you. This month we’re talking about bringing back styles that were once in vogue and how we wear them now. I chose mom jeans because I didn’t think I could write an entire post and style an entire outfit around hair scrunchies.
I’m not sure where you stand on scrunchies, but I’m team “NEVER STOPPED” using them. They are soft and easier on my hair. And in my opinion give a bit of balance to thin pony tail coming out of a large head. But….
Let’s talk MOM JEANS
Why do you think Mom Jeans have gotten such a bad rap? I think there are a couple of reasons fashionistas and stylist have deemed Mom Jeans a fashion “DON”T.
Every decade there will be a style or two that we think are the cat’s meow and will never go out of style. And every decade we’re wrong – to a degree. A style will go away for a while but will return in a reincarnated version. The 80’s not withstanding, it’s usually better. 😉
Remember “jams”? Those M.C. Hammer, elastic waisted, billowy pants? Hello, Palazzo Pants! A more streamlined version of this comfortable style might just be our beloved athleisure staple – JOGGERS!
What Went Wrong
Here’s what I think made Mom Jeans of the past a bane to the fashion conscious and fodder for skit comediennes. It boils down to two main flubs:
The Color – I’m looking at you stone wash! I won’t even give acid washed the time of day.
The Shirt Tuck – A full, all-in, tight shirt tuck, coupled with the very high waist can make even the best rear view look like it’s as tall Empire State Building. We want our LEGS to look long. Not our buns!
(Other contributors to the fault of this fashion “miss” could be white Keds, camp shirts and satellite dish bangs. But that’s for another day.)
Mom Jeans Re-Invented
Mom Jeans are actually awesome! The waist is high enough to keep them from riding down and settling into your C-section or hysterectomy scar. We’re MOMS, we don’t have time to pull our jeans up over our belly every time we sit down! (If you wore low rise jeans, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.)
The first clothier that added stretch to denim should win a Nobel Prize! How did we ever survive (or sit down) before that?
With a bit of styling and attention to details, I think we can wear a high waist jean with confidence today. Keeping in mind the two elements that I think sunk the high waist jeans the first time (Or was it the second or third time in history that high waists came back?), here’s what to look for in your New and Improved Mom Jeans today.
If acid washed jeans taught us anything, it’s that we should stick to rinses and colors that are simple and classic. Dark washes are always in style and are, of course, more slimming. We can go lighter, but don’t get crazy with fading and whiskering. NO big faded spots on the hinny and thighs. Let those assets “shine” on their own.
Also, a bit of distressing can be okay. But I still think simple is best and less likely to come back haunting us in old photos at our 50th wedding anniversary party. In other words, keep rips and distressing to a minimum for posterity sake.
I rarely tuck my shirt in any more. Number one, with my bust size, a full tuck into high waist jeans makes it look like I have no waist. I’ll be tucking more than my shirt into my waist band pretty soon if you know what I mean.
But whether you’re large or small chested, a side tuck or a half tuck is more flattering. It leaves the back of your shirt out to conceal the high waist and keep your derriere from looking ginormous.
It’s just that simple. As always, wear what makes you happy and feel good. Find a leg style that you like and that flatters you and wear your Mom Jeans with confidence.
I’ve included some of my favorite Mom Jeans in the links (affiliate) below. Yes, some are a little pricey. But I wear them over and over.
I have also included some from Old Navy that a lot of bloggers like. They are around $33 at the time of this post. I haven’t tried them yet, but may do it when my January spending freeze is over.
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