Say Goodbye to Mom Jeans

by January 30, 2012
filed under Style

Not your mom's jeansJeans are one of the most important garments a woman can have in her closet. Jeans are as diverse as the women that are wearing them. There are low-rise jeans, there are high-rise jeans. We’ve got skinny jeans, cropped jeans, straight leg and bootcut. That variety not only makes jeans extremely versatile in their use, but also in the way they fit our bodies. Finding a nice pair of flattering jeans can be an opus of an expedition. So many pairs, and only a few good fits. This is only the first post on jeans, and it most definitely won’t be the last.

I found these jeans at Winners the other day and they were exactly what I was looking for. The straight leg cut of the jeans creates a slim, straight line from my hips down. This is the ultimate shape you want from your pants. They should always hug your hips, but remain relatively loose from your thighs down. Loose does not mean baggy. If your jeans are sagging in your butt, then imagine how that makes your ass look (yeah, saggy). A dark wash on the jeans (the shade of blue) not only looks sophisticated, but again creates a slimmer looking leg.

If you carry weight in your upper thighs, a trouser-cut jean may be just what you’re looking for. Trouser cuts can be casual, but they always have a hint of dressy to them, which makes them a wonderful pair to wear to “casual Friday” at the office. Remember, just because they call it casual does not mean it’s time to bust out the jeans you wore while painting your kitchen. Pair your trouser or straight cut jeans with a pair of hot heels to create legs that stretch to the moon. We’ll be showing a pair of trousers in a few weeks.

Now let’s talk about the rise of the jeans. As a woman in my mid-twenties, finding a pair of jeans that are youthful, yet age appropriate, feels like a losing battle. In store I buy tops, all of the jeans have a low-rise waist. Which means, that where they’re supposed to sit is right on my hips and button across my “flat belly”. Except, I’m a curvy woman and my body is not shaped like the body of a woman who wears a size 6 in jeans. What happens to that low-rise (other than being awfully uncomfortable) is that it creates the dreaded muffin top. They also often result in the even more dreaded plumber’s crack. So low-rise jeans? Probably not going to be your go-to cut.

So girls, search out jeans that come in a higher-rise. High-rise jeans have come a long, long way since the 1990′s and the front-butt mom jeans of yesteryear are nearly impossible to find. High-rise jeans search out your natural waist line and that is where they rest. The result is again a curvy, sexy, streamlined look.

Beau Dawson Jeans – Winners, $24.99
Red Polka Dot Marilyn Top – Urban Planet, $10.99
Beige Cardigan – Fairweather, 2-for-$15.00
Black American Eagle Pumps – Payless Shoes, $29.99

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