Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mom Jeans



Let's talk about mom jeans for a minute...

A few months ago I was at the Nordstrom Rack attempting to shop while pushing the stroller with a screaming Theo inside. It was futile at best and as I frantically scanned the store at light speed for black pants I needed for work, I just happened to be walking past a table of very reasonably priced 7 for All Mankind black jeans. I grabbed a pair, bought them and told myself I would try them on later at home. For a couple of weeks, they sat in the cargo space of the back of the car because buying jeans has become something I really dread ever since pushing out 9 pound 10 ounce Theo. Eeeks! Whatever happened during that birth, I just can't seem to find a pair of jeans that makes me feel good anymore.

Finally, I tried the jeans on, mostly because I was running late for work and my other pair of work pants needed to be washed. It was a fluke, really, that they happened to be high-rise and ankle-length. I pulled them on, buttoned and zipped them up in front of our full-length mirror and gasped out loud! They're honestly the best pair of jeans I've ever had. They fit well, look good and feel amazing. No bunching, cutting, pinching or riding up ever.

Naturally, from that day forward I made it my quest in life to find the exact same jeans, but in regular dark-wash denim. However as with all things wonderful, they've proven to be quite elusive. So, I went ahead and ordered the same style of jean in regular-rise. Can't make that much of a difference, right? Wrong.


I tried them on and wore them on a couple of errands for an hour and they were all wrong. Saggy in the calves, cutting into my hip bones, and pinching in the rear. Ugh. Let me just say that I will never wear a pair of non-high-rise jeans again. I've officially gone mom jeans and I'm never going back! What is it that's so great about the mom jean? Well, it's like having a built-in girdle in your jeans! You pull them up, button them right across your belly button, and zzzzzzzip! Everything is all tucked in and supported. On the other hand, as you can see in the photo above, normal-rise jeans just leave you hanging. And when I say "you," I of course really mean my mom gut. They leave my mom gut hanging out for all to see - and it is not pretty.

So I'm returning the regular-rise jeans and ordering up a pair of the Madewells in the top photo ASAP. I'm done with the years I spent hanging onto pre-Coco jeans, cords and other pants. I have clung for so long to the delusion that they will someday fit again. And guess what?! They will not. Even if I were to get back to my pre-Coco weight as a number, I can feel that my body has changed structurally since Theo was born. Things shifted and settled back into different places and I am ready to accept my new body. So that's just what I'm going to do.

But can we just take a moment and recognize how fortunate we are to live at the precise moment in the ever-changing cycle of fashion when high-rise jeans are actually in style? Wowza. That is truly a beautiful gift, indeed. I'm curious, how has your body changed as a mom, or just as you've aged and become more womanly? Do you wear mom jeans, too?

10 comments:

  1. Oh thank you baby Jesus for high rise jeans!!! Believe it or not, I have had good luck with the Target Mossimo High Rise stretchy jeans. Or is that just how far I have let it all go? Oh well. As Elsa says, ¨Let it go......"

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    1. I went to Target and tried them! Well, actually, I bought them and brought them home and tried them. Way too small (no vanity sizing at Target) but very cute! I was impressed. Went back to get my size twice, but so far still not in stock. Might just order online. They're good jeans. Thanks for the tip! xx

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  2. Never tried them. My body went back to normal just shifted a bit so even though I am wearing jeans I have had for ten years (yup), they do fit differently than before. I am just happy they fit : )

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    1. I am so jealous. I have my ten year old jeans in my closet. I just need to get rid of them. When I think of how many times I've moved them in vain....ugh!

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    2. Hope I did not sound braggy. More a reflection on how little I shop LOL. And as far as aging goes, the deep laugh lines and gray hairs are hard to notice, especially since I feel 25. I often think that's my peer age group then I realize...oh, I am NINE years older than them. Le sigh.

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    3. Again...I meant that its hard to start noticing them in the mirror. What is up with me typing things that sound wrong?!

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    4. No! Not braggy at all. I completely understand the lack of shopping. ;) And the lines. OMG, my forehead and smile lines. BOO!

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  3. My once very perky breasts are saggy baggy and my once perky derriere is now wider and much more dimpled and comparatively flat (it's still not flat, though). I used to have a flat tummy, too. Now I have a nice gut. To be frank, I had a pretty great figure that I of course didn't appreciate. I did ballet for a long time, but those muscles and leanness (and little waist) are now long gone. Oh, and I'm now also full of stretch marks. I wasn't disciplined about lotions, etc. I also gained 70ish pounds with our third and 60ish with our fourth, so whatever. I'm not actually "bigger" or weigh more, but yes, definitely shifted. That said, the best part of my body since becoming a mom? I don't care about it anymore. I should take better care of myself from a fitness perspective, but as for looks? I'm over it. And it's great. (Although, I'd be lying if I said the crows-feet around my eyes don't bug me :).

    In the meantime, hear, hear for mom jeans!

    -Roxana

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    1. It's all about the push-up bras from Calvin Klein! ;) I am feeling a lot of the same things you mention. Aging is not fun. I'm not really enjoying it one bit. But then I remember how lucky we are to age in the first place. Lots of people die young and never get the chance. Cheers to crow's feet! ;) xoxox

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  4. Oh my goodness... After baby #1 I actually had to buy jeans that were SMALLER than my pre-baby weight because it seemed like the baby sucked out all the fat on my body. I could not keep weight on. Then my precious baby #2 happened. She stole all my beauty and my nice figure. I will not do skinny jeans anymore. They are so uncomfortable. I bought myself a pair of Modern Boyfriend jeans by Everlane and they are exactly what I want/need. Mom waist and the right amount of loose-fit. Total mom jeans. I am rehauling my wardrobe in general, and one point is to somehow make these jeans looks stylish (because they still do NOT look on me how they look on the model). For now I don't care if I look frumpy because I am finally comfy. I was so tired of ill-fitting jeans from H&M, and I know I will never fit in my pre-baby #2 jeans. It's time I sell them on ebay... Cheers, friend! Happy to see you on here!

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