Jan 26

Road Tested Reviews – The Jeans Trend I Refuse to Follow

I tried to ignore it. It’s a trend that has been going on for quite some time now. I first saw it with the Kardashians and I make a point to never, ever do what any of them are doing. Then I saw my gorgeous (and much younger cousins) in them, which I also ignored because I’m twice their age and far less cool. The final straw came this week when my beloved Anthropologie sent me a deceptive email touting new arrivals from Citizens of Humanity and I audibly gasped when I opened this:

What in the actual fuck?

These are mom jeans. These are high rise, light blue, ridiculous looking even on a gorgeous model, mom jeans!

Why is this a thing? It’s hideous. I just can’t.

Didn’t we spend like two decades getting away from this very look? ย *insert granny voice — >ย My generation fought hard to not look like our moms and to avoid their fashion at all costs. In fact, we went the exact opposite way with our denim waistlines and plunged them so far into the depths of our hot pockets we all needed Brazilian bikini waxes just to wear them in public. That is how jeans are worn in my tribe. < – – ok, everyone wears yoga pants but if we had social lives we would wear low-rise jeans!

SNL and The Holderness Family went to great lengths to prove this to the world. Please tell me their work was not in vain!

Ok, fine so that is “vintage” SNL from 2013 but, one of my mom heroes more recently (2016) made this video about the shorts version of this horror scene:

Unfortunately the social disease family of our time took the below picture and used it for their Christmas card this year, with almost everyone rocking mom jeans! But, almost is not everyone and please tell me you agree that the only one in this shot who looks amazing is the one on the far right…whatever her “K” name is…Kylie, Kendal, Krispy Kreme…you know who I’m talking about!

Stop the madness.

No one I actually know in real life wears these,ย however, almost all my friends are approaching or are already over 40.

Give it to me straight — am I just too old to grasp this high-rise mom jean concept or is it truly horrendous?

Have you or would you ever wear these? Do you know women who do?


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  1. NOPE. Never. I donโ€™t want to be an SNL parody! I have seen some people wearing high rise but the only ones who look great in them are the ones who are at least 6 feet tall and all legs. Everyone else looks like they have a Pooch and camel toe. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Totally forgot to mention the cameltoe – the worst part! LOL!!

  2. Truly horrendous! Last summer, in the office I started seeing teens wearing the high waisted denim shorts. I guess if you weight 90 pounds and have no muscle tone and are 14 years old, you can get away with it. But once you have a little tummy, they don’t look right and don’t even get me started on the cameltoe.
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    1. I know! But I seriously think even if you have the right body type (which my cousins do) it still looks terrible! And, ugh, the cameltoe!!

  3. Um, no thank you! I try to forget that part of my life where I actually wore them! Let’s just pretend none of that happened……. What an awful thing we did to ourselves.

    • Susie Landolt on January 26, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    Neverrrrr! They are hideous! The ONLY person I know that wears them IRL is my teenaged niece and even she looks ridiculous!

    1. Exactly!! So glad you understand ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m too short for high-rise jeans. Even low rise jeans come to a normal waist height for me. I think the trend now is to wear the most ridiculously ugly cut of things possible and revel in the fact that you still look cute doing it, if you have the ONE (long and lean) body type that could possibly pull those jeans off. American Eagle actually *sells* mom jeans… like the name of the cut is “Mom Jean cut”. Ugh.

    I don’t like skinny jeans either. Not made for me!
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    1. OMG they do? This is insanity. I guess what is old becomes new again but really? And even the women who have the thin, tall look still look ridiculous. I just don’t get it but I’m really glad I don’t have a daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jen on January 26, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    LOL! Just the other day I did a search for low rise jeans (you know, three to four fingers below the belly button) and there’s nothing at all. Only ones popping up were the ugly as hell high waisted jeans. Awful!

    1. It’s crazy, right? I can’t even. Luckily I have about 20 pair of jeans to wear until this trend passes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wendy on January 26, 2018 at 10:08 AM
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    Despise them! And I am over 50. I think you have to have a teeny waist compared to your hips to even begin to pull this look off. And be crazy tall – which I am not. Mostly, I’m annoyed that these are sold everywhere, and it is so difficult to find jeans with normal waists.

    1. YES! You hit all the frustrating points! So glad it’s not just me.

    • Cheri on January 26, 2018 at 11:14 AM
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    I love them. I find them very flattering and I am over 50,

    1. Wow, really? I guess if they’re comfortable and you feel good in them, it’s all that counts. Good for you and thanks for commenting!

        • Cheri on January 26, 2018 at 2:45 PM
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        Now super low rise? Who wants to booty on someone, haha..or keep pulling your pants up. Yo each his own, right?

  5. Never! I know so many people who wear high waisted jeans but nope, I refuse. I don’t understand half the things women my age wear. Why the fork would you want jeans up to your ribs? How are they comfortable? (And then I slowly remember not all fashion is meant to be comfortable…).
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    1. I haven’t a clue, obviously. And, this is definitely not the first fashion trend I didn’t “get” but it’s the most hideous by far!

  6. Ok, apparently I’m the outlier here lol. I wear only high waisted and I love them! They are much more flattering on me than low rise! (I used to wear low rise) I also have a bunch of friends that swear by high waist jeans.

    That said, I do agree that the light blue is pretty horrible.

    1. I don’t think you’re an outlier at all, since this IS the trend! At least you agree about the color of those ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

  7. OMG! Hysterical! Best blog post EVER!! I had been thinking the same thing! Everywhere I see these awful mom jeans! Didn’t the fashion Gods bash Jessica Simpson for mom jeans just a little while back and now…they are pushing them on us?? Well like you, I am going to sit out this fashion trend!! Thank you for bringing attention to this jean atrocity!

    1. I’m SO glad you agree and see my point!! I thought I was going crazy…or just getting really out of touch!

  8. OMG! Hysterical! Best blog post EVER!! I had been thinking the same thing! Everywhere I see these awful mom jeans! Didn’t the fashion Gods bash Jessica Simpson for mom jeans just a little while back and now…they are pushing them on us?? Well like you, I am going to sit out this fashion trend!! Thank you for bringing attention to this jean atrocity!

    • danielle on January 31, 2018 at 3:50 PM
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    i don’t hate these jeans that much, mainly because i like my tummy covered ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve always felt weird in low rise stuff and the crotch always feel like it’s assaulting me. not so nice. however i like my jeggings because it’s like i’m still in my comfy athletic wear but miss my jeans… jeggings. sometimes when i give more than 2 shits i will put on some jeans. i guess i don’t own mom jeans and don’t plan on buying any, mine i consider normal jeans with wide legs. whatever!!! i like comfy jeans that don’t ride my crotch. those..

    1. “The crotch always feels like it’s assaulting me” < - - OMG LOL!!!

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