Mum, can I borrow your jeans? Said no-one ever in the ’90s. I know, I was there. So how come there’s a new jean on the scene given the title of ’90s Mom Jean?
This spring we are seeing the end of the craze for skinny jeans (though you can still buy them everywhere) and the dawn of new denims to dress our pins. Be in denial all you want , but our stretchy sisters are on their way out and in coming is a frenemy of old – the tougher, less-(for)giving, hard-wearing jean.
I started off this conversation last week when I talked about the new wide, flare and bootleg cuts that are now back in vogue. This week I’m tackling the Mom jean. I wonder if they’re called mom jeans as the designers’ mums used to wear them in the ’90s? Let me ‘in’ if you know the answer.
Entirely old skool, these cuts are higher in the waist, so pretty flattering, and snug to the shape of your bum, either with a straight or slim leg. The idea is to flatter the female shape with a nipped in waist, curvy bottom and delicate ankle, and it works. For me, this type of jean has to be worn with a heel and perhaps a trainer when going casual. If you haven’t got your Adidas Stan Smith Originals yet, better get a move on, the white versions are selling quicker than a Spice Girl single did back in the day.
Bomber jackets are the coolest outer wear on the scene right now, but I would honestly feel like I’d gone back to the future, so I’ll be wearing mine with a trusty blazer and some killer heels. So how do these jean look on. I popped to Top Shop last weekend and tried on their Mom Jeans (see pics below). I really liked them and even more so when I showed SP the pic and he said how do you look so slim. I rose above the negative undertones with a triumphant smile. I’ve done nothing to the pic except crop out clothes strewn over the floor and add more contrast to the colour as the lights were poor in the changing room. Of course it was the high waist that gave me a flattering look, allowing me to tuck my ‘muffin’ inside the waistband and not be so conscious of trousers stuck to my calf muscles. It was liberating and I loved them. I also tried on the Hayden Jean, which is a boyfriend style jean, not really in fitting with this post, but as I liked the cut I thought I would share the pic with you here.
We may not want to be slaves to fashion at any age, but ignore the latest trends at your peril. Even a nod to the latest look can freshen up your wardrobe and offer a more youthful appearance. Here’s some ideas that I’ve spotted on the high street and online.