Not Your Mom’s Jeans

Woman wearing jeans

Denim has been and remains a mainstay fashion, and has seen countless trends come and go while always remaining a solid choice. That said, just having any old jeans won’t instantly make you stylish. Quite the opposite, in fact; if your jeans are ill-fitting, worn out, or just don’t look that great, they’re at risk of being called “mom jeans.” Now, to be clear, the fact that that phrase exists, and is considered a bad thing, is kind of insulting to mothers and perpetuates some harmful stereotypes in that regard. Nonetheless, we use the terms we have, and “mom jeans,” though a bit offensive to moms, tends to have a readily understood meaning. In any case, how do you avoid denim faux pas and look amazing in jeans? Let’s discuss.

Get Your Proportions Right
Jeans are one of those things that really has to match up well with your body shape to fit properly. You can’t just buy any old jeans, or borrow a pair from your friend or sister who’s not shaped quite the same as you are; it simply won’t work. And we’re not just talking about size, either, but shape. You need to know how long your legs are, whether you’re long or short-waisted, etc, etc. A good starting place is to measure the length of your legs from heel to upper thigh, them measure the length of your torso from hip to shoulder. If your torso is longer than your legs, try hight-waisted jeans. If your legs are longer than your torso, go with mid-rise or low-rise jeans, depending on taste.

Finally, really the best tip we can possibly give is to try on everything, and bring a friend who you trust to give an objective assessment. You don’t have to be an expert on proportions to find a good pair through trial and error. Just keep trying jeans on until you find ones that look and feel right!

Forget About Finding the Perfect Pair
It’s just not realistic. If you find one “perfect” pair of jeans, do you even do laundry often enough to be able to wear them more than once or twice a week? Aren’t they going to wear out really fast if they’re the only jeans you ever wear? Won’t you get tired of them? Variety is good. Don’t stop at just one pair unless you’re not the biggest fan of denim and only want to wear it occasionally.

You Do You
There are a lot of different styles of jeans, from boot-cut to flared to skinny and beyond. Half the battle may be finding ones that fit your body, but you also have to make sure you get ones that fit you. In other words, don’t force yourself into any one style because it’s popular or trendy at the moment. Instead, get the ones that most closely match your personal sense of style and make you happy. After all, in all realms of fashion, expressing yourself and being uniquely you is far, far more important than any trend or “rule.” Think of all the “rules” in this article as loose guidelines that you can fudge if you want to. Now get out there and find some denim you love!

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