Back in the late ‘90s, T-shirts were cut short and jeans were cut low. And though waistlines wouldn’t bottom out until the mid 2000s, that particular midriff-baring combo heralded the end of trendy dressing for this apple-shaped jeans lover.
Flash forward several years and two pregnancies later to yet another denim trend I couldn’t get behind: longer T-shirts (thank god) were met with even lower cut jeans that required wearers to actually think about which pair of underwear she chose to share. In 2007, you couldn’t throw a thong without hitting a jeans-clad 40-something mom sitting on a picnic blanket treating passersby to a smorgasbord of ass crack and muffin top.
My go-to mom look during those denim dark years tended towards Adidas sweat pants and track shorts from the boys department. Hot, trendy mom, I was not. But I learned a valuable lesson: just because it’s everywhere, doesn’t mean I should be wearing it.
While today’s skinny jean trend signals a somewhat brighter future for my personal “hip” quotient, I still proceed with caution. The “everybody’s doing it” ubiquitousness of each denim pendulum swing means there will always be women attempting to rock a look they have no business rocking.
So while a jegging might be passable on this slim-hipped muffin-topper, so far I’ve practiced just saying “no” and sticking by my jean collection stalwarts that have served their time. Some are slightly skinnier, more flared, or lower waisted, but each fits great and has a story behind it that has nothing to do with what’s trending now. I’m hoping they’ll still be there for me when the latest jeans tend toward the wide-legged or anything else I can’t get on board with. And I can still rock those sweatpants, just in case.
Go somewhere trendy like Forever 21 and put on a pair of jeggings. Check yourself out from the rear (and don’t even think about using the “I wore the wrong underwear” loophole). If they look great, go for it! Otherwise, buy a top instead.
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