I'm in a constant state of bent over, kneeling, squatting and sitting with my children. I buy long t-shirts and pull them down when I sit down. I wear a belt to keep my jeans up, I tuck a camisole into my pants to try and hide my whale tail. I'm always tugging at my waistline when I stand back up. It's ridiculous and inappropriate to be a mom of three with my undies on display.
That's why I'm defending my new purchase of "mom jeans". I have a pair of Not Your Daughter's Jeans and I love them. Don't hate me! I bought my first pair of NYDJ as postpartum jeans after Ashlynn was born. They are perfect for that self conscious stage when you are getting your body back but aren't quite your normal size yet. I bought this second pair because I knew if I went down a size they'd fit and I don't have the option to go shopping and try on a bunch of different brand and styles of jeans. Ethiopia is a little limiting in that way.
|oh purple heels, how I miss you|
- They are high wasted and no matter how much I bend over my undergarments are concealed. After three children I also need a bit of concealment in my abdominal area (can I get an Amen?) These are good for that.
side note: I actually measured, and these jeans are a full two inches higher in the front and back rise than my don't-forget-to-shave American Eagle skinny low rise jeans.
- The dark wash is slimming
- The stretch is soft and comfortable
- They aren't ultra long like designer brands. The regular length hits me right where they should without alterations.
- They are made in the U.S.A. and you can't say that about much these days.
- Because they have some stretch in them after a few wears they start to loosen and not be so skinny anymore. (a quick wash and line dry tightens them up again though)
- The dark wash on the pair I've owned for 8 months is faded at my knees where I kneel often which is kind of a bummer.
- The tushy on these jeans doesn't do a spectacular job on lifting and rounding. It does a good job sucking-in if that's your desire.
- The back pockets are a tad too high, which for me is the tell tale sign that these are mom jeans. My other designer jeans like 7 for All Mankind, have nice small low pockets that look nice on the tushy.
|this is why these jeans are mom jeans|
Ultimately my new jeans are mom jeans because there is a lot of mothering going on when I where them. I'm OK with it. They may not be the sexiest jeans on the planet but I'm not really feeling the need to look sexy as I'm setting up the wooden train set bridge for the thirtieth time in one day. Let's just say Addis Ababa isn't exactly the hot spot to be seen either!
Jeans are the best kind of outfit foundation. If I were to pair these mom jeans with a lavender twinset and a pair of Danskos (nothing against my lady friends who wear either of these styles) I might argue that I would look more mommy-ish. Instead I tend to pair these jeans with a long belted tunic sweater and boots or a t-shirt, cropped blazer and my flats and they look like any other pair of skinny jeans out there-just more comfortable and modest. I guess I'm making the case that you can own a pair of mom jeans but disguise the fact by wearing them with cute stuff. OK-it's a bit of a stretch. Even I know this.
That's my defense for my mom jeans. But I guess ultimately haters gonna hate.