Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.
This week’s Hindsight Fashion is Mom Jeans.
Mom Jeans (any jeans that are high-waisted, tapered at the ankle and loose through the leg) were the norm in denim from the early through to late 1990’s. Though the wash varied throughout the decade (light, dark, acid washed, etc.), the style maintained its shape until flared jeans took over as the denim du jour.
Mom Jeans were an in-betweenie style. They weren’t really “tapered” like the skinny jeans of today. And they weren’t really “loose” like the boyfriend jeans of today. They were loose through the leg and tapered at the ankle, making them into the proverbial red-headed stepchild of denim hybrids.
I entered Junior High School just as flared jeans were beginning to make a comeback. Being the completely uncool tween that I was, I did not own a pair of flares and instead wore my Mom Jeans throughout the first half of my grade 7 year.
In an attempt to make them seem cooler, I asked my Mother to embroider a flower onto one of the back pockets of my Mom Jeans. I was very pleased with this addition until Zach H. accused me of using the embroidered flower as a ploy to draw attention to my derriere. At the time I had no idea why anyone would want anyone else to look at their derriere, and was both embarrassed and completely puzzled.
Now, before all you fashionistas out there start typing your little fingers away saying “Mom Jeans are back in! Check out American Apparel, you Clueless Suburban Housewife Blogger”, let me just say that I am peripherally aware of their burgeoning comeback. Let me also say that this is a style that is so massively unflattering that, unless taller than 5’9 and less than 110 lbs, no one should ever wear this style ever again.
Unless of course you really need to draw attention to your derriere. In which case I have it on good authority that a little embroidered flower on the pocket really does the trick.