In 2016 I decided to revamp my style. It was then that I got my first pair of skinny jeans, in my first box from Stitch Fix. For those of you who don’t know, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. I was skeptical. But when I put those magical babies on, I felt like I had lost 5 pounds!
Suffocatingly Slender Denim“Why They’re Out: Elvis wore them in the 1950s. The Sex Pistols flaunted them in the ’70s. In 2006, British supermodel Kate Moss made them trendy yet again. But squeezing into skinny jeans today—particularly if you pair them with a blazer and pointy stilettos, or a too-tight plaid flannel and an equally pointy pair of chelsea boots—will place you in a bygone decade. Or worse, it could get you fashion-cancelled on TikTok, where Gen Z has boisterously condemned skintight denim.”
“After a year when serious concerns took precedence, there’s no shame in being blissfully stuck in a bygone era. But as we emerge from our Zoom cocoons, the time is ripe for reassessing our fashion choices and stepping up our wardrobes for a post-pandemic era—within reason, of course.”
A good skinny jean alternative is what I call “palazzo pants.”
Jane.com calls them “Gamila Pants.” I bought them in black and love them. Even though they are slightly see-through, they are great for summer, slip right over my CAM boot (yes, still stuck in it) and can be dressed up or down. I normally wear a 10 but bought the larger size to be safe. They fit great. Also, it is simple to shorten them, no hem required. Just cut them off where you like them to hit.
So although I won’t be purging the skinny jeans from my wardrobe, I might step up my style a bit by adding a pair or 2 of those not-so skinny straight-leg jeans. I really like this pair from Kohls and they come in a “curvy fit.” Even though they are not “skinny,” they are cousins of the skinny jeans, with just a bit more room.
Apparently, wide-leg and bell-bottom jeans are back in style. Something I should have saved, I guess. Vintage bell-bottoms! My granddaughter would have loved them. I don’t think I’ll do a second round of bell bottoms, however, but there is a good article here about how to wear them.
What in the world are “Mom Jeans”? I have to admit that, due to their name, I had assumed they were unflattering, high-waisted, baggy, shapeless jeans, perhaps with an elastic waist. Although I am a fan of high-waisted jeans, no way was I wearing those.
American Eagle describes “Mom Jeans” this way:
The classic Mom jean sits at the natural waist, is slim through the top of the body and relaxed down through the leg. This means you’ll have a comfortable fit that’s a little relaxed but not loose. These jeans show some love to your ankles and help you show off your shoes, too.
Still skeptical, I headed over to their website to check out “Mom Jeans.” Wow! So many styles, I stopped counting at 30! “Ironically, Mom Jeans are popular with the younger crowd,” said Sarah Nobles of Mono Mono Boutique.
Cadence in her Mom Jeans. So cute!
This happens to be my favorite pair, but they have so many more, with and without rips and holes (great for the younger crowd), other colors and varying degrees of fit. It could be love.
I’m a big fan of white jeans for the summer and most of these styles have that option.
Thank you to Donna Bulseco for her great article on keeping up with style. You may find the complete article here: