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“The popularity of skinny jeans could not have come at a better time for me in that the length and style are perfect for flats that enabled me to run after kids and amble around in comfort.”

 

As a mom, I think it is true to say that the reality of our down time is spent in jeans. Most mothers would admit to jeans being an important staple in their wardrobes. No judgement if you also mentally answered black leggings and sneakers on days you may (or may not) have made it to the gym.

The popularity of skinny jeans could not have come at a better time for me in that the length and style are perfect for flats that enabled me to run after kids and amble around in comfort. Flared leg jeans prove to be more of a problem in that they usually require a high heel and the length of the jeans must hit at the right height so as not to look awkward.  I do tend to feel wide bell bottoms in particular evoke a certain dorkiness having been a child in the seventies and my sister and I making endless fun of our parents “whipping bells” as we called them.

This season, a particular style is being favored in most major stores and magazines and I will state for the record that I have serious misgivings about the high-waisted, cropped ankle look.  It takes a very particular body type to pull it off and even then, are culottes ever something we want to revisit? Even if you are super skinny and have a perfectly flat stomach, the likelihood is that the cropping at the ankle will likely make even a supermodel length leg look shorter. If this is a look you like, there are plenty of versions that can look cute with the favored mule loafer type shoe or with a sandal this summer.

The point is, jeans, like bathing suits are a very personal and very particular fashion choice. Following trends is great as long as you are not sacrificing your personal style or wearing something that really doesn’t suit your body type. In the end, opt for just enough denim to hold its shape and just enough lycra (maybe 3%) to hold your shape. When we have on a pair of jeans that make you feel good, we are unstoppable.

 

 

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