The Most Flattering Jeans – By Natalie Borton

collage 1Why has it taken me this long to discover high rise jeans?  I’ve been a low-rise girl since the Britney Spears days, and it’s sort of comical that becoming a mother has turned me on to a high rise cut.  Cliche, really.  But now I totally understand where the phrase “mom jeans” comes from.

Mom or not, high rise jeans are where it’s at, ladies.

Regardless of your shape, this cut is for any body type.  If you have a booty (like myself!), it hugs around the bum and nips in at the waist, emphasizing the beauty of the feminine figure.  And if you have more of boyish shape, your legs will look miles long.

Now the inevitable questions is… which high rise jeans are the best?  There are two brands that really nail it for me – one budget friendly, and one worthy of an investment.

The Budget Buy  I’ve been a longtime fan of American Eagle Jeggings.  They’re affordable, stretchy, flattering and I’ve been a loyal customer since my high school days.  They really fit like a dream, and at less than $50, they’re easy to justify buying.  I recently purchased this pair and have been wearing them nonstop.

DSC_0028The Investment  I can honestly say I’ve never found a more flattering and comfortable pair of jeans.  A few weeks ago, I finally got around to trying on Madewell’s denim and I can’t believe it took me this long.  I went into the store with the intention of testing out the different fits, and I left with two perfect pairs of high waisted skinnies – one classic and one grey.  While American Eagle will always have a piece of my heart and sell my favourite budget-friendly jeans, Madewell takes the cake overall and is well worth the $120+ investment if you ask me.


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My Case For Mom Jeans

snl-mom-jeans-skit-photoDid you catch Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary episode?  I did, and although I thought the entire thing was awesome, there has been one clip that I have been daydreaming about… the mom jeans bit.  You know the line from Twas The Night Before Christmas; ‘visions of sugar plums danced in their heads’?  Ya, I’ve been having visions of mom jeans dancing in my head.

After having my four kids and being pretty close to my fitness goal, I have been left with that little mommy tummy.  You know, the kind you need to tuck into your pants?  I remember SNL’s skit from when it originally aired, but now watching it as a mom of four I wish I were a mom in the 90’s.  They had it good.  We have been plagued with low-rise jeans.  I could wear low rise jeans if I wanted to have a muffin top and my bum crack hanging out.

I went out shopping for some new clothes this week and I had a couple of very nice young store employees try to help me put together some outfits.  Every time they brought me a pair of pants I asked them to bring another pair with a higher waist.  Apparently my go-to high waisted wide leg pants and high waisted pencil skirts are a little elusive these days.  Back into my yoga pants I go.

At least big bums are in.  Check.  But I think it would take almost round the clock work to have the big bum and the insanely flat tummy after babies that we see on some celebrities these days.  Good on them, but I don’t have that kind of time and to be honest, I really don’t care that I have a little extra curve.  I am over trying to suck it in all the time and cover my belly with my arms.  So, designers, if you are listening… please bring back the mom jeans with a modern twist!