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We Tried Mom Jeans And We Were Surprised AF

 

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2. We all know mom jeans: With their high waists, narrow ankles, and huge crotch areas, they have a reputation for being fugly and unflattering.

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3. BUT…what if we just think of mom jeans as bad because we’ve never tried them ourselves? What if they’re actually really great, and we’re missing out?

Because it’s 2016 and life is short and we should try new things, dammit.

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4. So, six of us ladies at BuzzFeed decided to give mom jeans a try. We followed these guidelines:

Step 1: We all try on two pairs of “mom jeans” (which we’re defining as high-waisted with a tapered leg and looser in the crotch) — and we keep an open mind.
Step 2: We pick our favorite pair, and with the help of stylist Lulu Bernard, we put together outfits with them.
Step 3: We decide whether or not mom jeans are for us!

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Alice’s expectations about mom jeans: I’m pretty small, so I expect them to look like potato sacks on me! I just imagine what my mom would have worn in the ’80s while on a trip to Disneyland or something.

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6. Alice’s First Pair: Topshop Mom Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Alice on the first pair: The waistband on these were really high and felt like a big hug around my torso. Although they looked better on me than I thought they would, I still think everything below the waistband looked too big on me. Plus, the material was really thick and it made moving, sitting, or bending my knees kind of uncomfortable.

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7. Alice’s Second Pair: H&M Mom Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Alice on the second pair: I knew I liked these better the moment I saw myself in the mirror. These weren’t as thick or rough as the first pair, and I could move more freely in them. I weirdly even felt more mature in these jeans, but maybe that’s because they have the word “mom” attached to them?

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8. Alice’s Winning Pair: H&M Mom Jeans!

Alice's Winning Pair: H&M Mom Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: H&M Mom Ankle Jeans; Forever 21 Contemporary Army Green Jacket; Glaze Beige Chunky Heel; Forever 21 Woven Top Taupe Silver Tank.

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Nina’s expectations of mom jeans: I’ve got some curves and I have a sinking feeling these are just gonna highlight the parts of my body I try to hide. I suspect they’re gonna turn my midsection into even more of a lumptacular mess. Not here for it.

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10. Nina’s First Pair: Topshop Mom Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Nina on the first pair: They were surprisingly cute. Like, I was expecting to go in looking like a hot pile of garbage and I was the exact opposite. I felt — dare I say it? — kind of sexy?!?! I felt ’90s sexy. Pairing it with heels and a crop top definitely helped. I feel like I’m gonna get struck by lightning for saying it, but I LIKED MY MOM JEANS.

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11. Nina’s Second Pair: H&M Mom Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Nina on the second pair: How are these ALSO cute? Like why did I feel good in these jeans? They’re supposed to be hideous. I was having a grand ol’ time shaking my long butt for the camera. I thought I’d like the darker wash more, but I preferred the lighter wash of the first pair.

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12. Nina’s Winning Pair: Topshop Mom Jeans!

Nina's Winning Pair: Topshop Mom Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: Topshop Mom Jeans; Molly Bracken Summer Bohemian Tank; Isharya Malachite Origami Statement Necklace; Forever 21 Fringe Faux Suede Jacket; Aldo Haollan Heels.

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Chrissy’s expectations about mom jeans: On the daily, I never wear pants. Like, ever. I don’t like bringing attention to the thickest part on my body–my thighs–so I typically stick to black tights and skirts or maxi dresses. God, I’m cringing just THINKING about putting light wash denim anywhere near my crotch. Pray 4 me.

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14. Chrissy’s First Pair: H&M Mom Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Chrissy on the first pair: This wash makes me wanna die, but weirdly they actually fit me kind of normally? My thick thighs have filled out what should be the “baggy” area, so honestly, they just look like regular jeans in an acid wash. I guess this means I must have what H&M qualifies as a “mom bod” naturally. V COOL AND FUN DISCOVERY ABOUT MY BODY.

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15. Chrissy’s Second Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jean

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Chrissy on her second pair: This wash is wayyy more chill, but wow, what kind of rude-ass human doesn’t put pockets on the back of jeans?!?! The elastic waist (lol) makes them comfortable in that I-have-totally-given-up type of way. I may be dead inside, but even I can’t handle the IDGAF nature of these puppies.

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16. Chrissy’s Winning Pair: H&M Mom Jeans!

Chrissy's Winning Pair: H&M Mom Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: H&M Mom Jeans; Ripley Rader Black Top; Coleman Plaid Flannel; Dr. Martens Jadon Boot in Black Ajax.

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Morgan’s expectations of mom jeans: It really chaps my hide that when you become a mom, all of a sudden the world wants to put the title in front of everything you associate with. I mean, being a mom is awesome. It’s the best thing in my life, but it’s not my WHOLE life. The name “mom jeans” is rubbing me all wrong. I feel like the pants themselves are likely to do the same.

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18. Morgan’s First Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Morgan on the first pair: Once I got past the initial shock of actually putting these things on my body, I was kind of into them. They’re kind of like if maternity jeans and regular jeans had a love child. I’m starting to get why some moms would wear these…once you go maternity jeans it is pretty hard to go back.

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19. Morgan’s Second Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Morgan on the second pair: The second pair I tried on were basically the same as the first except somehow much uglier. They shared the same “stretchy waist” feature that I was so excited about in the first pair, but I felt like I was wearing pants that were made to be intentionally unflattering instead of just comfortable. Also, the wash was pretty terrible.

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20. Morgan’s Winning Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jeans!

Morgan's Winning Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: Lee Side Elastic Jeans; Brevity Gold “Hey” Necklace; Torrid Side Slit Maxi Sweater Dress; H&M Lace-Up Rope Sandal.

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Kristin’s mom jeans expectations: Look, all pants are the enemy. They’re like having your most high-maintenance friend up your ass all day. So I’m pretty much willing to try any kind of pants — including mom jeans — at this point if it means not having to deal with a garment that thinks it’s OK to fit one part of my lower body and then nowhere else. But I don’t have high hopes.

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22. Kristin’s First Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jean

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Kristin on the first pair: The high waist takes a little bit of getting used to (I feel a bit like my lower half has been shoved into the opening of a balloon), and I am kind of sad that they are missing back pockets, because now where else am I supposed to misplace my credit card? But yeah, there’s a reason why your mom wears these: It’s because she doesn’t have time for bullshit from regular pants. SHE BUSY.

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23. Kristin’s Second Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Kristin on the second pair: I’m kind of a fan of the big crotch, a surprisingly. I’m one of those people who has a bigger stomach than thighs and calves, so this cut actually works for me. But you’d think being 5’3” was a super unusual height for the amount of rolling I had to do on these. The color of the wash feels very “dad needs to talk to us about messing with the thermostat.” I liked these better at first, but after looking at the photos, I’m having regrets.

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24. Kristin’s Winning Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans!

Kristin's Winning Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans; Chase & Chloe Buckle Wedges; Girls On Film Floral Zip Top; Topshop Multicolor Jewel Choker.

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Sheridan’s expectations of mom jeans: Never in my plus-size life have I thought, “Hmm, a cute pair of mom jeans to squeeze in my waist and give me the dreaded double tummy is what’s in order.” I’m curious to try on some —especially since I have an abnormally long buttcrack, so this could stop all the “crack is illegal” jokes I get — but I don’t have high hopes.

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26. Sheridan’s First Pair: Lee Side Elastic Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Sheridan on the first pair: The bottoms of these jeans are giving me hives. Plus I have the weirdest torso-leg combination so every pair of pants on me makes my crotch look like it’s a foot long, and these aren’t helping.

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27. Sheridan’s Second Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans

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Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed

 

Sheridan on the second pair: OK I have to admit, these aren’t terrible! I like the cut around the ankles waaaaay better than the other pair. A very unfortunate symptom of mom jeans is the dreaded double belly, but I don’t hate mine in these jeans.

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28. Sheridan’s Winning Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans!

Sheridan's Winning Pair: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans!

 

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Outfit details: L.L. Bean Relaxed Fit Jeans; Torrid Floral Crop Lace Bralette; Torrid Star Denim Shirt.

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29. So…have our opinions changed about mom jeans?

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30. Morgan and Kristin are warming up to the idea of mom jeans.

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Morgan: Yes and no. I mean, I would never have even farted in the general direction of Lee jeans before, but I don’t know… They weren’t the worst pants I’ve ever worn, and they rated very high on the comfortable scale. The way they were styled, they kind of just look like boyfriend jeans. On the other hand, I still hate the term “mom jeans.” It makes mom sound like a bad word. And mom is an awesome word. So stop it.

Kristin: I still don’t like pants, but I secretly have a crush on these jeans. I think they are perfect for people who dgaf about fashion rules and like to troll haters, which is basically my deal. We live in an amazing time to not give a fuck about what other people say about our clothes.

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31. Alice and Sheridan could wear mom jeans if it works effortlessly with an outfit.

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Alice: It has and it hasn’t. I appreciate that they’re so baggy. I still think they aren’t flattering on me, and I certainly wouldn’t wear these out to Korean BBQ where my tummy needs all the freedom it can get. I like taking less than 10 minutes to get ready in the morning, and I definitely wouldn’t be able to with mom jeans if I had to spend extra time digging though my closet to find the perfect top and jacket.

Sheridan: I’m definitely surprised that I ended up liking at least one pair, but it definitely comes down to styling. Mom jeans requires way more of a “look.” In the end, I think this has taught me to never say never. One day you might hate Justin Bieber and then he drops “Sorry” and you’re like, “Wow, I will defend ‘Sorry’ until my dying day.”

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32. Nina and Chrissy are totally down to wear mom jeans — only if they’re styled right.

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Nina: I was asked to pick a favorite pair, and the first words that came out of my mouth were “I like them both…” I CAN’T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY SAID I LIKED THEM BOTH. Is the sky gonna fall? Are pigs gonna fly? I think what works with mom jeans is that the huge-ass zipper helped flatten out my stomach a tad. And styling is KEY. If I’d worn equally frumpy-seeming clothes with the mom jeans, I probably would’ve hated it.

Chrissy: My vag is screaming, but other than that, this outfit looks cute! These mom jeans actually look pretty legit. Well, unless you zoom in on the crotch. (DON’T DO THAT.)

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