That was the question that crossed my mind as I walked out of Urban Outfitters last weekend with two new pairs of jeans in my shopping bag. The one pair I had purchased was a dark wash, button fly jean that 1) hit at my ankles (big deal for an uber petite person like myself), 2) were not low-rise, but high rise, 3) had a rather long zipper, and 4) had ginormous back pockets. All solid characteristics of a mom jean. Surely, Urban Outfitters wouldn’t allow their shoppers to commit such a crime by selling mom jeans… would they? To answer my own question, when you consider the fact that UO is bringing the fashion of the 1990s back in full force (see photo below), I wouldn’t put the mom jeans question past them.
Photo courtesy of The Dernier CRI
But to my surprise, the jeans that I thought could be classified as mom jeans turned out to be the best jeans ever. The 26-inch inseam is a perfect fit. No hemming necessary. The material is super stretchy (see, if they were mom jeans, I would be talking about elastic). And the best part is that they stay about 96% in tact when you tuck them into knee-high boots — which is actually a quality in jeans that is very difficult to find.
So in conclusion, I have assured myself that this dark wash denim is not a mom jean. It’s a cigarette jean. Slim fit, super stretchy, skinny leg. Yes, cigarette jean. It all makes sense. And to top that off, they were $54. A great deal and a good fit for those of us in the 5′ 4″ and under club and those of us struggling with that whole tucking jeans in boots debacle.
And that, my friends, is my extraordinary, life-changing discovery of the week. Thank you.