When it comes to high waisted denim shorts and jeans, or as we call them “mom jeans”, there has always been a conflict as to whether or not we love them or hate them. When this style of denim started to pop back from it’s obsolete fashion cycle in 2007, and was seen more on celebrities and fashionistas, there was a huge acceptance of the trend, and many fast fashion brands like H&M, Forever 21 etc. brought this style into their stores. Urban Outfitters had a smart idea and sold their mom jeans under a label called “Urban Renewal”, where they take old jeans and alter them into a more stylish and fashion forward look. These come in and out of the store as one of a kind DIY pieces sold at a retail price that is up to $58.00!
During this winter slump get ahead of the unpleasant recession, and fill out your free time by going to the nearest thrift store across the street, or even your parents closet for a pair of flashy old denim high waist that best fits you! Get creative and look for patterns that that reflects this spring's earth blend colours. Pick a shade that is different and stick to neutrals that go with the colours of spring. It’s time to flee from the conservative darker tones and try something different! Picking floral and unique designs may also give you a more stand out look.
And now the fun begins. Cut your jeans to a length that is just a inch below you want it to be. Fold a half an inch along the hemline and topstitch around to give your new pair of mom jeans a bit more pizzazz!
Pulling off mom jeans isn’t the easiest thing to do. To look as good as Farrah Fawcett and Goldie Hawn back in their era, choosing the right top to go with your pair of newly personalized shorts is not difficult. The best thing to do is to go with a looser and subtler top that will give you a more chic and clean appearance. With the warmer breeze and colour of the growing leaves go with a cropped top that will show a bit of skin just to get a sense of summer that is coming right around the corner.
For a bohemian look go for a sheer beige skin tone blouse that blends with the season’s naturals. Pick something that does not over power your shorts, or go for a large oversized sweater (from your dad’s closet) that still keeps you warm.
To go for a more sophisticated look, pair your jeans with a smart white blazer and floral, stone/acid washed, or patterned jeans. The shape of the blazer will not only help add to the look, but at the same time give you more curve, this way you won’t have to worry about the distinctive fitted shape of the jeans.
With your new look, a few last things you have to worry about are your shoes and accessories. Stick with the basics, and go for a simple pendant or bangles that will make your look less casual. Whether you are going out to a party or just walking around the city, a pair of slouchy ankle or over the knee boots will look great with this look. Always remember that the most important thing is feeling comfortable with what you’re wearing. With your personalized shorts, you can always add to it with embroideries and a belt that defines your trend. Fashion is always being recycled but these mom jeans are not just a fad, but they are here to stay. Now you can be ahead of the trend and budget in this starved economy at the same time!