An Inconvenient Gap of Truth.

 

Gap Old Navy Makes Mom Jeans

Nearly every denim makeover I’ve done ends with the same conversation.

“I had no idea what a difference it would make – I thought I was safe with Gap jeans!”

Or,

“Oh my goodness why didn’t anyone tell me I was wearing Mom Jeans?? I thought that as long as I was shopping at Old Navy, I was fine!!”

Gap and Old Navy denim.  A subject that I’ve long struggled over whether to address publicly or not.  I’ve revealed the truth about them one-on-one for quite a while, but have feared the backlash of addressing it here.

I know it’s hard to swallow, because we’ve all worn them at one time or another.

But I must say it, because I am committed to being honest with you in all matters of denim.

So read it fast – like ripping off a band-aid.

Ready?

Gap and Old Navy sell Gateway Mom Jeans.

There.  It’s out there now, so let’s look at why.

I embarked on a reconnaissance mission to both stores accompanied by my dedicated husband/photographer, where I tried on every style of denim available.  I’ve gone through and analyzed the evidence collected, then matched them up with comparables in other brands.

But first, a few disclaimers:

1. Jeans can fit vastly differently depending on the body.  What may look awful on me could look good on you.  My points below are not blanket statements, just strong suggestions.

2.  We tried to match camera angles as well as possible, but seeing as how we were on an intensely covert operation and there was an especially nosy associate working the dressing room during our mission, not everything could be perfected as we wished.

3. Some people buy Gap and Old Navy because they are inexpensive.  Almost all of the jeans pictured can be attained for about the same price as a pair of Gap jeans. (My current favorite way to bargain shop for great jeans is through Nordstrom Rack or their app, HauteLook.) Good fit does not have to be expensive.

Let’s start with Gap.

1. The first style I tried on was called Real Straight.

Gap Real Straight

These jeans, on the surface, do not qualify for the number one definition of Mom Jeans: pockets ending before the lower curvature of the butt.

However, they do have some concerning areas that clearly qualify them as Gateway Mom Jeans.  Specifically, they make an unattractive inverted heart betwixt the cheeks, and the pockets are SO DANG GIGANTIC that they could hold a small Llama.

Gap Real Straight Problem Areas

Perhaps on their own, it’s not clear enough.  For comparison, here they are as compared to an Antik straight leg:


Gap Straight Vs Antik Straight

Yes, that is the same butt.  No, I didn’t starve myself between the two photos.

2. Next I tried on Gap’s Always Skinny.

Gap Always Skinny

Again, these aren’t terrible.  But they’re not great.  They give me an extremely wideset rear view, and repeat the Kangaroo Pouch Pockets.

Notice the width shrinkage when compared to a well-shaped pair of skinny jeans bought from a neighboring mall store:

Gap Always Skinny Vs Express ReRock Skinny

You can see how the smaller pocket, in this case, gives the curve and lift to offer pep and life, rather than a flat, weighed down look.  Also, specifically on a skinny jean, the smaller pocket helps lessen the inverted triangle issue by separating the butt from the thigh.

Gap Always Skinny Vs Express ReRock Skinny Side

(You might remember that we discussed the flattering qualities of large pockets in a prior post.  While this is true, when the pockets are disproportionately dinasauric, the effect is not nearly so ideal.)

3. The next pair I tried on was the Gap Original Fit.

Gap Original Fit

Clearly, these are horrifying.  Especially note how the pockets are so wide-set that it gives me a third butt cheek, and the tapered yet loose leg is classic Mom Jean.

Gap Original Fit Problem Areas

Also?  No one should EVER need a zipper THAT LONG.

Gap Original Fit Zipper Length t

If you desire something classic yet modern and flattering forgoodnesssake, by all means go with a nice, conservative 7 For All Mankind.

Gap Original Fit Vs 7 For All Mankind

4.  Let’s move on.  Quickly.  To Gap Perfect Boot.

Gap Perfect Boot

I found these to be the least offensive.  However, the pockets were still too wide-set and oversized, once again offering the appearance of a supersized caboose.  Notice the immediate shrinking sensation when compared to a pair of Hudson Bootcut:

Gap Boot Vs Hudson Boot

5. Next: the Gap Curvy Fit.

Gap Curvy Fit

Oddly enough, the Curvy Fit seemed to take away all of my curves and conglomerate them into a giant pile of lumpishness.

If you have curves and need room for them to move and breathe, Miss Chic or LA Idol are awesome options with quite a bit more visual interest and flattering fit:

Gap Curvy Fit Vs LA Idol

6. My next fitting was in Gap Long and Lean.

Gap Long and Lean

This pair was the only pair that qualified beyond Gateway and straight into Mom Jeans – at least on me, as the pockets ended significantly before the lower curvature of my butt:

Gap Long and Lean Problem Areas

However, one of my best friends wears Gap Long and Lean, and I’ve always been puzzled as to how they look so great on her – especially since we even wear the same size.  So, in fairness, I present to you evidence that Gap jeans can look right on the exact right body:

Gap Long and Lean Right and Wrong Body

Let me assure you, though – I have counseled many former Gap wearers, and the friend pictured above is the exception, not the rule.

So if you don’t have that rare Gap-flattered body and you want to look Long and Lean, might I suggest Rock and Republic – notice the immediate leg-lengthening effect:

Gap Long and Lean Vs Rock and Republic

7. The last Gap style that I found was highly ironically named…the Sexy Boyfriend.

Gap Sexy Boyfriend

OH NO THEY DIDN’T.

I SO wish I could have found these in my size to try on.

Pleats.

Darts.

Flap Inner-Only Pockets.

TAPERED. LEG.

Have you ever seen any man under 70 wearing jeans like this, let alone a sexy boyfriend??

I shudder to think.

But I did find one last treasure before I left Gap…

8. The Gap Denim Romper.

Gap Denim Jumper

Yes.  I was ashamed.

Gap Denim Jumper t

(And my cameraman didn’t like my visible bra strap.)

Just in case you missed it, the back waist actually qualifies this outfit as… Grandma Jeans.

Gap Denim Jumper Elastic Waist

I apologize to your retinas.

I rushed out of Gap and headed to Old Navy.

Which was somewhat akin to jumping out of the frying pan and into the nuclear incinerator.

I tried on every style that they had in both bootcut and skinny, but neither leg choice was better than the other.  So, to summarize, here are all three of their major styles in bootcut.

Old Navy Bootcut Comparison

The Diva was the least offensive, but still lacked style or a flattering cut.

The Dreamer copied Gap’s main problem of wide-set pockets and triple butt.

And the Sweetheart was unapologetically a hardcore Mom Jean.

Just in case you needed a healthy comparison, I offer them against 7 For All Mankind:

Old Navy Bootcut Comparison with 7 For All Mankind Stacked

Lest you think that I have somehow doctored my photos (which I have not) or that this information is only applicable to my body type, here are a few examples of others who have been freed from the noose of Gateway Mom Jeans:

Subject A, a close friend who had no idea how flattering and comfortable great jeans could be:

Makeover Old Navy to LA Idol 2

Subject B, a blog reader and mom of four kids:

Makeover Old Navy to LA Idol

And Subject C, a new Mom and blog reader from the other side of the country who got a long-distance makeover via the following before-and-after butt-texts:

Makeover Gap to Express Rerock

(Yes, I get butt-texts quite often, usually accompanied with the question, “Are these Mom Jeans?” If you need to butt-text me, just let me know and I’ll give you my number.)

After Subject C bought her jeans, she sent me a couple more full-length before and after photos (with an adorable baby leg included as a bonus):

Makeover Gap to Express Full

Makeover Old Navy to Express

 

But.

Even if you look great in Gap jeans – even if they fit you perfectly, the pockets are proportionately correct, and the style was made for your body type, here is my biggest argument against Gap and Old Navy Jeans:

They stretch out. 

Ferociously.

Unforgivingly.

Ridiculously.

Gap and Old Navy Stretch Out

So even if they don’t look like Mom Jeans when you put them on, they will before the next episode of Dora the Explorer is over.


Looking for the rest of my denim posts? Here’s a list:

If you’re afraid you might have Long Butt, click here.
If you’re plus-sized, click here.
If you’re over 50 years old, click here.
If you want more specific tips and tricks to pick out the perfect jeans, click here.
If you want a list of every post I’ve ever written about denim, click here.

 

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Comments

  1. 1001
    Selina says:

    Hi! This is amazing!!! I feel like I have NEVER found a pair of jeans that fit correctly. I am 31 and post-baby and trying to find jeans to not only fit my new body but that are also stylish and fit properly. I’m 5’2″ and 108 lbs. I really don’t have a butt or hips, just lean and straight ;) I just went to Express today after reading this and looked at the Stella jeggings but I’m just not sure since I was by myself. I would really appreciate any input! And I don’t mind to send a butt text :) You are AWESOME!!!

    • 1001.1
      Selina says:

      P.S. Also, I used to purchase denim from the Limited, fit 678, but after wearing for about 30 minutes I have poop sag. I just need help! :)

      • Lana says:

        Try MissMe jeans. The best fit for small but and in my experience they never stretch out. I have had a pair for two years and still love and wear them.

        • Denise Wetrich says:

          I agree–some call ‘Miss Me’ jeans the ‘jeans for women in the suburbs’…but I love them. They make me look great and last a long time.

        • Hannah Kirkpatrick says:

          Miss Me are awesome! So is LA Idol, and I love Miss Chic and Tru Luxe! See if there is a Vault Denim rep near you, and you can try TONS of them on to get the perfect fit…and even have a party at your home and earn yourself a free pair! I’m doing it and loving helping women look good, all over the country!

    • 1001.2
      Rachel says:

      Feel free to send me a picture! From your description, though, I think the Stella Jeggings would work well on you!

    • 1001.3
      jessie says:

      I’m 31 and have 2 kids. the ONLY jeans that I have ever found to fit right and not make me feel like I’m wearing mom jeans is American Eagle.

      • Christina says:

        I second American Eagle. I love them, even after 2 kids. They don’t stretch out for days. Yes, days. I don’t wash my jeans everyday and you don’t have to unless you buy Old Navy! hahaha

        • ellyn says:

          I third American Eagle! I’m 44, three kids, 5’1 108 lbs. They make me feel like I’ve got a teenager’s butt. They don’t stretch, the fabric quality and texture is fantastic, and they are properly faded and grommetted. And I almost never have to have them altered, which is AMAZING when you are 5’1. Finally, very affordable at only $40-60.

      • Chrissy says:

        Same here. I’m 38, (although I Dont feel or look 38 lol) with 2 teenage daughters. I love American Eagle jeans. I’m 5’3″ and findjng jeans that fit in length is a job in itself, average is too long and petite too short, but AE jeans are the ONLY jeans so far that work, I buy Petite length and they fit perfect :) they are also the only brand that mg oldest who is now 19 can get the best fit with for length. and I loved this article by the way :)

    • 1001.4
      Sarah says:

      Try Levi’s! They have this Curve ID system, and it sounds like you’d qualify as a “Slight Curve.” That means that they’re shaped different in the hip and waist.
      I”m a Slight Curve too, and I’ve found that they have a slightly bigger waistband, but still tight in the hips and even a little smaller in the upper thigh. It’s super helpful if you find that jeans that fit on the waist are too big in the leg, or if they fit in the legs, too small in the waist.
      Basically, when I wear a Slight Curve it’s like I’m wearing a size 2 jean from the hips down, and a size 4 at the waist band. In other jeans I have to wear a 4 and they never fit quite right…
      Slight Curves come in all the styles (skinny, slim, straight & bootcut) and both low rise and mid rise. They can even “calculate” your curve in the store!

      Hope this helps!

    • 1001.5
      brenda says:

      for petites also trey white house black market, some of their pants are perfect for me in the 00/short – let me say i am nowhere near a ZERO but thats the size that fits (im 5’2″ – 116lbs and muscular). I was pleasantly surprised by the fit of the black almost denim jeggings…my go to pant.. fyi -to give an idea of my size i wear a 25or 26 in hudson bootleg.

  2. 1002
    Amanda says:

    This entire post screams the truth haha! I’m 20 and my mother still thinks she has the authority to tell me where to shop. She ALWAYS picks Gap. I humor her and we go in and I try on countless numbers of pants there. I feel the exact way as everything you said, especially the long pockets and insanely long front zipper hahaha

  3. 1003
    LaQuetta says:

    I have nice legs and arms, unfortunately my belly is round with big chest. I can never find anything that I think fits right. For the shirts to fit my chest the makers must think I have to have the biggest neck and shoulder in the word, and pants in my waist size is always short.

  4. 1004
    Johanna Wasnidge says:

    Hey oh my goodness !!! Never read something as helpful !
    I have such a hard time finding the perfect fit as I’m tall, yet curvy. My
    Butt is a super bubble butt! As fantastic as people find it
    It’s annoying trying to keep my jeans glued over my crack yet not to big or to small. Help!!

  5. 1005
    Frog standing up says:

    Do you have suggestions for those of us without a backside. I’m talking so flat you look like a frog standing up. (find a picture, it is hilarious- when it is a frog, not for a woman)

    • 1005.1
      Rachel says:

      Small pockets, pocket flaps, and perhaps skinny jeans. Best of luck!

    • 1005.2
      Sarah says:

      Try the Slight Curve jeans at Levi’s! I described them more in my comment up above.

    • 1005.3
      Jen says:

      I have NO butt.. the frog description is perfect. .. i buy Miss Me or Express jeans… they both fit me well…. I buy my Miss Me jeans at either Dillards or our local boot barn store.. pocket flaps are the best..

  6. 1006
    Teri .. says:

    Well!!! I HATE shopping ..why because you try on stuff and it all looks bad!( had a friend say ” your jeans look hideous…I can find you the perfect pair” after trying on 50+ jeans she says they all look bad! but these two are the least bad

    I enjoyed your jean shots -because i am a firm FIRM believer you shop for your body not what someone else has on! or whats in – you buy what you love not like …
    I wish someone knew what looked good on me and had a store filled so i could just go and get…..I would love someone to pre shop then i go and get like what not to wear but i dont like the shopping part
    If you are ever in Saskatoon Sask…a city with 5 tiny stores and nothing to buy
    COME ONE DOWN and get me

  7. 1007
    Angela says:

    Hey! I have been doing a lot of research on Vault Jeans lately and I am seriously considering doing it, but I have some questions. Are all the of the jeans Vault brand jeans or are there the more mainstream designer jean brands too like Rock and Republic and Miss Me? I have noticed a lot of unhappy comments concerning the vault brand jeans specifically because the bling falls off and they stretch out. What has your experience been?

    • 1007.1
      Rachel says:

      No, Vault’s main brands are not Vault Brands. In fact, they’ve quit manufacturing all but the best lines of their jeans, because they realized that people wanted the designer brands.

  8. 1008
    Rhoni T says:

    Gap use to make the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn. USE TO!! I’m gonna age myself here so here goes, about 13 years ago they carried what they called a summer weight denim jean. It was a thinner denim that was prewashed and it was soooo soft, it truly was a great summer denim. And it fit me, you all know how hard it is to say “I found the perfect jeans and they fit ME!!” Well, yea me!!, then they quit carrying them. That was 13 years ago, I am 47 and still looking for the perfect jeans. I live in my jeans daily, so buying expensive, brake the bank jeans are out of the question. I own a small ranch and work on it daily, I have owned just about ever jean brand known to man, stopping short of paying over $150 a pair. I refuse to pay that because if I do ever find that perfect pair of jeans, I will need about ten pairs to get me through a year or sometimes just a season. I have no hips but have a bubble butt (my mom says that) and I need a 36″ inseam and really could live without all the bling and fancy stitching, that gets to hurting the butt after awhile or gets hung on something. Plus I am not a size 2, more around a 13-14. I am open for any suggestions.

    • 1008.1
      Beth says:

      I have a pair of those jeans and I love them! Unfortunately for me, they are a size 2 and I let myself get up to a size 6 after having my daughter! I am keeping the jeans because one day I will wear them again! They are beyond comfortable and haven’t found a great pair of jeans since! We should start a petition to have them come back in the stores! Hehehe

      • Dawn says:

        Keep em!! I did, a pair of Lawman’s. I bought right after high school. I love those jeans and finally this past spring (5 kids including 2 sets of twins) later I am wearing them and rocking them again!!!1

    • 1008.2
      Julue says:

      Try Lucky Jeans. I buy them at Ross or Tj Maxx. I am a size 12, and 5’9″ and they seem to fit the best. They are too expensive to buy else where.

    • 1008.3
      Jen Steiner says:

      Try cowgirl up jeans. Ues they are slightly more expensive but they fit and last for a long time. I am also a rancher so I too live in my jeans everyday. I have had several pairs of cowgirl ups last for 5 yrs-they are my favorite brand to ride in, fence in, work in. They stretch in the right places and no mom butt (I have 4 kids) they also come in long inseams. The other pair that has lasted me quite awhile are Cruel. Yes very expensive but again worth it. The only thing I dont like is that all the bottoms have the slit cut in them & they are always getting stepped on or drug through the manure.

  9. 1009
    Margi says:

    Rachel help! Queen of the mom jeans here, I love all the advice and my teen age girls would love to see me in updated jeans, But I can’t find LA Idol or Rerock in stores. How will I know if they are a good fit if I can’t try them on? Not sure I want to pay for multiple shipings to get the correct size and fit.
    Do you know of stores that carry these brands?
    If your ever visiting Colorado, we would love to have you over for jean fashion help.

    Sincerely.
    Queen of the mom jean, Margi

    • 1009.1

      So sorry for the late reply – this got lost in my inbox!

      ReRocks are available at Express Stores. LA Idol are harder to find in stores – Vault Denim reps carry them, and sometimes they can be found in Glik’s department stores.

      Hope that helps!

      • Kelly says:

        I have also seen LA Idol at western stores like cavenders. If you do try on a pair you like of whatever brand, but can’t stand the price, try eBay. They list measurements, style, etc. sometimes even the year they came out.

      • Robin says:

        Gliks.com has lots of LA Idol – I’d say to go and try on a pair of Silver’s (which is my normal fav jean) and they are very similar in sizing/fit to those. For example, I’m 5’7″ and about 140lbs and wear a size 29 in Silvers & LA Idol size 9. So 29 = 9. Be warned that the LA idols are very long in the boot cut jeans – I’m talking like 35″ so you’ll probably have to hem them or wear with boots. The skinnys are shorter though (but I haven’t bought any of those). Hope that helps a little!

      • Kristen says:

        Vanity stores (Vanity.com) sometimes carry LA Idol jeans.

        Have you ever tried the Vanity brand jeans? I’ve heard good things

    • 1009.2
      Kim Sauer says:

      Rock and Republic Jeans are great and you can find then in Kohl’s!

    • 1009.3
      Amanda says:

      Look in smaller boutique type stores for LA Idol. I love them, and they fit great! (pretty inexpensive too)

  10. 1010
    Michelle says:

    I have always thought that Lucky Jeans were a good fit for me. I happen to be curvy. Small waist, big butt and healthy legs. I find that if I buy them snug, then after a good wash and wearing them for an hour or so they fit perfectly. No saggy butt. Recently I have discovered Joe’s Jeans and I love them. I also feel they flatter my curvy frame and they fit nicely in the waist with no gapping. I can buy Joe’s and Lucky jeans at Nordstroms Rack, Marshalls and TJ Maxx for much less than they sell for in stores, which is around $100 a pair or more. I bought a great looking pair of boot cut Lucky’s this weekend for $39 mfg tag said $110. I also bought a great pair of Michael Kors skinny jeans, which normally I would never do, but I just bought two great pairs of boots, so that is the only way I would wear “skinny jeans” but mfg price tag on both of those pairs said $110 and I got them for $39. You can get great jeans for much less, you have to hunt and you HAVE to try them on. I always use this rul of thumb too…. healthy bottoms needs jeans with big back pockets. Small back pockets on jeans makes you butt like bigger then it really is.

    • 1010.1
      Christi Norris says:

      I second this! I have 4 kids and also have small waist, healthy legs and butt and I LOVE Lucky jeans! I can wear the same pair for 2 days and they don’t lose their shape! Try the Sophia fit, it is best for us curvier moms. Love your post! So true :)

      • Ana says:

        Last year I bought the Lucky Jeans Sophia bootcut jeans at Costco. I don’t remember the price – somewhere around $30. They might still carry them!

  11. 1011
    Jaime says:

    I have a hard time finding jeans that fit me. I pretty much have an inverted butt and love handles. NOT a great combo. If it fits the butt I have major muffin top, if it fits my butt I have major saggy butt. HELP ME!!!!!!

    • 1011.1

      I’m not sure what size you are, but look for jeans with a stretchy waistband and smaller pockets, or pockets with flaps. But especially the stretchy waistband – that helps not create muffintop.

  12. 1012
    KristyC says:

    I’m reading these while wearing Old Navy jeans thinking “Oh my God, please tell me my butt doesn’t look like that”. I will say, however, that these jeans were ONLY purchased from Old Navy because they were cheap, and comfortable and I was only about 3-4 weeks postpartum, and was not interested in spending more than the $12 I spent on them. But now, NEVER AGAIN will I wear these out of the house.

  13. 1013

    I love this post, this is what quality writing is all about, and the whole “butt” posy, well, it’s awesome that you shared this, I really like the entire post as a whole and will make sure to keep reading your blog!

  14. 1014
    Samantha says:

    I just finished reading your article on gateway mom jeans and I laughed so hard that I woke up my kids!! This is so true. Love your writing style, hilarious!:).

  15. 1015
    Mel says:

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for doing this. I now know why my butt always looks flat and wide. Where can I buy/find these jeans you have that aren’t old navy or gap? I know the rock and republic is kolhs but that’s it.

    Thank you!

  16. 1016
    Randi says:

    Ooohhhhhhhhhhh myyyyy…. you need to come visit me.

    I have a LARRRRRGE bum. And (thanks to my 4 preschoolers) a rather “lumpy” belly. I’m only 30 and would love to wear non-mom jeans…but…I just can’t handle the coin slot garbage…and don’t even get me started on the muffin top…so…to old navy I go. Any suggestions?

  17. 1017

    Love it! I thought it was just my imagination about the Old Navy jeans! I cannot wear them, I will not wear them!

  18. 1018
    Carla says:

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. I will have to do some research myself to find the jeans that truly look best on me….46-year-old mother of two.

  19. 1019
    Linda says:

    Thank you so much for this expose’. Wow, it’s hard to believe the difference and I was totally blown away that you are a smallish person, when I saw the photos of you in the jumpsuit. I definitely will use your tips while out jean shopping. Thanks again! I’m a fan :)

  20. 1020
    Beth says:

    Would love to know your suggestion for what I should try. I’m 30 years old with 4 kids – 4 pregnancies has not been kind to my once size 2 body. I have a medium size bum to large- the pregnancy tummy flabby skin I’m trying to hold in and love handles. I think I’m about a size 14. Any suggestions?

  21. 1021
    Amy says:

    Maybe it’s me, but as a 34 yr. old mother of 5, I prefer to have a “mom butt” as opposed to wearing jeans that my babysitter would love. Let them be young, let me be wise (ha). I am finally happy with who and where I am, and have no desire to give up those comfy jeans I’ve earned :)

    • 1021.1
      Robin says:

      Amen!!! Maybe moms in their 20’s can get away with wearing bling all over their butt, but whenever I see a mom in her 30’s or up wearing super tight jeans with “look here” sparkle butt I think, “Early mid-life crisis!!”

  22. 1022
    Agonzales277 says:

    OMG! I just lost 30 lbs and the first thing my husband said was great now get rid of those MOM jeans. I thought he was being a jerk until I saw this on Pinterest an realized I owned most of these jeans and now went to buy more in a smaller size just to find in 30 minutes they were Ill-fitting. I have since returned all of them am headed over to Buckle. Yes I spent more but it was worth every penny. I look great and others have noticed. Thanks for waking my ass up! In my jeans too!

  23. 1023
    linda thomas says:

    I am 5′ tall, 95 pounds, and 52 years old … size 0 in many brands are almost too big, and junior sizes are simply styled too young. Any specific brand suggestions?

    • 1023.1

      I would check out some department store brands, like J Brand, Red Engine, Lucky Brand, and Joe’s Jeans. The trick is going to be finding them in petites, but they’ll look amazing on you, they have much smaller sizes, and they’re not styled too young.

  24. 1024
    Jesse says:

    Best thing happened to me ever , my wife told me to read this article … Saying “You Were Right!” We went on to talk about how I told her honestly a few years ago that some of her jeans she was wearing had a WRONG fit. I helped her pick out the good stuff. Well it turns out all those jeans that were so wrong are GAP.

  25. 1025
    Kaylyn says:

    so I guess it looks like I won’t be buying at gap unless I want mom butt,.. and I don’t.

  26. 1026
    Awesome, pure awesome says:

    too funny. You are so hilarious. i loved this entry. I myself do not buy gap or old navy jeans, only because i have found them, dare i say, too blah for me. I am constantly looking for jeans that fit me because I am 1. short (5 ft. ) and 2. big butt-ed. ha. but now that i have read this i think i will re-examine that jeans i have now (rue 21) and see if they are at least more flattering to me, as they should be based on all your pointers. :D

  27. 1027
    Mariana says:

    Love love love this!!!!! I needed this! Thank you for all the work you did! I have started a diet and am trying to regain myself after having two girls. Here is my blog: http://toomuchtolosenow.wordpress.com

    Thanks again! Never going to Gap or a Old Navy again! Haaa

  28. 1028
    Jociejones says:

    Ahaha this was super-hilarious I love your scientific style ;) . But I feel so silly that I stumbled upon it while searching for Gap coupons so I could buy some new jeans!! Now you got me second-guessing. Tell me the coated biker legging jeans are cool, right??! Eh, what do I know. I’m a 30-something mom of 2. Damn!!

  29. 1029
    disneychick123 says:

    I’m a teenager and I wear Old Navy jeans because that’s cheapest. All the jeans I wear are from Old Navy. I have an hour glass shape but no idea what looks good on me! Old Navy gives me no shape for my butt and always so baggy after 5 minutes of wearing them! The sizes I wear fit my waist, but not my bottom. What stores can I go to that will give me the perfect fit and around that price? It’s so embarrassing!!

  30. 1030
    I Beg To Differ says:

    First off, I like how your camera man censors your bra strap but is okay with posting pictures of your butt. ( I found that very funny). Now, my problem with this article is that you compared it on only one or two people. There are many women out there with many different body types. What works for you may not work for everyone else and vice versa. As a woman with an ASS, I find Old Navy jeans flatter my body and work perfectly for women with more volumptious figures. That is not the case with you (no offense). So maybe you should’ve showed different many different moms with many different body types to portray a more realistic sense for your readers.

    • 1030.1
      Kasey Cash says:

      I have an ‘ass’ and healthy legs and DESPISE Old Navy personally, I think that’s why she said its not true for all. DEFINITELY a great article of more of things to look for! I hate that ON jeans made my butt look sardined in….instead of just tamed. The curse of a big butt and 27″ waist..lol.

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    Courtney Lewis says:

    I went in a similar mission to find the perfect jeans for me, at a price I could afford, one Saturday. I went to Hollister, Gap, Old Navy, Express, and American Eagle. I tried on every style at each store and found “The Artist” at American Eagle to be the most booty-flattering and leg slimming. I really think everyone should go to multiple stores and even have a second set of eyes with them. Only
    Go to the stores you know you can afford to shop at, and resist the urge to buy the styles just because they’re in sale. 3 pairs of crappy jeans are still not worth one great pair you can still afford.

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    morgan says:

    This post was awesome! I loved it! I started buying cheap jeans and they made me look so lumpy and didn’t accentuate the pretty nice curves and legs I have! I started buying nicer jeans from more trendy places and tried on quite a few different styles and found the perfect kind from American eagle and levi’s! American Eagle will always be my favorite but I refuse to ever go back to my sad butt days! Great article and Read! And the pocket detail was perfect!

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    Dawn says:

    YIKES!!! Some are bad, some hideous!!! But I must really be in “mom’ mode because I liked how some of the mom jeans looked. I don’t like how some of them make you look like your butt is doing the splits. I don’t like the skinny jeans…looks like the rear waist sags and they’re sucking in the butt in most that I’ve seen on people.

    I did find Levi’s 529’s a few years back and fell in love with them, but they quit making them. I was only able to get 2 pair in my size. I also love Lawman’s. (expensive but I’ve had a pair for 20 years and no I haven’t worn them the entire time, but I’m back in them now).

    Maybe you can send me that number and give me a butt makeover. From my response I think everyone would agree I probably need it.

    • 1033.1

      Ha! You’re welcome to email me pictures here.

    • 1033.2
      Angela says:

      Oh my gosh! 529’s were awesome! I was wondering why I couldn’t find my favorite jeans anymore. I’m a 34 year old mom of 5 and hate mom jeans with a passion. I bought a pair of L.A. Idols. They fit like a champ when I first put them on, but after about 20 minutes, they’re sagging like no other pair of jeans I’ve ever seen. I’ve come to loathe those jeans. Guess I’ll be doing some new year shopping and looking for good jeans again. I really wish they still had the 529’s…..those jeans were comfortable, didn’t lose their shape and made my butt look fabulous, even after the first 4 kiddos!

      • Katie says:

        I can’t remember if I have 529’s or not. I think I have some 526’s. My absolute FAVORITE was an old pair of 515’s that looked AWESOME and felt great. However, I wore them out and when I went to rebuy them they had changed everything about them (fabric, style, etc), while still calling them a 515! I refuse to throw them away even though they have a hole in a place that doesn’t allow them out of the house. I have moved on to American Eagle jeans. My 14 year old loves them for her and for me which is saying something because we have 2 different body types! The pockets are not too fancy and they can be worn at least 3 times before washing with no sagging. That is extremely helpful to me as I have small hips and they will just fall right off if they stretch out….

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    CC says:

    Im sorry but all those jeans are ugly except maybe the 7fan they don’t make jeans like they use too

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    J allen says:

    It should also be noted that do not worry about the size in the jeans. Buy what fits and it will make your body look so much slimmer Too tight of a jean only emphasizes problem areas.

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    Cindy says:

    First, let me say thank you for perhaps the most comprehensive comparison on jeans I have ever seen Ever. All these companies ought to pay you for doing these side-by-side comparisons.

    Second, I must thank you for the best laugh I have had in a long time. When you wrote, “Clearly, these are horrifying.” I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. I would say I almost wet myself, but most of us are Moms here and, well, wetting ourselves might be a given! :-)

    Anyway, THANK you for the giant bell laugh-I really needed it today!

    Cindy

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    Lisa says:

    I had an amazing pair of jeans that totally fit my butt and made it look awesome, then the most horrible thing happened….I got the dreaded inner thigh rub hole. I can’t find the same style, shockingly…they’re out of production so I had to buy another pair, Le Sigh. Purchased uber mom jeans (last resort, can’t have upper, INNER thigh meat squeezing out your rub hole) and I hate them! Came home and dug out two pair of vintage Levi’s, (tight but who the hell needs to breathe deep) and because they were the …gasp… super straight 80’s legs, I whipped out a pair of duller than styrofoam scissors and gnawed 3″ slits up both sides on both pair. I’d be much happier if these were 2″ longer as I wear combat boots (closet bad ass) but hey, it’ll work till I find that next amazing pair of britches!

    • 1037.1
      Sara says:

      There is a place called denim therapy online that will fix any holes and you totally can’t tell. I’ve sent about 6 pairs there and recommend it. It’s kind of expensive but if they are your favorite jeans and you have trouble finding another pair like them, it is worth it. Look them up online!

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    julie says:

    This an awesome article, but what advice do you have for us old moms who are built with skinny legs and a belly thats bit too big to wear those hipsters? Every pair of jeans I buy rolls down. and if they fit my stomach, they are way to big in the legs! errr! still so frustrated!

    • 1038.1

      Definitely look for jeans that have a stretchy waistband – not elastic, just stretchy – they’re out there! Also, some jeans are proportionally bigger in the stomach – William Rast is FANTASTIC for this, and still has proper pocket placement. Also, I would try skinny jeans – not jeggings, but skinny jeans. That way the leg won’t overpower your leg, and the waists are usually stretchy, so you can size up to fit your waist without losing your legs.

    • 1038.2
      Katie says:

      I have the same problem in that my hips are boyishly skinny, and I carry any extra weight I have on my tummy, so if I get jeans to fit my waist they are too big everywhere else. I love the American Eagles, and I have had good luck with SOME pairs of Eddie Bauer’s slightly curvy line. I cannot do their curvy as one pair is too tight and I swim in the next size up.

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    Olivia says:

    What do you think about jeans from Target? Specifically,Mossimo® Women’s Bootcut Denim (Modern Fit) and Merona® Women’s Skinny Denim Jean (Modern Fit).

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    John says:

    This is hands down my favorite blog article ever. I’ve had trouble finding jeans that fit my wife well, and do her backside justice. But this comparison makes being a husband (a good husband)(a good “knows how to shop for wife’s jeans” husband) easy. Some of those jeans above are terrible, but the antiks, rerock., la idol, wow – you’re a real distraction! (Trying to sound complimentary and not creepy) And the other commenters’ post with pictures are very helpful. I just pick the bad looking jean on the left (ones that are similar to my wife’s troubles) and then whatever pair is on the right side (cuz they look amazing)…. sorry, gotta go shopping. I’m a fan of your site now, Maybe you could do another article on dress pants.

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    Brandi says:

    This is amazing, maybe one day when my kids are older I’ll be able to afford these. Right now I don’t even spend gap on jeans (I might buy old navy on sale), I buy target jeans (or gasp, occasionally Walmart, I just don’t like their quality so it’s not often). Luckily I don’t even wear jeans often, I love living in the south

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    Carley says:

    Just found your sie and love it! I am in desperate need of help! We are very tight financially, so I usually just wear what is given to me…but I am ready to BREAK FREE! I want jeans that will flatter me. My problem is I am 5 ft. Tall, have a “bubble butt” and carry most of my weight on my stomach. So what fits my waist/tummy, is way too long (even short styles) or too big on my thighs. Or what fits length wise, squishes everything up top. Where do I start to look for pants to flatter this body, that carries short styles, that is fairly affordable? (Like 30 dollars ish…max)

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    Wendy says:

    Found this post on pinterest. You just changed my life…Signed, 42 and just realizing I have a mom butt.

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    Haleigh says:

    Don’t get jeans from the brand SO at Kohls. I have two pairs and I don’t like how they fit and look on me. The one pair fits the waist but is too short in length. The other pair makes me look fatter than I really am.

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    Kim says:

    how about jeans that look good without all that crap embroidery on the butt? There is really nothing more mom than that!!! It screams I’m trying not to look like a mom so i wore these “cool’ jeans. I want plain pockets that fit well. And I’m willing to pay. What do you suggest?

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    Paula Batton says:

    Has anyone been able to find the Antik Straight jeans?

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    Rebecca says:

    I found this article to be very interesting but I am now really confused. I have always been a skirts/dresses person but recently bought my first pair of pants after encouragement from some of my friends. I find them very comfortable but took a lot of getting used to. I kept getting comments like “wow! – but you don’t wear pants” I am now thinking of buying a pair of jeans – which will be my first pair since I was about 8! I don’t think I will like the image of skinny jeans – at 35 and with generous hips they probably wouldn’t look right. I am fairly tall and wonder if I should go for Levis Curve. I would appreciate some suggestions before I look stupid in a jeans store

    • 1047.1

      I’m SO sorry I took so long getting back to you – I really let my email go through the holidays.

      I’m not a huge fan of Levis – they don’t look great on everyone. I would try Express, or if you’re willing to pay, go to Nordstrom Rack or a similar store and try on some designer jeans. They’ll be half off there and they are SO worth it. Joe’s Jeans would be great on your body type.

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    Lyne B says:

    What a wonderful post. If you every do one for plus size women I’m all over it. Most of the stores mentioned don’t carry my size, and even stores catered to bigger woman you either get mom jeans or so tight it’s inappropriate.

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    Nikki says:

    I’d love it if you posted this with some price comparisons! I’m often in Gap/Old Navy because it’s really all I can afford. I did manage to snag a pair of sevens at a thrift store and I LOVE them, but can NO WAY afford them new.

  50. 1050

    Hilarious! I used to but Old Navy jeans til I realized how awful they look. I now buy jeans from Maurices and they fit so much better! My teenagers have even complimented me.

  51. 1051
    A Team says:

    I am petite (5’0′) and wear size 6-8. I am very straight figured (not much if any difference between waist and hips). I also have what’s been referred to as ‘pancake butt’ i.e. flat. I have had pretty good luck in dress pants with Express ‘Editor’ fit but still have a terrible time with jeans. My biggest problem is that they all seem to be cut so curvy that when I get them to fit around the middle/waist, they are baggy in the hips/butt and thighs. I am a dancer by hobby and have fairly muscular thighs and cannot stand jeans that fit too tight on my thighs. Do you have any recommendations? I know I will likely have to take to be hemmed since even the ‘short’ are too long!

  52. 1052
    Ashley says:

    The funniest part about all of this is Old Navy maternity jeans actually look really cute! No mom jeans in that department, go figure :) I used to LOVE American Eagle jeans, fit perfectly and never stretched out. Then I had children and the low rises just aren’t attractive on postpartum pooch. Any suggestions for a mid-rise that doesn’t look like the waistband is encroaching on my bra?

  53. 1053
    Joanna says:

    Hi! I had this revelation way later in life than I should have… My little sister went on a Hautelook and Ebay spending spree a few years ago, and in the process racked up some major debt. She bought a variety of items, but mostly “designer” jeans. I have a lot of great feedback as a seller on my Ebay account, so I offered to sell a lot of these jeans, so she could recoup some money and pay off her debt.

    I had my husband take pictures of the jeans on me from every angle and I first listed them on my FB page, tagging my sister in them in case her friends wanted to purchase anything. People were commenting on “her” great a$$ like crazy. I mean, that’s why guys were saying. It’s like they couldn’t stop themselves. Many of my female friends commented on how great the jeans looked from behind. I looked at the pictures with a different perspective, (knowing it was my 33 year old butt in the pictures, and no my 23 year old sister’s butt)… These jeans looked amazing on me. Antik, Rock and Republic, Paige, Rich and Skinny, Lucky Brand, True Religion, Mavi, Ernest Sewn… How could I have not paid attention to this! Then I realized that I had never seen what I looked like in my gap jeans from behind.–not really. I understood now that there was no way to really know unless I could see the photographic evidence. I tried on every pair of jeans I owned and had my husband take pictures. Oh my, it was a sh__ show. I got rid of all my jeans, and bought some of my sister’s from her. I then realized that I could some great deals on “broken in” designer jeans on Ebay. Hautelook, Rue La La, and Ideeli are also great resources for discounted designer jeans. It is nice to try them on first, and I was lucky to have my sister’s jeans in tons of brands and a few different sizes, so I could determine my best size, styles, and brands. I can purchase online, and get it right almost every time! (If not, I sell them on Ebay, making sure to list exact measurements, and style details etc. for the next person).

    Whew… I lack brevity! Great blog post!

    • 1053.1

      What a fantastic story!! I’ve been buying way too many jeans on Hautelook this year – they’re my favorite!

    • 1053.2
      Pamela Cofer says:

      WHAT AN EYE-OPENER! Although I do own a 2 pair of Gap jeans, I know they’re not the most flattering on me, they just happen to be what I own that happen to fit. I’m 41 years old, and 5 ft tall and about 126 lbs, with a slightly bigger belly than I’d like, but it is what it is! My issue has been knowing that I don’t want to wear “mom jeans”, but at the same time, knowing that I’m entirely too old and curvy to wear “Jr’s jeans”, so I’ve been stuck in “Jean Limbo”! Though some of the styles you showed were a bit too “trendy” for me, I did love the Hudson’s you showed, as well as the Antik. Your photos were inspiring, to say the least. I’m so excited that you actually HAVE a butt AND thighs and aren’t stick-thin with no curves, as it made your article way more relevant to me personally, and I thank you so much for that! I even had my (don’t get weirded out) husband come and “check out” your butt in some of the photos to see if he saw the same differences that I did, and he did! I HATE shopping, but your photos helped him see what a difference rear pockets can make, and now he’s in a position to actually help me when I’m brave enough to venture out to buy some updated jeans! Thanks again, really great job!!! :)

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    Kate Smith says:

    hi there!

    mom of 2 here, in Vermont. 5’5″ and about 160lbs……currently wearing GAP jeans and after i read your blog post i thought WOW, i had no idea i was wearing the wrong jeans! what a difference it makes! so i wear GAP curvy jeans, in 12 ankle length. any suggestions as to what brand/style i should try?

    i look forward to hearing your advice!!

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    Marlene says:

    If you need butt-text (about jeans!! :D) from brands in Canada let me know-I’ve tried them all and have more jeans than any human being should as I too am on the quest of fining the perfect pair.. Sadly!!
    27 pairs and counting!! Sad *hangs head in shame*

  56. 1056
    Amy says:

    I’m gonna need your number. This girl needs an honest opinion.

  57. 1057
    Veronica says:

    This is too funny. I never buy jeans from gap and old navy. However recently old navy had some stretchy python prints and I picked up a couple pairs and I love them. Very rare! I love forever 21 jeans and they are $10.80!

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    Susan says:

    Wow- totally enlightened today. Never knew I was wearing the wrong jeans, I currently wear jeans from Maurices and while they aren’t horrible, I definitely need assistance. I am turning 40 this year and don’t want to be the old frumpy mom. I am 5’4″ and 140lbs, usually wearing a 6-8. I have a smaller waist (31″) for my hips (37″) and hefty thighs (34″), and not skinny calves either. We live in a small area, so I don’t have access to a lot of choices. We have Aéropostale, AE, Buckle, Express and Maurices about an hour away. Suggests for me on where to start? HELP!

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    Rebekah says:

    Where can we find these non “mom jean” jeans? I live about an hour south of Atlanta and we don’t have an express and I’ve never heard of the other brands you mentioned. We have a Dillard’s and a Belk – those are our 2 big department stores. I mostly buy Gap jeans because they are the only ones I have found that I feel like fit me well. I need short length jeans which is hard to find. When I have looked for jeans at Dillard’s I can never find any size 6 in short length that I like. I am hard to fit (smaller waist than hips) so I have never had luck buying clothes online as they never end up fitting when I get them. So without having to make a trip to atlanta for jeans what is my next option?

    • 1059.1

      Dillard’s and Belk should carry some good jeans! Check their designer jeans sections, and especially the clearance section – you can get good deals. Also, don’t be afraid to hem – it’s relatively cheap and really can open up your options to get great jeans. That being said, Red Engine makes my favorite jean, which sometimes comes in petite and ankle length, and they have a smaller waist than hips. They’re fantastic, but hard to find in stores (boutiques tend to carry them), but Amazon has some and a lot are on sale: http://amzn.to/1aC0tPi

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    Amanda says:

    The only problem I have with the “designer” jeans, or the ones the fit more properly are that the back pockets have designs or flaps and I HATE jeans with pockets like that, why can’t they have plain pockets?

    • 1060.1

      Check out Joe’s Jeans, Seven for all Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, AG Jeans, and Red Engine Jeans. All FANTASTIC jeans with very minimal or no stitching at all on the back pockets.

  61. 1061
    jennifer says:

    I just bought Earl Jeans at Peebles Department store – with a coupon they were less than $20. I took pics too and NO mom butt! Hopefully they hold their shape…

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    Abby says:

    I am a 28 year old mom of 2. I am having a really hard time recently with my “new” body and can’t find any jeans that fit “right” and are comfortable for chasing after a 3 and 1 year old. I get so frustrated when trying on any pants and have pretty much been buying the first pair that fit in the waist/butt/thigh area without even bothering to look in the mirror because I’m so frustrated. My current go to jeans are from Old Navy because they are cheap and have a slightly higher rise in the waist that covers the belly pooch. I would love some advice on a good pair of jeans that might fit my body better. I am 5’3 and weigh 150. I have a descent amount of booty and my thighs are not very skinny. Any ideas? And also, what are the best stores to find these? I am pretty naive when it comes to shopping and “brand name” clothes. Thanks!!!

  63. 1063
    Kasey Cash says:

    GREAT article as I went through this after my 3 boys! Faves were definitely Miss Me, after my pregnancies and getting back down to my normal 5’3 125 with a butt, but it seems they changed the fit a few years back. Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Rock 47 jeans!

  64. 1064
    Penelope Pittstop says:

    Haven’t seen one post for Cruel Jeans….I swear by them….I beat to my own drum though….

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    Nikki says:

    I’m a mom on a budget so I can’t afford ridiculously expensive jeans. So I do shop at Old Navy. And you know what? I love their Diva cut jeans. They are the only ones I can find that actually fit my short chubby frame right. They have a lot of stretch in the waist (which is where I carry most of my weight). So I don’t have to buy several sizes up to fit me in the waist. I don’t think they look like “mom jeans” at all. I will continue to buy Old Navy jeans until I lose the weight I want to lose and can be a bit more picky about the jeans I buy. However, I refuse to spend $50+ on one pair of pants….

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    Ashley says:

    Help! I can never find the right jeans. I’m barely 5’3″ and weigh 150. I have absolutely no butt and everything sags on me and are too long. The only jeans that don’t sag are the super skinny or jegging. And we know you can’t wear those with everything. Any suggestions are very much appreciated!

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    Katie says:

    PLEASE HELP! This was so enlightening. Thank you SO much for putting this info out there. I’d NEVER have known there was a difference in jeans. So my problem is I’m short – 5’2″ – with shoes on. BUT I have VERY short legs (thus short inseam, like a 27″!). Even the so-called “petite” pants/jeans are too long on me. The other confounding issue is that I also have a very short “rise” (low cut pants come up nearly to my belly button! ugh!) (I’m also sadly somewhat overweight, ugh, so what fits my belly is way too big for my legs, and vice versa, what fits my thighs I can’t even fasten shut around my waist/belly.) I know this is a lot of info and I know it may not be possible to find something to meet all these issues, but I thought I’d ask. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!!! I’d love to text you if you really don’t mind. I need all the help I can get! :-)
    ~Katie in MI

    • 1067.1

      Feel free to send me pictures of you in your jeans here!

      You’re probably going to have to hem jeans – that really opens up your options.

      Good brands for bigger waists proportionally are William Rast and Express. Also, Silver Suki Surplus.

  68. 1068
    Lisa says:

    What would you suggest for someone with a pear shape? My waist is about 10″ smaller than my hips, I always have a gap at the waist. With the pear shape, I have a butt :) I also need them in tall. Thanks, very informative!

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    Winokitty says:

    This is an awesome post!!! Hilarious too, thank you thank you thank you for saving me from Gateway Mom Jeans!

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    Sara R says:

    Wow! Awesome blog post – this about blew my mind… the only jeans I really like are Silvers that I get from Maurices… but now once I get the last of this baby weight off (9 months later), I really want to try some of those jeans you suggested!
    I can’t wait to share this post with my Mom and sisters!

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    Chambliss says:

    I am a almost 29 year old mother of two! I am currently wearing old navy jeans! The first time I wore them, my grandmother was like, “Those jeans look so good on you!” I suffer from no-booty syndrome. As well as baby belly syndrome. I am 5’9 and 165. I used to wear Arizona jeans until I realized I am no longer a teenager and I have a mommy body. Any suggestions? Thank you for this! I needed it!

    • 1071.1

      It’s hard to give suggestions without knowing a little more about your body type, but I would look for jeans with a giving waistband and smaller or flap pockets. Sounds like you might look good in skinny jeans, too!

  72. 1072
    Elizabeth says:

    I can tell you I am 5’2″ and lost 100lbs and now 135lbs so finding jeans that fit (ALL I WEAR IS JEANS) is hard. I have a saggy belly but not too bad but I lost all my butt. If they fit in waist they sag in my butt, I do find that the smaller pocket ones look better and the flap on the but do too. However finding the jeans that fit right is hard. I HAVE ONE pair I love and believe it or not they came from Catos. They were on the clearance rack and I think they were there is because they fit me in length and most are taller than me. Now they don’t have them or I would go and buy them out.

  73. 1073
    emma says:

    Love this post! I think (o.k., I KNOW) that I have a few pairs of mom jeans but it’s SO annoying to shop for jeans! Especially with a mobile 15 month old.! here’s my question… I don’t like the wash and obvious fading on the designer denim. I also am not a fan of so detail pockets.
    Do you have suggestions of more designer brands that have great dark denim. Not black, denim.
    If you wrote a post on it already, send it my way!

    • 1073.1

      Yes definitely – that’s almost all I wear now – dark without whiskering or fading. Here are some to try:
      Joes Jeans
      Citizens of Humanity
      7 for all Mankind
      Frankie B
      Koral Jeans
      Genetic Denim
      And my favorite right now, Red Engine.

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    tracyk says:

    This is so great! Suggestions for brands that don’t have embellished pockets? Thanks!

    • 1074.1

      Yes, there are tons of great ones out there without embellishment.

      Express
      J Brand
      Joe’s Jeans
      7 for all Mankind
      Lucky Jeans
      Genetic Denim
      Frankie B
      Mother Denim

      HauteLook is having a denim event right now with a lot of these at half price. It helps to know your sizes already, but if you do, it’s worth checking into: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw

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    Angela says:

    Sooooo funny!

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    Laura says:

    Everyone should try Laura Madison Premium Denim :)

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    Sheree says:

    Thank you for posting this! I constantly struggle with jeans to fit me correctly! I would love to ‘butt-text’ you for your opinion! Thanks again!

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    sherry says:

    Try Chico’s. Their sizes are consistent from jeans to dress pants – so if you find a pair that fits great you can order others on their website.

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    MommyD says:

    This was the most helpful jeans post I have ever seen…and I’ve looked. My SIl sent this to me because she knows how I am currently lamenting jean shopping right now! I am a 33 year old mom of 3, 5’5″ 118lbs. I have curves but not large ones. I don’t have skinny thighs. I have the opposite problem you describe. I. Red a 4 for my thighs and a 2 for my waist. I have the “gap” in the back problem I many jeans. I try to get stretchy (not elastic) jeans to accommodate the different size needs, but I was at Ross this weekend and tried literally every pair they had in my size and walked away with nothing. We live in a small town, no express, our only department store is JCPennys. I plan to order something from amazon. Not more than $30. Where should I start??
    Also my husband holds a position in town where it matters what I wear when we are out weekends together- so all the bling that makes me looking I am trying to be 17 is not a good fit. HELP?!

    • 1079.1

      Red Engine is perfect for getting rid of the back gap. They’re expensive, but SO worth it, because they’ll last as long as ten pairs of cheap jeans. However, Amazon has some on sale right now: http://amzn.to/1aC0tPi – you just may need to hem them, depending. Although the ankle length ones may be perfect on you.

  80. 1080
    Ashley says:

    I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for plus size women, where to shop? I weight 230 and can’t find any jeans that are comfortable and look good.

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    Stephanie T. says:

    Thank you for looing into this and I had no idea that my back pockets should extend past my curves so as to exentuate my natural figure. I have since then looked into some of your altenative sugestions or non-mom jeans and have a couple of critisisms.

    #1 HOLY EXPENSIVE! So far I’ve searched online for Antik, Express Rerock, 7 FAM, and Hudson Boot and I haven’t found a single pair that is uner $100 let along under $160.. There are some buy one get one for significantly cheaper which could result in a total cost of $75.00 per pair but that is still a little steap coming from a mother who doesnt want to be wearing “mom JEANS”

    #2 Where can I go to just try on these styles??? I’m thinking Macy’s or TJ Maxx but so far I havent been able to confirm these suspicions. I live in a fairly large city but we do not have a Nordstrom Rack or sything like that. More dept. stores, malls, etc.

    #3 Almost every pair of alternative “non-mom” jeans you show look way too long for your body type…. is that just me? Yes they look great on your butt but they do not seem to fit in the length. Does anyone else agree with this?

    Thank you again for sharing your perspective on what helps to showcase the “trunk region”. This has helped me chage how I will look at future jean purchases. Just because it fits doesn’t mean it looks good.

    Any feedback is welcome.

    • 1081.1
      Lara says:

      I’m right there with you. I would love to wear 7 FAM, but they are so expensive!! Currently a lot of their pants are 50%, but they are still priced around $160 : ( TJ Maxx, here I come!

      • Check out HauteLook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw under their Nordstrom Rack section, they have a ton of designer denims. Although their 7FAM don’t get too far under $89, a lot of the other brands (that are just as good) get down to $30-50s. I currently adore Mother Denim for smaller waists and bigger hips and Frankie B for bigger waists and smaller hips.

        Hope that helps!

    • 1081.2

      #1: I never pay over $100 for jeans. Express: They have buy one get one half off sales and really great coupons. Combine the two and the jeans will be $30-40. As for the other designer jeans, Nordstrom Rack and their site HauteLook are AMAZING ways to get them for half off or more: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw

      #2: Try on at the department stores, figure out your sizing in designer denim, then buy from HauteLook. Unlike Zulily, you can almost always return to HauteLook if they don’t work.

      #3: I was trying on those jeans with flats to more fairly compare with the Gap jeans since I was wearing flats the day we took those photos, and I almost always wear them with wedges, so I have them hemmed to heels. I do hem most of my jeans to make them the exact length I want.

      Hope that helps!

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    mom of 3 gs says:

    Holy smokes! This cracked me up, and not because it was funny HA HA…but because it was sadly so true. It made me feel like I was not imagining the face that my jeans sagged horribly within wearing them after 20 mins and gave me a FLAT butt. Talk about SAD! I will take more pride when I jean shop from now on. Thanks for doing the research and pointing it out loud and clear!

  83. 1083
    Deborah says:

    What an awesome pictorial of the do’s and dont’s of jeans buying. And hilarious too! Thank you for your undercover and highly controversial, and I’m sure at times, dangerous in the trenches reporting!

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    kristen says:

    This is awesome! Thank you!!

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    janelle says:

    Love the side by sides!! Good work!

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    aaron says:

    So the moral of the story? Big pockets mean a big but.

    Just please don’t wear those jeans with no back pockets at all, those look really hideous.

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    Sarah says:

    I enjoyed your comparisons since, alas, I’m a wearer of ON jeans…:/ Though I agree with your comparisons for the most part, I do have one question: are there any good looking jeans withOUT “blinged out” back packets?? I work at a private school where we can wear jeans on Fridays, but there are strict dress code guidelines about no embellishment on the back pockets. Do those jeans exist?? Fortunately, I can wear your choice pairs on my own time:)

    • 1087.1

      Oh Definitely – many many brands have very simple back pockets.

      Express
      Joe’s Jeans
      J Brand
      7 for all Mankind
      Frankie B
      Red Engine
      Lucky Jeans
      Mother Denim

      Those are some of my favorites.

  88. 1088
    Susan Frey says:

    Hello! I found your denim post very helpful and yet scary. I thought i had good jeans but I would like some advice. I am a 40 year old mom of two little ones. I lost all my baby weight but no amount of exercise is going to get rid of my saddle bags. Unless some knows something that I don’t know. My thighs are the worst part of me and I believe they make me look wider than I actally am. I am back down to a size 4. My current jeans are Tommy Hilfiger class boot cut. I took pictures and love to share them but how do I do that? Please help! i need advice. Jean shopping is such a horrible chore.

    Thank you,

    Susan

    • 1088.1

      Feel free to email me the pictures here! I’d be glad to take a look at them.

      Darker washes and a more giving waistband are great for post-baby bodies. Also, a slightly higher rise to get over the inevitable pooch (or at least I have it, but it could be a C-Section thing.) My favorite is Red Engine – they’re higher in the rise, don’t have a back gap, and are extremely flattering. They’re pricy and hard to find, but Amazon has some on sale right now with free returns. http://amzn.to/1aC0tPi – You’d probably be a size 28, if I had to guess.

  89. 1089
    Ashley's Confused says:

    I’m 26 now, and realizing that after hovering around size 11 in juniors, it might be time to step out of the “Junior’ area. I have wide hips and thighs, with a very very tiny butt.
    I always end up with a poopy, saggy, sad behind. And I refuse to enter Mom Jean world.
    I’m lost! :(

    • 1089.1

      Try Express first – they can be really flattering. However, if you have no butt, American Eagle might be better. I think these brands are somewhat in between “junior” and “lady”, and I like them a lot. If you want a trendy stitched look, though, definitely go to Buckle.

  90. 1090
    Aubridickerson says:

    As perfectly stated in Crazy Stupid Love by hotty mchotterton himself, “Be better than the Gap, be better than the Gap.” :)

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    Amazon Woman says:

    I too need help finding good jeans to fir my frame!. I may be exaggerating a little to call myself an amazon woman, lol but I am 5’9″, and weigh 154. As all women know, it depends on the type of jeans as to what size we are anymore, but I have gone from a size 5 to a size 11 all while being this same height/weight. It is extremely hard to find jeans that are 1) long enough and 2) that flatter a girl of my shape. I do have larger legs. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

    • 1091.1

      Try going to Buckle – they have very helpful people there to help you find a great fit. And they hem for free, and have long lengths!

      Designer Jeans also come standard in really long lengths, so you could try Joe’s Jeans, Red Engine, Lucky, 7 for all Mankind, AG and more and probably have a lot of luck. I buy all mine through Nordstrom Rack or HauteLook so they’re over half off: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw

  92. 1092
    ME says:

    What are your thoughts on Banana Republic jeans? Your post and folks comments are hilarious!
    Up next is me running to my closet to look at my jeans!

  93. 1093
    Sarah says:

    I ALWAYS shop at Walmart for clothes, when I was a teenager LEI looked great on me. I haven’t changed since then, I have 2 kids and now they don’t seem to look the same. Guess going from 135-200 makes a difference. I’m fitting into 15’s with a muffin top and I hate it. My legs are a little muscular with a slight butt. The most I can spend on a pair of jeans would be 30$ at most, please help with any ideas. I live in Colorado and don’t shop much due to anxiety.

  94. 1094
    Brandy says:

    Hi, I’ve been looking for jeans for over 4 years. I am a 34 waist and 34 inseam. I have a mummy tummy, no bum and skinny legs. Every pair of jeans that I’ve purchased either have to much fabric at the crotch, hips or below the bum. Please help me. I’d really like to find a good pair of jeans. I am in Canada so have limited options. Thanks B.

    • 1094.1

      Try a skinny jean – they look great on people with tiny legs. You just might have trouble finding one in that length. I’m not familiar with the stores available in Canada to give specific ideas, but I believe y’all have Buckle, right?

  95. 1095
    Unhappy Old Navy wearer says:

    Love this blog! Was the jeans of the same size? Can you give a comparison of what your sz was between them? Just so I Hv a starting point as to what to expect when I turn away from the gateway, lol! Thanks!!

  96. 1096
    Nicki says:

    Step one is admitting you have a problem. Hi, I’m Nicki, and I wear gateway mom jeans! Now where so I find new jeans that don’t break the bank? I’m 5’10”, so I need longer length jeans. I also wear a 14. Those factors rule me out of a lot of jeans! I find that anything labeled any permutation of “low rise” makes things, erm, jiggle. Muffin top and baby pooch galore. Where, oh where, do I find jeans? I only buy them once a year (if I am lucky) so I have maybe 3 pairs of jeans at a time at any given time. Sigh. I tried out Levi’s once, after pulling on the scuba suit they call jeans, I said out loud “I always wanted to know how I looked as an avatar character!” Blue second skin for sure! I have huge calves from playing soccer a lot of my life. Clothing shopping is lame!

  97. 1097
    Anna says:

    Hahaha! Too funny. Old Navy jeans look fantastic on me, in fact I had a friend go to Old Navy to pick some up after asking me what kind of jeans I wore. But she came back somewhat crestfallen and said they looked AWFUL on her. Body type makes such a difference! My main beef with Old Navy jeans is that they are cheap in all of the wrong ways. They wear sooooo quickly! Come on! Use better denim, people!

  98. 1098
    Heather Weaver says:

    I would be pretty interested to hear what you’ve got to say about the overly blinged out butt jeans somehow still fairly common in certain parts of the country!! Your take??

  99. 1099
    Kathryn Bendzak says:

    What’s worse is finding a brand that flatters your shape, is finding “the perfect pair of jeans”, only to never be able to find them again!

  100. 1100
    Lauren says:

    i am a mom of 2. 25 yrs old and i have been trying all sorts of jeans. unlike some moms out there i was born with booty. no hips just what family calls bubble butt. there are pants out there that my butt actually cant stuff in (in my size) just not enough capacity. it has been a struggle to find the right pants. i am 5 6 and about 130lbs

  101. 1101
    Misty Watkins says:

    What if you are a plus size?? I have a horrible time finding jeans that fit. Even if they are my size, they ar falling off within an hour and I have to always wear a belt :-( Are all jeans being made with spandex now?? I just want them to fit like they do when I first put them on.

  102. 1102
    Christine says:

    I would love to see some for plus size ladies :)

  103. 1103
    Laureen says:

    I love the post. I tell my mom all the time to try out different Jeans. I hate Old Navy Jeans on my , they look like huge bagge sacks on me. I love Antik, Mek, True religion, Lucky( depending on the cut, and iT jeans. I love all the pics, really great job, I wish I had the time to take pics like that too. Amazing :) No More Mom Jeans ;)

  104. 1104
    mf says:

    OMG- I just bought a pair of jeans and I asked my 16 yr.old daughter “Do these look like mom jeans?” Her reply was “no, not as bad as the other ones you have.”
    GREAT! two thumbs up for me was my feeling…
    Guess where “other ones” come from- Old NAVY! I also scrolled through the pictures saying “oh please, I hope my butt doesn’t look like that!”
    I will be shopping ELSEWHERE when income taxes come in! Do u have any sugggestions?
    I am an 8/10 medium length. regular length generally falls an inch too short for my likings, tall is too long..
    I am endowed with a wide rear and a small muffin top yet not thick if you view me from the side…
    Jeans need to not come up to my belly button nor ride low enough to show my backside’s grand canyon!
    ~this is why I hate shopping for jeans! I am the mom of 16yr., 14yr. and 12 yrkids and a high school teacher- Please help!

  105. 1105
    Carly says:

    Good article, although you could never find Rock and Republic or 7FAM as the same price as gap or old navy.

  106. 1106
    Sue says:

    Have you tried the old navy rock star jeans? I have curvy hip and not skinny thighs and these jeans look great on me. They have a bit of stretch so they lift my hurt and slim my thighs. I’m not a fan of ‘busy’ pocket designs and these are plain but I like the lift and serration they create. Is like to see these on you…

  107. 1107
    Sue says:

    Spell check! They lift and SLIM my thighs.

  108. 1108
    Erin says:

    Dude, those express rerocks even slimmed the baby legs! What a difference a good fit makes, for all around! Any ideas on where to buy good knee-length shorts? I’ve resorted to cutting and hemming jeans, which isn’t the worst, but there has to be a better way.

    • 1108.1

      Capris come in a lot of lengths now, including around knee-length. Also, sometimes Capris are stretchy enough that you can roll them to be the length that you want them.

      And yes, I’ve gotten lots of comments on that baby’s leg – silly kid stretched it out in the second photo and made it look skinnier. :-)

  109. 1109
    Jen says:

    I am in major need of a denim intervention! Since having kids, my already long torso now has a few extra pounds that don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. That said, ALL of my pants are too low and my kids family loves to say “butt crack alert” – HELP please! I am 38, 5 foot 6 and 140 lbs – any name brands to suggest? Thank you from this very fashion-challenged momma

    • 1109.1

      Luckily for you, higher rises are on the rise! My favorite higher rise jean is Red Engine – they’re not cheap but they’re fantastic. Amazon sometimes has them on sale: http://amzn.to/1aC0tPi

      Other brands that are starting to offer higher rise without compromising pocket placement:
      Mother Denim
      J Brand
      NYDJ (Look good on SOME people)
      Lucky Brand Jeans

      Hope that helps!

  110. 1110
    American Eagle #1 says:

    American Eagle are the best fitting jeans for me! I like the skinny jeans. They are ALL I wear. :)

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    Andree says:

    Ok. YOU ARE MY HERO!!! I am 25 years old in my mind but 40 in reality. I have mom butt, small waist, thick thighs. I’ve recently found lucky brand and I like them ok but I seem to be right between a 6 and an 8. I bought both because I AM DESPERATE for non mom jeans but neither really fits me right. Where can I find the brands you mentioned? Will you please come to TX and be my personal shopper?? You are obviously a genius with fit and fashion for us real girls :-)!!!

  112. 1112
    Jessica says:

    Hi!!! Love your article!!!! I need help too!! Lol. I am a bigger mom of 3. I am 5,2″ and 190lbs (I have lost 20+ lbs!!)
    I usually can only find jeans that “fit” from lane Bryant however they kind of have the mom jeans!!! My size varies from 14-18. What type of jeans should I try???

  113. 1113
    Josie says:

    I’ve read all of your posts and I find them really helpful. However, I have a request! I am 6′ and a size 12, 14, or 16 depending where I shop. As a tall woman, I have such a hard time finding flattering jeans! I have a slightly bigger stomach and smaller hips and I end up with saggy butt, or muffin top and length is NEVER right or if it is then I have front sagging or knees that are too wide and silly looking. Help! Also, a post or two about dress pants and booty fit would be great! I almost always have to order online for the additional length and I’m almost always disappointed! Loved your posts!

  114. 1114
    Mishel says:

    Help! I am 5′ 0″ tall and about 149 right now. I fear I may wear Mom jeans without even knowing it! I’d appreciate being able to text you for help. With my height it’s nearly impossible to find jeans I feel. AE had petite size but no longer and since they stopped I just wear old jeans because I hate shopping for new ones. Help!

  115. 1115
    Rod says:

    I can’t believe someone went to the trouble if writing such a long article about jeans and so many people took the time to comment on the article. We all must be bored to death!!

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    Janice says:

    I honestly have no idea if I have a mom butt :( can you help?

  117. 1117
    Curvy says:

    So what do you suggest for someone who wears the curvy gap jean? I have a larger butt, but a smaller waist. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t gap in the back. Plus every curvy jean is always bootcut. Any suggestions to try?

  118. 1118
    Jaime says:

    I wear a 20 petite. I cannot fit into any of the jeans sold at these stores. I can’t even shop for jeans at the mall. I buy mine at kmart and Walmart. Sometimes sears or jcpenneys sell my size but they are way out if my price range. I know I’m wearing mom jeans. Help!

  119. 1119

    The only way you can top this is to do it all over again in VIDEO. This is amazing. I wear Loft Modern skinny jeans. I’m going upstairs to check to see if I’m wearing Mom jeans and I’m out to get new jeans pronto! Gap is probably mad as hell at you, but who cares. Hillarious. Their product has been crap for YEARS! And Old Navy used to be great twenty years ago, but now it seems that blindfolded sew their clothes together. Gap USED TO BE GOOD. I still have a few things from twenty years ago, when the clothes were made well. Now the quality is like kMart.

  120. 1120
    Casie says:

    What is the best fitting jeans for petite ppl? I’m 4’11, weight 140lbs. I love jeans but can’t seem to find a good fitting pair! Any brands you can recommend? Awesome article!

    • 1120.1

      The most important thing is be willing to hem – it will open up a lot of options for you. But I’d try Express first – they have great shorts. Red Engine sometimes has petites, also. Oh! And Buckle offers free hemming!

  121. 1121
    Joyce says:

    I love this post, but what should I do when I have an inseam of 37 inches? I’ve been looking for a better alternative to Gap, because along with everything else, their quality keeps deteriorating while their prices keep rising, but I have yet to find a good VERY TALL alternative! HELP!

  122. 1122
    Daveda says:

    This is GREAT! I love it ;-)

  123. 1123
    Cece says:

    Whether or not a companies clothing fits you properly depends entirely on your proportions and how they compare to the companies “Fit model”. All clothing companies use what is called a “Fit model”. This model has what the company considers the ideal proportions for it’s clothing. So unless you are close in proportion to the company’s fit model chances are the clothes are not going to fit you perfectly.
    I personally wear both Gap and Old Navy jeans and have no problem with the “mom jean effect.” The best bet is to try on jeans from many different companies…find the pair that work best for you and buy multiples. Additionally, the only way to get your clothes to fit perfectly are to have them tailored to your body. So if you are not willing to invest in alterations don’t expect a perfect fit.

  124. 1124
    Brooke Ward says:

    43 y/o mom of 3, stepmom to 3, and grandma to one, trying desperately not to look like it. What are your thoughts on a tall but tiny frame? 5’11 135lbs, runs the gamut between size 6-10 depending on brand.

    • 1124.1

      You sound like you have the perfect body for jeans, but perhaps are wearing jeans WAY too big for you! Try some a lot smaller and see how you like the fit – they should fit your thighs to where the jeans are touching your thighs all the way around but not squeezing them out.

      You really could wear any brand, but if you’re willing to get some designer brands (you can get them cheaper at Nordstrom Rack or through HauteLook after you know your size), try Red Engine, Joe’s Jeans, Mother Denim, or Frankie B.

      If you want to try some slightly less expensive, try the talls at Express – perhaps either Skyscraper, Stella, or ReRock.

      Let me know how it goes and I want to see some pictures! :-)

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    Jen says:

    My hubby bought me some Express Rerock jeans (2 pairs) and my Mom said “Wow, those are so tight you look like you’ve been melted and poured into them.” So now my hubby and I call them my “melted jeans”. I like those and the Express Stella jeans. Neither one are mom jeans and I refuse to wear any. Ironically I think I only wore mom jeans before I became a mom (although I didn’t realize they were at the time).

  126. 1126
    Sarah says:

    I loved this article! What do you suggest for a 6 foot tall, 40 year old mother of three? I’m not a model by any means, but am healthy & fit. I generally buy long jeans from Eddie Bauer, and while I am by no means curvy (read: pretty straight from my chest to my knees!), I have to get the curvy fit to avoid a gappy waist. I’d love to get your feedback!

  127. 1127
    Jeans suck says:

    I agree with almost everything except the long zipper! Most jeans today NEED a longer zipper. No one needs jeans hitting just above the pubic bone!

  128. 1128
    Momof4 says:

    Great article! Fun, (funny), and informative ;-) ! I was so excited to look for all these brands on-line and see if I could find some jeans for myself! No luck yet though :-(. I’m a 16 Misses Tall – not a 16 women’s (totally different fit). HELP!! Can’t find any of these brands in that size :-), which is apparently, why I buy mom jeans from Gap and Old Navy. Although I found some at NY & Co. that seem a little more stylish this fall. The Rerock’s only went up to a 14, the LA Idol’s only come in smaller junior sizing and don’t seem to come in long/tall.. Miss Me seems to do the same as LA Idol’s. Any ideas????? I’d LOVE to be able to find some hip-er jeans!! Help!! Pretty please :-) :-).

  129. 1129
    Carla says:

    Too bad all the jeans you found that were flattering were twice as much!

    • 1129.1

      They’re not if you’re willing to bargain shop! Check the clearance racks, go to Nordstrom Rack or shop on HauteLook…I always get great deals on designer jeans – often cheaper than Gap’s sticker price!

  130. 1130
    Michele says:

    Styles repeat every 20 years or so. (The new millennial has been the exception, in that all styles retro have been celebrated for a time). What may have been mom jeans in the last decade may end up being the new ‘cool jeans’ by a future generation. In the late 80’s, early 90’s they wore skin tight jeans and would have DIED if offered a hip-hugging, bell-bottom or flare-legged jean. Toward the end of the decade some fashionistas were bringing in the very flare leg that had previously horrified teens. High waists and pleats were so cool in the 80’s but became the mom jean of choice in the 90’s. High waists and pleats may very well be the ‘in’ thing for up and coming teens. And they’ll know they’ve found the perfect style if it makes their moms want to barf. And then, anyone wearing low riders will officially be wearing the new mom jeans (because…that’s what moms wear!)

  131. 1131
    Amy Carter says:

    Can you tell us where you buy these great jeans? I’ve never heard of any of them. I shop at Kohl’s, The Dress Barn, and the thrift store primarily. I would branch out had I known my butt could look like that. Please tell me where besides the internet. I have to try them on first!

  132. 1132
    Tiffany says:

    Now I see why my sister told me my 18 year old niece said I needed to get some new jeans–42 year old mom jean wearer *sigh*

  133. 1133
    Amber says:

    I absolutely LOVE how NONE of these are in my price range WHATSOEVER!!!! So I guess mom jeans is is. Thanks so much for the “help”.

    • 1133.1

      If you’re willing to look for them, you can find them at reasonable prices. I never pay over $100 for jeans, and often get them for $50 or less! Express has great sales which can be combined with coupons, Department stores often have designer jean clearance racks, and Nordstrom Rack sells some amazing jeans through their HauteLook site for way less than half price: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw

      They’re out there! I promise!

  134. 1134
    Rachel says:

    Cheers!! I absolutely need a SOB (save our butt) makeover haha! Looks like I will be jean shopping with our tax returns ;)

  135. 1135
    Barbara Kurth says:

    Love the article – but still looking for jeans not so expensive. Spent this morning look at all the suggestion above but most $100+. Bit over my budget.

    • 1135.1

      If you’re willing to look for them, you can find them at reasonable prices. I never pay over $100 for jeans, and often get them for $50 or less! Express has great sales which can be combined with coupons, Department stores often have designer jean clearance racks, and Nordstrom Rack sells some amazing jeans through their HauteLook site for way less than half price: http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw
      They’re out there! I promise!

  136. 1136
    Rebecca says:

    Ok, this has me wondering about what on earth I should buy. I’m 36 and a soon to be mom of 8. Typical pre-pregnancy weight is between 120-125, and I’m 5’8″. My hubby hates that every pair of jeans I wear is unflattering in his opinion and makes my tush look really flat. I have NO clue where to even begin as I never think about clothes, except that yes I am in fact wearing some and yes they WERE clean when I put them on.

    • 1136.1

      Look for smaller pockets, perhaps pockets with flaps, and where the pockets fall on your butt makes all the difference! It sounds like you have a fantastic body for jeans – you should have a lot of options out there for you! I’ll be glad to help when you get ready to shop.

  137. 1137
    Sarah says:

    I love your article! Is there any chance your husband would volunteer to do the same research but for men’s jeans? I am trying to convince my man that he needs to buy better jeans so he doesn’t look like he has a saggy old man rear! So far I have convinced him to wear at least Levi’s instead of Wal-Mart jeans!

    Thank you!

  138. 1138
    Jennifer says:

    I know this is an old post-is anyone still giving advice on here?

  139. 1139
    HarleyMom117 says:

    Well, CRAP. Just CRAP. Here I’ve always prided myself in NOT wearing ‘Mom jeans’ — but now I’m not so sure. Could it be? Have I been ALWAYS wearing ‘Mom jeans’??

    Help!!!! I am in my mid-40’s. I recently lost 35lbs (because of cancer, NOT because of hard work! Though I am determined NOT to gain any of it back). And I’m more clueless about jeans now than ever. As soon as I post this, I will be moving on to your article on picking out the perfect jeans. Then I am going to make an appointment with my 15-year-old daughter, beg to her take me shopping….and tell me the TRUTH (she tells me I look great in everything.). Damn kid.

  140. 1140
    Reva says:

    I wear mom jeans every other non mom Jean I’ve wore my butt crack sticks out lol rather embarrassing but….I’ve never heard of any of the ‘other’ option jeans. Do they cover long butt cracks lol

  141. 1141
    Michelle says:

    Very informative post! I HATE shopping for jeans because after trying on 10 pairs of hideous jeans, I quit (usually on the verge of tears). I did an Internet search for every brand of jeans you recommended and was very disappointed to see that they are all $70-200! After all the costs that come with raising kids, most moms don’t have that kind of cash to throw away on jeans. I usually buy old navy jeans because they are $15-20, even though they are not at all flattering. Are there really no realistically priced jeans that fit great?

    • 1141.1

      I bargain shop for jeans, but usually pay $40-70 for a pair. But they’re worth it, because they last so much longer!

      At Express, you can combine their sales with their great coupons to usually get jeans about $30-40.

      As for the designer brands, you can often find them on Clearance racks at the department stores and through HauteLook http://www.hautelook.com/short/3QXfw for around $30-70.

      It really is worth it to pay a little more – they will last you so much longer, besides looking so much more fantastic!

  142. 1142
    Jenny says:

    NIKKI and JOSIE,
    I too am 6′ and take a size 14/16……have always had to purchase Levi’s in men styles for the length. Recently I found Maci’s carried a womans Levi’s, but it still was hard to find them in a long. FINALLY a light bulb went off……..GO ONLINE TO LEVI’S!!!! I found “Perfectly Slimming 512 Bootcut”! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!! I think they have others besides bootcut too, I personally have always liked the bootcut. If you sign up for their email list, they will send you emails on their sales. Last time I bought, I got 50% off and free shipping. I will never go jean shopping again, and will never buy any other jean. (The last pair I bought prior was at Old Navy, funny enough, and how true is this article???!!! Got them for about the same price as the Levi’s, thought they were great cuz they were long enough so I settled,, but……..THE SUCKED!!! Just like the blog said, felt/looked good for about the first 5 minutes, then they just sagged, and looked crappy. So wish I could return them for a refund!!!)
    Goodluck

  143. 1143
    Jenny says:

    I just finished reading your article about GAP/Old Navy jeans. I love your writing! I’ve never had much luck with jeans. Gap jeans offender here. My problem is that I have a small waist and large hips. If jeans fit in the hips, they’re too big in the waist. If they fit in the waist, I usually can’t get them over my hips. I’m a size 10 and 5’2″. Usually have to buy petite or short. ( I don’t have a problem hemming but the crotch can be long or the flare falls too low.). It’s so rare to find jeans that fit both hips and waist (Gap does), I can hardly reject them due to pocket size. Do you have any suggestions??
    Thanks!

  144. 1144
    June's Bad One says:

    Any suggestions for shorties with curves? Thanks!

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    Syl says:

    Great! I’m always on a mission for great jeans that make my bootie look good, and younger. A mom of 3, and 37… I’m fighting the mom butt! I love Express jeans, and have been trying to find another brand. I like the jeans at The Buckle, specifically the ones by Daytrip. I’m definitely going to try some of the LA Idol ones. Thanks!! No more Gap for me…..

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    Cindy Houghton says:

    I have a question about the fit of my jeans. My jeans are not too tight nor are they too loose however I have a very hard time finding jeans that don’t flip down every time I sit down bend over whatever and then I have to pull them up every time I get out of the car or stand up and it’s really annoying. I know I need jeans that come up higher on the waist well I’m assuming that’s the problem but I have a hard time finding jeans that do that without looking like mom jeans. By the way I’m 46 and a little curvy.so anyway do you have any suggestions some of the brands you have listed here I’ve never even heard of but I’m definitely going to look them up.

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    Anna says:

    I’ve seen this floating around for awhile and have read it several times. Although I understand what your saying, I don’t necessarily agree. Lots of the suggestion jeans are worse than the gap jeans. I don’t care if they’re designer jeans, the sparkly, shiny, stuff on butt jeans are just so trashy. They look trashy on rich people, poor people, celebrities. I can’t stand how the gap jeans stretch out so much. Along with the express jeans, KUT jeans. And it’s not realistic, I have tried on countless designer jeans. They do not fit ! R&r- no, 7- no, true religion- no, Levi’s-no, lucky-no, every other brand-no… Sorry, venting for myself. I have never found a good pair of jeans and it drives me crazy. :( I’ll stick to gap and KUT jeans, they fit me ok.

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    Tiffany Baker says:

    oie! I literally own 90% of these mom jeans! I literally had no idea. Quite frankly they are the only company that I have found that have consistent Tall jeans (36″ inseam) that are also affordable! What the heck can I do to not wear mom jeans but have long enough inseams?!?!?! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  149. 1149
    Jennifer says:

    Any thoughts on Eddie Bauer jeans?

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    Kerri says:

    I just discovered this post, thank you so much! I always buy at Old Navy, and I definitely need something new. I appreciate all of your posts, but it’s so overwhelming!
    I’m 33 and want something that doesn’t’ look like I’m trying to look like a teenager, and that I can ideally wear with either a blazer and boots to work, and sneakers and t-shirt to the playground. I don’t like all of the embellishments and jewels on the butt.
    I’m 5’4″, usually wear a size 14, and definitely carry my extra weight right around my waist. I like the look of some of the Rock and Republic jeans and the 7 For all Mankind jeans you post, do you have any recommendations for me? Also, where can you buy whatever brands can you recommend? As much as I prefer shopping online, I guess I’d need to try them on first until I find a brand I like.
    Thanks so much!!

    • 1150.1

      Sorry for the super late reply! Some brands to try: Express Stella Cut, Rock and Republic (available at Kohl’s), Lucky Brand, William Rast, Silver Jeans, and LA Idol. Trying on is good, but once you know what works, my favorite way to get good jeans online these days is through HauteLook.

      Hope that helps! Best of luck shopping!

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    lisa says:

    How stupid do you think your readers are? Your last picture “fresh out od the dryer & worn 30 minutes” is a complete lie. You are in a friggen changeroom and still wearing the tags!

    You make sime good points, but its not consistent. Blatently falsifying things also challenges the entite integrity of this post. How about you be objective next time & give people a truthful opinion.

  152. 1152
    Tiffany says:

    Ok I’m going shopping Sat, for a pair of jeans. I currently own 1 pair and they are to small post babies lol I have a severely limited choice of stores though. JCP, ON, Target, Kohl’s, and CJBanks are the only ones who are neat me and carry my size. I wear a 32″ inseam and am 5’8″ish but carry a spare tire thanks to 2 back to back pregnancies. Help! Feel free to email me. I’ll even give you my cell # so you can help me while I’m shopping bc I’m desperate. Fashion is NOT my thing.

    • 1152.1

      Oops. So I totally missed your Saturday shopping trip. I’m so sorry!! January was a hectic crazy month around here. I’ll be glad to help if you still want help, though!

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    Hey Y'all says:

    I agree with those who said the 7 FAM are just too crazy-expensive. $160 for jeans? This is why I held onto my Gap long and lean (pre- babies, and bought on sale) for yeeeeeearrrs. Not the best fit, but damn near indestructible.

    I am loving Blank Denim – bought a pair last year (on sale at Urban Outfitters, of all places, for around $40). They’re usually about $100 when not on sale. I think they might even accommodate my Mommy Tummy….

  154. 1154
    Haley V says:

    Hi! I just found this post via Pinterest and it makes me want to leave my job right now and buy some jeans. I own 2 pairs of Gap skinny jeans and I have noticed the stretching!!! I can tell I have a saggy butt and the jeans are too tight around my calves. Thank you for posting this!! I can’t wait to buy all new jeans and I know I’ll constantly be looking at this post and the “Proper Fitting of Jeans” post.

  155. 1155
    SALLY says:

    Im ‘5’10 and have the flattest butt EVER….

    I have tried tons of jeans and I revert to just wearing a long sweater or tanks to cover half my back… lol

    Any suggestions…

    Silver jeans look great for 10 minutes…. lol Then I have POOP BUTT….

    Please help…. Ive been dealing with this for 35 years…. okay about 20… but it SUCKS!!!!

    • 1155.1

      Hmm….I would try Hudson Jeans – they have a small butt and really flattering pockets. Also, maybe ReRock at Express. If you can find them, Dylan George and Red Engine may also work well.

      Let me know how it goes!

  156. 1156
    hannah says:

    Hi do you have suggestions for a c section belly? I have a lower belly pouch that I can’t get rid of. The only panys/jeans that seem to work are the ones with elastic. Thanks!

    • 1156.1

      I have a C-Section pooch too. Where is the waist hitting on your pooch? It should be high enough above it that you don’t need elastic. If not, though, try Red Engine jeans – they have a higher rise which helps get over it, but without losing the proper pocket placement. For a cheaper option, try Express Stella Cut.

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    Dawn Lynn says:

    major eye opener… thank you so much for taking the time to post this!

  158. 1158
    kt722 says:

    When will there be a revisit to perhaps include american eagle and various other store brands. I love this blog by far the most.

  159. 1159
    Louise Sunde says:

    I loved your article on jean comparison, but now the question remains, where do I find all these fabulous jeans? What sores carry them? Thanks, Louise

    • 1159.1

      Try Express, Department Stores, and Nordstrom Rack. After you know what fits you, HauteLook has the best deals on jeans in my opinion. I just bought some Joe’s Jeans from them last week that I am in love with.

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    Michela says:

    This is fascinating. I am a 40 something and since having my 2 kids have never found a pair of jeans I liked to wear. I have a pair of old ON jeans that still sorta fit, so I wear those, but am looking for a great skinny jean for tall 5’10” women with an apple shape. The muffin top is my issue, but I hate wearing jeans on my waist, so I like med-low rise waist in my jeans. Would love any brand suggestions you might have.

    • 1160.1

      There should be a ton of designer brands that would look great on you – they’re always made for long legs! Joe’s Jeans, William Rast, Frankie B, and 7 for all Mankind all work great with bigger waist to hip ratio. They’re expensive, but you can often find them on clearance at department stores, Nordstrom Rack, or through HauteLook. And they’re so worth it because they look great and last longer! Also try Express’ Skyscraper jeans.

      Hope that helps!

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    kat says:

    My rant is that Petite jeans now have inseams 2-3 inches longer than 2 years ago. I promise I haven’t gotten taller & a pair of jeans that still drag if I am wearing 5 inch platform stillettos is just WRONG. Seriously I blame the Desparate Housewives of _______. Can I send them my tailoring bill for hemming?

  162. 1162
    Angi says:

    GREAT article!!! I have NEVER purchased Gap or Old Navy jeans and now I never will!! Most of my jeans come from Target and off the sale rack at that. The hardest part for me is that I have absolutely NO BUTT to speak of at all!! Low rise jeans were a god send for me when they first came out opposed to the high waisters of the 1990’s. I’m 37, have a 3 1/2 yr old daughter and 7 month twin boys. I’m petite except for my long legs. And I REFUSE to pay more than $25 for a pair of jeans!! And that for me is PUSHING IT! The BEST thing I did the last time I went to my local Target jean shopping was bringing my 22 yr old sister (who I now dub my “stylist”) with me! Always bring another person who will be blunt, honest and who’s opinion you trust!! They can see your butt from an angle that you never will be able to regardless of the mirror position!!

    Again, GREAT article!! Thanks so much!!

    P.S. Gap – for goodness sake why on earth are your jean pockets SO GINORMOUS?!!!

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    Tina says:

    I think the designer jeans are hideous, even without all of the pocket embellishments. They are also too low-rise, which women over 30 have no business wearing.

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    meg says:

    My suggestion: Do some butt exercises….don’t rely on jeans to give you the perfect butt. Let’s face it girls, sooner or later, you will have to take the jeans off!!! What then?

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    Britney says:

    So you would rather us send our butt photos to you through email instead of text? Cause I’m pretty sure I will do that next time I go jean shopping! I always have the hardest time knowing what looks good on me cuz I’m a little bigger. I am at like a size 14. Is that plus size? If it is, do the places you mention on here even have those sizes or should I go read your plus size post? Thank you!!! Such a huge help!!

    • 1165.1

      Sorry for my late response! Yes, email me here – I’ll do my best to help!

      14 is a good size to be in because you can shop in both regular sizes and plus sizes. So you have a lot of options!

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    Littlebit says:

    Thank you for this post!! I also really like all the comments & suggestions…I have been trying to find a new place to get jeans. I have never tried rerock jeans b/c I have had so many terrible jean experiences at express in the past. They ALWAYS stretched out on me! Same with the buckle’s really really expensive jeans. I LOVE AE jeans, but not as crazy about the current ones vs. the older ones.

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    Jill says:

    Where can I try on the brands you suggest? I have no idea what size jeans I should be wearing in non-mom jeans. I think I may need an intervention……..help!

    • 1167.1

      Sorry for the late reply!

      I suggest shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Express, and Department stores. Some boutiques have great jeans, too! You may not find the exact brands I tried on (some are different or discontinued now), but my tips were supposed to be more generalized than specific brands.

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    sherry says:

    I have a big booty and thighs. I always have to go to a high waist pant because of ridding and farm work im never worried about my booty showing. I can never find high waisted especially ones with extra room for the booty. And advice? Could I send you a few pics and you could let me know what I shoukd be looking for in a great pair of jeans? Love all the great info as well.

  169. 1169
    Ciarra Ruckman says:

    I find Miss Me jeans are a great fit , I probably have 150 pair of jeans ( yes 150 I love jeans ) I am very picky about the fit . My closet is full of Miss Me , BKE, Big Star and True Religion ( though True Religion is real spendy ) All these jeans I like the way they fit in the butt , hips and thigh……

  170. 1170
    Lacey says:

    Not that your points aren’t valid, but I have worked for the Gap company in the past totaling almost 3 years and would work there again anytime.
    I felt the need to point out that Gap and Old Navy are part of Gap Inc. Same company, so their jeans are going to be very similar in their fit. Also, why I love Gap jeans: they are woven in a circular fashion, which makes it harder for the knee to get holes. My jeans from buckle, as much as I love them, get holes much quicker than my Gap jeans.
    Gap jeans do stretch out fairly quick, and you can try on 30-65 pairs of the same jean and they will all fit you different.
    Another point, Long & Lean are made to make a person look long and lean. I have always loved the cuff on these jeans, but because I am long & lean, the smallest size (00) is still huge on me.
    Before fully knocking the jeans, it would help to talk with a sales associate who knows how the jeans fit different individuals.
    My favorite Gap jeans are Always Skinny, Perfect Boot & Real Straight.

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    That Hat Lady says:

    FYI–decorated pockets are passé. Try JBrand.

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    Zuly says:

    This post made me crack up lauging. I loved it, it’s all true! Definitely compelling evidence in the case against these jeans. I’ll add that the stretching thing also happened to me with a pair of american eagle jeans…. like pulling my pants up stretched out after like 30 minutes wearing them… it’s like they weren’t even my size. Needless to say, that’s ridiculous. Thanks for posting this!

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    R. Luna says:

    Oh man! What an informative article. I was cringing this morning putting on my Levi’s 515 Boot Cut. I own 2 pairs of jeans (both are the 515s) and 2 pairs of Lauren Conrad Distressed Roll-Cuff Denim Capris. I’m convinced from the photos and my own assessment I’ve been wearing mom jeans. Eeek!
    Naturally I hate shopping so I have no fashion sense at all. Levi’s, a shirt, a flannel and converse are what I’ll be in 90% of the time. Gross, I know! I’m trying to make a change.
    I’m 5’5″ with a 32-34 D Bust and wear a size 10 jeans. 145-150 lbs. A small waist with hips and a big butt. It’s the bubble kind but only like half way. I’m always one pair away of having diaper butt. I have those awesome saddlebags to compliment my overall look.
    If you will kindly make a suggestion of some brands and styles, I can start to head in the right direction.
    Thanks for your time. LOVE your articles! The pics are priceless and really useful.

    • 1173.1

      I would try going to Buckle, if you have one near you – they have a huge selection of jeans and very helpful staff.
      Other brands that would be worth trying: Red Engine, Express (they have a new high waist that keeps the pockets in the right place and it might work well to curve back in at your waist), and possibly Silver Jeans.

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    Eay says:

    Never read posts with such bad grammar and poor .spelling.

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    katie says:

    I actually went out and bought myself a pair of 7FAM and Rerock for Express jeans because of this post (from a consignment shop)!

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    tigalilee says:

    Oh my gosh this is hilarious! I am bookmarking this website. I never knew I was walking around in gateway mom jeans!! Old Navy is pretty much the only place I go for new jeans. I get name brand ones from the thrift store. :-\ I’ve never even heard of these other brands but I will definitely check out their price point.

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    Kady says:

    Wow. All my jeans are Gap, ON, or Victorias Secret — what are your thoughts on VS jeans?
    What about the Old Navy Flirt fit?
    You’re absolutely right that they stretch out quickly. I thought that was true of all jeans?
    (And yes the ON Sweetheart is truly hideous.)
    So, what would you recommend for me:
    43 year old mom
    5’10″” (need long length)
    145 lbs
    Wide hips, saddle (gasp) bags.
    My tummy…. Sticks out. I look a few months pregnant most dats of the month.
    Based on your pictures the Exoress ReRocks look great.
    What will look good on me?
    Being so tall, and full of hips and belly, low rises are a bad idea for me. .

    • 1177.1

      I would try one (or all) of the following:

      Express Jeans – they now have a high rise that keeps the pockets in the right place but gives a bit more coverage, and they have tall lengths
      Lucky Brand jeans – the ones in department stores or Lucky, not in Sams or Costco
      Red Engine Jeans – hard to find, but AMAZING.

      Hope that helps!

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    Sydney says:

    Do you know anything about Chip & Pepper denim? Right now my Belk has them on sale for around $25. I didn’t have time to try them on in the store. I’ve worked at a large consignment store for 6 years, & I’ve seen almost every brand, but I’m not familiar with these. Thanks!

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    Tammy says:

    I have lost 125 lbs. I need to know if I am on the right track with the jeans I have been buying. Are you willing to check it out?

    • 1179.1

      Sure! Send me pictures and info about your size, proportions, etc.

      • Julie says:

        Help! I’ve tried almost all of your personal favs except red engine, silver, la idol and maybe a few others you have mentioned. I’ll try adding a photo for your viewing pleasure of my 43 yr old (2 kids later with very little excersized) posterior. I am 198 lb.s and 5’4″…can’t wait to see which you suggest I run out and try. Thanks so much for all of your research, articles and posts! We all need to stay out of mom jeans at all costs…I am doing my part TODAY!

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    Momofthree says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen more talk of Silver jeans!!! Personally my favorite brand so far! I’m 33 and have curves so finding jeans that fit my height (5’4″), my bum, and my waist has always been difficult. Silvers have jeans for all shapes and sizes (and lengths) and they come with bling or without (tons of choices). I personally wear Silver Suki’s (curvy fit) and I can wear them for days without losing shape! And for the record, they make my bum look awesome!! :). But thanks Rachel for binging this visual awareness to us!!! Makes me think twice before buying!

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    Jennifer Wilson says:

    I need serious butt help…..I’ve always stuck with the Old Navy jean because it’s what fits. Now I’m questioning my entire existence!!!!! I’m 5’6″ 175 lbs and a solid size 14. I’ve always avoided the more expensive jeans because they don’t seem to fit me at all. I’m not thin but I’m not a traditional plus size figure either. I have the same measurements as Marilyn Monroe. Smaller waist, full hips, muscular legs. I don’t have a large gut or a flat butt. Most jeans don’t fit comfortably around my quads. Where can I start looking to find something more flattering?

    • 1181.1

      Check out Buckle – they’re really helpful and have great jeans; Maurices has a great selection of those in-between sizes, and Express might be worth a try.

      Hope that helps!

  182. 1182
    Claudia says:

    Hi, very clever post. I have a “monobutt” that looks ridiculous with any jeans i wear. Thanks to two kids, i have a belly too, and the jeans i wear either get very loose on the waist or they sag in the back. I tried Not Your Mom’s Jeans but they sag too and seem to slide off.so i have to pull them up all the time. I am a size 18. Any suggestions?

  183. 1183
    Anne says:

    Help! I am down to my last 3 pairs of jeans because I havent been able to find any in the last year that I like! The problem I seem to be running into is finding a pair that does not show my butt when I bend over or sit down, or doesn’t stretch or sag out of shape after only a few hours of wear. I have a nice butt and like to show it off, but I don’t want to be mooning people!

    • 1183.1

      Express has a new higher rise jean for people that need a little more butt coverage. Other great brands that come up higher (without losing a modern cut on the pockets and legs) are Red Engine, Lucky Brand, J Brand, and some of Joe’s Jeans. Hope that helps!

      • Martine says:

        What do you mean by modern, really? Obviously lower rise isn’t modern today. It was modern in 2003. 11 years ago. Do you just dislike the look of high rise jeans, which is totally understandable, or are you just not aware that lower rise is coming to an end as a trend?

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    Cindy Sims says:

    I’m 75 years old –size 10 and I love Chico jeans !!! Size 1 in Chicos —- No problem with my butt !!!!!

  185. 1185
    dina says:

    Hi,i am not trying to be rude..BUT you have NO ass…did you ever think thats whythose jeans look so crappy????

  186. 1186
    Sinead says:

    I though that the denim jumpsuit was really flattering on you, and cute for summer.

  187. 1187
    Julissa says:

    You did amazing job! Thanks. I learned how to choose my next pair of jeans

  188. 1188
    Lori says:

    Loved this article, found it to be so helpful. I am 51, mother of 2 grown boys, and now grandmother to one special granddaughter. I’ve always wore a size 4 or 6 size jean, but now do to menopause (I blame everything on menopause now), I’ve gained bout 12 pounds, which puts me into a size 8 or 10. This is devastating to me. I am 5′ 7″ and most of the weight has went to my belly and legs..What would be ur suggestion for me? I want to be a cool grandma, and make my boys proud,and not ashamed of me. They never would be ashamed, that was just a joke. They all love me very much, and I want to look good for them and myself at this age. Please help with any suggestions. Thanks so much

    • 1188.1

      Give Express Jeans a try, or possibly Lucky Brand (Not the ones at CostCo but in department stores or Lucky Stores), or possibly Ann Taylor, but be careful with her – she doesn’t always get the pocket height right.

      Hope that helps!

  189. 1189
    Kevin says:

    Hi, I came across your Gap mom jeans post by accident. I’m a man but found it interesting anyway because I have a similar problem with the Gap jeans. I really like the 1969 skinny jeans in the legs and thighs (very slim but not so skin tight as I see teens wear, that look is a bit young for me) but the rear is too saggy and it isn’t flattering my assets. Do you have any opinions on men’s jeans from experiences with boyfriends, male family members, etc? I heard lot of brands, but I don’t know what’s worth checking out. I’ve only ever owned Levis and Gap jeans.
    Thanks for ANY tips!

  190. 1190
    Sophia Williams says:

    I’m shocked and amazed at the same time. I also have the same issues with GAP that’s why I prefer the jeans from Hub Clothing instead. Thank you for pointing this out. My mom said I was being ridiculous when I told her that there’s a science in buying the perfect fitting jeans, but here’s the evidence that I was right.

  191. 1191
    Martine says:

    Do people here realize that wearing boot cut low rise jeans is the out of style look of today, They are the NEW mom jeans

  192. 1192
    Karina says:

    EXPRESS JEANs Stella flare skinny Rerock they fit nice ,
    SEE TRHU SOUL JEANS are great for curvy woman make thinner andt long legs also the waist make you look skinny and your butt round And lifted highly recommended

  193. 1193
    GMC3MOM says:

    I think the pictures are great and certainly point me toward some jeans I’d like to own. At the same time, alot of the jeans are hardly “about the same price” as gap or old navy. The few I liked and interested me to look into were 2 – 3 times as much.

  194. 1194
    morgan says:

    jeans are my worst enemy! they seem to come in every combination of shape, size, and length…. except the one combination I need! i have just about given up on pants altogether. i might try making my own but if i dont like how that comes out i might seriously quit the jean world. hahaha.

  195. 1195
    Tamara says:

    Can you please do one of these for jean skirts? I ordered two different pencil jean skirts online, both from expensive jean brands and both have back pockets that end above the bottom of my but. Do the same rules apply for jean skirts? I can’t seem to find any that have lower back pockets.

  196. 1196
    Karla Lyle says:

    This article makes me want to have my husband take a picture of my butt in every pair of jeans I own so I can see just how bad it looks in my jeans. I usually only really take a good look at the front but maybe I should be checking out my butt better. Thanksfor posting this.

  197. 1197
    Traci says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for this article. The information was so eye opening! I must have 20 pairs of jeans in my closet, and all of them are just so so. I had been into a Buckle store a few months back at a mall in a different state from me (AZ) but I didn’t have the proper time to really try on anything. I loved what I saw though and meant to track one down near me (CA) but never got around to it. There isn’t one actually too close, there are 2 maybe within 30 miles away or so. After reading your blog, I immediately got online and ordered a few pairs (guessing at my size) and when they came in, I tried them on. I am sooooo happy I found this blog. They look a million times better than my Gap, ON, Target……heck even my Torrid jeans! I wear a 14, so ordered 34’s but then thought about it and ordered a 33 just to see. The 34s work, but the 33s are even better. I’m also pretty tall, with a long inseam and they have all those sizes. I ordered 35″ inseam, and they are so long and lovely : ) I need to wear a heel with these, so I plan to get another pair or 2 with a slightly shorter inseam for every day sandal wear. Yes, they are more expensive than the other jeans, but I’m willing to have just a few pairs instead of the 20 that are just so so. Actually, I’m planning on going on Ebay and selling them to offset the cost of a few more lol. Thanks for helping us moms out! Oh btw, I wore my first pair the other day and twice, from 2 different g/fs, I got the ‘are you losing weight’ question. Love it!

  198. 1198
    Sierra says:

    What if you don’t want those gody ugly pockets and stitching? This only compares plain jeans to busy jeans. This only appeals to people who want to wear jeans that draw attention because of what they look like and how flashy they are, not how well they fit and how you wear them.

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    Brandi says:

    I’m 5’6″, 30 years old and mama to 5, size 14-16 but w a 10 wk old. I have a big butt and I’m sure I buy mom jeans bc I never get a chance to try stuff on! Help! I want to look my age, not my gestation! People look at me w 5 kids and probably assume I’m frumpy. Plus my BFF and butt judge just moved across the country! Id love to be able to text you butt photos and hear your suggestions for me! Even sending me photos of jeans that might look good?

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    Jessica says:

    Thank u thank u thank u!!!!!! As a curvy but not overweight mom of 2 I can’t thank you enough for your honesty, humility and braveness to do this for us!!! Thank you for showing all of what you did!! I can’t afford to go jeans shopping a lot but I have learned to really be careful with how jeans look and make me feel. I did find some great jeans at walmart that really are flattering but I wanted to thank you for the cold hard truth and your honesty all while showing off a sensitive area!!! You are fantastic!!!! Thank you so much I normally never comment on anything but you made me laugh and think. You are a treasure!!!
    Jessica

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  11. [...] I have a wishlist for my cats. And it has been brought to my attention that I have been wearing Gateway Mom Jeans for years. What a nasty surprise this is. I never dressed well, but I didn’t think I dressed [...]

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  13. [...] Also! My mother sent me this blog post about Gap and Old Navy jeans being Mom Jeans. [...]

  14. [...]  An Inconvenient Gap of Truth (this is an eye opener!) by Grasping for Objectivity [...]

  15. [...] An Inconvenient Gap of Truth. This one just made me laugh and laugh. Best sentence? “Gap and Old Navy sell Gateway Mom [...]

  16. [...] jeans that were unflattering. You can check out the blog that led me to that startling discovery here, but for a sneak peak, check out this picture – this is the same person on the same day in two [...]

  17. [...] Posted by Ginny Yup. I just purged a bunch of jeans after I read this blog: Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans Must read it. It was posted on another board I visit. That almost made me cry, I have now [...]

  18. [...] realize that my cheap shopping habits are not working, especially with jeans (check out this blog: Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans). Today I tried on a bunch of $150+ jeans and they all fit perfectly, I loved them all. However, I [...]

  19. [...] price.  They even carried “longs”, which is what I always need.  Now they only carry “mom jeans”, apparently. [...]

  20. [...] few weeks ago, while bouncing around Pinterest, I came across a blog post informing me that the Gap only sold Mom [...]

  21. [...] from Grasping for Objectivity took on the challenge of comparing Gap and Old Navy jeans to other well-known brands that will help [...]

  22. [...] friend of mine (who was really doing me a favour) kindly pointed me in the direction of this blog. The writer points to the truth, “Gap and Old Navy sell Gateway Mom [...]

  23. [...] have to admit, I was starting to lose all faith in Old Navy after reading Rachel’s article on Mom Jeans (pop over for an entertaining [...]

  24. [...] also read this great tutorial on buying jeans. I do not, for the record, own any mom jeans but I liked the way she showed her [...]

  25. [...] came across this article on Pinterest last week: An Inconvenient Gap of Truth. It is a very good article that exposes how some of us get led to buying “Mom Jeans” [...]

  26. [...] read the Old Navy and Gap are Really MOM Jeans post I cried a little and thought about both my booty and my closet.  There was no article of [...]

  27. [...] Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans – Grasping for Objectivity [...]

  28. [...] Here at Karina, we’re firm believers in the quality of clothes and that one great item is worth it’s weight in gold. Grasping for Objectivity wrote a pretty stunning piece in that light about jeans. [...]

  29. [...] Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans. Rate this:Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailDiggRedditStumbleUponGoogle +1Like this:LikeBe the first to like this. [...]

  30. [...] My first thought is that I could really use some jeans that aren’t “mom jeans”. Yep, I found out that I am officially wearing mom jeans. I honestly had no idea until I stumbled across this blog post. [...]

  31. [...] I’ve never thought much about pocket placement and it’s effect on my ass. Now I think about it all the time. Or at least 2% more of the [...]

  32. [...] new genius friend at Grasping for Objectivity “Yes, that is the same butt.  No, I didn’t starve myself between the two [...]

  33. [...] In fact, they’re  GAP jeans, which, as you may have seen making the blogosphere rounds, are fairly sub-optimal. I tried to replicate the pose and angle exactly. (Even though these pictures were taken within 10 [...]

  34. [...] butts and how one could best flatter one’s butt with jeans. (And for the record, this is a GREAT post about how to best flatter your bum.  You should all read it [...]

  35. [...] I really wanted a new pair or dark rinse skinny jeans….but I’m on maternity leave and can barely afford daycare, bon-bons, champagne AND new jeans. So, I made a compromise. I bought $16 jeans at Costco. For shame. Okay…..I wasn’t ashamed, I was apathetic…..even cocky that I had these new DKNY jeans for only $16. I’m soooooo smart. Then I read this blog post: http://carrieelle.com/2012/10/the-day-i-rocked-the-mom-jeans.html about rocking mom jeans. Oh. Oh. Oh. I was caught red handed in high waisted, tapered, comfy mom jeans. I took a picture from behind (while I was packing for an upcoming trip…hence the mess on the floor) as inspired by this post: http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2012/07/gap.html. [...]

  36. What I Wore says:

    [...] quick conversation with my friend Brianne Sunday about her super cute jeans. She told me she found this article on Pinterest and it changed her life. Well, maybe not her life but she did discover she was wearing [...]

  37. [...] to find some information to be quite useful for my future shopping endeavors. According to this article I located on the Internet,  it appears that all stores (yes, even the trendiest of the trendy), [...]

  38. [...] be careful, ladies! Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans __________________ "And death is at your doorstep And it will steal your innocence But [...]

  39. [...] I read an AWESOME article a while back called:  An Inconvenient Gap of Truth [...]

  40. [...] ya go! Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans __________________ Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. [...]

  41. [...] Apparently not when it comes to mom jeans. Apparently, GAP and Old Navy are ‘gateway’ mom-jeans. [...]

  42. [...] jeans were not all that flattering to start with (as case of the Old Navy gateway mom jeans phenomenon) and they were about to get a hole in one knee, so I figured they were ripe for a [...]

  43. [...] Objectivity‘, an awesome mom blogger from Alabama. The post I love best of hers is, “An Inconvenient Gap of Truth,” a blog unveiling the truth about Gap and Old Navy- an the fact that they make mom jeans. I [...]

  44. [...] have to buy expensive ones to get a good cut.  I was inspired to write this after reading this blog and passing it on to all of my friends (thanks originally to my friend Jackie who sent it to me [...]

  45. […] Go try on some expensive jeans that are very flattering; take pictures and measurements.  You’ll want to pay particular attention to pocket placement.  To see why pocket placement makes a difference, you may want to visit this very enlightening blog post. […]

  46. […] str=window.location.href; if (str.search(/nsfw/i) == -1){ document.write(""); } Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans | Grasping for Objectivity I couldn't get the whole blog to copy and paste (help!) but it's an interesting look at Gap and […]

  47. […] I’ll be totally honest – I rarely ever buy jeans at the Gap because they give me the dreaded smoosh butt. In other words, they do absolutely nothing to create a flattering rear end. So I was really shocked […]

  48. […] look on, and I don’t *think* they qualify as “mom jeans” (I absolutely thought this post on mom jeans was hysterical.) Head on over HERE to see all the different styles included in the […]

  49. […] brand of jeans do you wear? I came across this blog post: Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans She has a point, but I don't like the fading. So, I'm looking for a new brand of jeans. What […]

  50. […] cheap- and moving towards more thoughtful and meaningful purchases.  (starting with eliminating mom jeans from my wardrobe. this is a must […]

  51. […] the Old Navy site last night in an attempt to find a pair of jeans on the cheap. I hear rumors that Old Navy and Gap sell gateway mom jeans, but I’m sure I can make them work for $19.99 a […]

  52. […] the most hilarious posts I’ve ever read on ’gateway’ mom jeans you can also read here. That post made me reconsider every pair of denim I owned (or thought I wanted at the time). A good […]

  53. […] My friend Suzanne posted this link that compared jeans at Old Navy, Gap and Expensive Stores. Basically, I have to quit buying jeans at Old Navy. Like, it is no longer an option. Look at the pictures!!! […]

  54. […] how well they look on, and I don’t *think* they qualify as “mom jeans” (I absolutely thought this post on mom jeans was hysterical.) Head on over HERE to see all the different styles included in the […]

  55. […] posts. Hollywood Housewife’s Friday Links is one of my faves. In fact, she just shared this link which has me wanting to take a picture of my butt in every pair of jeans I own. Gasp! So today […]

  56. Price Of William Rast 1016

    [...] but it was worth every penny. I look great and others have noticed. Thanks for [...]

  57. Blog Love says:

    […] These photos of cheap jeans vs. a higher priced pair are kind of astounding (via Gala Darling) >>> […]

  58. […] ***FYI – high waisted jeans are back – and those of us who tend toward being high-waisted anyway, we MUST BEWARE OF THE MOM-JEAN LOOK!  For help in the mom-jean category (and how to stay out of it), read this article! […]

  59. […] too big but the 6′s were uncomfortable. I’d always worn Gap jeans. Then I learned that Gap jeans are mom jeans. So that kind of changed how I felt about them and they didn’t really fit anymore. But Matt […]

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