Activity #357: Wear jeans that fit your new body

Mom jeans are not cool. I should know, I’m a mom and I live in Berkeley where I can wear jeans to almost anything (nice dinner? client meeting? yes and yes!). I cling to the belief that the right jeans can make me look like a hot mama.

“Because you’re not a woman anymore, you’re a mom”

A few weeks ago, I got the urge to splurge on a pair of really amazing jeans. I wanted to celebrate losing the last ten pounds by no longer hoisting up my jeans every time I went from squatting to standing. I want them to fit right and look awesome, but I don’t exactly have the fashion gene (much to the chagrin of my mother) so I got some professional help.

Amy from IndiDenim (where I’m getting my new custom-fit custom-made jeans if they ever arrive) recently wrote a three part series about deconstructing mom jeans and here are some highlights:

  1. Choose a stretch fabric with a dark rinse and adequate rise (how to figure out your ideal rise is an art).
  2. Pick a leg-opening that will balance your top half, not compete with it (also an art, get help from a friend, I needed Amy to “diagnose me” when I went in).
  3. Use a wide belt to create hourglass figure, but don’t ratchet it so tight you create a muffin top.
  4. Steer clear of flimsy tops. You’re welcome.

For deeper information and to peer into the gallery of pocket styles and combinations of rises with various leg openings, please read her full articles:

Part 1: letting go of your pre-mom jeans
Part 2: finding the right fit for mom jeans
Part 3: great jeans from the waist up

If you’re freshly postpartum, don’t go buying custom jeans just yet. Your body is recovering. Go get some cheap ones! Activity #63 Buy some new jeans

The fine print: in the interest of full disclosure, the Indi Design group has an office in Emeryville and so I checked them out as part of their beta program, which is ongoing. If you let them measure you in their plexiglass pod, you too can get 30% off your custom-made jeans while you also help them work out the kinks in their process. My first pair of jeans arrived and needed to have 2.5 inches removed from the waist.

This was very flattering but ultimately unsatisfying because I want the pants already!

Those sad little jeans will be made into insulation and my new new custom-made jeans are being created from scratch. And I’m waiting another four to six weeks. But the next time I need new jeans, it should be downright handy because they’ve saved all my measurements on file. Fun times!