I rock granny panties and mom jeans. You might consider them a fashion abomination, but my mom jeans and granny panties have faithfully served me. Abandon them? I will not.

Call me a trendsetter, but I rocked granny panties long before the term was “in.” Literally. After I’d had my second kid, my grandma gave me a brand new pair of control-top panties (before the age of Spanx) because they didn’t fit her. They’re my second favorite inherited item after my grandfather’s wedding ring.

I thought nothing of yanking that waistband all the way up until it snapped just shy of my sternum. They’ve since gone by the wayside, but I loved them.

In case you don’t know, Wikepedia says “mom jeans” is a humorously pejorative term for a type of women’s jeans considered to be unfashionable and unflattering to the wearer’s figure. This st‌yle usually consists of a high waist (rising above the belly button), making the buttocks appear disproportionately longer, larger, and flatter than they otherwise might. 

First, everyone used to wear jeans like that. Pulled up high. Over the belly button. They were just called JEANS. But jeans evolved.

Today it’s all in the rise: The distance from your crotch to the top of the waistband.

And rise can work for or agin you. Rise determines how good you look in your jeans. There’s regular rise, low rise, short rise, or, what I prefer, super high rise.  They work with my high-rise underwear.

High rise may keep me in the “mom jean” category, but at my age, they work. A low rise might give me muffin top or buttocks cleavage, in which case, I’d have to revamp my entire underwear wardrobe to match the rise of the jeans.

Nothing worse than wearing low rise jeans and high-top underwear. There comes a point in a girl’s life when she’s got to choose between st‌yle and comfort. My choice is obvious.

I prefer to call my jeans super high rise relaxed fit.  I’ll keep rocking my granny panties along with my super high rise relaxed fit.

Hang on to anything long enough and it’s bound to come back in st‌yle.

What’s your rise?

_____________

Want to share your stories? Sign up to become a Spoke contributor!