Mom jeans is a humorously pejorative term for a specific type of fit of women's jeans, considered to be both unfashionable, and unflattering to the wearer's body shape. 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. It also tends to have excess space in the zipper/crotch and leg areas. The jeans are usually in a solid, light-blue color, with no form of stone washing or fading. Other attributes of the style often seen are pleats, tapered legs, and elastic waistbands. The style is often accompanied by a blouse or shirt that is tucked into the jeans. This style of jeans was popular with women in the United States until the mid-1990s, when lower rise jeans started to become fashionable.
Though the term was in widespread use in the 1990s, it gained greater notice after a 2003 Saturday Night Live skit for a fake brand of jeans called Mom Jeans, which used the tagline "For this Mother's Day, don't give Mom that bottle of perfume. Give her something that says, 'I'm not a woman anymore...I'm a mom!' "
A corresponding term, "dad jeans" has been coined in popular media to refer to a similarly unflattering, high-waisted, and shapeless style of jeans often worn by middle-aged U.S. men. This came to prominence in 2009 when President Barack Obama was depicted as wearing them to a baseball game. They are trendy again.
- Hudson Neal, Jill (2007-09-26), "Mom Jeans Flatter No Body", Washingtonpost.com, retrieved 2007-10-03 "The term "mom jeans" was introduced a few years ago as part of fictitious "Saturday Night Live" commercial"
- Associated Press, AP (2009-07-21), "Obama: No apologies for 'dad jeans'", Chicago Sun Times, archived from the original on 2010-03-02, retrieved 2013-02-05
- "Obama: Health care shouldn’t be political". Today.msnbc.msn.com (NBC News). 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2014-03-07. "Finally, the president responded good-naturedly to criticism of the bleached and baggy “Dad jeans” or “nerd jeans” that he wore to throw out the first pitch at last week’s All-Star Game in St. Louis. “You are married to one of the most fashionable women in the world,” Vieira observed. “Do you want to defend the pants?” “Michelle, she looks fabulous,” he laughed. “I am a little frumpy. Up until a few years ago, I only had four suits. She used to tease me because they would get really shiny. I hate to shop. Those jeans are comfortable, and for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry — I’m not the guy. It just doesn’t fit me. I’m not 20.”"
- Saturday Night Live Mom Jeans skit (May 10, 2003), retrieved 2013-02-07
- Deb Acord (June 11, 2006), Wearer beware of "mom jeans", The Seattle Times, retrieved 2008-05-08
- Carol Band, A Household Word: Mom Jeans, parenthood.com, retrieved 2008-05-08
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