If you are new here (hi and welcome!) you’re gonna need a little backstory for this one. Last fall, I posted this outfit (or see below pic). They were high-rise, cropped flare jeans – posted to an overwhelming chorus of BOOOOO. (If you click over, be sure to read Terri’s comment – it’s hysterical and perfectly sums up all the others.)
But there were a few things that bugged me (and many things that bugged our readers) about the original post. Namely:
1. The jeans were too big. Not only was the length debatable (I’m only 5’2″, so even “cropped” jeans need to be hemmed), but the jean was also slouchy through the thigh.
2. My styling may have been too casual to give these jeans a fair shake. Whenever a truly new silhouette comes out, it always takes time for our eyes and hearts and minds to adjust. If you think back, most new silhouettes start out a bit dressy (or at least paired with high heels). In the original article, I paired the mom jeans with a basic tee and flats. It was a tough sell.
(Also not helping? My hair. Whatever.)
Round 2: Be Fancier
So. For Round 2, I first tried styling the original, too-big jean with heels and cashmere (I swear this combo fixes just about anything). Just to see if this particular pair of jeans could be saved.
Heels do make it better, right?
But even heels can’t fix the fact that these jeans still skew a bit mumsy – especially from the side. Not only are they still too long (even with heels), but – and this is worse – after a couple of wears, they are even looser through the thigh and butt. These are not my mom jeans. Not even worth hemming them shorter.
Round 3: New Jeans, With Heels
Rag and Bone jeans are known for being super tight in the legs -which is exactly what I need. So when I saw that they came out with a pair of high-rise, cropped flares (with a distressed hem – my fav), I jumped. Learning from my previous mistakes, I first tried them on with a silky little top and heels. There’s something about the high-rise waist that makes me feel so freaking sexy, and the bum is a zillion times better than the old pair.
There’s something about this definite flare shape – tight legs, large flare – that skews more 70’s fab (in a modern way) than mom jean (despite the extra-long zipper, haha).
The problem, however, is that these cropped jeans still aren’t cropped ENOUGH. I can get away with it in heels, but the truth comes out in flats. Which brings me to….
Round 4: Same New Jeans, With Flats
I like the styling here – the long / short always helps (long trench, short jeans). But it’s not enough to hide the fact that my cropped jeans are too long. I prefer them above the ankle bone, otherwise it ends up looking like I had an accident with the scissors.
Round 5: Same Jeans, CROPPED MORE
I took these jeans back to Nordstroms and asked them to tailor them, preserving that cool, distressed hem. There was much consternation about how well they could do this, realistically, but I held firm: Crop. Them. My plan B was to hack with scissors, all in the name of “research,” so….fine. It would be fine.
Nordstrom actually tailored them to perfection!! Yay!!
But then I went and did this (BOOOO):
It’s like I’m incapable of taking my own advice. What was the FIRST THING I mentioned? The First Thing? It was to STAY AWAY from cotton and casual shoes! GAH, S!! GET IT TOGETHER!
But we took the pics, so I will continue this torture:
Now here’s the most maddening one:
I may actually like the longer length better??? Or maybe I’m just so annoyed by my own styling that I can’t see which one is actually the most flattering? IDK.
But since I’ve already invested SO MUCH FREAKING TIME on this trend….I’m going to continue in this bullheaded vein. Which brings me to….
Round 5: The Newly Cropped Crop Jeans, WITH HEELS
I THINK I’VE DONE IT. Only 9 months, a few trips to the tailor, and a mere $$$ down, but I DID IT! A legitimately cute way to wear to wear high-rise cropped jeans!!!
So all we need to do, in summary, is wear these jeans with pretty, silky tops, and the highest-heeled shoes we can find!! Simple!!! [S chokes on her own sarcasm]
I’d say that I’ll try to find a more mom-friendly version of this outfit, but I NEED A BREAK FROM THESE JEANS. Not included in all of this nonsense was my brief foray into high-rise straight leg jeans and NO. That’s a topic for another day. Annoyingly, a few years ago I chopped off a pair of bootcut jeans and I still think that might be the way to go.
But we did get one good thing out of all of this nonsense. Pics like this:
Sometimes I just can’t help myself.
Yay, Mom Jeans.
ps. Gang, if any of you figure out the cropped-flare-and-comfy-shoes combo, PLEASE LET US ALL KNOW. I need a fresh dose of inspiration. I may eventually get around to giving it another go (and if so, it’ll be on my insta, @shanachristine), but for now, my cropped flares and I are on a break. I suspect they’re the Ross to my Rachel, and we’ll end up back together, but ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
For the two of you who are actually all over this trend, here’s a quick botique of the pieces I’m wearing, as well as a few other high-rise cropped flares that caught my eye. I keep wondering if a slight tweak in cut (cause there is allll kinds of variation) would make these jeans work with flats???