As Beth Montemurro, a sociology professor at Penn State University at Abington who researches gender and sexuality over the life course, told me, many stereotypes about moms and motherhood serve to desexualize mothers. Mom jeans , however, are an exception—or at least, they are now. Sign in My Account Subscribe. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. For most women who came of age in the latter half of the 20th century, then, straight-legged and high-waisted jeans were pretty much always a cool, or at the very least perfectly normal, thing to wear out into the world. Maybe, I thought that weekend, as I zipped up my new jean shorts and headed outside to the pier, our mothers were right all along.
Megan. Age: 26.
Many fashion trends simply boil down to the exact opposite of what was just trendy.
Bristol. Age: 24.
Read: The sneaky way clothing brands hooked men on stretch jeans. We want to hear what you think about this article. In the beginning, the mom prefix did to jeans what it does to everything else. I left with three pairs, each in a different color.