Many women over age 50, can recall when hip-hugger and bell bottom jeans were popular in the mid 1970s. Like me, your love affair with jeans has probably continued. The problem is finding a pair that works. By making a few good choices, older women can still look good in their jeans.
The first thing to do is acknowledge that you no longer have the body of your youth. Although low-rise jeans are in style today, they do not look good on bulging bellies and sagging behinds. The goal for older women is to be trending without wearing “mom jeans,” and looking like and old lady trying to appear young.
As we age, our bodies change and weight shifts. The best fitting jeans will be those that lift the rear end and help the stomach to look flat. There is no one size fits all, and you cannot always go by television and magazine adds for specific brands. You will just have to keep trying on jeans until you find what looks and feels right for you.
I have jeans that make my back side look flat like a bus driver. Another pair sags in the seat and hangs low in the crotch. I also have a pair that when my husband saw me in the for the first time, he said I looked like a teenager, and if he did not know my age, would never have guessed it.
A good fitting pair of jeans will be pliable and able to bend and turn as you do. The best fitting jeans will not cut off your circulation. Comfort should come before beauty. I recall a day I wore jeans that were a little tight. I also had on a snug fitting long line pant girdle underneath. I experienced indigestion all that day, and that night dealt with acid reflux. I saw the connection and ditched both the jeans and the girdle.
Mid-rise straight-leg denim jeans are suggested as the best for older women, and I agree. Low rise will reveal all of our baggage, and high-rise jeans with a belt that draws the waist tight will give that old school mom jeans look. Wide-leg jeans will add pounds, and skinny jeans will make you look like you are trying to force a size 16 body into a pair of size 8 pants.
Mid-rise jeans are stylish and comfortable. In the second photo, I am wearing a pair of mid-rise jeans, and I am pleased with how my stomach and legs look and feels in them. There are times they loosen and I have to pull them up a little, but over all they are comfortable.
When you try on jeans in a store, always look at yourself from all mirror angles. Take someone with you whose opinion you trust, and ask them to be honest. The bottom line is that most women have an instinct that boosts their confidence when they know they are looking good. When your instinct, the mirror and that trusted friend or relative agree, then all planets have aligned and you know you have on a winning pair of jeans.