7 Rules to Finding the Perfect Jeans

By Lambeth Hochwald

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5. Mom Jeans Are Not Your Friend

Nothing will age you faster than wearing a pair of mom jeans: those high-waisted, light-washed, taper-legged jeans, says Kelly. "Women like mom jeans because they usually fit a wide range of shapes," he says. "They're higher in the rise and wide in the tush so they work for more body types, but they're terrible-looking on every shape. Watch reruns of Friends in the early years and if your jeans match Monica's, toss them!" Instead, choose a pair of classic jeans (shown) and try on several pairs until you find one that's comfortable.

Stay positive when you shop for jeans and remember that bodies change over the course of a lifetime, Kelly says. "You can't beat yourself up for not having the same body you had before you had kids. Your body changes as time goes on. Accept it and know that there is a jeans style that will fit you."


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