The 90s were a black hole of suck for fashion. Flannels, Doc Martens, and bodysuits worked in unison to make your teenage body look like a young replica of some chubby proletariat auto mechanic enjoying his day off at the track. But the biggest fashion failure of the 90s was by far, women’s jeans. Why did it take the jean industry so long to figure out that high wasted, FUPA covering pants was no way for ladies to waddle through life???There was the exceptional wide leg jean that prevailed towards the latter half of the decade. Their slimming appearance made nearly every beer-faced freshman look decent when donning a pair and hitting up a Ben Harper show.
So what was the alternative to the unflattering high wasted pegged jeans your local mall was offering you, besides spending $100 (gasp!) on a pair of Diesel jeans that sort of made you look not homeless? The answer was hanging in your stepdad’s closet, right underneath his stash of Playboys. To the sheer horror of their mothers, teenage girls in the 90s donned their dad’s pants in order to free their newly pierced belly buttons from rubbing up against their buttonflys. Also the pants were big enough so that they would hang off your hips in just the precise manner of exposing your silky underwear straps (the precursor to the whale tail!). They were nowhere near flattering, but at least they were comfortable.
And now it seems, those thriftstore dad jeans might be making a comeback. We predict they will make more of an impact than those high wasted jeans Jessica Simpson tried to unleash on the world a while back (big shout out to my pal RJ Beavers who makes a background appearance in that shot). But don’t go thinking you can run back to your parents’ closet and make away with a pair of jeans that will leave you looking fly. Those days are long gone. These new designer stepdad jeans are subtly fitted in areas where they need to be and baggy in a way that will still make you look kinda slim. If any designers reading this post want to send me a pair to try out, I would totally dig it. (I’m a 26 waist).