Note: Sorry about this re-post. It was posted a few days ago by mistake and then pulled. My Internet service has been down for almost 24 hours and working from my cellphone is not ideal. Hopefully I will get service back later today.
Am I the only one that finds this confusing? So that we know what arena we are playing in, these are designations for women's cut jeans or at least sold in the woman's department. Let's throw in these designations - skinny, low-rise, high-waist, flare, straight leg , boot cut, and so forth. The good news is that everyone's shape is different, so finding a fit that flatters is possible. However, where to start is the the problem. Since there are blogs for everything, here is a cheat sheet I found to end your style confusion. From Glamour:
The “MOM” Jean
Mom jeans are simply a more relaxed version of your modern high-waist jeans. While having more slack by zipper area and a tighter fit around the booty, this style has been often criticized for being unflattering. Yet, that doesn’t stop stylistas everywhere from wearing them. After all, the elongated ass factor is a major key to completing the look! More than likely many styles of this pant hit right at the ankle so they’re perfect to pair with your favorite booties. I think NYDJ (Not Your Daughter's Jeans) started this line and a just cut the jean different for teen/junior jeans.
The “BOYFRIEND” Jean
Boyfriend jeans are the arch enemy to the skinny jean. Completely shying away from the tighter closely tailored pant, they are the mainly a more baggy relaxed fit pant. They’re the ex’s hoodie of the denim world! Many play up the cropped ankle area by adding a cuff. Marilyn Monroe was spotted in the 60s rocking a pair and Katie Holmes spearheaded their comeback in 2009. These jeans are constantly evolving and here to stay! From classy to edgy these jeans are beyond versatile. Add an over-sized tee or crop with your favorite Chuck Taylors [flannel/collared shirt] for a complete boyfriend look. They look like she has raided her "Boyfriend" closet. Thus the name.
The “GIRLFRIEND” Jean
You’ve probably guessed it by now. The girlfriend jean is a more feminine version of the boyfriend jean. Consisting of a tapered straight leg, higher waist, with a little ease around the hips makes this style perfect for a more classic fit. The subtle slouch and slim silhouette flatters the tush area (who doesn’t want that to be perky) and also makes it easy to dress up or down. Take them out on a casual day with your girls or pair with heels and blouse for a night out. The possibilities are endless. The typical woman's cut and fit. Accentuate the curves.
The “DAD” Jean
Feeling presidential? After Obama was spotted in this style, they’re slowly coming out of retirement… maybe. This style is the counterpart of the vintage mom fit jean, for menswear (ladies are not excluded). Relaxed, high-waisted, but has more range when it comes to the washes and densities. Did I mention shape is not a factor? Go in your local thrift store’s men section and you catch a pair of Wranglers or Levi’s 550 waiting for you.
This amount of flexibility is wonderful. So when stopped by the fashion gender police, just admit, if you dare, I am wearing my "Boyfriend" jeans; Leave me alone.