The Perfect Mum Jeans

Jeans. Always a bit of a problem for a woman of a certain age with a tummy of a certain size, am I right? As soon as I gave birth to my first child I entered a world in which I could no longer purchase the Topshop Baxters I’d been wearing since I was 16, a world that involved finding new denim suited to my new body type. That might sound like the ultimate in middle class problems, but as a mum when you barely have the energy to wash your hair you most certainly don’t have the energy to pick a more interesting outfit than ‘jeans and a top’.

I get a bit wistful now when I mull over the hipster jeans I used to wear with abandon, thinking nothing of exposing my tummy button to the world every time I reached for the top shelf in the supermarket. If ONLY I’d appreciated the Baxter-ready body I so took for granted back then. Those were the days, eh?

Which is why ever since Elfie was born – that’s six years then – I’ve been hunting for my perfect jean. I’ve had flirtations with some (notably the slim-cut resolution from GAP) but none that have consistently stolen my heart.

Until M&S.

Mums, if you are also searching for the perfect pair of jeans, please head to the denim department at M&S. You won’t regret it: this is why I love them so:

– Slightly high-rise so I can tuck all my tummy in, not so high-rise that I feel like a fashion-forward teenager

– They STRETCH! I can bend and crouch without revealing bits of me that the general public don’t want to see

– They come in short and long: short is perfect for my little legs, regular is the perfect length for me to snip for a freyed hem, long is great for those I envy with legs for days

– They make bums look fantastic. Enough said

– They are between £15 and £25

Because I am a gullible fashion person who has previously spent up to £250 on jeans previously (I KNOW) I feel able to say: these are brilliant. I wear my three pairs of M&S way more than my bank-busting J Brand ones. If you’re in the market for some new denim head to your local Marks: now, if not sooner. Here are my picks for you… I own and love them all: I’m wearing the 5 Pocket Super Skinnies in the top image:

the perfect mum jeans

Skinny Leg Jeans, £19.50 | 5 Pocket Super Skinny Jegging, £22.50 | Mid-rise Skinny Leg Jean, £15

Awesome red Mariel handbag (top) c/o LK Bennet, £145, with Boyarde leather letters, £19 each.

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  1. Becky wrote:

    Oooh great tip thank you! I never buy clothes from m and s but I’ll give it a try in the search for that elusive pair of perfect jeans! I am still hoarding two pairs of perfect flairs in the ridiculous hope i will one day get into them again. But really, my bones are never going to go back, are they! X

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Urgh I hate that feeling – it’s my ribs that expanded and are definitely not going back! I’ve got loads from M & S in the last couple of months… I think I find it easy to shop there because my mum would approve ;)

      Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  2. Yes to this – M&S jeans are the only ones that suit my awkward shape and they are SO CHEAP x
    Sophie Cliff

    Posted 11.30.16 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      brilliant, aren’t they! Plus they have them in the perfect shade of faded black that I’ve been coveting for ages x

      Posted 12.4.16 Reply
  3. Kaeli wrote:

    Thank you for this – in desperate need for jeans that are sub £100’s of pounds ????????

    Posted 11.30.16 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      I know right!! I don’t know how some companies can justify such high prices!

      Posted 11.30.16 Reply
  4. Gail wrote:

    Thanks for this Alice – I am on the lookout for some new jeans at the moment and actually would never have thought of looking in M&S! Will be visiting there soon to have a look, your jeans looks great on you by the way:)

    Posted 12.2.16 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Thanks Gail, I love them! They are SO comfy :)

      Posted 12.4.16 Reply
  5. Fran wrote:

    Yes! The skinny five pocket jeggings are a-amazing. I still only have them in black – need to rectify that!

    Posted 12.3.16 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      I bought them in black first! And then went straight back out to get more colours ;)

      Posted 12.4.16 Reply