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Teens' Low-Rise Pant Fashion Nightmare: Is Mom the Enemy?

My freshman asked me to drop her off early for school near the corner bakery. She wanted to grab a hot cocoa with a friend before school.


Upon rounding the corner, several older students were monopolizing the outdoor seating. Without a thought I turned and looked at the group. One girl sitting down was…um… to put it nicely… showing her whole backside. Also known as her “crackside.”


I turned to my daughter and said, “THAT is why I make a big deal out of your clothing choices each day.”


What is the deal with teen falling-down pants? Who decided lower inseams are better (and “even lower” is best of all)? Belts are no help when your pants don’t reach halfway up your derrière in the first place. I don’t care if you are skinny, tall, short or muffin topped—crack is NOT attractive!


I dare you to find a pair of remotely mom-approved jeans these days from Walmart, Target, TJMaxx, or any other teen clothing mecca. You can’t do it. They don’t exist. They stopped manufacturing jeans with a normal “rise” circa 2005. (I made that up—but it totally seems like it.)


So what’s a mom to do? How do I beat the inseam lowering standards of teen youth today?


I call it saving my daughter from “crackside’”exposure. I love the increase in shirt “layering” styles. We stock up on extremely long T-shirts, tank tops and camisoles whenever we find them. All colors all the time, is my motto.


I think we’re keeping ModBod brand in business with just my two daughters alone. You can find sets of 2 pack long tank tops in Costco from time to time. LOVE that! If you haven’t checked it out… go. You’ll thank me.


Another option is the stretchy bands of fabric meant to cover from the mid-tummy down past the tops of pants, a faux under-layer of T-shirt. We haven’t gone this route. But I’m tempted to try making my own. Cheetah print anyone?


When my daughter whines at me after I ask her to add a layer or pull her shirt down, I say, “Remember, I love you enough to cover you.”


Please tell me someone out there has more solutions to the low-rise pants fashion nightmare?



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#2 Carissa Rogers 2012-02-01 22:31
I hear you. And I'm ready to make the bands I swear!
I think my teen would refuse though? But my 11year old would happily wear it...
#1 Jennifer 2012-02-01 21:26
I actually did make my own bands. My seven year old daughter has this same problem. I've tried so many different brands of jeans and none of them work. It makes me crazy.

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