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Ethical Details: Sweater - LL Bean thrifted (similar); Jeans - Vintage Lee thrifted (similar); Earrings - Molly Virginia Made via Darling Boutique; Boots - Po-zu

I have been super lucky on the vintage jeans front lately. I can't deal with the super rigid jeans of the 80s and 90s, but the thrift shop has gotten in some early versions of stretch denim circa 2000 and this delightful pair of elastic waste jeans in soft, 100% cotton. I feel like the coolest "mom" in these mom jeans, children not required. I just need a scrunchy to polish off the look.

I was self conscious at first about wearing them out of the house, but because they're so obviously vintage, they make an offbeat statement that has mostly been interpreted as positive among my friends and colleagues. And a part of me just can't manage to care as much as I used to. Sure, I want things that flatter my figure and fit me well, but I can't live my life in jeans that constrict. With my hair cropped short again and my jeans fitting looser, I can go about my whole day not thinking about my appearance at all.

And that's actually really nice.