I’m Afraid Another Long Butt Era is Upon Us

I just returned from my dream mecca, Madewell, where I tried on the most darling pair of high-waist, wide-leg jeans. Oh my goodness, so flattering. SO FLATTERING. (From the front.) Straight up perfect spring weather Ali MacGraw in Love Story kick ass lightweight denim.

Although, they look a little lighter in person. Think chambray. Are you imagining it? Hell, let’s take this a step further – the jeans with one of my striped tops, my new favorite belt, and cognac leather platforms. Are we all on the same page? Good. May I just say, the jeans were perfectly delightful. I was ready to make out with them until I turned around and took a gander at my backside.

Good God! There must have been at least 12 inches from the waistband to the bottom of my derriere! And no pockets to break it up! I suddenly appeared to have the longest butt known to man. The Duchess of Long Butt!

I couldn’t take it. We said our goodbyes and parted ways.

However, now I’m thinking…should I open my mind to the long butt? Personally I’m thrilled that the days of super-low, fanny-crack jeans are on the outs, but I just don’t know if I can go all the way to other extreme just yet. What do you think? Are you rocking super high-waist, wide-leg jeans?

p.s. – Mark my words, many of us naysayers will most likely rock the high-waist long butt in the near future…do you remember my rant about leggings 5 years ago? Ahem. Never say never, is all I’m saying.

p.p.s. – I couldn’t leave without feeding my chambray addiction, so I left with these darlings. Cute, no?


  1. Torrie @ a place to share...

    May 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Totally not into the long butt. My butt doesn’t have enough oomph as it is… Wouldn’t want to worsen the situation.

  2. Laura K.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I think that they really, REALLY, need pockets.

  3. Danielle (elleinadspir)

    May 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I think you can rock them. I cannot…but I think you can. Go for it.

  4. agirlandaboy

    May 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Say no to the long-butt! At least until the trend is so widespread that it takes too much effort to resist. (And even then I will be embracing the tunic HARD.)

  5. Katie

    May 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I have learned the hard way that I must always have back pockets on my jeans. Those jeans are so cute…I’m sad that they don’t have pockets!

  6. Rhi

    May 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    DUCHESS OF LONG BUTT! That is amazing.

    I’m pretty sure my mom was the Duchess of Long Butt throughout my entire childhood. Her jeans were the worst.

  7. whoorl

    May 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Maybe I should buy them and always walk backwards while leaving a room.

  8. verdemama

    May 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I agree — they are darling from the front but the backside is a deal breaker. Jeans, even chambray, MUST have back pockets. Period.

  9. findingmagnolia

    May 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I just snort-chuckled. I think I scared the cat. Thanks.

    You know, all you have to do is wait until trousers with an even higher rise come out, and then these will simply look modest. Those of us still wearing low rise pants, by comparison, will look like women of ill repute.

    (And I hear you about the leggings. I also balked at skinny jeans. Will I be sporting long butt pants and donning jeggings next? I am afraid to answer that question.)

  10. Rachel

    May 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    No Long Butt for me. I won’t even do Regular Length Butt in Jeans Without Back Pockets.

    And I think cropped leggings under skirts or dresses is a cute look but I simply cannot abide Leggings As Pants. Leggings worn with a shirt that does not cover your butt? NOT A GOOD LOOK. ON ANYONE. I MEAN IT.

  11. slynnro

    May 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    NO LONG BUTT. I cannot enable this!

  12. Robyn

    May 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I call those ‘bag o’ ass jeans.’ My butt is already naturally sort of long and I need no emphasis there, so this trend will be a pass for me.

  13. Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

    May 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    This happened to me too… short people cannot rock the long butt look. :-/

  14. Angella

    May 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    You and I have a similar build (which you know) but I cannot wear jeans (or pants) that do not have pockets on the butt. Just…no.

  15. Siera

    May 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I hadn’t read your rant on leggings but I just did. If I had been pregnant in 2005 I would’ve had the same reaction. But I was pregnant in 2007 when they were in style. And yes, I did buy a pair to go with a cute grey empire waist shirt. Which I didn’t even buy a maternity store. It was/is a great time to be pregnant fashion wise. Now I want to go find said shirt and pair it with a wide belt