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New Generation Obsessed With Mom Jeans

They’ve been at the center of some pretty funny Saturday Night Live sketches and wisecracks in recent years, but no one’s joking now—mom jeans are making a comeback.

The high-waisted, light-wash denim pants are soaring in popularity right now. In fact, they’re one of the top 10 trendiest styles for spring 2017 and searches for the jeans have increased by more than 227% in the last year, according to Pinterest. It’s time to dig through your closet for your worn-in pair or buy a new pair to wear for weekend fun.

The style, which wasn’t referred to as “mom jeans” at the time, grew in popularity in the ’80s and ’90s and made cameos on popular television shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Friends, and more. Later in the ’90s and early 2000s, the cut went out as other styles like boot cut and skinny jeans became sought-after. Nowadays, brands like Levi’s sell the high-waist jeans in styles called the “Wedgie” fit for $88-$158, according to Refinery 29.

Tons of retailers now sell similar fashions, but you won’t find them done exactly the same way. The style now is to keep it simple. Pair your favorite pair of booty-shaping jeans with a T-shirt, button-down, or sweater, and sleek shoes like flats, booties, or unembellished sneakers. What can we say? When it comes to fashion, everything comes back in style again eventually.

Wearing heels tips

Wearing heels usually involves a tradeoff—you’ll look more polished, but after a couple of hours, your feet will be blistered, sore mess. It’s a situation women have long accepted (or just opted for ballet flats instead), but online clothing brand Everlane is now looking to bridge the gap between style and comfort with a dreamy new pair of heels that won’t have you reapplying Band-Aids all day long.

The brand’s ballet-inspired pumps have a rounded toe and a two-inch block heel with an elasticized back that allows the shoe to stretch as your foot moves. With five different colors—black, natural suede, rose tan, bright red, and navy—these Italian leather heels are designed to feel comfy all day long. And despite the high quality material, they’ll run you just $145 a pair.

“Our focus was on creating the most comfortable heel you’ll have in your closet while also maintaining a polished look,” Everlane footwear designer Louise Sigvardt told Refinery29. “We found a family-owned factory right outside of Florence that specializes in this attention to detail, and we worked very closely with them for months to perfect the comfort and details of the shoe.”

The Day Heel has a lot of day-to-night versatility, Sigvardt explained. “Because the heel is so comfortable, it’s easy to wear with a tee on the weekend or dress it up with a silk for drinks and dinner,” she said.

Good luck getting your hands on a pair anytime soon, though. All five colors currently have a waitlist, and according to StyleCaster, nearly 15,000 people were on that waitlist after just five days on the e-tailer’s site. However, a restock is expected at the beginning of May, so if you’re interested in these comfy pumps, now’s the time to get yourself on that waitlist. Everlane is also launching two more styles on April 13: the Day Mule, a slip-on mule, and the Day Ballet, a simple, round-toe flat, both of which already have waitlists as well. Check out all of the colors below and sign up for the Day Heel waitlist here.

Prom Dress Just as Much as You Did

Any child of the ’80s remembers Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. In the 1986 John Hughes film, Ringwald played high school outcast (and aspiring fashion designer) Andie, who gets asked out by the much more popular Blane (played by Andrew McCarthy). Following some drama, Andie ends up going to the prom alone—in a pink dress she designed using fabric from two others that can only be described as “interesting.” Here’s a reminder of what the dress looked like:

As it turns out, Ringwald herself wasn’t a fan of the prom dress, which her seven-year-old daughter recently asked her about. “I’m still not sure how that dress happened,” she wrote in a column for Teen Vogue.

“Although the film’s costume designer, Marilyn Vance, did a fantastic job of interpreting my personal style for my character, Andie—I loved the beautiful vintage pieces she sourced as well as the outfits she designed, and kept almost everything after the film was over—there’s one piece I didn’t keep: the prom dress,” Ringwald wrote. “To the best of my knowledge, it’s locked away in a wardrobe vault at the studio. At least I hope it is. If I’d had it my way, I would have burned the dress on the Paramount back lot as soon as they yelled the last ‘Cut! Print!'”

Ringwald says although she signed off on the design at the time, she might have been swayed by Vance’s passion or distracted by an upcoming algebra final.

“Weeks later, when I saw the dress for the first time, I burst into tears. The only thing I liked, and even vaguely remembered from the consultation, was the halter neckline. The puffy sleeves and inverted-triangle, sacklike silhouette confounded me, but it was too late to change it.”

Not even a major plot point change could undo the “disaster.” After testing the original version of the film, in which Andie ends up with her best friend, Duckie (played by Jon Cryer), producers discovered that audiences wanted Andie to wind up with Blane instead. But alas, the plot change meant only the final scene would be reshot—meaning the dress, which appears in prior scenes, would have to stay.

“If I’d had it my way, I would have burned the dress on the Paramount back lot as soon as they yelled the last ‘Cut! Print!'”

For what it’s worth, Vance wasn’t crazy about it either. “I won’t say that I was in love with it,” the designer told Huffington Post, “but that’s not the character. The character was so original. She had a mind of her own, she marched to a different drummer.” Ringwald, as Vance recalls, openly hated the dress and wanted something strapless with a full skirt.

“I said, ‘This is Molly! I can’t just give her a prom dress,'” Vance continued. “So, anyway, John [Hughes] came in and said, ‘It’s the character. That’s it.’ There she was.”

But all these years later, Ringwald has come around.

“And yet, though I never thought I’d admit it, I’ve come to appreciate the dress,” she concluded in her Teen Vogue essay. “It’s unlike anything else, and memorable in a way that a more conventionally pretty option would not have been. I won’t say that Andie had a huge career ahead of her in fashion design, but at least she wasn’t afraid to be different, a quality that I like to believe would have served her well in life. So now when my daughter asks if I like the dress, I tell her, ‘Yes, I do.’ She smiles and says, ‘Me too! I love it.'”