I Convinced My Mom to Try These Viral Pants—Her Review Surprised Me


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My mom and I have been going on shopping trips together since I was a baby. Our favorite thing to do on the weekends is head to the mall and explore. We’re always finding surprises along the way and encouraging each other to push our style limits. Since I started working in fashion, these trips have become more fun than ever as I like to pretend that I’m her personal shopper. I mingle with the sales associates and name items from the store by product name convincing them to show them to my mom. 

Before our most recent shopping trip together, my mom let me in on the little secret that she only just now found out that skinny jeans are not in anymore. She heard about the buzz for the wide-leg trousers that everyone is replacing them with and she wanted in. I immediately thought of a pair of pants that have been viral on TikTok for some time now. Creators on the app have named any pair of wide-leg pants after Aritzia's Effortless Pant and gone crazy for them. I thought my mom would love the high-waisted look, so we headed to the mall to try them on.


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It was my mom's first time trying something on at Aritzia, and she wasn't a fan of the very public-mirror situation, and I immediately could tell that she did not love the high-waisted look as much as I thought she would. She told me it was because they were just too high-waisted. Although she wanted to leave immediately, I asked a sales associate if they had anything that was either mid- or low-rise. This is when I was introduced to the Alanya Pant. When I convinced my mom to try them on, she was immediately obsessed. 

Her entire review of the pants surprised me because I felt like the low-rise look is trendier, but to her, it was far more comfortable. I'm currently on the same page having traded my high-waisted pants for mid-rise and will continue shopping in this direction. It's rare that my mom and I are on the same page when it comes to fashion, but that day has arrived. Now, let's get into the best mid-rise and low-rise pants on the market. I'm currently loving these 29 pairs.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.