7 Mom Jean Outfits That Look *So* 2021 (And 2 To Retire ASAP)
Gen Z has made it clear that they don’t approve of our “out of style” skinny jeans, we get it. But they haven’t said anything about our mom jeans—and we hope it stays that way. Despite the not-so-flattering name, this denim style has become a staple in all of our wardrobes, thanks to a waist-cinching high-rise fit and the roomy slouch through the hips. Honestly, we’re fans of any pair of pants that are comfortable to sit in. Here, seven mom jean outfits you should definitely wear in 2021—and two you should retire ASAP.
1. Neutral Jacket + Grey Jeans + Loafers
The easiest way to dress up a pair of looser mom jeans? Just toss a blazer over a T-shirt and slip on some loafers. It’s an easy, go-to spring outfit that feels pulled together but never fussy. The key for keeping things modern is to show a little ankle, so go with a cropped pair of jeans or simply roll the cuff a few times.
2. Black Trench + Black Turtleneck + Faded Jeans + Chunky Boots
The easiest way to look like a cool girl? Just slip on a black leather trench. And make sure the rest of your accessories—including a pair of spring-friendly leather boots—are in the same shade of noir. The only thing that should add color to this ‘fit are those faded blue jeans.
3. White Button-Down + Blue Jeans + Tall Leather Boots
Tall boots are having something of a moment—and we bet you haven’t tried tucking your mom jeans into tall kicks yet this year. The tip is to go with a slimmer-cut denim. While a bit of bunching above the knee isn’t totally passé, do opt for less fabric around your calf and ankle area. (And we’ll let you in on a styling secret: No one will know if you pair your boots with cropped jeans!)
4. Colorful Cardi + Ankle-Length Jeans + Barely-There Sandals
We honestly can’t wait to try this look out once spring weather rolls around...if only for the opportunity to wear strappy sandals without freezing our toes off. We love the shocking—but not overwhelming—color combo of a lavender cardi and yellow accessories, which feels so fresh when juxtaposed with the faded jeans we pull on once a week. Just make sure your sweater-as-a-top hits right at the waistline of your high-rise jean, for the most slimming silhouette possible.
5. Statement Top + Wide-Leg Jeans + Pointy-Toe Heels
We don’t go out often these days, but when we do, it’s way more casual than in “before times.” Which is why we’re all about dressing up some straight-leg mom jeans and calling it a full-on lewk. Simply reach for a black top with a voluminous shoulder (these are huge for spring 2021) and some slingback shoes with a low heel, add on a mask and you’re ready to head out.
6. Leopard Top + Cropped Jeans + Neutral Booties
Bored of your full-length mom jeans? Swap them for a faded grey pair that hit two inches above your ankle bone. Not only do they feel a bit fresher, and more modern, but they allow your pointy-toe suede boots to step into the spotlight. Top it all off with everyone’s fave neutral—leopard print—and you have a new springtime uniform.
7. Leather Jacket + Striped Top + Distressed Jeans + Booties
The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” absolutely applies to this timeless combo. We’re not going to go out on a limb and say that a striped shirt and a leather jacket with jeans is trendy, but we did want to applaud this reliable standby for getting us through years and years of wear. Upgrade that striped top to one with puff sleeves for a tiny 2021-approved update.
SKIP: French Tuck + Clunky Sneakers
Listen, it’s time the clunky dad sneaker and the faded mom jean get divorced. This pairing looks especially dated (we’re talking all the way back to 2019) when there’s a half-French tuck involved, so this is one outfit to retire from head-to-toe. Well, save for the denim.
SKIP: Overly Detailed Jeans
Sure, mom jeans have been around forever. But they’re so good as they are, whether you opt for a dark wash, a faded finish, a grey tone or a cropped cut. In other words, keep it simple, sister, and avoid trendy acid wash details or dip-dye patterns. When you look back at pictures of yourself in a few years, you’ll thank us.