8 Mom Jeans Outfits That You Can Re-Create (Without Going Shopping!)
Whether you like it or not, mom jeans are still in. We’re not talking about the pleated, belly-pooch-inducing pairs from the ’80s (or that infamous SNL skit). No, we’re talking about stylish, high-waisted styles you’ll actually want to wear out in public. It’s been a few years since this surprisingly comfy denim trend hit the streets in 2018. So in case you need a refresher, or are just dipping a toe in the trend for the very first time, here are eight flattering mom jeans outfits that are super easy to re-create.
1. With a Long Jacket
One of the key features of mom jeans is a higher rise. And if you have a longer torso, this cut can sometimes compress your curves or distort your body shape to look out of whack. Adding a long duster, trench coat or even just a blazer that hits past the widest part of your hips can help return some length and proportion to your overall look.
2. With a Ruffled Blouse
Loose-fitting denim has a tendency to feel super casual and a bit masculine (mom jeans and boyfriend jeans are pretty closely related, if you think about it), which is why we love the idea of pairing cropped mom jeans with a flirty top and vampy heels. Pro tip: Tucking in your top, no matter the style, will keep you from getting lost under all that fabric and will give the illusion of a smaller waist.
3. With Your Favorite Date-Night Pieces
Why, yes, mom jeans can be sexy. In fact, a looser silhouette offers the perfect balance to a skintight bodysuit, blingy belt and towering stilettos or sandals. Just make sure that the relaxed fit also extends to the waistband of your chosen style to avoid any lumps or bumps around your midsection.
4. With Luxe Accents
Rather than sport a plain white cotton tee and casual kicks, try fancier fabrics in more interesting colors to elevate your mom jeans outfit. A silky blouse, a delicate chain-strap crossbody or jewel-toned suede heels will feel both trendy and sophisticated.
5. With an Oversize Sweater and Pointy-Toe Shoes
Remember when we said you should always tuck your top into mom jeans? Well, there are some exceptions to that rule. Case in point: a cozy tunic sweater that hits just below your hips. This outfit will work best with mom jeans that have a slightly more fitted leg. Finishing your look with a pair of printed pointy-toe kicks, either heels or flats, ensures you look polished and chic rather than frumpy.
6. With a Cropped Jacket
A structured jacket that hits just below the waistband of your jeans has the same flattering, waist-nipping effect as tucking in your shirt. But it’s way more comfortable and won’t create any awkward bunching of fabric around your hips. Feel free to use the style of your jacket to inform the other elements of your outfit (e.g., go colorful with a floral blouse and bright boots, or keep it sleek by pairing a chic black turtleneck with square-toe, block-heel sling-backs).
7. With Ankle Boots
We prefer cropped mom jeans to full-length styles because that hint of ankle works wonders for slimming the line of your legs (and it also prevents you from looking dowdy). So how’s a gal supposed to keep that sliver of sex appeal when wearing boots? Choose ankle boots that feature sharp, clean lines, like a pointy toe or a slim heel, and make sure they fit close to your ankle. Now is not the time for western booties or slouchy styles.
8. With Minimalist Sneakers
You might think combining all of your favorite parent-inspired trends into one outfit—i.e., wearing mom jeans with chunky dad sneakers—is the easiest way to get dressed. But the duo reads far too frumpy, so it’s best to avoid it. Instead, stick to minimalist kicks like low-top Converse, Keds or another simple plain white sneaker for a more modern, streamlined look.