A few years ago, skinny jeans were the only denim style anyone wanted to wear. Fast forward to 2020 and skinny jeans are in significantly lower demand and there’s a new denim style getting all of the attention: Mom jeans. That’s right, the silhouette that’s fitted around the hips and then tapered through the rest of the leg is officially the jean style of the moment. It has a more relaxed vibe than skinny jeans, yet still feels polished and flatters your shape. Mom jeans are also typically more comfortable than skinny jeans since they aren’t quite as tight all over, giving you a bit more room to breathe.
Styling this denim silhouette may seem challenging but it’s actually surprisingly easy. Think of them as you would a typical skinny jean and pair them with everything in your closet. Mom jeans look ultra-chic with oversize blazers, chunky sweaters, and long coats in the winter, while they look equally cool with bodysuits, t-shirts, and puffy-sleeve tops in the spring. If you can stand to wear denim in the summer, throw on a crop top and sandals with your favorite pair of mom jeans and your outfit is set. The slightly loose silhouette adds an effortless vibe to anything you choose to wear them with, which is a welcome change from the feeling of restriction that skinny jeans can sometimes present.
Jeans: GRLFRND | Shoes: Vicenza
Photo: Lauren Johnson
Almost every denim brand has jumped on this trend by now, many offering numerous different variations of the mom jean silhouette. Brands like Re/Done, GRLFRND, and Agolde have cool, modern takes on this style, while heritage brands like Levi’s are offering the same classic silhouette they’ve popularized for decades. Then of course affordable retailers have also caught on, with brands like & Other Stories and Zara producing chic mom jeans with under-$100 price tags.
Photo: Aimee Song
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