Love ’em or hate ’em, mom jeans are back. I was not a fan. I wanted to keep rocking my skinny jeans and tall boots, to be honest. But when I realized this trend wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, I knew I had to figure out how to style mom jeans without feeling frumpy or mumsy or…fashion-victim-y. (It’s a word.)
…after lots of trial-and-error (and the search for the “perfect” mom jean), I came up with one consistent rule to make mom jeans work. And as long as I followed that rule, coming up with cute outfits got a lot easier.
So…what’s the rule?
The 1 Rule For Wearing Mom Jeans: Show Off The Waist
You know I love my tunics, but they’re pretty much the opposite of what you want to wear with mom jeans. Keep shirts short–tuck ’em, tie ’em, knot ’em or buy them already cropped, but let that waistband show. These jeans have a high enough rise that your belly won’t be showing, but your waist will be You want to show off your shape when you wear these jeans–not hide it. Here are some ideas:
Mom Jeans Outfit Idea 1: Knot A Graphic Tee
So there’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the left, but the one on the right is so much more flattering. The one on the left looks pretty sloppy and definitely frumpy. Tying a knot is an easy way to make the longer shirts in your closet work — I like that you can control the length and tightness of the shirt by loosening or tightening the knot. (I also like that I don’t have to go out and buy any cropped tees–but I know what to wear them with if I do.)
Mom Jeans Outfit Idea 2: Tuck In Sweaters
OK, I can’t take the credit for this one, but I wish I could. Shana recently asked Abby, a Drexel intern (and
youngin’ Gen Z-er) for some tips on how to style mom jeans. Consider my mind blown when she said she always tucks in her shirts–sweaters included. I don’t know why that had never occurred to me before, but it opened up a whole lotta options in my closet. (Thank you, Abby.) This sweater is a bit shorter to begin with, but I grabbed the back of it, twisted it a bit and tucked it into the back of the jeans for a sleeker look. (Check out the video of Abby + Shana to see an example of the “twist-n-tuck.”)
Mom Jeans Outfit Idea 3: Wear Jackets Cropped
So you know the theme we’ve got going: keep the focus on your waist. If you hide it under a longer jacket, you’re creating the same problem of the longer t-shirt up above. Keep jackets cropped to show off your waist–bonus if they’re tailored/nipped in at the waist like this one is.
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Will you be working more mom jeans into your wardrobe? Comment below if you try it!