I did LOVE the look and fit of my MOTHER Tomcat high-rise jeans a couple of years ago. They were perfection with my clog boots and my combat boots, and, honestly any higher rise sneaker or boot. It’s why I adore this cropped style of straight-leg jeans…easier to wear with all my mid-rise shoes + boots.
But you know what I didn’t love? Wearing high-rise jeans for any length of time.
Anyone else with a straighter midsection who also wore MOTHER Tomcats probably knows what I’m talking about. Whew, those things were high and pinch-waisty. BUT, friends. There’s a new style in town and it’s called MOTHER The Tomcat Relaxed jeans! And they are good.
Found: MOTHER The Tomcat Jeans In A Relaxed Fit
I’m currently evaluating the difference in the two pairs (the Tomcat originals vs. the relaxed Tomcat) but what I know for sure is that in the same exact size, the relaxed Tomcat is so much more comfortable on me. From what I can tell by fit, the jean has a straighter cut in the waist instead of coming in narrower at the waistline.
So, contrary to Anthro’s description (and the only site I can find these stocked right now), these are not ultra high-rise in my book. And as someone who has a bit of a shorter torso, this is saying something (from my belly button to my crotch is 10.25″, and from the bottom of my ribcage to the bottom of my belly button is 4.5″). These have an 11″ rise from my own measurements (see below).
As we know, a lot of specific jean information can vary from retailer to retailer, and the details are even tougher to find when only one retailer is carrying the Tomcat relaxed style. Sadly, I don’t have my original Tomcats to measure a waist difference. But my tummy, my inner organs and the fact that I really love grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch would all like to thank them for creating a relaxed pair.
Granted, I wore this relaxed pair a couple of times before measuring, but my waist and hip flat measurements on this size 29 are 15″ at the waist and 20″ at the hips. Which does tell me these offer a bit more relaxed fit than their predecessors. I can’t seem to find additional info anywhere on the non-relaxed Tomcats, but they are both described as having a 26″ inseam, a 14″ leg opening and an 10.75-11″ rise.
The Best Shoes To Wear With MOTHER The Tomcat Relaxed Jeans
Since styling up straight-leg jeans can be tricky, I thought it might be helpful to see which styles of shoes and boots work best with these jeans. I did a similar deep dive with my previous MOTHER the Tomcat jeans last winter that may be helpful for reference.
1 | Western Style Mid-Shaft Boots
This air sign was ready for something…different. And right now that means a lower shaft cowboy boot with these cropped straight leg jeans, tucked in. Yep. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but it’s giving me life these days…and not just because I used to live in Nashville.
I got super tired of seeing cowboy boots there all the time, friends, but now I’m wearing them again…like this and with my full length denim. Yay!
I’ve rounded up a few pairs of similar not-too-tall cowboy/western style boots below if you want to try it out. These cropped jeans work perfectly because you don’t have to tuck very much fabric. And the shorter boots work better on my shorter legs since they’re not full-height cowboy boots. You may have seen this look in my recent Anthro sweaters post. I love it.
2 | Chunky Moto Boots
I’ll always love a moto boot. I’ve worn them slightly less over the last few years but I always come back to them. They have that edgy vibe I always love to pull in my outfits for balance.
Have on a top that’s quite feminine? Moto boots. A preppy sweater? Moto boots. I could say the same for a leather moto jacket, too. Forever loves. Side note: this quilted BlankNYC jacket is SO soft and comfy and a great length! TTS. Wearing a S. Portlanders, you can currently find it at Sloan Boutiques, too!
3 | High-Top Sneakers
These are my most-worn shoes right now…Nike Blazers. They typically sell fast in certain styles, but snap them up if you can. Most high-tops are gonna work great with these jeans and you don’t have to figure out a weird cuff, tucking, etc., if you are 5’4″ ish or above. Shorter? Go with another fav style, the mid-top sneaker (I love P448s or Dolce Vita.)
4 | Tall Lug Sole Chelsea Boots
OK, so the jury is still out on this combo, but I am kinda digging it. This is how I was styling my OG Tomcats a couple of years ago, with similar style boots of the combat variety. I wanted to pull out some spring jackets (this one is a real fav! size up) but I do think this would rock with a longer coat or cardigan, too.
I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for other retailers stocking these relaxed Tomcat jeans, but for now, get thee to Anthro’s site. They are a fab find, friends! Guess I’m still on the booty-flattering MOTHER train for now after all.
Wondering if MOTHER denim is in fact worth it? My pal Linzi has written a whole article on just that, too.
Until next time…
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