How To Style Mom Jeans – 27 Outfit Ideas

Having trouble pulling off this modern take on a '90s trend? We have all the ideas you need.

Reviewed by Jeffrey Ampratwum, Fashion Stylist
Written by Pratima Ati, MSc
Edited by Madhumati Chowdhury, MA (English Literature)
Fact-checked by Srijani Roy Chowdhury, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Style & Image Consultant  • 

From celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner to countless Instagram influencers and fashion bloggers, we have made sure that we go gaga over mom jeans. Apart from making you look gorgeous, these jeans ensure that you are comfortable too, given that they leave ample space for your legs to feel flexible too. So, if you want to know the very many ways to wear mom jeans, then you will be happy to realize that you have landed in the right place, for we are here to rescue you. In this article, we shall introduce you to the endless options to style your mom jeans in the best ways possible. It does not matter what body type you have; the ideas we have for you below will surely be worth trying. So check it out!

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  • Body Shape: Wear mom jeans if you have a pear or hourglass body type. Women with a rectangular or slimmer lower body may find the jeans too big.
  • Shoes: To attain a chic aesthetic, pair mom jeans with boots. For a casual carefree look, you can always grab your trainers.
  • Plus Size: Ditch the loose tops and embrace your body with fitted tops and shirts. Tuck them in your jeans and rock the look.
  • Occasion: If you want to wear these comfy jeans to work, try pairing them with a blazer, a simple t-shirt or a shirt, and ankle boots.

What Are Mom Jeans And How Different Are These?

First things first, if you are slightly confused on how different the mom jeans are from anything else. Here’s what these are. The old school not-so-great-fitting-mom-jeans are inspired quite literally from the jeans our mothers would wear – just like the name goes. They are always high-waisted, usually medium-washed, slightly off-shaped and forever sexy, plus thanks to other variations we have this time around. You are going to see it soon and believe it too.

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Mom jeans look great on an hourglass figure as they have wider legs yet a tapered waist.They also look good on rectangular or pear body shapes.

How To Style Your Mom Jeans?

Styling your mom jeans is no rocket science, just wear how you style your regular jeans however just like every other madness, there is a method to this also if you want to ace it.  So, the smartest way to boost your look instantly is always to wear it with a shirt fully or half-tucked in, that just takes care of everything. Here are other things you could use from your closet, that work just as great and are entirely in vogue.

  • White sneakers – with ripped jeans.
  • Ankle length boots – with frayed bottoms.
  • Bomber or leather jackets, kimonos, plaid shirt or any other funky layers.
  • Trench coats, cropped hoodies, turtleneck T-shirts in winters.
  • Crop tops, cold or off shoulders in summers.
  • Plain, striped or ruffle shirts – anytime.

Now, let’s go ahead and check out a few mom jeans outfits that the fashion world can’t stop talking about.

Mom Jeans Outfit Ideas – 27 Ways To Style Your Mom Jeans

1. The Vintage Look

Mom jeans in vintage look
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Are you feeling a little retro today? Or, want to bring in a tinge of a vintage vibe to your attire, wear a silk shirt over your medium-washed mom jeans. Carry a retro-inspired leather body bag and platform heels with big straps just like old times.

2. With Sweater, Neck Bandana And Animal Print Jacket

Mom jeans with sweater, neck bandana and animal print jacket
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As they say, beauty is in those subtle details, and in this case, the roughly frayed edges, a neck bandana and of course, the animal printed thick fur jacket, that I cannot get over. Anyway, just, just imagine this with closed eyes. CANNOT WAIT to try.

3. An All Black Monochrome-Look

Mom jeans in an all-black monochrome look
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Black jeans are a wardrobe staple, but if you don’t have one in this design, you should consider this. An all black monochrome look with monochrome style is tried, tested and all things sexy. Here’s proof.

4. With Ripped Skinny Mom Jeans And A Woolen Cardigan

Ripped skinny mom jeans with a woolen cardigan
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Come winters; our outfits are all about different cardigans, sweaters, and layers. Pump up a plain white shirt with a bold statement neckpiece and a throw-in a cardigan to go with your mom jeans.

5. White Wash Jeans With A Blazer

White-washed mom jeans with a blazer
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Does your work give you the liberty to wear semi-formal outfits, jeans maybe? Try this whitewash skinny mom jeans with a white shirt and finish it with a semi-formal or a formal blazer. Finish the look with nude colored stilettos. Chic, uptown and entirely on point.

6. Old School Striped Baggy Jeans

Old school striped baggy jeans
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What made me cringe sometime ago is getting me all excited, and I promise Project Runway is not rubbing off on me. I genuinely think that if you can pull off a style like, consider yourself a fashionista. Keep the top simple and plain, to avoid looking like you are about to gate crash a 90s themed party.

7. With A Puffy Jacket, Boots And A Belt

Mom jeans with a puffy jacket, boots and belt
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If mommy jeans are not old school enough, add a puffy jacket and a thick waist belt to look badass. Any plain color T-shirt will do, and oh, don’t forget the boots though.

8. With A Ruffled Shirt, Baseball Cap And Hoops

Mom jeans with a ruffled shirt, baseball cap and hoops
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Are you headed to watch a game with your girlfriends? And, you guys probably will pull an all-nighter. Here’s attire that fits the bill. The side-striped mom jeans are casual and keep the old vibe intact, the baseball cap that instantly makes you look cute, and of course, the hoops that are a mandate off-late.

9. Rolled Up Blue Jeans With White Boots

Rolled-up blue jeans with white boots
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Blue jeans, black shirt, and white heels or boots? Sound’s crazy you think. But, I’m glad someone disagrees and got this look going anyway. I mean, how much hotter can it get, for you to start exploring these?

10. The White-Wash Look

The white-washed look
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Just like an all black, all white looks just as sexy and appealing. In fact, I think an all white-look is a tad bit better than all black looks when it comes to mom jeans. And, it’s not an unbiased opinion, except it could be (you figure it out)!

11. Knee Clear Ripped Jeans WIth A Loose Shirt

Knee clear ripped mom jeans with a loose shirt
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Invest in a ripped mom jeans or even DIY one, and you can do so much with it. Pair it with a loose striped or checkered shirt and tuck it in. Take it one step ahead, fold the hemline and wear a pair of ankle boots.

12. With A Black Turtleneck And A Jacket

Mom jeans with a black turtleneck and a jacket
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Here’s an interesting outfit for your next informal business luncheon or a meeting. The turtleneck instead of your regular V-necks shifts gears and gives you a more mature look. And, the belt marries it all together.

13. Tapered Mom Jeans With A Bodycon Top And Boots

Tapered mom jeans with a bodycon top and boots
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Wear this outfit to your next summer concert and get all heads turning. The figure-defining bodycon top, with a stylish pair of distressed jeans and electric blue boots, is beyond sexy and airy of course to keep up with summers. The denim jacket protects you from the heat, but tying it at the waist is equally stylish. And, a baseball cap like we know makes everything appealing.

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You can also pair high waisted mom jeans with bodysuits and it will give a neat and a fit look.

14. With White Converse Shoes Or Sneakers

Mom jeans with white converse shoes or sneakers
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Turn around and every second girl who is into fashion is flashing those white shoes and stylishly so. They look particularly great with mom jeans if you roll up the hemline a little, because of how it is shaped.

15. With A Pastel Colored Top

Mom jeans with a pastel colored top
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Pastels and anything mellowed down go well with your medium washed mom jeans. You can just throw in your everyday ballerinas, a body bag, and a choker in a neutral color to bring it all together.

16. With A Crop Top

Mom jeans with a crop top
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We need no reasons or zero excuses to wear a crop top. Just wear it already! And pair it with modish mom jeans that are cuffed at the hem.

17. With An Oversized Jacket, Tank And Combat Boots

Mom jeans with an oversized jacket, tank and combat boots
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Are you in a mood for some grunge attire today? Pair your mom jeans and a black tank with a huge-oversized jacket, combat boots and even get a crazy hair-color using one of those temporary hair colors.

18. With A Plaid Shirt Or Jacket

Mom jeans with a plaid shirt or jacket
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We all have plaid shirts, and yes, you guessed it right. Checkered or plaid shirts look the best with mom jeans.

19. With A Off Shoulder

Mom jeans with cold shoulder
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This fall swap your flowing skirts or palazzos with a mom jeans and doll up in warm winter florals. Pair it with boots, drink pumpkin spice latte and look pretty.

20. Oversized Sweater And Jeweled Boots

Mom jeans with oversized sweater and jeweled boots
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Bling up your winter outfit with an oversized sweater, a skinny mommy jeans, and bejeweled boots. The boots will take care of the bling, while the jeans keep the style intact.

Victoria, an enthusiastic fashion blogger, shares, “This outfit is perfect for a cinema date or just going out for the day. A cozy jumper and jeans combo is a staple you just have to have in your wardrobe for the cooler days and months (i).

21. With A Trench Coat

Mom jeans with a trench coat
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Trench coats are timeless, eternal and all things precious. They match any body type, are versatile and just plain classy. Also, who says that they go only with skinny jeans. Time to up our fashion game, y’all!

22. Buttoned Up Mom Jeans

Buttoned up mom jeans with tucked in shirt
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Buttoned up floral jeans with a denim jacket, crop top, or tucked-in shirt are all interesting choices. If you haven’t tried this variant yet, you should.

23. Rolled Up Mom Jeans

Rolled up mom jeans look
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Mom jeans look the best when they are rolled up at the shins and of course when the top is tucked in, even better when it is both.

24. With A Red Sweater

Mom jeans with a red sweater
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Feel like a fashionista head-to-toe and dress like one with this holed-up red sweater, funky shades, a blingy body bag and white-sneakers.

25. With A Pink Striped Shirt

Mom jeans with a pink striped shirt
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You are a pink shirt and embroidered mom jeans away from your fashion moment. The boots and the bag add it up to a hundred.

26. With A Floral Biker Jacket

Mom jeans with a floral biker jacket
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Suit yourself with this floral jacket and mom jeans combination, biker girl. You are unstoppable.

27. With A Jacket Style Shirt

Mom jeans with a jacket style shirt
Image: Instagram @thestyleograph

We’ve tried jackets, we’ve tried shirts; here’s two in one and that looks dapper with mom jeans!

Infographic – Simple Ways To Style Mom Jeans

Styling mom jeans can be overwhelming simply because of how many clothing options it pairs well with. Don’t want to go over-the-top yet want to look classy and trendy? Don’t worry because, in this section, we will talk about some simple ways to style your mom jeans. All you need to do is scroll down and read the infographic below. Go on!

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We cannot be happier about the major comeback of the mom jeans. They are not only classy but also super comfortable to wear. And the best part is that you can wear them with anything, and you will still look like a showstopper. You can go for the vintage look and grab the right attention. Also, you will never go wrong with the all-black monochrome look either. And now that you are aware of all the different ways to wear mom jeans, you are sorted for life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do mom jeans hide belly fat?

Yes, mom jeans may hide belly fat as they sit high on your waist over the belly button.

What’s the difference between BF and mom jeans?

Boyfriend jeans are baggy and straight-fit. They are wide around the hips and remain loose till the bottom. On the other hand, mom jeans have a high waist. They open up at the hips and tighten at the thighs.

Should mom jeans be long or short?

This depends on your height. If you have a petite figure, crop your mom jeans to an ankle-length which will make you look taller and flaunt your figure.

How can users choose the right fit and size for mom jeans, and what are some common mistakes or pitfalls to avoid when shopping for this style of denim?

It is best to start at your normal jeans size and go one or two sizes up to figure out your perfect fit and size. Other things to keep in mind- where it sits on your hips and waist, shouldn’t be too tight at the waist, and is comfortable enough for you to move around.

What are some common misconceptions or stereotypes about mom jeans, and how can they be addressed in order to encourage more diverse and inclusive fashion trends?

Some believe that mom jeans do not flatter body shapes and figures, look baggy, and are not flattering enough to be styled properly. On the contrary, mom jeans provide a more comfortable option to you, especially on days when you don’t want to feel your clothes digging into your skin. You can pair them with t-shirts, shirts, crop tops, jackets, etc.

How has the trend of mom jeans evolved over time, and what are some historical or cultural influences on this style of denim?

Mom jeans became fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s. These jeans were worn by adult American women but they became popular amongst teens and young adults in the 2010s and are in fashion even now. Mom jeans gained more prominence on Saturday Night Live in 2003 when Tina Fey wrote a skit about a fake brand of jeans called Mom Jeans.

How can users incorporate sustainable or ethical practices into their consumption of mom jeans, such as buying secondhand or supporting eco-friendly brands?

You can buy jeans made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, or hemp. Not only that, recycling cotton fibers and using them to create jeans will reduce waste exponentially, and eco-friendly brands are involved in such sustainable practices. Rather than buying a new pair of jeans, you can also visit thrift shops where they store a large collection of second-hand clothes in good condition. You might find a perfect pair of denim at a low price.

Key Takeaways

  • Mom jeans offer a relaxed and flexible fit along with the opportunity to style them in various ways.
  • A black fitted top with blue or black mom jeans gives the classic chic look.
  • Pairing your mom jeans with a white shirt and a blazer will give you the perfect semi-formal look for your office.
  • Mom jeans can be dressed up by pairing it with a puffy jacket, boots, and a belt.

Learn how to rock the classic mom jeans look and stay on trend. Check out this video for 20 style tips on how to style your mom jeans!


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