Mom jeans are one of the essential items that you need in your wardrobe. These basic high-waisted jeans are comfortable enough for lazy lounge days yet popular and fashionable enough to wear when you are out and about.
Women love this specific jean design because it can be styled in so many different ways to create a variety of looks.
If you are wondering how to style mom jeans then you should sit tight because I am about to reveal some of the best looks you can create with mom jeans.
What Are Mom Jeans?
It can be difficult to keep track of different jean types when there are so many designs out there. Skinny jeans have been the staple in most wardrobes for the past couple of years but lately, I have been seeing older jean styles make a huge comeback. Styles like boyfriend jeans, wide-leg jeans, and even bell-bottom jeans are slowly becoming more popular inside retail stores.
Mom jeans are among these styles that seem to have regained their popularity overnight. But what exactly is the mom jean and how do you identify it?
Mom jeans first became fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s but they quickly fell from grace and by the late 2000s only older women were spotted wearing these garments.
This jean style is easily identified by its high waistline, straight pant leg, and loose fit. These jeans are typically in a light denim hue and have many features like that beloved distressed denim look. Some retailers do, however, manufacture these high-waisted jeans in darker shades and you can even get a pair of black mom jeans if you are someone who naturally prefers darker-toned clothing.
How To Style Mom Jeans
A simple pair of mom jeans can be paired with various garments and accessories to make them suitable for different occasions. With the right accessories, you can create a look that is suitable for work or something comfy yet functional as a casual outfit.
Let’s create some great outfits with mom jeans and discuss the best accessories to pair with this popular type of jean pants.
The White Tee and Sneakers Casual Look
The white tee and sneakers look with mom jeans is one style that is surprisingly easy to recreate and never fails. It is the perfect casual outfit to wear for an everyday comfy look.
All you need for this look is a crisp white t-shirt (preferably something a little loose) and a pair of quality sneakers. Converse sneakers are an excellent brand for this look because their sneakers are comfortable and look fantastic.
To pull off this look, you can tuck your white t-shirt into your pair of mom jeans and roll up the hems a little bit to reveal some ankle. Put on your sneakers with a pair of low socks and that is it – you’re all set for your day out on the streets.
The Sweater and Boot Winter Look
If you are heading outdoors when it is cold out then I recommend the boot and sweater look along with your classic pair of mom jeans. To create this look, you will need a good pair of boots, a nice knit sweater (preferably one that has a lot of texture), and your favorite pair of mom jeans.
You can pair mom jeans with just about any type of winter boots. Wear a good pair of black boots and a gray jersey if you want to create a cooler-toned look or pair them with some brown boots and a pastel jersey for a warmer-toned look.
To complete this look you can tuck your sweater into your jeans to accentuate your waistline and add some structure to your overall look. Add light jewelry like a couple of pandora rings and you are all set for the winter day.
The Leather Jacket and Heels High Fashion Look
This look is a great solution for women who love to stay comfortable but also want to add a little bit more fashion appeal to their outfits. For this look, I recommend a distressed pair of denim mom jeans because it will add to the grungy look but you can also successfully create this look with just an ordinary pair of mom jeans.
Pair your mom jeans with a tucked-in white shirt and throw on a leather jacket. You can now add a pair of heels and a small matching handbag to complete the look and you will be all set for a day out to the mall or perhaps an evening out with friends.
The Crop Top and Sneaker Youthful Look
Crop tops can look very appealing when paired with some good-quality mom jeans.
If you are concerned about showing a bit of skin then it is best to choose jeans with an ultra-high waistline so the jeans will cover your belly button. It is also a good idea to get a crop top that is slightly longer so it can reach your waistline so you won’t reveal more skin than you are comfortable with when you start moving around.
If you like the short crop top look then you should also consider a slightly looser crop top that isn’t as likely to ride up while you are moving.
Pair your crop top and denim mom jeans with some trendy sneakers and you are all set for a fun day out with friends.
The Button-up Top and Loafer French Look
If you are going for a more formal or chick look then you can pair medium-wash mom jeans with a stylish white or light blue button-up blouse and a couple of loafers.
To pull off this look, you can tuck in the button-up blouse and roll up its leaves to three-quarter length. Leave a couple of buttons open around the neck to keep the outfit airy and casual. Now add your loafers with some secret socks and roll up the hems slightly to accentuate your slim ankles.
This French-inspired look is ideal for days when you might want to look stylish or more put-together yet still want to create a casual vibe.
The Formal Blazer and Boot Business Look
Mom jeans can also be perfectly appropriate for the office if you pair them with a stylish blazer and a pair of stylish heeled boots. This combination of garments will recreate that 90s look and will make you look like you mean business.
To pull off this look we recommend a tucked-in white shirt as a base layer followed by the blazer on top. You can roll up your sleeves to a three-quarter length or pull up the sleeves a little bit to create a more productive feel. Add a pair of stylish heels to balance out the blazer and you are ready for the office.
If your outfit still feels a bit plain then you can add a couple of accessories like a pair of sunglasses and a tennis bracelet. These accessories will give you a more glamorous feel without overpowering the overall outfit.
The Bodysuit and Heels Smart Casual Look
When you are styling mom jeans for a day out with friends the best thing you can do is pair them with a stylish bodysuit and some gorgeous heels.
To create a high-end look you can grab a pair of mom jeans that fit a little bit tighter than usual. The bodysuit will create a formal appearance while your mom jeans will keep things nice and casual. You can also add a statement belt to create more structure and accentuate your waistline. A pair of high heels will give your outfit a more formal and feminine look.
For this outfit, you can add a pair of sunglasses and a small handbag but it might be best to avoid too much jewelry since this could push towards a more formal and you will lose the smart casual vibe you might be hoping to create.
The Oversized T-Shirt and Sneaker Lazy Day Look
The oversized t-shirt and sneaker lazy day look can be a good mom jeans outfit idea for those days when you are spending time at home with family and friends. Focus more on comfort than style, but it never hurts to look good and I am certain that this look will keep you super comfortable without sacrificing appeal.
For this look, you will need some loose-fitting bleached mom jeans. These baggy pants are always very comfortable and perfect for days when you feel a little bit bloated. Grab a simple oversized t-shirt in a neutral color and tuck it loosely into your pair of pants.
Pair these classic pieces with a pair of chunky sneakers and you will have the perfect “messy hair, don’t care” look for your lazy day.
This simple outfit will, of course, look very stylish with a messy bun and you can add a little dangling necklace to soften up the overall look.
The Canadian Tuxedo Look
If you have been following denim trends for a while now then the chances are pretty good that you already have a denim jacket tucked away somewhere in your closet. Right now is the perfect time to dig out that jacket because it, along with your distressed jeans, is just what you need for the Canadian tuxedo look.
What is a Canadian tuxedo, you may ask? Well, it is simply a combination of denim and denim and it is a pretty fun look to try during early spring or late fall when it gets a little bit chilly during the day.
To create the perfect look you should pair your denim jeans and jacket with a brightly colored shirt. The bright shirt will create contrast between the denim pieces. It is also best to focus on darker-toned denim pieces since darker tones tend to have a slimming effect.
Avoid adding more denim or canvas to this look or it can easily look over the top. For accessories, it is best to focus on something that isn’t blue or denim colored and that has a smoother or shinier finish like faux leather shoes.
The Kimono Beach Look
Adding a kimono to your mom jeans outfit will help you create a flowy appearance for a softer and more feminine look. Kimonos are also great for recreating that carefree holiday vibe.
To create this look, you will first need a kimono. You can opt for a bright-colored kimono or one with detailed prints, but this can look a little bit over the top. Large floral prints are also not the best since they can make your outfit seem a bit old-fashioned.
Grab your mom jeans and pair them with a neutral-colored shirt. If your jeans and shirt have a loose fit then I recommend a fashionable belt that can add some structure to your look. Without structure, the wavy kimono can make your overall look seem a bit too unorganized.
To complete this look you can add a couple of neutral leather sandals. This look can be paired with boots in colder weather but sandals will help you maintain that beach holiday vibe.
The Checkered Shirt Country Look
If you love the casual country bumpkin look then it is time to grab that old long-sleeved checkered shirt out of the closet. Jeans always look good with a checkered shirt and it’s very easy to create a country look when you have these two basic pieces.
There are different ways to create a casual country look with these two clothing pieces.
For a rockabilly country look, you can put on the shirt as normal and roll up the sleeves to about a three-quarter length. Now tie the shirt up to form a crop top and pair it with your mom jeans and some country boots. If you don’t have country boots then a pair of combat boots or loafers or canvas sneakers can also be used.
For a casual country girl look, you can put on your mom jeans and tuck a neutral shirt into them. Add a pair of canvas sneakers or loafers and tie the checkered flannel shirt around your waist. To complete this look you can roll up your pant legs a little bit and add a nice broad-rimmed hat and a leather or wood-toned bracelet.
Learning how to style mom jeans is a lot of fun and exploring different looks is a great way to build a wardrobe that is functional yet stylish. I hope that you found this guide useful and that it helped you find a couple of new ways to improve your mom jeans outfit. If you are looking for inspiration on different ways to style or improve some of the other essential wardrobe pieces you own or need other great fashion tips, you should explore some of the other guides I have on my page. With Outfit By Bliss, you can find all the latest and best fashion concepts and learn many great ways to improve your look without spending a fortune.