Mom jean outfits 2022: Here's how to style mom jeans

We’ve got all the mom jean outfit inspiration you need

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If you’re struggling with how to style mom jeans, these are the mom jean outfits that will turn this fashion favorite into a style staple.

While mom jeans first appeared as a seasonal denim trend, their super flattering fit and cool retro aesthetic have since secured their place as one of the best jeans styles for your capsule wardrobe. Originally a denim fan favorite in the eighties and early nineties, this high-waisted, straight-legged silhouette was ousted in the noughties as bootcut and skinny jeans came to the fore. But thanks to '90s nostalgia being one of the biggest fashion trends of 2022, the mom jean has resurfaced as a denim wardrobe essential.

One of the best styles of high-waisted jeans around, mom jeans are loose on the leg and tapered at the ankle for a seriously flattering finish that shows off your waist and skims over thighs giving a relaxed and comfy fit. Suiting all body types, mom jean outfits are also effortless to put together and are easy to dress up or down. With a retro aesthetic, they instantly add an effortlessly cool edge to your look.

How to style mom jeans: Mom jean outfits to try

The smart blazer

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Investing in one of the best blazers is always a good idea. With the ability to add polish to any look, they can instantly make jeans look sharper and smarter, taking your otherwise casual mom jean outfits from daytime to drinks. 

Opt for a bright blazer to give a nod to 'Dopamine dressing', one of the biggest fashion color trends of 2022, or keep it classic and timeless with a neutral-hued iteration.

The pastel knit

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The best sweaters and cardigans (layered over silk camis) instantly add a cozy feel to tough denim jeans. For a spring-ready spin, pair your mom jeans with a pastel knit for a fresh and bright feel. Opt for styles that are fitted and lighter weight to usher in sunnier days, and if you feel the cold, the best cashmere sweaters will help regulate your body temperature. Want to pair your jeans with a chunky knit? Utilize fashion's favorite half-tuck to bring shape back to your waist. 

The statement top

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It’s time to roll out the ‘nice top and jeans’ combo. Despite their laid-back look, mom jeans are great for dressing up for the evening. Don't be afraid of volume, ruffles and statement sleeves are still big trends and the jeans will simply help to balance out a more daring top half. Darker washes will smarten up the look, while white jeans or light wash blues will add a summery feel. 

The classic white shirt

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The best shirts add instant polish to any look. Keep things classic by pairing your mom jeans with a crisp white shirt. This season, oversized shirts are a major trend, but if you have a petite frame, these can sometimes feel overwhelming. To make the look work for you, wear oversized shirts open, over a camisole, giving an almost cardigan or jacket feel. This will ensure you still champion your silhouette and don't allow the white shirt to wear you! While a crisp white shirt will smarten up your mom jeans outfit, for a more directional look, opt for a deconstructed design and look for added details such as oversized collars, pleat details, on-trend puff leave shirts and wrap closures.

The Footwear

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From the best Chelsea boots and trainers to the best designer heels, apart from a knee-high boot (as the leg style is too loose), when it comes to which shoes to style with mom jeans, you'll be pleased to hear that this versatile denim pairs well with pretty much anything. As a mom jean tends to finish at the ankle, this style offers the perfect opportunity to show off some fancy footwear too. Opt for one of the new shoe trends 2022 to add a seasonal refresh or keep it classic with an investment style you can wear on the regular.

The best mom jeans as picked by the fashion team

If your mom jeans need updating or you fancy trying the trend, we've edited our favorite picks you can shop now. From loose relaxed styles for your weekend getup to smart and slim dark-wash pairs you can dress up for dinner, you're bound to find one to suit you and your style.

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.