By Charlie Bell
If you’re struggling to put together your mom jean outfits, we’re here to lend a helping hand with some style inspo—as mom jeans are so flattering that it's definitely worth trying to nail your look so they become a go-to.
Mom jeans have been top of the denim game for a while now and are a fierce contender for one of the best jeans around, thanks to their super flattering fit and cool retro aesthetic.
Popular in the eighties and early nineties, mom jeans fell out of favor in the early noughties for styles such as the bootcut and the best skinny jeans. But thanks to our love of all things 90s and retro, mom jean outfits came back with a bang, and we’re pretty confident this clothing trend is going to stick around for a lot longer this time and become one of our go-to wardrobe essentials, especially as we head back to school.
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 for a relaxed and comfy fit. They tend to suit all body types. And the best part is that mom jean outfits are effortless to put together and can work for any occasion. From smart blazers to laid-back tees, they’re easy to dress up and down, and thanks to their retro aesthetic, they instantly add an effortlessly cool edge to your look.
Mom jean outfits to try
The smart blazer
A blazer is a key piece in everyone’s capsule wardrobe, and they have the magical ability to smarten up any low-key look. They add a sleek touch to otherwise casual mom jean outfits, taking your outfit from daytime to drinks. Keep it classic in camel, or go for a pop of color to lift your look.
Where to shop for blazers - quick links
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Mango Lyocell Oversize Blazer
Zara Linen Blend Limited Edition Straight Cut Blazer
& Other Stories Belted Tailored Blazer Jacket
The pastel knit
Offset the relaxed fit of the mom jean with a delicate knit. From pastel cardigans to full-blown sweaters, always keep your knitwear fitted and feminine. Try tucking in your jumper to your jeans to show off your waist. If the knit is a bit chunkier, a French tuck - where you just half tuck in the front - will look super chic and earn your mom jean outfits some serious fashion points.
Where to shop for knits - quick links
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Whistles Full Sleeve Knitted Cardigan
Mint Velvet Pink Crew Neck Button Jumper
& Other Stories Alpaca Blend Heart Knit Cardigan
The statement top
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. In fact, you can go all out in a colorful sequinned top, and the jeans will simply help to balance out a more daring top half. Embrace the retro aesthetic and go for bold prints and puff sleeves. Darker washes will smarten up the look, while white jeans add a summery feel.
Where to shop for statement tops - quick links
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Whistles Green Seema Sequin Top
Next Square Neck Top
Mango Puff Sleeve Blouse
The classic white shirt
Another hard-working wardrobe piece, if you want to keep things classic and cool, a white shirt makes a great companion to your mom jeans. If you go oversized, make sure you tuck it in to streamline your shape or layer the shirt over a cute cami to avoid swamping your figure. For a modern refresh, try a deconstructed style or look for details such as wrap closures, pleat details, and voluminous sleeves. A great way to make this look work is to pair it with some statement gold jewelry for a real trendy edge.
Where to shop for white shirts - quick links
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Cos Wrap Shirt
Toast Cotton Oxford Easy Shirt
H&M Cotton Shirt
The Fancy shoe
From ankle boots to heels to trainers, you can pretty much wear any shoe with mom jeans except a knee-high due to the looser style. As these jeans tend to finish just at the ankle, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off some fancy footwear. Whether that’s a chic colourful mule or a smart loafer or a 90s inspired sneaker, put your best foot forward with some statement shoes.
Where to shop for fancy shoes - quick links
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Jimmy Choo Reon 65 sandals
These dainty but fierce Jimmy Choos are perfect for offsetting the bagginess of mom jeans, with a thin ankle strap to keep you comfortable and secure and a diagonal kitten heel to make a fashion statement. They're also available at 50% off in the 24s sale event that offers selected items at half price.
Dune Grange Snaffle Trim Loafers
Zara Block Heel Sandals
Nike Air Force 1 Low By You
Where to shop for mom jeans - quick links
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 favourite 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.
H&M Mom Loose-fit Ultra High Jeans
Calvin Klein Mom Jeans
Zara Mom Jeans
Levi’s High-Waisted Taper Mom Jeans
Gap Sky High Rise Mom Jeans with Washwell
New Look Curves Blue Elasticated High Waist Tori Mom Jeans
Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor.
She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, 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. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_
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