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
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.
M&S Linen-Blend Blazer
RRP: $77.50 / £45 | As we head into sunnier days, a linen blazer is the ideal layering piece to add to your wardrobe. This gorgeous flamingo pink hue will really pop against any pair of denim mom jeans.
Mango White Tweed Blazer
RRP: $129.99 / £79.99 | Give a nod to Chanel, arguably one of the best French clothing brands with this statement white tweed blazer. A really chic look, this will instantly style up any outfit and certainly offers a spring-ready feel.
The pastel knit
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.
River Island Pastel Ombre Cardigan
RRP: $84 / £45 | This cardigan will instantly uplift your mom jeans. Wear open with a cami or one of your best white t-shirts underneath for an easy layered outfit.
& Other Stories Wrap Cardigan
RRP: $59 / £45 | One of the big color trends for the season, lilac has really made an impact on the style set. This pretty, ballerina wrap style top offers a feminine twist on a mom jean outfit and will also draw attention to your waist.
Oliver Bonas Blue Sweater Vest
RRP: $66 / £45 | If you've been wondering how to style a sweater vest, then this one's for you. Team your pastel sweater vest with a pair of light wash mom jeans and a white full sleeve blouse for a directional outfit.
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. 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.
M&S Cotton Statement Sleeve Top
RRP: $50 / £29.50 | 'Florals for spring...' one of the greatest fashion quotes of all time, a bloom print really is the perfect way to inject a little new season goodness into your closet. This top features a bust flattering square neck and statement sleeve.
Patou Statement Blue Blouse
RRP: $490 / £350 | Offering some serious statement style, this ruffle topped blue shirt is great for those that want to add width to a bust line. Wear tucked in to your jeans waistband to create an hourglass silhouette.
The classic white shirt
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.
French Connection White Blouse
RRP: $88 / £55 | As we head into spring, white blouses are an easy option for polished, summery style. High neck blouses with ruffle details are ideal for pear body shapes as they help to balance out fuller hips and draw the eye to the top of your torso.
Cos Oversized White Shirt
RRP: $99 / £59 | If you're looking for classic silhouettes with a modern twist, then Cos is the ideal pit-stop. With a selection of oversized shirt with on-trend trims and collars, the brand offers directional pieces at great prices.
Marina Rinaldi Cotton Poplin Shirt
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.
Dr Marten Vegan Chelsea Boot
RRP: $170 / £149 | Dr Martens have really had a style revival in recent years, making these some of the best Chelsea boots to invest in. A timeless look, you can wear these vegan boots for years to come.
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.
Simply Be Light Denim Mom Jeans
RRP: £34 (UK only) | A mom jean is great for those with an apple body shape. The high-waist helps to sculpt and shape your middle, while the ankle grazing finish lengthens your legs. These Simply Be jeans are available up to a size 32.
Zara Z1975 Blue Mom Jeans
RRP: $45.90 / £29.99 | For fans of Zara jeans, this light blue denim pair will easily become your spring go-to. An ideal hue for pairing with classic white shirts, color-popping blazers and cute pastel knits, you'll want to stock up on this style.
M&S Grey-Blue Mom Jeans
RRP: $69 / £39.50 | Marks and Spencer already make some of the best slimming jeans, but they also have an extensive range of mom jeans too. At a great price, these will easily slot into your wardrobe and we love this versatile blue-grey hue.
Levi's High Waist Mom Jeans
RRP: $69.50 / £60 | While all mom jeans feature a tapered leg and a high waist, this black pair from jeans brand Levi's features a particularly waist highlighting cut. Ideal for those who want to tuck their tops in or team with a cropped sweater.
Gap Sky High Rise Mom Jeans
RRP: $79.95 / £49.95 | You can't talk about jeans without giving a nod to Gap. With some of the best straight-to-market denim, Gap jeans offer a huge variety at a great price point. This mid-wash is easy to dress up or down and comes in regular and tall.
Calvin Klein Dark Wash Mom Jeans
RRP: $111 / £85 | Black wash mom jeans offer an instantly smarter feel. For a polished finish pair with a white shirt, or keep a more rock and roll aesthetic and team with a white t-shirt and any of the best leather jackets.
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.
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