How to Wear Mom Jeans without Looking Frumpy

If you were an 80s baby, I’m sure each of us could dig up childhood pictures with our mom, aunt or someone else wearing mom jeans with permed hair and blue eyeshadow. The high-waisted, rigid, straight-leg mom jean was one of the most popular style trends throughout the 80s. And if we’re being honest, it wasn’t cool to wear mom jeans in your teens or 20s at that time. But that was then. And as they say, styles come and go and come back again.

The mom jean made its full-circle moment around 2016. Mom jeans are a popular trend right now from Hollywood stars to teenagers to, yes, even moms. They’re much more comfortable than some other past fashion trends like the dreaded low-rise, skinny jeans. You know the ones from the 90s and early 2000s, where you couldn’t bend down, sit down or really move without fear of exposing pretty much everything. Here’s to hoping we NEVER go back to those again!

Unlike boyfriend jeans that are low-rise and looser through the hips and thighs, mom jeans are high-rise and generally hit at your natural waistline, keeping everything nicely tucked inside (including maybe the muffin top) 😉. Because mom jeans have a more relaxed fit, they could potentially look unflattering. But with proper styling, I think you’ll discover they’re a wardrobe staple. 

How to Wear Mom Jeans without Looking Frumpy

How To Wear Mom Jeans Without Looking Frumpy

Pair Mom Jeans With Cropped Tops

When you hear the words cropped top, you might automatically think, “Oh girl, no!” Stay with me! They’re actually several options that don’t include exposing the stomach at all and are very flattering. Many cropped tops hit at your natural waistline, extenuating the most narrow part of your waist. And since mom jeans are high-waisted, they come to your natural waistline too. It’s a very harmonious, figure-flattering union.

Wear a Fitted Top or Bodysuit to Balance the Look 

Because mom jeans have a relaxed fit through the legs, bodysuits and fitted tops balance the look. Just like if you were to wear an oversized sweatshirt, leggings would pair best with that. Bodysuits and fitted tops aren’t just for the warmer months. There are many fitted turtlenecks, long-sleeve fitted t-shirts and long-sleeve bodysuits that will keep you warm throughout fall and winter. 

Choose Solid-Colored Sweaters and Tops

Speaking of fall and winter, it’s starting to officially feel like sweater weather in Georgia. Solid-colored sweaters are more forgiving than a heavy-patterned option. When pairing a sweater with mom jeans, I like to front tuck the sweater. This defines your natural waistline and gives a more tailored look. Another option I like to wear with mom jeans is a solid-colored t-shirt. J.Crew makes a good one that’s perfect for layering or wearing alone with a fun scarf. 

Choose a Mom Jean for Your Body Type

I love that retailers understand that jeans aren’t one size fits all, carrying varying lengths and sizes. For instance, if you’re petite in height, it would make sense to purchase a petite length. That way, the jeans would hit just above your ankle. You can always roll them if needed too. That’s the beauty of mom jeans. Rolling them up looks very natural because of their overall relaxed fit. You also want to make sure the jeans hit at your natural waist. It may take a few tries to find the perfect fit. But there’s nothing better than finding a good-fitting pair of jeans. 

Mom Jeans Outfit Ideas

How to Wear Mom Jeans without Looking Frumpy

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Mom Jeans with a Bodysuit and Cardigan 

Cardigans are the perfect fall layering piece. Pair a cardigan with your mom jeans and a bodysuit, and you have the perfect outfit for doing all the fall festivities. 

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Mom Jeans with a Neutral Sweater

Sweaters with a more fitted style pair well with mom jeans to balance the look. This Express sweater is a great option. The puff sleeves give the sweater a bit of interest and glamour.  

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Mom Jeans with a Blazer 

Mom jeans can be transitioned into a night look with a few additions, like a blazer. Pair them with a lace cami and pumps, and you’ve got an outfit ready for a night out. 

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Mom Jeans with a Fitted T-shirt

A great outfit to throw on for running errands are mom jeans, a fitted t-shirt and some sneakers. In the cooler months, throw on a puffer coat and scarf to complete the look. 

Femine Blouse and Flats

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Mom Jeans with a Femine Blouse and Flats

For casual fridays at the office, pair your jeans with a femine blouse and flats. This balloon sleeve top from Express is perfect for both the workplace and occasions outside of work. The metallic detailing is stunning. 

Cropped Top

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Mom Jeans with a Cropped Top

Cropped tops don’t have to give us the belly-bearing scaries. Babydoll and peplum tops that hit at your natural waistline are great styles to pair with mom jeans to give a more feminie feel to the look. 

Mom Jeans with a Graphic Tee

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Mom Jeans with a Graphic Tee

For an easy street style look, pair your mom jeans with a graphic tee. Graphic tees are a fun way to dress casually and express your unique style and interests. Add a moto jacket and some white trainers to complete this fun, edgy outfit.  

Mom Jeans with a Fitted Turtleneck and Sling Backs

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Mom Jeans with a Fitted Turtleneck and Sling Backs

To give your mom jeans a little pizzazz, pair them with a fitted turtleneck and my favorite Chanel-dupe slingbacks. Tuck the turtleneck in and add a Gucci belt to complete the look.

Mom Jeans with a Cropped Sweatshirt

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Mom Jeans with a Cropped Sweatshirt

For the ultimate casual look, pair a cropped sweatshirt with your mom jeans to give your legs and waist a more elongated look. Pair with your favorite sneakers. 

So I guess all of this was to say our mamas were onto something in the 80s. Because everyone and their mom (pun intended) are wearing the mom jeans in 2020.

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