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Ways to Wear Mom Jeans

Nothing says stylish like a chic pair of modern "mom" jeans. Follow these style tips to ensure you get the best fit from your mom jeans.


Some years ago, using the moniker "mom jeans" was the fashion kiss of death. Nowadays however, the mom jean has been redefined by bloggers and hipsters alike. If you love Old Navy and are ready to take give the classic denim trend a try, here are a few ways to wear mom jeans. 

With Formal Wear

One of the biggest fashion trends this year is formal wear incorporated with more casual attire. A sleek blazer can easily be paired with mom jeans for a day out, and then be dressed up with some chunky, block heels. Consider throwing a structured micro-plaid blazer over a T-shirt and mom jeans to instantly convert from street style to evening perfection. 

With Other Vintage Pieces

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After finding your favorite pair of mom jeans, match them with other iconic vintage pieces. While your already utilizing any useful closet organization lifehacks you may have picked up, take out that vintage T-shirt in a muted hue for an easy, every-day look. Alternately, pair a quirky vintage find like a striped bodysuit or a fur stole for a head-to-toe vintage look. 

With a Belted Waist

Many vintage mom jeans tend to have looser fit waists, so it's always a good idea to cinch your favorite pair with a belt. Not only will a belt cinch your waist, it's also a great way to accessorize an otherwise simple outfit. A skinny leather option is guaranteed to look sharp, but you can also express your personal style with a vintage or embellished belt. 

With Statement Shoes

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Good mom jeans can serve as the perfect canvas to try other fun and daring trends. One such way to wear mom jeans is to pair them with statement shoes like bright suede booties or your favorite pair of flats. Fun pastel sandals are also a perfect way to show off this season's hot colors. 

With More Denim

Denim on denim is a trend that's here to stay. From chambray button-ups to upcycled 90s jean jackets, this trend is nearly everywhere. Try tucking in a short-sleeved denim or chambray blouse into a sleek pair of high-waisted denim. Even when you're not donning your mom jeans, a denim top always looks sharp when tucked into black jeans. 

With a Leather Jacket

The ways to wear a pair of mom jeans are endless, so consider your new jeans as a classic closet staple. These high-waisted jeans look great with other classic wardrobe elements, like a sleek leather jacket. If you're going for a retro-inspired look, try pairing skinny dark-wash jeans with a tan leather piece instead of black.

With Rolled-Up Hems

Mom jeans are a perfect way to create a retro-inspired look. Try fitted light- or medium-wash high-waisted jeans and roll up the hems. A fitted T-shirt is an easy go-to option, or try an oversized logo tee. Finally, complete the look with a pair of bright white sneakers. This look would also look great with 90s-style space buns. 

With a Mock Turtleneck

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Mock turtlenecks continue to be popular through this summer season and will likely remain on the runway for some time to come. Even though the classic look includes a long-sleeved mock turtleneck, the look can easily be updated for summer. Pair light-washed mom jeans with a short sleeve mock turtleneck and a fun pattern for a fresh summer look. Trade in your denim for a high-waisted skirt with pockets for a dressier evening look. 

With a Crop Top

Crop tops have been in style for a few years now, and this year the crop top continues to reign supreme. One of the best ways to style a crop top is to pair it with high-waisted mom jeans. Whether you go for a fitted crop or a vintage T-shirt cut short, it's bound to give you an effortless cool-girl look. Plus, high-waisted mom jeans allow you to show a peek of skin without being totally exposed. 

With 90s Sneakers

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One of the six sneaker trends to watch out for in 2018 is vintage sneakers. In order to pull off this look, go for a chunky bright white sneaker with thick bottoms. Then, match them with your favorite pair of distressed high-waisted mom jeans. Look to stars like Gigi Hadid for style inspiration for this throwback style. 

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