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15 Best Mom Jeans (2021)

May 24, 2021

Jacqueline Parisi
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Women of all ages are embracing and modernizing the laid-back, baggy (in the best way) look, and we are SO here for it.

If you take a peek into the depths of your mom’s closet, odds are you’ll find a pair of high-waisted, relaxed-fit jeans that, these days, go by the name “mom jeans.” More often than not, they’re light blue in color with ample space around the zipper and crotch area. Occasionally, you’ll even find an elastic waistband.

For a time, this 90s look was considered unflattering by the younger generation, especially when associated with the antiquated, reductive stereotypes about motherhood. But not anymore. Women of all ages are embracing and modernizing the laid-back, baggy (in the best way) look, and we are SO here for it. 

What’s the difference between mom jeans and boyfriend jeans, you ask? Truth be told, they’re similar, with boyfriend jeans having a slightly more relaxed, masculine look. For the purposes of this article, we stuck with designated mom jeans, but TBH, it’s a fine line. 

These are our top trending picks for the best mom jeans in 2021. 

This pair of high-rise mom jeans flares at the knee and cuts off just around the ankle for a roomy, laid-back look. They’re made with 99% cotton and 1% spandex, which means you’ll get that classic, sturdy, throwback mom jean feel with just a bit of flattering stretch.

Wrangler Mom Relaxed Jeans in Mid Blue_best mom jeans_revelle

With an ultra high-rise, light wash, and tapered cropped leg, these Lucky jeans up the 90s ~retro~ ante big time. The best part? They get even better with wear.

Lucky Brand Drew Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

Edgy mom vibes is what we’re getting from this pair of distressed jeans. We love the polyester-spandex combo, too. 

Good American Mom Jeans In Blue 636_best mom jeans_revelle

This classic, light-wash pair of mom jeans has a straight leg design, with a standard cut around the thigh and narrow shape through the leg.

River Island Ripped Knee Mom Jeans In Mid-Wash Blue_best mom jeans_revelle

Everything from the light-wash hue to the relaxed, tapered fit *screams* vintage. These are cut loosely around the thigh with a narrow shape through the leg.

Missguided Mom Jeans In Vintage Blue Wash_best mom jeans_revelle

Looking for a way to make the whole jean shopping process WAY easier?

That’s where Revelle comes in. When you join — which, BTW, doesn’t cost you anything — we’ll ask you a few questions about your beautiful body. From there, we work our magic (and by magic, we mean technology) to build your personal store. As you like (heart) and dislike (broken heart) jeans, we’ll get to know your tastes, preferences, and style even better so you can find your perfect pair.

You know that worn-in look that can only come from a pair of old jeans? That’s what you’ll get here (in the best way) thanks to the small, threaded rips along the knee. These tend to run small, so we recommend ordering one size up.

Women’s Prosperity Denim Ripped High-Waist Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

These faded, high-waist jeans come in an inky dark-wash that goes with *everything*. 

Wrangler Cosmos Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

This is one of the slimmer mom jeans on the list. It’s made with 98% cotton and 2% spandex, with that high-rise look characteristic of the nostalgic style. 

ASOS DESIGN high rise farleigh 'slim' mom jeans in clean black_best mom jeans_revelle

If the high-rise, distressed look of these Bershka jeans isn’t enough to convince you, this will: they’re made with organic cotton (meaning no pesticides, ever) and less water. Talk about a win-win. 

Bershka Organic Cotton Mom Jeans With Rips And Distressed Hem_best mom jeans_revelle

This pair of mom jeans from Madewell is made with cotton and elastane for the perfect balance of rigid and stretch denim. The vintage-style tapered legs cut off just above the ankle.

These are the perfect vintage jeans: light-wash, non-stretch, and perfect when paired with a graphic T-shirt and blazer.

PACSUN Distressed Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

These have a slim fit compared to other ankle jeans in the “mom” category, but they still make the cut for their high rise, tapered look. For a pair of jeans that sits somewhere between skinny jeans and mom jeans, this is the way to go. 

ASOS DESIGN High-Rise Slouchy Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

We LOVE the fact that Everlane calls their line of mom jeans “cheeky jeans.” Made with premium, non-stretch Japanese denim, these high-rise, butt-boosting, straight-leg jeans have earned a well-deserved spot in modern-day closets. Oh! And they also come in curvy sizes. 

ASOS DESIGN High-Rise Slouchy Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

Turn to Levi’s — the can’t-go-wrong denim brand — for medium-wash, busted knee jeans that lift your bum and show off your curves, 90s style. 

ASOS DESIGN High-Rise Slouchy Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

Here are the deets on these mom jeans, which are available at Nordstrom: 28 1/2″ inseam, machine washable, AND…get this…made with nonstretch denim from surplus stock cuts. If you’re between sizes, we recommend going one size up.

ASOS DESIGN High-Rise Slouchy Mom Jeans_best mom jeans_revelle

Revelle is on a mission to make women feel beautiful in their bodies every day by helping them find clothes that actually FIT, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that the recommended items are based on availability as of the date the article was published. You can always get personalized recommendations by joining our community. Also, if you do purchase something by clicking on a link, we may receive a small commission.

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