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.
With an ultra high-rise and bleached wash, these Zuri jeans — available at Nordstrom — up the 90s ante big time. The best part? They get even better with wear.
We’re keepin’ the distressed, ripped jeans theme going with this pair of mom jeans from Flying Monkey. If you’re a fan of faded stonewash denim and rolled-up ankle cuffs, you’re in luck.
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.
This is one of the roomier, looser cut mom jeans on the list. It’s made with 100% cotton and still has that high-rise, light jean look characteristic of the nostalgic style.
These non-stretch, faded Roxy jeans have an ultra high waist and retro seam design. Pair with a tucked-in T-shirt, cropped shirt, or, if you’re going full-on 90s, an oversize cable knit.
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.
This pair of mom jeans from Madewell is made with cotton, polyester, and elastane for the perfect balance of rigid and stretch denim. The vintage-style tapered legs cut off just above the ankle.
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.
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.
Here are the deets on these mom jeans: 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.
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