As you read this, you’re probably wearing your favorite pair of sweatpants. We don’t blame you, but should you want to deviate from your quarantine uniform of fluffy robes and elastic waistbands, Mom jeans can help ease you back into wearing Real Clothes.
Mom jeans are not just a style, they are a lifestyle. They’re the kind of pants worn by a person obsessed with oat milk, mid-century dressers, and fig trees, all things that have recently become great conversationalists in self-isolation. Any mom jean aficionado knows there are three things that make the best mom jean: 1) the aforementioned high-waist that elongates your legs; 2) a straight-leg fit through the thigh with a delicate taper at your ankles; and 3) a heavy-weight fabrication that holds you in, but allows for a full range of movement. Give loungewear a break and test out the best mom jeans to wear on your next daily walk, ahead.
Our top pick for best budget jean goes to Topshop. Not only is it offered in a huge selection of colors (including acid wash), they have a higher rise than most brands with a 10.5″ front rise and 16″ back rise.
High-Rise Boyfriend Jean
Uniqlo’s U collection continues to offer hidden denim gems at prices that are almost too good to be true. The non-restricting high-rise fit on this pair can handle all of the banana bread you’ve consumed during quarantine.
Juliette Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Eve Denim was founded by Adelaide Bourbon, a Parisian based in Los Angeles, California. The brand seamlessly blends the best of both French and American style, and their Juliette mom jean captures their aesthetic to a tee.
The Cheeky Straight Jean
Everlane makes some of the best eco-friendly denim on the market, but they don’t slack on style. We especially love the brand for offering two different inseam lengths. For petite girls like myself, the ankle cut actually fits me like a full-length jean.
Balloon Leg Jeans
The denim giant does it again with their Balloon jeans. With a nod to the ’80s, this pair of Levi’s is just as good as vintage, except you don’t need to scour through racks of clothes at a thrift store.
Speaking of vintage Levi’s, you can trace the return of the mom jean back to RE/DONE . The label reworked vintage Levi’s for a more modern fit, with notable fans including both Hadids and Emily Ratajkowski. RE/DONE has since launched their own in-house collection, including this workwear riff on the mom jean.
Dakota High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Slvrlake is the fashion industry’s favorite denim brand du jour. With a flattering fit and a versatile light wash, it’s sure to become your new favorite too.
High-Waisted Tapered Jeans
Another sneaky-chic denim brand is COS. The London-based brand is under the H&M Group and offers luxury denim quality at affordable prices, and they’re sustainable. These jeans have a baggier fit through the knee in case you’re searching for a roomier style.
Benefit High Rise Relaxed Straight Jeans
Goldsign is a Los Angeles-based label that’s been around since 2005, but only recently came up on our radar thanks to their perfect Benefit jean. We love the true blue shade of this pair, which can be dressed up and down.
These might called the cowboy jean, but we’re keen to wear these mom jeans with mules and sneakers. Like Reformation’s cult-favorite dresses, their denim styles sell out rapidly thanks to the brand’s sustainable mission and butt-hugging fits.
’90s Mid Rise Loose Fit Jeans
Agolde is fast-becoming one of our favorite denim brands. This style looks legitimately plucked from the pre-millennial decade, except they will not give you a FUPA, a tragic side-effect of most thrifted mom jeans.
Tapered High Rise Jeans
& Other Stories is one of our favorite places to buy jeans. Their denim fabric is super soft but offers no stretch. Everyone will think these are designer.
Here’s a mom jean with a little more stretch, in case you plan to wear these while you work horizontally on your couch. It comes in a wide array of colors too, but pristine white is a summer necessity.
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