Mom Jeans Have Made a Comeback — Here's How 12 Celebs Are Wearing Them

The polarizing trend has never been cooler.

Hailey Bieber wears mom jeans and a polo shirt

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Mom jeans are one of those "love them or hate them" clothing items, but for many of us, there's no denying the power of a great pair of these '90s-inspired jeans. And despite their maternal origins, mom jeans have become a universal trend for all ages. Even if you're opposed to a high waist or stiff denim, two of the primary identifiers of the mom jeans of yesteryear, the mom jeans du jour offer a range of relaxed fits and even come in mid-rise options. But perhaps an even better indicator of how far mom jeans have come is the fact that celebrities can't stop wearing them.

Whether they're promoting a movie or flying under the radar while traveling, celebs of all ages, including Hailey Bieber, Michelle Williams, and Julia Fox have all been spotted out and about in mom jeans this spring.

While many celebrity mom jeans outfits are on the casual end, these twelve looks can be easily elevated with a few wardrobe staples you probably already own. Gird your loins — in denim! — and get ready to get into the no-nonsense, very cool jeans trend celebs can't get enough of for spring.

With a Sunny Turtleneck Sweater

Emma Roberts wears mom jeans and a slouchy sweater

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We won't blame you for thinking mom jeans can read a bit drab. But if you're apprehensive, don't rule them out until you try wearing a pair with a sunny, turtleneck sweater and your fave white sneakers the way Emma Roberts recently did. The structure and color of Roberts's sweater could elevate any style of pants, but when paired with mom jeans, the vibe is delightfully laidback with a slight nod to good tailoring.
Shop Similar: Reformation Garrett Cashmere Oversized Turtleneck in Harvest, $268

With Ballet Flats

Michelle Williams wears mom jeans and ballet flats

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Think mom jeans can't be elevated? Think again. Michelle Williams paired a boxy — in the best way — blazer with the style and square-toed ballet flats for a look that was polished as it was effortless. Fit is key here, so don't be afraid to take your jeans to a tailor so they hit you at the exact right spot on the ankle.
Shop Similar: Empress Square Toe Ballet Flats, $99

With a Statement Coat and Heels

Sofia Vergara wears mom jeans with a statement coat and heels

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Almost any trend can benefit from the combination of a great satin embellished heel and statement coat, and mom jeans are no exception. Take a cue from Sofia Vergara and balance the upscale elegance of the shoe and outerwear with a pair of cropped and distressed mom jeans.
Shop Similar: Badgley Mischka Saint Embellished Heels, $165 (Originally $275) and J. Crew New Icon Trench Coat in Vivid Begonia, $248

With Layered Sweaters

A woman wears mom jeans with layered sweaters

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Channel a menswear vibe by layering on a few lightweight knit sweaters, tucking them into your fave pair of mom jeans, and cinching your waist with a classic black belt. This layering approach has such a classically cool feel that you can play around with outerwear and shoes; go elegant with pumps and a blazer, casual with flats and a cardigan, or edgy with boots and a bomber jacket — all fit the look expertly.
Shop Similar: Quince 100% Organic Cotton Fisherman Crew Sweater, $40, Everlane Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck, $50

With a Ruffled Bib Top

Taeyeon of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation wears mom jeans with a ruffled bib top

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For a look that's sweet and flirty without veering into twee territory, a pair of strappy sandals and a ruffled bib top are perfect for pairing with a relaxed pair of mom jeans. Since none of the individual garments are ultra-fitted, there's more room to experiment with interesting, baroque-inspired details like pleating, decadent ribbons, and corsetry-inspired hemlines.
Shop Similar: Love The Label Gisele Short Puff-Sleeve Ruffle-Bib Cotton Top, $245

With a Puffy Bomber Jacket

A woman wears mom jeans with a bomber jacket

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Spring weather can be fickle, which is why it's always a good idea to have one or two outfits in your arsenal that include a layer designed to keep you actually warm. Case in point: Julia Fox's mom jeans and puffer jacket 'fit.
Shop Similar: Alo Yoga Gold Rush Puffer, $198

With a Chic Bouclé Blazer

A woman wears mom jeans with a boule blazer

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The allure of a vintage Chanel jacket is a powerful one, and you can create that energy with a tastefully cropped bouclé blazer — without spending two months' rent on the real thing. To recreate Chriselle Lim's mom jeans outfit, pair a pastel tweed blazer with your baggiest pair of black mom jeans.
Shop Similar: AQUA Tweed Cropped Jacket, $128

With an Oversized Polo And Boots

A woman wears mom jeans with an oversized polo and boots

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Hailey Bieber vacillates between teeny tiny and very oversized clothing and, frankly, we appreciate the endless versatility. When it comes to the latter, her normcore take on the mom jeans trend is breezy and effortless. Her bomber jacket, collared polo, and loosely fitted mom jeans contrast beautifully with her structured handbag and pointy-toe boots for a look that's layered and complex, but still very casual.
Shop Similar: Addison Bay Courtside Polo, $98, and SCHUTZ Briani Crocodile Embossed Leather Bootie, $84 (Originally $168)

With a Velvet Blazer

Kyle Richards wears mom jeans and a velvet blazer.

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For a spring look that works just as well at brunch as it does at happy hour, cuff your fave mom jeans at the ankle, toss on a buttery soft velvet blazer, and grab a coordinated clutch. Voilà! You've got an elevated casual look in under 90 seconds.
Shop Similar: BCBGeneration Velvet Blazer, $128

With a Micro Top

A woman wears mom jeans with a tube top

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Gen Z might not approve of every trend near and dear to the hearts of Millennials and Gen Xers, but mom jeans transcend generational divides, as influencer Emma Brooks showed recently. Pairing mom jeans with a micro top and a subtly printed, oversized chambray is a look you can dress up or down for day or night. Tube tops are an easy go-to, but if you like a bit more structure and support, we recommend a cropped top with spaghetti straps.
Shop Similar: Maje Tweed Crop Top, $265

With Bold Long Sleeves

A woman wears mom jeans with a bold long-sleeve crop top

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The high waist of mom jeans is a natural fit for a cropped top, but that doesn't mean you have to show a lot of skin. See The Bachelor contestant Kit Keenan, who opted for a long-sleeved cropped jacket in a statement-making, bold print.
Shop Similar: Akira Mother Nature Flower Detail Cardigan, $200

With a Crop Top and Trench

A woman wears mom jeans with a crop top and trench coat

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There's nothing like combining classic pieces in a way that feels fresh and modern. Among our favorite classic wardrobe staples: a khaki trench coat, a cropped and fitted white tank, and a dope pair of mom jeans. Strap on a pair of patent leather heels and chunky sunglasses and you've got yourself a chef's kiss look that'll score you major fashion points all season long.
Shop Similar:
Reformation Tasha Tank, $38, and Burberry Long Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat, $2,490

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