How to Style Mom Jeans, Fashion's Most Controversial Denim Trend

Fashion stylists and influencers are sharing six easy outfit ideas worth trying in 2023.

How to Style Mom Jeans
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While fashion trends always seem to be in a state of rotation, we know this much to be true: baggy pants are in, and that's especially the case with denim. However, if you're someone who usually gravitates toward slim-fitting bottoms, it's possible you've wondered how to style mom jeans. What shoes do you wear with those? Will they look too dad-like with a button-down? After all, the goal is to find an outfit that feels fresh and fun — and not like the punchline of an SNL skit.

The good news is, these pants are incredibly versatile, and the newer versions are way more flattering than their predecessors (think stretchy material that hugs all the right places and subtle distressed details). We spoke to stylists and influencers who shared their favorite mom jeans outfit ideas and styling tips, from toughening things up with a leather jacket to adding lingerie-like pieces for a sexier feel.

Break Out Your Button-Downs

How to Style Mom Jeans

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"A loose, breezy button-down shirt with a slightly askew collar and heeled thong sandals will add an effortless touch that will keep you from looking too stuffy," says Tobi head stylist, Joanna Angeles. While we loved the tucked-in look, leaving this top out with give your outfit a no-fuss, fashion girl feel.

Toughen It Up

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As many fashion lovers know, a quick and easy way to give mom jeans some edge is by slipping on a leather jacket (be it a moto, bomber, or blazer) and a chunky pair of boots.

Get Playful with a Graphic Tee

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Style influencer Lauren Kay says that her favorite way to wear mom jeans is with an oversized graphic tee. She then reaches for white sneakers to finish off the look, but we think a pair of pointed-toe heels would work just as well.

"[The combination] gives off this effortlessly chic vibe while still being comfortable for everyday life," says Kay.

Balance Is Key

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Because high-rise, loose-fitting of mom jeans do have the potential to look frumpy, style influencer Nena Evans says structured pieces provide a welcome contrast.

"I love styling mom jeans with a button-down and loafers or blazer and tennis shoes — simple combinations that work every time," Evans tells InStyle. "When done right, they look effortlessly chic and timeless."

Many celebrities and influencers rocking this trend also tend to wear mom jeans with lingerie-like items, such as corsets or bralettes. Angeles says Hailey Bieber does it best.

"[She's] essentially mastered making mom jeans look high-end yet still practical and comfortable," the pro tells InStyle. "Take a page from her book and style with a micro crop top or bra top and an oversized blazer. Of course, you're going to need chunky sneakers and an oversized leather pillow purse to finish off the look and look appropriately daytime chic."

Accentuate Your Shape in a Body Suit

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Digital creator Brittany Sjogren tells InStyle she's all about outfits that not only look good but feel good as well, and wearing mom jeans with a bodysuit is her go-to cozy, confidence-boosting combination.

"It's a great way to show off your figure while still giving you the option to layer."

Double Up On Denim

How to Style Mom Jeans

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If you want to really make a statement with your mom jeans, add some denim up top, too, like an oversized jean jacket. Since this look is so bold on its own, you can keep the rest of the look simple, adding a neutral shirt underneath and opting for minimal accessories.

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