When it comes to finding the best mom jeans, there’s an unspoken rule among the most stylish women – high rise jeans will be your mom body’s best friend. Celebrity moms and mom fashion influencers both agree that high rise is the way to go once you have kids. So we’ll show you how to find and style some amazing mom jeans outfits for yourself, along with some inspiration from the It Girls.
What are Mom Jeans?
Mom jeans have been stereotypically touted as those unstylish, high-waisted, no-shape, unflattering cuts of denim that our moms wore back in the 80s (when some styles of clothing were questionable at best). But recently, there’s been such a shift in perspective on mom jeans, and designers are creating styles that really FLATTER a mom body. They’ve finally “gotten” the point that our bodies change as we age and have children, and our clothing should address that.
We can’t change Mother Nature and Father Time, but we can mold the way we dress ourselves around them.
But to really answer the question of what makes a pair of jeans “mom jeans” material, we really have to talk about fit.
The short answer is that any pair of jeans COULD make a great pair of mom jeans – but most likely, there will be a few good qualifying characteristics, like the ones below:
Generally, a high-rise jean (one that goes all the way up to your natural waist (the smallest part of your waistline, above your belly button)) will be the most flattering to your mom body, and these are the most widely stereotyped fit of mom jeans. But a high rise is ideal because it naturally sucks in our middles and prevents the dreaded muffin top – that area of tummy fluff that hangs over lower-rise jeans and makes us look like we’re squished into our pants.
Good Amount of Stretch
You’ll see jeans now that are made of 4-way stretch material. This is a great thing for moms, because we need to be able to move in our clothes. We need to get down and dirty at the park; we need to get on the floor and change a diaper or ten; and we need to bend down a thousand times a day, to pick up items that seem to endlessly collect over and over. Our jeans need to be a second skin, similar to those yoga pants, am I right?We can't change Mother Nature and Father Time, but we can mold the way we dress ourselves around them. #fashion #formoms #styletips Click To Tweet
Why Mom Jeans Are A GOOD Thing
a) They FIT.
b) They Flatter.
c) They’re Comfortable.
d) They’re Stylish.
Celebrity Moms and Social Media Stars Who Wear Mom Jeans
Everyone from Jessica Alba to Mila Kunis to Kim Kardashian wears mom jeans. And by mom jeans, we don’t mean your average ugly jeans from the 80s. We are talking super sleek, super sexy styles that flatter a mom’s curves extremely well – hugging the hips, covering the waistline, and moving with our bodies. See how some of your favorite celebrity moms are wearing their jeans, below.
Kate Middleton, J Brand Skinny Jeans
The Duchess of Cambridge knows a thing or two about dressing her gorgeous mom figure, and these jeans fit her body perfectly.
Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Jeans
Khloe Kardashian teamed up with business partner Emma Grede – wife of FRAME Denim Founder Jens Grede, and mom of two – to create this line. (Read more about her in this insightful Forbes article). Not only do these women have a ton of experience with fashion and denim, they’re both also now moms, and they obviously understand the importance of fit in a pair of jeans. The fact that they hit the $1 million mark in their first day of sales says a lot about the faith their supporters have in this line, too.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s High Rise Cropped Jeans
SJP is known for taking a fashion risk or two, especially in her role as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. Here she is wearing the ultimate sexy pair of cropped, high rise, light wash mom jeans with a crop top back in 2009’s filming of Sex and the City 2. And this is an outfit you can still rock today! It shows how timeless celebrity style can be, even when fashion trends change so quickly.
Alessandra Ambrosio’s High Rise Flares
She has model style, and she’s a true mommy It Girl. She rocks these high rise flared jeans like no one else, and proves that moms can still look model-hot! No sign of a muffin top in these flattering jeans!
Mom Fashion Bloggers’ Most Loved Jeans
I took an informal poll among some of my bestie mom fashion bloggers and Instagram influencers. They have amazing style, and they work with some of the most amazing brands on the coolest campaigns.
And in my questioning, I found a couple of trends:
- The top brand by far was AG, and the top style was a skinny high rise.
- These mom influencers all felt that the most important specifics were fit, softness, and comfort – and being able to move freely in their jeans, without the worry of any of their parts being exposed.
- Per the image below, NONE of the mom influencers interviewed wear low rise jeans.
In an informal poll, 98% of mom fashion influencers prefer high rise jeans as their favorite denim, followed by 2% who like mid-rise. Once you're a mom, low rise is OUT. #fashiontips #formoms #styleadvice #momblogger… Click To Tweet
The Best Mom Jeans Brands
You can find your fair share of jeans that will flatter your mom body in just about every store and in every price range. From Target to Neiman Marcus, from The Gap to Express to Nordstrom and Saks, and even mom companies like Evereve, you’ll find a pair that will look amazing on you. Sometimes it takes a little digging, though, as jeans are notorious for being elusive when looking for the perfect fit. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of lines that carry beautiful jeans for moms (of the high waisted type).
- AG Jeans
- Pilcro Jeans from Anthropologie
- Joe’s Jeans
- Good American
- I.N.C. Brand at Macy’s
- Universal Thread Brand at Target
- Your Favorite Local Boutiques, Of Course!
How To Shop For YOUR Mom Jeans
Speaking of fit, let’s talk about what to look for when shopping for a great pair of jeans.
Pay attention to the rise – how far the jeans come up on your waistline. Once you have kids, it’s harder to feel comfortable in low-rise jeans, because they now sit underneath that lower belly pouch that so many of us get after having kids. And anything that sits below your natural waistline (the skinniest part of your waist – right around or above your belly button) will cause the dreaded muffin top if it’s too tight.Jeans that sit below your natural waist (the smallest part of your middle) will create the dreaded muffin top if they're too tight. Choose a high rise style for the ultimate sexy mom jean! #denimtrends #styletips #formoms Click To Tweet
Look for jeans that have a high rise. Please hear me out on this, as I can hear a few of you sigh with disgust at the term high-rise. I did too, until I decided to embrace the fact that these actually make my mom body look BETTER! Like, a whole LOT better! A high-rise jean will hit you right around that smallest part of your waist, leaving no room for a muffin top. In fact, they seem to even have a little slimming effect, by feeling like they actually suck in my middle a bit.
Additionally, with a high-waisted jean, you can either tuck in a shirt, wear them with a crop top (without fear of your tummy hanging out), or just let your top drape over your jeans (see Khloe Kardashian’s picture above).
Next, pay attention to the fit. Whether you want to wear skinny jeans, flares, boyfriend jeans, straight, cropped, etc, just make sure they’re really comfortable. Stand in them, sit in them, move around a bit to see if they have enough stretch for you and if you think you’ll be truly comfortable wearing them in different circumstances.
Price. I’ll go on record saying that while my most favorite jeans are a more expensive pair by L’Agence, you’ll be able to find a great pair of jeans in any price point, as long as you pay attention to the items mentioned above.
How To Style Mom Jeans
Styling clothes is one of my favorite things to do. And today’s mom jeans can surely make some great mom outfits. Remember – stay true to your own style, and stick with styles that you feel are comfortable to wear. Because if you aren’t comfortable, you’re not going to wear the pieces as much as you should. Here are some outfits created with great mom jeans in all budgets.