Wikipedia calls “Mom jeans” a “humorously pejorative term for a specific type of fit of women’s jeans, considered to be both unfashionable, and unflattering to the wearer’s body shape. This style usually consists of a high waist (rising above the belly button), making the buttocks appear disproportionately longer, larger, and flatter than they otherwise might. It also tends to have excess space in the zipper/crotch and leg areas”.
Well, Mom jeans are a fringe trend right now and considered a fashion forward item. The pictures below are a good representation of the look. Like I’ve said before, items are frumpy right up until they become fashionable. It’s hip to be square in 2014.
Actually, Mom jeans are much like the oh-so-trendy and mainstream boyfriend jeans, but with a much higher rise and a fitted waist. It’s when tops are tucked or partially tucked into Mom jeans that they look completely different to regular hip and cool boyfriend jeans. There is very little visual difference between the two styles when tops are worn untucked. And since we’ve grown accustomed to the look of masculine, hip hugging and straight-waisted boyfriend jeans, we probably don’t mind the look of these Mom jeans with untucked tops.
The ultra fashionable way to wear Mom jeans is with midriff baring cropped tops, which work well with high-waisted bottoms. Pair the bottoms with trendy footwear, like cut-out booties, peep-toe booties, pointy toe pumps, slip-on sneakers, loafers and Birkenstocks. Top off the look with an open moto, boxy cropped jacket, bomber or long lightweight coat.
This is not a mainstream look and is certainly a challenge to wear at any age. Matching Mom jeans with untucked upscale sweatshirts, welted knitwear, and high-low blouses, tees or pullovers is a more manageable execution of the trend. However, you might as well wear regular boyfriend jeans if you’re going to cover the high waist and rise of Mom jeans. That said, if you enjoy the comfort and girdling integrity of high rises, don’t like to wear belts, and prefer to wear tops untucked, Mom jeans are a practical alternative to boyfriend jeans. Wear them with an on trend support act and no one will know you are wearing Mom jeans.
I have no desire to wear Mom jeans with either an untucked or untucked top. I don’t like high rises at the best of times, so I’ll be sticking to low slung slouchy boyfriend jeans. I do like the outfit with the cropped top and moto jacket, and fully support it on those who pull it off with style. And if Mom jeans are a more comfy fit for you than boyfriend jeans with untucked tops, I fully support that too.
Over to you. What’s your take on the Mom jeans trend?