First there was the boyfriend jean, that distressed, oversized denim look that all the cool girls were borrowing from the boys. Now, after decades of being the subject of derision, mom jeans are taking over as the denim style of choice. Yes, you heard that correctly. High-waist, straight-leg jeans are all the rage, as evidenced on street style stars snapped in Milan, Paris, and every fashion capital around the world. Not to mention, worn by the fashion industries most coveted supermodels, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid.
But rather than pairing your mom jeans with a matching mom pullover or t-shirt, wearing this new-again silhouette requires new style inspiration. Whether you're toughening it up with a moto jacket, or tucking in your tank for a more sultry look that accentuates your figure, say goodbye to mom jeans that are meant for only, well, moms.
So, to assist you in turning one of the most questionable fashion trends into a sultry statement, we're giving you the ultimate mom jean styling inspiration!
MOM JEANS: 5 WAYS TO WEAR THEM
With back-to-school season just around the corner, jeans are about to become your go-to piece. So why not stay on-trend, make your mother proud, and add your own twist to this denim style for fall 2016?
PAIR THEM WITH A CROP-TOP
The most obvious way to turn your mom jeans into a more modern fashion statement? A crop-top, of course. The mom jean, crop-top duo has been spotted on many young celebs and supermodels like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Bella Hadid, who have turned the denim style into a sexy summer statement look. When the weather is hot, it's easy to throw on a crop-top and pair of jeans and call it a day, but when temperatures drop, making mom jeans look young and hip becomes that much more difficult.
The solution? Just show off your waist! Fall may have no place for crop-tops, but that doesn't mean you can't still show off that figure. Carve out an hourglass figure by tucking your blouse, tee, whatever your style may be, into the high-waist jean.
ACCESSORIZE AND CUFF
Back in the day, mom jeans were worn high on the waist and straight-legged, without any major modifications. If you want to re-invent the style for modern day, make your look a little more complicated by adding accessories and your own unique touch. Whether it's an edgy belt, patchwork embellishments, DIY distress, or a simple cuff at the ankles, it's all about making mom jeans your own for fall 2016.
STATEMENT HEELS AND BOOTIES
After celebrities like Kanye West made it acceptable to wear denim for special occasions (see: 2016 Met Gala), the fashion world followed, turning denim into a runway-approved fashion must-have. So, to turn your mom jeans up a notch this season, skip the sneakers and opt for a pair of cool David Bowie-inspired heeled booties, platforms or stilettos to go with your new and improved denim look.
TOUGHEN IT UP
Looking for an easy way to re-vamp your mom jeans? Give them an edge by throwing on a cool band tee, cropped moto jacket and killer heels.
BALANCE IT OUT
Who said fashion couldn't be functional? Be chic and comfortable by layering your mom jeans underneath a statement topper and casual-cool kicks.
Which mom jean style will you try for fall 2016?