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How to wear mom jeans

The mom jean made easy.

If you’ve been neglecting your skinny jeans lately, it’s more than likely that your mom jeans have been getting some extra wear instead.

As denim is set to be much more comfortable in 2021 with the rise of slouchy jeans, we’re ditching our skinnies indefinitely.

But what exactly are mom jeans? Here, we explain the denim type and look at how to style them.

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What are mom jeans?

Mom jeans are high-waisted jeans with straight-cut legs. They have both a wide-cut crotch and hips, making them one denim type that’s particularly comfortable.

They were popular among mothers in the 70s and 80s as they’re not restrictive like other types of denim – hence their name.

Are mom jeans flattering?

Mom jeans have a loose fit on the hips and thighs, making them much more easy to wear than other types of jeans.

While they don’t highlight the shape of the legs like tighter fits, the jeans look much more casual.

It’s for this reason some argue mom jeans are unflattering, but we love the fit. Denim has come a long way in recent years, and worn with heels or boots, they can look flattering on anyone.

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What’s the difference between mom jeans and boyfriend jeans?

Boyfriend jeans (pictured above) have long-cut legs, straight-cut hips, a wide crotch and a lower waist that sometimes sits on your hips.

They offer an even more relaxed look than mom jeans as they’re baggy all over.

Mom jeans are also often cropped, while boyfriend jeans are longer in length. This can vary depending on the jean of course.

How to style mom jeans

This denim jean couldn’t be easier to wear.

We’ve found some inspiration from our favourite influencers to guide you.

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