May 23, 2018
9 Reasons We’re (Still) Obsessed With the Mom Jean
High-waisted, no stretch, and as classic as they come, the mom jean is clearly still having a moment. And although we love fresh denim trends, there's just something so versatile and iconic about this style that we just can't get enough. Ahead you'll find our favorite highlights from high-waisted history and sophisticated ideas on exactly *how* to style your sturdy blues for every occasion.
Throwback Denim: The '80s gave us *so* many weird and wild styles — like fanny packs, logo tees, and shoulder pads — many of which are re-emerging today. Mom jeans reached peak popularity during this decade of opulence and acid washes — just ask Janet (er, Ms. Jackson, if you're nasty). (Photo via Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Outlaw Style: This no-nonsense style seamlessly transitioned to the '90s scene and big screen as evidenced by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise. (Photo via Fotos International/Getty Images)
Mom Jean Official: In 2003, amidst the low-rise denim craze, SNL head writer Tina Fey helped popularize the phrase "mom jeans" after accidentally buying a pair of ultra-high-waisted jeans. Inspired by her shopping mishap, Fey wrote a classic commercial parody skit that featured fellow funny girls Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Rachel Dratch. (Photo via Giphy)
Bey All the Way: Forget the fringe and flower crowns because 2018's Coachella was ALL about Beyoncé being Beyoncé and rocking impeccable style in the form of mom shorts. 'Nuff said. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
Casual: This fit was def designed for the grocery run, the sidewalk cruise, and the random laid-back weekend adventure. (Photo via Gotham/Getty Images)
Date Night: A classic silk cami and sleek white pumps are all your old-school denim needs to stylishly transition to a candlelit dinner for two. Complete with a trendy kimono and a bold handbag for added style points. (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
Girl's Night Out: The versatility of the high waist makes it the ideal pairing for your favorite blouse and comfy heels. Paint the town scarlet with your gals in the most relaxed way. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Work + Hustle: Take your company and co-workers by storm when you come in high-waisted jeans paired with structured separates. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
Brunch: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we beg to differ. Brunch is where the real girl time happens. Have leather jacket and white low-tops and we will travel (to the best brunch spot in town). (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)
Summer BBQ: The time for outdoor entertaining is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with cutoff mom jeans? This season is all about taking high waists to that cutoff level for every backyard barbeque and summer celebration. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
What’s your favorite mom jean style? Tell us @BritandCo!
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