I’m going to do it. I will rip the Band-Aid off really fast. Are you ready? On the count of three. One. Two. MOM JEANS! I know, I skipped three, but felt like it was the kinder thing to do to catch you off-guard. I know, the truth hurts sometimes, but a little less when you deal with things head on and fast. #truthhurts
Yes indeed-y, you read it right. The mom jean is back. Noooooo! I hear you loud and clear. What good could possibly be had by bringing this fughly look back? It makes your pooch look puffy (I’m not talking about my powder puff dogs when their fur gets a little too full), it makes your bum look voluminous and yet simultaneously flat (not in an apple bottom jeans kind of way whatsoever), it does nothing for your thighs, and yet they feel a need to re-introduce this one back into the good people of the world’s wardrobes . . . for the second time. Can’t we finally say goodbye to it along with the Rachel cut. We love you Jenny Ani, but we all know you hated that look. Can we all agree that once was more than enough.
The 90s are back and with it comes the reclamation of the 90s style mom jean. The good news is that you will likely be able to pick up a pair at the local Sally Ann for a near steal of a deal if you go fast because I’m sure the racks are loaded up with retro Levi’s in the mumsie cut. Don’t take the bait. It’s going to be a short lived trend that will get picked-up by Hollywood starlets like Kendall, Gigi, Bella, and a few of the VS Angels, socialites who can afford take the risk, a few street stylistas, a comfort seeker or two, and a few women who are saying “what, the mom jean is back? When did it go out?”
That being said, if you have the slightest interest in dabbling in this look, be it your first round to try it or because the 90s is your preferred era and was just soooo much fun, here’s how we may consider giving it a shot so that you don’t look like a posted pic for Throwback Thursday.
How to style your mom jeans
Incorporate modern elements with your mom jeans. Try 2016 prints like florals or a rainbow print top, ruffle details, off-the-shoulder or cold shoulder tops, or oversized shirts to pair with your baggy (or more like saggy) bottom mom jeans. Pair it with the chunky heel shoe, lace-up flats or heels, stilettos or cool kicks like Adidas Stan Smith’s or Superstars, creepers or brogues.
Mix your eras
Add Victorian or 70s bohemian elements like an embroidered peasant blouse, cross body bag or an oversized suede slouchy bag, fringe details and/or a straw hat so that the 90s meets 2016 style. The exception to the rule is the crop top. It is equally current today as it was in the 90s when paired with the mom jean so I’ll give a pass on allowing the mixing of the same decade and still say it looks 2016 so long as you add in other current elements.
Add a moto jacket in any colour of the rainbow (or every colour of the rainbow), a long, sleeveless jacket/vest, a soft duster coat in one of this season’s trendy colours like blush pink or army green, a kimono or a bomber jacket.
Wear them with a white shirt. This includes a white t-shirt. My current favourite is the relaxed style t-shirts with rolled up sleeves – another throwback. Try a short sleeve button up shirt and button it right to the collar. Add in a statement necklace, but pair it with street sneaks. Of course there’s always a regular button down white oxford shirt. Or try a white, off-the-shoulder shirt, a white shirt tied at the waist or look for a long, white shirt that splits up the back or sides.
Take your jeans to 2016
Add current elements to your mom jeans by fraying the hems, distressing the legs, cuffing them a few times or add embroidered or patchwork details.
Accessories can make this wardrobe item look new as opposed to something forgotten and later found in a Rubbermaid bin that landed in Mom’s basement. Great modern touches are the mini bag or a backpack and a pair of mules. Layer jewelry with a triple strand of necklaces, a bold statement necklace, a bib necklace or lucite necklace. Add multi-rings, an armband or an arm party of bracelets with the latest watch. Rose gold is the most modern jewelry hue and has nothing 90s about it. If you are looking to dress up your face, or at least shade you from the rays, look for modern sunglasses shapes like the bridgeless glasses, coloured, tinted or mirrored lenses or the cat eye to take the look into the contemporary.
So I’m going to stand behind my prediction that this will be a short lived style and that we will continue to love our skinnies and our bootcut jeans. I’ve got my picket sign ready to go and rage against the establishment. Heck no, we won’t go (in mom jeans anymore). Let’s stand together as one in solidarity . . . til I say cave and say well let’s give it a try and end up in the change room with a pair.