Survey's out: skinny jeans are no longer the hottest style around and old-school mom jeans—you know, jeans popular with decidedly unstylish moms the world over—are back in! (Guess you were right after all, mom.)
To celebrate the comeback of the vintage jean, we've prepared four style sets you can copy for your own real life #OOTD Instagrams. Check out the following fall outfits (all under $100) for some tips and fashion inspiration to help you master the perfect mom jean look!
The casual tucked-in blouse
Hmmm, woodsy and polished? Works for me!
For an outfit that fits perfectly into the nature aesthetic, find some mom jeans with delicate flower embroidery—or, better yet, stitch the embroidery yourself to make it a one-of-a-kind piece. To accentuate the waist and let the patched-up pants shine, tuck in a shirt (preferably plaid, because ~fall~) under the jean. After that, slide on a quilted vest and white Converse for high and low-fashion effects, and finish the look up with casual, boho hair accessories and a black satchel bag. Very avant garde!
The dark denim done right
It is a truth universally acknowledged that dark denim goes well with just about anything.
However, to look your most fashionable while wearing dark to medium wash mom jeans, go light and uni-tone on top. This way, the attention won't stray from your pants, and you can focus on picking out cute matching accessories for your outfit. As for the rest, we suggest pairing the jeans and layered tee with a red faux leather jacket (it's getting cold out there!), beige booties, and a black crossbody bag. The look is professional with strong rocker chick undertones.
The workplace-ready ensemble
Wear your mom jeans out to the workplace, where they so rightfully belong. (Take that, the patriarchy!)
To make the rugged lines of your jeans more corporate-friendly, try pairing them with a professional long blazer and glossy accent pieces, such as a grey envelope clutch and a costume jewelry set that's gold, white, and black all over. Then, add on a festive print shirt (preferably with sleeves for when it gets colder out) and the finishing touch: neutral colored patent pumps! Because the shoes are understated and fine, the top of your outfit will make an even bigger impression on your colleagues.
The ankle bootie squeeze
You know what they say—go chunky or go home.
Wait, that's not it... Well, whatever it is the kids are saying these days, this look is irrefutably HAWT. After all, with ankle booties, your look is instantly transformed from un-ironic mom style to actual fashion blogger status. To make it ten times edgier, go with other well known fashion risks, such as rocking denim (jacket) on denim (pant) and piling on an extravagant costume necklace. Then, finish it off with a sparkly white handbag and skinny black turtleneck tee—voila!
Will you rock the mom jean look out tonight?
Beg someone to take you oooouuut tonight (Rent, anyone?) and make the other ladies howl with jealousy at your decidedly high fashion look. For more mom jeans style inspiration, look at trend reports from InStyle, Stylecaster, Gurl, and Brit + Co. Let these savvy how-to guides lead you to mom jeans perfection!
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