Chic Ways To Pull Off Mom Jeans

It's not impossible, people!

Mom Jeans get such a bad rep: They're the things you buy at Costco in between picking up a 20 pack of paper towels and family-sized oatmeal boxes. They seem to beg to be paired with khaki vests and denim visors, and they make even the most bomb-tastic figure look frumpy. 

Or so people say.

But in reality, they're super chic and bring an interesting touch to your look that skinny jeans just can't. All it takes is some clever finagling, and finagling we'll do today. Below are 10 chic ways to pull off mom jeans - we can totally do this!

1. Pair It With Girly Pieces

Balance out the throwback 80s silhouette by pairing it with a feminine, elegant top. The more well-made and chic the blouse, the better the contrast with the baggy jeans. 

2. Go Minimal-y Vintage

The shape of the jeans herald back to a later time, so you might as well match it with more vintage. Try shrugging on a sports jacket like this one, or match it with a vintage-inspired blouse or a beaded flapper jacket. These jeans beg to be paired in creative ways, so let your instincts run wild!

3. Match It With Turtlenecks

Channel your inner beatnik and go with a simple black turtleneck. The look is sleek and unfussy, but still has personality. 

4. Kimonos Are Your Friends

It's amazing how many styles one pair of jeans can translate to: If you're not into vintage or don't want to look like you roll deep with Kerouac, take them in a more bohemian direction. All you have to do is get your hands on a kimono and you're set.

5. Boy It Up

Join the boys club by dressing up the denim in a baggy blazer, crisp oxford, and sharp loafers. 

6. Go 90s Chic

Pretend you're a Calvin Klein model in the 90s and pair your baggy jeans with a sharp pair of booties and a grungy striped shirt and baggy jacket. The key here is that your boots make a statement: They need a strong silhouette in order to contrast against the shapelessness of the denim. 

7. Match It With Flirty Tops And Heels

This here is called the "sandwiching technique." If you have a piece that's ugly-chic, you need to flank it with juxtaposing, beautiful pieces in order to balance it out. Case in point: This outfit works because the light denim is sandwiched between a flirty top and feminine heels.

8. Sleeveless Turtlenecks Make Them Amazing

It's a timeless, can't-go-wrong look.

9. The Shoes Matter

Imagine this outfit with a simple pair of black ballet flats: Sure she'd still look cute, but the unexpected gladiator sandals add a kick of panache that bring the outfit onto another level.

10. Channel A 60s College Kid

A ribbed sweater, rolled cuffs, a pair of clogs matched with black socks: Channeling a college kid in the 60s will take your jeans from Goodwill sales rack to streetstyle levels.

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: