Visit MaineToday's profile on Pinterest.

About The Author


Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

Send an email | Read more from Laura

Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: March 17, 2014

How to rock Mom jeans

My friend the very talented stylist and fashion blogger Ashley Jordan knows how to make Mom jeans look good. She’s agreed to share her top-secret styling secrets with us. Take it away, Ashley!

The “Mom Jean”. You may know it as something, well, your mom wore. It started as a thrift shop find (those may be the actual jeans your mom wore) and now has turned into one of the new denim styles this season. Just like with the skinny jean or boyfriend jean, there were skeptics. New trends are sometimes hard to get into first. I am here to show you just how great these will be added to your wardrobe.

Mom jeans are the perfect combination of a high waisted jeans and a boyfriend jean. The high waist is flattering because it lands at your natural waist (the smallest part of you!) and accentuates your curves and booty. With the tapered leg, it gives a loose and slouchy leg like a boyfriend jean. This means it is comfortable!

photo: ashley jordan

While there are new pairs you can buy in stores, one of the best parts about these is that you can find them at any thrift store. Spending under $10 is amazing, but it may come with a little work. Finding the perfect fit may be a bit harder and you may have to tailor them, but for people like me, it is worth the work. For those who are not interested in searching thrift stores for them, a few of my favorite ones are Levi’s 50s, Urban Outfitters The Mom Jean, and Topshop Moto Blues Jeans.

photo: ashley jordan

There are lots of way to wear mom jeans. Since the waist is pretty high, you are able to wear cropped tops or sheer shirts with a bra top under them without showing off more skin than you are comfortable with. The slouchy fit makes outfits look cool and effortless. Try them with a white button down partially tucked in. Or any top, from a white tee to a buttoned-all-the-way-up blouse, look great tucked in. Unless the pants are pretty slim at the ankle, the best thing to do is to cuff the jeans. They look better at an ankle length and this will help show off your shoes! And remember, this jean style is coming straight from the 90s, which is another huge trend, so have fun with it. Get nostalgic. Wear something you loved growing up now in an adult version.

photo: ashley jordan

If you need help styling or even finding your perfect pair of mom jeans, reach out to me. I love giving advice. But if you are not sure you are sold on the jeans, I’m sure there will be many more posts on sweet william that can hopefully change your mind.

– Ashley Jordan, Sweet William

Up Next: