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Experts say mom jeans aren’t going anywhere — plus stylist-approved picks starting at $18

Flattering, cool and comfortable, these jeans check all the boxes!
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From flared styles to patchwork pieces, recent denim trends have encouraged us to get creative with our jean collections, expanding them way beyond our favorite skinnies. And when it comes to the biggest styles of the moment, none have captured our attention quite like mom jeans. The high-waisted, straight-leg style may have been the butt of a joke or two over the years (remember that "Saturday Night Live" sketch?), but recently, they've come back in style as people rediscovered just how comfortable and flattering they can be.

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"It’s such a classic, cool fit," New York City-based stylist Sheyna Imm tells Shop TODAY. "The way that they are cut allows room for different body types to kind of make them their own, and they look really flattering on a lot of different shapes and sizes."

Stylist Christina Stein agrees and says she doesn't think the style is going anywhere. "I feel like women are just like, I want to feel curvy and I want to feel good in my jeans," she says.

Here, two stylists walk us through how to identify the trend and offer some tips on how to wear your own mom jeans.

What are mom jeans?

One of the defining factors of mom jeans is a high waist — it's part of the reason why they’re thought to be so flattering, Imm says. They typically hit right below the belly button and are a little narrower at the waist with a bit of give in the hip and a wider thigh, she says. Another key detail? The straight-leg design. “It’s not really hugging you in any places other than the waist, so it accentuates your waist and gives you more of an hourglass figure — even if you don't have one,” Imm says.

The styles we're seeing today are much more varied than the ones that we had in our closets back in the ‘90s. They now come in tons of different washes, denim weights and have unique pocket aspects and distressed details, Imm adds. All of this only adds to the fun of styling them.

How to style mom jeans

The nice thing about mom jeans is that they can go with just about everything in your closet, so they’re a true wardrobe staple. “It’s one of those things where you can invest in a pair and you know you’re going to get a lot of use out of them,” Imm says.

Plus, the style can suit any season or occasion. For a winter look, Imm suggests pairing the jeans with a tucked-in tight turtleneck and zip-up boots. She also recommends wearing them with an unbuttoned long-sleeve shirt over a tank top and trendy loafers for "a more casual out-and-about look." They pair well with heels too, so you can even slip them on for a night out.

One thing Stein notes about shoes is that you want to make sure the top of your foot and a little bit of your ankle is showing, especially if you're petite in size.

The jeans also pair well with basics, like a simple white tee, as well as a body suit "because you can then layer it with anything," says Stein. If you're wondering what you should avoid, she says she doesn't love overly billowy or peasant tops with them, and her number one rule is to tuck your top into your denim.

"When in doubt, always tuck it in," Stein says.

How to choose the right mom jeans

Because of where this specific style hits at the hip, if your pair is too tight, you might notice that it can creep up a bit in the front. While it’s completely normal and something many women experience with a variety of different types of pants, it’s also preventable. When shopping for mom jeans, Imm suggests making sure the pair isn’t too tight around the waist. “That’s one of the aspects that makes mom jeans so great; they are very flattering with a little bit of room and give.” If you find that they feel a little tight around the waist, you might want to consider sizing up.

Stein emphasizes ignoring the size number, since she says sizing isn't true throughout denim. "Your best bet is to just try a bunch on and see what just feels more flattering to you," says Stein.

With all that in mind, here are 16 mom jeans the stylists and our editors love that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe.

Mom jeans

Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Classic Straight Jeans

What we like
  • Machine washable
  • Stretchy fit
Something to note
  • May run big

Sizes: 4 - 18 (Petite to Plus) | Colors: 15

Made of cotton and elastane, reviewers have raved about how comfortable and stylish these jeans are. The jeans also have a high-waist, however, reviewers say they run on the baggy side, so you might want to size down.

H&M Slim Mom High Ankle Jeans

What we like
  • Multiple color washes
Something to note
  • Reviews say run small in waist

Sizes: 0 - 20 | Colors: 9

Deputy editorial director Ali Deabler is a huge fan of this pair from H&M. "They feel like the half-step between skinny and mom for the millennials who aren’t ready to make the jump," she said. However, Deabler suggests to buy true-to-size or to size up if you're between sizes since there's little to no stretch.

AE Stretch Mom Jean

What we like
  • Variety of styles; rips, etc
  • Many length options
Something to note
  • Reviews say they stretch out

Sizes: 000 - 20 (X-Short - Long) | Colors: 5

These American Eagle mom jeans have racked up hundreds of five-star reviews, and it’s not hard to see why. Available in three different washes, they’re said to have a comfortable stretch fit and are made with sustainability in mind. “Really loved these mom jeans!” said one reviewer. “Super comfortable, fits perfectly, fits a bit bigger than expected but still looks amazing. Super stretchy and roomy in the butt and thighs which is exactly what I wanted. Literally want [these] jeans in every color.”

Wrangler Blues Relaxed Fit Jean

What we like
  • Three different length options
Something to note
  • Reviews say can fit baggy

Sizes: 2 - 30 | Colors: 1

Made with 100% cotton, Wrangler jeans can take you from the barn to the big city and everywhere in between. Built to last, production coordinator Camryn Privette raves about this pair and says other brands can't match their comfort and durability.

Gap High Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans

What we like
  • Has 2% elastane
Something to note
  • Ankle-length design

Sizes: 24 - 36 (Short - Long) | Colors: 1

This vintage-inspired high-rise pair is just what your curves have been asking for. According to the brand, it hugs your body in all the right places before tapering off at the ankle.

Zara Z1975 Mom Fit Jeans

What we like
  • Stretchy, elastane fabric
Something to note
  • Brand says length runs long
  • Flared legs

Sizes: 0 - 12 | Colors: 2

According to Imm, Zara is another great spot to find the popular style. The brand's Mom Fit Jeans look like the perfect nostalgia-inspired addition to your wardrobe. The five pocket jeans come in several washes and go for under $50. According to the brand, the jeans run small, so you might want to consider sizing up when purchasing.

Hollister Ultra High-Rise Dark Wash Mom Jeans

What we like
  • Different styles such as rips
Something to note
  • Only lighter washes

Sizes: 000 - 20 (Short - Long) | Colors: 4

Relaxed through the thigh and tapered from knee to ankle, this pair couldn't be more on-trend.

MANGO Mom high-waist jeans

What we like
  • Colors other than normal denim
Something to note
  • One length; ankle-length

Sizes: 1 - 22 | Colors: 5

Equip with not two, not three, but five pockets; you'll have more than enough room to store your essentials (a.k.a five of your favorite lip products).

Abercrombie Ultra High Rise '90s Straight Jean

What we like
  • Works for short or long torso
  • Many washes and styles
Something to note
  • Washes can be darker in person

Sizes: 23 - 37 (Extra Short to Extra Long) Colors: 25

Associate editor Shannon Garlin loves these mom jeans so much, that she bought them in multiple washes. "These are my favorite jeans ever," she says. "I have a smaller waist and round bottom, so most jeans give me that annoying gap. These fit perfectly and are pretty true to size."

Levi's Premium Wedgie Straight Fit Jeans

What we like
  • Many colors and lengths
Something to note
  • Non-stretch
  • Run small, says reviewers

Sizes: 23 - 34 | Colors: 8

"Levi’s makes the Wedgie Fit, which is super cute and it's a more medium price point, so I think it’s an attainable denim," Imm says. According to the brand, the "wedgie" style is designed to accentuate your curves and give your backside a nice boost.

Levi's Premium 501 Original Fit Jeans

What we like
  • Many color options and styles
Something to note
  • Non-stretch

Sizes: 23 - 24 | Colors: 14

Levi's is also a favorite brand of Stein's for mom jeans. "Levi’s have always been the most accurate to sizing and the closest to the best quality," she says.

So of course, we can't talk about mom jeans without mentioning Levi's 501 style. The classic pair features the straight fit and signature button-fly design that Levi's fans have come to know and love. Plus, they're available in three lengths options and a wide range of washes to fit different styles.

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Mom Jeans

What we like
  • Five length options
  • Made with elastane
Something to note
  • Reviewers say not as high-rise

Sizes: 23 - 37 (Extra Short to Extra Long) | Colors: 6

When you hear the name Abercrombie & Fitch, you might have some flashbacks to wandering the local mall as a teenager, but the brand has become pretty popular again. And its jeans, in particular, have gotten a lot of love on TikTok. This pair is perfect for anyone looking to try out the trend. They come in a variety of washes, though some sizes are already sold out, so you'll want to get them while you still can.

Madewell The '90s Straight Jean

What we like
  • Offers plus size
  • Very high-waist
Something to note
  • Brand says to size up

Sizes: 23 - 24 | Colors: 8

Madewell jeans are a favorite among many editors on our team and for good reason. Available in seven different washes and sizes 23-33, you'll be able to find your perfect fit.

Good American Good Straight Split Pockets

What we like
  • Stretchy fabric
Something to note
  • Tight-fitting

Sizes: 00 - 32 Plus | Colors: 1

Good American is known for creating jeans that fit people of all shapes and sizes. This popular mom-style pair comes in sizes 00-32 (though there's a waitlist for select sizes at the moment). They're made from a sculpting and smoothing fabric that the brand says is meant to hold its shape, even after repeated wears.

Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Cropped Jeans

What we like
  • Brand offers free alterations
Something to note
  • Non-stretch
  • Brand recommends sizing up

Sizes: 25 - 34 | Colors: 4

These jeans from Reformation — which are a staple in commerce writer Danielle Murphy’s closet — seem like a worthy investment. The brand describes them as a rigid jean with a cropped straight leg and finished hem. One helpful thing to note: If you’re looking for a more comfortable fit, Reformation recommends ordering in a size up.

Re/Done Comfort Stretch High Rise Stove Pipe

What we like
  • Made with elastane
Something to note
  • One length option

Sizes: 23 - 32 | Colors: 5

Re/Done is another brand that Imm recommends for the mom jeans trend, and these are one of the company’s bestsellers. While the price tag might make you hesitate at first, the stylist is quick to remind shoppers that a good pair of jeans is often worth the investment. “I think it’s always wise to invest in a pair of jeans,” Imm says. “They last forever, they always circle back into style, and they have a high resale value — so I just think it’s a win-win.”

Meet our expert

  • Sheyna Imm is a New York City-based stylist with focuses in editorial, advertising and video.
  • Christina Stein is a stylist and founder of Style By Christina.

How we chose

We selected mom jeans based on insights and recommendations from professional stylists and approved picks from Shop TODAY editors and staffers. Other mom jeans were sourced through verified shopper reviews.