You’re gonna love jeans all over again
If you’re anything like us, your younger years were filled with “jeans and a cute top” when faced with the “what are you wearing tonight?” text. Jeans were the default. Of course, you may still rely on jeans every day, but in the age of work-from-home being the norm, it’s more likely you’re either wearing leggings, or yoga pants or if you have to go into the office or to a job site, business-casual or a uniform. But, hear us out. Jeans have come a long way, and they’re not all stiff and skinny anymore. There are lots of options for mom jeans, and celebrities are offering a ton of inspiration.
It’s possible it’s been a hot minute since you shopped for jeans. No problem. We’re going to give you a little run-down of what to consider when you’re shopping for denim (especially online):
- Inseam — The length from the base of the zipper to the leg opening. Especially for women’s styles, inseams vary by silhouette (skinny, cropped/capri, bootcut/flare/wide, boyfriend/mom jeans)
Naturally, this is just a guide. Your body shape, personal preferences, and, above all, what you feel best in will impact what your ideal inseam is. But it’s a handy reference and a great place to start. Also, check on fabrication details when you’re shopping online for denim. The amount of stretch (usually Spandex) jeans are made with will make a difference to how they look and feel.
Above all, though, your level of comfort comes first. So check out a few of our favorites inspired by some of our most-loved celeb moms and the wallet-friendly swaps we’ve rounded up below.
Jeans She's (Probably)Wearing: Chloe Cropped Flare Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: Mango Crop Flare Jeans
If the "crop" part is giving you pause, don't worry. These beauties aren't just for summer. You can easily channel Reese all year long in this soft pair. Add some ankle booties or sneakers for the cooler months. A tee and a boyfriend blazer or cozy cardigan pull it all together.
Bonus Option: Levi's Premium Middy Ankle Bootcut Jeans
Jeans She Might be Wearing: Nili Lotan Taylor Straight-Leg Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: Banana Republic The Straight Jean
One of our favorite oh-so-relatable celeb moms, Jennifer Garner showed up for her dad this past Father's Day, even though it meant wearing jeans (she might not have if her luggage had shown up, too) to church. Even if they weren't her first choice for the occasion, a varsity cardigan, v-neck, white court sneakers, and adorable glasses make these slouchy straight-leg jeans a whole outfit that, of course, looks great on her.
Jeans We're Almost Positive She's Wearing: AGOLDE Sanna Slice Cut-Out High-Rise Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: PrettyLittleThing Thigh Split Baggy Boyfriend Jeans
Chrissy Teigen scooped up these AGOLDE jeans on a shopping trip we wish we could've gone on with her this summer. Even though we weren't, Chrissy once again reminds us that moms can still be ultra-cool. These comfy thigh-split jeans are a little edgy while still feeling chic enough to wear to school pickup or a family dinner.
Jeans She's Most-Likely Wearing: VETEMENTS Baggy Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: AG Jeans High-Rise Ultra Wide-Leg Jeans
Wide-leg jeans are back, friends, and you don't have to own a skateboard to rock them. Obviously, Queen B couldn't look bad in anything if she tried, but these way oversized jeans look anything but sloppy when paired with a form-fitting top to balance it all out.
Bonus: Forever21 Stretch-Denim Wide-Leg Jeans
Jeans It's Possible She's Wearing: Toteme Classic Cut Raw Hem Ankle Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: Express Raw Hem Straight Ankle Jeans
Blake Lively is known for being super casual (which makes her so easy to relate to), and her Puppy Bowl celebration this year was no exception to her fashion rule. A pair of classic jeans with a little bit of extra oomph thanks to the raw hem can be dressed up or down in a snap. We think there's a good chance you'll reach for these over and over.
Jeans the Comments Confirmed She's Wearing: Good American Good '90s Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: Madewell Baggy Straight Jeans
We seriously can't think of a decade that denim was loved more, so it's no shock 90s silhouettes are trending. Luckily, they also happen to be more relaxed and ultra-comfy. Ashley Graham is making it look easy in a tee and heels (plus, she's a mom who prefers to keep pics of her 3 kiddos' faces private—may we suggest the Tinybeans app, Ashley? We love privacy around here, too.)
Bonus Option: nuuly AGOLDE 90's High-Rise Cropped Jeans
nuuly lets you subscribe and rent any 6 pieces, every month, for $98.00. Fast, free shipping and returns, plus no hidden fees. If you love something? Buy it. Send back the rest by your billing date and don't even sweat cleaning or repairs. It's all included.
Jeans We're 82% Confident She's Wearing: DSquared Big Brother Dean Jeans
Totally Reasonable Alternative: MINGALONDON Ripped Jeans
Leave it to Halle Berry to wear distressed jeans and look absolutely amazing. We're loving her hooded shacket and loafers, too. Try these in place of those black leggings (not all the time; just to shake things up).
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