Why are so many people wearing mom jeans?

Note: Mom jeans aren't just for moms.

May 9, 2019, 4:01 AM

Denim has been around for what feels like forever, but "mom jeans" specifically are having a moment that keeps on getting bigger and better.

Mom jeans began to make their mark around the 1980s. This style of bottoms has a high-waist cut that's usually created with a relaxed fit that isn't too tight or overly baggy.

Style director and celebrity stylist June Ambrose describes the original fit to "Good Morning America" as "a frumpy unflattering jean."

Over the years, mom jeans have received a bad rap and eventually went out of style.

"Saturday Night Live" even made a spoof about the once popular denim cut starring Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, May Rudolph and Amy Poehler during the show's 28th season.

When it comes to fashion, it's like a revolving door, and in recent years, mom jeans have grown in popularity once again.

It's now a trending style worn by people with or without children, of all different body types, and loved by celebrities as well as fashion influencers.

Today, the updated version of mom jeans come in a variety of different washes and many would agree they are very forgiving.

"Athleisure has been at the forefront of ready-to-wear and it is only natural that relaxed denim would join the trend," Ambrose said.

Styling tip:

"Pairing them with a tapered or tight top makes them slightly more flattering," advised Ambrose. "If you want to take them out of context, rock them with a heel and bodysuit, ala Jane Fonda! "

She added, "Camp-like tops, polos or rugby keep the look feeling young too."

To say the least, mom jeans are trending and can be worn by everyone.

Many luxury and mass retailers have also got the memo on mom jeans and offer a variety of different styles.

This Mother's Day treat your mom (or yourself) to a timeless pair that can be dressed up, dressed down or worn in a way that makes you feel best.

Just ahead, are a few editor-approved selections to consider adding to your next shopping haul.

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Mid Blue Ripped Mom Jeans

Style your favorite florals with this mid stone washed pair for extra flair this season.
  • $75
  • Topshop

Mom Jeans

This ankle-length version is easy to pair with weekend casual looks or embellished blouses.
  • $98
  • Levis

Mom Jeans

The distressed details this pair offers are equal parts trendy yet unique. There's also a little stretch for comfort.
  • $34.99
  • H&M
49% off

Recycled Ritson rigid mom jeans in aged light stonewash blue

You will want to kick on a pair of pretty pumps with this light stonewash blue pair.
  • $26
  • $51
  • Asos Design
41% off

High Rise Mom Jeans

Try this dark indigo wash that feels functional and classic.
  • $40.99
  • $69.99
  • Gap