How to Look Hot in Mom Jeans

In three steps or less.

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Mom jeans can be a tough trend to tackle. A style that's notoriously unforgiving, mom jeans aren't exactly synonymous with sex appeal. Despite this, there's a pair that looks good on every body type and when done correctly (opens in new tab), they can be...kind of hot? Most likely, you'll have to try a few styles before you find the one that fits the bill. If you have curves, go with a lower/mid-rise style; if you don't, go with a higher rise option. (That said, anything too high rise will look matronly.) No matter your shape, keep these jeans on the tighter side for an overall more flattering fit. Height is another factor to take into consideration: Shorter and curvier legs will look longer and leaner in floor length versions, while taller gals can rock cropped styles without sacrificing any length. Below, we show you how to make mom jeans hot in three steps or less.

1. Pair With a Wrap Top 

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Take it from someone who has a fuller derrière—this pair from SLVRLAKE is truly flattering. The length helps balance out fuller thighs and the pocket placement will make your backside look perky. I wear these bad boys twice a week!

1) Diane von Furstenberg top (opens in new tab), $298 2) SLVRLAKE jeans (opens in new tab), $338 3) Nine West heels (opens in new tab), $90

2. Wear With a Leather Blazer 

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These vintage-wash jeans are an unbeatable price. Plus, the stretch fit gives added comfort to all body shapes. Pair with a buttery leather blazer to give your look an instant upgrade.

1) Nanushka blazer (opens in new tab), $535 2) American Eagle jeans (opens in new tab), $30 3) Bottega Veneta heels (opens in new tab), $970

3. Add a Shrunken Cardigan 

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A shrunken cardigan gives mom jeans a feminine flair. Tuck this tighter sweater in and show off your shape!

1) Vince cardigan (opens in new tab), $339 2) Goldsign jeans (opens in new tab), $295 3) Schutz heels (opens in new tab), $175

4. Tucked Into Boots 

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A more forgiving take on mom jeans. Tuck a baggier jean into a tall boot for a cooler silhouette. Pair with a matching sweater and tuck it in to accentuate your waist.

1) Naadam sweater (opens in new tab), $75 2) Isabel Marant Étoile jeans (opens in new tab), $315 3) Jimmy Choo Boots (opens in new tab), $725

5. Pair With Square-Toe Boots 

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A square toe boot adds a cool-girl element to mom jeans. Plus, the pocket placement on this pair from REDONE will make your backside look more lifted.

1) Comme des Garçons shirt (opens in new tab), $156 2) RE/DONE jeans, (opens in new tab) $149 3) Wandler boots (opens in new tab), $597

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Katie Attardo
Katie Attardo

Katie Attardo is the Accessories Editor at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion and jewelry-related.