What pops into your head when you think of mom jeans? If the answer is a dorky, clueless mom with bad style, we're going to convince you otherwise. Partly in thanks to the Normcore movement and partly because anything can happen in fashion, mom jeans are no longer an embarrassing faux pas committed by our nerdy mothers, but a cool wardrobe staple worn by models and it-girls everywhere. If you just can't envision mom jeans in a new light beyond your middle school associations, keep scrolling for 12 photos that prove mom jeans are an essential denim style to own, then shop our favorite mom jean picks.
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Urban Renewal Vintage Levi's 505 & 501 Jeans ($59) in Indigo