Before fall arrives, I see it as my duty to report on which jean trends are in and out, and there's one denim style I know for sure is past its prime: mom jeans. I hate to break it to you because I know the high-waisted fit was a fan favorite, but standard mom jeans are no longer the freshest pick. Instead, there's a new jean trend that's ready to take its place, and it's already earning celeb fans such as Chrissy Teigen and Hailey Bieber (definitely a good sign).
With all things '80s fashion bubbling up right now, it's only natural that pleated jeans would eventually make a comeback, and well, that day has finally come. From celebrity street style looks to our go-to denim brands like Levi's and Agolde, pleated jeans have been everywhere we look lately. So the fact that they read similar to mom jeans—albeit with a sleeker, more trouser-like fit—makes us think that they're poised to become just as popular as everyone's beloved mom jeans once were. Ready to see just how chic the pleated-jean trend can be? Scroll down to fill up on inspiration from street style to Instagram, and then peruse our favorite shopping picks.
Style Notes: Chrissy Teigen was one of the first celebs we spotted to put her stamp of approval on the controversial jeans. No matter where you stand on them, you have to admit that her sleek approach to styling them with a bodysuit, strappy sandals, and a black topper is pretty good.