6 Shoes, Tops and Jackets Fashion People Always Wear With These '90s Jeans

Characterised by an ultra-high waist and tapered legs, the mom jean has been around since the late 1960s, but it took almost three decades for the relaxed cut to be catapulted to popularity. We can't help but shout out two major contributors to this surge: Monica Gellar and Rachel Green on Friends, whose ’90s-tinged outfits (many of which featured mom jeans) still haven't dated twenty-five years on—as someone who's on roughly their 50th rewatch of the show, I can confirm this as fact.

This particular jean remains one of the duo's most relevant fashion choices, as easy to style in 2023 as it was back then. I wear my favourite mom jeans (a £30 pair from H&M) and straight-leg jeans interchangeably, finding that both achieve the same goal of making an outfit feel uncomplicated, and their simplicity means I can treat them as a neutral and build all kinds of looks around them.

I've also found that the majority of mom jeans I've tried hit right at my ankle, allowing me to show of whichever shoes I'm wearing that day, and the narrow cuff works with a broad range of footwear. Boots, sneakers, heels, sandals—the list goes on. Similarly, the waist-cinching fit goes just as well with crop tops as with a tucked-in cotton shirt.

Need further proof? Scroll on to see six effortless mom jean outfits that breathe new life into this ’90s denim trend.

1. Trench Coat + Mom Jeans + Mary Janes


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Style Notes: A trench coat isn't just an elegant choice, it's also a practical one. In the UK, it makes sense to have a jacket on-hand year-round, and this timeless silhouette balances out the casual feel of mom jeans nicely.


2. Tank Top + Mom Jeans + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: If you've decided to keep things minimal with a tank-top-and-jeans combination, why add some interest in the form of siren-red ballet flats?


3. Denim Jacket + Mom Jeans + Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: Double denim was all over the SS23 runways, and influencers have wasted no time in applying the trend to their outfit rosters.


4. Button-Down Shirt + Mom Jeans + Trainers


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Style Notes: This will be my go-to for informal spring outings and errand-running afternoons. Let's face it, there's no shoe comfier than a sneaker.


5. Sleeveless Knit + Mom Jeans + Strappy Heels


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Style Notes: Surely it's not just me who's reluctant to let go of their knitwear when warmer weather comes along. I'll be getting around this ambivalence by pairing a sleeveless jumper with my mom jeans.


6. Oversized Jumper + Mom Jeans + Loafers


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Style Notes: A jumper, jeans and loafers are three of our most-relied-on items, so why not wear them all together? It's a triple threat.


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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.