Mom jeans can get a bad rap. The divisive — and at times reviled — ultra-high-waist and tapered shape can sometimes be just too reminiscent of questionable '90s style, and it's also — if not worn the right way — kind of unflattering. But Kendall Jenner, of course, just blew that negative mom-jeans notion right out of the water. Again, it’s all in how you wear it. Let’s take a look.
First, with a pair of high-waisted mom jeans, the right fit is of the utmost importance, lest you end up looking like you walked off an early Friends episode. Kendall’s pair just barely covers the belly button (guess we won’t see pal Taylor Swift in a pair of these). This is the most strategic spot for a waistband, as it narrows the waistline. Plus, the denim cuts close to the hip and stays slim, but is roomy enough at the thighs and sharply tapers toward the ankle for a modern, edgier update on the mom jean.
To continue the cool-girl, sportswear vibe and, more importantly, to accentuate the waist, opt for a roomy, midriff-baring crop like Kendall’s structured neoprene bubble sweatshirt. Or if you’re feeling shy, try a boxy top that just hits at the waist for more coverage. To accessorize the outfit, throw on a pair of menswear-inspired loafers in a futuristic metallic — like the model’s trusty Barbara Bui pair — but go with a pointed toe for a sophisticated, feminine touch. And done. Who you calling mom, now?