What’s old is new again! Yep, ethical mom jeans are now a ‘thing’. And they’re not going anywhere for awhile.
By Lora O’Brien
When it comes to jeans, styles come and go. And while it appears the reign of the skinny jean has finally come to an end, there is one style that is making a serious comeback: the mom jean.
As a 90’s kid, I have a serious fondness for the mom jean. And it seems I was onto something! According to Matlan, the most searched for jean style in the last 12 months has been for the mom jean, having racked up over 3 million searches in the USA alone, with an additional 1 million searches in Germany, and another 1 million in England.
Comfy, stylish and easy to wear, it’s no surprise they’re making a comeback! Being rocked by moms and housewives since the 80’s, the style features a high-waisted but loose fit around the thighs and hips. They’re perfect for a more relaxing fit. And hallelujah – no longer do we have to lay back on our bed as we shimmy into our tighter pants!
Mom jeans are retro, easy to throw on and effortlessly stylish. Whether you wear them with a simple cropped tee, style them up with a pair of boots and a jacket or go full-on glam with some stilettos, these are a style of jeans that look good on pretty much every shape and size.
The Best Ethical Mom Jeans
If you’re looking for a jean that’s like something Rachel Green from Friends would love, then the Frieda jean by Hush is the one for you! With a classic silhouette, these ethical mom jeans feature a higher rise waist offering the wearer a flattering fit. The pants are woven with a touch of stretch for comfort, styled with an authentic blue wash.
Price: Around $105
Best for: Retro style, a la ‘Friends’.
When your favourite jean meets a modern decade! The Casey is a fun modern twist on the 90’s style jean. The pants are made from a premium non-stretch Japanese denim for that vintage vibe. They also feature an easy straight leg and an extra high rise, which will also give your booty a lift!
Price: Around $100
Best for: Ethical mom jeans with a modern twist
Perfectly imperfect, The Casey is a stylish twist on the mom jean. Instead of being a generic denim shade, these vintage ethical mom jeans come in a marbled black eco wash. They have a high waist with a straight leg, with a uniquely cool asymmetrical fly.
The fabric used to make these is OCS-certified organic cotton and Tencel, a natural raw material that comes from sustainably grown eucalyptus trees.
These will look fabulous in all seasons, whether you’re pairing them with a simple t-shirt or layering them up with chunky knits and boots during the colder months.
Price: Around $168
Best for: A touch of grunge in your wardrobe
If you’re looking for a pair of jeans that feel a little dressier than normal, these tapered jeans by Reformation are just perfect. The Kris jean is fitted at the waist with a relaxed leg. They feature a centre seam, which helps make the leg look slimmer. These look fabulous paired with a shirt and heels for a dressier look.
Price: Around $200
Best for: Jeans with an elegant touch.
When it comes to classic jeans, Levi has been nailing the mom jean since the 70’s. The 501 has been a classic with fans of the iconic jean brand, and it’s no surprise!
The 501 offers a blank canvas for self-expression and can be dressed up however the wearer chooses. Whether it’s paired with a blouse, a vest or a sweatshirt, this will be a staple pair of jeans you’ll want hanging in your wardrobe.
Price: Around $140
Best for: Classic mom jeans
Made from a combination of TENCEL, organic cotton and recycled cotton, the Hailey Utility Jean is perfectly fitted at the waist, hip and butt, then it lets out for a more comfy fit around the thighs.
We love the length! These would look great with a heeled boot or sandal.
Price: Around $148
Best for: Super comfy, ethical mom jeans with 70s vibes.
ASOS has started to offer consumers more ethical options. For example? Their ASOS Reclaimed line sources authentic vintage clothing and reworks it to update the clothing into modern designs. So, if your style is a fusion of on-trend fashions with throwback vibes, you’ll love these vintage mom jeans!
The high rise pants feature belt loops and five pockets. The super wide leg gives them a relaxed feel. Since they’re so loose and roomy, these are perfect to throw on with some flip-flops and a cute crop top!
Price: Around $50
Best for: At only $50, these are the best ethical mom jeans for those on a budget
Looking for ethical mom jeans with a twist? Barrel-leg denim is another huge jeans trend, and they have the best part of mom jeans, too. With a high-rise waist and a loose-fitting leg, they’re cropped just above the ankle and flatter apple and pear body shapes.
Because investing in a decent pair of jeans shouldn’t come at a cost to your conscience, Frank & Oak’s Linda jean is made with recycled denim and uses a water-free Hydroless process. The jeans have a recycled zip and a recycled paper denim patch. They’re also made without rivets to facilitate the jeans recycling process when you eventually part ways with them.
Price: Around $99.50
We all need a pair of jeans in our wardrobe that we can throw on when we want to feel comfortable. And the Abigail is that pair! Whether you’re running errands or meeting your girlfriends for cocktails, the Abigail is soft, comfortable and organic. The high-rise jeans will hug your waist and legs with the relaxed mom-jean vibe that we love so much.
Plus you can shop with confidence knowing that Outland Denim is a highly sustainable brand. Outland creates their products on-demand, to help reduce material waste in its supply chain, while also reducing wastewater, energy use and carbon emissions. Their denim uses plant-based dyes and has eliminated the use of all toxic chemicals.
Price: Around $200.00
DL1961 have created a design that has many of the above styles morphed into one jean. Vintage-inspired with modern comfort, the Patti ankle grazer is high-rise and relaxed through the leg. Made for ultimate comfort, DL Vintage includes rigid and comfort stretch denim women with certified, cotton for an authentic denim look and a fit that will beautifully fit your body.
DL1961’s denim starts life off as a mixture of ethically sourced American cotton fibres and natural plant-derived indigo dyes. The jeans are then created in the brand’s factory which is powered by solar energy and its own in-house power generation plant. Any wastewater is recycled through an on-site water recycling plant. Wow, right?
Price: Around $280.00