I have been a mom for over 2 years and was still searching for the perfect mom jean. You know one that is stylish but still comfortable or basically a jean that doesn’t make me look like I moonlight as a plumber at the playground. The thing with this venture was the characteristics I was looking for weren’t ones I could tell from going to the store, trying them on and strutting around. I needed to purchase, wear, wash, wear some more. I picked up my search pretty intensely about 6 months ago and here I am with the results. I also asked some of our wise mama’s last week on Facebook and am including few of their recommendations which I also plan to try out – would love to know your go-to mom jean!
A few notes:
- I purchased all of these jeans and wore them extensivley
- I am rating these on a scale of 1 – 5
- my build is pretty straight and narrow
- I wear a size 2
Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans, $25 – $40, rating: 2
I really wanted to love these jeans. The price is perfect and I am a big fan of Old Navy. Of all the jeans I tested I wore these the most. In the end they disappointed me. After one day of “momming” they lose their shape. They day starts great, nice fit, comfortable with plenty of stretch but after loads of bending down and walking I am pulling them up non stop and rolling around with saggy pants. I do love these jeans (freshly washed) for more low key wear – although my days like that are few and far between but if you are going out and about with girlfriends these are a great option.
7 Modern Bootcut, $189, rating: 3
After some disappoint with my Old Navy jeans I thought I would splurge on a pair of jeans since it had been awhile since I bought expensive jeans. I went with more of a bootcut than a skinny skinny thinking that maybe a new fit would solve some problems. These jeans are super comfortable, very stretchy and a bit more high waisted than the Old Navy jeans. They were a little long with flats so required some alteration. I gave these jeans a 3 because they definitely lost their shape after about 1-2 wears. Not that I am against laundry but I had hoped for better shape keeping. The color and wash of these jeans is great for dressing up so I am chalking these up to non momming jeans.
Gap Legging Jean, $79.95, rating: 4
The Gap purchase was a middle of the road price wise option for me. I haven’t purchased Gap jeans since, I don’t know, middle school? So thought it a good time to revisit the brand. These exact jeans were actually suggested by one of our wise mama’s on Facebook the other day, here’s what Heather had to say, “Gap legging jeans are the best! They have a high waist but not too high and the quality is so much better than Old Navy. I’ve tried both and Gap is worth every penny.” I would definitely agree with Heather that the higher waist on these jeans is really great. I think it prevents any peeks of my back side and found these to hold their shape quite well. A little stretching over a couple wears but that is to be expected. I give these a 4 because after a few washes I feel like they started to stretch out more quickly. Overall though, I think these are a good value. I also like how nice these work with boots.
Drumroll please… my winner for the best mom jeans… J.CREW Toothpick!
$125, rating 5:
Like Gap, I hadn’t purchased jeans from J.CREW in ages. I went in with low expectations and a little down that I may not find the “perfect jean”. I tried on the Matchistick first and really liked them but at the suggestion of the sales gal, I tried on the Toothpick. They were immediately softer and more comfortable but are more of a skinny jean vs a straighter leg of the Matchstick. I asked my friendly sales lady if they hold there shape and she told me they did and are designed to mold to your body and maintain their shape. They are made in the USA by Cone Denim which is an added bonus. I purchased the Toothpick and haven’t really taken them off in 3 weeks – just kidding, I have taken them off. But I seriously love these jeans. I am planning to purchase another pair or two. I gave these a 5 because they are everything I was looking for: comfortable, stylish and most of all hold their shape for serious momming activities!
A few readers favorite mom jeans, that I am dying to try out:
The Madewell Skinny Skinny, $115 – $135
Ashley says: “perfect stretch and high enough rise for chasing kids around!”
Levi’s 512 Skinny Jean, $34.99
Susan says: “I wear a larger size, I love Levi’s 512 slimmer skinny jeans. They feel like pajama jeans but are real honest to goodness jeans.”
Hudson Jeans Collette, $120 – $160
Sarah says: “I live in my Hudson Jeans, style “collette”. They are a mid rise skinny in the perfect shade of denim that can be dressed up or down. Love them!”
DL1961, $158 – $178
Ashley T. says: “DL1961 best jeans EVER! Feel like I’m in a pair of lulu lemon pants, love this brand and own several different styles/colors/washes! Nordstrom carries them and so does Zappos, but I’ve bought mine at smaller boutiques around town. Must try on ASAP!”
Wondering about maternity or post partum? Here are a few reader suggestions:
Jess says: “I love my GAP boyfriend jeans post partum. I got two in a lighter wash, some distressing so they look stylish. They fit my waist comfortably and have give in all the right places so I can do some mom maneuvers”
Rebekah says: “Either my Indigo Rain maternity skinnies or my Jessica Simpson maternity skinnies– neither looks like maternity or mommy jeans, and the belly panel is still tight enough to wear when I’m not pregnant, and my post-partum skin hates waist bands.”
and some of our thoughts on the best maternity jeans.
Mama’s tell me, what is your favorite mom jean?