Few denim styles are trickier to nail than the mom jean. The perfect pair can make you into a Man Repeller, but while a less-than-ideal fit makes you a walking SNL skit.
Hence why it took me a couple years to cave into my desire to pair those barely taped, high-waisted, stone-washed jeans with a pair of badass ankle boots. And even after I started my search, it took me years to find The Ones. I quickly discovered that my athletic build doesn’t generally translate to making that particular silhouette look awesome; the denim tends to catch on my calves and bunch at the knees. And then there’s the pancake ass…if they even fit over my hips.
Still, I was determined to OWN that look, so I tried on pair after pair, learning a little bit with each fail. I quickly discovered that 100% cotton was key, as any jeans in that cut would have to start off snug and loosen to fit my body perfectly. Also, I found that I needed the slightest bit of distressing to break up the silhouette and add the cool factor I was craving.
Finally, I stumbled upon the AGOLDE Jamie cut. (Which I’m wearing above) With minimal distressing, a vintage-style light wash, a button fly and a subtle taper that leaves room for those of us who walk on actual legs (as opposed to stilts), they checked all the boxes. Also, they ring up at less than $160, putting them on the more affordable side of the premium denim spectrum. And the best part: they don’t make me feel like Tina Fey planting tulips.