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I get asked this question a lot “What’s the difference between a Boyfriend, Girlfriend, or Mom Jean?” So here’s the answer…
The Boyfriend Jean
This boyfriend look can be easily achieved by wearing a man’s pair of jeans ( you don’t have to have a boyfriend to rock this look). Think slouchy, relaxed & baggy. Cinched in by a belt and rolled up at the hem. This slouchy masculine look was made fashionable and accessible by Marilyn Monroe, wearing them on the set of the film ‘The Misfits’ in 1960.
In 2010 The actress Katie Holmes and many celebrities were papped wearing the slouchy Boyfriend Jean on the street. Why, because the style is so versatile and can be styled in so many ways, tres- casual with sneakers, sexy with kitten- heels and a tux jacket for that ying yang feminine yet masculine twist.
Who Is The Boyfriend Jean Good For?
It’s a universal fitting jean, meaning pretty good for most. From the curviest body shapes as the waist can be cinched in with a belt to a tall long and leggy body shape.
Petite & Apple shapes need to be careful as too much slouch and fabric can drown a figure & give a frumpy outlook. The front rise sits around 8.5″ to 10″ under the belly button and the leg length can be rolled up or left down depending on the footwear. It’s a season-less style.
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The Girlfriend Jean
As always in fashion and especially within the denim industry styles evolve. Just look at the Levis 501 and how much it has changed over the years. The Girlfriend Jean was born around 2014, as an off shoot from the masculinity of the Boyfriend Jean.
Who Is The Girlfriend Jean Good For?
Girlfriend Jeans are great for Petite & Apple body shapes and anyone who find the boyfriend style swamps them. The Girlfriend Jean is a streamlined relaxed style. So the waist is higher (approx 9.5″ sitting just under the belly button), legs are slimmer, tapered, and often cropped to the ankle. A bit like a baggy skinny jean. You may come across the name “Slim Boyfriend” or “Boy Fit” these also come under the Girlfriend umbrella.
Not to be confused with L.A denim brand GRLFRND.
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The Mom Jean
The Mom jean is a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them! Mom jeans are high-rise jeans that were fashionable in the late 1980’s early 2000’s. Mainly worn by middle-aged women due to the high rise, tapered shape in a light blue wash. Sounds pretty awful, right? The younger generation of the day were following the low-rise skinny jeans trend which made Mom Jean’s very un-cool.
But then in 2010 to date tweens & teens have made these frumpy jeans cool again. With the banishing of skinny jeans, Gen Z love the Mom jean like they had been made for them!
Who Is The Mom Jean Good For?
The Mom Jean is great for all curvy body shapes. The high rise sits on or over the belly button ( 10″ to 12″) stopping the gape at the back of the waistband a lot of curvy women get with jeans. The jeans are cut with more room in the hip area, again perfect for curvy women! Then the leg tapers in at the ankle.
Strangely this style is a no-no if you’re an Apple body shape as you hold weight around your middle, as it will make you look very frumpy indeed! I’m an apple and I stay well clear of this style of jeans!
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I hope this post has cleared up the differences between the three styles of jeans and will help you make the decision which style is best for you. Still, un-sure put your comment below and I’ll answer you as soon as!