There’s no need to ask mom for her 90s hand-me-downs to fulfill your high-waisted, non-stretch denim dreams this summer — designers have finally made this fit into an accessible, crowd-pleaser that you need. After decades of stretchy, skin-tight skinny jeans, Citizens of Humanity creative director Catherine Ryu says this new silhouette — shed of its stigma-based name, the “mom jean” — is here to stay. “The skinny won’t go away tomorrow, but it’s no longer a fashion item,” she tells us. “There’s a definitive trend toward pants and jeans becoming looser and wider and we think this is the perfect go-to. If you were a fan of the boyfriend, this is a nice transition.”
But how can you make it work for you? We asked the experts for some tips for finding your most flattering fit.
Watch your back
The placement of a back pocket makes huge difference when finding a pair the suits you. Ryu says that the longer rise on super high-waisted denim can cause your butt to look too long and frumpy. “We made the pockets bigger and the placements are perfect and flattering,” she notes of the label's Liya High Rise Classic Fit jeans. She wouldn’t give away the company’s secret sauce — “too technical,” she adds — but a wider, more square pocket placed strategically over the bum, angled out slightly toward the hips seem to provide the aesthetic the Liya boasts.