Blast From the Past: Mom Jeans and Dad Shirts

Thick, white-washed denim were all the rage in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. These comfy jeans, also known as mom jeans, took a hit in the late 2000s when tights and skinny jeans made their debut.

Story by Tinu Thomas

Thick, white-washed denim was all the rage in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. These comfy jeans (also known as mom jeans) took a hit in the late 2000s when tights and skinny jeans made their debut. These two popular styles even collaborated to bury the loose jean trend in 2010 when the questionable ‘jegging’ was popularized. To this day, the question remains: Are they jeans or leggings?

  Gif courtesy of Giphy

Gif courtesy of Giphy

For a while, the skinny jean seemed irreplaceable. Seen styled by our favorite pop punk icons, a skin tight black skinny was considered a closet essential and practically an unofficial limb.

  Photo courtesy of 100 Best Everything

Photo courtesy of 100 Best Everything

The demise of the skinny was slow, starting with modifications aimed to keep the classic skinny marketable. High-waisted, cuffed, cropped, you name it, it seemed we were clinging to skinny jeans almost as tightly as they were clinging to us.

But, change was inevitable. There had to be something more chic than peeling a pair of nearly skin-tight jeans off at the end of the night, and surprise, surprise, your mom was wearing them the whole time.

  Gif courtesy of Giphy

Gif courtesy of Giphy

Mom jeans aren’t the only thing we’re stealing from our parent’s wardrobe. Thrift folks across the plains have spoken -- “dad shirts” are in. That's right, oversized apparel, polos, stripes, earth tones and even the occasional bohemian-themed dad shirts are what the kids are wearing.

In July, The New York Times published a piece highlighting the trend of tucking in t-shirts. Ant de Padovane, visual artist and designer of the Los Angeles-based brand Second/Layer, says the ‘dad style’ of tucking in shirts conveys “the relaxed sensibility and balance between dressing up and dressing down.” GQ published a similar piece last year, which highlighted the same aspects of comfort and class that makes the ‘dad tuck’ a winning trend.

While last season, flannels were a promising replacement piece to layer over shirts in place of your favorite cardigan, even ladies are moving on to a slightly more dapper fit as modeled by dads everywhere.

  Photo courtesy of Mashable

Photo courtesy of Mashable

Dad shirts are where comfort meets timeless quality. Yes, we're talking about the same shirt your dad has been wearing to barbecues since you were seven. You can't beat that sustainability.

From dad dressers, right to your closet, thrift stores are overflowing with these nostalgic gems.