Blog Categories



September 12, 2017 6 Comments


September 12, 2017 6 Comments

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend! Mine consisted of a fun creator meet up, a kid’s lookbook photoshoot, dinner with friends and some football game watching! All in all it was a pretty great weekend 🙂

Today I wanted to chat about some denim that has started making its way into my life…the mom jean. Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic for the 90s or I’m just really loving this new (at least new for me) silhouette. They’re like my skinny jean upgrade. They still have that high waist tapered leg but they’re a little looser around the bum and legs. This leads me to a second topic.

This season I think I’m going to actively try and start moving away from skinny jeans. There will be a couple of pairs (trying for two max) in my closet but I really want to try and branch out to find a new go-to. There’s nothing wrong with skinny jeans but I’m personally kind of over them. I don’t get excited when I grab my skinnies (except for one high waist dark grey pair!). I always want to make sure I’m over the moon with my wardrobe and if some of my skinny jeans just aren’t cutting it then it may be time for a change.

So for today’s post I want to share an obstacle I’ve had to overcome when shopping for mom jeans or vintage jeans in general, how I like to style my mom jeans and as always where you can go to shop similar pieces if your heart & your closet so desires 🙂

Something I’ve had to get over with vintage denim in general is the sizing. I’ve found that most vintage denim I’ve tried (mom jeans or not) have run a little on the small side. I’ve come to realize that I’m much happier with the fit if I go up a size. To be honest it took me a little while to realize this and get over my size pride. What I mean by this is I’m happy with the sizes I wear and until shopping for vintage denim I didn’t realize that I’d feel self conscious if I had to go up a size or two. In my head I’d say “No, I’m a 4 so these should fit.” Once I overcame that mentality I was much happier with how my mom jeans looked and I stopped buying jeans that were the “right number” but didn’t fit.

Style Notes

| SIMPLICITY | I will forever love a good simple look. This outfit is basically a tee shirt and jeans but what elevates it are the small details. I think that’s why I really love simple looks so much. They help highlight the details and even though it is a simple look, a lot of thought goes into it. For this look those small details are the full tuck, the subtle gold details in the purse lock & earrings and the movie star worthy sunglasses. All small but together help make this outfit.

| VINTAGE DENIM + VINTAGE BAG | Keeping it all in the same family. I decided to pair my vintage denim with a vintage handbag. I think it compliments the style so well. You’d probably never be able to tell this was a vintage bag unless you were very familiar with Coach’s collections but I love how leather bags soften over time and the richness they can bring to an outfit.

| DRESSING IT UP | I mentioned the subtle details above but they are really what I used to dress up this look. This includes the brass statement earrings, gold hardware details on the handbag and of course my day heels. This season I’m fixed on blending casual and dressy elements so expect to see more mash ups like this in the future 🙂

| MUTED PALETTE | I decide to keep the palette super muted to really highlight the denim. However, I didn’t want the look to feel too color blocked or flat so I opted for a fine black and white stripe tee instead of a solid color. Super subtle but it helps to warm up the look and doesn’t feel too modern.

Outfit Details

1 | mom jeans | eddie bauer / vintage from johan / size: petite 8 / similar eddie bauer under $60 /  similar vintage under $50 / similar grey vintage under $50

2 | stripe tee | gap / size: small / similar ethical version from amour vertsimilar under $30

3 | the day heel | c/o everlane / size: 7 (tts)

4 | black handbag | coach / vintage from house of vintage / similar vintage coach / similar vintage coach

5 | super duper sunglasses | karen walker / found secondhand / similar ethical version by warby parker / similar ethical version by raen

See you later this week for my fall capsule reveal and a special style post with a backpack that I’m obsessed with!



  • Karin Rambo September 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I seriously love those jeans on you! I’m still on the hunt for my perfect mom jeans. I’ve tried on so many vintage pairs and they just never flatter my shape. So I tried thrifting the Madewell perfect vintage jeans and they’re okay, but I’m still not in love. I kind of want to try the FashionABLE vintage pair and see how that goes. I’m thinking I may pick up a pair for my winter capsule, but we’ll see!

    • Allison Karaba September 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Karin!
      Thank you! You’re so sweet! I thrifted the Madewell summer jean and like them but I was looking for a pair that wasn’t too skinny in the leg. I love FashionABLE’s new denim line! I would also suggest looking on Etsy for vintage. Measurements can be tricky but I’ve seen a ton of mom jean gems there. Also, I loooove the riley jeans by Agolde. They’re on my list for a potential future purchase. Good luck finding your mom jeans! I can’t wait to see how you style them once you find your perfect pair!
      xo Allison

  • melissa September 13, 2017 at 3:47 am

    I got some from the 80s that are from a brand called Chic and they are labeled 10 that fit perfectly. In modern jeans I wear a 4-6. For me finding these meant looking through a lot of measurements on Poshmark listings, especially with the front and back rise (sadly many listings don’t have these measurements).

    • Allison Karaba September 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Melissa,
      Sizing can be so tricky online but that is definitely a good idea to check the rise measurements when you can! So happy you were able to find a pair that you love!
      xo Allison

  • Krystal September 13, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Those jeans look great on you! I had a similar pair, but they were magical growing pants – they’d have an extra 2-3 inches at the waist by the end of the day (ummm, good for Christmas dinner, I guess?). I’m still not quite over my skinnies since they are the only way I can pull off an oversized top, but only in a higher waist.

    • Allison Karaba September 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Krystal,
      Thank you so much! That is crazy that they would stretch so much! Yeah I hear ya on the skinnies. I’ll probably always have at least one pair in my capsule but it has been fun to explore other options. Thank you for stopping by!
      xo Allison

    Leave a Reply