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I won’t say I’m the biggest TikTok style savant, but as I have poked my way around the app, discovering various closet organization tips and style hacks along the way, one trend in particular has stuck out to me. In order to achieve that classic baggy “mom jean” look that’s so expertly pulled off by Emma Chamberlain, Lori Harvey, and Bella Hadid et al., women are fastening their buttons through the nearby belt loop, thereby scrunching the material at the waistband in order to make too-big pants fit just right. Almost like a paper-bag trouser, the denim is then perfectly cinched at the waist but still loose through the leg.
When I happened upon a pair of Mavi jeans that were too big on me — exactly two sizes too big — I knew I had to try to pull off the look. This particular pair also came in a light, lived-in wash, which I love, and the denim was more stretchy than it was rigid. In just one, two steps (Ciara would be proud), I pulled the center button over to the belt loop at the near right and hooked it through, fastening it in such a way that the zipper appeared slightly off-center — but that’s the deconstructed aesthetic so many brands are going for lately, with the likes of R13, Re/Done, Y Project, Vetements, and more putting out asymmetrical denim. Even denim skirts are being introduced with “twisted zippers” these days, so the off-kilter appearance didn’t necessarily bother me, and it doesn’t seem to bother all the TikTok users employing the trick, either.
Scroll through to see exactly how to get the look with your slouchy jeans, and shop some solid pairs that I think would be up to the task if you’re in the market for new denim. Just remember: purchase two sizes up. You can also always pull from your SO’s closet if they’re a few sizes bigger than you!