Tight Top, Mom Jeans: 30 Years of the Supermodel Uniform Remaining the Same

They know the secret for the perfect pairing

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There’s been a lot of drama in the world of professional high-fashion modeling of late. Rebecca Romijn said social media-famous personalities are “not true supermodels,” then Stephanie Seymour said that Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadiddeserve their own title” separate from the one her and her crew established as the “original supermodels” in the early ’90s. And while logistics are being debated endlessly (here’s a full recap of the debate) one thing’s for sure: models of decades’ past were the OGs of pairing their hottest denim with the tightest of tops and the new “social media models” are following their lead.

Below, check out the sartorial similarities between the supers of the ’90s and the social media stars of today. One thing’s for certain: These models must have drawers upon drawers dedicated to denim and tight-fitting tops.)

As mentioned earlier, tensions between Jenner and Seymour were running a little high (the term “bitches of the moment” was used, though Seymour has since apologized), but they can bury the hatchet over their shared affection for see-through lace shirts. They both pair their delicate tops with straight-cut “mom jean” and even match down to their pointy-toe black boots!

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Cindy Crawford made the bodysuit-and-mom jeans combo iconic with her Pepsi commercial then reprised the look for steamy editorials (below). Bella Hadid is doing her part to keep the classic alive, pairing her black top with tiny short shorts in the perfect environment for such an outfit: Coachella.

Photos of Kate Moss in a black tight tank with loosing-fitting straight-leg jeans are probably the first slide in Supermodel Street Style 101, and clearly Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner (in Wolford) aced that course.


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Long-sleeve crop tops make slim models look even more slender with baggy jeans (on Christy Turlington) or oversize flares (Karlie Kloss) on the bottom.

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Claudia Schiffer in 1995 and Candice Swanepoel in 2014 both prove pink can always be the new black when worn with a pair of stretch-free, light-wash jeans.

Claudia Schiffer

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And because some supermodels are truly timeless, here’s a bonus throwback: Miranda Kerr puts a totally fresh spin on Farrah Fawcett’s iconic ’70s style by trading the super-tight polo for a super-tight bodysuit and substituting a high-collar for a trendy choker. The high-waisted flares and platform sandals on the other hand are always a perfect pair no matter the decade.

Miranda Kerr


Which matching moment is your favorite?

— Colleen Kratofil

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