Levi's 501

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mike C., Oct 24, 2004.

  1. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    I honestly don't get the appeal of Levi's 501 jeans. IMO the seat is way too baggy, and the fit is terrible through the thighs. The washes aren't anything great either. Why do so many people swear by them, especially fashion people. Both Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren only wear Levi's 501. I'm thinking of giving them another try.
     
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    I know I'm not contributing much but sometimes these fashion designers just say things that don't make sense or else do not really mean them. Maybe they're trying to appear democratic. I mean, just think how the public would feel if they said "Those 501s are total crap for the masses. My jeans are all PDCs" [​IMG] Addenum: You mean Ralph Lifshitz wears Levi 501s instead of his own RL Jeans?
     
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    G. Armani makes jeans as well. That does strike me as being unusual that they claim they only wear 501s. I feel the same as you, Mike, I do not fit 501s well. Maybe they wore them in their youth and are following that tradition, as the premium denim market has only existed for 15 years or so.
     
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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think most 501 aficionados are into vintage jeans. If that's not your thing then perhaps you could try the Levi's Premium 501's.
     
  5. Mike C.

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    That's exactly what I'm going to try. I'll stop by the Levi's store on 59th and Bloomingdales across the street tomorrow after work.
     
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    What's the difference between the Premium 501s and the regular line - besides better denim, obviously? I went for almost all of my teenage years not liking jeans, and I couldn't figure out why. Eventually I realized: It was the fit of the 501s my parents bought me - the relatively high rise, and the narrowness at the ankles really makes 'em awkward, and pretty goofy-looking if you're short. Much like how RL, at I think the same height as me, looks pretty goofy in his 501s... [​IMG] I really like the 520 flare, though - is there a wide-leg model of Levi's, traditional, like the 501, only... wider? EDIT: RL looks a little better here. Maybe it's the camera angle, or maybe he's not wearing 501s... [​IMG]
     
  7. Mike C.

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    The second pic is definitely Levi's, not sure about the first. What horrible shoes he's wearing in that first pic as well.
     
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    I have always disliked 501's because they are cut off grain so the outseam spirals around your leg after they are washed.
     
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    Levi's 501 boot leg is a classic, especially the one with the button fly. It looks good on almost anybody (long-legged blonds particularly [​IMG] ). In Europe they are nr.1 jeans. A pair of Levi's costs at least twice as much there than in North America. I can understand why Armani likes them so much. The brand itself carries a lot of weight in the casual clothing departments or even boutiques. Last summer while in Florence, my cousins asked me if I could lend them my two Levi's T-shirts. I gladly made a gift of them.
     
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    Strange that you happened to bring this up tonight. After leaving a pair of Diesels at Marshall's tonight because I wouldn't be able to return them if I washed them, and I wasn't sure about them, I popped into Sears next door to check out 501s. I was going to pick up a pair to try out but I only had 10 minutes and couldn't decide on a size, or whether to get shrink-to-fit or the prewashed dark type. I will not get the acid/sand/whatever washed ones. I have some boot cuts in shrink to fit 34/36 that I shrunk down somewhat and they look good except that at that length the rise is really long.

    The problem is that the denim will never look smooth on those because it's just a different kind of cloth from the new styles of high end denim. I'm sure someone can give us a more technical description, but it's rougher and doesn't look as good, IMO. I will still go back to Sears and try on a few pairs to see how they fit.
     
  11. Mike C.

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    One of my best pairs of jeans is from Levi's, the 507 model. I bought them in Milan, I don't think they're available in the US. Not surprisingly, the thighs and seat a cut slimmer. The model has a slight boot cut and slimmer legs. The crotch isn't as droopy either.
     
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    am i the only one who wears 569's? they, and the 'type 1' levis, are the only models that look decent on me. i guess i prefer the loose fit / straight (wide) leg look. the 501's are too slim for me - they give me chicken legs. also the rise is just too long in my size.

    /andrew
     
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    Does anyone know of a website - I'm assuming there's a Japanese one somewhere - which catalogs all the Levi's numbers/fits/washes with pictures?
     
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    I believe you can find this denim guide on the Levi's website itself, at least for current production models. www.levis.com
     
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