If you’ve made it here, you’re not looking for skinny jeans. Or slim ones either. In fact, you probably don’t even want fabric touching your thighs. If that’s indeed the case, then the 569 deserves your attention. Fit-wise, they sit a bit lower on the waist than the Levi’s 550s do, and don’t taper nearly as much—which means that they wear more relaxed as well. So, if you’re looking for some looser Levi’s with a beautiful drape, these are the ones.

Levi’s Jeans FAQs

What do the numbers mean on Levi’s?

The numbers refer to the specific style of jean, starting with the 501, which was officially named the 501 in 1890. Why 501? That’s still unknown, but Levi’s has stuck with it, typically using numbers in the 500s for jeans, and the 400s for shorts. It would be nice if there was a correlation between width and numeral—unfortunately, there isn’t.

Do Levi’s shrink in the dryer or wash?

It depends! The vast majority of Levi’s are made with what’s called sanforized denim, which has nearly all the shrinkage worked out of it prior to sewing, meaning your pair shouldn’t shrink much at all going forward. That said, some pairs—like the 501 STF—are made with unsanforized denim, which will shrink up to two sizes. So always check the details, and remember that air drying is the most fail-safe way to preserve the way your jeans fit.

Are Levi’s made in America?

Not anymore. Up until a few years ago, some rigid and rinsed pieces in the Levi’s Vintage Clothing range were made in the US, but now everything in the Levi’s line is made outside of the country.

What’s a rivet? And an arcuate?

A rivet reinforces jeans at heavy stress points, particularly the pockets and fly. The rivet was the signature element of a Levi’s jean in their early days, allowing them to become the pack leader in a surprisingly competitive market. An arcuate is the decorative stitching found on back pockets, often used as a subtle (or not-so-subtle) branding element.

What do you mean when you say “five-pocket design”?

The five-pocket design is now something of a default when it comes to jeans,regardless of brand. It refers to the five pockets on most jeans, comprising the two scooped pockets at the front, smaller watch pocket at the right, and two patch pockets at the seat. (Fun fact: Early Levi’s models only had four pockets, but the final pocket they added wasn’t the watch pocket, but the back left one.)

Read the full article here


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *