Oh, the eternal search for the perfect vintage Levi’s. We have all been there, looking at their sizing and wondering if we have eaten one Victoria’s sponge too many or if Mr Levi himself has just gone straight up mad with his measurements.
I have read tips, tricks, and theories about Levi’s sizing, but honestly, I’m not sure I can trust those methods. If anything, my main tip is, avoid buying any jeans online. Best thing is to go to a vintage or charity shop and try as many pairs as you can, from as many sizes possible!
Funnily though, even though vintage shops are filled with an array of denim, I have never been able to find a good fitting pair in them. My first vintage Levi’s were an old pair from the chazza in which the label had disintegrated and the previous owner had cut the red tab off (sacrilege!). For the last couple of years I have been trying to find what era and waist this pair was, but as you might have guessed, no luck.
These, until now, were the only Levi’s that could ever fit me properly, but at my last visit to my mother-in-law’s house, she had a bag of clothing for the charity shop and lo and behold, a pair of brand new, vintage 501’s was there! It fits like a glove with the perfect amount of oversize to it.
There is no moral of the story this time, just that sometimes it might take 30 years until you find your perfect vintage denim, but keep trying and never give up the search!