The Vintage Levi’s Style You Need to Buy

vintage levi's 501

There’s something about vintage Levi’s and trust me, their never not going to be a favorite, so if you don’t have a pair it’s time to stock up! Because they’re 100% cotton, they are soft and just offer such a good fit and style since they don’t have that stretch with a lot of modern jeans. Levi’s jeans come in several signature cuts but the 501s are the most iconic. Although I think everyone should own a pair of 501s, I think it’s most important to find the style that will work for your body type first and then stock up on other styles. I own all of the styles below and love all of them equally. Keep scrolling for the vintage levi’s style you need to buy and when you’re ready, read this guide on where to buy your Levi’s.

Levi’s 501

Ladies with curves, this is the jean for you! It’s also the quintessential perfect fit for every single body type. The 501s have more coverage in the seat, they are smaller in the waist, and roomier in the thighs so they work great for pear shaped body types. This is how you get that perfect booty look. The fabric from the back panel wraps around your booty to give it a hug and lift, and the waistline also takes a flattering dive down from back to front nipping the waist at just the right angle to give you all the curves all around. The 501s were originally a men’s jean, so they will offer that bagger fit and longer rise. If you find that they are too baggy in the thighs, you can take them to a tailor and have them slimmed for a more feminine and modern fit.

vintage levi's 501

Levi’s 505

The 505 is perfect for women with fewer curves and more long/lean body types thanks to the narrower fit. It has a slim, straight fit from the thigh to the ankle and runs narrower in the hip. It has a lower rise than the 501 and also has a zip fly. The great thing about the 505s is they will give you that crisp and tailored look without any tailoring.

vintage levi's 505

Levi’s 517

I love 517s because they have a subtle flare, which I love. They are great jeans for styling with boots and heels. Depending on the era of your 517 it can be high waist or more of a mid-rise. 517s from the 70s, which often have an orange tab on the back pocket, have more of a high waist look, while 90s 517s are more of a mid-rise. All 517s have a zipper fly. 517s are great for petite gals who want to look taller – the subtle flare gives the illusion of longer legs!

vintage levi's 517



  1. March 14, 2019 / 11:28 am

    Hello! Can you help me? I found a pair of mens 527 jeans that have a panel of different material that runs around the back between the belt loop area and the pockets and comes around into the front of the pant above the front pocket and ends in a point by the first belt loop on each side. It looks kind of like a maternity panel on the back of the pant and is made of a little darker denim with stitching that runs across the denim panel horizontally. I have looked all over the internet and can’t find any like this. Have you any idea what they are called? Other than just 527’s? I’m thinking they must be rare as they look like a 70’s style with the snap flapped back pockets as well. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you ma’am. 🙂 dana

    • March 11, 2021 / 9:00 pm

      thank you so much for letting me know! just sent that person a note. glad you found all of this information helpful! 🙂

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