How to get the Right Fit for you Levis Vintage 501’s



The following guidelines are considering law of averages with our Levi’s® Vintage ClothingTM 501® jeans. Each denim will shrink and skew in a slightly different way.

Different temperatures will also have an effect. The options for how you wash, wear and care for your 501® jeans are vast. It’s up to you to make your choice and stick to it.

Enjoy this journey and long-term love affair.

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Some folks like to wear their rigid 501®s without washing. The wear effect on a true rigid jean will always give the most dramatic look. You can dry-clean, but that’s only

if you don’t mind chemicals being used on your denims. Some people spray vinegar when their jeans hang inside out to remove any odour. Some simply hang their jeans outside

for a few days. Folding jeans into the freezer also does the same job.

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Dip em in tub


The very first time you wear your 501®s, climb into the bathtub and let them soak on your body for up to half an hour. Drain the tub, squeeze the excess water from your legs then

get outside in the sunshine to dry them into your shape. Otherwise, bend and stretch while wearing them indoors until you can carefully slip out of them and dry them over the back

of a chair. When your jeans are dirty, simply climb back into the bathtub and wash with a little soap.


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Levis Vintage Wash Em Good


If you prefer a thorough wash and simply don’t have the time for handwashing, wash inside out at 86° F / 30° C. Don’t tumble-dry: it’ll shrink too much. Dry in the open air if you can,

or hang them in a warm place until crispy dry. Long-term shrinkage will occur over several washes.

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