5 Ways to 501®

By  August 04, 2014

5 Ways to 501

For the love of Levi’s, we’re celebrating the pair of pants that started denim domination and became Time magazine’s “Fashion Item of the 20th Century” as well as a cultural staple for Americans everywhere: carefully crafted, definitively classic 501® jeans.

Since the style’s invention in 1873, the jeans have been reconstructed and improved to enhance them, but the essentials are still there: a comfortable cut, heavyweight denim, and fine stitching. Furthermore, 501® versatility proves strong: Dress them up or dress them down—they’re sure to make a statement today and far into the future. The coolest classics never go out of style, after all.
This season’s evolution of the 501® takes the original fit and plays up the possibilities, offering a range of hues, washes, silhouettes, and aesthetics. Aside from the classics, here are four other 501 styles we love.

1. 501 Original
501® Jeans for Women, available at Levi’s for $54.90

2. Tailored fit
The iconic 501™ gets a nip and tuck and a tailored touch. Creased down the leg and cropped at the ankle, this style makes for an effortlessly chic look when paired with a sharp blazer and heels for the office and then off to cocktails.
Tailored 501® Jeans for Women, available at Levi’s for $88

3. Long shorts
These neatly cuffed classics offer the same flattering fit of the standard shorts, with a soft denim fabric and cool blue-jean color. With a slightly more modest hemline, the 501 long shorts can be worn to dressier affairs with a tucked-in button-down and wedge sandals.
501® Long Shorts, available at Levi’s for $58

4. Short shorts
With the same iconic fit that started it all, these vintage-inspired cutoffs are a staple for every summer wardrobe. They’re available in a faded eggplant, dusty black, and patchwork denim, and their versatility will take you from brunch to the beach. Work with the laid-back, rustic look of these lovelies by pairing them with crew-neck tees or cropped sweaters on top and flat sandals or other cool kicks on the bottom.
501® Shorts, available at Levi’s for $58

5. Selvedge finish
The dark selvedge denim offers a lightly rinsed, subtly broken-in appearance. Play up the raw appeal with a flannel top or cropped tee. Cuff up the bottoms and wear them over boots.
501® Selvedge Jeans for Women, available at Levi’s for $49.90