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