Jean Levi's 501 vintage

Thanks to our guide Imparfaite , find the vintage Levi's 501 jeans of your dreams

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A few years ago, we also bravely walked the aisles of vintage boutiques in search of the vintage Levi's 501 jeans of our dreams. Since then, we have launched Imparfaite , and these years of learning in the field allow us today to find for you the most beautiful 501 vintage in France.

We decided that it was cruel not to share with you this knowledge acquired over the years. What you will read here is the internal bible of the vintage 501 at Imparfaite . Knowledge kept secret until then. But today we're going to tell you everything...

#1 A vintage Levi's 501, is it really for me?

We often hear "I like the vintage 501, but on the others, because I don't fit me" Rest assured, it's not iconic for nothing, it goes to everyone.

When you're used to stretch materials and tight cuts on the calves, the vintage 501's tight canvas and slightly wider cut may seem strange at first.

But it is the absolute must-have for three simple reasons:

It makes a flat stomach

It's a trousers Mid-high waist with a tight canvas,avoiding the feeling of belly bouncing in the evening.

It refines the legs

Close to the body at the thigh, and a straight cut up to the bottom. You will never have the feeling of the calf stuck to your jeans again, it makes beautiful long legs.

He has a dream butt.

He pulls them up and makes them an ideal shape,without the famous unsightly fold that some jeans make.

No matter your morphology, the vintage 501 flatters everyone.

#2 What is the difference between the vintage 501 and the modern 501?

The new Levi's 501 has nothing to do with the vintage Levi's 501. They have more stretch in the canvas, the cuts are more fitted, and the industrial washouts do not arrive at the ankle of a patinated canvas for fifty beautiful years.

It's simple; the new Levi's doesn't have a hundredth of the stamp of the old one.

And so much the better because a beautiful vintage is on average 30% cheaper than a new and 100% more eco-responsible.

Combining business with pleasure, we love it.

#3 How do you choose your vintage Levi's 501 jeans?

1. Find your vintage size

The hardest part about finding his vintage Levi's 501 jeans is finding her size.

Levi's vintage jeans are much smaller than today's Levi's. To do this, you must always take two sizes above its current size.

Example: I make a small 36, I put 25 in modern Levi's = I make 27 in vintage Levi's.

Here is a table of correspondences that is easy to keep in memory:

FR?? 32small 3434small 3636small 3838small 4040small 4242small 4444

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2. Put on his vintage Levi's 501

When you receive your precious jeans and put them on for the first time,you have to lie on your bed and pull it on the top of your hips. After a few minutes, it is done to your morphology and you can finally breathe.

This mythical canvas has not moved for 50 years and does not intend to move for the next 50 years, but it deserves itself. Once put on, the magic works,the Levi's 501 hugs your shapes like no other jeans, and it becomes almost impossible to wear anything else.

3. Adjust size to suit style

You can wear it in three different ways: Squeezed for a very sexy (but less comfortable side it will admit), normal, or boyfriend.

For a close-to-the-body wear, take a size below yours

For a classic wearer, take your usual size

For a boyfriend wearer, take one to two sizes above yours

4. Choose the color that causes you to capsize

For color, it's as you like. Sublime in white, canon in dark crude, essential in light blue. The only ones we don't like are those with zebra washes or yellowed ones. It's a matter of taste.

5. Watch out for copies

Being one of the most powerful brands in the world, the 501 are victims of the counter-way. The result: bad cuts, fragile canvases and 6-legged horses on the labels (for real).
At Imparfaite , we only work with vintage professionals who control them from every angle, to be sure that you will receive only the best.

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#4 What length to choose for its vintage Levi's 501 jeans?

The length we like is the one that reaches the ankle.
Here are three ways to shorten it:

1. Roll it up

Easy, you roll your jeans on itself


2. A flat lapel

Sharper, you're doing a big setback


3. Cut it off

Our favourite, we explain


Our tutorial to cut his vintage Levi's 501

Most of the women we advise to cut their jeans are afraid, but it's actually very simple. We have created a guide to help you, the most important thing is to choose your length carefully and try it to make sure you don't cut too short. Here are the steps:

How to avoid the camel toe effect?

For starters, we reassure you, a camel toe can happen to anyone. It even happened to the biggest...

On a Levi's 501, the longer the leg length, the longer the height of the fly. If you want to avoid the camel toe effect:

If you're less than 1.68 cm tall,everything will fit you
If you are between 1.68 and 1.78cm, prefer the lengths L32 or L34
If you are taller than 1.78cm take from the L34

#5 How to wear your vintage Levi's 501 jeans?

With an Austrian blouse for a romantic look

In total look jeans for an 80's look

With a cardigan for a cozy look

With an Asian top for a sexy look

With a T-shirt for an easy look

#6 Is it possible to wash your Levi's 501?

All Levi's vintage on Imparfaite  have been washed and are not afraid of water. You can wash them in a machine,always upside down,at 30 or 40 degrees, but the tumble dryer is forbidden. So dry it in the open, you do it good, and the planet too.

At first, it is very tight, but after a few minutes it is adjusted to your body, and relaxes very slightly to get the perfect fit.

If you like them very rough, i. e. dark blues, try to avoid as much as possible switching to the machine that tends to slip it. On the contrary, for your white jeans, never mix them with colours, which would give it a greyish look.

#7 Why is levi's 501 essential to me?

Because he has dressed the coolest girls of every generation for over a hundred years: from Cindy Crawford, to Jeanne Damas, through Lady Diana and... You!

Levi's released 501 in 1890 for American workers, this tear-proof and solid fabric from Nîmes (denim) is a textile revolution. In the middle of the century, Levi's democratized the 501 and made it sexier by adding belt loops and the famous "red tab", that little label on the back pocket that catches the eye.

It is from there that he seduces the cool kids of the world,and marks, in our memories, the silhouettes of our heroines.

Wearing the same Levi's as Brigitte Bardot, Cindy Crawford, Françoise Hardy and many others has become a dream accessible to all.

Since then the new icons have taken hold of the symbol. Camille Charrière, Jeanne Damas, Anne-Laure Mais or Sabina Socol swear by their vintage 501,which they wear summer and winter, with sneakers, sneakers or heels... In short the Levi's 501 is to jeans what Burberry is to trench coat, a must-have.

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Well done, if you've come this far, it's because you've become a 501 pro.
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