The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of Vintage Jeans

When it comes to denim (both vintage and current), it’s hard to think of a style more iconic than Levi’s 501s. They’re one of the most universally flattering vintage pairs on the market thanks to their sky-high rise and tapered legs. And their ability to look just as good with a simple sweater and sneakers as they do with a cami and statement heels make them a firm fashion girl-favorite. 

Finding your perfect pair of 501s is all about trying on as many pairs as possible. The cut has changed slightly over the years, as has Levi’s sizing scale, so going by the number on the waistband likely won’t work, making going into IRL brick-and-mortar stores the best way to find a pair that fit.

If you’re going to order a pair online (sites like Re/Done, the RealReal, Etsy, and eBay are great places to start), double-check the return policy and order as many sizes as possible. There are also plenty of new pairs of jeans that will give you the vintage look without having to put in the work. Shop a few of our favorites below…