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Outfit: Vintage denim (and they don’t make jeans like they used to)

An outfit based on remade Levi’s 550 vintage denim jeans.

Last year I was hellbent on finding a pair of Levi’s 501s. Not the new CT ones, but old school 501s from the 90s or older. I ended up buying a second hand pair of 501s that were the newer model but essentially had the same shape as the old school ones. They were fabulous – a slouchy boyfriend fit, sturdy denim, elegantly ripped at the knees.

A mishap in the washing machine with a red shirt meant the jeans weren’t wearable anymore. So for the last few months I have been searching for the right pair of vintage, straight leg/tapered leg jeans to replace those 501s.

Somebody seems to be buying up all the vintage Levis jeans because they are so damn hard to find in the opshops these days. When you see the popularity of jeans by Vetements and Re/Done – who have basically remade vintage Levis – it’s not hard for others to cash in.

I ended up buying these remade Levis 550s from Cream on King in Newtown, the mecca for all things vintage in Sydney. The redone crotch makes them more girl-friendly but they still have that classic tapered leg shape of 550s. The high rise is perfect for keeping mum tum in check. More importantly, just like the 501s, these jeans are 100% cotton so the denim has no stretch whatsoever.

Why is this so important? Because after multiple washes, they won’t lose their shape, like a lot of modern jeans with elastane in them. Yes, elastane makes jeans super comfortable, but I can’t tell you how many jeans I’ve had that have gone baggy at the knees, have gone up a size at the waist, or lost integrity at the ankles.

The one issue I have about these jeans? I don’t have enough bum for them.

Wearing: Zoe Karssen shirt (worn >10 times) |
remade vintage Levis 550s from Cream | Topshop loafers.

Like vintage denim too?

Also, just wondering –  does anyone else feel a little old when we talk about the 90s as being vintage?

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4 thoughts on “Outfit: Vintage denim (and they don’t make jeans like they used to)

  1. Glad you found what you were after in the end! 🙂 I have some jeans with elastane that are perfect, but I have a pair from the opshop that got so baggy and stretched as I wore them. I can see why they were donated! I persisted and found if I don’t wash them with fabric softener they seem to hold their shape better, but it’s still a wash every wear or two to get the shape back piece!

    1. My stretchy jeans are soooo comfy but I just hate how they lose shape after a few wears. I do the same thing, wash after every wear or so and sometimes in hot water just to get them back to their original size, sacrilege I know.

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