Not sure how many women follow this thread but I just went to a denim product knowledge event and learned a lot about other brands in the market that do way more for women than Levi’s does.
501’s are notorious for leaving gaps at the waist, being uncomfortable to wear, and bulging in random places. If you’re a true 100% denim girl check out Boyish Jeans ! They have the same worn-in look as a 501 and mold to your body overtime while also being softer and (imo) better fitting to your unique body. They also use 100% recycled denim with better fades and use 0 plastic!!
711 Skinnys are a staple for people who want a simple skinny without looking like a teenager. Today I discovered AG-ED Denim which accomplishes the cigarette skinny leg to a T. While maintaining the same silhouette as a 711, they use only 2% elastane (plastic) instead of mostly viscose and polyester. They also offer higher quality color washes and a greater variety of lengths for those looking for a true skinny or an ankle crop skinny.
For 311 wearers I learned about Good American which carries 00 all the way up to plus size denim meant for comfort. They tailor the features (pockets, distress) of their jeans to each individual size so the fit flatters you at any size. This jean is great for women with hips who need the waistline to move with them while also being on trend with crops and various styles. They even make maternity jeans! This brand has really got it down when it comes to high fashion that meets the demands of all shapes and sizes (but mostly on the petite side).
For altered / LVC/ high water/ straight legs fans, I recommend Mother produced and designed in Los Angeles. Unlike Levis, Mother delivers high fashion denim at a premium price due to still being woven and manufactured in the United States. Mother is identified for their chewed and step fray leg finishes, wide leg openings, and being one of the very first brands to ever incorporate the side racer stripe which you now see on many Levi’s. They carry a wider variety of straight legs, flares, kick flares, and bootcut than Levi’s and is definitely worth checking out if you prefer the boho relaxed vintage look.
Also a direct competitor to LVC / famous levi’s rivets, look no further than Rag & Bone. When it comes to quality this brand is all about details using materials from army manufacturers, to backyard grown indigo, maximum utility pockets, to strategically placed marks and accents. They carry low to super high rises that are true to style and don’t vary based on your size due to stretchy organic blends of EME (T400 Lycra), lyocell, and cotton while minimizing elastane that you find in nearly all Levis. Also check out the rest of the clothing on their site. They have more to offer than the basics Levis carries that are supposed to be high fashion.
Hope this helps spread the word that there’s hope for women who don’t fit into Levi’s!! I guarantee you the washes and materials on these brands will make it worth the price before you drop $100 on some plastic 🙂
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