Brands look to the Levi’s 501 for denim inspiration and often see it as the benchmark, even going so far as to name their jeans the ‘New Standard‘. It is so iconic and influential that Time magazine even named it the clothing item of the twentieth century. Though classic and iconic, the jean has gone through many different iterations throughout its history. Its various changes in production would see the 501 transition between hardware and fabrics as well as witness tweaks in the definitive blue jean’s overall fit. Today it’s known to be the original fit, sitting at the waist with a regular straight-leg.
The latest iteration of the 501 is called the 501 CT (Customized Tapered) and it takes inspiration from the many generations who would often take a DIY approach to their 501s and taper the legs (amongst other customizations). The new fit reimagines the original by lowering the rise to sit just below the waist, adding room to the seat and thighs, and tapering below the knee to a narrow 13.75″ leg opening.
If it weren’t for thousands of teens altering their 501s at home and customers continuing to ask their tailors to taper their 501s, the changes in fit seem drastic enough to warrant an entirely new model number rather than calling it another 501. In any case, if this new fit interests you, Levi’s is even offering free shipping AND returns for a limited time on the 501 CT.
It comes in a variety of washes and fabrics (including rigid indigo) ranging from $68 to $78 and you can grab yours at the Levi’s website.