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Fade of the Day – Levi’s 501 STF (3 Months, 1 Wash, 4 Soaks)

I love Carhartt and Filson just as much as the next self-appointed menswear aficionado. But today’s Fade of the Day reminds me of how much of a workwear poser I really am. Reader Chris wore his Levi’s 501 STF jeans for a mere 3 months and has already achieved more fades than most have in a year. That’s because he puts his jeans to hard manual labor as he works in heavy construction. Although he hasn’t had to have any repairs just yet, I imagine that’ll change before the year is over.

The next time you walk past your local construction site, slow down, look at the abounding fades, and continue on your way to your desk job. Thanks for humbling me, Chris.


  • Name: Levi’s 501 Shrink-to-Fit
  • Fabric: 12 oz. unsanforized denim
  • Fit: Straight
  • Unique features:
    • Paper patch
  • Available for $47 at Levi’s