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Levi's jeans review: does the original denim brand still meet the mark?

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Makers of some of the best jeans on the market, although the brand was established in the mid 1800s, Levi's manage to perfectly balance staying true to its heritage and the latest denim trends 2022. Its classic copper rivets and instantly-recognizable red tabs remain in place today, now adorning its classic and trend-led styles made with eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Levi’s signature, the 501, remains just as popular today as they were when launched in 1873 - proof that the design is just as hard-wearing as the denim they’re crafted from. 

Fast-forward to 2022 and Levi's have a lot of competiton and although the brand has a phenomenal range of product, including the best denim jacketsmom jeanswhite jeans and even the best jeans for curvy women, we wanted to put its denim to the test to make sure that the brand's heritage didn't cloud our judgement. Here's what we thought...


As part of this review, we tried a wide range of Levi’s denim to help you find the perfect pair. We tested skinny jeans vs straight jeans, this season's favorite nostalgic mom jean and the ever present bootcut jean. In our edit we also made sure to try collection staples including the original 501 jeans and 711 skinny jeans. We looked at the fabric and fit for each pair to see if they are durable, comfortable, and, importantly, true to size and based on the silhouette, what body type they'd be best suited to. The styles we chose to review are based on Levi’s best-selling styles, as well as the ones that are most timeless or fashion-forward in order to be most reflective of how your jeans capsule wardrobe might look. 

  • Collection size: 150+
  • Sizes: 23in-42in waist
  • Leg lengths: 26in-36in
  • Sustainable options: Yes
  • Starting price point: $69.50 / £60


Jean shopping is highly personal, and it can be difficult to find the best jeans for your body type. However, over the years, having tested and written about hundreds of pairs of jeans from numerous brands, I've found these five key Levi’s styles to be universally crowd-pleasing. Levi's has some of the best plus size clothing brands and do offer a great range of jeans for all body types, making them a strong starting point in your ultimate jean quest. Covering off the latest fashion trends 2022, as well as wardrobe essentials, you're bound to find a pair our of Levi's 150+ styles that suit your needs.


Proof that a classic never dates, Levi’s original 501 jeans continue to be one of its bestselling styles, and for many people a lynchpin to their capsule wardrobe. The ultimate addition to your wardrobe if you're looking for how to style straight-leg jeans, a straight leg shape is universally flattering. Fitted around hips and bum, they skim over thighs and calves. The most classic of the brand's denim, they're ideal for apple body shapes that want a slim-fitting jean that isn't too figure-hugging. Available in a wide range of washes, this could easily become a building block in your wardrobe. Invest in lighter hues for casual weekend outfits and black for wearing with your best blazer for a sharp finish. 

My favorite of all the Levi's jeans, these are also the ones that are least likely to date. The original denim jean offers huge versatility to wearers and you can easily slot this into your wardrobe. Made from non-stretch denim this is a jean that you may find yourself having to wiggle into and stretch to your shape, particularly after washing. I personally really like having a non-stretch denim jean as an option for days that I want a slightly more tailored and less body-conscious fit. I did find however that compared to other Levi's jeans, the 501 came up larger, so this is worth keeping in mind when ordering online.