Levi’s 501 Jean Shorts: A Workforce Strive-On & Evaluation

It’s prime jean-short season, and we’re at all times up for locating the perfect of the perfect. By “better of the perfect,” we actually simply imply a pair that appeals to as many physique varieties & shapes as potential. That’s the one method there generally is a actually nice piece, and we simply so occur to like attempting new stuff on. You recognize us by now.

In the event you’re a seasoned TME reader, you realize a bunch of us have pledged allegiance to our beloved Levi’s way back. In the event you’re new right here, hello! We take denims of every kind very severely (and have allll the opinions on them) and at all times discover ourselves gravitating to this summer time pair specifically: Levi’s 501 shorts. Seize a drink & keep awhile — 9 of us tried them on for ya.

Store an enormous collection of 501 shorts in fairly washes, distressing, lengths & silhouettes at: Levi’s | Nordstrom | Zappos | Amazon | Kohl’s | Free People

Why Levi’s? Effectively, you actually can not beat the value level. 501 types vary from $59 (or $30 on sale) to $98, making them such an reasonably priced pair at sizes 23 to 33 & plus sizes 16 to 24. We love them for his or her traditional cuts and their capacity to seemingly look nice with something, all summer time lengthy.

Shana | Scotti | Laura | Julieta | Amy | Linzi | Kat | Abby | Mohini

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Shana’s Take

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Shana Says: I’m a longtime fan of the original Levi’s 501 jeans AND the ’90s-style 501s — they’re, in reality, my favourite pairs of denims, however the shorts equal isn’t pretty much as good. Thoughts you, they’re not unhealthy. It’s simply that there are different denim shorts I like higher (these are still my faves). I believe a part of the difficulty is that after summer time hits, I desire a pair of shorts I don’t essentially want to interrupt in, and these are each a bit thick and a bit stiff. Nonetheless, I do know that these WILL break in ultimately. My previous 501s in “Fault Line Medium Wash” are softer & extra comfy than these shorts…it’s simply that the distressing was a foul selection — now that they’re damaged in, my underwear exhibits. 🙂

Particulars: The 501 shorts I went with to interchange my previous “Fault Line” pair is named “Ojai Slide – light wash.” My denim dimension retains, uh, increasing, so I grabbed a 28 (one dimension up from my unique pair). The result’s a looser-fitting pair of shorts, which I truly actually like, though the bum seems higher in my common dimension.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Scotti’s Take

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Scotti Says: I attempted the Levi’s 501 shorts a few years in the past, and so they didn’t work. My physique has modified a bit since then, although, and I assumed I’d give them one other attempt. They match higher this time round, and I’ve discovered that the wash issues (some are softer/much less inflexible than others), though like Kat says, they’re probably not constructed with curves in thoughts.

Particulars: I’m carrying 28 (my normal dimension) in each pairs right here. They undoubtedly want a bit time to interrupt in, however as soon as they do, they’re superior and far comfier. I discover them to be extra of a mid-rise, so that they’re not super-waist-defining, and so they’re undoubtedly quick. They aren’t my favorites (hello, Parkers!), however I do like them quite a bit.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Laura’s Take

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Laura Says: Since Levi’s 501s are my favourite denims, it’s no shock that I like the shorts too. I’m not feeling quick shorts this summer time, so I attempted this longer ’90s version, and so they’re so nice! Generally longer shorts don’t fairly work on me, however these are cute, match nice, and have some enjoyable little particulars that made me really feel like I used to be again in faculty thrifting previous Levi’s.

Particulars: Match is true to dimension on these, and so they’ll calm down a bit with put on. I in all probability might have used a 28 however I don’t like fitted shorts so I sized up like I usually do in inflexible denim.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Julieta’s Take

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Julieta Says: I used to like these prior to now, however my physique modified and so they stopped becoming. I made a decision to attempt once more in my new dimension, however I don’t love them as a lot anymore. They journey up like loopy because of my thighs (may want a dimension up). As of late I’m having fun with the Levi’s ’80s Mom Shorts extra: They’ve sufficient room within the leg opening, have an extended size, and don’t have distressing, which I like.

Particulars: I’m carrying a 27, and I’m questioning why I forgot to go for a dimension up. That might clarify the using up. I do know from expertise with my previous dimension that they soften up with time, so now I’m curious to attempt them in a much bigger dimension. There’s one thing I like concerning the unfastened and not-too-high waist, particularly with swimsuits.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Amy’s Take

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Amy Says: I’m going to be trustworthy with you guys, I don’t even like the way in which the Levi’s 501 shorts look on the fashions. All people seems like they’re carrying two sizes too tiny, and for concern of getting a perma-wedgie (entrance AND again), I ordered one dimension up from my regular 28 in Levi’s to a 29. Spoiler alert: The wedgie was nonetheless very loud and proud, and never in a cute Gen Z method.

Particulars: The waist is excessive, the inseam barely there, and I tugged on these continuously simply throughout my try-on…plus going one dimension up brought about a bit an excessive amount of cloth within the hips. I like you, Levi’s, however I don’t like your 501 classic shorts (psst…the 501 ’90s shorts, however!? A complete completely different story).

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Linzi’s Take

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Linzi Says: Shock, shock…I hate them. I’m not a denim-shorts particular person and have but to discover a pair of denim shorts that I’ll truly put on. These 501 Original Shorts are actually a part of the membership. I don’t like the way in which they appear, I don’t like the way in which they really feel, and I don’t like the way in which they match. They journey up after I stroll, are bunchy and bizarre after I sit down, and aren’t particularly comfortable or comfy. I do just like the wash (higher weathered)… There…I mentioned one thing constructive.  

Particulars: These 501s truly match me higher within the waist than different Levi’s shorts I’ve tried. They’ve the next waist, which in all probability matches my physique sort higher (however isn’t essentially extra comfy). I’m quick (5’2″), and these guys are SHORT on even me! I usually put on a 29 in MOTHER denim, however I sized as much as a 31 in these, and so they’re nonetheless a bit comfortable.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Kat’s Take

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Kat Says: Levi’s and I’ve an advanced relationship collectively. We was once greatest associates, however as of late I haven’t been loving the model as a lot. Not one of the 501s within the shorts or denims varieties ever work for me, and partially it’s as a result of this type is each not designed with curves in thoughts and have zero stretch. Whereas I can’t suggest any 501s, I do nonetheless nevertheless love my tried-and-true Levi’s mid-length shorts. They’re the right size and have nice stretch and minimal gapping, that are the precise issues I search for relating to summer time shorts.

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Abby’s Take

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Abby Says: Truthfully, I postpone attempting the 501 shorts for years as a result of I didn’t assume they’d look nice on my thick thighs, however I truly actually like them. I put on them largely after I’m not within the temper for an extended pair (on hotter or extra informal days). This gentle blue wash is my fave, and the minimal distressing is ideal.

Particulars: I’m carrying a dimension 31 right here, & I normally hop between 30 and 31. They do journey up between my thighs all through the day, however I oddly don’t thoughts it in these as a result of the fabric is so comfortable and never too restrictive. (I normally do thoughts that riding-up feeling in different shorts, btw — it’s a normal annoyance for me. *rolls eyes*)

Levi’s 501 Shorts, Mohini’s Take

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Mohini Says: I don’t know if you happen to can inform from the picture, however I used to be actually feeling the ’80s Mom Shorts. They’re super-high-waisted and virtually make my C-section muffin high disappear. They’re actually flattering for ladies with extensive hips. I haven’t tucked in a T-shirt for the reason that first trimester of my being pregnant, and I used to be in a position to do a full tuck and French tuck! I attempted on the black and multicolored ones. Whereas each regarded nice, I used to be on the lookout for bread-and-butter distressed denim shorts. Fortunately, there’s a distressed light-wash model of the ’80s Mother Shorts known as Chatterbox accessible on-line. You’ll see me in them quickly.

Particulars: I grew a pair sizes throughout being pregnant final 12 months. Now I put on L, XL and 1X relying on the model. Once I walked into Levi’s, I wasn’t certain if I’d have the ability to discover the right pair of shorts. I’m a dimension 33 at Levi’s which is the biggest dimension it carries in-store. Ultimately, there have been a few chosen types accessible to attempt on in my dimension.

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