Discovering the perfect pair of vintage Levi's takes a lot of research and, from our experience, such a quest can incur many hits and misses along the way. It's an especially tricky business given that sizing has changed so much over the years, and that many vintage pairs you'll come across are actually men's styles. Luckily most new sites list the measurements of the pair in question (so keep yours handy), and several brands (i.e. Re/Done) take it upon themselves to recut and resew these old pieces to reflect today's denim trends and sizing standards.
Since vintage Levi's are gaining in popularity these days—they were all over the streets of fashion week—we thought it a good time to share our favourite sources. Search no more. Simply scroll down to see them all…
Nasty Gal's After Party Vintage features an assortment of denim pieces made from deadstock vintage fabrics and reworked silhouettes. They're selling out of the well-priced Levi's styles left and right, thanks in part to Bella Hadid. Consider these the perfect option if you want well-fitting vintage denim without the hassle. The cut is perfection.
Via ASOS Marketplace you can shop directly from a selection of indepedent vintage boutiques. The offerings are vast, so you'll find vintage Levi's plus plenty of other labels if you want to branch out.
Denim Refinery's large yet well-edited stock of vintage Levi's is one that should be on every denim lover's radar. You can also send Denim Refinery jeans from your own collection, and the company will work its distressing and softening magic on them, in case "faux retro" is more your speed.
A favorite among celebrities and fashion types alike, Re/Done specialises in repurposing vintage denim—hand-cutting and resewing them (based on the trends of the season), to ensure a perfect fit. Warning: New styles sell out quickly, so don't linger if you love them.
The in-house vintage collection at Urban Outfitters features "rediscovered" denim sourced from around the world, some of which have been tweaked for the here and now. Best thing? The prices are impressively wallet-friendly.
The vintage Levi's possibilities are endless when it comes to Etsy—too endless, if you ask us. Do yourself a favor and start with HeathersHandss, a consistently well-stocked shop of thoroughly described jeans and shorts.