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TBH by Emmie is written by a copywriter living in Los Angeles. Emmie loves metaphors, lists of all kind, vegan food and design. Although, what she writes about is continually evolving.



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How to Find The Perfect Pair of Vintage Levis.

I feel lucky to have as many vintage pairs of Levis as I do, each one feels like a gift straight from the jean Gods. The Levis I have are all from different places—some thrift stores, some department stores, curated vintage stores but never online and for the most part, never expected. 


What you need to know


What they look folded, unfolded, held up to you in front of a mirror, etc—is not at all what they will look like on. You HAVE to try them on, a few on actually in a few different sizes. Start with your true size, but bring the next three sizes up into the dressing room. Each cut and even color fits differently. Fun! 


One pair I purchased was so tight I didn't wear them for a year, then I took the time to break them in and they are my favorite pair of jeans. If you can button them and sit down, you're good. It took me about a month to break mine in—worth it. 

Now, I also have purchased a pair that I intentionally wanted baggy and I love them. So do what feels right.


Here, I made this prayer for you. "Dear God, give me the strength to try on as many vintage levis as I need to. May it be your will that I find the perfect pair. Amen."  Lmk if it works. 


Where to buy Vintage Levis

Where I've had luck:

The Vintage Twin, Soho NYC (They have a "Jean Bar" where someone can help fit you. Very helpful)

Fred Segal, West Hollywood 

Mirth Vintage, Greenpoint Brooklyn

The General Store, Venice (This store is just amazing all-around, finding Levis was a bonus.)

Duo Vintage, East Village NYC 

Where others have had luck:

eBay (I've been told to buy a way bigger size and get them taken in. You can find pairs for $30, but will pay more for the tailoring.)

Re-done (Expensive and mostly online, but I recommend finding them where you can to try them on. I've seen them in Barney's.) 

May the Jean God's be with you.