I have only worn variations of only one type Levi's jeans - the legendary button fly 501s. However, I have always wondered about their numbering system and was unable to find out what the different numbers meant. It's not explained on the Levi's site as well.

That was until today. Searching on Google lead me to WikiAnswers and more specifically the question: What are the differences in style number of levi's?

The person who posted it also got it form another site but I think it's accurate.

Products

Lines include:

* Red Tab
* Silver Tab (this line started in 1990 and is marketed to a more fashion-forward demographic; the last five years this line got a make-over to resemble an urbanwear look rather than the traditional Levi's look)
* Dockers
* Levi Strauss
* Type 1 - discontinued but still available in Asia
* Engineered - discontinued but still available in Asia
* Circle R
* Red Loop
* Levi's Vintage Clothing(L.V.C)
* Levi Strauss Signature
* Next Cube Blue Print (N3BP)
* Capital E

Denim giant Levi Strauss has designed a pair of jeans, called RedWire DLX Jeans, able to control a wearer's Apple iPod music player. The RedWire DLX Jeans will have an iPod remote control and docking station fitted in its pockets, and comes complete with attached headphones. To be launched in August 2006, the jeans will cost approximately $250. Levi Strauss is not the first to produce iPod-compatible clothing, but it is believed to be the first to do so for trousers or jeans. No details of how exactly the owner will be able to wash them have been released.

In 2000, the "Launderette" advert for Levi's 501s was named the 6th best television commercial of all time, in a poll conducted by The Sunday Times and Channel 4, a UK Based Television channel & newspaper.

Numbered styles --

* 501 Button Fly
* 503 Skinny (women)
* 504 Slouch Straight (women)
* 505 Straight Leg
* 506 Standard Fit (men)
* 507 Boot Cut (Men)
* 508 Loose (Men)
* 509 Loose (Men)
* 511 Skinny (Men)
* 512 Boot Cut (Men)
* 512 Slim Fit (Men
* 514 Slim (Men)
* 514 Slouch Boot Cut (women)
* 515 Boot Cut (women)
* 516 Slim Fit (discontinued)
* 517 Boot Cut (men)
* 518 Superlow Boot Cut (women)
* 519 Flared (women)(discontinued)
* 519 Flared (women)(discontinued)
* 522 Stretch (men)
* 523 Straight Cut (men) (Thanks for the info Danny)
* 524 Classic Straight Cut (men)
* 525 Boot Cut (women)
* 527 Low Boot (men)
* 529 Slim Boot Cut (Women)
* 529 Low Straight (men)(discontinued)
* 539 Comfort Straight (men)
* 542 Low Straight/Low Flared (women)
* 544 Boot Cut (women)
* 550 Relax Fit
* 551 Flare (women)
* 555 Relax Fit Straight (discontinued)
* 556 "Billie May" Regular Fit (women)
* 557 "Eve" Square-Cut (women)
* 558 "Patty Anne" Slim Fit (women)
* 559 "Marissa" Square-Cut Boot (women)
* 559 straight relaxed (men)
* 560 Comfort Fit (men)
* 565 Wide Leg, Loose Fit (women)
* 567 Loose Boot Cut (men)
* 569 Loose Straight (men)
* 570 Straight Fit (women)
* 571 Slim Fit (women)
* 572 Boot Cut (women)
* 573 Loose Fit (women)
* 576 Loose Fit (women)
* 579 "Bobby Anne" Skinny
* 581 Boot Cut (men)
* 584 Boot Cut stretch (men)
* 606 Skinny
* 646 Bellbottom (Men)
* 646 Capital E Vintage Flared (women)
* 901 Tapered (men)
* 907 Twisted Boot cut (men)
* 927 Boot Cut (men)
* Capital E Skimmer Skinny (women)
* Premium City Straight (women)
* Type 1 Iconic Fit
* Type 1 Real Loose
* Type 1 Tough Boot

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orange tabs(europe):
* 630 straight
* 631 skinny
* 632 bell
* 622 big bell
* 637 big bell
* 602 big bell

400 series is mosts twill pants in Khaki and Tan, 1960s, plus stretch Levi's

600 series is an assorted selection, including men's black jeans, yarn-dyed (601), boys, mostly sanforized jeans (601, in the 60s, 602, 603, 604, up to 640)

700 is the women's series, including the 701 Lady Levi's (1935), 710 up is men's shirts, mostly twill (1960s)

800 is mostly Slim fit jeans in tan, sand and black twill. 801 is mostly shorts, in sand twill, Bravo Blue Twill, all from roughly 1962-66.

7 comments:

Danny Walker said...

I wear 523 how come they are not on your list? do you know the nearest style to them now as i cant buy 523 style anymore? cheers Danny

Dilip Mutum PhD said...

Hi Danny, There are a few other straight cut styles. You can still get 523s from Ebay and Vintage shops as well.

null said...

Read a magazine article years ago (90's)that stated the number stamped on the back of the waist button indicated the manufacturing site. And that they still manufactured in San Francisco, but those jeans, (just 501's if I remember correctly) were exported only to Japan. The Japanese are willing to pay for American manufactured jeans I guess.
I wish we could find the codes on the interwebs!

TomSchmit said...

Been looking for these levi's jeans numbering system for about a year. Thank you for the post

Shopworld International said...

Hello,

I have Levi's 522 ( slim straight )
And Levi's 501 X Coca Cola ( maybe Ultra Rare ) never used :D

Jocasta Effects said...

http://www.rmconnection.com/levi%27s%20514%20jean.htm

It looks like it's style then a color code. So good to know. I've been searching for another pair of my favorite jeans for a while!

Unknown said...

The 700 series is not just "the women's series," unless things have changed in the past 20 years, which could have happened.
I've always thought it was the "student fit" series--essentially smaller sizes, like waists from 24" to 28", of their regular 500 styles. I distinctly remember wearing 705s and 707s is the late 70s/early 80s.