Vintage fashion can mean big bucks and if you are ever lucky enough to come across any of these jeans don’t pass them up!
If you happen upon a pair of Levix 501XX Jeans you could be in the market for anywhere from a couple of dollars to a couple of thousand dollars. You just have to know what to look for!
- The tag should have a big E instead of a small e in the logo, which indicates that the jeans were made pre-1955.
- Make sure the letters are lined perfectly and the red tab should only have lettering on one side
- If there is a care tag, then most likely the jeans were made after 1970 and aren’t worth as much
- If the care tag has the batwing label then they were probably produced after 1986
- You also want to pay attention to the stitching on the back pocket, if it is a double lock stitch this means that the pair was made after 1978 and if it is a single stitch before that year and worth more money
- Look for selvedge, if you find a pair of vintage 501 jeans and they are selvedge denim they were probably made before the mid-1980’s
Heddles is a great resource for identifying vintage Levis
A GREAT GUIDE FOR LEVI’S VINTAGE JEANS IS HEDDELS
Selvedge can be seen on the cuffs of the jeans and is usually white with colored yarn in the middle, if the yarn is read it is called redline selvedge
- Jordache is recreating their older jeans since there was a surplus of authentic back pockets. To learn more about the process read here.
- Jordache jeans always used their signature horse-head logo
- Their jeans actually had a little stretch from time to time
- Jeans from the 70’s had a more taperd leg, while the one’s from the 80’s were more slim fit
- If you find a pair, it isn’t likely that they aren’t authentic
- Don’t confuse them with Sassoon! There will only be a single “O” in the name and not two indicating Vidal Sassoon (Sasoon, Inc was actually sued by Vidal Sassoon in the late 1970’s – read more about the lawsuit)
- If they are made in China, they most likely are not vintage but can still be considered retro
- Guess actually sells authentic vintage jeans on their vintage resale shop, prices range from $75-$150
- Guess has used the same label since 1980S so you will have to go by look, cut, and feel, For instance, flared jeans will most likely be from the 1990s since this is when they were in style
- There weren’t many fakes made so if you find a pair of authentic vintage Guess jeans it is not likely that they are fakes
Look for the label, it isn’t likely that these jeans will be imitation and they now sell for between $25-$105 depending on condition
- Aside from the iconic W on the pocket, the blue bell is also a distinct mark of vintage Wranglers
- Look for an ink printing effect on genuine Wranglers, imitation tend to use a logo that is pressed on with a machine
- Make sure there. is a tag on the inside of the fly
- The stitching on these jeans should be perfection no fraying or loose threads (even on well-kept vintage jeans).
- The jeans will be extremely soft
- Ensure that all buttons have the Gucci label
- Everything is spelled correctly
- Many of the older labels will have ‘G. Gucci’ in cursive writing on the label as opposed to just Gucci