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A few years ago, I couldn't find jeans to fit. At under 30, I had resigned myself to a life of skirts with leggings. As a curvy 12/14 with hips and curvy bum, it was horrific. I felt fat and unfashionable and that wasn't nice. Usually, there'd be no room in jeans for said bum and I'd always have a nice bit of knicker hanging out of the top of my jeans, which I'd spend all day hoiking up, with or without a belt.
Then, two years ago, I happened along an advert for these new-fangled Curve ID jeans and thought it may be worth a shot.
The 'gimmick' is that the jeans come in three options, theres:
- Slight curve
- Demi curve
- Bold curve
These then come in three styles:
- Boot cut
And three 'rises'
The theory is that there is something in there to suit any shape. If you go to a proper Levis store, they'll measure you, if not, it's not hard to work it out.
In my case, I trotted along to the Levis shop, where a nice lady measured me (a bit like a bra measuring, only a girl gropes your bottom not your boobs) and was declared a Bold Curve (ooooo...bold, sexy). I wanted black skinny jeans as they suit me. At this stage, I still didn't think they'd fit. How wrong could I be!?! They fitted so beautifully. No knicker on show, no bum hanging out. I felt held in but comfy and very very svelte! They had a LITTLE stretch, enough to make them cling to my curves, but not SO much stretch that they felt like leggings, rather than jeans. Just what I wanted really! At £100, they were a lot of money, and I did baulk, but I had saved a bit of money up so thought I'd treat myself.
So that's it. Girl meets jeans, girl tries on jeans, girl loves jeans. End.
No. Not really.
TWO WHOLE YEARS and a lot of washes and wears later, my Curve IDs are going still going strong. In that time, I've dyed them twice because I am finiky about having my black jeans very black, but apart from that, the fabric itself has kept its integrity. They refuse to wear out, and I feel they will last me a good few years. I have 'cheated' on them and bought other fashion jeans since, but they are nowhere near the quality of my all time favourites. I always feel amazing in them.
If you are having issues with finding jeans, try these. They are a lot of money but have been worth it for me!
*MONEY SAVING TIP* You can find these in Levis Outlet stores too. I picked up a blue skinny pair for £60. Bargain. Also refuse to die.
Men's jeans, like their women, have to be the right fit or you can forget it. We are very picky on the ones we wear out, as we are with our women. I prefer the neat fit around the groin and thighs and so go for the slim tapered leg and narrow cut, any extra flare and bagginess not for me. Levi does this rather well. I did a lot of running and sports as a kid and so gifted an exceptional ass the ladies go for and although not quite as pert as it was it still sits well in the old snug Levi's. I have noticed that when women eye you up in the street and bars they look at your 'crown jewels' first and then your eyes and so why not give them a show. Before you get any idea these are not Status Quo fit.
Around the house, of course, I'm just old enough for 'dad jeans', the comfortable fit baggy ones that keep your legs warm in this horrendous spring but you could trip over the bottoms and ass-over-tit down the stairs as they are a size too big and long. I don't like to wear belts and so my casual jeans quickly begin to slide down your belly like a drunk on a lamp post. Being a trim 11 stone it's very difficult to find my size, a 33 what I would really prefer as a 34 is way too loose and a 32 is a bit of too tight round the gut. When I was really into rock music in my younger days I used to squeeze into size 30s and walk like Frankenstein in my leather jacket with aviator shades, not quite the Kevin Bacon look I expected. I would like to point out at this point there is no over hang on the devil.
To get the right fit pair I'm willing to spend a bit, the Levi 500 range always coming up trumps. I don't like those trendy brands with deliberate wear and holes in them as it mocks the poverty of the child labor that no doubt made them, extra big pockets and unneeded zips and labels also irritating. It's got to be a classic neat cut with no fuss for me and they must be as snug as midnight cuddle watching with watching scary movies with your girl.
Shopping around to find the right pair is the hard bit, most fashion stores offering ober trendy styles not suited to anyone over 25 and most of the big high street chains bulk hanging on their rails those baggy deep navy dye dad jeans. But it would be Debenhams that would come up with the goods, a surprise, really, as they are very much the middle aged and middle - class traditional department store, known for Jeremy Clarkson jeans.
The Levi 505 in question is the basic straight slim cut jeans, little flare and grip the thighs. They have the regulation four pockets - deep - and come in at around 40 quid if you shop around. They were on sale at Debenhams and I had a voucher code so why not. I rarely buy brands and feel tacky if I do but Levis did invent jeans and so earned their cool status, even though most are made in'perspiration outlets' in Mexico, not enough of that forty quid going to the workers. Some of these places in the third world that make the big brand jeans also make the cheap generics you see in the big supermarkets on the same production lies, begging the question on just how much of the cost was spent on labor and materials etc.
I have had them for two months now and they washed out well, dark navy\black my favorite color as you don't have to wash them as much. The first wash left them a little tight but they soon stretch out nice to fit my toned thighs (steady girls), as they are designed to do. Debenhams offer a two week return policy and Levi's pretend to a six month guarantee, they are that confident they wont wear in that time. For 40 quid I bloody well hope so! Now, time for the devil to go out posing in my new jeans to get the Sunday paper, prime pulling territory as all the pretty girls will be out waking their dogs.
I would never have considered reviewing a shop but due to the excellent service I have received recently, at a Levi's store in Cambridge I feel compelled to. I know everyone says, finding a pair of jeans that fits them an absolute nightmare but that really is the case for me. I really am a true pear shape with a tiny waist and with comparatively big hips, thighs and backside. Every pair of jeans I try on either gets stuck half way up my thighs, or cuts in on the front of my waist then gapes and falls down at the back. Which isn't that classy, I look like a builder that ate a lot of pies, I'll leave my vital stats below, so you should be able to see I'm hopefully not that fat. I am a mere 20 years old, nothing in the fashion stores like Topshop, Gap or my beloved Diesel have ever fit me (even though I own pairs, several in some cases from each brand), and I get told that really I have to shop in BHS to achieve anything that will fit my shape. There's nothing wrong with BHS, but for someone in their early twenties they tend I heard that Levi's were creating a range for curvier women and I couldn't wait to try it out.
I did a bit of research before I went into the store. They took measurements of thousands of women, of all shapes and sizes, and managed to class 80% of their customers into three fits, rumour is a fourth fit is coming out, which will fit the 96% of women measured in that survey. The are three types of curve currently available: slight (fairly boyish frame), demi (quite curvy will suit most women) and bold (for those that really pack some booty). I presumed I'd be a demi when I walked in the store, but the waspish assistant said she'd measure me just to make sure. This was done in the central foyer of the whole mixed changing room, so wasn't that private, if you're a little conscious. However, I did like the decor of the changing room, it was dark lots of leather and mirrors, with a general edgy feel, and most importantly clean. To be honest I did feel a bit embarassed being measured by such a slight girl, but we are all different shapes and sizes, so each to their own. This measuring is essentially done with what looks like a few bits of string knotted together but essentially, this is how it works. They measure your waist, then take one hip measurement 4" below this and another 4" below that, they take the measurement, measured lowest on the body (i.e. near your backside) away from the measurement that was higher on the body (not far from the top of your hip bone) and this should give you a figure which should be translated into a jeans curve type.
I don't work for Levi's so obviously don't know the boundaries for each but these are my stats, hopefully to give you an idea if you may also be a bold curve.
Weight: 9st 2lb (This gives me a BMI of about 20 - just wanted to prove that you can still be classed as healthy, but be made to feel too large to be able to buy a simple pair of jeans on the high street.)
4" below this: 31"
4" below that: 39"
So my curve figure used was 8 (39-31), this meant I was a bold curve. This surprised me, as I am Caucasian, but other blogs I had read seemed to imply that most in the bold category, would probably have more exotic ancestry that results in a bootylicious physique. Although I am proud to shake my booty and exact 0.7 waist:hip ratio (that's the Marilyn Monroe figure) around. I think I made a shocked comment to the assistant who claimed I was an hourglass, which was sweet, I'm not my top half doesn't match my bootylicious bottom, but the thought was nice.
Now came to choosing out the type of jeans I wanted, being a bold curve does restrict your choices, which I found a bit of a let-down. My main aim was to find a pair of jeans that were slim enough to tuck into a pair of knee high leather boots. I was unsure between a couple of colours so ended up trying about 12 pairs on. I then found out that not only were they all different prices, I'd watch that, but I could be a different waist size depending on the type of denim I was looking at. I was a 30" waist in a black denim version which were £70, and a 29" in mid dyed stretch denim, which were £95. I ended up going for the stretch pair in a 29" waist 32" leg. The sizes available are between 25-33" for the waist and 30-34" for the leg. All the way through this process, the lovely assistant was running back and to, to get me the styles I was after, so I never had to leave the changing room. Even when they thought, my 29/32s weren't in stock, she and the other sales assistants searched high and low to find a pair, that I could take away that day.
The reason I chose this pair was not only that this was a skinny pair of jeans that were so soft and flexible, that I could easily jump and dance around in with no restrictions. They also fit really comfortably on the waist and, to my surprise only moved slightly southwards at the back when I lent over. Result! The best part is I reckon I can also fill these out at the back by another inch or so, I will definitely be back on the stairclimber to give my booty that extra lift.
Right the way through to payment service was all with a smile. I have worked in retail selling items worth thousands, so I have become a bit of a stickler for customer service, and I definitely received it at Levi's. I'm thrilled I can now wear their designs, without the extreme discomfort most of their styles have given me.
The only thing I was annoyed about was I didn't realise that at the time they were offering a 20% student discount. I can understand why they wouldn't say it, but this is a small university town, and most people in my age demographic are students, a sign near the till would have at least been helpful, so I did lose out on just shy of £20. The strange thing is I almost always ask, but presumed as I class Levi's as quite a prestigious brand, that they wouldn't, and because I had received such good customer service I was almost embarrassed to pay less.
First Class Customer Service
The first range to fit hip shape, as well as waist and leg length. It should fit 80% of those in the 25-33" waist range.
A fairly large range of styles.
The denim all has a really nice feel to it.
Student discount may apply, it wasn't clear whether this was for a limited period, either way they don't really advertise it, so ask.
If you are part of the 20% this range doesn't currently fit, but you may fit the new style when it comes out. (Every cloud....)
To get the full range of styles, you really need to be measuring in at a demi curve.
At a waist measurement of up to 33" will still not fit all of us bootylicious lovelies out there.
Price - £100 for a pair of jeans isn't cheap, but for me this is better than paying loads for jeans I throw away, that never fit in the first place. This is also cheaper than those made to measure jeans that are available in Selfridges which are closer to £300.
Recommended for those that don't fit into the typical clothes hanger body type.
Overall: For being the first mainstream brand to acknowledge that women are different shapes, and thus need clothes to match, and a really excellent retail experience, I give 5 bootylicious stars.
Ahh, Levi's. Personally, I was brought up around Levi's as they have always been my mother's favourite brand of jeans.
What is Levi's?
Levi's is a brand famous for their jeans which also sells shorts, skirts, jackets and accessories, but tends to be known for its jeans.
Levi's for her
With Levi's there really is something for everyone. Every body shape can find a flattering cut of Levi's jeans and best sellers include the Levi's 501 Boyfriend (offering a looser style) and the classic 'boot cut' shape. There is also a range of 'washes' (that's the colour or shade of the denim, if you didn't know).
Levi's for him
Originally a men's workwear brand, there are a more styles of jean for men, ranging from super skinny to relaxed fit.
Levi's Kids range
Yes, now the whole family can wear their favourite brand of jeans. The children's range is a little more limited than the adult range, yet just as stylish.
Levi's have never let me down. I have always found the perfect pair of jeans through them, no matter what the occasion. Not only that, but I have found their jeans to be comfortable, flexible and very, very durable.
Levis - the original jean makers.
Price: So they're expensive, I would agree with that yes. But you pay for quality. I have had three pairs of Levis jeans for over two years, and they look the same as when I wore them on the first day! Really, £80 is just twice the price of other jeans, but you can wear them twice as much, and look twice as good.
So once we've got over the large shock of the price, you come to the style and fit. There are SO many options to choose from, I couldn't possibly give you a list. Obviously, there are the classic 501s, unisex and so versatile. Quite baggy, but amazingly flattering. I like the skinnys the most though, as I find them very comfy and flattering for my body shape.
The sizing means that it is very easy to get a perfect fit. In other shops, you get 8, 10 , 12 etc. But in Levis you get waist measurements in inches, meaning you can find one great for your size. You can also get your jeans taken up free of charge, to prevent standing on the hem.
Levis have now started to produce a jegging. With the comfy legging material, but the details and intricacies of jeans. It also has ankle zips, so you can create a perfect fit.
I would highly recommend Levis to everyone, as I believe they are of the highest quality and look so good on people!
I am presuming that as you are a media savvy individual and live in this world you will have at least at one point or another been exposed to the Levis brand? If not indeed currently having a pair of that red tabbed cotton placed between buttocks and your chosen seat?
So as the Levi marketing campaign has told us, Levi Strauss and friend pioneered what has become the causal uniform for seemingly all UK males, to be mixed with white trainers and whatever coloured top is deemed fit.
To my mind Levis jeans are up there with McDonalds, Microsoft and Starbucks as a huge corporate symbol of America defining all that is good (or consistently bad) about Capitalism, corporatism and the pursuit of money. However politics aside, to my mind they make a pretty good pair of jeans.
Jeans come in all shapes and sizes for both sexes and I'd imagine for little people too - not the vertically challenged but the ones who still have a lot of growing to do! Measurements range from a 28inch waist up to at least a 36 inch waist for men quite possibly larger and leg length from 30 inches up to 26 inch legs. Depending on the style and country of origin sizes increase in increments of 1 or 2 inches at a time both for the leg and the waist. The women's jeans range from at least a 26 inch waist upwards again in one or two inch increments with varying leg lengths also.
The people at Levis also market a vast range of fits and styles that are numbered: eg 501, 503, 504, 506, 507, 510, 511, 512 etc I think you get the idea (they also have some beginning with 7 thrown in which to the initiated I'm sure will mean something). This I find to be a useful feature of the jeans because I'm guessing everyone has tried on numerous jeans and found they like certain fits over others. The advantage with Levis is that they seem to stock a normal range of their styles that you can return to time and again if you want to be it in different colours. Also the fact they have numerous styles means you are likely to find a fit and a cut to your taste. Once that's achieved you can embark upon colour choices, the 80's ripped knee style, antique distressing etc.
Beware however having recently obtained a US pair of the jeans compared to these for the European market I can state that the fits are slightly different even thought the style number is the same. Although on this occasion I refer the more fitted fit of the version of the jeans I got in the US over the European counterpart.
Price wise it could be said that Levis jeans could be considered a tad expensive easily bordering at the rip off scale of things. Cotton usually feels of good quality and I have owned pairs for years that have eventually worn through and been patched up to drag that last bit of life out of them. However the more expensive they get the scratchy and thin the material feels in my mind? Therefore I have never been tempted to purchase a pair of these expensive scratchy jeans. However do not despair, despite the elevated costs come January or June it feels as though the shops are almost giving them away.
Jeans can be purchased from independent shops, Debenhams, John Lewis etc. However there are specific Levi stores that seem to have exceptionally good sales. Jeans that were £65 down to £12 (and yes they look like good jeans), plus they then have these magical tills that reduce them again...£12 will become a £6. This has happened on a few occasions although never quite as good as £6. Last time was a half priced £85 pair coming to £20 when scanned. It's also possible to haggle on prices with the store too, although you need to hope you get a senior individual on the till who may concede to your demands for more money.
The Levi brand now offers a vast range of clothing, in fact you exclusively wear Levi branded things everyday including underwear, shoes, socks scarf, hat and maybe even some dodgy jewellery. I find their non trouser garments somewhat hit and miss with the cut of their shirts often just not sitting on me very well at all.
All in all I am a sucker for the Levis brand for some reason, I don't think it's the marketing campaign, although I don't doubt that I'll have been subliminally conditioned to purchase these! I do like the fact that they are good quality, last an eternity and have numerous styles and fits to buy. Which when fashion changes their designs will move with them. As jeans go they are pricey to an extent but not anywhere near as eye wateringly expensive and poor quality as other brands. Also as I have said it is possible to pick them up for a fraction of the cost of the full price version as long as you're not desperate to have the brand new season offerings. It is also worth looking to see what you can get from the states. £85 jeans here are US$54 there which even with the weak pound and shipping works out cheaper by far (although watch out for fit).
Levi's....where can I possibly start with Levi's?
Like a previous reveiwer states, I am also slightly biased as my Father used to work for them and growing up I was a constant advertisement for them. At the time, this didn't seem like the best thing ever, as all I wanted was to get a pair of Tammy Girl jeans like all the rest of my friends. Looking back, I should have realised how lucky I was to be the only 9 year old walking about wearing made to measure Levi's.
Levi's are a quality Denim brand and one that deserves the good reputation they receive.
501s or the like, are easily the jeans you'll have for years which keep coming back at you for being the most comfortable and long lasting. Whether you throw them in the wash with everything else or even hand them into Dry Cleaners (reference there for any Office US readers!), the durability and quality is next to none.
Yes, you might have to pay a little but more for them but they're not a flash in the pan like some other "designer" jeans out there, they will last for years and will never go out of fashion.
It's an investment at the end of the day and it's just a shame I can't fit into all those clothes I used to have when I was younger now!
Levis jeans are one of the top range jeans available in the market without a doubt, they are properly cut, tailored and carefully processed. Levis Jeans last for long and it is well worth spending a little bit extra for a pair of Levis jeans, there are many Levis jeans styles and designs to choose from, so their is a pair of Levis jeans that fits everyone, no matter what shape their figures are! Levis jeans are very flexible and elasticated and comfortable to ware too. Also Levis tops are very stylish and well presented. They last for long too. Levis jeans and tops are not very heavy, so they could be packed in your travel suit case without adding extra kilos into your luggage. Also you could buy Levis jeans with regular or long lengths and get them altered in any Levis branded stores without any additional costs or charges.
Levi's is a brand that prides itself on its jeans. Their jeans are typically denim and they are very good indeed. They are very well cut and the denim used always seems to be well coloured/dyed even if you do not like the particular style used.
The odd thing about Levis is that they do seem a tad common and nothing special despite quite a high price tag. I prefer the boot cut of their jeans and this tends to cost around £60 which though not bad for quality jeans, you can pick up very good designer jeans in the sale for this price.
This leads to Levis in my mind having a bit of a picture of a middle of the road brand- a safe choice where you can't go wrong but is a bit dull. Whilst they do things other than jeans, I would recommend sticking mainly to the jeans, although they do good belts as well. You are probably best looking out for these on offer since sometimes you can get very good offers if you buy two pairs.
Ok firstly I work for Levi's so yes Im bound to be slightly biased! (Though I have worked for previous companies but would hesitate to call them rubbish)
Having worked for Levi's for nearly two years as a part time sales specialist in two different stores I will safely say there is a pair of levis to fit everyone, men and women!!
Men sizes range from a 28" waist to a 40" waist (it is possible to get up to a 42" loose waist which will fit up to a 44") with a 30" leg to a 36" leg (tho most go up to a 34" leg). They also offer a free alteration service if a pair is too long.
Womens sizes range from a 24" waist tho most start at a 26" which is a size 8 and go up to a 34" waist which is a size 16. (hence a size 12 is a 30" waist). They also make half sizes to which is great if say a 30 is to big but the 28 is to small.
They staff a taught to a high standard about they jeans and the brand. If you dont have passion you wont least very long as a sales person with the company.
We are encourage to try every pair of jeans on to get an idea of the fit and how they will fit an individual customer.
Hence when you come in store we can get an idea of what you want and which jean is likely to fit you best and match your style.
Upsides to the brand:
*There will be a jean to fit you!
*Well trained staff
*Brand with values
*Durable and long lasting
*You will be treated as an individual
*Have outlet stores!
*some people may find them expensive but you pay for the work than has gone into them
*Womens jeans do come up tight many people go up a size but I promise they do give as you wear them!
*Some colours are seasonal so we may not have a coour you want.
I hope this helps!
just before i start, i'll be quite biased as i'm part of a management team for a levi strauss and co UK store =P
levi's is quite far the best overall denim retailer around at the moment. not relying on the gimmicks of g-star and studded frilly bits and such, but providing a quality product, designed to last, at a competitive price.
if you can't find a pair of levi's to fit you, the staff member who helped you was crap, as i believe we have a fit for everyone.
my personal favourite is a 504, its like a skinny jean, but for people with meat on their legs.
they are a standard fit on the top coming into a tapered fit at the bottom, deigned not to hang over your trainers/shoes
oh we also do free alterations on any levi's jeans in the UK stores =D
this is sounding a little bit too much like an advert now so i'll stop.
anyways, levi's is a brand that has consistently provided quality for the past 150 years almost, and im sure it'll be round for another 150.
if you want any help at all, send me a message!
Levi's make some fantastic jeans and are will seemingly be in fashion forever. What used to be the clothing choice of workmen is now a must have fashion item. They make so many different types of jeans which is great as that means there is a lot of choice when picking out a pair. The jeans cost on average about £70 but that is well worth it when you consider how sturdy these jeans are, long lasting is one asset they definitely have. There are a lot of different styles, and have been over the years. For example they came out with a simply bizarre twisted design, where the seam twisted across the jean rather than just run down the side. Also the company make some other good products, for example i won a number of t-shirts from Levi's and also a pair of shoes which are excellent. A great brand.
I love Levis because it was the ??In?? thing during my teenage years and it is still is today. At that time, I had many pairs of jeans and the brands included ??Texwood??, ??Amco??, ??Lee?? etc. but I had more pairs of Levis compared to the rest. The reason was actually because all my other older siblings(I?m the youngest} prefered Levis and I was glad about it because theirs finally came down to me. There was this craze about wearing jeans each time I came home from school. There was one particular pair which I loved most. It was ??army green?? in colour and it was actually from an uncle. Later, my eldest brother wore it and following the line, I finally got it. It fitted me nicely. However, I could only wear it for two years after that. Now, it has gone to my nephew. The amazing thing about this pair is that it is still in good shape and there is not even a tear to be seen. The only difference I noticed is that it is now more faded than before and my nephew just loved it that way. His pair of jeans faded through time and he does not have to spend a single penny for it unlike his other friends. You see, the trend today is that a new pair of jeans would be faded upon purchase and the more faded it is, the more expensive it becomes. Furthermore, Levis jeans are very popular in Asian countries till today. What I am trying to say is that Levis jeans is very lasting especially if you had the ones bought many years ago. If I am not wrong, I think the ones that last long are the ??Original?? ones from United States and I am definitely sure that the one that my nephew is still wearing is ??Original?? and if he has a son or daughter later on, they may get to wear it. Levis can really last for decades. I am sure many will agree.
I only own levis they are my favourite. The sell in all colours, I have yellow bootflares, white ones and also straight legs in black, stone, blue stonewash, and there are probably ,more colours available. At £45 a pair they don't come cheap but they last well. I have had one pair since 1995 and they are still wearable the colour has faded a bit but that is expected. Levis also sell some wicked denim jackets and some nice shirts. I find the clothes fit like a glove just the perfect size. Although you can get levis in some shops and they are cheaper, I know this sounds silly but I find the fit is not the same as when you buy from a reputable shop.
Levi's new invention is twisted seam jeans, they are designed to fit more comfortably and fit arouud your bodies natural lines. The seam goes from the outside of your ankle, in towards the knee and round. Surprisingly they are not just a faddy designer phase, they do fit very well. They are quite expencive at between £50 and £60, but you expect to pay around that for a pair of Levis anyway. They are extrememly trendy, they look fantastic on men, drawing in their waists and making their legs look more muscley. On women, they look ok if they are worn quite loose, or if you are a size 10!!! The only problem with these jeans are they are a nightmare to iron because the seams go all the way round, you cannot iron them straight. Although expencive I would recommend these jeans, as they fit so well, they will last you a long time and you are buying from a well known brand.