LEVI'S 501 VINTAGE 1978

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LEVI'S 501 VINTAGE 1978

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Washing Your 501 Shrink-To-Fit

There are multiple theories when it comes to washing or not washing your jeans. Though many recommend wearing for as long as possible before washing and it’s hard for some to soak a crisp pair of raw jeans, it’s the most important step to give your denim a long life (as you’ll lessen the chance of rips, tears, and pesky blowouts).

We’ve covered soaking raw denim in previous articles, but have re-capped below in the context of the Shrink-To-Fit.

Step 1

Fill a tub with the hottest water available. Fill it up halfway or at least enough so the pair can be fully submerged underwater.

Step 2

Next, find items that can help hold down the pair underwater since jeans tend to float. Have the pair sit in the tub submerged for at least 20 minutes, you will see a bluish tint around the edge of the water since the indigo is slightly bleeding out.

Step 3

Once the 20 minutes have passed, hang your pair over a shower or tub since it will drip. Once you feel the pants are moist (not wet) put them on to ensure that your pair doesn’t shrink past your hips. This method also tends to make a better fit since it drys up on your body.

Step 4

Wear the pair until they have fully dried. Be careful to not sit on any  furniture or walk on white carpet if your pair tends to drag at all since it will bleed and stain.

Step 5

You’ve successfully shrunk your STF pair, now wear as much as desired.

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