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The Strategist Guide to Shopping at Levi’s

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Anyone who has shopped a bigger-box brand knows it can be hard to figure out where to begin. There are dozens of options that all seem as worthy as the next, but the reality is that not all products from any given brand are created equal. When you shop as regularly as we do, you learn that many brands just do some things better than they do other things. Levi’s, with more than 400 styles of jeans alone (in nearly as many washes), is one of those brands — its expansive inventory of denim, whether wide-leg, high-rise, or skinny-fit, must be carefully picked through to find the perfect pair. To make that task a little easier, we’ve sifted through our archives to put together a list of the Levi’s garments that celebrity stylists, denim experts, podcasters, plus-size models, stylish teens, and other cool people (including our writers and editors) have recommended on the Strategist. Since these products come in various colors and washes, we’ve tried to include two retailers wherever possible to offer the maximum selection.

For women

The Wedgie High-Rise Jeans are not only one of the most recommended pairs of Levi’s we’ve written about, but one of the most recommended pairs of women’s jeans in general. Their high waist and tapered legs work well with many different body types and were praised by almost everyone who told us about the jeans. “They make my butt look good and are comfortable and easy to throw on,” according to Strategist editor Maxine Builder, who says the slightly cropped Wedgies are her “go-to, everyday jeans.” Le Whit co-founder Liza Curtiss loves them, too (particularly in black). “They hit well and always show off my favorite boots,” says Curtiss, who notes the Wedgies also have deep pockets. They’re a favorite among teens, too: “I tend to go for the Wedgie,” says influencer Lola Keyser, who describes the jeans as “a mom-style pair.”

Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans
From $90
From $90

Just as beloved as the pair above, Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans have, well, a straighter leg than their tapered sister. They made our list of the very best mom jeans for how nice they look on all body types. Sara Zucker, director of social media at KORRES, says they have “a leg that’s slightly slimmer than your standard mom jean.” “They’re popular because they fit you like you want old 501s to fit,” explains Bird clothing founder Jennifer Mankins: A “perfect straight leg, but with a bit more of a generous, modern cut.” She describes the rise as “high, but not too high,” and the jeans have a subtle stretch that Madewell designer Joyce Lee says makes them “super comfortable … without losing an authentic vintage look.” Dianna Cohen, the founder of hair-care line Crown Affair, calls the Wedgie Straight Jeans a daily staple, even for working from home. “It’s the only pair I’ve worn frequently at home during [the pandemic] — they’re almost as comfy as sweatpants,” she promises. “They look as great on when they’re still tight and just out of the wash as they do once they’re more worn and loosen up through the week.” Celebrity stylist Ali Levine describes their relaxed fit as modern while “still hitting the right notes for a mom jean,” and Richer Poorer brand director Allie Greenberg adds that, with 26- and 28-inch inseam options, they’re “great for shorties like me.”

The Plus-Size Wedgie Jeans are a favorite of model Felicity Hayward, who told us that they are unbeatable when it comes to style and quality. She describes the sizing in one word — “perfect” — and adds that the jeans “can be paired with sneakers for a more casual look, or with some pointed stilettos to elongate those lovely legs.”