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Thank you. The 1917 model is 17'' +/-, 44cm wide, so a bit large for me. Only if with washes could shrink for my size, but I do not know.
I bought a 1933 model 36W since I thought that it would shrink 2'' and so would be comfortable for me, but they still are large for me, so the reason of asking here for advice.
 
 
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501 sizing seems to become more of a nightmare as time goes on.

Once upon a time, the "buy 2 inches up" seemed to be universal. And it worked.

Sadly, not any more.

This is exacerbated by some suppliers (Aero Leather comes to mind) who still offer the above advice on every pair of 501s they sell, even though it is bollox, and will guarantee a poor fit.

I too, just like @Rhodes, have oversize 1933's for that reason.

I get it that different batches of denim will shrink differently, but if uniform shrinkage cannot be assured, surely it is possible to add a care label with shrinkage advisories on each differing batch?


Or, at least, tell your appointed retailers to stop giving spurious advice....
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I always used to buy rigid LVC that was tagged as my measured waist (W32). They were 1-2 sizes too big but the rationale was that they shrank to the tagged size after the first couple washes. I was pretty succesfull wit that. Recently bought a pair of new "one Wash" 1947 501's and they're perfect for me. Don't know if they measured and tagged after the "wash" or ...

btw those are my first new pair of LVC's in years and have to say that I am pleasently surprised by the fabric and fit.
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Hey: sorry: meant to reply

the 1915 I have (which was bought last year) is tagged 36w and soaked, washed twice and worn measures 47cm flat (i.e. around 37" waist)

have bought quite a few tagged 36 waist lvc in the last year, and all are in varying degrees shrinking but happily stretching to just over 36 (or more than - the '15 is prob. the baggiest)

yet, yes yes, the earliest versions I have (first jeans & 201s) very much shrunk from tagged 38 waist to a 36 and seem to have stayed there...

I think lvc has tried to have it that the current set ends up settling to the tagged waist, but aeroL's advice does not reflect that...

also: happy to take a pair of errant 36w / 1933 off ppls hands...
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Hi Guys,

This week i grabbed myself a first pair of Rigid LVC, a 1954 501XX. I already have a 76 and 54 pre-washed and i have those in a size 33. Good size for my legs and around the backpockets a 32 would be better i think but they wouldn’t fit around my waist. So i took the advice and went with a size 34 to size up. I shrunk them this morning and everything went well.. a great piece of raw denim! But i think a size 33 would have been better around my backpocket area.. there is some piece of denim just around there. In my waist it fits good, not to tight but a size 33 will be to small i think.. and in the length the are good as well. Is there something i can do to shrink them a tad more and ruin the raw denim proces? Already thanks i’m a newbie but i will stay cause i truly love Levi’s
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Halo, how are you guys?

I bought new a LVC 501 1976 model, 33/32 tag, but I think it runs 1'' over, because it feels like a 34/33.
I didn't wash it yet, so it could shrink to tag size. My dough is taking a bath with them or not. Wink
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That sounds about right to me Rhodes as LVC generally shrink to tag size.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote robroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2019 at 6:28am
I’d say tagged waist size. The inseam is always a bit of a guess depending how hot a soak. And the waist can stretch back out where I’ve never gained back any length.
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