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    Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
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  1. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    If it's the same measurements, then you're good. If it's larger, then you're still good. Denim jackets do fine sized up.
  2. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    My comments were not in that vein in the slightest. Look at the two most well known and classic appearances of denim in American pop culture: the main characters in "The Wild One" and "Rebel Without A Cause." The ensembles aren't anything anyone's father would have told them to wear at the time, and the characters are no generally seen as icons of formality and conservatism...yet they both feature jeans worn with the crotch of the jeans sitting in the crotch of the actor...and tucked shirts. (No belt on the Lees in "RWAC," though.) Those things do not necessarily make for a conservative and formal image – not with cuffed jeans, at any rate. My point was that the guy's torso looks oddly elongated and the jeans look like they're slipping off. Some people do that on purpose. But the guy is wearing '54 repro jeans and lists his style as "classic," so I answered with these things in mind.
  3. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    To me they looks super low, like when kids hang their pants off their ass. A tucked shirt, a belt, and hiking them up so the crotch sits at the intended point in relation to your body, will all go a long way toward making them look like they fit.
  4. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    IME, you'll get the most stretch by wearing them from wet till bone dry, during a day in which you are fairly active. 2.5" of stretch back is well within the realm of possibility using this method. I've had 4" of waistband stretch in a single day by wearing wet like this. It's the old trick for how you severely downsize 501s and still have them fit your waist and thighs; in the days before you could get slim fitting and/or tapered jeans, you'd just downsize 501s or the like. I'd dip them in cold water and go for a 5 or 10 mile hike/walk. Do that, and your waistband will end up about as big as you can get it. In the future, you should generally cold rinse first, just to be conservative/cautious with the shrinkage. 40C is not what I would use for a first rinse. I would just go with straight cold tap water in most cases, unless I knew the jeans were significantly oversized and need as much shrinkage as possible. You can always use warmer washes in the future, but it's best to test the waters with cold first.
  5. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    I, for one, find that the pre-type-III jackets work much better when upsized a bit, or even a lot. The slightly lower yoke and straighter sides make them more restrictive on the arms and shoulders. Besides the fact that I just think they look a lot better when not worn snugly. That said, I don't think the one you found has the typical lower yoke of the pleated styles. And also, as I said before, there's a range of sizes that will fit any person. And there's also no single way that people "back in the day" wore them, i.e. no such thing as a "vintage fit." Factory-made clothing has always been worn in a variety of fits, regular, upsized, or downsized. It's just the nature of pre-made clothes that they're going to get worn across a wide spectrum of bodies, in a wide spectrum of fits.
  6. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    It fits fine. The shoulder seams aren't inside the "corners" of your shoulders, nor are they dropping far below them. There is a range of several sizes of denim jackets that work fine on a person. That one sits right in the middle of that range. I would call it a "regular" fit.
  7. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Oddly enough, I kind of like those Cone Mills patchwork pieces that are coming out. I think they'd look great totally beaten and worn in, rather than kept as collector's items in their boxes. Does anyone know where they are carried and when they come out? I don't think I'll be buying any, but I would like to window shop.
  8. 428CJ

    Wrangler Repro Appreciate Thread

    2 inches inseam shrinkage with a warm water wash, and they just might be unsanforized. That's a lot of shrinkage for a warm wash.
  9. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Have you ever broken in a raw pair for a very long time before washing them? Raw is when the button outlines start to form IME. I started breaking in a '66 reissue and a '55 reissue in the past year. Both are very relaxed fitting, still raw, and both are getting early button outlines on their fly plackets.
  10. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    That's not stretched out. It's typical fly placket fading on button fly jeans. If you want to see some pix of stretched out fly button holes due to wearing 'em tight, I can provide a few.
  11. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    "Dark wash" is a general term for any denim that is dark. It doesn't always mean that it is literally washed. Most raw denims are dark washes. Wranglers would be one example of an exception. They are a medium wash, even when they are rigid. That said, Levi's naming conventions can be screwy and inconsistent. But if it says "Rigid" or "Waterless" it's never seen water, even if they use other weird descriptions after these terms.
  12. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    517s are very far from being bells. They are boot cuts. Very mild flare, which you can't even see unless you are wearing them as highwaters. When you introduce a break or a stack (as I wear them), the flares disappear. I love 517s. I wish seven belt loops was standard. Also, it's great that you can still get them raw.
  13. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Yup. I'm set for a couple lives.
  14. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Big E on standard stuff is fine by me. I don't buy LVCs for a letter. I buy them for the cuts and the materials.
  15. 428CJ

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Not easy to tell what they actually fit like, as they were not photographed with a the camera's sensor perpendicular to the ground.