Levi 511 Jeans: Everything You Need to Know

The Levi 511 jeans are one of the most popular men’s jeans on the market. In this article we will take a closer look at the Levi 511 jeans, including topics like Levi 511 jean sizing and fit, best Levi 511 colors, and if you can expect the 511 jeans to shrink.

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These are how Levi’s slim and skinny jeans rank by fit starting with the skinniest and working back from there:

  1. Levi’s 519 Jeans – Extreme Skinny Fit – (click here to view)
  2. Levi’s 510 Jeans – Skinny Fit – (click here to view)
  3. Levi’s 512 Jeans – Slim Taper Fit – (click here to view)
  4. Levi’s 511 Jeans – Slim Fit – (click here to view)
  5. Levi’s 513 Jeans – Slim Straight Fit – (click here to view)

Levi 511 Fit

What are Levi 511 Jeans?

Levi 511 jeans are slim fit jeans for men. These jeans have a slim fit from the hip through the ankle. Levi 511 jeans sit below the waist and will show shape down the entire leg. These jeans, although slim, will not hug tight against your legs like skinny jeans.

Levi 511 Sizing

How do 511 jeans fit?

511 jeans fit slim from the hip down through the ankle. These are not loose, relaxed jeans. They are designed to show shape in the hips and thighs.

If you are concerned about Levi 511 sizing, in general, you can expect Levi 511 jeans to fit true-to-size (meaning the waist and length is consistent with standard pant sizing).

Here is a look at how Levi’s 511 jeans fit:

Here is a look at how Levi’s 511 jeans fit near the ankle:

Levi 511 Sizing Chart

If you are looking for the official Levi 511 Sizing Chart, you can access it here. But again, what you need to understand is these jeans fit slim through the ankle, and generally run true-to-size in the waist and inseam. Levi 511 sizing may fluctuate slightly depending on the type of fabric used.

Are all Levi 511 jeans slim fit?

Yes, all Levi 511 jeans are slim fit. If you are looking for more of a straight fit jean, that has a little more room built-in than the 511 jeans, I personally would recommend the Levi 501 jeans.

Levi 511 Alternatives

Both the Levi 512 and Levi 513 jeans are similar in many ways to the Levi 511 jeans. To read more about how the 511 jeans compare to the 512 jeans, visit our article Levi 511 vs 512. To read more about how the Levi 511 jeans compare to the Levi 513 jeans, visit our article Levi 511 vs 513. Both of those article use real photos to compare Levi sizing and fit.

If you want to explore what other type of jean brands are similar to the Levi 511 jeans (LEE, Wrangler, J. Crew etc), visit our article Levi 511 alternatives.

Are all 511 Jeans Stretch?

Stretch fabric jeans have become very popular over recent years as consumers seek out jeans that are comfortable to move around in. Not all people prefer stretch jeans however – some actually prefer 100% cotton. Are all 511 jeans stretch?

Although not all 511 jeans are stretch, the large majority are. Most Levi 511 jeans are made with a cotton/elastane blend which helps create a fit that moves when you move.

If you are looking for 100% cotton slim jeans, the Dickies slim jeans are made with 100% cotton.

Do Levi 511 Jeans Shrink?

Yes, most pairs of Levi’s 511 jeans will shrink a little bit over time, but overall, the total amount of shrinkage is quite minimal. If you care for them as instructed on the tags, the impact of the shrinkage should not have a serious affect on fit.

Here is a look at a pair of 511 jeans I have washed and tumble dried (high heat) about 10-15 times. As you can see, there is a little bit of shrinkage. **It is important to note that I use high heat to dry, but the care instructions suggest medium heat. Following those instructions will likely lead to less shrinkage.


Best Levi 511 Colors

In my opinion, these are the 3 best Levi 511 colors:

  • Club Space – A medium to dark blue blend.
  • Briar Knoll – A darker blue that looks good both professionally and casually.
  • Throttle – A casual color good for the weekends.

Again, expect a slim fit from the hip down through the ankle. In general, most 511 jeans fit true-to-size in the waist and inseam, although there can be some exceptions based on color and material. To read more about the Levi 511 jeans, visit our Levi 511 review.

To read about other options, visit my article that discusses which Levi’s jeans are slim fit for men.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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