Levi’s has a wide range of jeans available for purchase, and sometimes the numerology used for Levi’s jeans can get confusing. If you are shopping for straight leg Levi’s, you have several options. Which Levi’s jeans are straight leg for men?
The Levi’s 501, 505, 513, 514, 550, 551, 559, and 569 men’s jeans all are made with a straight leg design. It is important to understand that straight leg does not indicate fit. For example, you can have slim-straight and loose-straight jeans. Straight leg just means the width of cut remains the same throughout the length of the leg.
Here’s what you need to know about these different types of Levi’s straight leg jeans:
- Levi’s 501 Jeans – A regular fit with straight leg that isn’t too tight or too loose.
- Levi’s 505 Jeans – These jeans have a straight leg but have a roomier thigh than the 501.
- Levi’s 513 Jeans – These jeans are slim straight jeans and will fit tighter than other options.
- Levi’s 514 Jeans – Described as a “classic straight fit” – I found these to fit looser than the 501.
- Levi’s 550 Jeans – A straight leg jean with a roomy, loose fit through the seat and thighs.
- Levi’s 551 Jeans – Another straight leg design with extra room in the seat and thigh.
- Levi’s 559 Jeans – Another looser leg but with a shorter front rise than other roomy options.
- Levi’s 569 Jeans – These are the loosest straight leg fit that Levi’s offers for men.
If you prefer a tighter fit, the Levi’s 513 jeans will be your best option. If you prefer a regular fit (isn’t too tight or too loose), then you will want to stick with the Levi’s 501 or 505.
The Levi’s 514, 550, 551, 559, and 569 straight leg jeans will all be best for those who prefer a roomier fit. These fits will range from relaxed to loose fit depending on the style you choose.
In this article let’s take a closer look at these straight fit Levi’s jeans. I will discuss my experience regarding the fit of these jeans, and I will also discuss differences to consider.
Discussing Levi’s Straight Leg Jeans
Levi’s 501 Original Straight Fit Jeans
The 501 jeans are Levi’s most iconic style. They are regular through the seat and thigh, and have a straight leg (straight fit vs regular fit). In my experience, they are not too loose or too tight. If you prefer a looser fit in the thighs, the 505 jeans we discuss next will be the better option.
Here I am wearing my Levi’s 513 jeans:
One thing to note, is these 501 jeans have a button fly:
Again, these will be the best option for those who are looking for a regular fit that isn’t too tight or too loose.
Levi’s 505 Regular Straight Fit Jeans
The 505 jeans are another option that is made using a regular cut, that isn’t too tight or too loose. But these 505 jeans do have a roomier thigh than the 501 jeans we discussed above.
There are also options we will discuss later that fit even looser than these 505 jeans (550, 559, 569). Again, think of these as a regular fit, which means they aren’t too tight or too loose, but they are on the looser side of regular. The main takeaway is they have a regular fit, with a little extra breathing room in the thigh.
Here I am wearing the 505 jeans:
Again, think of these as regular jeans that aren’t too tight or too loose, but have more room in the thigh than the 501 jeans we discussed first. To read more on how those two styles compare, visit my article about 501 vs 505 jeans.
Levi’s 513 Slim Straight Fit Jeans
The 513 jeans are Levi’s slim straight fit. They are slim above the knee, but loosen to a straight leg opening. Think of them as a hybrid between slim and straight jeans. Might be a nice option for those who need a slimmer leg, but don’t want something too tight.
Here I am wearing my Levi’s 513 jeans:
This will be a nice option for those who need a slim leg, but prefer a straight leg opening. To read more on how these styles compare, visit my article about 501 vs 513 jeans.
Levi’s 514 Classic Straight Fit Jeans
The 514 jeans are described as “Classic” straight fit. That description by itself is a very hard thing to understand. Here’s what you need to know: in my experience, these 514 straight fit Levi’s have a loose fit that does not hug tight against the leg.
Here I am wearing my Levi’s 514 jeans:
In my experience, these jeans fit looser than both the 501 and 505 straight leg Levi’s we discussed earlier in the article. To read more how these jeans compare, visit the articles linked below:
Levi’s 550 Relaxed Straight Fit Jeans
The 550 jeans have a relaxed fit design. They are made to resemble the 501 jeans, but with a much looser fit. These jeans will not hug tight against your legs.
Here I am wearing my Levi’s 550 jeans:
It is important to note that, even though the 550 jeans are listed by Levi’s as a straight leg, they do taper in slightly right near the leg opening. This allows for a looser fit, but not a huge leg opening.
To read how these jeans compare to other styles, visit the articles linked below:
Levi’s 559 Relaxed Straight Fit Jeans
Just like the 550 jeans above, these 559 jeans are relaxed straight. So, what is the difference? These 559 jeans do not taper in near the ankle (so they have a wider leg opening), and they also have a shorter front rise, which means they will have less loose material through the crotch.
Here I am wearing my Levi’s 559 jeans:
If you want to read more about how these 559 relaxed straight jeans compared to the 550 relaxed straight jeans from earlier, visit my article about Levi’s 550 vs 559.
Other Levi’s Straight Leg Jeans
- Levi’s 569 Jeans – These are the loosest straight leg fit that Levi’s offers for men. They will fit loose both above and below the knee.
- Levi’s 551 Jeans – Another straight leg design with extra room in the seat and thigh. Has Levi’s unique “anti-fit” cut in the seat, which is a looser design for those who don’t like a slimmer, skinnier fit in the seat.
Explaining Levi’s Straight Leg Jeans
I mentioned this briefly earlier in the article, but it is important to understand that the term “straight” refers to the type of cut, and not the fit. For example, you can have both a relaxed straight fit and a slim straight fit. Straight just means the leg is cut straight and does not taper below the knee.
Straight leg jeans are jeans that maintain a consistent leg width from top to bottom. The legs do not taper near the ankle.
As we have discussed in this article, Levi’s offers many straight leg jeans that have a wide variety of fits so you can find one that fits your unique style.