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Levi's are jeans made for the doers, the go getters, the pioneers, and the creators, which is why the 501 remains a classic. They are my jeans of choice because through wear and tear they seem to become a part of you, whether handed down or thrifted or even if they remain your own through the years, they become beloved. I worked at a clothing store for a few months and my favorite part was helping these men find their favorite pair of Levi's that they had been wearing for years. Some were looking for a younger fit, and others were barely ready to hand over their shredded jeans. Even if I offered to donate their old jeans for them, they couldn't bear to part with their 501's or 505's. It was precious. Now as I wear my dad's old 501's I feel like I am carrying on their legacy, their years of travel, leisure, and yard work.
After cutting his jeans into shorts and cuffing them I have found the best part about these revamped 501's is their fit, they are giant on me. I'll be honest, usually they hang on my hips as a relaxed boyfriend fit which I love, but in this case I used my Grandma's sunflower engraved belt to cinch them, making their versatility their next best quality. I plan on keeping these jeans, and refusing to hand them in to anyone who offers to donate them for me. Levi's become a second skin, every pair I own, I cherish as a part of me, the parts that have seen love, the parts that have seen early morning walks on the beach, and the parts that have seen trial, triumph, and tears. These jeans especially have seen it all, from my dad to me, they will live the lives of many, and perhaps will continue to do so. My Levi's are my legacy. My Levi's are my second skin.