To celebrate 100 years of womenswear, Levi’s® just launched a capsule collection called the Icons. Basically all of their time-tested classics have been reintroduced to celebrate the heritage of the brand. We’re talking 501’s and 511’s recut in a slouchy boyfriend cut, and the perfect cut off denim shorts. There are festival ready denim jackets, waiting to become your old favorite 20 years from now, and denim shirts inspired by a classic western cut. This partnership is extra special for me as a San Franciscan- Levi’s® is headquartered here in The Bay, nearly right in my backyard! The iconic brand is very much a part of the culture of San Francisco, steeped in tradition and timeless design. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a few different reviews of pieces from the Icons Collection. Have questions about the fit or the styles I’m posting here? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me (and see some other behind the scenes shots!) @CaroRooney.
For my first Levi’s® review, I’m wearing the Levi’s® Icons Tailored Western Shirt in Classic Authentic with a pair of Levi’s® 501 Original Shorts in Boomtown. The style of this button up reminds me of those perfect shirts you can only hope to dig out at a vintage store, or steal from your dad’s closet. All of the classic details are here: a masculine point collar with pyramid stitched panels at the shoulders, double pyramid chest pockets, white pearl snap closures down the front, pockets, and sleeves, and a triple snap at the wrist. The western look is updated for women with a slimmer and shorter cut.
The light wash of the denim gives the shirt a soft hand, and also makes the piece look more feminine. But most importantly, the lighter wash allows for more diversity when styling out looks. The Icons Tailored Western Shirt can be paired back to jeans or denim shorts on the bottom (like my look here) without that Canadian Tuxedo look. Wearing denim-on-denim can seem really intimidating but the key is really to mix washes and colors to break up the look a bit. Great accessories help too – I broke up my double indigo look with a vintage silver & brown leather belt, brown leather moccasins, and bold rose gold jewelry from another Bay Area based favorite, Svelte Metals.
Since I’m a die hard for structure and menswear style looks, I wore mine buttoned up and tucked in, but it would look equally perfect (and more relaxed!) left open over a sundress or a cropped look for summer. This is one of my favorite pieces from the collection because the fit is fiercely feminine, but on such an iconic menswear piece.
In terms of fit, I would suggest ordering true to size if you want a snug feminine fit (that’s how I’m wearing it here), but order a size up if you want it to fit a bit slouchier or if you have a bigger chest. You may want some extra space for a more comfortable fit!
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