We here at Denimology are so excited to commemorate 80 years of women’s jeans at Levi’s®! There are very few iconic denim brands that symbolize classic Americana as they do. With that said, here is my second (out of four) installment for the brand with a Levi’s® Tailored Western Shirt in Dark Heritage review! As mentioned in my last review for the Authentic Trucker Jacket in Forever Dark, Levi’s® stays true to its original roots with items from their Icon Collection such as the Trucker Jacket, the well-loved 501 jeans and Western Shirts.
The Western Shirt boasts a slim fit, with a durable 100% cotton fabric and detailing like double-pointed snap-flap western pockets with the classic red Levi’s® tab on the left pocket and front and back double-pointed western yokes. The Dark Heritage wash gives it a nice medium blue wash with attractive fading at the top and on the wrists and hems! As with most tops that I wear, I went with a small (I have a 34″ bust and 27″ waist), and I’d have to say it fits very well, just as the brand promises. I’ve never owned a denim shirt before, probably because I always saw denim as more of a jeans or a jacket type of thing and most denim shirts are baggy and sloppy looking to me, but the Levi’s® Western Shirt in Dark Heritage is great because not only is it a flattering fit, but I’ve enjoyed wearing it as either a jacket or a shirt. It’s denim, so of course it’s a thicker fabric so it keeps you warm, but it’s thin enough to stay true to its title! I like how long it is, so it has a slimming, lengthening effect on my torso which is great because I have higher-set hips. I can button it up just fine without it being too loose (which is one thing I have trouble with in shirts sometimes which makes me have to go with an extra small) or too snug—it really is cut just right. Levi’s® paid great attention to detail with this shirt; the snaps are a pretty agate-looking plastic lined in metal, and like the Trucker Jacket, all stitching is in a contrasting light bronze color. The hems also have just the right amount of distressing going on to give it that nice worn-in vintage look but the wash and cut keeps it balanced enough to give a more refined look to it! I like that the collar is petite and feminine and doesn’t flop all over the place and the pockets are adorable and are functional without adding any bulk at all.
As for styling, I’d wear it with almost anything in a casual getup. As mentioned, the medium wash gives it so much versatility – of course I’m a jeans person so I’d wear it with either light or dark jeans…today I’m wearing them with a dark charcoal pair of Kill City jeans and a red top! I think it’s a really comfortable, quick item to throw on for a quick errand or two if it’s a little chilly out as well. I like leaving the cuffs un-snapped or rolled up but they aren’t too tight on my wrists if they are snapped. I also don’t wear this shirt snapped up all the way (either open or just a few snaps closed in the middle) but I think it would also be cute snapped up and tucked in to a pair of high-rise jeans with a big silver belt buckle and of course, cowboy boots for a day at the ranch to keep it true to its name.
If you are on the hunt for a versatile, well-fitting and vintage-y looking (but refined) denim shirt, the Levi’s® Western Shirt in Dark Heritage is a great bet! Levi’s® has them listed as only $68 on their site but right now they are on sale for only $48…both are great prices for a shirt that really seems like it will last you a long time through hundreds of outfits and washes!
You can purchase this great addition to your closet right here.