Levi’s Wedgie Jeans: Are They Worth The Hype?

I have a hunch about why vou’re here…you’re officially jumping on the anti-skinny jean trend (maybe). Or maybe you’re simply on the hunt for some new jeans. Regardless of the reason, you’re on your research adventure, and low and behold, you learned about the famous Levi’s Wedgie Jeans. Now you’re itching to know, what’s the hype about? Are they worth all the buzz? Will they give your booty the magic touch it wants?

Well, fear not. I’ve owned my Levi’s wedgies for a few years now and I’m here to share a bit about them to see if they will work for you.

I’m answering all of your burning questions below, so let’s dive into it!

Note from Hailey: We all need a little makeover sometimes. This article was originally published in April 2021 and has been updated and revamped for accuracy and consistency.

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What Are Levi’s Wedgie Jeans?

Spoiler alert: I absolutely love my wedgie jeans. They’re what I’ve consistently reached for years. You’ll see in the pics below that despite owning them for a few years, they’ve held their shape, color, and fit very well.

I’ve always been a big Levi’s fan owning many styles including their infamous 5o1s. When it comes to Levi’s wedgie jeans, I firmly believe they are hands down one of the best styles Levi’s has ever designed. They’re such an iconic fit because they really know how to give someone with minimal booty (hi, it’s me) a booty lift.

Levi’s wedgie jeans are high-rise denim that sculpts your legs and butt to perfection. No, they’re not like mom jeans or boyfriend jeans.

They’re snug in the hip and thigh, helping give your butt a little lift.

Wedgie jeans have a classic straight-leg fit and come in 26, 28, and 3o inseam options. They’re primarily an ankle fit, but depending on your height and the inseam you choose, they will fall differently.

I own 5 pairs of Levi’s wedgie jeans, 4 of which you’ll see below. The 5th was a limited edition two-toned pair that I ended up getting tailored so I decided to leave it out for now.

Now let’s jump into your questions to help decide whether Levi’s wedgie jeans are for you.

What is The Difference Between 501 and Wedgie?

The so is an iconic and timeless straight-leg style. While Wedgies are also considered straight, they fit a bit more snug in the hips and thighs, in my opinion. I’ve seen varying opinions on the internet about the difference and I think it truly comes down to your body type.

Do Levi’s Wedgie Jeans Run Small?

Levi’s claims that wedgie jeans run small. However, I am typically a 25/26 in jeans and ended up ordering a 25 in all 4 pairs, which fit me great. However, if you’re a little worried they will run too small it’s always good to play it safe and size up. Above all else, I’d order whatever size you normally wear.

One thing I do want to point out is that different washes fit differently. You may have noticed that darker-wash denim tends to have a snugger fit across a number of popular brands. This is also the case for Levi’s. You’ll see below that the darkest-wash jean does fit a bit snug. I do wish I exchanged it for a 26, but it still fit just fine. Just can’t wear them out to dinner or I’ll be unbuttoning my pants at the table.

Long story short, if you’re thinking of ordering a dark wash then it may be a good idea to size up.

Do Levi’s Wedgie Jeans Stretch Out?

Not really. Rather, they form to your body as you wear them.

When you first buy (almost) any pair of Levi’s jeans, they’re always a little stiff. Wear them around your house, do a couple of squats, maybe take a jog around your kitchen to loosen them up. After a few wears they’ll fit you like a glove and you won’t ever go back.

I rarely dry my jeans but when I do, it’s because they get a touch loose. Nothing a little dryer can’t fix! That may be bad advice, but it’s what I do and my jeans are just fine!

Are Levi’s Wedgie Jeans Comfortable?

Are any jeans really comfortable? Eh, in my opinion, not really. I’d much rather throw on a pair of sweats any day. But I can’t do that because…life.

Levi’s wedgie jeans are comfortable for being jeans! Would I wear them on a long flight? Probably not. But would I wear them out for an entire day? Yes! They also get more comfortable the more you wear them as, again, they mold to your body.

Should You Size Up Or Down In Levis?

We all know that women’s sizing in America is messed up. You can be a 2 in one brand and an 8 in another. It’s very confusing and can cause a lot of frustration, especially if you’re someone who is frequently in between sizes like me.

I go in between a o-2 and wear a size 25 in my Levi’s. If you don’t know your size in Levi’s jeans, I have two suggestions for you.

First, grab a measuring tape and refer to this size guide. Measure your waist, hips, and inseam. Then refer to the chart to see what size is best for you.

Second, if you don’t want to do that but you have a general idea of what size you are, simply order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t work. It’s that easy and I do it all the time.

Do Wedgie Jeans Give You A Wedgie?

LOL. No. This was such a common question when I was doing my research for this article.

Wedgie jeans will not give you a wedgie. You won’t be picking a wedgie all day when wearing them. They’re simply called wedgie jeans because they’re designed to lift your booty and make it look flattering. There is no wedgie-picking over here!

What’s The Difference Between Levi’s Wedgie and Levi’s Wedgie Icon?

When I first purchased my Levi’s wedgie jeans, they did not offer these two styles. After doing some research, it looks like the Levi’s Wedgie has a straight leg while the Levi’s Wedgie Icon has a tapered leg. Frankly, I don’t see much of a difference but that’s just me.

My Favorite Wedgie Jeans

Now we’re going to dive into the wedgie jeans that I own. Please note that some of these washes may not be available on the website as I purchased them a few years ago. However, I’ve linked some similar options for your to explore. Let’s get into it!

Levi’s Wedgie – Light Wash

Light wash levi's wedgie jeans

A light-wash pair of denim is a breath of fresh air in any wardrobe. I particularly love a light-wash in the summer t give an effortless, airy vibe to any outfit. Light wash has a sense of casual elegance which helps it transition between occasions.

The above pair has a slight acid wash to them, which gives it a vintage-inspired aesthetic, nodding to the classics. This pair, in “Light Tango” will give you the touch of retro flair your wardrobe wants. Brighten up your wardrobe with the undeniable allure of light-wash denim.

Levi’s Wedgie – Medium Wash

medium wash levi's wedgie jeans

These were one of the first pairs of wedgie jeans I purchased. I love the explored button fly and the wash! Sadly, this pair isn’t available for purchase anymore (the wash is called “Middle Sister”) but I’ve linked two of my favorite medium-wash jeans below.

Medium-wash jeans are the perfect humble hue for any wardrobe. It’s the embodiment of casual cool that adds a touch of laid-back charm to any outfit. Medium wash is like the friend that gets along with anyone because you can dress it up or down. This timeless piece will never go out of style, no matter the season. Plus, look at the wonders it can do to your booty!

Levi’s Wedgie – Dark Wash

dark wash levi's wedgie jeans

You really can’t deny the universal wardrobe need for a pair of dark-wash jeans! Dark-wash jeans will be the chameleon of your style. Need an outfit for a weekend brunch? Dark-wash jeans are your answer. Planning a night out? Dark-wash jeans. You get the point.

As you can see in the picture, they are definitely a bit snug (especially in the thigh) but they still work. Again, I continue to reiterate that if you’re going to purchase dark wash denim it may be a good idea to size up.

These jeans are incredibly versatile and flattering no matter your shape. This wash has a tendency to adapt to any figure or any occasion, making it the best secret weapon your wardrobe needs. This wash is called “Life’s Work”.

Levi’s Wedgie – Distressed

distressed levi's wedgie jeans

It might sound a little dramatic, but I view distressed denim as the rebel of the fashion world. Artfully placed rips, tears, and frayed edges can take any piece of denim from boring to edgy. They’re the perfect way to exude an effortlessly cool style if you’re looking for some jeans with lived-in authenticity.

Distressed jeans are like a creative playground for your style. You can dress them up with a tailored blazer and heels or dress them down with a band tee and white sneakers for a street-style look. While the jeans seen above (in the shade “Tango Fray”) may not be the most edgy in the world, they certainly add a little bit of flavor to my wardrobe.

Final Thoughts

See ya, skinny jeans. Hello, wedgie jeans! If you buy these jeans, you absolutely will not regret it. They’re my favorite style that Levi’s offers and if you know Levi’s, you know they’ll last forever. I haven’t purchased a single pair of jeans since I bought these a few years ago. That’s love right there!

With love or whatever,

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  1. Not size shame or anything but you need to put some different sized women wearing the jeans to show all women what they look like on different body types not just skinny girls. And don’t get me wrong I think all women are beautiful but I’m a big girl and you know I would like to see what they look like too.

    1. Hi Jodee! Thanks for your feedback. This is my personal blog so that’s me in all of the pictures and I wrote this article and reviewed the product solo. I apologize that all body types weren’t represented here. I’ve worked in the fashion industry for nearly 8 years now and recognize the misrepresentation of varying body types. Unfortunately, my blog is still very new and I don’t have the budget to hire models of various sizes and purchase a multitude of varying sizes of Levi’s wedgie jeans. However, I will keep this in mind moving forward.

      If you’re seeking others with different body types wearing these jeans, I highly suggest searching #wedgiejeans or even #levisjeans on Instagram to see UGC of others in the jeans. I also suggest checking out American Eagle’s denim section. The jeans are of great quality and they also make an effort to represent all body types, something which Levi’s needs to be better at. Thanks for reading! Xx