I love Levi's 513s but note with dismay the dwindling selection here on Levi.com and notes from other reviewers saying the 513s are going to be discontinued. The 513 slim cuts are more flattering than the slim fits of some other brands and are more comfortable, cut trimmer and casting a slender profile without cutting, pinching, or binding. The 513 straight legs fit over Western boots better than the 511s without looking stretched over the boot tops. I live in the Mountain West where I am engaged in civic and business affairs and need a bit of a dressier appearance, so I settled on the 513 black and colors (True Chino (khaki), Caraway, and Monogray, available from other vendors) for my dressy jeans. They are dressy enough, rugged enough and easily maintained so I can wear them straight from a meeting out to check a trail, road, irrigation ditch, or erosion problem on the way home. My only quibble: I wish Levi's made the 513s in a 30x34 because the 32-inch is just barely long enough for me to wear with Western boots, and I'm no towering giant. The Monogray works well with a variety of colors in tops - white and blue Oxford shirts of course, plaid shirts, Navy sweaters, and Navy blazers or blue denim jackets to dress down a touch. Please continue making these fabulous jeans - I've been wearing Levi's for 50 years and worn almost every cut in that time, 501s, 505s, boot cut, big bells, denim and cords, and these are by far my favorites!
About This Item
Levi's Men's 513 Slim Straight Jeans
- Slim through thigh
- Straight leg
- Sits below waist
- Five pocket styling
- Wash And Dry Inside Out With Like Colors; Liquid Detergent Is Recommended
- Online only and not eligible for returns to store
Country of Origin: China
Fabric Care Instructions: Wash And Dry Inside Out With Like Colors; Liquid Detergent Is Recommended
Most Versatile Fit
I love all jeans skinny and would live in them till the end of time. But sometimes you need a fit for any and every occasion and that's where the 513 comes in. These are an improvement upon the 514 which in my mind felt a bit too low-rise and at times a bit too loose. I have the 513 in Bastion which is a superb dark blue color with contrast stitching. They are stretch and do seem to run a bit big as I normally get a perfect fit in size 32 but with these I sized down to 30 for a perfect fit. I also have the Blue Stone color/wash which on the website is displayed as a very light blue with fading. In reality the color is a darker blue with none of the crotch fade lines as shown in the photos (see photo below). That was very disappointing as I was expecting a very light blue color/wash. In spite of this, these are still a great fit and I can only hope that jeans do not get any looser than the 513 in the coming years.
Please don't discontinue
Regarding all the concern about fit- yeah, the stretch fabric is going to relax a bit, slightly more than normal denim. (but 501's relax a lot with wear also). Just size down! They should start out rather snug. The 513's have a more rigid fabric than the 511's so they hold shape and drape better, and especially better than the garbage that black 502's are made from. 32 waist fits great in the store, but I go down to 31 for jeans I want to stay slim and buy 32's for work pants that I need more mobility in.
513's are the perfect fit for an athletic build- 511's are just too skinny for muscular legs/calves. I wore 501/505's for years but the low rise of these just fits and looks better on me. The 513's are just large enough at the leg opening to wear with boots without going full hipster skinny, and a still slim enough to wear with low profile shoes and not look like you're stuck in the 90's. I'm buying like 6 pairs in case they go away.
Please never discontinue, where they're at right now is perfect. It feels like work to wade through all the fit numbers and fabric variables, but I've finally got it figured out. Would be really into an olive/tan colored canvas/twill stretch version for hot outdoor work.
6'0", 175 lbs.
Good Overall Jean
I used to wear the 512 until it was discontnued. Found the 513, like the overall fit, would prefer a little higher rise. Otherwise is a good looking jean and not too baggy like the 514, but not so tight like the 511. Would like to see them offered in a 29" inseam. There's a lot of us short legged guys out there, I nave to shorten them to get the right fit. Prefer the Bastion colorf.
Turns out you can't just buy the pair that you have
My favorite jeans are an old pair of 513s that I've had for about five years. They started to deteriorate, so I ordered the same pair from Jet. These jeans aren't even close to the same cut. They're supposed to be Skinny through the thighs and straight through the legs. This whole pair is much baggier than the old pair, which is disappointing. But because I thought that the same style/size would be the same style/size, I saved money by declining free returns. Now I'm stuck with this new pair because I simply don't have the money or time to exchange them. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
I like Levi's. I like the fit... when they fit. I find that although I've purchased four pairs of jeans over the past several months, they all fit differently. They're advertised as stretch, but they don't stretch the same. One doesn't stretch at all. I need consistency so I can go to the site, pick the jeans and order. I don't want to be bothered with sending them back, just to try another size. I need them to fit right the first time.
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with how inconsistent Levi's is getting with regards with size and fit. I have three of 513's: 513 Slim Straight motion jeans in Franklin Canyon, 513 Slim Straight stretch jeans in Bastion, and 513 Slim Straight stretch jeans in True Chino Bull Denim (all size 28Wx30L). The first one fits the best. The second and the third are at least an inch larger around the waist. I compared the three jeans side by side and measured the dimensions and the first one is slimmer a the waist than the other two. I washed all three and the difference in the fit and size remain. The first jeans fits me the best whereas the other two feel a bit loose. I am really not sure what to do because I have been wearing Levi's for many years. But I may have to find a new brand to buy my jeans in future.
If I live to be 100 I will never figure out how to fit Levis
My last pair of Levis shrunk so fast they were unwearable within a year. This time I bought one size up. Oops, this pair is not shrinking and they are too large. I will have to give these away too. The color and cut are about right, but I can't seem to get the fit right. Anyone want a free pair of Levis?
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