39 Vintage Denim Looks: Levi’s, Wrangler, Jeans, Jackets, and More

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Vintage Denim Clothing

Our love affair with denim will probably never end, and lately, I’ve become a little obsessed with vintage denim again. While there are some intriguing eco-friendly denim companies that have come online recently (which hope to write about soon), from an environmental perspective, wearing vintage clothing instead of buying new stuff is always a great way to go. Plus, you can find some really special pieces that you’ll never find on the new clothing rack.

I’ve organized this post by clothing item type. And throughout, I try to highlight some great vintage shops on Etsy. But if you’re partial to styles from a specific era, one of the coolest things I’ve discovered about shopping for vintage denim on eBay and Etsy is that both sites make it easy to search by decade. Below are some links for your convenience.

Vintage Denim by Era:
60s Denim: eBay, Etsy
70s Denim: eBay, Etsy
80s Denim eBay, Etsy
90s Denim eBay, Etsy

 

In this post:

Vintage Denim Jeans

Vintage Denim Shorts

Vintage Denim Jackets

Vintage Denim Shirts

Vintage Denim Vests

Vintage Denim Overalls

Vintage Denim Skirts

Vintage Denim Dresses

 

Vintage Denim Jeans

1. Vintage Levi’s Jeans

Levi's Vintage Jeans

When I’ve sold things on eBay, what struck me is that brands really sell. People love vintage clothes with a strong brand attached. Sometimes you can find some awesome vintage pieces from an unknown brand, but I know a lot of you are partial to certain brands. So, I thought I’d kick off this post with the most iconic denim brand of all time: Levi’s.

Levi Strauss & Co. was founded in 1853, and they’ve been producing their signature denim jeans since the 1890s. Aside from some used clothing stores near home, my top places to search for vintage Levi’s are eBay and Etsy. But if you want to shop local, check out Yelp to find thrift stores and flea markets in your neck of the woods.

Buy on Etsy

 

2. Levi’s Dark Wash

If you love the look of dark denim, check out the dark wash selection on eBay.

Used Levi's

Buy now on eBay

 

3. Black Levi’s Jeans

And for those of you who believe black will always be the new black, you need to own at least one pair of black Levi’s jeans. (I’m one of you. :o)

Black Levi's JeansBuy now on eBay

 

4. Levi’s Bell Bottoms

It wasn’t until writing this post that I had the powerful urge to wear some bell bottom jeans again. Suddenly, I feel like my wardrobe is incomplete. And vintage Levi’s bell bottoms are in the upper echelons of hip.

Vintage Levi's Bell BottomsBuy on Etsy

 

5. More Cool Denim Bell Bottoms

But there are other cool denim bell bottoms! This pair is so badass, I envy the person who makes them her own.

Vintage Bell Bottom JeansBuy now on eBay

 

6. Vintage Wrangler Jeans

Wrangler jeans fit slim on the hips, and with their notable “W” embroidered on the pockets, Wranglers are definitely western wear denim. I always liked Wrangler because when I’d drive through Wyoming and Utah while traveling back and forth from California to visit my family in Colorado, it always seemed like the real cowboys wore Wranglers. While they’re not as easy to find as vintage Levi’s, you can definitely find some great used Wrangler jeans on eBay or Etsy.

Vintage Wrangler JeansBuy now on eBay

 

7. Tall Cuff, High Waisted Jeans

This looks is super cute, and the subtle crease in these jeans makes them even cooler.

Vintage Wrangler JeansBuy on Etsy

 

8. Vintage Lee Jeans

Like Levi’s, I salute Lee for creating different cuts of jeans to fit a variety of body types. If you like a higher waist, and the mom jeans look, you’ll be able to find it in vintage Lees.

Vintage Lee JeansBuy now on eBay

 

9. Calvin Klein Vintage Jeans

I sold some stuff for my mom on eBay when she was downsizing and it was her vintage Calvin Klein that got snatched up in no time. A Rocky Mountain Girl at heart, my mom had a ton of really cool western wear, including a sweet Calvin Klein denim jacket and jeans. If you like the sexy, slightly high-waisted look, you can find it in a pair of Calvins.

Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans

Buy now on eBay

 

10. Baggy Jeans

Baggy jeans dominated the 80s, and they’ve never gone out of style. This pair is by Calvin Klein.

Pre-Owned Calvin Klein Baggy Jeans

Buy now on eBay

 

11. Bedazzled Jeans

These remind me of childhood. They put joy into my heart.

Gloria Vanderbilt Vintage Jeans

Buy on Etsy

 

12. Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans

Another iconic brand from the era of disco and designer jeans, Gloria Vanderbilt jeans are a little harder to come by, but with a bit of searching, you’ll find the perfect pair. Gloria always focused on creating styles to fit different body shapes, and this is one of the reasons women loved her jeans. Etsy is one of the best sources I found for vintage Glorias, but you can also find some on eBay.

Gloria Vanderbilt Vintage Jeans

Buy on Etsy

 

13. Vintage Jordache Jeans

Started in 1969, Jordache is another brand that dominated the disco era with its sexy designer jeans. My friends and I would wear our Jordaches so tight that we had to lay down on the bed to zip them up. This was the time before designers started to mercifully add a little spandex to the denim. Both eBay and Etsy have a great selection of vintage Jordache, and if you like a higher waist, this brand will fit the bill.

Vintage Jordache JeansBuy now on eBay

 

14. Denim Knickers and Capris

I really like this look! Whether you find some vintage denim knickers or capris, or you make your own, this is a great denim look for spring and summer.

Vintage Jordache KnickersBuy on Etsy

 

15. High Waisted Jeans

Surf and City Recycled Jeans

Surf and the City is one of the best shops I found on Etsy for great vintage denim. You’ll find a lot of cute high-waisted style, cutoffs, and more.

Buy on Etsy

 

Vintage Denim Shorts

16. Denim Shorts

Whether you like to wear ‘em Daisy Duke’s-style short and split up the sides or knee-length like a hillbilly, everyone should own at least one pair of denim shorts.

Denim Shorts

Buy on Etsy

 

17. Cutoffs

One of the best parts about vintage cutoffs is that they’re easy to find. Either buy them pre-cut or make your own. Los Angeles, California-based Valley Denim is a great source.

Valley Denim CutoffsBuy on Etsy

 

Vintage Denim Jackets

18. Levi’s Vintage Denim Jackets

Whether you’re looking for a light stonewashed Levi’s jacket or a dark wash, you can find some great vintage Levi’s denim jackets on both eBay and Etsy. I like eBay’s search functionality in particular because you can filter by size, which might be the most frustrating part about buying vintage clothing online. Also, the most reputable sellers will accept returns, which is always a plus when you’re buying anything online, especially vintage clothing.

Levi's Denim JacketsBuy on Etsy

 

19. Retro Levi’s Sherpa Jackets

Levi's Denim Sherpa JacketBuy now on eBay

 

20. Wrangler Denim Jackets

Both Etsy and have a great selection of recycled Wrangler denim jackets. If you like the Western look, Wrangler is the brand for you.

Wrangler Denim JacketsBuy now on eBay

 

21. Dark Wash Wrangler Denim Jackets

Nashville, Tennessee-based Freakshow Rodeo is a vintage shop that specializes in all things cowboy and western wear. In addition to some special denim pieces, you can find cowboy shirts, cowboy boots, belt buckles, Kenny Rogers t-shirts, and the like.

Vintage Wrangler Denim JacketsBuy on Etsy

 

22. Black Denim Jackets

Black denim will always be cool. Even when stonewashed and acid washed dominated the scene, I do believe that black denim was still cooler. Check out the vintage shop Masval Vintage for black denim and other special pieces.

Black Denim Jacket

Buy now on eBay

 

23. Stonewashed Denim Jackets

Shop Exile has a bunch of pre-0wned jeans and jackets, plus some other cute pieces, including vintage rompers, overalls, and more.

Stonewashed Black Denim Jacket

Buy on Etsy

 

24. Denim Wide Lapel Blazers

It’s not easy to find the perfect one, but if you can find a pre-owned denim blazer with a cool cut and a good fit, you’ve got it made.

Denim BlazersBuy on Etsy

 

25. Denim Suit Blazers

Men's Denim BlazerBuy now on eBay

 

26. Carhartt Oversized Denim Jackets

Carhartt has hip hop to thank for a total resurgence in their traditional workwear brand. If you love a big boxy denim jacket, Carhartt is your brand. Carhartt also has some really cool vintage denim vests, carpenter pants, and overalls.

Oversized Denim JacketsBuy on Etsy

 

27. Carhartt Hooded Denim Jackets

Carhartt Hooded Denim Jackets

Buy now on eBay

 

28. Denim Motorcycle Jackets

Specializing in 70s vintage clothing, Junk Deluxe Retro is a great used clothing shop I found on Etsy. You’ll find a good selection of pre-owned jackets and other vintage items here.

Vintage Denim Motorcycle Jacket
Buy now on eBay

 

Vintage Denim Shirts

I have to give a ton of credit for my rediscovery of vintage denim to the band Blackberry Smoke. Maybe it’s my Texas and Colorado roots, but at the end of the day, I’m a twangy music gal at heart – loving country, folk, and Southern rock, and this band has it all. They’re just so cool and so sincere, and yep, these boys know how to wear vintage denim.

Check Charlie Starr’s denim shirt in this vid:

Once again, Etsy and eBay are great sources for really cool vintage denim shirts. And occasionally you can find some real gems in your local thrift store.

 

29. Denim Cowboy Shirts

Denim Shirts

Buy now on eBay

 

30. Denim Western Shirts

Vintage Denim Cowboy Shirts

Buy on Etsy

 

31. Denim Work Shirts

If you love the 90s, Repeat Fashion Store is the shop for you. They specialize in use 90s apparel and have some cool blue work shirts and other denim threads.

Denim Work Shirts
Buy on Etsy

 

Vintage Denim Vests

32. Denim Vests

Can you wear too much denim? I don’t think so. The perfect addition to your denim jacket and jeans or blue work skirt is a denim vest. But if you don’t want to go three-piece denim, vests look great with skirts and dark colored pants as well.

Vintage Denim VestsBuy now on eBay

 

33. Cropped Denim Vests

Vintage Denim Vest

Buy on Etsy

 

Vintage Denim Overalls

I’m not sure if overalls ever went out of style (or if they were ever really in style either), though the 80s band Dexy’s Midnight Runners definitely brought them into the spotlight.

Loose and baggie so you look like you’re wearing a blue potato sack with straps? Never mind! That’s what belts are for!

Here are vintage denim overalls in action in Dexy’s epic “Come on Eileen” video – harkening to the days before YouTube when MTV was all the rage.

 

34. Vintage Oshkosh Overalls

Oshkosh is to overalls is what Levi’s is to jeans: If aliens came down and asked you what overalls are, you would have to show them a pair of Oshkoshes.

Vintage Oshkosh OverallsBuy now on eBay

 

35. Overall Shorts

Overall ShortsBuy on Etsy

 

Vintage Denim Skirts

36. A-Line Denim Skirts

Legend has it that the first denim skirts were made by hippie chicks of the ‘70s who cut open the legs of their bell bottom jeans and added a denim triangle to create a perfect A-line skirt. Whether it’s a vintage denim maxi skirt, a mini, or something knee-length and flowy, you can’t go wrong with a denim skirt.

A-Line Full Denim SkirtBuy on Etsy

 

37. Short Denim Skirts

Denim Skirts

Buy now on eBay

 

Vintage Denim Dresses

38. Denim Sundresses

Paperdoll Vintage is a great used clothing shop on Etsy that has a variety of dresses.

Vintage Denim SundressBuy on Etsy

 

39. Long Denim Dresses

I’m partial to halter dresses, so I think I’m going to run now and see if this beauty is still available. See ya’ll in blue! :o)

Vintage Denim DressesBuy now on eBay

 

Offline Vintage Denim

Thrift Store
Photo: U.S. Library of Congress.

Sometimes the best place to find vintage denim is in your own neighborhood. And supporting local merchants in your own hood or on your travels is always a noble pursuit. So, be sure to check Yelp or Google to find your local Goodwill and thrift stores. Here’s to finding your perfect form of self-expression in denim!

 

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