by John Russel Jones

Originally launched by Levi’s in the 1980s, SilverTab became the go-to ’90s collection thanks to its baggy styles, inspired by the hip-hop and skateboard scenes. Just as Levi’s Orange Tab established the counterculture look of the 1960s and ’70s, Levi’s SilverTab was the official uniform of the 1990s. And now, after a brief reboot in 2018 — and a Levi’s SecondHand capsule in 2020 — SilverTab is officially back for Fall 2022 with a brand new oversized, 1990s-inspired collection featuring a campaign with actress Hayley Law and actor/musician Gavin Leatherwood.

Reviving not only the styles and fits of the original ‘90s SilverTab collection, the new ’22 collection also brings back the ’90s  quintessential attitude. Featuring the original silver-colored tab on the pocket of the denim and the SilverTab backpatch, the collection includes a range of oversized jeans, truckers, and shorts, as well as oversized graphic tees, tops, and accessories. 

Defined by their loose, baggy silhouettes, part of the popularity of the original Levi’s SilverTab line was the fact that few mainstream brands were offering those fits at the time. It was exactly the sort of oversized look that ’90s skaters and hip-hop artists were looking for, and which gave it just the sort of cultural cachet that defined the style of the era. Loose and baggy, cinched and low, washed and faded, with maybe a frayed hem or two: It’s hard to imagine anything more uniquely ‘90s than that.

Levi’s SilverTab is available now (Retail $29.50 to $108) on Levi.com, at select Levi’s outlets,  Kohls.com, and Kohl’s retail locations.