A Little Ode To Black Jeans That Aren't So Black Anymore

Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
When I purchased my first-ever, great-fitting pair of inky-black jeans, I made a promise to keep them that way. I never washed them, wore them until they were embarrassingly over-due for a launder, all in the quest to keep them looking so black that they made my legs look almost 2-D — like they were stamped into space.
But, two years later, my jeans are now more heather-grey than black. They're more George Clooney than Dita Von Teese — and, it turns out, I'm sort of digging them this way. Black jeans that aren't so black means you've had to launder them a dozen times or more, which means a dozen cycles' worth of escapades and romps. My black jeans are no longer new nor black and I'm much less precious about them, too (in the graph of blackness of jean and amount of adventure-having, there's a positive exponential association).
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I'm sure you can buy off-the-rack "black" jeans with this sort of patina, but I'm willing to bet that most of the jeans ahead are the product of some good wear and tear. Take a look at how other women have embraced their not-so-black blacks and what they wore them with.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
These are just beginning to show signs of wear and tear.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
A stonewashed "black" pair looks a touch more interesting than regular Levi's.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
A bridge between navy and gray.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
Vetements (its entire thing is making old things new again) held up the faded-black jean as a icon worth reassembling.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
Vetements, take 2.