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Faded Glory

Faded Glory


The return of distressed, faded denim

Above: Jean Jacket by Levi's, $98. Jeans by Levi's, $68; Boots by A.P.C., $455
Remember that pair of jeans you had years ago -- the worn-in, beaten-down, perfectly comfortable pair? Then came the call for you to go raw with your denim, making you work extra hard to turn coarse, skintight, stiff-as-a-board material into something you could one day actually sit down in. Good news: Casual cool is back. With looser, faded washes now the go-to for major jean brands like A.P.C. and Joe's, and labels like Topman and Dior Homme sending distressed, easy-feeling denim down the runway, you've got all you need to lighten your load this spring. Just think: All that time you once spent waiting can now be spent, you know, living.


Above, Top Row: Joe's, $210; J Brand, $249; Marc by Marc Jacobs, $198. Middle Row: Levi's, $68; Tommy Hilfiger, $79; Mavi, $98. Bottom Row: Salvatore Ferragamo, $490; Topman, $140; A.P.C., $235.

Photography by Heather Sten (model) and Shana Novak (still life).
Groomer: Campbell Ritchie using Dermalogica and Davines. Model: Rivaldino/Request. Fashion Assistants: Taja Whitted and Manolo Morales.
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