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"While I totally appreciate the all-American feel of a pair of faded jeans, I'll always be Team Dark Denim. A deep indigo (or even black) rinse is not only slimming, but infinitely more polished than a bleached-out one. On the rare occasion that I don some denim, I always ask myself 'What Would Sofia Coppola Wear?'—and the answer's usually a pair of ultra-dark skinnies with a not-very-low rise. They just feel so French!" - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor
"Faded jeans look like you're about to referee a softball game. Dark jeans look like you're smart and sleek. You decide which is better." - Lance Weiss, Research Team
"Dark denim is classic and it looks good with everything. It also lasts through multiple seasons! But be careful you don't over-wash or they'll fade fast." - Hillary McDaniels, Digital Production Assistant
"I say why choose? Wear both at the same time!" - Jayna Maleri, Senior Fashion Writer
"While I'm generally partial to dark denim—let's face it, it's more flattering—a well-fitting pair of faded jeans can really freshen up a stale look, especially in cooler months when black skinnies, boots, and an oversized sweater becomes your de facto uniform. The pair I'm loving right now are Seven For All Mankind's The Skinny in Oceanside. Size down, as they stretch out! (Unless a little oversized is the look you're going for.) Pair them with bright jewelry and a pair of statement sunnies in the dead of winter. S.A.D.D. begone!" - Verena von Pfetten, Executive Digital Editor
"I get the appeal of dark denim, but I've always preferred the look of faded jeans—particularly in the summer. Few looks are as simple and classic as faded jeans, a white t-shirt and Chucks. Why mess with that? Not that you couldn't do it with dark jeans, but faded is better." - John Jannuzzi, Contributing Digital Editor