8X2 is striking in the sense that the dirty yellowishness and dark blue color around it makes it great contrast and also the distressed look. Dirtiness has to be in a subtle and thoughtful way.
I do not think 8880M is plain. 8880M is great in the sense that certain parts of the jean has so much exposed to the light
(near the pockets for example), they look like milky blue white and reflexive in light. The different contrasts of blue makes it unique.
As far as 880M concerned, the two large patches at the ankles killed the whole jeans. Same question. What they were thinking? But the rest of the jeans is great in color of beautiful yellowishness and blue and dirty. I wear 30 in length. So I ordered 34L so that I can hem it to 30L to remove those large patches.