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Our stylists' favourite items from their own wardrobes

Our stylists' favourite items from their own wardrobes

When you think of your favourite items of clothing, the comfiest, most versatile, or the longest-lasting pieces probably spring to mind. There are the pieces that remind you of good times, the ones that have seen you through the years without going out of style, and the ones that define your personal style. Our stylists have these favourite pieces too, and they’re probably not too dissimilar from your own – they just know a few extra tricks for how to wear them in new ways. Let’s steal them, shall we?

Toby's black-on-black pieces

Why they’re a favourite

My wardrobe consists mainly of black and second-hand clothing. These two items meet in that Venn diagram. My shirt is from one of my favourite brands, Our Legacy. They often recreate classic garments with subtle modern additions or twists like this classic Oxford-style shirt made from an overdyed denim fabric. The trousers are a recent addition but are something that I’d been searching for and was desperate to own. They’re from Belgian fashion house Ann Demeulemeester, which designs dark and flowy gothic items that I’ve fallen in love with over the last few years. My Dr Martens have reached the point where the leather is so worn that they’re incredibly comfy and a consistent part of my wardrobe that goes with almost everything else I own.”

How he styles them

I often like mixing vintage-inspired items with contemporary silhouettes, so this shirt was a must-have for me when I saw it. It goes perfectly with the outrageously flared and high-waisted trousers for a loose, 1970s feel. Finish the look off with chunky Dr Martens, and you’re good to go.”

Why you should try them

Toby bought these Dr Martens the first week he lived in London, seven years ago. “They have been worn through thick and thin – I cannot recommend getting a pair of these enough,” he says.

Luke's chunky knits

Why they’re a favourite

I’ve changed my wardrobe up pretty consistently over the years, but one staple that I always seem to have in my wardrobe is a really comfortable, versatile navy knit. I’m not really a hoodie guy so this is as close as I get to that casual look. It’s like how Mark Zuckerberg has his grey t-shirt that he wears everyday to apparently help him save brain power for making other decisions. It’s super boring in a way but the fact is, having something that I know will look good on me no matter what is really comforting.”

How he styles them

This is my everyday uniform: my navy knit, relaxed trousers, and canvas trainers. It works, it’s comfortable, and it feels true to me.” 

Why you should try it

This particular knit from YMC is made in Scotland from Shetland wool, which is both light and super cosy. “It’s been brushed so it has a really great bobbly texture and it looks great with both jeans and relaxed trousers,” Luke says.

Alexander's triple denim

Why they’re a favourite

This outfit seemed like a bold choice at first, but it has become so well-worn that it’s known as an ‘Alexander’ look in the Thread office. If double denim is the Canadian tux then I guess this must be the Canadian morning suit," he says. 

How he styles them

Every now and then, I like to experiment with outfit combinations – so my clients don’t have to – and last year this was the daring outfit I went for. I break up the denim with different colours, tones, and washes. This helps to keep the outfit fresh and interesting, and not too in-your-face.”

Why you should try it

Triple denim isn’t for the faint hearted, but it’s a look I use to help inspire simpler styling choices. Each piece works as a stand-alone in other outfits too, so it’s made up of versatile items that I wear again and again.”

Freddie's vintage-inspired pieces

Why they’re a favourite

“These trousers by Sefr have a really stylish, 70s rock ‘n’ roll feel to them. Harry Styles’ new aesthetic has got me wanting even wider-leg trousers and big floppy collars, and Sefr provides them. My sweater vest is from Cos. It’s great for layering for warmth without any stuffiness, which I find can get hot and irritating under the arms with long-sleeved pieces.”

How he styles them

“I love layering the sweater vest over a t-shirt on warmer days, but it also insulates well underneath a coat or jacket when it’s cold out. This look has a slightly preppy, collegiate feel to it, which is something I enjoy trying to weave into my outfits.”

Why you should try it

“Sefr uses great fabrics and the construction is really high quality, which is why they’re one of my favourite brands at the moment.”


Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing, Luke McDonald, Alexander McCalla