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Q&A: Why do you guys love navy and grey so much?

Q&A: Why do you guys love navy and grey so much?

Even the Thread newbie will quickly notice that above all other colours, we're fans of navy and grey. A lot of that comes down to our ambition to help you dress well. If you make grey and navy pieces the bulk of your wardrobe, you'll find that it's easy to:

1. Get dressed every morning. Navy and grey go with every other colour, so you can throw any combination of clothes on without worrying about whether anything's clashing.

2. Look good. Both colours flatter every skin tone and work on guys of all ages.

3. Experiment. Once you've nailed your staples, add colour and texture to keep things interesting.

That said, if you’re buying in navy, stylist Millie Rich recommends starting with outerwear—from jackets to wool overcoats to trenches—and trousers like chinos and jeans. Why? "Pretty simple: these items need to be durable and not show wear, and navy's a darker colour that doesn't show wear quickly."

Photographed: Oliver Spencer grey blazer (£349), Norse Projects navy chinos (£100), Gitman white Oxford shirt (£145)

When it comes to grey, the thing to remember is that it's less stark, and therefore more flattering, than black or white. So many of our favourite grey clothes are tops that will complement your skin tone: t-shirts, sweatshirts, jumpers and winter accessories like hats and scarves. Grey's also a great option for tailored pieces, like blazers and smart trousers, because it's not too businessy—so it goes well with denim.

Photographed: Research Garments grey sweatshirt (£35), Only & Sons white shirt (£26), Jigsaw navy houndstooth trousers (£54)

And to the guy who thinks wearing mostly navy and grey is boring, here's Millie's retort: "Dressing well isn't only about colours. What about trying different shapes, striving for sharp fits, testing layering or trying new combinations of tops and bottoms? If you build your wardrobe around these colours, you've actually got more room for experimentation."