This feature originally appears in Complex's August/September issue.

Navy blue is the thinking man’s black. It’s done playing second banana as the alternative dark color and is poised to take over your wardrobe piece by piece. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with all-black-everything, dressing like you were dipped in blue ink tells the world that your dark side has an edge to it. Unlike the goth lord associations that black has, navy’s roots skew more utilitarian than anti-fashion. It’s the color of people who get shit done, and just happen to look swaggy while doing it. It’s a versatile fashion statement that speaks to cool confidence, not flashy desperation. Isn’t that what good style is all about?

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Hoodie by Timo Weiland, $215, available at saks.com
Pants by Grayers, $88, available at grayers.com
T-shirt by Welcome Stranger, $42, available at welcomestranger.com
Socks by Etiquette Clothiers, $26, available at etiquetteclothiers.com
Sneakers by adidas by Raf Simons, $455, available at adidasx.com
Backpack by Calvin Klein Collection, $2,925, available at calvinklein.com/collection
Watch by Larsson & Jennings, $550, available at larssonandjennings.com
Saturdays NYC, $45, available at saturdaysnyc.com
Bomber Jacket by Stampd, $330, available at stampd.com