preposition: [in/of] hats and ties

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preposition: [in/of] hats and ties

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I have made up the sentences below.

(1a) I love different colours of hats and ties.
(1b) I love different colours in hats and ties.

(2a) I love hats and ties of different colours.
(2b) I love hats and ties in different colours.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think "of" is correct. My other friends think 'in" is correct. To my non-native ears, I think both are okay. Please give me your answer. Thank you for your time and help.
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Re: preposition: [in/of] hats and ties

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Only (2a) is completely idiomatic.
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