Indigo, Navy, and Other Crucial Shades of Blue in Men's Suits

It's widely known that a navy suit looks great on every guy. But guess what? So do most other blues. This season, step into a less conventional shade of the color.

The Inspiration:
Dries Van Noten

"When I first saw the fabric, I was very intrigued by the color. It is so fresh and crisp that it immediately makes you feel as if you have been transported on a summer holiday."
—Dries Van Noten

The Hues to Know:
Cornflower: A washed-out azure, it's a more common color for a button-down shirt than a suit and looks terrific with a darker blue like navy.
Della Robbia blue: Popularized by a family of Renaissance sculptors who used it often, it's the color of the sky on a clear day.

French blue: A purplish blue more often found in dress shirts that can also be dashing in a suit paired with a white button-down.

Indigo: The inky shade of raw denim can be a deep, rich color for a suit. Midnight blue and Prussian blue are variants.

Navy: A very dark hue, so named because it was first worn by sailors in uniform. Flatters every man, without fail.

Yves Klein blue: A vivid, almost electric ultramarine the French artist developed with a chemist in 1960. Beloved by designers.

Photo Credits (from left to right):
Suit ($2,640) by Gucci, shirt ($60) by Express, tie ($225) by Ascot Chang, shoes ($345) by Allen Edmonds.

Suit ($1,605) by Dries Van Noten, shirt ($375) by Dolce & Gabbana, tie ($80) by Brooks Brothers, pocket square ($30 for set of seven) by Brooks Brothers, shoes ($295) by Allen Edmonds.

Suit ($7,571) by Kiton, shirt ($88) by J. Crew, tie ($195) by Turnbull & Asser, pocket square ($65) by Dunhill, shoes ($645) by Dolce & Gabbana.

Suit ($1,975) by Paul Smith, shirt ($40) by TOPMAN, tie ($98) by Theory, shoes ($620) by Paul Smith.

Suit ($1,395) by BOSS, shirt ($80) by Banana Republic, tie ($150) by Alexander Olch, belt ($45) by Kenneth Cole New York, shoes ($860) by Bottega Veneta.

Suit ($2,305) by Dunhill, shirt ($675) by Louis Vuitton, tie ($98) by Theory, pocket square ($40) by Paul Stuart, belt ($60) by J. Crew, shoes ($365) by Grenson.

Feeling blue? Click through our slideshow of celebs in great-looking blue suits.

—Styling by Eugene Tong. Grooming by Alejandra using Recipe for Men. Casting by Edward Kim at The Edit Desk.

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