Timelessly smart, navy blue is a great option if you want to keep it fairly formal but consider the occasion not quite suitable for black and the associations with that colour. You can dress it up or down, depending on the occasion, like teaming it with black shoes for the office or tan brogues for a more casual appearance.
There are many shades of blue, and with so many options it can be easy to make the wrong choice. Keep in mind that the colour of your suit invariably dictates how you are perceived. Have a think about the setting in which you will be wearing the suit. As a general rule of thumb, the brighter your suit, the more likely you are to appear in the background of a Miami music video.
For a more contemporary turn on the blue suit, you can opt for a neon shade. Vibrant colours portray a summery, fun feel.
If you’re looking for a more classic take on the blue suit, powder and navy blues are solid options.
Mid-tone blues are a versatile option if you’re planning on wearing your suit to the office and social events. Brighter tones may find it difficult to transition into a nighttime event, while navy blues might only suit the office. Mid-tones will make give you a go-to option for most events, and allow you to dress it up or down.
When pairing your suit with a shirt, think first about making some distinction between colours. You don’t want to choose a shirt that is washed out by a bright blue suit jacket. The easiest way to do this is to choose a smart, white shirt. It’s the most versatile option and can be worn with a tie or an open-collar.
Pale blue and pink tones are also a terrific shirt choice for a fun vibe.
White pocket squares are always a safe option, although pocket squares in darker shades of blue are also a nice look with brighter suits.
While your choice of tie colour is wide open, the colour of your tie is most often dictated by the occasion and your suit’s shade of blue.
Black or brown shoes are your best colour choice, although brighter suits also combine well with tan shoes. If you’re wanting to appear more casual, go sock-less with your shoes.
If you’re looking to appear even more casual, you can pair your blue suit with white runners and a polo.