There are certain things that every man can look good in – and one of those things is a navy suit. This traditionally masculine, universally flattering shade has been embraced by the menswear crowd as a smart yet adventurous alternative to black. Here are our tips on how to wear it.

Invest in Staples

A navy blazer, like the Brooks Navy Balzer is one of the smartest garments a man can own. On the scale of formality, it sits just under black, and can be dressed up with a crisp white shirt and tie and black or brown Dress Shoes. Ensure yours is tailored, working to elongate your torso.

Stick to a Tonal Palette

A tonal blue-navy outfit is a fresh alternative to the black-on-black trend. Keep all shades of blue on the darker side of the spectrum to ensure they complement each other. Alternatively, try all navy everything. The result is sharp, sophisticated and effortlessly chic. Here, navy can be treated as a neutral.

Mix Colours

If you’re feeling adventurous, break up the blue. Navy goes with everything, toning down patterns and prints while providing a backdrop for bold colour. The darkness equates to formality, while acting as a more modern alternative to black.

Wear it During the Summer

Navy will pop during warmer months, and will look fantastic with a sun-kissed tan. Team a blue or navy blazer with a linen t-shirt and tan chinos. For extra 'sprezzatura', roll your sleeves slightly with the trousers slightly cuffed. You’re instantly ready for dining alfresco or sipping on G+Ts on the terrace.