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 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 business shoes, or dressed down with well-cut denim. Ensure yours is tailored, working to elongate your torso.
Stick to a tonal palette
A tonal blue 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 feeling game
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.
Team up different textures
When working with a single colour, it’s important to create contrast and a sense of balance with different fabrics. Why not wear a pair of navy chinos with a navy blazer and pocket square? Or your raw denim jeans with a cotton shirt and a woollen coat? This hits straight down the middle of smart and casual.
Wear it on warmer nights
A cotton navy jacket is perfect for balmy evenings. Team with a t-shirt and tan chinos, with the sleeves slightly rolled up and the trousers slightly cuffed. You’re instantly ready for dining alfresco or sipping on G+Ts on the terrace.