Blue isn’t exactly a radical departure in menswear. For decades, guys have been told there’s nothing more versatile — and essential — than a navy suit.
But it seems, for spring, menswear designers have every shade of blue on the brain but navy, as evidenced by the sea of electric, midnight, powder and sky blues spotted on the runways at New York Fashion Week: Men’s earlier this month.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
You'll have to ditch the espadrilles if you're headed to the boardroom, but Lauren's washed blue basket-weave sport coat and trouser is perfect go-anywhere dressing.
EFM (Engineered for Motion)
A stretch button-down shirt with reversible camo blazer in palest powder blue, tailored camo shorts and compression leggings perfect for a biker's commute to work.
The tailored-yet-rebellious Snyder guy can kick back in unexpected combos, like these dress shorts topped with a French blue bomber.
His Cuba-inspired line offers suiting in perked-up earth tones "inspired by shades of old cars you see on the street there," Hart says. They're great terra-cotta, berry, mint but for less-adventurous guys there's this tweedy blue option (cigar and panama hat optional).
The look for spring is light and layered, with cool utilitarian details (exposed Velcro strips on shirt pockets) and a "New Uniform" suit in bright blue.
For something completely different
Landlord, an up-and-coming label from Japanese designer Ryohei Kawanishi, and a fave of hip-hop artists, rocks a reggae vibe for spring, with Jamaican shades of red, white, yellow and green. And then there's this pink print, meant to get you noticed. Call it the anti-camo camouflage.
Parke & Ronen
The brand known for sophisticated, Hamptons-ready swimwear is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and proves some blue suits (like these trunks with fishhook print) look smart enough without a power tie.
Daniel Hechter Paris
More a household name in the 1960s and '70s, the label returns to the United States this fall. For spring, expect easy casual looks and great outerwear, like a short trench so lightweight you can cinch up the sleeves, or this sleek midnight blue bomber.