Trend Focus: Blue Hues

Men around the world breathed a sigh of relief when the runways in Paris, London, New York and Milan sent models out in an array of blue hues for Spring/Summer 2013. Not only does the colour have its masculine connotations and wearability factor, it presents an opportunity for men to experiment with bolder shades of blue, other than traditional navy and sky blue.

On the runway, designers such as Paul Smith, Dior Homme and Gucci took on a timeless sartorialist superiority look, with Periwinkle blue or rich sapphire-coloured, sharp suits. Kenzo, Burberry and D&G chose to go brighter with a range of floral, orient and Aztec prints in turquoise and electric blue.

For many whose wardrobe is full of navy suits or light blue shirts, refresh it with vibrant hues of cobalt to mix wear with what you have already. The colour is very versatile and can be worn effortlessly alongside other key pieces including white shirts, grey tees and black and brown accessories. For summer, loafers are the best smart shoe to wear with blue suits or chinos.

For the cautious, try a pop of blue with a plain blue t-shirt, shoes or a bag. If you want to embrace this trend full on and flex your fashion balls, head to toe blue works equally well, or mix it with other equally bright hues such as orange and lime for a colour blocked effect – this would be a statement for social events and any up-and-coming weddings you’re planning to attend this spring/summer.

If you’re planning a holiday this year in sunnier climes, choose patterned shorts, shirts and tops mixing a plethora of blue shades, just make sure to wear one piece at a time.

Look to the high street for the latest affordable and new blue hued looks; H&M, Topman and Reiss have some great pieces to update your wardrobe, whilst ASOS have a range of blue suits perfect for the office and events.