Men in Blue
You may have heard there was a little party thrown in D.C. earlier today. Yes, POTUS Barack Obama’s second and final presidential inauguration took place in our nation’s capital just hours ago and all eyes were on fashion, of course! But while everyone loves talking about what the First Lady is wearing, it was Jay-Z’s Tom Ford suit that stole the show. And while having an always stunning Beyoncé on your arms definitely helps turn heads, I couldn’t help but be drawn to how sharp this man–whom we’re used to seeing so often in black and white–looked in this suit with a complementing scarf, tie, and dress shirt in slightly varying hues of blue.
This got me thinking about navy blue suits. They’re like the coolest guy in school’s sidekick/best friend—slightly less popular and always second-in-line despite his unassuming charm. When you think of men’s suits, black comes to mind first but usually that’s if it’s a black-tie or otherwise super formal affair. When you need a suit that doesn’t scream wedding or funeral but rather job interview or business attire, you might opt for a gray or brown, for the somewhat conservative appeal. But navy blue… it pops! Especially when paired with well-matched tones, as Jay has so eloquently done which his inaugural style choices today. (Correction: Just kidding! It’s come to my attention that Jay’s suit is actually not navy blue but rather a blueish gray. It’s all those blue accessories he had on that threw me off. Time to go get my eyes checked. He would look great in blue, too, though!)
Take Javier Bardem, for example. Now, this man needs no help in the sex appeal department—just listen to him speak! But see how amazing this navy blue Dior Homme suit looks on him? Sleek and sophisticated, it speaks to you; telling you that, yes, Señor Bardem is ready to chat you up and buy you a drink. Okay, maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part (for all of us!). But seriously, had this suit been black, or gray, or brown, he may have seemed a little less fun, no?
I leave you with this final photo of another fashion-conscious man who knows how to wear a navy blue suit. And well, I couldn’t leave Justin Timberlake out because he’s all about suiting up. Suit & Tie, anyone?
Who do you think wears a navy blue suit the best?
This post was submitted to IFB’s Project #80: Menswear