Fifty ways to rock a blue suit

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Blue, as regular readers already know, is the new black. It's versatile in summer, winter, corporate or for pleasure.

Blue has never been more popular for men's suits. The spectrum ranges from bright Napoli blues, to lighter hues and, of course, darker midnight blues that can be worn with almost anything.

Knowing what to wear with a blue suit can be a difficult – and, at times, boring – choice. You'll either wear more blue, or you'll pick some random colour and really mess things up. Then comes the 'brown shoes or black' question. What about the shirt, will pink or white work? So many questions.

To help answer a few, we've put together a selection of our favourite street, celebrity and catalogue shots that showcase the very best in blue suits. Flick through 50 examples of men doing blue suits like men should. You'll find single-breasted as well as some double-breasted suits.

Expert tip from Drew Hoare, M.J.Bale marketing manager

"The phrase 'Blue is the new Navy' has been thrown around a bit lately, and whilst a classic navy suit is hard to beat, a look around any major city in the world suggests the time for the Blue suit is right now.

"With the ubiquity of the navy suit in recent years, blue allows for a similar versatility in the shirt/tie combination (it will go with almost anything), but has significantly more punch in the street/office/pub. However, be careful with the tonality; electric or violent blues are best avoided, two to three shades lighter than your Navy will work for most.

"Our recommendation for the corporate guy: pair with a plain blue or thin-striped light blue shirt and a dark chestnut Oxford shoe. For the more adventurous amongst us, a cutaway collar, bold check shirt offset with a strong foulard or paisley tie will remove that conservative tag you've been trying to shake for years. Pair with a tasselled loafer to stay a sartorial step ahead of old mate Double Monk at the water cooler.

"Casually, a blue suit in a lightweight tropical wool or cotton is understatedly elegant with a crisp white shirt (no tie), white linen pocketchief, and loafers or driving shoes. Blue is a confidence colour so you know the drill, wear it like you mean it."

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