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The Guy's Guide to Wearing Cobalt Blue


By Style Girlfriend | Jul 19 2016

Summer is here, the sun is beaming, and colors are popping. Prime your closet for more color with this series of guides for bold shades. Each week SG HQ is going to break down how to wear a stylish hue with easy color combinations and outfit ideas.

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The bright, bold shade that’s as flattering as it is easy to wear

Cobalt blue has some serious historical roots: It’s the primary color of a lot of fancy schmancy (and totally gorgeous) Chinese porcelain, and it’s also a hue associated with royalty across the ancient and Middle Age world. Just because it got its start in the long-off past doesn’t mean it doesn’t firmly belong in your present wardrobe, though: Quite the contrary, actually.

This bright, bold color looks great across warmer and cooler skin tones, and if you’ve got a baby blues or hazel eyes, pop this shade on for instant impact (and be prepared to field a lot of stares—the good kind).

This particular shade has been big for the last few years, no doubt because it’s so flattering and easy to wear. Through simple basics or smart accessories, cobalt blue can catapult a pretty average outfit into the “sharp dressed man” stratosphere without making you look like you put work into it: When used right, it’ll get you to the height of casual cool.

How to wear cobalt blue:


Cobalt goes with everything from denim to dressier attire, so shop accordingly: We recommend buying at least a button up in this bold shade, and if you’re feeling adventurous possibly even a full-on suit (though realize you won’t have as many opportunities to wear it as, say, sharkskin grey or navy suiting).

Keep an eye out for this color worked into prints and patterns as well—just remember, a little cobalt goes a long way.

At the office


Shirt: GANT Rugger, $63 | Blazer: J.Crew, $168 | Pants: Only & Sons, $55

Shoes: Doucal’s, $196 | Socks: Happy Socks, $7 | Belt: Anderson’s, $79

Pocket Square: The Tie Bar, $10 | Lapel Pin: Original Penguin, $13 | Watch: MVMT, $135


Once you’ve acquired some cobalt clothing of you own, consider pairing it with colors like coral, lemon, and bluebird for maximum impact. A bright blue oxford with a pair of light lemon shorts is a great spring weekend look. Add a pair of dusty red canvas sneakers and you’ve got yourself a look that will definitely turn some ladies’ heads.

On the weekend


Shirt: Patagonia, $29 | Shorts: Reiss, $60 | Anorak: Outerknown, $139

Hat: Katin, $30 | Shoes: New Balance, $175 | Socks: Pair of Thieves, $10

Sunglasses: Raen, $160 | Watch: Triwa, $199 | Water Bottle: S’well, $35


Generally, we’d recommend this color for casual days. But in small doses, cobalt can also make its way into more formal attire (think ties, pocket squares, maybe even suspenders if you’re into it).

We especially love it for weddings—but a word of advice: When you’re choosing an outfit for someone else’s special day though, one thing to think about is who the attention should be on (hint: It’s not you). As a courtesy, you might not want to wear such a daring color on that day. Save head-to-toe blue suiting for an occasion when you can be the star.



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