Men’s fashion has gone through much experimentation be it cut, style or colour. However, most men continue to vouch for blue, the colour they fall back on when they don’t want to go out of the way or want to look their stylish best.
Many like to team a blue shirt or sweatshirt with denim and play it cool. Vishal, a model, feels that blue goes well with every man’s physique and style. “It is my favourite colour. And there is so much one can do with outfits in blue,” he says.
He feels that blue syncs well with other colours and give a complete look. “It is a safe colour and can be easily mixed and matched. One cannot go wrong with blue,” he adds.
The colour entails a certain confident and cool factor like none other, points out Anees Reshmi, another model. “From denim to casual tees, I prefer sticking to blue. And now, with all the possible variations available with additional washes and patterns, one can safely say blue is the colour to go for. It is a colour most men feel confident about,” vouches Anees.
Blue has a certain charm that makes someone look strikingly different yet smart, be it an ethnic outfit or a Western ensemble.
There are many in the show business too who opt for shades of blue for both casual and formal occasions.
Model-turned-actor Aryan Raj says, “I bought a ‘sherwani’ in blue recently as I wanted to give a break to the usual creams and maroons. Also, when I’m heading out with friends for the day or for meetings, I know that blue will speak volumes. One can’t overdo with the colour.”
Aryan points out that certain shades of blue might match certain skin colours, but he sticks to the darker and brighter hues. “I feel that sky blue has taken a backseat. But some still wear it with a blue suit. However, lot many stay away from it.”
Fashion connoisseurs feel that the colour imbues a sense of tranquility along with a charm. Lokessh Ahuja, a designer for men, says apart from black-tie events, most men still prefer outfits in blue.
“I even see a demand for wedding outfits in blue. Also, when it comes to formals, they go well with grey and black.” “There’s everything from checks and stripes to varied cuts and styles that can be tried out with the colour. Be it a blue blazer or a ‘bandhgala’, it is even more popular than before,” vouches Lokessh.
He says the royal blue is being used more now, which has clicked with Hollywood and Bollywood. “The colour is here to stay,” he adds. Be it for formal suits or ethnic attire like a ‘sherwani’, ‘kurta’ and ‘pathani’, blue is a versatile choice.
Sanjay C, a fashion designer, says the colour has been a fashion choice for decades and will continue to be in vogue. “It suits most body types and complexions. Even if you are wheatish in colour or on the darker side, blue plays its magic and works for every man.”
Apart from this, the colour has also gone through many a transformation. “Cobalt blue, aqua blue and indigo can be seen from party wear to designer wear. The conservative thoughts around blue are changing, with a lot of mixing and matching happening now.
Even the corporate world has opened up to brighter shades of blue, instead of just sticking to the navy blue,” says Sanjay.
A fresh outlook towards this colour helps in creating new styles. “Earlier, if I was wearing a blue shirt, the trousers would have to be grey or black. But now, they are being teamed with beige, mustard, khaki and more. I have worked with ‘bandi’ and jackets in blue. Sometime back, the ‘bandi’ would be teamed only with a white shirt but now they can be teamed with denim and even a lemon-coloured shirt. The colour has opened itself to jazzy variations,” he says.