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June 16, 2015

Seeing Blue: In Every Work Wear Essential

Incorporating color into your work wardrobe can be uplifting for some, and a little scary for others – especially if you work in a conservative office environment, or just aren’t that into mixing and matching colors. But blue is a color that is appropriate in every work situation. And easy to wear. From bold blue reminiscent of the ocean (and if we have to be at work, a little hint of the beach never hurt) to calming pale blue and classic medium blues, there is a blue for everyone. They pair wonderfully with neutrals like grey, stone, and white but can also be punched up with color and pattern. And, of course, there’s always the timeless blue suit, a great warm weather option. So, let’s dive into our top picks for the season.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our after 5 favorites and Thursday our top picks for casual days. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/o/peter-millar-linen-sport-coat-toscano-polka-dot-linen-sport-shirt-bills-khakis-cotton-trousers/3991840
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Peter Millar - Linen Stripe Soft Sport Coat
Linen Stripe Soft Sport Coat
Peter Millar
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We are big fans of linen for summertime wear, in its beautiful texture and comfortable, light weight. Peter Millar’s medium blue sport coat, with a faint chalk stripe, is perfect for the office on a Summer day. The classic fit jacket is softly constructed for a comfortably casual style that pairs with stone or white cotton twill and linen pants.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-trim-fit-wool-cotton-blazer/3901384 John Varvatos Star USA - Trim Fit Wool & Cotton Blazer
John Varvatos Star USA - Trim Fit Wool & Cotton Blazer
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John Varvatos Star USA - Trim Fit Wool & Cotton Blazer
Trim Fit Wool & Cotton Blazer
John Varvatos Star USA
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As we’ve talked about in the past, a polished navy blazer is a must-have for every gent. In the warmer months, your classic wool one is just too heavy, so add this John Varvatos Star USA to the rotation. The fabric is a blend of wool and cotton, so it has that same professional look with a much lighter hand. It can be worn for a business meeting with a dress shirt and tie, to the office with khakis and no tie, and out to dinner with dark wash jeans and a button up shirt. The contemporary fit and slightly shorter length of the coat adds to the Summer feel for a sleek look. And, boy, are you going to love the price.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27miles-us%27-sharp-fit%2C-cotton-twill-dress-shirt/hbna50291493.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Miles Cotton Twill Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Miles Cotton Twill Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Miles Cotton Twill Dress Shirt
Miles Cotton Twill Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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The bolder dark blue and crisp white stripe make this Hugo Boss a great match to a navy blazer - with or with or without a tie. The contemporary fit, with back darts, means it will not only lay smoothly under your jacket; but, it will look just as good on its own with khakis or dark wash jeans.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ike-behar-classic-fit-plaid-dress-shirt/4040783 Ike Behar - Classic Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Classic Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Classic Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
Classic Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
Ike Behar
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A blue Tattersall dress shirt is a wardrobe staple, and we like the classic fit of this one from Ike Behar. A soft Tattersall (which this shirt is) is one of the few patterns that works well with other patterns. You can wear it with most stripes, plaids or check suits or sport coats. Tattersall also works with most pattern ties. The pale blue shade is a summer neutral, so it will coordinate with all your suits and sport coats.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Striped-Cotton-Linen-Flat-Front-Pants-Blue/prod179640154_cat42600734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Striped Cotton/Linen Flat-Front Pants
Peter Millar - Striped Cotton/Linen Flat-Front Pants
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Peter Millar - Striped Cotton/Linen Flat-Front Pants
Striped Cotton/Linen Flat-Front Pants
Peter Millar
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These pants are so much more than a great pair of pale blue flat fronts. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in on the fabric – it’s actually a pincord stripe made from a cotton and linen blend fabric, so it’s got real depth and texture that creates a more polished look than basic cotton pants. Peter Millar’s modern fit and fine quality ensure a timeless look with a white linen shirt and blue blazer for office-ready Summer style.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Albiate/PRDOVR~A3011/A3011.jsp Albiate 1830 for J.Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Albiate 1830 for J.Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
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Albiate 1830 for J.Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Albiate 1830 for J.Crew
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A chambray button up shirt is always a classic Summer item. And with the importance of denim in our wardrobes, it’s a professional way to update your work look. This contemporary-fitting shirt from J.Crew is made from a fabric woven by Albiate, an Italian mill that specializes in indigo color cottons. So, the quality is great. The spread collar can be worn with or without a tie, giving you the versatility to wear it with a sport coat and tie or just a pair of white or dark jeans. If you work in a creative environment, a pop of color in your pants is a stylish pairing for this shirt, too. Just treat it like denim and wear it everything.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27t-tie-6-cm%27-slim%2C-silk-and-linen-textured-striped-tie-/hbna50286751.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Slim, Silk and Linen Textured Striped Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Slim, Silk and Linen Textured Striped Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Slim, Silk and Linen Textured Striped Tie
Slim, Silk and Linen Textured Striped Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss
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One of our favorite ties of the season, this navy stripe from Hugo Boss looks great with a Summer cotton or linen navy blazer, a tan cotton tan suit, and almost any blue pattern linen sport coat. The wide spacing between the stripes and neutral colors makes it easy to wear with pattern shirts and sport coats, too. (And the sale price makes it easy to buy.) It’s always important to make sure your tie, shirt collar, and jacket lapels are properly proportioned – this is a key to looking pulled together and modern. The 2 ¾” width is updated for today’s slimmer tie widths, so it looks best with jackets that have a more updated narrower lapel and shirts with a slightly smaller collar. It is all about keeping the right proportions.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Oval-Medallion-Print-Pocket-Square/MU00076,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Oval Medallion Print Pocket Square
Brooks Brothers - Oval Medallion Print Pocket Square
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Brooks Brothers - Oval Medallion Print Pocket Square
Oval Medallion Print Pocket Square
Brooks Brothers
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We are always fans of a good pocket square to add that subtle finish touch of style. Brooks Brothers’ deep indigo blue linen version looks great with a navy blazer or suit. The medallion pattern is soft and subtle, so you can treat this square just like a solid, and wear it with any pattern tie or shirt without fear of too much pattern overkill.
http://www.eastdane.com/socks-french-trotters/vp/v=1/1570799063.htm French Trotters - Socks
French Trotters - Socks
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French Trotters - Socks
Socks
French Trotters
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This shade of blue is perfect with your cotton twill pants and oxfords or loafers. And the whimsical palm tree design will remind you to not take things too seriously. Made in France, by a boutique clothing company called French Trotters, you’ll get comfort and quality to boot.
 

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