One of the boldest ways to wear blue, cobalt has an eye-catching appeal and - if wisely placed - is a surprisingly simple way to add life to your wardrobe, even when worn with paired-back shades.
A brief history:
Traditionally, cobalt blue was used as pigment used to colour porcelain, jewellery and paint. Used in impure forms in Chinese ceramics for centuries, it was a discovery in 19th
century France which led to the colour being used in its purest form. As a result the hue sprang up in works by some of the century’s most celebrated artists, and subsequently, menswear.
Why it works:
Cobalt blue confidently debunks the myth that blue is limited in its appeal and versatility - it's anything but dull. Rich, vivid and searingly intense, cobalt is blue at its most energetic, and thus it's ideal for adding a hit of bright colour to lift your wardrobe. Admittedly, it may not offer the same wear-with-anything versatility as indigo or navy, but the colour is instead ideal for adding a potent block of colour to looks.
How to wear it well:
Cobalt blue is at its best when worn to break up solid black. Try a cobalt blue jumper worn with black boots and black jeans. Feeling braver? A cobalt blue pea coat offers a lively way to fend off wintry chills, and will make a fine sartorial companion for a black cashmere roll neck, black tailored chinos and classic brown Chelsea boots.
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