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Once upon a time, the thought of a blue tuxedo at a wedding conjured images of unfortunate hair, gaudy ruffles and a shade of powder blue that’s better suited to a stick of cotton candy. With time and the return of the well-tailored silhouette, the blue tux has transitioned from being a frumpy 70s cast-off to being a fashion forward staple in new school menswear. With a few simple touches, a blue tuxedo can be as classic as black, as sophisticated as grey or as modern as the array of avant-garde colours seen on the runway.

If you’re someone with an adventurous outlook when it comes to getting dressed, opt for a tux in an electric blue hue. If you’re more of a minimalist, then you can’t go wrong with navy or charcoal blue.

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A crisp white shirt can bring just the right amount of contrast to a blue tuxedo. Blue and white often bring out the best in one another, allowing one to pop without overshadowing the other. Lighter shades of blue and soft colours like pink or lavender also work as well. Another option is to go with a checkered dress shirt, adding an element of playfulness to your look.

When it comes to accessories, the options are endless. From ties to ascots to bowties, this is where you can experiment with colours and patterns. Classic colours like red and black are sure to give your tux a polished finish. A patterned tie or bow tie offset with a simple pocket square can add an element of urbane cool to your look.

Footwear is often what pulls your look together, so keep it simple with colours like black and brown. Wingtips, tasselled loafers cordovan lace-ups are all examples of timeless footwear that go perfectly with a blue tuxedo.

No matter what shade of blue you choose, find what makes you feel your best: channel your inner GQ model and be wholly unapologetic about it.