Best Indigo Finds For Summer

Fueled in part by a resurgence in artisanal denim, indigo is turning up everywhere as the shade of blue that’s here to stay. Warmer than navy and easier to wear than cobalt, the inky, sometimes chalky blue with a hint of violet is surprisingly masculine, subtle and versatile, and, just like denim, never really goes out of style. One of the most fashion-forward ways designers are showing it is with prints or as a solid for, say, a lightweight summer suit, rather than the dye typically applied to your tropical cotton shirt to give it its well-worn look, texture and breezy quality. There are indigo accessories, too, from scarves (yes we can sport a scarf in the summer!) to bags this season, and if you’re headed to a wedding this summer, don’t be too surprised to see this as the new black on grooms. While there may be more colored variations of indigo dyes out there, we at The Manual still are down with the classic, in the form of a softly structured jacket, shirt or trouser you can use as a foundation to build an unstudied, sophisticated look. Here, 10 worthy options for adding a bit of indigo to your summer season:

Long-sleeve henley, Levi’s, $38; available at

Scarf, The Hill-Side, $89; available at

Iwate denim jacket, AllSaints, $188; available at

Handmade raw selvedge jeans, Industry of All Nations, $195; available at

Long sleeve crewneck sweater, Wings + Horns; available at

Regular fit straight color jeans, Uniqlo, $19.90; available at

Martin indigo shirt, Saturdays, $118; available at 

7″ board shorts in indigo ikat, J.Crew, $69.50; available at 

Backy-hob backpack, Diesel, $329; available at 

Washed denim chambray jacket, Oliver Spencer, $510; available at