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  • Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion Writer, MR PORTER

Our favourite shade of blue for the coming season is indigo. Named after the Indigofera tinctoria plant, from which dye in this vibrant hue was originally derived, indigo has been present in most of our wardrobes for some time, since it is the traditional colouring for denim jeans. For spring/summer 2013, though, designers including Ann Demeulemeester, Paul Smith, Jil Sander and Gucci showed an array of different items in indigo, from suits to shirts. More summery than darker shades of blue, but arguably more versatile than pale blue, indigo works well with spring's staples of chinos and white shirts, while it goes without saying that classic indigo jeans go with almost everything. Click through the gallery above to see some of our favourite indigo pieces this season.

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