Looking effortlessly put together every single day doesn’t have to take time or effort and can be made easy with a timeless, capsule wardrobe. Do you have one?
Most men would say no, and as a result, continue to scramble through their wardrobes daily to piece together an outfit that merely works for the day ahead. But this doesn’t have to be the case. If you just had a carefully curated capsule wardrobe, looking great can be easy, fun and fill you with confidence!
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe in simple terms is a few key, well curated timeless classics that should form the foundations of every man’s wardrobe. Having a simplified collection of clothing makes looking stylish and confident as straightforward as possible, and means your wardrobe should never go out of style.
So, without further ado let’s get into how you can create a capsule wardrobe that works for you.
The aim is to achieve a streamlined collection of carefully chosen pieces that are interchangeable to create outfits for every occasion. This means that every item or accessory in your wardrobe should be something you can wear with several different outfits.
When it comes to curating your wardrobe, versatility is key. Meaning that classic styles, timeless fabrics and the use of neutral tones and plain block colours are a great place to start. And I can almost hear sighs of delight when we say that these classics can and should be formed of blues, greys and whites.
These classic styles consist of shirts, trousers, knitwear and tailored suits and outerwear. Once the items for this key step are identified, it’s then a great time to add a few personal touches, whether that be in the form of a pop of colour from a cashmere scarf, patterned socks or a silk pocket square – just ensure that each piece is versatile enough to be worn with several different outfits.
The number of items needed for a capsule wardrobe depends on your day to day lifestyle. Plus, It’s important to identify the type of outfits you need, therefore considering everything you wear during the week, at the weekend and how often you get dressed up or travel.
What to own in your capsule wardrobe
With this in mind our go to capsule wardrobe would contain:
- Three bespoke tailored suits in navy, petrol blue and charcoal
- Three classic, tailored sports jackets
- Four crisp shirts in pure cottons; including poplin and twills
- Four pairs of trousers – we recommend a high twist wool, flannel, a pair of chinos and a pair of slim cut, dark wash jeans.
- Two pieces of tailored outerwear – choose from a classic chesterfield overcoat, raincoat, peacoat or blouson, depending on your lifestyle.
- Six pieces of merino wool knitwear – styles that won’t let you down include the polo neck sweater, the three quarter zip jumper and the crew neck knit.
- Four mid-weight casual yet tailored t-shirts, these are essential for the perfect off-duty look.
- Three pairs of footwear – varying from a box-fresh pair of white tennis shoes, to formal derbies or monk strap business shoes. Add a pair of classic Chelsea boots to upgrade a casual look.
The idea is to have enough pieces to see you through every day of the week no matter the occasion. This should be enough to keep you going until laundry day, without limiting your outfit choices and still having the flexibility to wear what you want and look effortless.
How to pair your capsule wardrobe items
One of our go to combinations for this time of year would be teaming a pair of our best selling smart chinos with a classic oxford shirt. Finish off with a smart brown leather belt and add a classic tailored sports jacket in a colour that lifts your complexion to elevate your look; or create a relaxed style by introducing one of our colour rich merino wool sweaters, you’ll look perfectly put together!
Investing in a capsule wardrobe can solve many fashion dilemmas that men tend to face. For example, you’ll always have a complete outfit ready and waiting. Having items that are versatile is the name of the game, and means that every piece in your wardrobe will work interchangeably as part of a few different outfits, simplifying the whole process of outfit planning.
You’ll never be overwhelmed or unsure about what items to piece together as every item has carefully been considered and chosen to match – making it hard to go wrong! Mixing and matching key items can create countless combinations, and even though you’ll technically have less clothing, the styles you can create are endless.
You’ll also keep your wardrobe clutter to a minimum. Keeping your clothes organised means you’ll be able to see what you’ve got at a glance. Keeping things considered and concise means wardrobes stuffed to the brim are a thing of the past!
High quality, versatile and sustainable clothing is what’s important to us, that’s why we believe that having knowledge of how to curate a capsule wardrobe is so essential. You won’t ever need to panic buy a new piece when an event or occasion is sprung on you, and you’ll actually wear your clothes for longer. So investing in a capsule wardrobe isn’t just a time saver, it’ll also save you money!
There are lots of advantages to creating a capsule wardrobe. It makes getting dressed in the morning virtually stress free, you’ll gain valuable closet space to enable organisation and clarity when dressing, and most importantly you’ll never feel like you’ve got nothing suitable to wear again. It’s a win-win scenario! And why we believe that every man should invest in a capsule wardrobe which represents him.
Follow the tips we’ve shared and before long you should have a capsule wardrobe that will see you through every season and occasion in true style!
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