A man’s guide to the capsule wardrobe
Minimalism is more than a trend, it’s a movement. The whole “less is more” approach is a vibe – and we’re here for it. As consumers are becoming more and more eco-conscious, now is a better time than any for minimalism to reign in the fashion industry. One way you can embrace the movement is by creating your own capsule wardrobe. Read on to explore how.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a specially-curated selection of items that will constantly be on
rotation in your wardrobe. These pieces can be mixed and matched to create many outfits, and most of them are versatile, apart from the odd pieces of tailoring here and there. These essentials can be worn all year round, and most importantly will never go out of style. Maximise function and minimise the quantity, and you’ll soon see that the outfit options are endless!
First of all, you need to go through what you already own, and go through what you can keep and not keep. Think Marie Kondo – do certain items bring you joy? But then think practically – will you actually wear them?
There are also cases where well-loved items need to go. Sometimes, no matter how much joy a t-shirt brings you, if it’s faded with holes in it, it’s really time to reinvest in something new.
Once you’ve sorted through the chaos that is your wardrobe, then make a list of what you now own, and then, it’s onto the fun part…
It’s time to get shopping, and some advice from us is to prioritise quality over quantity. Two high-quality t-shirts are way more valuable in the long run than five poor-quality ones that will lose their fit and colours within a few wears.
When investing in these pieces, you need to think of the purpose of your day. Are you often in the office, working from home, or at uni? Your wardrobe will need to reflect your everyday situations. There’s no point investing in head-to-toe tailoring if you’re running errands and going into class each day for example. The capsule wardrobe for a businessman won’t be the same as that for a student and vice versa.
If you’re struggling to find your style identity, we recommend using Pinterest to create mood boards. Find inspiration for styles that you feel you could wear now and in years to come. Searching for your style icons, or just keywords like “minimalism”, or “everyday outfits” can help you find some looks to replicate. Pinterest is a great place to start when it comes to innovating and reorganising your wardrobe!
Now you’re on your way to mastering the capsule wardrobe, let us help you work out which essentials to invest in:
- Shoes: Shoes for men are an essential part of your wardrobe, they complete a look and decide whether it’s casual, dressy or formal. Invest in timeless white trainers, or brown or black formal brogues.Loafers can also be mixed and matched with less dressy pieces.
- T-shirts: T-shirts are a must for any casual outfit. We recommend investing in timeless shades of navy, black, white, beige and khaki tones that will work with anything in your wardrobe – we promise!
- Bottoms: Investing in high-quality denim will be worth it – trust us! We also recommend incorporating dressier trousers such as chinos and wide-leg trousers that will be effortlessly suave.
- Tailoring: No wardrobe is complete with a spot of tailoring, even if it’s for a special occasion. Finding a perfect suit that fits you in all the right places will instantly elevate your wardrobe.