What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
Less Clutter With Men’s Wardrobe Essentials
For some owning 30 different pair of pants is satisfying; however, for some, it might be torture. Having too many choices can make you frustrated and unhappy in many cases. By reducing the number of clothes, you buy every season consider curating and investing in high quality, versatile collection instead. This would include some of the men’s wardrobe essentials like dress pants, shirts, jackets and shoes. Underwear and other accessories are not included. I can assure you that the minimalist approach to dressing will benefit you well in all aspects.
A Brief History of a Capsule Wardrobe
The Advantages And Disadvantages of Having a Minimalist Wardrobe
- It’s much easier to get dressed.
- Less clutter in your wardrobe.
- It’s good if you travel a lot.
- You’ll spend less on dry cleaning.
- You can spend more on quality clothes.
- Clear your closet – clear your mind which means less stress when choosing what to wear.
- It can get a little bit boring.
- Certain occasions require certain outfits. It would be best if you considered that.
11 Essential Pieces For Men’s Capsule Wardrobe
- A Bomber Jacket
- A Blazer
- A Dress Shirt
- A Plain T-Shirt
- A Polo Shirt
- A Short-Sleeve Henley
- A Crew Neck Sweater
- Chino Pants
- Dark Blue Jeans
- Classic White Sneakers
- A Pair of Boots
- Versatility: a bomber jacket or a neutral colour blazer would be considered to be a versatile piece of clothing.
- Colours: as mentioned above solid neutral tones are your best options. Avoid graphics and logos.
- Quality: when wearing items back to back like jackets, jeans or shoes it’s better to invest in high-quality items. They are going to last much longer not to mention they feel and look much better.
1. A Bomber Jacket
2. A Blazer
Blazers are versatile which is appealing to someone who is not exactly keen on wearing a suit. Just throw it over a white casual shirt while wearing dark blue jeans and you’ll feel as comfortable as possible.
Avoid bold colours when buying a blazer for your minimalist wardrobe. Grey, black, blue are the colours you need to be shopping.
If looking for the best looks possible look no further than a good quality blazer. When buying a 50$ blazer from your local mall don’t expect much from it. They are poorly made and let’s be honest they don’t look as you would expect.
3. A Dress Shirt
I’m guessing you already have a dress shirt. Also, most probably not one, but at least a few. However, here’s where most men are making a mistake when buying a shirt. They don’t invest in a high-quality shirt but instead opt for something cheap that is going to last for half a year at most.
Look at it in the long run. If you buy one quality shirt (around 180$) it’s probably going to last for at least three years or so. If you do the math correctly, that would be about 6 cheap shirts for lets say 30$ a pair over a period of 3 years.
Let’s keep it simple. The best colours for your capsule wardrobe are neutral tones like white, light blue and black. After all, we are going for a minimalist approach here.
4. A Plain T-Shirt
T-Shirt typically associated with a cool laid back looks. However, what is most exciting about it is that it’s a comfortable and versatile piece of clothing.
It’s not flashy or eye-catching, yet it still looks fantastic. For your capsule wardrobe, I would suggest having at least 3 T-shirts in different colours.
Avoid something with prints and logos. A plain T-shirt is your best bet.
The fabric is always essential when shopping for new clothes. Cotton is what you need to look for.
5. A Polo Shirt
A polo shirt is a choice that can be both casual and dressed-up. Throw a blazer or bomber jacket over it or wear it on its own on a warm summer day. No matter what polo is a going to look stylish.
Nowadays polo shirts are cut slim and made from breathable fabrics for your comfort.
If you take a look at a variety of Ralph Lauren polos, you can get a bit overwhelmed. I suggest you stick to a safer approach instead and don’t go crazy on colours. Here is the best option below.
6. A Short-Sleeve Henley
A short-sleeve henley shirt is one of those classics that will not go out of style any time soon. It started as a functional shirt at first but grew into one of the staples of men’s wardrobe.
It’s easy to wear piece that works with so many different outfits. That’s why I consider it to be a must-have garment.
Pair henley with blue jeans or chino pants for a laid back, relaxed look. Throw on a bomber for those chilly spring evenings and head down for a night out with your friends in style.
7. A Crew Neck Sweater
Well, you have to have a crew neck sweater in your wardrobe. It’s an excellent garment for those colder days. Put it over a dress shirt or wear on its own. It’s a stylish and sophisticated option if seeking to impress your colleagues.
A cashmere sweater is my personal choice. It’s hard to describe how soft and cosy it feels. Nevertheless cotton is another fabric with a smaller price tag but still offers an excellent quality.
8. Chino Pants
If looking to ditch your jeans for a day or two than chino pants is your best option. They are more neutral than dress pants, yet they are still sophisticated.
You can style chino pants for both casual and smart-casual looks. It doesn’t matter whether you decide to wear it with a shirt or maybe with your favourite t-shirt you are still going to look great.
Opt for good quality cotton pants to avoid wrinkling and looking cheap.
9. Dark Blue Jeans
What is most impressive about jeans is that it’s as versatile as it can be. A good quality nice looking pair of jeans can be your go-to trousers for any occasion.
Black and blue jeans would be considered the most versatile options. This is what we are aiming for to get the most out of our wardrobe.
Make sure you buy a simple and classic looking jeans. Avoid those with too much detail on them. Minimalistic ones are the best ones.
10. Classic White Sneakers
White sneakers come in many variations from low-cut lace-ups to high-top. Different silhouettes and fabrics that sneakers have to offer make it an appealing product for everyone. Oh and not to mention it’s going to keep your look sharp and casual.
Leather white sneakers are a more practical purchase for one particular reason. It’s easier to take care of them.
11. A Pair of Boots
Boots has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it. Not only they look good they are very practical as well.
There are many boot styles which can be hard to choose the right one for your capsule wardrobe. But don’t worry I’m here to help you.
As stylish as they are don’t forget to consider quality and comfort. Since they are going to be your daily drivers quality is a key to reduce wear and tear to them.