A Gentleman’s Guide To Starting A Capsule Wardrobe

Helen Jackby:


Okay, so you’re kinda bored with your clothes because they’re old fashioned, and you’ve worn them over a hundred times already. Now you’re ready to shop some cool outfit, maybe similar to the one you saw an Instagram model wearing. You check out the local stores to grab a bunch of cool t-shirts, jackets, and jeans- Congratulations! You’re now a model ready to walk the ramp. Fast forward three weeks later; read it all over again…

You’re stuck in an endless loop of fashionable outfits that are not sustainable. Therefore it’s recommended to build your wardrobe with different pieces that can be paired up to create a stylish look that lasts for at least three months. In other words, you need to build a capsule wardrobe.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe means having a small amount of versatile clothing that can be paired with each other to form multiple combinations of outfits. For example, having five t-shirts and five pants that go with each other can give you a mix of twenty-five outfits. Not only will you’re saving a lot of money, but also look well dresses. Here are some essential pieces you should have

8 Solid Cotton T-shirt

Graphic tees are an optional choice of clothing; you can use them to express your personality or thought, and I’m all up for that. But here we are going to talk about solid tees that are versatile and set a much better first impression. Moreover, they are also a better bang for the buck. Keep a mix of round necks, polos, and Henley. Opt for neutral colors such as white, grey, and black additionally. You can also keep a couple of pastel color shirts.

3 Versatile Pair of Pants

I would suggest two chinos and a pair of dark wash casual denim. Stick to earthy tones for chinos such as beige, khakis, light camel, and olive. You can pair it with a slim-fit button-down shirt for a smart casual look or wear it with t-shirts for a relaxed style.

2 Layering Piece

Layering pieces are essential for every man’s wardrobe, and you should have a few of them already, I would say two would be the sweet spot. Keep one casual leather jacket, preferably black with subtle details; it doesn’t need to extravagant. And the second one would be a blazer or sports jackets for appropriateness.

A Pair of Casual and Formal Footwear

As we are talking about a capsule wardrobe, you should buy a capped toe oxford. It may not be your first choice, but ultimately its shoes that can be worn to the office, weddings, evening parties, funerals, and almost every formal event you could think of. Secondly, a trusty pair of classic sneakers is just as versatile in a casual aspect; wear it for shopping, outing with friends, to the park or where ever you like. Having the two of them is like you’ll never have to think about your footwear again.

A Three-Piece Suit

 Of course, you need a suit, the one you could wear when heading to a wedding, court or business meetings. Suits come in various styles with different lapels, buttons, and vent. I would say a two-button suit with notch lapel is versatile enough to get you thought most occasions.

Blue Oxford Shirt

The best thing about a capsule wardrobe is that you probably have some of the items on this list like the oxford shirt. If you don’t, you should buy one. It looks very lovely dressed up and dressed down with jeans or chinos.

These were some basic outfits that you can mix and match to create multiple combinations for your daily wear. It’s good enough to cover up all your wardrobe needs, there’s no need to stress every day about what would go with your pants, just pick any shirt, and you’re ready to go. Capsule wardrobe also helps you get rid of all the unnecessary clothing you haven’t worn for years; secondly, it’s much more affordable and cost-effective. So when are you starting your capsule wardrobe? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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