Some men have too many clothes, while others have too little and don’t know how to combine pieces together. Wherever you fall, both situations make it challenging to look stylish in a short period of time. It’s easy to get frustrated and throw on whatever you find, but a capsule wardrobe can make getting ready easier. Be sure to add the following garments to your closet.
Why Should You Build a Capsule Wardrobe?
We already discussed how frustrating it can be when you have a pile of clothes on your bed and aren’t sure what to pick. Now you’re late and decide to select the first thing you see. It probably doesn’t match or look good, but you already wasted too much time.
The paradox of choice is rampant here: when you have too many articles of clothing, it’s difficult to choose. However, if you have a few classics like a few shirts, pants, or a statement piece from Burberry, you can make multiple stylish outfits with little effort.
The three main benefits of a capsule wardrobe are:
- Less clutter: Fewer clothes means you’ll stop wasting money on things you don’t need.
- Easier to get ready: It’s easier to pick from 10 options than 50.
- No more trend seeking: Capsule wardrobes are timeless and always in style.
What Makes Up a Great Minimalist Wardrobe?
Some clothing items will stay trendy, while others will go out of style in a flash. Always choose the following classic pieces to fill up your minimalist wardrobe:
If an outfit looked great 30 years ago, it probably looks good now. Think of pieces you see on classic movie stars or celebrities because they frequently wear suits, leather jackets, jeans, white t-shirts, dress shoes, and white or black running shoes.
Clothing styles or options that can do double or triple duty will not only save you money but give you more options for outfits. Examples of these are suit jackets, dress shoes, black pants, turtle necks, and watches because they can go with almost anything.
Stick to Neutral Colors with a Pop of Color
Men typically stick to neutrals like white, grey, black, olive, navy, brown, or khaki for their versatility. These colors also look great on any skin tone, regardless of age. Known as the “Men’s Core Colors,” these shades aren’t overpowering or vibrant.
That doesn’t mean you can’t add a staple color. For example, if you want to add red, green, or yellow as a “pop” to your wardrobe, stick to one of these. You don’t want to go overboard and accidentally pick a color that won’t go with the rest of your wardrobe.
The Classic Capsule Wardrobe
If you do laundry once a week, the perfect minimalist wardrobe will consist of:
- 8 shirts (polos, t-shirts, dress shirts, or button-ups)
- 2 Jackets (1 casual, 1 dress coat)
- 2 pants (jeans and dress pants)
- 2 pairs of shoes (sneakers and dress shoes)
- 8 pairs of socks
- 8 pairs of underwear
Your shirts are the most important part of your wardrobe, so feel free to get a little creative. Be sure to always purchase a polo because of their versatility and get at least one dress shirt and t-shirt. A denim-style shirt always looks great with a leather jacket or coat.
Jackets become more important in cold weather, but you can usually get away with a leather jacket and blazer if you live in a moderate climate. Stick to dark colors here, so they’re less likely to get dirty and choose pieces with little to no design.
Stick to jeans and chinos because they’re the most versatile. While pants can come in eccentric colors, it’s better to stick to blue jeans and olive or khaki pants. Add an extra pair of black pants if you need to wear a suit for work.
2 Pairs of Shoes
White sneakers are a staple in a wardrobe, but it’s better to go for black or brown if you’re messy. For your second pair, either choose boots or dress shoes depending on your job.