What is a capsule wardrobe – men’s edition

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A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing and accessories that can all be worn interchangeably to suit a range of different occasions.

If you are unsure about how to get started with curating the perfect one, the following guide will talk you through it.

Benefits of a capsule wardrobe

There are so many benefits to owning a capsule wardrobe, including the following:

Quality over quantity

As all the clothing in your wardrobe can be worn together, you need to buy fewer pieces which means you can focus more on the quality over the quantity. For example, instead of buying eight T-shirts that need to be replaced in a couple of years, you could buy three high-quality T-shirts in neutral colours that will last much longer.

Convenience

When you have a wardrobe packed full of clothes it can be difficult to decide exactly what to wear. With a capsule wardrobe, while the combinations you can create are endless, having fewer pieces to pick from make it far easier to get dressed, no matter the occasion.

Timeless

Trying to keep up with fashion trends can seem like an endless task and can become very costly. A capsule wardrobe, when created properly, contains a range of timeless and versatile pieces which will see you through all seasons for years to come.

How to start building your capsule wardrobe

Define your purpose

Your wardrobe needs to reflect how you live your life; there is no reason for you to own a predominantly formal wardrobe if your job calls for more casual attire. Think about how your clothing needs to work for you and form the basis of your wardrobe around this.

Establish your style

There is no point in having a wardrobe that doesn’t reflect your personal style. Take some time looking for inspiration online to determine the type of clothing you like to wear. If you aren’t sure what styles and colours suit you best, consider having a consultation with a stylist before you begin making any purchases.

Prioritise versatility

The whole purpose of a capsule wardrobe is that it works for all occasions. For this to happen, you need to be considerate of the items you choose. While some colour can work, it is useful to start with mainly neutral pieces as these are the easiest to wear to different events and pair seamlessly with each other.

One way to increase versatility is to invest in some quality accessories, such as a Tag Heuer watch or a statement pair of cufflinks. These can be instrumental in uplifting an otherwise plain outfit.

Try on

Now you know what type of clothing and accessories you’re looking for, you can begin making purchases. While we have all become accustomed to online shopping, trying on clothing in person, even if that is in your own home, is the most effective way to buy pieces that are going to work for you.

Set aside some time to do a big try-on session, and for anything you are considering keeping, be sure to try it on with other items already in your wardrobe.