Essentials for a Capsule Wardrobe
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It all starts with the foundations.
Having a specially curated collection of staple pieces will mean you’re ready for almost any occasion at any time. Even at a moment’s notice, whether you’ve been invited out for some drinks with the boys or have to show up in ‘smart casual’ attire (we have a blog on that here), essential clothing in a capsule wardrobe will have your back.
How do I build a capsule wardrobe?
Rule number one, always stick with the neutrals when starting to curate a timeless collection. Yes, that means staying away from that leopard print button up or novelty shirt your mate thinks will be funny to wear on a night out. Whilst they have their time and place, they don’t belong in a staples collection.
What are the clothing essentials for men?
Think simple. The basic t-shirt, basic pair of chino pants, a smart polo, a white button up, and the list goes on. To curate the perfect collection for a capsule wardrobe, think of the classic styles that never go out of fashion. Timeless and versatile pieces that you can wear again and again is basically what you’re looking for.
What styles are trending for men?
There’s a lot going around right now; vibrant prints and oversized graphic tees. Of course, they’re a great investment if you’re looking for on-trend, stylish pieces to work alongside your neutral pieces.
When it comes to your foundations, we’ve put together a list of clothing items you’ll find yourself reaching out for on a daily basis. Once you have all your essentials, then accessorising and styling with more trendy pieces can come naturally.
The Button Up Shirt
Surprise surprise. When isn’t a button up shirt not suitable to wear? Answer is - never! One of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe, we suggest you stock up on your button up shirts in neutral shades. We’re talking white, navy, khaki, black and even lighter hues like dusty pink or sky blue. Whether you wear them open over a basic tee and jeans for a casual look, or style them with tailored pants for a more smart casual occasion, they’re perfect for everything from your desk to drinks.
Another must-have for any occasion. Whether it’s your 9-5 desk job, mum’s fancy birthday dinner, date night or drinks with the boys, a classic pair of chino pants can do no wrong. Again, we recommend beige, navy, khaki and other neutral shades that will easily pair with any shirt or button up.
A Basic T-shirt
Goes with anything at any time. A basic tee is no doubt one of the most crucial essentials for any man’s closet. A classic crew neck is perfect to style under open button up shirts or on their own with some drawstring shorts. Pop a tee on with your board shorts when going for a surf or style it with some dressier chinos and boat shoes for some casual drinks.
Much like the pants, chino shorts are your more casual essential. Style a neutral pair with a print button up shirt when you’re headed to a beach bar, or with a simple linen button up on date night. Stick to the neutral tones, like beige, white, navy, khaki and black.
The essential for any preppy look. The polo is a must-have when it comes to dressing a little bit smart. Perfect to style with a pair of chinos and white sneakers for dinner out, or some drawstring shorts and boat shoes for a boat party. Wherever you’re headed, grab polo styles in simple colour ways to guarantee versatility.
A Linen Shirt
A summertime essential, there’s no way you can build a capsule wardrobe without a linen shirt. Both long and short sleeve pieces will have your back no matter the occasion. As always, go for your neutral colours but don’t be afraid to try out more exciting shades like mustard yellows or deep reds.
A must-have accessory! A baseball cap is your cool, laid-back accessory when it comes to styling your daytime outfits. If you’re headed out for a skate, pop on an basic tee with a print shirt unbuttoned over the top, some beige drawstring shorts, white sneakers and your trusty baseball cap.
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