The thought of traipsing around, trying on endless amounts of ill-fitting garments is most men’s nightmare.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, shopping can be a real chore. This is where the capsule wardrobe comes in. The concept behind the capsule wardrobe is that you choose a few key items, then just mix and match them throughout the season.
You just make all of your fashion choices at once, then don’t have to think about clothes shopping for another 6 months.
Coats and Jackets
Probably the most obvious essential for the coming autumn/winter months. Having both a coat and a jacket in your wardrobe at this time of year is important as the UK weather tends to be unpredictable.
Choosing a casual jacket that you can dress up with a shirt and nice shoes is the way you want to go.
Shirts and T Shirts
As the foundation of any man’s wardrobe, you need a selection of shirts and tees. Having a range of styles and colours that complement each other is perfect for a capsule wardrobe.
You want colours that will match everything else in your wardrobe so neutral and monochrome colours are key here. This opens up the opportunity for more statement pieces in your capsule wardrobe.
Four or five pairs of trousers in your autumn/winter wardrobe should definitely suffice. Depending on your job, you should have a couple of pairs of smart work trousers. Then more casual options such as chinos and different coloured jeans.
As you will have less items in your wardrobe, it means you can invest in well made, tailored and perfectly fitting jeans and trousers.
Having a selection of good quality shoes is a must all year round. Shoes can really change an outfit from a casual look to smart. For the colder months, boots are a must have – the most versatile being Chelsea boots as they can be dressed up and down. A pair of black or white trainers are also a must for those more laid back outfits.
Also, a leather brogue for smarter occasions/work is a good choice in winter opposed to anything suede.
Bags and Accessories
This goes without saying but you definitely need those all-important winter warmers. Choose a hat, scarf and gloves in a colour that will match any outfit you put them with – Sticking to neutral and monochrome colours is key.
Bags are also another essential item in any capsule wardrobe. They can really change how an entire outfit looks. If you have a 9-5 job that requires attending numerous meetings, go for a satchel/messenger bag or a briefcase.
Also, pick up a backpack or holdall for your trips to the gym or weekends away.
Just follow these tips when choosing your capsule wardrobe and nail that effortless look all season long.