Timeless fashion is the only fashion that really matters — that being said, styling men’s clothes can sometimes be a little tricky.
There is a lot to be said about the feeling of satisfaction that comes with having a wardrobe that withstands the test of time and has ‘effortless’ written all over it.
And what better way to achieve this than by creating your own capsule wardrobe?
Read on for a breakdown of what a capsule wardrobe is all about, as well as our must-have picks for piecing yours together.
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Essential items for every men’s capsule wardrobe
So, what is a capsule wardrobe?
Well, a capsule wardrobe is a minimalistic, versatile selection of clothing that can be styled together in several ways to cover a variety of occasions, from everyday to special.
The general rule of thumb is to have around 10-20 carefully chosen pieces, typically of a muted colour palette to increase their interchangeability.
When building a capsule wardrobe, the best place to start is by investing in quality pieces — it’s all about reducing excess and maximising closet space.
But elegance doesn’t have to cost you a fortune: you just have to know the right items to pick.
So why not start your capsule wardrobe journey with our men’s style guide below?
Trench coats have withstood the test of time in the most demonstrable way.
From smart casual outings to special occasions, the Spencer Slim Fit Trench Coat is a capsule wardrobe must-have.
This insulating jacket from Jack Wolfskin not only works for every body type but is a true wardrobe staple, both aesthetically and ergonomically.
Its Primaloft insulation technology effectively retains body heat and the Texapore Pro Dobby Shell fabric keeps it both water and windproof.
With plenty of pocket space, an adjustable hood and full zip fastening, this classic-style jacket is truly essential.
Classic shirts will never go out of style.
Luxuriously soft, versatile (and great for layering), there’s no one that the fit of a Henley doesn’t look good on.
Designed for a more tailored look, the Henley is here to uplevel any and all outfits.
No matter the dress code, it’s always good to have a standard button-up on hand. And this no-iron twill shirt could be a staple in your capsule wardrobe.
Dress it up under a suit, or down with a solid pair of jeans, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an outfit.
You can never go wrong with a good ol’ t-shirt, especially when sticking to neutral colour palettes like whites, beiges and greys.
Easy to layer or wear on its own, a turtle neck should be a key part of men’s capsule wardrobe, especially for the autumn/winter months.
Not only will it keep you nice and warm from your neck to your wrists and hips, but you’ll also look super stylish.
A seasonal essential to building a capsule wardrobe, a good sweater is a chic way to keep warm in the colder months — and this Marled Roll Neck is no exception.
Whether you pair it with an Oxford shirt or a plain white t-shirt, every closet needs a suit.
What we love about the Infinity Active suit is its contemporary slim fit and impressive crease recovery. Embroidered with gorgeous detail and fitted with horn buttons, you’ll be the envy of the office.
(There’s even a matching waistcoat if you want to go the full nine yards.)
A suit wouldn’t be a suit without its matching trousers.
Crafted from Super 110s wool woven in Italy, these soft-to-the-touch trousers are great for their range of motion — perfect for any commuter cyclists.
Investing in a pair of good quality jeans is a must, especially for those who wear their pairs on a regular basis.
Levi’s is undefeated in the world of denim, which is why we love its range of jeans. Our top pick, inspired by its original blue jeans, is the 501 ‘54 Jeans.
Complete with their iconic straight fit, this pair of jeans is the perfect blank canvas to shape your outfits around.
Combining both contemporary and classic styles, these chinos deserve a place in your wardrobe.
Whether you’re going for smart casual or dressing for a formal event, these cotton-rich stretch trousers will always have your back.
No matter your get-up or the occasion, any outfit can be enhanced by the right sock. And London Sock Company delivers, every time.
Made from quality fabrics and available from sizes four to 13.5, these socks come in everything from brightly coloured options to bold prints, ribbed-knits and more, adding the perfect pop of (comfortable) drama to your attire.
And, by investing in a Mystery Box, you’ll enjoy an entire week’s supply (yes, seven pairs) perfect for mix-and-matching as you go.
For those looking for socks that are a little more budget-friendly, but don’t compromise on comfort or function, these trainer socks tick our cotton boxes.
The cushioned technology on the sock’s underside allows for a soft, secure fit, taking it easy on your foot, whether you’re heading to the gym, the office or just popping to the shops — it’s honestly hard to go wrong with a good pair of trainer socks.
For those looking to add an elegant flare to their outfits, we recommend finishing them off with a pair of good-quality Oxfords.
Perfect for business, weddings, fancy dinners and the like, you’re sure to impress, no matter the dress code.
A basic necessity for any capsule wardrobe, we love a pair of reliable trainers that 1. Feel good 2. Look good and 3. Go with anything — just like Reebok’s Club C Revenge.
Designed for any weather, anywhere, these boots are a seasonal staple.
Not only are they durable, but their classic style goes great with any outfit: a perfect addition to every man’s capsule wardrobe.
So, why start a capsule wardrobe?
By embracing a minimalistic wardrobe, not only are you reducing unnecessary consumption, but you’re also reducing waste. Gone are the days of clutter!
Having a manageable amount of clothing options that work for every occasion and can be easily mix-and-matched, greatly simplifies your life. No more standing around your closet space, complaining about having nothing to wear (or worrying about pairing the wrong items).
A men’s capsule wardrobe allows you to invest in high-quality, timeless pieces of clothing that are sure to last a lifetime — and look great in the process.
So why not start yours today?
By snapping up the effortlessly stylish henley, a sturdy pair of jeans, snug socks and a pair of reliable trainers, you’ll be most of the way toward your first interchangeable outfit.
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