Minimalism is an ongoing trend in fashion, however many think the toned down nature of minimalism leaves no room for fun and expressive styles. When in actuality, minimalism is about effortlessness and returning back to the basics. Minimalism is also great for downsizing, for space, to save money, or to practice more sustainable fashion choices. Minimalism is classy and timeless. It’s all about building a classic wardrobe to combat the infamous “Cluttered Closet Cycle.” From staring into a closet full of clothes, to saying “I don’t know what to wear,” to needing to buy more clothes; the cycle is brutal. But before you start purging your entire closet to start over, try a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is essentially a small consolidated collection constructed of basic, yet versatile, pieces. The capsule wardrobe is meant to show how attainable a minimalist wardrobe can be, with some intentional choices. Keep reading to learn more!
To start a capsule wardrobe, you need to decide what clothing pieces of yours are essential. And we mean essential! Be aware of pieces that don't fit, are worn out, and don't flatter your personal style anymore. Take note of how you feel in your clothes. Does it feel good? Do you feel confident? If the answer is no, those things do not go in the capsule wardrobe. Rather, focus on the things you wear often, the things you feel good in, and the pieces that go with many different outfits. Things like well-fitted blazers, a good pair of slacks, jeans, and most importantly socks! Caroline Rector, one of the originators of the capsule wardrobe trend, explains 37 pieces is a solid number. However, this can vary depending on the season. A capsule wardrobe should be built around your lifestyle with things that make you feel happy and that you love to wear on repeat. Things that ultimately make getting dressed in the morning a breeze. Here are some pieces we think should be essential pieces in your capsule wardrobe!
Essential #1: Tailored Jackets
Every guy needs a tailored jacket in his life. It is one of the most versatile pieces you could own; taking you from day to night effortlessly. Many do not realize the difference a tailored piece of clothing can be! Blazers are great to complete a button down and slacks combination, but can also dress up a casual hean ensemble. Blazers can also add a great pop of color, or statement pattern to any outfit. Minimalism doesn’t mean boring. Minimalism means versatile, and sometimes a beautifully patterned tailored blazer is that versatile piece! Always keep the fit of the blazer in mind. Ill-fitting clothes can often be the reason we don't feel confident in what we wear. It’s good to take some updated measurements, and in no time you'll be dressing for success!
Essential #2: Trousers
Trousers are another essential for your minimalist capsule wardrobe. Jeans are great essentials to have, but trousers offer versatility in texture, color, pattern, and overall feel. If you have 1 or 2 pairs of jeans, you should have just as many (if not more) trusty pairs of trousers. Like blazers, trousers are perfect whether you are dressing up or dressing down. They offer a little bit more sophistication than jeans, but the different textures offer a range of bold yet staple fashion choices. Whether it is a thick corduroy for the colder months, or a light and airy linen pant for those hot summer days; well fitted trousers can help your capsule wardrobe triple in utility. Khaki trousers are another essential many have in their wardrobes, but we suggest going with hues that compliment your skin tone, and personal style. Remember, a capsule wardrobe is using the basics to make multiple different outfits, so comfort and versatility are key!
Essential #3: Socks
Socks are also an essential to the capsule wardrobe that many overlook. With the minimalist look, details are great but too many can make the outfit look busy. Socks add the perfect amount of accessory to an ensemble! And a good pair of socks can provide support spending on where the day takes you. For the capsule wardrobe, we suggest a good selection of basics to have. The Essential Collection is perfect for this. From staple crew socks to comfy footies, the Essential Collection has all the foundational pieces you need for a capsule wardrobe. Our Performance Collection also offers a great selection of socks for those more active days, where you need just a little bit more protection or breathability. Our Essential and Performance collections offer a great range of fabric finishes, and colors to mix and match for endless combinations. Having a good collection of socks, ensures you’re covered no matter the season, and no matter the outfit.
These are just a few pieces to start your minimalist journey. With some planning, you’ll have a full capsule wardrobe in no time. Try it out for a month, and see how many different outfits you can create with just a few basics. You just might surprise yourself!