The secret to pulling off a Capsule Wardrobe is keeping your fashion choices simple and neutral – by keeping different fashion items in the same colour family you can effortlessly mix and match items to create an always on trend style.
Here’s a look at some key items that you will need to make your Capsule Wardrobe a success:
A tailored blazer is a great item to have in your Capsule Wardrobe because it can easily dress up a casual outfit. If you want to get your money’s worth then go for a navy colour as it can easily got with other neutral colours like black or brown.
Navy Blazer by Brioni available form MrPorter
Price: On Request
If you’re not big on accessorising then a simple yet sophisticated watch is an essential item. Go for a silver or black design, with a medium sized face as it will compliment most of your outfit choices.
Black & Silver Watch by Michael Kors available form Julesb
Price: R3 122.51
Cardigans or Knits
Adding a stylish cardigan or knitted sweater to your look during winter is a great way to dress up your style – always remember to keep the colour natural and follow the one button rule: keep at least one button undone at all times to avoid looking like a loser.
Navy Cardigan by Farhi available form Julesb
Price: R1 306.41
Plimsolls or Dress Sneakers
If you’re not sure which type of shoes to buy then stick this basic option, plimsolls or dress sneakers. These shoes can easily be dressed up or down, and you should try to get a pair in black and brown to match different outfit options.
Trainers by ALDO available form ASOS
Simple Black Belt
Make sure you get a simple black belt, it’s the bets way to keep your pants up but it also takes an average look and turn it into a polished or professional style. Keep it in budget by getting a relatively inexpensive leather belt, that way you can easily replace it or buy two different colours instead of just one.
Black Leather Belt by ASOS
Crisp White Shirts
The crisp white shirt is the most important piece in a Capsule Wardrobe; it can easily be mixed with any blazer, suit or coat for an instant on trend style. Another shirt design to consider is polo shirts; they fit better than T’s and will help to create a slightly more “grown-up” appearance.
Tailored White Shirt by Canali available form MrPorter
Price: R2 339.63
Dark Wash Jeans
A pair of dark wash jeans are a must for any guy trying to incorporate the Capsule Wardrobe into his life. Keep it neat and tidy by sticking with a dark blue or black design – no holes, rips or excessive bleaching will ensure that you look trendy and not trashy.
Dark Wash Jeans by Levi’s available form MrPorter
Price: R3 599.53
Coat or Trench Coat
For winter a great coat or trench coat is essential. Keep the design simple and stylish by sticking to a double-breasted, waist or knee-length design, in black, gray or brown.
Black Double-breasted Coat by Alexander McQueen available from MrPorter
Price: R23 126.90
A pair of dress shoes are a must for any young gentleman – the brogue design is best, as it will go with most of your semi formal and formal outfits.
Black Brogues by Kurt Geiger available form ASOS
Price: R1 437.20
A simple rule of thumb when buying fashion items for your Capsule Wardrobe is to stop and think of at least three existing items form your wardrobe that will match what you are about to buy – that way you are always adding items to your wardrobe that can easily be mixed and match.