The concept of capsule wardrobe is becoming increasingly popular. It was introduced by a London boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s and popularised in 1985 by an American designer Donna Karan. Capsule wardrobe relies on simplicity and functionality – the ideas that are at the core of Baldur Clothing as well. In short, a capsule wardrobe is a selection of a few essential clothing items that do not go out of fashion. The concept has been developed for women, but is just as applicable for men. So how can you build a capsule wardrobe for men?
Evolution of men’s fashion
Fashion has been an ongoing revolution since the beginning of humanity. Animal skins, leaves of trees and natural fibers were used to create minimalistic clothing. Originally used to protect against the harshest elements of the planet, fashion evolved over millions of years to emerge as a style system that can display rank and fortune. While at this time, historians believe, fashion was purely functional and was not associated with enhancement of appearance or confidence.
Bigger became better in the 1930s where full-cut trousers, double-breasted suits and tuxedos with tails established the standard for dressing for gentlemen. With the war in the 1940s, leading to restrictions in wool, pleat-free pants and single-breasted jackets become the norm. In the 1950s, trim tailoring and accessories led the trend while bold colours and graphic patterns were the buzzwords in the 1980s.
With the pace of life increasing significantly in recent years, people started looking for ways to optimise their clothing decisions. The concepts of capsule wardrobe and work capsule wardrobe became more popular. Smart casual and business casual dress codes made its way to work capsule wardrobes in this decade.
Key attributes of a capsule wardrobe for men
We discussed how to build a minimalist wardrobe for men in one of our earlier posts. The concept is very similar to capsule wardrobe, so let’s get into more details:
- Get at least 2 nice suits – one for winter, one for summer. I’d recommend to have 2 for each season. Suit is classy, works for many occasions, and you don’t need to spend time thinking what to wear with it.
- Dress shirts. Get at least 5, but I would recommend having 10. Most of them should be white, but get a few blue ones as well.
- T-shirt is a great item to have in your wardrobe. You can wear them casually, or in occasions that are more formal where smart casual dress code is appropriate. Make sure to buy plain t-shirt, without logos or text. Mix long sleeve shirts with short-sleeved ones and have them in different colours.
- A mix of polo shirt, button down shirt, and casual shirt. Might as well be 1 each.
- A sweater and a blazer.
- A pair of slacks and a pair of jeans. Mix and match them with t-shirt or items from point 4.
- It is usually enough to have 3-4 pairs of shoes. Invest in a pair of dress shoes to go with your suit, a pair of sneakers (I personally love converse and jeans), and a pair of loafers.