Recently, capsule wardrobes have become a big trend. They’re all about creating a small, manageable wardrobe with items that can be mixed and matched. This requires versatile garments that can take any man from day to night – whether that’s from work to the pub, or from a meeting to a dinner.
Sure, every guy needs those practical comfy clothes, like joggers, t-shirts and a good pair of trainers. But for a timeless wardrobe, here are the staples and wardrobe essentials that you need.
White Dress Shirt
Let’s start simple with a white shirt – one of the most underrated items in a man’s wardrobe. It can be paired with almost any outfit and works for a variety of occasions. Even with classic tan shorts — or maroon if you’re daring– and a pair for loafers for a clean dressed up casual look. Wear it with dark jeans or chinos when you need to go business-casual, or of course with a suit for a formal event. If you’re looking for a white shirt with a flare, then Christopher Bates’ staple white shirt with a sexy red lip kiss on the collar is the way to go.
A blazer is something you can dress up or down, making it a wardrobe must-have, but the key is having a perfect fit. But for true versatility, stay clear of black and opt for navy or charcoal. This way it can be worn with jeans and sneakers for a casual night out, or with contrasting slacks and a shirt, for a fun twist on a classic suit when you need to impress an important client. Indochino has some excellent options, at a great price point for a tailored blazer or suit.
A turtleneck is possibly the most versatile piece of clothing a man can own. They can be styled to suit any occasion and worn with anything from a denim jacket or a cardigan, to shorts or suits. Add an edge by throwing on a bomber or leather jacket, or go formal by pairing with a blazer.
What footwear can you pair with a suit, jeans, shorts, chinos and even casual trousers? That’s right, loafers. A classic but stylish form of footwear, loafers will complement every outfit in your wardrobe. There’s so many styles to choose from but we recommend penny loafers, as they looks amazing with both formal and casual wear. No matter if you are more of a classic guy, or one who likes to push the limits, Duke & Dexter has a loafer option for all.
There’s nothing like a good pair of well-made, high-quality jeans. Buy a decent pair and keep them for best, like business meetings, that first date, or meeting the parents. When shopping for the ultimate capsule jean, avoid any trends as this will date them. Stick to dark blue or black, and go for a straighter, more tailored cut. Levis has been going denim right for decades, and their dark classic or fitted cut jeans are some of the most iconic jeans on the market.
Classic and timeless yet amazingly contemporary, men’s trench coats are effortlessly on-trend. This makes them the ultimate wardrobe staple – they go with any style. Choose from a range of cuts, from longer, traditional trenches to shorter, more modern coats. Go for a quality trench in a neutral shade and you’ll be wearing it for years. For a piece that timeless, one of our all time favourite options is the classic Burberry Trench, worth every penny.
Creating the perfect wardrobe that will last without looking dated can be tough, but investing in these wardrobe staples will help you transcend trends and look effortlessly stylish.