The man’s guide to capsule wardrobes

What is a ‘capsule wardrobe’?

A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of garments designed to maximise the use of these items to create a wider range of clothing combinations, and then to wear only these collections throughout the season. Each shirt should be matched with each pair of trousers, etc. The range of possible combinations should cover the entire wardrobe needs of the person for whom it is created. This outfit constitutes the owner’s exclusive wardrobe for a period of three months. All other clothing in this person’s wardrobe is stored for the next season or donated.

The main aim of Capsule Wardrobe is to reduce the dissatisfaction of owning too much clothing by curating a highly intentional and versatile clothing collection in a specific size. The collection includes only everyday clothing such as shirts, trousers, jackets and shoes, and excludes accessories and special garments such as underwear, accessories and sportswear. It is a minimalist approach to dressing, a perfect way to refocus on quality rather than quantity.

The concept of the capsule wardrobe has been around since the 1970s, when a London boutique owner coined the phrase. A few years later, designer Donna Karan released a line of women’s workwear designed to simplify a woman’s wardrobe while making the most of it. Although capsule wardrobes have disappeared in terms of popularity, they have been covered more often recently and entire blogs have appeared dedicated to the concept. Most capsule wardrobe guides are aimed at women, but this one will be aimed specifically at men.


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