When the capsule wardrobe trend was introduced into the fashion scene, many didn’t know how impactful it would be. Owning less, yet higher quality clothing, aims at offsetting the environmental travesties of fast fashion.The concept of a capsule wardrobe tells of a more sustainable way to curate your closet. Fast fashion focuses on passing trends and seasons, think brands like Nike, H&M, and Old Navy. Unfortunately, large companies like these are among the leaders in waste production and environmental pollution.
This is precisely where a capsule wardrobe comes in handy. Not only is it beneficial for the environment, but there are so many direct benefits for you too! With no further wait, here are some of the top benefits to owning a fashionable, consolidated, capsule wardrobe!
Benefit 1 of a Capsule Wardrobe for Men: Clean, Easy Style
Creating a clean, comfortable style is something that many men cannot say they’ve achieved. Sometimes, it's a suit at work, sweats at home, and no in between. A base capsule wardrobe is the perfect remedy for this type of rut. Classic tees, dark wash jeans, joggers, and a nice jacket are all fashionable, yet comfortable options to fill your capsule wardrobe. Make sure to invest in quality materials as well as neutral colors for longevity of your clothing and style. Check out this article from Styles of Men for a great example of a base capsule wardrobe.
Benefit 2 of a Capsule Wardrobe for Men: Ease of Dressing
When you have a limited amount of clothing to choose from, it’s easier to get dressed. Staring into an overflowing closet is overwhelming and paralyzing, perhaps leading to our partner dressing us. Ever been there? With a thoughtfully curated wardrobe, you’ll almost be able to pick out your wardrobe in the dark. Not only will there be limited options to choose from, ideally all your clothes will be similar in color scheme and style. It’s as easy as that!
While building this, look for clothing that is versatile. A jacket that can be worn in the office or out to dinner. Those sneakers that look great with both jeans and sweats. Color can also have an effect on versatility. Neutrals are a classic place to start: black, gray, white, beige, navy, and brown. Understated colors, like stone-washed blue or green, can add a bit of color while still maintaining a sense of neutrality.
Benefit 3 of a Capsule Wardrobe for Men: Space-Saving
Making room in your wardrobe for only clothing that makes you feel comfortable often saves massive amounts of space. Use it to store accessories that will refine your outfits! Hats, watches, bracelets, wallets, and belts are all pieces that raise the frequency of a look. Details keep your wardrobe interesting. These accessories are also small and therefore easily stored. Having a couple options, like a watch with a metal band and one with a leather band, is an ingenious way to keep your wardrobe fresh.
Still have room left over? Now you can use the surplus closet space for extra storage. Try sports gear, office papers, or records in tidy boxes for more space in other areas of your home!
Benefit 4 of a Capsule Wardrobe for Men: Signature Looks
While a capsule wardrobe is often full of basics like tees and jeans, that’s just a base! Try adding a couple pieces that speak to who you are. This can be bold or subtle, but adding touches that are uniquely you, can elevate not only an outfit but also your confidence. Choose your favorite color and pick a unique tie that matches. Make a point to wear a dressy blazer with jeans. Whatever it is, find the outfits that make you feel like a million dollars and run with it. Create your signature capsule wardrobe and wait for the compliments on your personal style.
Building a capsule wardrobe is a rewarding process. It takes time and self-evaluation. However, the benefits of time and money saved plus a comfy yet fashionable wardrobe outweigh the cons. Putting in the time and effort upfront can ensure a happy and sustainable future for you and the planet!