It always seems easier for men to find the right choice of clothing rather than having to spend hours shopping for the right fit and shape. When compared to women, men wear less clothing items in their wardrobe. However, statistics from STATS SA show that male-run households spend more money on clothing as opposed to women-run households. This contrast seems largely influenced by the fact that some men are in higher-paying jobs and thus it compensates for their clothing expenditure.
Since you may have a huge wardrobe, it’s time to sort the items you’ll prefer wearing most and how to transform those staples into a capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes are convenient and cut the time taken to prepare for the day. Once arranged, you can simply select your clothing items without having to search through an entire wardrobe.
Let’s define a capsule wardrobe
Capsule wardrobes are filled with clothing and accessory items that you love and prefer wearing. They are your large wardrobe simplified into a ready to wear layout suited to the season. In essence, capsule wardrobes will change over time and thus modified to the current season (spring, summer, autumn, winter).
Is there a set number of clothing items in a capsule wardrobe for men?
No. Capsule wardrobes are customizable to suit the wearer’s needs. Therefore, you could have 30, 50, and even 70 clothing items all suited to various occasions. Some people count undergarments and accessories, while others don’t, so the number will never be the same for everyone.
Benefits of a capsule wardrobe for men
There are so many advantages to having a capsule wardrobe some include the following:
Convenience with ready selected items that all fit and match well
Saves you time deciding on what to wear
No need to spend money on new clothing
It doesn’t take up a lot of space
How to create a simple capsule wardrobe for men
One thing to note before starting your capsule wardrobe is the season. If it’s summer, you’ll create a capsule based on the hot season. Thus as the seasons changes, so too will the items in your capsule wardrobe.
Re-evaluate your clothing
This might take a bit of time because you’ll need to assess what you have in your wardrobe. See what items fit, what looks good on you, and select your favourites. It’s important to remove all items that don’t fit and those you no longer like because those will just take up space. Creating a capsule wardrobe gives you a chance to “sort” your cupboard and be more efficient.
Assess your favourite colours, fabrics, and what occasions these clothing items are best suited to; for example, work, casual, eveningwear/special occasions, date nights. You’ll eventually prioritise these pieces in your capsule wardrobe.
What pieces will you need most?
Having chosen the clothes you want to keep as well as the fabric types, colours and styles, it’s now time to see what of these you’ll most likely need. Pick out your most loved pieces keeping it practical and easy.
What’s your budget?
Yes, indeed, when it comes to a capsule wardrobe, you may just realize that you had to throw out quite a bit of “irrelevant” clothing items. This means that you may need to buy more to update your wardrobe. Working out your budget is a good way to have a better idea of how much you’re going to spend. It’s important not to go over your budget.
What to buy
When it comes to shopping for your capsule wardrobe, you may not always want several colours, not to say that colours are a bad idea. In fact, adding some additional colour pieces is good, but neutrals are fantastic to make mixing and matching effortless. Always go for top quality since these pieces will form part of a long-lasting wardrobe, you surely want them to stay looking fresh and good for as long as possible.
Watch those care label instructions! If anything, since your capsule wardrobe is long-lasting, you want to make sure that you’re taking the best care of it as you possibly can. So, wash the dark colours separately, inside out, avoid direct sunlight exposure to certain sensitive garments, and don’t over wash your items.
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