Sustainable fashion: Men’s capsule wardrobe checklist

mens capsule wardrobe checklist

We’re all looking for ways to alter our lifestyle and be friendlier to the environment, including our fashion choices. That’s why many people are now avoiding poorly made fast fashion pieces — that’ll be worn a few times then sent to landfill or burned — and investing in high-quality designer pieces instead.

Not only can your designer clothes last you a long time but, if you pick out a few staple pieces that you can wear time and time again, you’ve got yourself a capsule wardrobe that’s bound to last you years. But what do you need to start it off? Just take a look at the list below to start building yours.

A crisp button-down shirt

Smart occasions call for a crisp shirt, so make sure you have a few to choose from in your capsule collection. To make sure you can wear your shirt with a variety of different outfits, stay away from bold patterns and stick to plain colours, such as white, pink or pale blue. We love the blue and lilac pastel hues of these Stenstroms shirts, which are ideal for wearing with a suit or dressing down with a pair of jeans.

A timeless tee

A T-shirt is the go-to piece for any casual outfit, so make sure you stock your capsule collection with a few of them. Plain T-shirts free of bold patterns and overwhelming logos are a timeless style that you can wear for years to come but, because T-shirts won’t go out of fashion, you can afford to be a little more adventurous with your colours here.

So, you could opt for a classic grey or black hue, like these Norse Projects tees or, for a bit more colour, the yellow of this three stripe Norse Projects T-shirt is ideal for brightening up your wardrobe and is versatile enough to wear with a number of casual outfits. For those colder months, the wintery hue of this ruby wine Edwin tee is perfect. Just throw on a sweatshirt to keep yourself warm and cosy.

Cosy knitwear

To keep you warm in the colder months, you’re going to want to invest in some knitwear. We love the versatility of this Paul & Shark Shetland wool sweater, which is great for throwing over your T-shirt in the winter but can be worn over your dress shirts for a sharp, sophisticated look. For that off-duty look, this Fred Perry jumper is ideal for keeping the heat in and can be worn with jeans or chinos for a casual or smart-casual style.

A classic pair of jeans

What wardrobe would be complete without jeans? They’re the ultimate casual staple, so it’s wise to invest in a good quality designer pair that will last. The shape and colour you go for depends entirely on your preference, but these Edwin slim fit jeans have a tapered leg for a comfortable and timeless cut, so you’ll be able to wear them for years to come. 

A well-tailored suit

For those formal occasions, a well-tailored suit is a must have. If you’re looking for a suit that’s appropriate for a range of occasions, it’s best to go with a simple suit in black, navy or grey, like this sophisticated Paul Smith Mayfair one. Then, you can match it with one of your button-down shirts and a pair of smart shoes for the perfect formal outfit. For more smart-casual events, opt for a pair of chinos or jeans and a blazer, like this Hugo Boss charcoal grey jacket.

A pair of comfy trainers

For those off-duty days, you’ll want some stylish casual shoes to perfect your look, so you’ll need a versatile pair of trainers that you can wear with most of your outfits. These leather Shoe the Bear trainers are perfect for wearing with almost any ensemble, including your smart-casual outfits. If you prefer a sportier look, these Paul Smith trainers are ideal — and they come in khaki, too!

A pair of smart dress shoes

Your capsule wardrobe should also include a pair of formal shoes. Brogues are ideal for occasions that call for something smart, as you can match them to a suit or dress them down with a pair of jeans. Plus, their timeless style will mean you can wear them for years to come.

The colour you go for depends entirely on the outfit you choose to wear them with. For a light grey or navy suit, opt for a brown pair, like these tan Oliver Sweeney brogues. But, for a dark grey or black suit, you’re best sticking to black footwear, too.

Or, you could match them to your jeans for your smart-casual outfits. For navy jeans, opt for brown brogues. But, if you’ve got black jeans, try to wear to black brogues instead.

Here at Pritchards, we’ve got a wide selection of stylish designer clothing and shoes that make the perfect additions to your capsule wardrobe. We update our lines regularly, so check our new arrivals to see our latest additions to the collection.

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