Building A Capsule Wardrobe For The Man In Your Life*

*This is a collaborative post*

It would appear that summer - weather wise - is now all but a distant memory. Alas the chilly, grey and drizzly weather has finally arrived which can mean only one thing! Autumn is lurking just around the corner. (23rd September to be exact.)
With this change of seasons will also come a change in clothing. Out with the old and in with the new. We'll all no doubt be rooting for our warmer wear from the dark depths of our wardrobes. High street stores will be stripping their shelves bare of anything that looks remotely summery. And out will come all the new autumn/winter lines. I'm not going to deny it, I do absolutely love this time of year and indeed the fashion, but it can obviously get pretty costly changing your wardrobe with each season. Especially if you're someone who likes to follow trends. 
If you've followed GirlGoneDreamer for a while then you'll probably have read my post on creating a capsule wardrobe. To this day I'm still an avid believer that you can invest in several basic wardrobe essentials and you'll be covered whatever the season or occasion. That particular post was aimed at women but there's no reason why you can't also build a capsule wardrobe for the man in your life. 

So what does a capsule wardrobe for a guy look like? 

For starters, I'd recommend that every guy invests in a quality pair of jeans. It doesn't matter whether the weather is grim or glorious, if you've chosen a decent, well fitting pair then they'll always look good and you'll already be set for several different looks. Jeans can be dressed up with brogues or dressed down with trainers which makes them a key wardrobe essential. 

It's sensible to have at least one other pair of pants for smarter occasions. Personal preference will dictate what sort of trousers you opt for but my boyfriend loves his chinos and they look the part every time whether it be at a posh function or just out in a club. Again brogues look really good with chinos but trainers can still dress this look down if you prefer. 

Classic White Shirt 
In terms of upper wear, I'd advise investing in some quality classic pieces such as white shirts. Patterns and colour can quickly go out of style so they don't really work when building a basic capsule wardrobe. 

Polo Shirt

You also can't go wrong with a couple of t-shirts and of course the classic polo. In summer these can be worn on their own, and in winter your man can throw a sweater over the top. There are many polo shirts on the market but my boyfriend loves his Under Armour Performance Polo from Jacamo as it does more than just look good. Not only is it comfortable with a smooth snag free finish but it has been designed to wick sweat away from the body via its Moisture Transport System. This makes this polo a versatile wardrobe piece as not only is it perfect for a casual look but if your man is an avid sportsman then he can also wear it to the gym. 

Crew Neck Sweater 
When the weather does take a turn, you won't want your man to be cold so you'll need to invest in a classic sweater such as a crew neck which can be smartened up with chinos or dressed down with jeans. Again stick to a classic colour that won't look outdated as trends change. 


If you hadn't already gathered from my mentions above, I'd recommend two pairs of footwear for your mans basic capsule wardrobe and these are brogues for dressing up and trainers/sneakers when he wants a more casual style. 
The Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Trainers look a little smarter than some other pairs which is why I love them. Not only do they dress up jeans nicely but they still look casual enough to be worn with tracksuit bottoms. These particular trainers have a leather upper, a rubber outsole and the cloudfoam feature adds extra comfort. Described on Jacamo as having a timeless vibe, I'd be inclined to agree. 

It goes without saying that at some point, every man will need to wear a suit whether it be for an interview, to work or perhaps to a friend's wedding. Choose a classic well made, well tailored suit in a colour such as charcoal that will stand the test of time. 

Finally, your man will need appropriate outdoor wear whatever the weather. Opt for a smart jacket or blazer for the warmer months and a classic wool winter coat or warm waterproof for when it gets cold. This should keep him covered all year around. 

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