3 Classic Pieces for Men’s Capsule Wardrobe

The goal for every busy man is to create a capsule closet, and today we will finally tell you how to achieve that look. The key here is versatility and balance. Every piece in your capsule closet is meant to work together effortlessly to create timeless, classic, and polished outfits.

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Tops: High-Quality Basics

Head over to Fresh Clean Threads to grab all the building blocks for your capsule collection. Quality over quantity is one thing you should remember when shopping for these foundational pieces.

Also, while you might already have a few basic t-shirts swimming in your closet, we recommend that you update them since chances are that most of these basics have seen better days.

Stay away from loud graphics and overt branding when choosing these pieces. These items are meant to help enhance your outfit rather than take away from them.

Neutral Tops

As mentioned above, you should have a selection of basic tops at your disposal to create a capsule wardrobe, and picking the right colorway is just as important as fit. Opt for neutrals such as white, black, beige, and grey.

Colors that can universally work with anything you pair with it. While we love bold print and color, we recommend staying away from them - especially in this category.

Bottoms: Fitted Pants

Say goodbye to your baggy jeans despite them being very comfortable. A capsule wardrobe is no place for ill-fitting items, especially pants. This is because a good pair of pants can help make you look leaner and taller and is a must-have for every closet.

And if your pants have any rips, even the intentional kind, we suggest you skip them over and opt for a classic pair. Here, we are purposely using pants and not specifying the exact materials; in this, you have complete freedom. Pick chinos, jeans, or linen. Just make sure they are well fitted.

Black And Brown Bottoms

The theme here is versatility. We recommend introducing a black pair of jeans and a brown pair of chinos into your wardrobe. These two pants and colors will cover a multitude of dress codes and can easily be dressed up or down.

Outerwear: Well Tailored Coat And Blazer

You need both! A coat is a cherry on top of a well-thought-out look, while a blazer adds an air of sophistication to even the most basic outfits. And like all other aspects of a capsule closet, we recommend paying close attention to quality and fit.

We understand that buying these items can be expensive, so we recommend you shop off-season for the best price. A little trick you can use is to buy them on clearance, even if you find them in a size or two big. Then, get it tailored to perfection for your frame.

It is a myth that tailoring clothes must always cost an arm and a leg. With the right tailor, you can actually end up saving money.

Colors - Black And Camel

Buy each item in both these colors. Why? Adaptability. It is a well-known fact that black is a wardrobe must-have. The camel option allows you to pair the pieces with lighter colors to create a softer and smoother impact.


While the above three items are essential to building a capsule closet, we can't ignore the power of purchasing a high-quality belt and wallet. These two items can finish off any of your looks and give the impression that you have put far more thought into your outfit than you did.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend buying a black and brown belt and matching wallet to make a more substantial impact.