So you want to rebuild your wardrobe, but you just don’t know where to begin?
This problem is common, and quite understandable.
You can find too much information these days, and you can quickly get overwhelmed.
One article says to buy one thing, and another says to buy another thing. And you just don’t know what to invest in first.
When you’re in the early stages of your style reinvention, you should just ignore all these confusing voices, and focus on getting your foundational items.
You should focus first on assembling the clothes that are basic men’s wardrobe essentials.
Most Guys Lack a Good Foundation of Men’s Wardrobe Essentials
Building a wardrobe foundation is a step that most guys skip, but it’s essential to building a solid wardrobe.
It will make everything else a lot easier.
A good wardrobe foundation consists of understated, timeless wardrobe staples— clothes that will serve as the supporting pieces to your trendier, more eye-catching clothes.
You see, when most men want to start dressing better, they think they need all their clothes to stand out. They look up all the latest trends or they start wearing all kinds of crazy colors.
And nothing is inherently wrong with that. But when every item in your outfit is trying to grab the eye’s attention, then you only end up looking messy.
You need supporting pieces to keep these eye-catching clothes anchored.
With a foundation of basic wardrobe staples, you’ll always have clothes to wear your trendier pieces with.
So why don’t we all have such a foundation already?
These Wardrobe Staples Are Hardly Promoted
Fashion magazines, blogs and shops rarely promote these wardrobe staples to men. Their main focus is on promoting the latest styles and trends.
When you walk into a clothing store, you won’t often see a mannequin wearing a plain white T-shirt. (The store would much rather have you buy something expensive.)
And the point of having mannequins is to draw your attention. Simple white T-shirts won’t draw much of that.
But at the beginning of your wardrobe reboot, you shouldn’t buy any of the clothes they do promote.
You need to collect your foundation of essential wardrobe items first.
Introducing the Restart Capsule
I can almost hear you thinking, “What is the Restart Capsule?”
The Restart Capsule is a a selection of nine clothes that every man should have in his wardrobe. They’ll make the perfect wardrobe foundation for you to build upon.
What you’ll notice about the clothes below is that they are all Grade A versatile. This makes them easy to mix and match. Combining them into a bad outfit is nearly impossible (unless you get the fit wrong, of course).
The clothes below should be your first investments. They are the clothes that will help you restart your style.
The Restart Capsule exists out of the following clothes:
- Solid white T-shirt
- Solid white shirt
- Dark blue jeans
- Camel chinos
- Grey V-neck sweater
- Navy blazer
- Brown leather loafers
- Brown leather belt
- Grown-up coat
I will give a short explanation why these items are essential for your wardrobe.
Wardrobe Essential #1: Solid White T-Shirt
The solid white tee is one of the most versatile pieces you could own.
You can wear it with anything. It’s like having a blank canvas to do with what you want. You can wear it on its own during summer, or layer it during fall and winter.It’s super-simple and look much sharper than a graphic tee.
You should have a couple of these in your closet. Go for V-necks as well as crew necks for variety’s sake.
Wardrobe Essential #2: Solid White Shirt
The solid white shirt is the ultimate menswear staple. No list of wardrobe essentials for men would be complete without it.
Like the previous item, you can wear it with anything, but you can also create new looks by playing around with the buttons and sleeves. Wear it buttoned up with a tie and blazer for a dressy look, or wear it unbuttoned over a T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and look super-casual .
It just doesn’t get more versatile than a solid white shirt.
You’ll need to know how a shirt should fit though. Too many men who want to step up their style move from wearing tees to wearing shirts, but their shirts are way too billowy.
Wardrobe Essential #3: Dark Blue Jeans
Know what? I’ll just let my friend Barron tell you all the reasons you need a pair of dark blues.
It’s the only pair of jeans you will ever need.
Wardrobe Essential #4: Camel Chinos
With only 1 pair of jeans in your closet, you’ll need some alternative legwear. That’s where chinos come in.
See, chinos give you a lot more variety than having a couple of jeans in different shades and washes. They create a much more different look.
If you don’t have a pair already, make sure your first chino pants are camel.
Wardrobe Essential #5: Grey V-Neck Sweater
A grey V-neck sweater is an excellent layering piece.
Wear it over your shirts and T-shirt to stay warm during the winter months. You can also wear a blazer over it when it gets especially cold.
The grey sweater is very easy to pull off, as it’s hard to find anything that clashes with it.
Wardrobe Essential #6: Navy Blazer
The easiest way to smarten up any outfit is to add a blazer. It just makes everything look better. I suggest you get one in navy.
A navy blazer is a classic choice that will never let you down. It will match especially well with the camel chinos mentioned above, and will also look great with your dark blue jeans.
Wardrobe Essential #7: Brown Leather Loafers
Brown leather loafers are a great choice of footwear.
They’re a lot dressier than sneakers, but not dressy enough that you can’t wear them with your casual wear. They actually look amazing under jeans.
If penny loafers seem like too big a step, try wearing a pair of venetian loafers first. They tend to have a bit less embellishment, which makes them look a tad more casual.
Wardrobe Essential #8: Brown Leather Belt
Your brown leather shoes need a brown leather belt to compliment them. Although, they don’t have to be a complete match shade-wise. It’s okay if there’s a bit of difference.
Wardrobe Essential #9: Grown-up Coat
Now that you’re improving your style, you will need a grown-up coat to top the look off, as it’s often the first thing people see you in during colder times.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the pea coat, but something like an overcoat or duffle coat will work just as well.
I’ll let you pick the color yourself, but make sure it’s a neutral. That means either grey, navy or brown.
Action Step: Put the Restart Capsule on Your Shopping List
Put every item listed above (that you don’t already own) on your shopping list. They’re essential items for any man’s wardrobe and should be the first investments you make. They will stay with you for a long time, if you take good care of them.
Get every item on the restart capsule, and then experiment to figure out how to put these clothes together into a good outfit.
Until you own the complete Restart Capsule, I don’t want you spending your money on any other clothes.
Remember, you need to start investing in versatility! Don’t get sidetracked by the attention-grabbing pieces on display.
Like I said, having a solid wardrobe foundation is crucial, so do not skip this step!
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