Guys' Style Hack: How to Create a Men's Capsule Wardrobe
A case for "dressing French"
I wore the same pair of jeans three days last week.
On Monday, I paired my favorite high-waisted, black Naked & Famous skinny jeans with a button-up shirt and wedges. Two days later, with gray heels and a white sequined top (a steal at Madewell after Christmas at half-off!), and that Friday that with a blazer and scoop-neck tee.
At no point did I hear, “Um, Megan…didn’t you just wear those jeans?”
Which really shouldn’t be so surprising. As much as we all tend to assume the world revolves around us (and our sublime wardrobe choices), no one actually thinks about what you’re wearing as much as you do.
I noticed this phenomenon when I lived in the south of France my junior year of college. Mes amis français always looked super chic, though I knew none of them had many beaucoup euros to spend on clothes.
One friend, Henri, would bust out this très cool blazer for class..maybe he’d wear it on Tuesday, and again on Thursday, but always in different outfit combinations. Marietta had a pair of suede boots that she paired with jeans, skirts, and dresses alike.
So what can we glean from my too cool for école pals? That a wardrobe that repeats doesn’t have to be a bad thing. That if you want to wear that blue OCBD twice in one week—once under a sweater, once with jeans and sneakers—go for it. Women will notice that you look put together, not that you’re repeating basics.
This doesn’t mean I’m letting you off the hook for putting thought and care into your outfits each day, quite the opposite, really. It’s better to repeat clothes in your closet—really great, quality clothes that you know you look and feel great in—rather than rack your brain (and bust your budget) in order to pull together a totally new outfit each day of the week.
Get started with Team SG’s can’t-miss men’s capsule wardrobe building blocks:
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