All of us have once in our life looked at our full closet and thought, “Damn! I have nothing to wear”. This is for the sole reason that we buy too many unnecessary things when it comes to clothing. If you’re suffering from this then its time for you to maintain a minimalist wardrobe. What I mean by this is that you should buy the pieces that are an absolute necessity from which you could derive a number of outfits.
Here are the few pieces that you need to build a minimalist wardrobe:
1. T-Shirts (2 T-shirts + 1 Polo+ 1 Henley)
You only actually need two pairs of T-shirts in your wardrobe, i.e basic black and white tees. With these basics covered you can construct an endless number of outfits. Us, men have a tendency to buy a stupid amount of T-shirts, so if you want to go minimalistic then you have to curb your desires and think about practicality. H&m has one of the best basic t-shirts for the cheapest price.
For the days when you feel like the T-shirt might be too casual and the shirt might be too formal, you can always go with a navy or a gray polo. A henley is also a good option for those kinds of days.
2. Shirts (1 Dress shirt+1 Black shirt+1 Denim shirt+1 Ghingham shirt)
a) The White dress shirt is an absolute necessity when you have to go to a formal event as it looks great when paired with almost anything.
b) The black shirt is an absolute classic badass shirt that looks great no matter what. You can just never go wrong with a black shirt.
c) A nice denim shirt and a gingham shirt is just something that can easily be rocked for almost every casual event. The best thing about casual shirts is that you can even layer them making them even more versatile. They can be dressed up and dressed down. Protip: Have fun with the collars, go for a buttoned down or a grandfather collar.
3. Bottoms ( 1 pair of Jeans + 1 pair of Chinos)
When it comes to jeans the best thing to do is buy something that can be worn multiple times and something that goes with everything. You should either get a dark washed jeans or black jeans, so they won’t get dirty easily and those colors can be paired with almost anything.
Now coming to a more dressier option we have chinos. This can be easily called the love child of jeans and a trouser. It gives the appearance of trousers while giving the comfort of jeans. The most versatile color to go for here is khaki.
4. Shoes ( 1 White sneaker + 1 Dress shoe )
When I say that white sneakers give you ultimate versatility power, I mean it. But as Uncle Ben rightfully said, “With great power comes great responsibility” The responsibility of keeping them clean is surely a big one, but a pair of crisp white sneakers can elevate any outfit from good to great. Get the stansmiths adidas or converse chuck taylors
Buying a dress shoe is an investment rather than a purchase as a good leather dress shoe will last you many years. You have to buy a dress shoe that will go with a suit as well as your chinos + polo combo. Either go for a pair of monk straps or a nice pair of penny loafers.
You cant be wearing your Suit jacket everywhere so you also need a good casual jacket to pull off with all your casual clothing. The options are limitless. My top favorite picks are a denim jacket, a leather jacket, and a bomber jacket.
Every man needs at least one good suit in his wardrobe. A suit is an absolute necessity. To hit versatility gold in this section go either with a navy suit or a gray one.
You should at least have 6 pairs of clean undergarments and 6 pairs of clean socks in your wardrobe.