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Man for all seasons – how to build a capsule wardrobe

Working Style's Mat Suit. Photo: Supplied.

Sally-Ann Mullin
Sun, 28 Mar 2021

Working Style's Mat Suit. Photo: Supplied.

One way to build a successful wardrobe is to limit yourself to a capsule. The concept is to select a very limited number of pieces that work well together and can be mixed and matched in different combinations. So, rather than having a closet jammed full of out-of-date jeans and suits gathering dust, hold on to only the best in show for each category. Of course, the trick is in the curation. When selecting your core items, aim for quality over quantity – natural fibres and classic cuts win over anything too trendy. I’ve listed below an example of a classic and tasteful menswear edit to give you some idea of how to put a capsule together.  

Trenery yarn dyed linen Prince of Wales check shirt, $159
A good linen shirt is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. Wear this paired with chinos and a suit jacket for textural, relaxed sophistication. Shop

Asuwere Pima daily tee, $80
A white T-shirt is a staple for any season. Make sure the one you choose is made from quality cotton and has a classic wider-fitting shape. This one works well on its own with chinos, jeans or suit pants, but also as a base layer under a knit or shirt worn open. Shop

Hugo Boss T-Christo slim fit shirt, $415 from Smith and Caughey’s
Business shirts can build up in a closet over the years. Do yourself a favour and clear out any that are too snug, worn past repair or just not your look any more and donate them to your local opshop. This will allow room for your other clothes to hang well in your closet, reducing the risk of mildew and moths. Shop

Country Road standard stretch chinos, $109
The humble chinos are a menswear staple that’s available in many cuts and colours. For me, it’s the slightly narrower cut that flatters the most. The added stretch in this pair will add comfort and range of motion. Shop

Rains long jacket, $200 from Smith & Caughey’s  
Whether it’s during a dash to the car, a public transport commute or while standing on the sideline cheering on the kids’ sports game, getting caught in the rain this winter is inevitable. Make your outerwear eye-catching by investing in this parker-style jacket from Rains. Shop

 

Crane Brothers blue marle merino zip-through sweater, $445
Zip-front knits are having a moment. This classic and unassuming shape is popping up in all areas of the internet this season. Rightly so, too. The zip and popped collar add shape to the neck and shoulders, plus they give the illusion of squarer shoulders. Wear with a T-shirt or linen shirt, over a business shirt or even under your suit jacket. The options are endless. Shop

Working Style Mats navy texture suit, $1499
A well-cut suit is a must for a menswear capsule wardrobe. Worn together or mixed and matched as separates, the jacket and trousers of a good suit allow for options. This deep navy number from Working Style is cut in a drapey lightweight wool woven in northern Italy and has a flattering double-vent jacket. The warm browns and taupes of the tortoiseshell buttons allow green, beige and browns to play harmoniously alongside this suit when piecing looks together. Shop

 


RM Williams Comfort Craftsman, $645      
An absolute must-have. A classic pair of RM Williams boots get better with age and really do last a lifetime. Handmade in Adelaide, the Comfort Craftsman comes with a specially designed inner sole to give more support and padding than the original Craftsman style launched more than 30 years ago. Shop


Icebreaker merino tech lite polo, $149.99
I’ve been crushing on wool lately, and the benefits of merino are boundless. Thermo regulating, odour resistant, easy to wash and care for and, best of all, ironing-free. This taupe polo would look beautiful alongside the deep navy suit pants or chinos. Shop

 

Oliver Peoples acetate sunglasses, $507 from David Jones NZ 
A great pair of sunglasses rounds off your look. Hero classic shapes that suit your face in subtle colours and textures to achieve understated elegance. These from Oliver Peoples do that and more. Shop

 

Stepney Workers Club Dellow suede military sneakers, $185
The S.W.C sneakers offer clean lines and a few bells and whistles. There is something sophisticated and understated about these shoes that allows them to work well with a number of ensembles. I’ve chosen the green here, but this style is also available in a wide range of tasteful hues and textures. Shop

Follow Sally-Ann @sallyannmullin


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally-Ann Mullin
Fashion and style writer
Sally-Ann is arguably New Zealand’s most respected fashion editor and stylist. Formerly the head of Bauer Media’s Fashion Department, she is also the ex-editor of Fashion Quarterly and a judge on Project Runway NZ.
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THE LIFE FREE ARTICLE

Man for all seasons – how to build a capsule wardrobe

Working Style's Mat Suit. Photo: Supplied.

Sally-Ann Mullin
Sun, 28 Mar 2021

Working Style's Mat Suit. Photo: Supplied.

One way to build a successful wardrobe is to limit yourself to a capsule. The concept is to select a very limited number of pieces that work well together and can be mixed and matched in different combinations. So, rather than having a closet jammed full of out-of-date jeans and suits gathering dust, hold on to only the best in show for each category. Of course, the trick is in the curation. When selecting your core items, aim for quality over quantity – natural fibres and classic cuts win over anything too trendy. I’ve listed below an example of a classic and tasteful menswear edit to give you some idea of how to put a capsule together.  

Trenery yarn dyed linen Prince of Wales check shirt, $159
A good linen shirt is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. Wear this paired with chinos and a suit jacket for textural, relaxed sophistication. Shop

Asuwere Pima daily tee, $80
A white T-shirt is a staple for any season. Make sure the one you choose is made from quality cotton and has a classic wider-fitting shape. This one works well on its own with chinos, jeans or suit pants, but also as a base layer under a knit or shirt worn open. Shop

Hugo Boss T-Christo slim fit shirt, $415 from Smith and Caughey’s
Business shirts can build up in a closet over the years. Do yourself a favour and clear out any that are too snug, worn past repair or just not your look any more and donate them to your local opshop. This will allow room for your other clothes to hang well in your closet, reducing the risk of mildew and moths. Shop

Country Road standard stretch chinos, $109
The humble chinos are a menswear staple that’s available in many cuts and colours. For me, it’s the slightly narrower cut that flatters the most. The added stretch in this pair will add comfort and range of motion. Shop

Rains long jacket, $200 from Smith & Caughey’s  
Whether it’s during a dash to the car, a public transport commute or while standing on the sideline cheering on the kids’ sports game, getting caught in the rain this winter is inevitable. Make your outerwear eye-catching by investing in this parker-style jacket from Rains. Shop

 

Crane Brothers blue marle merino zip-through sweater, $445
Zip-front knits are having a moment. This classic and unassuming shape is popping up in all areas of the internet this season. Rightly so, too. The zip and popped collar add shape to the neck and shoulders, plus they give the illusion of squarer shoulders. Wear with a T-shirt or linen shirt, over a business shirt or even under your suit jacket. The options are endless. Shop

Working Style Mats navy texture suit, $1499
A well-cut suit is a must for a menswear capsule wardrobe. Worn together or mixed and matched as separates, the jacket and trousers of a good suit allow for options. This deep navy number from Working Style is cut in a drapey lightweight wool woven in northern Italy and has a flattering double-vent jacket. The warm browns and taupes of the tortoiseshell buttons allow green, beige and browns to play harmoniously alongside this suit when piecing looks together. Shop

 


RM Williams Comfort Craftsman, $645      
An absolute must-have. A classic pair of RM Williams boots get better with age and really do last a lifetime. Handmade in Adelaide, the Comfort Craftsman comes with a specially designed inner sole to give more support and padding than the original Craftsman style launched more than 30 years ago. Shop


Icebreaker merino tech lite polo, $149.99
I’ve been crushing on wool lately, and the benefits of merino are boundless. Thermo regulating, odour resistant, easy to wash and care for and, best of all, ironing-free. This taupe polo would look beautiful alongside the deep navy suit pants or chinos. Shop

 

Oliver Peoples acetate sunglasses, $507 from David Jones NZ 
A great pair of sunglasses rounds off your look. Hero classic shapes that suit your face in subtle colours and textures to achieve understated elegance. These from Oliver Peoples do that and more. Shop

 

Stepney Workers Club Dellow suede military sneakers, $185
The S.W.C sneakers offer clean lines and a few bells and whistles. There is something sophisticated and understated about these shoes that allows them to work well with a number of ensembles. I’ve chosen the green here, but this style is also available in a wide range of tasteful hues and textures. Shop

Follow Sally-Ann @sallyannmullin


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally-Ann Mullin
Fashion and style writer
Sally-Ann is arguably New Zealand’s most respected fashion editor and stylist. Formerly the head of Bauer Media’s Fashion Department, she is also the ex-editor of Fashion Quarterly and a judge on Project Runway NZ.
Latest articles
Flower power – the best fashion trend for spring
Just browsing – 10 online showstoppers for retail therapy
Fresh start – green is this season's most stylish colour
Athflow – fashion’s most comfortable trend yet
Gold star – designer jewellery to covet
Sponsored
Demand driven change an easier route to carbon reduction

Taking a demand-driven approach to carbon reduction will naturally bring us into line with government targets.

Sponsored
Kiwi security technology leading the world

Businesses must take advantage of our home-grown, world-leading, internationally-valued cyber defence systems to manage risk.