How To Build A Minimalist Wardrobe For Men

When we think of minimalism, it conjures images of clean lines, white spaces, and ‘less is more. The concept of a minimalist wardrobe for men translates to quality items, multi-purpose garments and neutral tones providing versatility.

An important aspect of a minimalist wardrobe is to ensure it contains garments that can be interchangeable.

What is Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe consists of a collection of items that can be mixed and matched, and worn for any occasion. Another consideration is having a limited number of pieces that would not go out of fashion.

It does not mean a capsule wardrobe should be boring. It means that the capsule collection allows for versatility and simplicity. The end game is to make shopping for clothes easier. 

Minimalist Wardrobe For Men Ideas

To help you get an idea of the items which may work for you, this guide will assist in building your minimalist capsule wardrobe:


Crew Neck

minimalist wardrobe white t-shirt

The T-shirt is the staple item in the capsule wardrobe.

It’s best to stick with 2 or 3 muted colours; we suggest white, black, navy and forest green.  These combinations work for all seasons and can easily be mixed and matched with other items.

Polo shirts

minimalist wardrobe - polo shirt

The polo shirt provides a perfect mix of casual style with a simple look yet classy.

Keep the colour neutral with the rest of the minimalist wardrobe.

Find a fit to compliment the silhouette of your body shape. Stay away from the baggy oversized style.

The polo shirt can work with chinos, shorts, jeans, blazers, sneakers and formal shoes.

Minimalist Wardrobe Sweatshirt

minimalist wardrobe sweatshirt

A good sweatshirt can be worn as an extra layer during the evenings of warmer months and also worn as an essential item during the cooler months. Go for an unstructured logo-free look.


minimalist wardrobe knitwear

Regarding wool knitwear, there are many styles to choose from. Make sure it fits well and is not too baggy. Opt for a jumper in black, grey or navy, it will give you options to pair with jeans or chinos effortlessly.

Minimalist Wardrobe Formal Shirt

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Even though the formal shirt is typically worn with a suit, it can be paired with chinos or even jeans for that business casual look.

A white slim-fit shirt with a cut-away collar can be worn without a tie and still make you look sharp.


minimalist wardrobe chinos

A casual pair of chinos is versatile enough to be worn for smart occasions and yet look good for a casual outing too.

Perfect for a summer outfit or business casual attire.   Opt for a dark colour for evening wear or the office. Stick to khaki or a lighter tone for the summer days. Chinos are a staple item for your minimalist wardrobe.


minimalist wardrobe jeans

When it comes to jeans, go for a midnight blue wash. The darker the look the more versatility and choice you’ll have for matching with other items.

Jeans can be paired with an overcoat, blazer, sweatshirt, dress shirt, blazer and both formal and informal footwear. White sneakers or tan formal shoes work well with dark jeans.

Minimalist Wardrobe Jackets


minimalist wardrobe overcoat

The overcoat can be worn in both informal and business casual settings. The fit and tailoring of a good wool overcoat can provide a flattering silhouette. We suggest a dark colour to give that streamlined look.

Rain Jacket

minimalist wardrobe rain jacket

The rain jacket can be a tailored piece or a more casual jacket. Whichever form the jacket takes, it needs to keep you dry in a shower and stand the test the time as fashion trends come and go.

Opt for a trench coat for the tailored silhouette or a breathable shell hooded jacket for weekend outings.


minimalist wardrobe blazer

The casual blazer is versatile enough to be worn with multiple pieces in your minimalist wardrobe.

Opt for a good quality wool grey, which will last for years.


Formal Shoes

A pair of oxfords or brogues is essential for the minimalist wardrobe—the perfect footwear for formal occasions and the business casual setting. Black is a wise choice for those formal occasions. A tan or brown colour is ideal for casual events.


Casual Shoes

White Sneakers

White sneakers have a timeless appeal that allows them to survive the passing fashion trends. The versatility of the white sneaker enables it to look good with any item in the minimalist wardrobe.


A good pair of leather boots are an item every man should have in his footwear arsenal.

Generally, brown or tan boot adds an element of style for the colder months. Be sure to work with the neutral hues with the rest of your minimalist wardrobe.

Leather boots

Minimalist Wardrobe Suit

For those formal occasions when a suit is required, we recommend it to be dark navy and tailored.

A fitted suit can be dressed up with a formal shirt, an overcoat or dressed down with some white sneakers for a casual look. It’s an essential item to have in your minimalist wardrobe.

By: Stephen Antonio