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You have been brushing your hair your whole life; same way, the same hairbrush. But you could be doing it wrong. The right hairbrush can create hairstyles that give you high confidence, while the wrong hairbrush can make your hair behave unpredictably.

Hairbrushes are specifically designed for certain hair types and getting the right one is essential in discovering how to brush men’s hair. This article has everything you need to know about men’s hair, hairbrushes & hair styling products.

To discover how to brush men’s hair, you will learn:

  • Hair Types And Anatomy
  • Lengths Of Hair
  • Understanding Hair Brushes
  • Types Of Hair Brushes
  • Bristle Types
  • Hair Products
  • Shampoo Vs. Conditioner
  • Wet Vs. Dry Styling

Part 1 – Men’s Hair Types & Anatomy

Before you can understand how to brush men’s hair, you have to understand your hair and the tools you can use to do so.

Hair Anatomy – Shaft, Follicle Shapes & Sizes

Every piece of hair on your scalp has two major parts: the shaft and the follicle. The shaft is the flowing strand seen on your head. The follicle is the part underneath the dermis (or skin) of your scalp.

The average hair is about 50-70 microns in diameter. Compare that to the diameter of fine beach sand (90 microns), and you can imagine how insignificant a shaft of hair feels when you press it between your thumb and index finger!

But since the human head has an average of 100,000 hairs – the slightest differences in diameter can become a big deal when you examine hair as a whole.

As you’ll find out below, hair shafts vary not just in terms of diameter but also their shape – whether it’s straight, S-, E- or Z-shaped. And that will reflect on your hair type and texture as you let your hair grow longer.

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But what’s the main cause of how your natural hair turns out? It boils down to the structure of your hair follicles (something you can’t see with the naked eye).

A hair follicle has one of the following shapes, which determines its hair type/texture:

  • Round – Straight hair
  • Slightly less round – Wavy hair
  • Oval/Elliptical – Curly hair (specifically coiled or kinky)

And the follicle’s actual size directly affects the thickness:

  • Larger round/oval shape – Thick hair (most likely straight thick or coiled)
  • Smaller round/oval shape – Thin hair (most likely straight thin, wavy or kinky)

Men’s Hair Types

Using all that info above, you’ll be able to pinpoint what your natural hair type is. Now here’s a further breakdown of the five major categories of men’s hair type:

Straight Thin Hair

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When it comes to straight hair in general, there’s a 3-inch rule: if your hair doesn’t bend within the first 3 inches of length from the scalp, it’s straight.

Here are some details that distinguish thin straight hair from its thick counterpart:
Thin straight hair has a more fragile texture, which means you have to brush more carefully.

It’s more lightweight and tends to fall flat over your head.
There’s more difficulty increasing its volume (which is why some men choose a side part hairstyle to shape it up).

It can get weighed down by hair products, causing the strands to look stringy.
It’s more prone to becoming oily.

Straight Thick Hair

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These are the critical points about thick straight hair that separate it from its thin equivalent:

  • Thick straight hair covers the scalp better.
  • It contains all 3 hair layers – the cortex, cuticle & medulla – which means it takes more time to dry up.
  • The texture isn’t as fragile as thin straight hair so that you can style it in different ways more easily.
  • It may be resistant to specific chemical treatments/relaxers or hair coloring.
  • Thick straight hair can have more volume if layered correctly by a stylist
  • It tolerates heat better

Wavy Hair

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This category refers to the wave-like patterns created by slightly curving hair. The hair shafts do NOT coil up within the first 3 inches of length. Instead, they resemble loose and stretched-out S-shapes.

You can grow out wavy hair to resemble a mini lion’s mane and enjoy plenty of texture. However – this will require more maintenance.

One advantage of this hair type is flexibility – you can style it in several different ways. It’s also less likely to be tousled by the wind than straight hair is. But it also frizzes easily, so you must maintain the waves.

Coiled Hair (Curly With Large Curls)

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Large curls require that the shafts create very distinct S-shaped (the more extreme ones being E-shapes) within the first 2 inches from the scalp. People with coiled hair enjoy lots of coverage over the head.

Some guys get to grow their hair out and become a “white boy ‘fro.” They don’t have to resort to the same fancy styles that straight-haired men use to add volume.

The actual hair strands here can either be coarse or fine (although it’s more often fine). Coarse strands are more prone to frizziness, while with fine strands, it’s harder to create well-defined curls.

Kinky Hair (Curly With Tight Curls)

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This hair type is the most textured. Its coiled intervals are so short that the shafts form sharp Z-shaped twists (hence “kinky”). These twists develop within the first half-inch of length from the scalp.

Kinky hair is mostly in men of African descent. The hair can be grown into a classic Afro and gain lots of volume. You can also choose to shave it off and make it a fade cut.

These coils aren’t as well-defined as large curls due to their naturally short state. They require much more maintenance since they can look fuzzy and unkempt after some time.

Dryness and shrinkage may also be serious problems if you’re not careful.

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Part 2 – Lengths Of Men’s Hair

Length pertains to the “extended length” when a strand flattens and extends from the scalp. It’s essential to know your category/range instead of the exact number.

You’ll need a ruler or measuring tape to figure out the exact length of your hair. If you decide to grow it out for a few months, you have to re-measure and see if it has moved up a category.

Short

Short-length hair ranges from 0.125 to 2 inches (any length under 0.125 inches would qualify as near-shaved). Coiled- and kinky-haired men most prefer it since they’re easier to keep under control.

Medium

Medium-length hair covers anything between 2 and 6 inches. This length is when learning how to brush men’s hair can begin to get more complicated. It allows for more elaborate hairstyles, but it also affects styling convenience. Medium straight hair tends to hang down at the upper range (4-6 inches), while non-straight medium hair doesn’t.

Long

If the hair goes beyond 6 inches, it counts as long. This is where straight hair gains a lot of natural volume while curly hair starts hanging down. It’s the least popular length, especially for straight-haired men (due to strands blowing around).

Part 3 – Understanding Men’s Hair Brushes

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Choosing the right hairbrush can solve different problems your hair might face or even prevent them from happening at all. That’s why you need to start by knowing the anatomy of a brush.

As shown above, each hairbrush type (with detailed descriptions found in Part 4) is dependent on the 3 major parts.

Hair Brush Shape

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Oval hairbrushes are usually the oval version of the Paddle brush, which does a fantastic job in massaging your scalp and redistributing hair oils.

Rectangle hairbrushes range from the Denman brush or Vented brush to the thinner, rectangular kind of Paddle brush. These can create more volume at the roots, flip up the hair or curl it under.

Square hairbrushes are the original Paddle brushes (as they resemble paddles). They help get rid of frizz or tangles without putting much pressure on the hair.

Round hairbrushes have either natural or synthetic bristles all over the head. When partnered with a blow dryer, they work great for shaping your hair into multiple styles. But they also come in various sizes – compatible for tight curls or even long waves – so choose the brush size carefully based on your hair length.

Part 4 – How To Brush Men’s Hair With Types Of Brushes

Below are the men’s hairbrush types that are worth considering. Each one of them has its own set of advantages. Choosing your tool is a vital step in figuring out how to brush men’s hair.

Pocket Comb

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I love how simple yet effective the pocket comb is. They have teeth closely packed together, allowing them to distribute moisture or product all over the hair evenly.

Smaller versions can grab at the roots better, making it easier to smooth the hair out or style some bangs. This comb also helps if you use any medication for your scalp.

Best for: Thick Short Straight Hair

Rectangle Brush

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This is a less common form of a paddle brush with a longer and narrower head.

Best for: All Hair Types

Vented Brush

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This brush is an all-purpose type of hairbrush. It styles your hair without flattening its shape or hindering the texture. It’s an excellent choice for adding more volume.

The bristles are flexible, widely spaced, and they pass through the hair smoothly. Holes are included along the backside to allow more airflow. These so-called vents speed up the drying process while heat from the blow dryer targets the hair from different angles.

Best for: Thin/Thick Straight Hair (any length), Wavy Hair (any length), Coiled Hair (any length)

Military Palm Brush

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If you want ultimate control whenever you brush your hair, this is the type for you. It has nylon bristles that efficiently detangle and smooth the hair.

There’s a durable strap on the back that helps keep your hand stable as you move it around. It only takes a couple of strokes – going in the direction of the hair growth – to fix up your hair entirely.

Best for: Thin Short Straight Hair, Short Wavy Hair, Coiled Hair (any length), Kinky Hair

Wide-Tooth Comb

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This comb has a row of more widely spaced teeth than the average comb or pocket comb.

The material usually is wood or plastic, but wooden combs are better in distributing oil/product evenly without causing static.

It runs through the hair smoothly, making it easier to detangle strands.

It doesn’t require much pulling on wet hair, so there is less risk of damage.

Best for: Thin/Thick Short Straight Hair, Kinky Hair, And Coiled Hair (any length).

Oval Brush

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This one is an oval version of the paddle brush, with bristles packed tightly.

Best for: Wavy Hair (any length) And Coiled Hair (any length).

Paddle Brush

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This brush effectively flattens out frizz, adds more shine, and massages the scalp.
The bristles emerge from a soft rubber cushion that makes them collapse as they touch the scalp – preventing hair from getting split or stretched out.

The tips are designed to minimize scalp damage or hair snagging.

It’s recommended that you use it before flat ironing.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair.

Round Brush

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This cylinder-shaped hairbrush comes in different sizes (smaller ones form tighter curls) and bristle types.

A round metal barrel (which contains the bristles) gives it a more defined movement.

The handle comes in a variety of grips that provide traction.

It’s useful for styles in which the strands have to bend more.

Best for: Men who want to fix up their curls or wavy patterns.

Denman Brush

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This men’s hairbrush is also known as the classic styling brush.

The head is designed to bend the hair slightly while you’re brushing it.

There are traditionally 5, 7, or 9 rows of bristles to undo all tangles.

It does a great job in redistributing oil – adding more shine to your hair.

Best for: Short-haired guys who want their hair to appear slightly thicker.

Hair Pick

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This is a flat, squarish comb with long teeth and a handle along the midpoint.
It’s useful for styling/grooming longer hair.

Best for: Kinky Hair.

Foldable Comb

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This comb is precisely what the name describes – foldable. The teeth are spaced together tightly.

The handle also functions as a casing, handy if you want to comb with you to groom your hair throughout the day.

Best for: Thin Straight Hair.

Hair Brush Sponge

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This is a specialized men’s hairbrush made of high-quality, spongy material.
It runs through the hair in small circular motions with a light touch.

Tiny holes ensure ideal spacing between each of the twists of your hair.
You must use it on hair that’s a little damp (using either water or gel).

Best for: Kinky Hair.

Part 5 – Hair Brush Bristle Types

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Here’s a breakdown of the different types of hairbrush bristles and the benefits of each one when perfecting how to brush men’s hair.

Nylon

This type works best on hair with less texture.

The stiffness allows molding of the hair into the exact style you want.

Round plastic tips help stimulate blood flow to the scalp to combat dandruff.
It’s useful for gentle brushing along the edges (but not ideal for tangle-free hair).

Wooden

This type helps naturally condition the hair by evenly transporting the oils all over it.
The bristles are durable but run through the hair gently (without producing static).

Since they’re wider, there’s less chance of breaking off strands of hair while brushing.
The bristles also function like “massaging fingers” and help increase circulation on the scalp.

Comb Teeth

The teeth of a comb are designed to make pulling, styling, and parting the hair much more manageable.

They effectively divide the hair into sections, and you can use a real hairbrush to finish the job.

They’re great for removing stubborn knots or tangles.

Boars Hair

Natural boar bristles help replenish the oils on all areas of the scalp.

Compared to other types, it pulls through coarse hair seamlessly – reducing frizz and improving texture overall.

It works great for many different hairstyles, hair types, and textures.

Mixed Bristle

This bristle type is for hybrid hairbrushes (also known as porcupine brushes).

It combines boar and nylon bristles to get rid of all tangled, coarse strands of hair.

Part 6 – Men’s Hair Products

Some of these will work better on certain hair types or lengths. When you are discovering how to brush men’s hair, the right product makes all the difference. Check this infographic to find out how much hold & shine each product has.

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Men’s Hair Cream

VITAMAN’s natural men’s hair creme has a clean matte finish and flexible hold. It is a water-soluble formula and washes out easily, and is pH balanced to suit the chemistry of your hair and scalp.

Cream or creme is an excellent choice for hair that’s dry and coarse. A natural men’s hair creme contains natural oils to undo fluffs or frizzes. It fixes the hair without that stiff or greasy feeling – making it stronger, shinier, and more flexible.

Best for: Thin/Thick Short Straight Hair, Wavy Hair (any length), Coiled Hair (any length)

Men’s Pomade

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VITAMAN’s natural pomade for men won’t leave any oily or greasy build-up in your hair. And because it’s water-soluble, it will wash out cleanly every time.

Pomade is a shining ointment that comes from mineral oil. It doesn’t harden up like gel, and it’s creamier than wax. The hold can be anywhere from medium to light-hard – so it’s perfect for keeping the strands clumped together. Guys who want a “bed head” look can also use a natural pomade for men to make the hair messier.

Best for: Thin Short Straight Hair

Men’s Hair Clay

Clay works like pomade, except that it’s stickier. It enhances wavy strands without weighing the hair down. It contains nutrients that nourish both the hair and scalp. Clay also cleans out dirt without drying out natural oils. Furthermore, it combats frizzy strands.

Best for: Short Wavy Hair

Paste

The paste is most compatible with larger hair curls. It’s usually water-based and easy to wash. It gives the hair a good amount of flexibility. When blow-dried thoroughly, it adds volume and definition to your curls. The hair ends up looking shinier.
Best for: Short/Long Coiled Hair

Wax

Wax functions similarly to gel, except it’s more pliable. You can touch or make adjustments to your hair once applied. It can add a good amount of volume to short haircuts. It’s also useful for spikes or any combed back style like the pompadour. However, not great for curls.

Best for: Thick Short Straight Hair

Mousse

Volume is the primary goal of mousse. The foamy substance surrounds every strand with polymers to create a fuller look. As a result – the hair becomes thicker-looking (especially if the mousse is applied at the roots and blow-dried right after). There is no residue or flakes left behind.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair

Lotion

Hair lotion rehydrates and repairs damaged hair. It contains keratin and panthenol, which prevent the strands from breaking off or over-drying. It finishes up the hair with more shine and softness.

Best for: Thin/Thick Long Straight Hair, Long Wavy Hair

VITAMAN’s range of men’s natural hair products is free from harmful artificial ingredients and synthetic chemicals and won’t flake throughout the day. They’re also water-soluble – meaning they wash out easily at the end of your day.

Part 7 – Using Shampoo Vs. Conditioner

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You hear these two products all the time. But some men don’t understand how they’re different – or which one they ought to use and how oftenand why it effects how to brush men’s hair. So if you desire hair that you can brush quickly and fluidly, take note of these points:

Men’s Shampoo

It rids your hair of unwanted substances like dirt or pollen.

The formula is 70-80% water and may contain detergents, foam-creating ingredients, plus some conditioning agents or thickeners.

You should NOT use shampoo every day – every 2-3 days is ideal.

Avoid changing shampoos and stick to what works (because your hair can tell brands apart and may become intolerant of a new product).

Always use a natural men’s shampoo – avoid those with artificial ingredients because these can dry your hair and scalp.

Men’s Conditioner

Designed to strengthen and moisturize hair, it’s also a reliable cleaner when you don’t use shampoo.

Most conditioners contain:

  • Proteins.
  • Oils from fruits or herbs.
  • Small amounts of glycerin or similar compounds.
  • Silicon/mineral oils (to soften the hair further).

The frequency of use depends on how healthy your hair already is. Men with smooth and shiny hair can skip conditioning for a day or two.

It’s OK to use conditioner once a day in the shower – as it prevents breakage and friction when you brush your hair later on.

Remember to go for a natural men’s hair conditioner not to dry your hair and scalp (the exact opposite of what you want!)

That last point about conditioner says it all. For guys who don’t want frizzy hair or to experience pain while brushing – they need the right natural conditioner more than they need shampoo (settle for a mild shampoo that does a decent job). Keeping your hair healthy is vital when learning how to brush men’s hair.

Part 8 – How To Brush Men’s Hair- Dry Vs. Wet Styling

This section is about comparing the two primary ways of styling your hair.

When Wet Styling Is Better

In wet styling – the hair is ideally damp (not soaking wet or straight from the shower). The moisture works to your advantage when your hair has a ton of curls or coils. The benefits are as follows:

  • Wet styling lessens the amount of fuzz (especially for tightly coiled hair).
  • It allows your fingers or the hairbrush to run through the hair more smoothly.
  • This lubricates the hair so that the product spreads more evenly.
  • It gives the hair a fuller and smoother appearance.

You end up using less product (and saving more money) by using it more efficiently.

When Dry Styling Is Better

For guys with straight or longer hair, dry styling is more appropriate for these situations:
If your hair isn’t 100% naturally straight and you want to maintain its straightness, it’s better to style your hair dry (which is its strongest state).

Damaged or tangled hair should be styled up, pulled, and blow-dried while it’s dry (since it’s more vulnerable in its wet state).

When you want a matte or non-shiny finish, and the hair is kept precisely one way for a while – dry styling is the way to go.

The above information will do more than teach you how to brush men’s hair, it will turn you into a hair savant!

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

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The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

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As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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