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What’s worse than packing? Looking bad.

Unfortunately, a lot of guys mess up when it comes to packing for a trip and end up looking terrible with a poorly packed suitcase.

Chances are, they haven’t created an effective travel packing list which would stop them wasting time and luggage space.

What’s a travel packing list? It’s an essential checklist that outlines what you need to pack, when you should pack it and how to make the most of your luggage space.

Thanks to today’s article, you don’t need to spend hours on hundreds of different travel websites to find this information. We’ve got everything you need to know right here.

In this article, you’ll discover how to pack perfectly for every possible occasion.

We’ll covering:

  1. How To Pack For A Short Business Trip
  2. How To Pack For A Weekend Trip
  3. How To Pack For A Week-Long Trip
  4. How To Pack For A Longer Trip (2 Weeks+)
  5. Travel Packing Top Tips

#1. How To Pack For A Short Business Trip

For a short business trip, it’s essential to pack light.

What’s the best way to do this? Simple: stick to carry-on luggage.

If you have the luxury of checking a bag, things change a little. We’ll cover this later on.

But if you want to get it all into one bag, you’re going to have to choose carefully.

Choose The Correct Luggage Size

Two sizes of suitcase should make up a travel packing list
Carl Friedrik carries a wide range of luggage sizes suitable for any length of trip.

Go as large as possible without risking airline limits. Not all airlines have the same policies, a bag advertised as “carry-on acceptable” by a luggage company could work for some airlines but not others.

Currently, a bag that is 22″ x 13″ x 9″ should meet most major airline’s carry-on limits. This is subject to change! Always look up major airlines’ current standards before buying new luggage.

Some airlines are slightly more generous; many American companies will allow 24″ x 16′ by 10″. However, it’s best to have one bag that works for all purposes, so buy one that meets the slightly smaller European standards as well.

Find The Perfect Bag Design For Your Trip

Black messenger bag
Carl Friedrik’s messenger bag is a great formal option for short business trips.

The most common carry-on style is a small rolling suitcase with stiff rectangular sides. It’s essentially a scaled-down suitcase, and it works just fine.

The biggest disadvantage of the rectangular case is that it’s not very forgiving of men’s jackets. They are usually broader and longer than the case, making them hard to fit in.

Other options that may work include:

  • Military-style duffels (cylindrical, top-opening, soft-sided bags)
  • Small hanger bags (flat, soft-sided bags with built-in hanger loops)
  • Athletic-style bags (horizontally-oriented duffels with a shoulder strap)
  • Large messenger bag (flat rectangular bag with a shoulder strap)

Each style has advantages and disadvantages. Hanger bags are great for suits but leave little room for anything else, while duffels and athletic bags are easy to pack but look sloppy and tend to crumple the clothes in them.

When in doubt, a rectangular rolling case that’s just under the allowed dimensions is usually the best option. If nothing else, it’s easy to calculate its exact size if you end up in an argument about baggage limits.

Does Your Bag Suit Your Outfit?

Man wearing backpack with suit

The size and style of the bag determine how you pack it. However, remember you’re getting it for business travel, so pay a little attention to the way it looks.

You don’t want to get off the airplane and in a well-tailored suit while carrying a bright-colored nylon bag. It sets the wrong tone.

A good business bag should be dark, classic, and simple. Avoid unnecessary hardware and bright colors. An elegant monogram is acceptable.

Remember:

  • Leather is dressier than canvas.
  • Canvas is more formal than nylon.
  • Nylon is dressier than synthetic felts or furs.
  • Black, charcoal gray, and navy blue are always safe bets.
  • You don’t have to match your travel bag to other leathers like belts and shoes.
  • Leather trim is always better-looking than nylon.
  • Shoulder straps are more comfortable than leather handles (but less professional).
  • Rollers and handles are fine on the go, but collapse the long handle and pick the bag up by the small one when you meet someone. It’s just good manners.

There’s a certain amount of give here. For example, a deep hunter-green canvas bag with light chestnut leather trim is fine. Just remember to avoid making a bold statement.

Buy something that looks practical, elegant, and minimal – it’s an essential step in your travel packing list.

Bring the Right Items

Travel packing list essentials

So you’ve got the right bag with the maximum possible dimensions in your preferred style.

What’s missing?

The luggage itself, of course!

Remember that our goal here is to pack light for business. That means packing a few versatile pieces rather than an entire wardrobe for every occasion.

A weekend will only require one jacket, two pairs of pants, two shirts, and sundries. That gives you enough variety to wear several outfits across your trip while still saving space in your luggage.

Is your trip longer than two days? Then a second jacket may be necessary, along with a few more shirts.

What Should You Wear On The Plane?

  • Comfortable slacks or dark, stylish jeans
  • Casual blazer or sports jacket
  • Lightly-patterned or light-colored dress shirt
  • Brown leather shoes (business-appropriate)
  • Socks, underwear, undershirt, etc.
  • Colored pocket square
  • Dress watch

What Should You Pack In Your Carry-On?

  • One dark wool suit
  • One pair of medium-gray wool trousers or khaki slacks
  • One pair of black Oxford dress shoes
  • One leather dress-belt with a small metal buckle
  • One white cotton dress-shirt (point or spread collar, not button-down)
  • One light-colored or white dress shirt (any collar style)
  • Three pairs of socks (match to trouser colors)
  • Three pairs of underwear
  • Three undershirts
  • Two neckties, conservative colors with light patterning
  • One white cotton or linen pocket square
  • One colored cotton square (can complement, but not match, your neckties)
  • Cufflinks and tie clips/chains/pins if needed
  • Toiletries (preferably in a travel kit)

#2. How To Pack For A Weekend Trip

Man with family and packed bag

Most men do not enjoy packing – it’s the destination that excites them, not the preparation.

However, you should still pay close attention to this next point on my travel packing list.

For a casual weekend trip, many of the same rules apply from the short business trip guidelines. Pack light and only bring what you need.

However, you can certainly get away with a less formal carry-on bag with brighter colors if you wish.

To make packing for the weekend easy for you gents, I’ve compiled a list of essential items that will carry you through any occasion over a weekend trip without taking up too much space.

Sports jacket infographic

Pro Tip – Choose ONE versatile neutral-colored sports jacket that will go with everything. Good color choices for outfit coordination are navy, brown, or gray.

When packing for a short trip, it’s important to think about what you’re packing and stick to a strict travel packing list of garments.

Dark Men’s Jeans Are A Travel Packing List Essential

Different shades of jeans chart
Jeans look great with a sports coat – but you need to style them correctly. Click here to learn how.

Men’s dark, straight-leg jeans will go with absolutely any outfit you can throw together.

You can dress them up with a sports jacket and brown oxfords or pair them with a sweater and some simple sneakers for a great casual look.

White Sneakers

White men’s sneakers

A pair of these can be foregone if you don’t deem them necessary, but I find a pair of clean white sneakers really adds a great visual pop at the bottom of an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit.

Gray Flannel Trousers

The gray flannel trouser can be worn as part of a suit or with jeans in more formal settings.

You can afford to pack two pairs if you use the space-saving roll technique. More on this later.

Brown Men’s Oxford Brogues

Brown Oxford shoes feature on a good travel packing list

Polish and shine a pair of brown oxfords before you leave, they can coordinate beautifully with everything in your bag.

Save on bag weight and space by wearing them on the plane.

Men’s Dress Shirts

Bring two clean dress shirts – one in white and one in your favorite color.

Paired with 2 ties, you potentially have 4 different shirt/tie combinations for very minimal packing space.

Don’t forget collar stays; you don’t want the weight of your luggage to cause your shirts to have floppy collars.

Men’s Undershirts, Underwear, and Socks

Infographic-The-Right-Underwear-For-Your-Body-Type

Whether it be an unanticipated thunderstorm soaking your socks or a particularly sweaty summer day, you always want to have a clean set of underwear and socks.

Undershirts are also important – they can either keep you warm or help to manage sweat stains. It’s always important to assess climate, environment and formality before packing your travel bag.

Travel Items a Man Should Never Leave Home Without

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to bring your toiletries in a solid Dopp kit and pack all necessary chargers. A dead cell phone in an unfamiliar city is never a good thing.

What Should You Wear On The Plane?

  • Business suit or blazer/sports jacket with a pocket square
  • Dress slacks (when not wearing a suit)
  • Cotton dress shirt (avoid synthetics, which can get sweaty on long trips)
  • High-quality undershirt (again, sweat management can be an issue)
  • Leather dress shoes (loafers preferred – easier to slip off at security)
  • Belt to match shoes
  • Socks to match the trousers
  • Your underwear of choice

If a necktie is needed, you can slip one into the jacket pocket. That way, you’re not wearing it in transit, but you can access it in an emergency.

What Should You Pack In Your Carry-On For A Weekend Trip?

  • 2-3 cotton dress shirts
  • One pair of slacks/chinos/khakis/dark jeans
  • Socks to match trousers – one pair per day
  • One pair of underwear per day (including return travel days)
  • Undershirts as desired
  • Pocket squares for each jacket/suit
  • Neckties as needed
  • Toiletries in a zippered travel kit or Ziploc bag

It’s never over-packing if you choose interchangeable clothes that complement each other well.

For example, a navy suit can become a navy blazer and khakis by swapping the pants out, assuming you’ve got the right shirt, pocket squares, and ties to make it look natural.

Alternatively, more casual packers can remove the suit from their travel packing list entirely, wear a sports jacket on the plane, and pack a sweater as an alternate top layer.

#3. How To Pack For A Week-Long Trip

Infographic - One Week With 13 Pieces Of Clothing

A week-long trip requires more of a varied wardrobe, especially if you’re attending multiple events at differing levels of formality. A suitcase may be necessary here.

Again, the goal is to minimize luggage weight by packing items that can mix and match freely. The same blazer or sports jacket can look like a radically different piece of clothing when you change the pants, shirt, pocket square, and shoes worn with it.

I’d advise using a max-size carry-on (if multiple jackets aren’t needed) or a small suitcase.

What Should You Wear On The Plane?

  • Business suit or blazer/sports jacket with a pocket square
  • Dress slacks (when not wearing a suit)
  • Cotton dress shirt (avoid polyester/rayon, which can get sweaty on long trips)
  • High-quality undershirt
  • Leather dress shoes
  • Belt to match shoes
  • Socks to match the trousers
  • Your underwear of choice

What Should You Pack In Your Luggage Case For A Week-Long Trip?

  • One blazer, sports jacket, or dressy sweater (depending on formality)
  • An extra business suit (if required)
  • One pair of wool or cotton dress slacks
  • One pair of dark, fitted jeans
  • 4-6 dress shirts (include at least one plain white dress shirt)
  • Casual or dress leather shoes (visibly different from the ones worn in transit)
  • Socks to match trousers – one pair per day
  • One pair of underwear per day (including return travel days)
  • Undershirts as desired
  • Pocket squares for each jacket/suit
  • Neckties as needed
  • Toiletries in a zippered travel kit or Ziploc bag

The goal is to have the ingredients for several different looks as needed: the crisp business suit, the casual business slacks and jacket, the relaxed blue jeans and open-collared shirt, and so on.

According to the formality of your trip, you can adjust some of these items for your travel packing list.

For example, a man attending a high-powered business summit will need two suits and no blue jeans, whereas a vacationing man isn’t likely to need a suit at all.

Just stick to the basic principle of interchangeability no matter your formality needs. Simply adjust for climate, events, and length of stay.

#4. How To Pack For A Longer Trip (2 Weeks +)

Infographic - Interchangeable Wardrobe

When taking a long trip, you should have access to some washing facilities.

Depending on how often you’ll be able to do laundry, you may not need much more than the packing list for a week-long trip.

However, assuming you’ll only be able to do a quick wash of your shirts and undergarments, here is an example travel packing list containing essential items for a longer trip:

What To Wear In Transit

Note: Long trips often include multiple travel days, unlike shorter trips. At that point, it’s worth wearing an outfit specifically for travel rather than wearing some of your bulkier dress items.

  • Lightweight sports jacket, sweater, or performance fleece
  • Casual collared shirt (breathable safari or “expedition” shirts work well)
  • Slacks, jeans, or light-colored cargo pants
  • Leather dress belt (one that pairs with your luggage items as well)
  • Comfortable slip-on shoes
  • Socks to match the trousers
  • High-quality undershirt
  • Your underwear of choice

What To Pack In Your Luggage Case For A Long Trip

  • 1-2 business suits if needed 
  • 1-2 blazers/sports jackets
  • 4-6 collared dress shirts (both white and patterned)
  • 2 pairs of cotton or wool dress slacks
  • 1 pair of dark, fitted jeans
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters or indoor/outdoor jackets
  • 2 fitted T-shirts or other casual, non-collared shirts
  • 1-2 pairs of leather dress shoes
  • Socks to match trousers – one pair per day
  • One pair of underwear per day (including return travel days)
  • Undershirts as desired
  • Pocket squares for each jacket/suit day
  • Neckties as needed
  • Toiletries in a zippered travel kit or Ziploc bag

Choose your jackets and trousers very wisely for a trip of this length. You don’t want a single unworkable jacket/trouser combination.

Every upper-body piece should go reasonably well with every lower-body piece and vice-versa. The shirts should be a neutral meeting place between the two.

Iron shirt as part of your travel packing list

Finally, if you’re going to be living out of a suitcase for a prolonged period but you’ll have access to electrical power, put some serious thought into including an iron as part of your travel packing list.

A reliable iron, combined with hotel sinks and a small bottle of detergent (easily slipped into your shaving kit), gives you everything you need to keep a wardrobe of dress shirts and cotton slacks refreshed without ever visiting a laundromat.

#5.Travel Packing Top Tips:

Create A Packing Checklist

Ticked off checklist

I got this tip from my favorite book, Essentialism. In it, Greg McKeown discusses the the late packer scenario.

He advises that you begin packing several weeks in advance, starting with a checklist of everything you want to take along. It’s also important to divide everything into essential and nonessential items.

Everything you DO NOT need is a luxury, plain and simple.

Need an example? Easy – you need one pair of shoes to wear, but two are unnecessary. Even if you’ve intelligently included a pair of browns and blacks, it’s not something you need.

When you have extra space, you can start to consider peppering in the luxuries.

Wear Your Bulkiest Items To The Airport

Layer clothing to save space

If you’ve got hefty garments you want to take with you, just wear them on the plane!

What falls into this category? Thick sweaters, heavy jackets, boots – all of these can be worn together. There’s no need to have them take up valuable luggage space!

Get Informed: Carry On Vs. Personal Bags

You’ll be able to take one carry-on and one personal bag on most flights. Let’s do a quick rundown of the two:

  • Carry ons: Bags that can fit in the aircraft’s overhead bins. 
  • Personal Bags: Items like backpacks and laptop cases that can be held on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Airlines like Delta and Southwest have clear regulations when it comes to baggage. If it fits under the seat, they’ll simply count it as a personal item. Others (like United and American Airlines) have more specific restrictions on bag size.

If your personal bag has pockets, use them to store portable chargers, charging cables, pens, and books. Don’t let any space go to waste.

Get Creative When Packing

Creativity stems from using all the available space as best as you can.

Are you wearing a coat? Use the pockets. Stuff them with jewelry and accessories. Hell, wear MULTIPLE watches if you’re serious about bringing your A-game on the trip.

The more creative you get, the more you can include on your pre-travel packing list

Pack Your Bag Efficiently

Infographic - fold-a-t-shirt-The-Marine-Roll
Click here for a more detailed article on executing different folding methods.

The physical act of packing a bag has two goals: fit as much stuff in one bag as possible and get it all from place to place without damaging anything.

Every man has a slightly different school of packing, but in general, you should follow use common-sense guidelines for what goes where:

  • Shoes on the bottom to start the packing process.
  • Fill shoes with small items like belts, ties, or socks.
  • Store valuable items (shoes, jewelry, etc.) in a dust bag.
  • Keep toiletries together in a small case.
  • Wear a sharp outfit with a jacket on the plane.
  • Wear a jacket with good-sized pockets so you can carry a book and some snacks.
  • Leave a little room in the suitcase for souvenirs. You never know.

Most of these are common-sense guidelines, and that’s because packing light for a business trip is precisely that. Eliminate the things you don’t need, pack the things you do need, and you won’t have any problems.

Pro Tip – Tightly roll thin garments such as t-shirts and stow them in smaller bags. It’s a great way to open up space for heftier items. Rolling them also lessens the probability of creasing!

Harness The Interchangeable Wardrobe

Infographic - 16-Piece Interchangeable Wardrobe - Option 2

Gents, I’ve spoken about this already, but let me mention it again.

The interchangeable wardrobe is one of the most important concepts a stylish man must know.

It’s all about carefully selecting clothes to create multiple different combinations of outfits.

Prioritize the foundation pieces above everything else – the white and light blue dress shirts, the navy sports jacket, the grey suit.

Bold colors and patterns are great but impractical when packing smart. If you want a genuinely versatile travel packing list, opt for simple but effective clothes that you can mix and match.

Better Small Than Sorry

Small brown leather backpack
Carl Friedrik offers a range of designs – suitable for any occasion.

Make sure you know baggage limits ahead of time- that means weight as well as dimensions. Make sure your bags fall within the assigned limits, or you could run into problems.

There are some strict airlines out there! A 2019 article from Sky Scanner determined that Aer Lingus has the crown for the most stringent regulations on bag dimensions (21 inches x 15 inches x 9.4 inches). 

Go as lightweight as possible – the lighter it is, the more you can take with you. Look for bags with specialty pouches that allow for even more storage space.

Avoid Too Many Luggage Pouches

Brown leather duffle bag
Carl Friedrik offers a range of designs – suitable for any occasion.

I know I’ve only just told you to fill up those pockets. However, it’s essential to consider whether you NEED the pockets in the first place!

Even empty pockets take up space that could end up sending you over the limit.

Look at your luggage and think about the teachings of Essentialism. Anything you don’t categorically need is a luxury, so be mindful and only take the extras you’re going to make use of.

Fold And Roll Like A Pro

If you’re looking to save space in smaller bags, the fold and roll method is a lifesaver.

Rolling a suit jacket sounds tricky. However, it can be a great way of packing multiple items in one go. Check out this handy guide on how to fold and roll a suit jacket to save space:

suit jacket roll
It’s important to know how to fold a suit jacket when traveling

It’s not complicated: place your garments over each other and make sure each layer is flat. Following that, roll them all up nice and tight.

It’s that simple.

Force Yourself To Save Space

This is why the guy who invented packing cubes deserves a promotion AND a raise.

What are packing cubes? You guessed it – cubes that function as smaller bags. The idea is that they force you to stick to the essentials and make your bags all the more organized.

Cubes are handy for keeping clothing clean since they stay segregated from other items like toiletries. They come in various colors, which means you can color code everything!

There you have it, gents – the RMRS ultimate travel packing list.

Packing is as hard as you make it. Stick to the uncomplicated basics and think methodically about your requirements, and it’ll be a breeze.

But if you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out my guide on creating a completely interchangeable wardrobe.

Click below to watch the video – The Most EFFICIENT Way To Pack A Bag & Save Space

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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

old watches

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?

man wears watch

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?

watch facing inside

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

stylish watch

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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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?

man in closet

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?

fall clothing items

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

man wearing coat

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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