The idea of a capsule wardrobe has been around since the 1970s, but in the past few years it’s really taken off in the public consciousness and fashion media. If you aren’t familiar with the term, the idea is to have a remixable wardrobe made up of of items that won’t go out of fashion and can be mixed and matched interchangeably to create a large number of outfits from a relatively small number of items.
Although I might not have used that terminology when we got started, my goal with Bluffworks has always been to produce men’s wardrobe essentials that will never go out of style, are durable enough to stand up to years of heavy use, and that allow us to look great in just about any situation.
And now that we’ve added the Meridian Shirt and the Gramercy Collection to our lineup, I feel like we can finally start to put together a men’s capsule wardrobe beginning with Bluffworks products!
We worked with photographer and stylist Matt Hartman to bring to life a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you’ll love to wear. Check our suggestions on how to style some of our key pieces, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
1. Business Formal
With our new Gramercy Collection, we now offer casual suits for men that are suitable for all but the most formal, black tie occasions.
What’s great about Bluffworks pieces, though, is that they’re also incognito travel clothes — so you can go straight from an airplane to the boardroom without a wrinkle. Or pack your suit to travel with you without needing an extra garment bag — or a dry cleaner. (Did I mention it’s a machine washable suit? Because that’s kind of a big deal.)
The Gramercy Collection is what’s known as matched separates, meaning that unlike with a traditional suit, you can get the exact size and cut you want in both the pants and the blazer. These are investment pieces that will more than pull their weight in your wardrobe, because they can also do double duty as separates in more casual circumstances.
Match them together to create this more formal, traditional suit look, or wear them separately to double your wardrobe options. The choice is entirely up to you.
Says Matt: “A navy suit is a staple in a man’s wardrobe. It can be worn in any occasion and look sharp. This combo was inspired by the traveling businessman who’s headed to a same day client meeting. When it comes to pairing with a navy suit you cannot go wrong with either a pair of black or brown shoes. My particular style spin on this combo is the knit tie. It’s not overly common and adds a touch of texture."
The Bluffworks Business Formal Capsule Wardrobe
- The Gramercy Suit in Blue Hour
Get both the pants and blazer:
- The Meridian Shirt in Peak Blue Tattersall
- Navy Knit Tie from OTAA Australia
- Navy Trimmed White Linen Pocket Square from Alara Shirt
- Socks from Vybe Socks
- Double Monk Shoes from Martin Dingman
2. Business Casual
When you want to look smart, but don’t need the formal styling of a full suit, our Gramercy Blazers go remarkably well with almost all of our pants — like the Originals in Khaki shown above. And our Meridian Shirt provides a crisp look without the pain of ironing, with or without a tie.
The idea behind a men’s capsule wardrobe is for each of the pieces to do double or even triple duty, mixing and matching to create many options from a few core items. If your capsule wardrobe for work contains a few pairs of Originals in your favorite colors, a couple of Meridian shirts, and a Gramercy Blazer, you’ve got more than a dozen different outfits. Throw in a pair of Gramercy Pants and mix and match your accessories and you can probably double that outfit count. Plus, with the quality and durability of Bluffworks products, you won’t have to replace or refresh your whole closet every season or two.
I also use the Gramercy Blazer as an extra layer when I’m traveling. It works well instead of a sweater on a cold airplane, as an extra layer when I’m touring a city or hiking, and even as a layer against rain in a pinch. (Can you think of any other blazer that can do that?)
Says Matt: “This combo was styled to be worn by the everyday business man like me. My signature on this particular business casual outfit are the Longwings shoes since I believe when it comes to business casual you should not underestimate your investment in your shoes. The rest of the combo came together playing off the earth tone spectrum."
It's wardrobe math that really adds up.
The Bluffworks Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe
- Clinton Stripe Socks from The Tie Bar
- Italian Leather Belt from Martin Dingman
- Durham 38mm Watch from Daniel Wellington
- Longwing Dune Chromexcel from Grant Stone
I’m not going to lie: this is pretty much how you’ll find me dressed any given day of the week. I’m constantly running around the city going from office to coffee shop to a vendor’s warehouse, riding my bike or catching a train. So I’ve got to have clothes that can move with me, but still look decent when I have to jump on a video call for business.
The Chinos are our most casual pants, with the look and feel of a classic cotton chino, but the durability and wrinkle resistance you know and love from Bluffworks. Paired with a Meridian Dress Shirt, I feel comfortable running through a subway station or chatting with someone for work.
This is also one of my favorite combos for travel clothes, because they’re easy to wear and even easier to pack. Plus a nice pair of chinos and a button down shirt will get you in almost anywhere you want to go, from a museum or gallery to a decent restaurant, anywhere in the world.
Says Matt: “This look was inspired by two types of guys... the technology startup engineer and an executive relaxing on the weekend. A classic pair of chinos with a nice pair of leather sneakers always looks great with a nice Oxford shirt to deliver a comfortable but stylish look."
The Bluffworks Casual Capsule Wardrobe
I hope to share more styling suggestions for you in the future, and we’re working on launching more products with the aim of creating a complete Bluffworks “capsule wardrobe.” Is there something in particular you’d like to see added to the lineup? Let us know in the comments below.