The Capsule Wardrobe: Spring Business Casual

May 12th, 2015

Here at Articles of Style, we don’t want you to buy more clothes. We want you to buy the right clothes, so you can wear them comfortably and not have to replace them every year. A smart wardrobe is one that is built around versatility and longevity. Ideally, the majority of the pieces can be mixed-and-matched to create different outfits for different occasions.

To illustrate this point, here’s our first installment in a new series called “The Capsule Wardrobe”, where we give an example of a capsule wardrobe built around, what else, a tailored suit in a seasonal fabric.

The 10 Pieces

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  • One straw Panama hat
  • One lightweight mac in navy blue
  • One linen suit in subtle glenplaid
  • One sky blue button-down shirt
  • One striped polo shirt
  • One linen cardigan
  • One silk knit tie
  • One pair of slim white jeans
  • One pair of suede penny loafers
  • One pair of oxblood wingtips

And now, how to use these 10 pieces to get you through the week…


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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • Josh

    I like this type of article a lot, and I think this one was pretty well done. I do wish that you kept more of an eye on price when selecting items for your posts, though. For example, sure, that polo looks good, but $255? And $465 for the jacket? When I see stuff like this–or how heavily you feature super-expensive bespoke suits in your posts–it kind of turns me off of the site because it makes it seem as if it’s not intended for someone like me. I guess that might just be an issue of not falling into your intended audience demographic, but I figured I’d throw in my two cents.

  • Steven Santander

    That glen plaid linen suit is so versatile, I’m excited to see what comes after the sample! Perfect neutral color palette, with some of my favorite colors. Can’t wait to see your 10 pieces for the killer hot summer days.

  • Genuine Men’s Mag

    We love this, we’ll be doing something similar, but damn you always kill it Dan and Crew.. Pinning these suckers..

  • LarsBrown.

    Where is the polo from Dan? I much prefer a more formal style of polo like this one to your standard ‘Ralph Lauren’ style. Been after something like this for a while.

  • tommyjohn_45

    This series will provide great inspiration, thanks Dan.

  • AFH

    I would also prefer to see the pieces worn; I’m not that sold on the cardi/polo combo and I would like to see them modelled. Not sure about the cardigan with the loafers either actually.

    The shirt gets worn 3 days in a row, the polo 2 days in a row. The trousers get rested but still see action 3 days out of 5. The loafers also get worn consecutive days. If you’re travelling then maybe, but otherwise you’re going to want to have at least have a couple more shirts, one more pair of smart casual pants, another polo and probably a pair of white sneakers too.

  • Miguel

    Again, one of the best features of AOS, love the second outfit, I can see myself wearing that every day in summer.

  • AdamE

    As was said by others, love the concept for a series. Because we could all use a reminder of the many different ways to use the pieces in our wardrobes… But I also agree that it would be enhanced by having the looks on a person… and maybe brief description of the pieces in each look and why they were pieced together in that manner would make it even better…

  • Bryan S

    Perfect idea for a series. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Juan Zara

    A great idea for a regular series, I think everyone is going to appreciate this, and I can’t wait for it to be done with a fall/winter suit.

    However, I agree with Cam in that you really should photograph the outfits on a real live person. Skin tone, hair color, complexion and body type play a really big part in all this. I reckon the colors pictured here would work on pretty much everyone, but sometimes what works for a pale, blond, tall, heavy type won’t work as much on a lean, skinny, short and tan type.

    Can’t stress how much I love the subtlety of the glen check on the suit, it really makes it that much more versatile and unique at the same time. You guys really nailed it with this one!

  • Harrison Krupnick

    Love Tuesday and Thursday!

  • cam

    looking forward to this ongoing series. i would only suggest, for each day, someone being photographed wearing the outfit.

  • Harvey

    How are the Paul Evans shoes? I really like the idea of quality shoes for a (relatively) cheap price, but are they better than Allen Edmonds?

  • James Wong

    Dan, really liking the concept behind 10 pieces/5 outfits and it’s definitely going to be one I look forwards to seeing more regularly. However, I think it could do with a bit extra maybe, such as why the pieces work well together or a link to an article talking about the individual pieces. Keep it up.

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