Men’s Minimalism

Dear Men,

Don’t think I forgot about you. I realize in my journey to understanding minimalism, I’ve focused on things that have interested me as a woman. As interesting as it is to see into the makeup bag of a minimalist beauty blogger or learn how many dresses and skirts are appropriate for a weekend trip, it’s time to discuss minimalist fashion as it relates to you guys. Yes, you.

The minimalist agenda for men is similar to women in that it, too, is all about keeping it simple. Brock, the blogger behind The Modest Man, provides tips for creating a lean, minimalist wardrobe comprised of what he believes are essentials.

The Essentials:

Brock lists 14 items that the average man should have in his closet. They are:

  • 1 two piece suit
  • 1 pair of wool trousers
  • 1 pair of dark wash jeans
  • 1 pair of tan chinos
  • 2 white dress shirts
  • 1 solid color button up
  • 2 solid colored t-shirts
  • 1 solid colored sweater
  • 1 pair of leather dress shoes
  • 1 pair of classic white sneakers
  • 1 necktie
  • 1 leather belt

The Modest Man goes on to provide some tips to alter this list to fit the style and variations in age and lifestyle of men using it. When deciding on suit color, he recommends Navy for younger men, and Medium-dark grey as a safe, universal choice. Regarding shirts and sweaters, there is no specific style he recommends, crew or v-neck cuts are decided upon preference. For accessories, grey or navy ties are the safest, opt for black oxfords because they are versatile, and a belt that matches the shoes.

The extension wardrobe that Brock includes for minimalist men, is comprised of 32 items. In addition to the 14 essentials listed, men can feel free to add a light wash pair of jeans, a navy blazer, navy chinos, a cold weather jacket, a peacoat, and a few extra basic Tees to their closet.



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