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Capsule wardrobe for dating

As February is the "month of love", I decided to compile a Capsule Wardrobe for Dating. After I shop with a client, I often put together a list of outfits for them so they can remember what I suggested whilst shopping, and get maximum use out of the items they bought, mixing and matching the pieces to create outfits for all occasions.

I thought it would be useful to do this for a "dating wardrobe" as it's important to look good for your date, and it helps give you the confidence you need too. So, over the next 2 weeks in the run up to Valentine's Day, I'll be posting the outfits I made up from the pieces below. There's 20 outfits in all, ranging from Casual to Smart with more emphasis on the outfits in between as this is what I find most men struggle with.

Here are the pieces I used to make up the outfits. I'll be adding in lots more accessories to complete the looks as I post them up. Click on each image to take you to the relevant website to shop the garment.

Jackets

Valentino peacoat - Browns - capsule wardrobe for dating Rag & bone blazer - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for men

A peacoat looks relaxed enough to wear with jeans but dressy enough to wear with tailored trousers, so it earns it's keep in versatility. Choose one in a lighter fabric to see you through to Spring. I opted for this grey blazer as being unstructured and unlined, it's softly tailored for weekends, but still gives a refined nod when needed for a more sophisticated situation.

Trousers

A.P.C. jeans - what to wear for dating - personal shopping & styling for menAlexander McQueen trousers -  dating - personal shopping/stying for men

Dark indigo jeans give a clean and modern vibe but are classic enough for all ages. Go for slimmer cut with rolled hems if you want a younger statement, or choose straight leg for a polished, grown up feel. These navy trousers are a cotton blend which means they bridge the gap between formal and casual making them infinitely adaptable.

Shirts

Browns shirt - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for menKenzo shirt - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for men

Burberry Prorsum shirt - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling men

I've chosen three shirts which I like to think of as contemporary classics. All have subtle patterns and a slimmer fit which avoids them looking too businesslike, but keeps them looking stylish and elegant. Choose your fit according to your body shape, but generally a semi fitted look is flattering on most men.

Knitwear

Folk sweater - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for menJohn Smedley sweater - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling men

John Smedley polo shirt - what to wear dating - personal shopping/styling menEtro cardigan - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for men

I've mainly chosen finer knits for this section, other than the Folk pink cotton sweater. This still has an elegance about it though, enabling it to be mixed in at the smarter end of the spectrum as well as with jeans. Fine knits are always a handy addition to your wardrobe to be layered over t-shirts, shirts and under blazers, and wrapped up with scarves or layered if extra cold.

T-shirt

Y.M.C. t-shirt - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling men

I've just included one t-shirt here to assist with some layering. Choose fitted, finished styles for a sleeker look.

Shoes

Folk boots - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for menMassimo Dutti boots - what to wear dating - personal shopping/styling for men

Paul Smith shoes - what to wear for dating - personal shopping/styling for men

These 3 pairs of shoes and boots seem to blend effortlessly with the trousers I've chosen and will take you to wide range of destinations effortlessly and stylishly.

Make sure to check back in the next few days to see all the many exciting outfit combinations you can make with these pieces!