Sticking to a luggage allowance can be difficult even for those long weekend trips but when it comes to long summer trips lasting a month or more, then it’s near impossible! You either pack too much or you scramble around looking for laundry services. Neither options are very practical and can be an annoyance on your trip.
The trick to packing light for any type of summer adventure is two-fold: pack a capsule wardrobe and stick to a reliable brand.
The Rules of a Capsule Wardrobe
Don’t be tempted to buy loads of cheap, throwaway clothes for your summer trip. Instead, invest in a capsule wardrobe that will last you all summer long and beyond.
A capsule wardrobe is a minimalist collection of essential items in a classic style. Since they won’t go out of fashion, you’ll get more use out of them, meaning you buy less, save money and there is less fashion production/waste in the world! It’s a win-win.
Few Rules of Capsule Travel Wardrobe for Men
Pick one or two base colours such as black, white, or grey that will go with everything. Then add in a couple of accent colours to spice it up a bit.
Mix and Match
With each item, ask yourself if it can be matched with at least three others. If it can’t, don’t pack it!
Shape and Fit
Items that fit well will look good and feel good. If you’re comfortable, you’ll be more likely to wear them and you won’t waste valuable luggage space. This is why it’s good to stick to one or two trusted brands.
Items should be versatile. Think of shorts that would work just as well in the restaurant as they would lazing on the beach.
You want multifunctional pieces that are durable to withstand any eventuality and adventure. So, opt for high-quality fabrics that will be longer-lasting and keep their shape and style.
As a sustainable traveler, having ethically sustainable pieces in a travel capsule wardrobe is important to me, so when building my travel capsule wardrobe, I opted for pieces from sustainable brands, like prAna, Bluffworks, and Unbound.
Not only does my capsule wardrobe help me pack lighter, but these brands also help makes my wardrobe fashionable and ethical.
Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe for Men
If you’re getting ready for an adventure and need a little inspiration for your travel capsule wardrobe, then here are my favourite eco-friendly items that I never leave home without.
It mostly features prAna gear, but a few other brands make an appearance!
prAna, Agua Shirt: 100% Organic cotton button-down, slim fit shirt
prAna, Hardesty Sleeveless: 100% Polyester, moisture-wicking and lightweight performance tech tank.
prAna, Wayfree T-Shirt: 55% Hemp/ 35% recycled polyester/ 10% TENCEL ™ Lyocell
prAna, Tank: 60% Organic Cotton / 40% Recycled Polyester
Bluffworks, Meridian Dress Shirt: 98% technical, breathable quick-dry polyester, 2% spandex. 2-way stretch fabric, built for movement.
Unbound Merino, Crew Neck T-shirt: 00% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
Unbound Merino, Compact Travel Hoodie: 100% ultra-fine 17.5 micron, 190g/m2 Merino wool
Bluffworks, Gramercy Blazer: 100% technical, breathable quick-drying polyester
prAna, Stretch Zion Pant: 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex. Stretch ‘Zion’ fabric with durable water repellent (DWR) finish.
prAna, Stretch Zion Shorts: 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex
Bluffworks, Travel Jeans: 68% Cotton, 22% COOLMAX, 9% Rayon, and 1% Spandex
Bluffworks, Ascender Chino: 100% polyester
prAna, Hybridizer Shorts: 96% Polyester / 4% Spandex. Polyester is made up of 83% renewably-sourced DuPont™ Sorona ® fibers.
prAna, Metric E-Waist Zip Shorts: 73% Recycled Polyester / 19% Organic Cotton / 8% Spandex
Hope these pieces will give you a bit of inspiration for that upcoming summer trip!
So if you’ve been looking to add some sustainable pieces to your wardrobe, now is the time!
To make matters even better, if you love some of the pieces in my travel capsule wardrobe, you are in luck, because right now, prAna is having a MEGA SUMMER SALE , with many items marked down to 40-50% off!