Building a Men’s Capsule Wardrobe: What Underwear do you Need?

So, before we get into this blog post, we need to establish something. What even is a capsule wardrobe? Basically, it’s a set of men’s clothing essentials that you can wear all year long. What you want to do is to choose a handful of pieces that go with everything so that you can mix and match while eliminating extra items, saving both money and closet space. The goal of a men’s capsule wardrobe is to maximize your outfit options while minimizing clutter.

First, take everything out of your closets and dressers. Look at every item, see what you have, and build your base using both neutral colors (like black, white, navy, jean, grey, brown…) and accent colors (like everything else). The goal is to not weigh yourself down with options. You want to have exactly what you need, and just enough different pieces to keep things interesting. Choose colors and prints that you like, and that go together, and be sure to keep a few different silhouettes both in tops and bottoms in order to have a diverse array of options. Be sure to include layering pieces, like jackets and sweaters, in case the days get cooler.

Most information about capsule wardrobes focuses on the exterior pieces: shirts, pants, and things like that. But did you know that you can apply the same principle to what you wear underneath? All of our men’s underwear comes in basic and neutral colors, and some of it even comes in accent colors, so it’s easy to create a men’s capsule wardrobe using Leo underwear.

Keep reading to find out which underwear items are essential to create your efficient, versatile capsule wardrobe.

Must-Have Briefs for Any Outfit

For a style that feels light and airy, goes with everything, and won’t show under shorts, you can’t go wrong with a classic brief. Leo’s breezy Ultra-Light Brief in particular is a must-have in your men’s capsule wardrobe for summer, because it’s specially engineered to offer ergonomic support without being bulky. This brief was designed with airflow in mind, so as the days get hotter, you’ll want to have a few in your capsule wardrobe.

Must-Have Briefs for Any Outfit

Of course, as the age-old question goes: “Boxers or briefs?” Everyone has a silhouette, or multiple, that they prefer. So if briefs feel too breezy for you, keep reading!

Best Boxer Briefs for a Capsule Wardrobe

A style that prevents chafing, but isn’t long enough to stick out under your shorts, the boxer brief really is the best of both worlds. Leo’s Mesh Boxer Brief is a men’s capsule wardrobe essential for sure. Not only are its legs the perfect length to prevent uncomfortable chafing, the breathable mesh cutouts offer an extra-fresh feel for all-day comfort.

Best Boxer Briefs for a Capsule Wardrobe

These boxer briefs offer enough coverage to give you confidence, without being heavy or otherwise uncomfortable. They’re perfect to wear under your office slacks and also under your shorts over the weekend. Plus, our boxer briefs are ergonomically designed, providing support no matter what you get up to.

Essential Undershirts in Neutral Colors

All of Leo’s undershirts have built-in compression to firm up your abs and chest, so they’re awesome to wear under any shirt. For instance, our Crew Neck Seamless Tank offers light compression in a seamless style that won’t show under your clothes, plus it comes in a couple of different neutral tones, meaning it’s perfect for a capsule wardrobe.

Crew Neck Seamless Tank

A lot of our shapewear for men, including the tank tops, also features built-in back support. If you’re sitting at the office all day, driving a truck, or doing heavy lifting, you’ll appreciate these lumbar compression, which can help you improve your posture while also alleviating pain.

Consider Materials for your Capsule Wardrobe

In addition to colors and patterns, you’ll want to think about materials when you’re building your awesome capsule wardrobe. Be sure to keep a range of materials on hand so that you’ll have different options for different moments.

Cotton is cool, fresh, and all natural. For days when you want to feel classic and comfortable, keep a few pairs of cotton boxers, briefs, trunks, etc. on hand. Synthetic materials, like polyamide and elastane, also play an important role in an underwear capsule wardrobe. These fabrics are stretchy, offering a little extra give and a fresh feel. For extra comfort and a cool feel, seek out microfiber underwear. Of course, if you prefer one fabric or the other, you don’t have to branch out! When building a capsule wardrobe, less is more.

Essentials for a Men’s Travel Capsule Wardrobe

First of all, we hope so. You’re a hard worker and you deserve a break. But secondly, when you go on vacation, you’re going to want to bring some essentials. It’s important to build a capsule wardrobe for traveling, full of versatile pieces that easily fit into your luggage and go with everything.

We recommend bringing a few pairs of boxer briefs and a few pairs of briefs on your journey. Building a versatile travel capsule wardrobe will allow you to dress according to the weather conditions, as well as your mood. So roll up at least one pair for each day you’ll be traveling, and be sure to choose light, airy pieces like our Microfiber Trunk so that you can be ready for anything.

Essentials for a Men’s Travel Capsule Wardrobe


When creating a summer capsule wardrobe men should consider their underwear in addition to what they’re wearing on the outside! For a practical, efficient way to create various looks, you really should consider creating a capsule wardrobe. Of course, for maximum efficiency, you can make things even easier on yourself by also picking out your clothes (and undergarments) the night before.

Men’s Capsule Wardrobe

A lot of people are going back to the office nowadays, in addition to other daily activities like going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and maybe even going out on dates. You already have enough on your mind with hustling, commuting, planning, and trying to make time to relax on top of everything else. So it’s only logical to take this simple step to make things easier on yourself, right?

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