Today, while the kids were playing in their room, I tackled their closets and planned their capsule wardrobes for the next season. I began by sorting through what we already had while making a list of what we still needed. During this process, I was thinking that YOU may want to try this too! So I put together some information and tips to do your own capsule wardrobes. Hope you enjoy and please don’t hesitate to ask for any help planning!
Why should you do a capsule wardrobe?
Less stress when it comes to getting the kids dressed in the morning.
More closet space.
Gives kids the freedom to choose their outfits without worrying if they will match!`
Laundry is easy because the kids don’t have enough clothes to be changing 2, 3, or even 4 times a day like they would do if they had more clothing options.
Helps you stick to a budget (best reason of them all)!
1. The process:
The first tip for starting a capsule wardrobe is to always buy a size bigger than you normally would to give yourself the chance to use the items for more than one year. Also, never shop without seeing what you have first! When I began the process today, I found my daughter had long-sleeved dresses and several leggings that still worked for the upcoming fall/winter season (they are not pictured), but she lacked in tops and a sweatshirt. My son had a few tops but absolutely NO pants that would be able to carry over from last winter. (Not surprising)!
Pick tops and leggings that match each other so your children have the freedom to put their outfits together without worrying about how they will look together. My daughter is in a phase (probably for life) where she wants to pick out her clothes, so this works great for us. Each legging she has can also be worn under her dresses. She is not a fan of jeans, so I didn’t even mess with buying those this year. We wasted our money on really cute jeans last winter she would never even touch. Only buy what you know your kids will wear!
To get use out of your children’s summer items during the winter, buy a neutral patterned zip-up sweatshirt. That way, your children can wear it over all their short-sleeved shirts from the previous summer.
Shoes are tricky because there are so many cute options, and I always want.them.all. But I really try to limit both kids to one pair of shoes per season until the snow really hits, and then we look for boots.
2. Practical options:
My son could probably win the most-basic-wardrobe award (if there was one). He is so rough on his clothes, so we go for practicality over aesthetics. When he was first born, I spent a lot of money on the most adorable little sweaters, hats, and patterned leggings. But then, I would be devastated when his clothing would be destroyed the first time he would wear them. Will his little wardrobe pictured below last him all season? No. But then I’ll just replace his shirts and pants as needed without a second thought.
3. Plan ahead:
Though I planned to update their fall/winter wardrobes today, what I didn’t plan was getting a head start on their spring/summer capsules too. Old Navy and H&M were having huge sales, and I had several promo codes (always look for those before you checkout) that made it absolutely worth it to plan ahead! Buy a couple sizes up for the next year.
And the crazy thing about all of this? I spent less than $200 on all of the clothes pictured below. WHAT? I.am.excited!!!! It pays, or should I say, it saves to plan ahead!
Already Had: 3 pairs of leggings, 2 long-sleeved tops, long-sleeved dress, 1 sweater dress, t-shirts from the previous summer to wear under zip-up
Still Need: winter coat, gloves, 2 winter pajamas, boots
Still Need: dress, swimsuit, swim cap, 2 summer pajamas, sandals
Boy Hat & Shoes
Already Had: 3 long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts from the summer to wear under zip-up
Still Need: winter coat, gloves, zip up/button sweater, 2 winter pajamas, boots
Boy Summer Pajamas
Still Need: 2 tanks, plain t-shirt, swim trunks, sandals