CAPSULE Wardrobe: “THE Kid-wobe”
Oh! When the Tred Up box came in the mail I WAS GIDDY with excitement! With Finley moving into the next size up I decided to head on to the online thrift shop and see what I could find for fall and winter clothes. I ended up finding MOST of Finley’s pieces all in one place, for less or a comparable price for what I’d find in a local Thrift shop. Score!
So where do you start with a capsule wardrobe for kids?
Well. This is coming from a momma of a 2 year old, so I haven’t had experience putting one together for a child older then that. This might be trial and error for me, and I’ll definitely be posting updates through the coming years… But I’d say the ideas I’ll have to share will be a good guide. Everyone is so different, I don’t expect you to fit into the mold I’ve shaped for my crew. Do what works best for you, your child, and your budget!
First things first:
Why are you wanting to do this? There’s many benefits that go along with a capsule wardrobe. Here are a few I could think of:
- Save Money
- Save Time
- Less Laundry (perhaps more frequent loads but less to put away each time; score!)
- Most pieces will complement each other
- Life Skills and principles. I think this is the biggest one. If you only have a few of one thing, you tend to guard it more closely, take care of it more tenderly, and respectfully. Am I right? So with a Capsule wardrobe your teaching your kids “Just enough” is enough. Your teaching intentional care of what you have; what they have. It’s good! There’s something to be said about the differentiation of play shirts and dress shirts, and although it shouldn’t be held as a strict line (life happens) it should be a principle that nice things should be fought to keep nice. (or, nicER) Because the principle later on might translate and show it’s self in their work-ethic, homemaking skills, relationships, etc. Not to mention it’s teaching them to be intentional in their purchases. And it’s teaching probabilities, matching, and some abstract thinking….. You get the picture I’m sure.
Once you know why you want to do it, next step is HOW to get there. There were 4 things I had to sit down and figure out.
- How many articles of clothing did I need for this to work?
- What’s my budget?
- What brands would hold up?
- Color Scheme; which colors will my babes capsule wardrobe- capsulate? Neutrals are staple; but what colors/styles does my babe rock that I want to work with to incorporate outfits around?
So Let’s break these down:
How many pieces do I need?
5-8 Shirts (per season)
4 Pants (2 play, 2 nice)
2 Leggings (girly girl here)
1 Skirt (or 3 dresses, 2 skirts?)
2-4 Sweaters (think nice/ and every-day wear)
2 Hoodies/sweatshirts (think play/cozy)
2 sets of PJs
1 nice jacket (I went with a good one for fall/spring- and going to and from the car… since we live in the tundra during the winter months- we have a separate outdoor jacket, snow pants, -all that.)
1 play jacket
(and Accessories- which, I guess you’ll have to figure out what your little one needs for socks, undies, tights, etc.)
I haven’t put a capsule wardrobe together for a boy (yet) Lord willing someday I will get too! But I think these numbers (could give you a direction to aim for!) Speaking of those
BOY MOMS- any tips, tricks, or thoughts on what you have done, or would do?!
And… Someone with a boy wants me to do some shopping for them… ANYONE!? 😉
There are SO MANY clothing brands out there… I won’t even begin to share which are the best, or not because we are all different, and have different budgets, etc. For me, I know what I love, and what I can afford sometimes don’t align but I can find a happy medium with thrifting for some of those brands that are sort of middle of the road, and can hold up over time (and even with multiple kiddos). A few I have found that are winners (and other moms friends have voiced their approval too)
If I could boutique shop for my girls, I probably would. And occasionally, I’ll find a piece I might splurge on, but with them being so young yet especially- right now essentials, pieces that are quality but don’t break the bank and require dry cleaning –is where we’re at, and that’s ok 🙂
This is going to be different for each of your kiddos.
When I was narrowing down my shopping list for Finley, I decided I’d stick with basics, and go from there. This doesn’t mean your going to go buy your child all black, grey or white pieces. But having a mix for basic colors, is helpful- specifically when it comes to under shirts, sweaters, or leggings/pants. You build off the essentials. The pieces I chose for Finley that had color, and pattern, etc. were pieces that the color complimented her, or the style was within the style I was “going for”. Maybe your child rocks, or loves the color green. Perhaps your going to get 5 different pieces that complement green, or are green, etc. Maybe your child is a mini gentleman, so you choose piece that speak of his careful, cautious and graceful ways. 😉
In the End…
My goal was to have almost everything in Finley’s wardrobe paired together, creating more outfits with less pieces. It’s also a helpful idea for my fellow moms who struggle with the idea of letting their preschoolers out of the house with neon pink stockings, a yellow skirt, brown long-sleeved shirt and blue shoes- in the middle of winter. Your kiddo can pick out what they want to wear,- and your chances of it matching remotely- are heightened. 😉
Now you have an idea how many articles of clothing your ball-parking for, and brands you want to narrow down your search to, along with a color scheme. All these things that are SUPER HELPFUL when your about to go on an intentional shopping spree for your adorable 2 year old.
Involve your kiddos! (if they’re old enough)
In the end I think there are more benefits to try the capsule wardrobe then to not. Also, utilize your online stores- Tred Up was a tremendous source, (for fellow second hand junkies) and I will definitely be buying more pieces from there!
Hope this helps! Give me your suggestions by commenting, e-mailing me or connecting on facebook or Instagram!