A closet filled with pieces of clothing that can be easily mixed and matched together is often called a capsule wardrobe. It’s hardly a new concept, and it's something that moms are struggling to find the time to do. For the sake of our sanity though, we really should find the time to build one for our children. Capsule wardrobes create better organization, easy mix-and-match, reduces laundry loads, and eliminates power struggles with your kids in the morning.
I know, sometimes they just want to pick out their own clothes—even if they look hideous together.
We all have gifts and hand-me-downs for our kids, and creating a wardrobe from those is great because it doesn’t cost us a thing. However, it can be difficult to mix-and-match properly, which creates clutter and frustration when these things don't get worn (they don't match). But we don't want to throw them out (it’s wasteful), and slowly but surely, they just end up taking up our precious closet space (grrr).
Today’s fast fashion is making us shop more and at a much quicker pace than we used to. It's always a good time to hit the pause button, and evaluate what we really need and want for our little one’s closet. If you have followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate for organic cotton option and sustainable clothing. Not only are they better quality and safer for our children's delicate skin, but they’re better for our environment—which we’re leaving behind to our children. Building a capsule wardrobe is going to benefit you and the planet just by being mindful of where you shop and how much you shop.
Here are 5 steps to build a capsule wardrobe for your kids:
- Choose a favorite color.
My daughter's favorite is pink (surprise!), so naturally, her closet is filled with dresses with different shades of pink. Sometimes I feel it’s too much pink, but I know for certain that she loves each of them and she’ll wear them day in and day out. I probably shouldn’t complain. Nonetheless, I buy a few different colors that I know she also likes, like blue and teal, just to add some variety.
- Select your base colors.
Basics are things that complement the outfit. Basic T-shirts and leggings are must-haves in our household. Our favorite neutral colors are grey and navy blue leggings to go with my daughter's colorful and "pattern-ful" dresses. We prefer solid leggings since they give the busy dress the focus instead of competing with it. I’ve observed that light grey-striped leggings actually go pretty well with dresses with busy patterns too, give it a try if you want to mix things up a bit next time.
We also own a few pairs of leggings with prints, for those days when she is in the mood for a simple t-shirt. It adds a little fun into her outfit.
- What do your children like/what do they feel comfortable in?
My daughter wears soft cotton leggings under her dress almost all the time. It took awhile for me to realize that she had already developed her own preferences, too. I purchase mostly organic cotton leggings for her, but sometimes I get sucked into buying a pair of sparkly leggings with cheap material because she thinks they look pretty—and I must admit there are plenty of cute ones out there. Now, my daughter is no longer interested because, she says, "they make me itch." That’s just further proof that we should focus on buying quality and not quantity. It's always a good idea to remind your little ones with a similar experience when they are pleading for an impulse buy.
Now that you have all the pieces your little ones need and want. It's time to organize them in a way that will make life easier for you. I like to hang the same colors of dresses together. When everything is on display, it's effortless to see how many pink dresses we have, and how many blue dresses we have. It is also easy for my daughter to pick an outfit that matches her mood that day.
Another rule I go by is to place the same type of clothing together. T-shirts are folded together in one drawer and leggings are folded in another. I have a habit of also labeling the drawers, so she can go and grab them herself. By doing this, it not only makes things easier for us as mommies, but it’s a great tool to teach independence.
- Shoes & Jackets
I prefer bold statements for shoes and jackets. With you child’s essential pieces organized, you can afford to give them that crazy-colored jacket she loves (my daughter has a shiny gold jacket), and maybe a pair of bright red boots. These will brighten their mood, and yours! For me, shoes and jackets are "extras" that we can afford to play with it a bit and not fuss with matching. What's life without a little fun?
And finally, if there is one thing you take away from this blog, it’s this: you want to be able to see everything in the closet. What you don't see simply won't get worn.