This is my second year building a capsule wardrobe for my kids and I haven’t looked back. It makes laundry easier, shopping easier and getting them dressed easier.
Building these takes a little bit more time up front and a little bit of planning, but it’s totally worth it in the end. Especially when it comes to the money we save each year.
If you want to read more about how I save money, you can check out this post.
I tend to shop a season ahead to take advantage of the clearance deals so I need to stay semi-organized to keep track of what have and what I still need.
I made you a prettier version of my little checklist I folded up in my wallet. It’s great for those times when you run across a great sale, you have your list right there with you. You’ll find that at the bottom of this post though.
Keep Patterns Basic
When you’re first starting out, it’s easier to keep patterns basic. For example, one or two shirts have a pattern, but all the bottoms are all solid colors.
Solid colors are easier to mix and match than lots of different patterns.
You’ll notice I have a little space next to items on the checklist where you can mark the colors you’ve already purchased.
Pick Your Base Color
I’m talking about a brown/navy or black base. It’s much easier to just pick one of those and work from there. Black goes with just about everything but navy and brown and vise versa. Sticking with one base means that the wardrobe will match with more items.
Depending on your base, try to aim for shoes that are either navy/brown or black to keep things simple.
Think About Your Child’s Preferences
Does your daughter only like to wear dresses?. Does your son struggle with buttons and zippers? Think about using pull up jeans like these. Do they have a favorite color?
Think through little things that will help make getting dressed more efficient and pleasant for everyone involved.
Think Through Your Needs and Goals
The reason I build capsule wardrobes for my kids is twofold. 1). I don’t like to fold laundry. Fewer pieces = less to fold. 2). Our budget is tight so we need to stretch the clothing budget farther. Fewer, but well thought out items = less expensive.
In our case, having just over a weeks worth of clothing works for our budget, goals and needs. The printable checklist is what I purchase for my kids based on those criteria.
Some mom’s prefer to do laundry less often and like to have more in the capsule wardrobe to allow for that. Think through your budget, laundry and personal needs to figure out what works for you and your family.
Do whatever you’re comfortable with, the purpose here is to make your life easier, not more stressful.
Kid’s Capsule Wardrobe Checklist
Hopefully this helps you a bit. I’d love to hear your process or any tips you have.
Are you building a capsule wardrobe for your kids?
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