Kids are expensive. The clothes, the toys, the child care, the activities…and you are expected to feed them, too?!?! Kidding. But in all seriousness, parents spend a ton of money, about $13,000 a year. Yikes! Looking for ways to trim that number? You aren’t alone. I truly think that’s one of the reasons why capsule wardrobes are so popular (and maybe that popular Konmari Method book has something to do with it, too). Capsule wardrobes are great for kids not only because they grow so fast and tend to ruin clothes easily (my kids can’t be the only ones), but also because it makes the battle of what to wear each day much easier…you might do more laundry but it is oh so worth it!
What is a Capsule Wardrobe
A Capsule Wardrobe is a group of clothes that never go out of style. They are mostly classic pieces with a few accessories and graphic tees, funky socks, etc. to add some personality to your basic wardrobe. This mini wardrobe usually has between 30-40 pieces that you absolutely love (or in a child’s case, a combo of things that both the parents and child love). All pieces are easy to mix and match so finding something to wear is easy and efficient.
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What are best stores for creating a Kids’ Capsule Wardrobe?
The key for Capsule Wardrobes is to get high quality clothing that holds up well to multiple washings and wears. Janie and Jack, Gymboree, and Gap Kids tend to sell clothes that wear well and can take a beating (at least in my active little boys’ experiences). For fun and flashy additions, you can’t go wrong with the adorable Cat and Jack line, just about anything from my local favorite Half Pint Shop, and something to show your love for your favorite sports’ team. Lastly, Primary is a favorite for solid color, no frills clothes that look amazing wash after wash and are extremely soft to the touch.
How to Create a Kids’ Capsule Wardrobe
Step one—Completely clear out the closet
Step two—Divide clothes into categories (Love it, Maybe, Nope, Seasonal)
Step three—Add whatever necessities are absent from your pile
Step four—Donate or sell whatever you don’t want to keep
Kids’ Capsule Wardrobe Checklist
As a boy mom, my list is most definitely geared towards little boys. But many of the same basic pieces can be integral parts of a girl’s capsule wardrobe as well.
Total Amount of Pieces FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR, including seasonal items: 56
This Capsule Wardrobe Checklist might not work for everyone, and that’s okay. I hope it serves as a guide for you to declutter and include some simplicity in your life…and at the very least, help avoid those “What am I going to wear today?” tantrums that tend to happen on those mornings when you are running late for school.
Want to shop for yourself? Here are my favorite pieces that transition from the pick up line to moms’ night out!
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