How I Created A Capsule Wardrobe For My Two Year Old Daughter

First, let me start by saying that I initially set out to write this well researched blogpost with all these time honored tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids.

But, it turns out, there are no time honored tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids. I mean, there are plenty of blog posts on the topic. But the tips out there are kind of terrible. They made me feel hot and stressed out. People make this WAY TOO COMPLICATED. So let me cut to the chase.

This is what went down – 

Who: Beatrice, my almost two year old daughter

What: a capsule wardrobe (duh)

When: for the fall-winter seasons, barring any major growth spurts

Why: I love my capsule wardrobe and the idea of cutting back on the mountains of laundry I do (or fail to do) each week sounded suuuuper appealing.

How: Ok, this is where people really over-complicate something that, in it’s most essential form, is supposed to be simplifying our life. I’m not going gang busters trying to color code my kids clothes. I don’t see how that really matters. (Also, it’s stupid. Sorry if that’s your deal.) My goal was less of everything – work, stress, and clothes. So I simply….wait for it..bought less!

Yes! It’s really that simple! With a few easy steps, you too can create a capsule wardrobe for your kid(s). The key, is to just buy about a week’s worth of clothing. That’s it!

Simple. Easy. Less.

For Beatrice’s Fall-Winter capsule wardrobe I purchased:

5 dresses
2 pairs of tights
3 tee shirts
6 sweaters
1 skirt
5 pants
4 leggings
1 sweatshirt
1 poncho
1 jacket

For a grand total of 29 pieces!

Now, you might look at that list and think that I have more than a week’s worth of clothing and technically you would be right. But my kids average two outfits a day because they are kids and like to play in mud and this is the reality of my life right now. When I look back at the amount of clothes I WAS purchasing for her, it was twice that amount. I could do a full load of laundry and she would still have a week’s worth of clothing left.

That is waaaay too much.

So here are my ground rules for creating a capsule wardrobe for kids that soon I’ll be applying to my next project: my boys’ wardrobe.

-buy outfits, not pieces. Otherwise you end up with a lot of pieces but nothing that really goes together. This isn’t practical and just ends up frustrating everyone.

-think practically about how your kids likes to dress. This is a big one! Does your kid tend to be warm or cold. Like layers or one simple top? Gravitate towards bright colors or neutral tones? Listen, your kids are already real life people. A simple and fun way to say, “Hey kid, I get that you are a person” is to let who they are influence your buying choices. They are the ones who have to wear the items, after all.

-buy only what you need. That is really the heart of all of this, right? At 29 pieces, one could argue this is still way more than she needs, and you would be right. I could be required to do laundry every other day in order to make sure she had something clean to wear, but that sounds like a sure fire way to make the mommy very sad. 90% of these items were thrifted and those thrifted times came to less than $30, which I feel pretty dang good about. This amount feels simplified while still giving us options. I like having enough to get her through a solid week of a variety of activities during the fall and winter seasons.

Ok. Enough talking. Basically this post turned out to just be a “less is more, and you know how to do that already so lets just all agree to do it, ok?” kinda thing. Let’s get into the fun part and look at my baby girl’s clothes. 😉

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Hendrix tee: thrifted, Locally Grown tee: local shop!, top: here, sweatshirt: here, printed leggings: here, plain leggings: here, cords: here
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sweatshirt: thrifted (similar one here), skirt: thrifted, dresses: thrifted (similar ones here and here), leggings: here, denim leggings: here, cardigan: thrifted (similar one here)
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Levis: hand-me-downs from big brothers, sweaters: vintage, Gap sweatshirt: thrifted, Old Navy jeans: thrifted (similar ones here) poncho: thrifted (not at all similar but an ADORABLE option here), printed leggings: here
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dresses: thrifted, similar ones herehere and here
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coat: thrifted (similar one here)

So there you have it. What do you think? Thoughts? Comments? Questions?

I plan on tackling the boys’ wardrobes soon. I just sort of have to gear up for it. They genuinely go through ALL THE CLOTHES IN THE LAND, and I’m worried about how to find a balance for them that gives them enough changes of clothes so that I don’t have to constantly do laundry, while also cutting back on the enormous amount of clothing they currently have stockpiled.

Half of poor Theo’s clothing doesn’t even fit, I’ve just kept it in the mix because he goes through so many pairs of pants in a day. Bless him.

Wish me luck.


3 thoughts on “How I Created A Capsule Wardrobe For My Two Year Old Daughter

  1. How do you like the quality of the H&M pieces? I’ve seen some cute stuff on there for my babe, but wasn’t sure about the construction or fit.

    1. Oh my gosh, girl, LOVE. H&M is really the only store I buy my kids’ clothes from. They are so cute, great construction and hold up well. I especially love their conscious line. Their kids’ pants run on the larger end, so if it says they are size 1 1/2-2, I assume they will fit my kids closer to age two. But with that being said, my kids are tallish and lanky so that could just be their build. I definitely think you should check them out! 😉

      1. Cool, I’ve never bought from them before. I just discovered Old Navy has good kids clothes earlier in the spring. I hit a spring sale and got some shirts for my then-3.5yo daughter and shorts for my 18mo, which were great deals. The quality is great after 6m. I personally love H&M for me, but I find the fabric quality to be poor (worse than Old Navy).

        I love the capsule wardrobe for kids! I am just starting to do this for my 4yo and 18mo. We’ve been given LOADS of hand me down clothes and haven’t had to buy much. However, it’s been just too much clothes – since it was second hand I figured, “meh,” just put it in the dresser. But wow, it’s so frustrating! It’s hard to find coordinating outfits. I try to stick to just a few colors for my girls, and that helps me mix and match outfits. They both love pink (ugh), so they have lots of pink, plus black, white, some grey, and a bit of blue. That’s it! It makes my life easier.

        I don’t do sweaters, but they have 2 sweatshirts each. That way I can layer them with both short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts.

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