Create a capsule wardrobe for your child
A capsule wardrobe is a limited collection of clothes that can be put together in several different ways and includes everything you would normally need to wear! It’s a great way of managing the amount of clothes you have in your home, and making sure clothes get the chance to be worn and not forgotten about!
Did you know by the time your child reaches 5 years old, they’ll have already gone through 10 different sizes of clothing?! That’s a whole lot of stuff! By creating a capsule collection for your child’s wardrobe you can be intentional about what you buy, making sure they have enough but not an excess. We’ve all had one of those ‘I’ve got nothing to wear!’ freak outs whilst looking at a totally packed wardrobe. Often when your wardrobe is full to the brim you can’t see past the mass, and clothes get left unworn or you find you have nothing to match it. #canrelate
With help from our community member and capsule wardrobe enthusiast Eri (aka @dailylunax), we’ve created a guide to getting started with your kids' clothes… and you can apply the same to your own wardrobe!
First up, set a number. Start with deciding on how many items are realistic for you . Limiting your wardrobe to a specific number makes it easier at first, and you have a guideline to follow. Eri’s daughter Luna has around 40 pieces of clothing in her autumn capsule wardrobe (she’s 7!). 40 may sound like a lot, but go with a number that’s comfortable for you and your family!
So how do you choose what makes up that number? Think about the season and style. For example, 40 items in a winter wardrobe could be made up of: 6 tops, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 leggings, 2 tracksuit bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 skirts, 3 jumpers, 3 winter tights, 2 pyjamas, 6 pairs of socks, 8 pairs of underwear, 1 waterproof winter coat, 1 lighter jacket, 1 pair of trainers, 1 pair of snazzy shoes, 1 pair of boots!
Find a few key items that your child loves to wear, and work around that! It could be a dress that they really love, or a brown coat that goes with everything. Build around your key items, working with a colour scheme to make sure everything matches (or doesn’t… if that’s their style!). Eri's family are all about the neutral tones, so have several basics in whites, blacks and browns – to go with almost everything! Think of all the time you’ll save rifling through messy drawers trying to find something that matches.