One of my favorite things about fall is the clothes shopping for the next few seasons. So I thought I’d recycle an old post from our Capsule Wardrobe series and spruce it up for those awesome fall sales!
In short, a capsule wardrobe is a closet that has a limited number of clothes that work well together to save time and money. The little bit of planning goes a LONG way. You guys are going to love the printable at the end of this post!
To plan kids capsule wardrobes it’s different from adults.
Kids wear warm weather clothes for six months, and cool weather clothes for six months and then they grow out of them. So, I did a little math, and if they wore a shirt every other week, they would only wear that one shirt 12 times total. Was that worth the money I was spending? SO I decided, shirts could be worn more than once every 14 days, but not less than seven because-honestly, who wants to see the same 7 shirts every week. Tops=10.
I thought through the rest of the categories, starting with my boy first, (way easier). Taking into account; laundry, what season it was, wearing pants more than once before wash, potty training or not, how often we dress up, how many layers the season calls for, etc. I came up with this!
Boy Capsule Wardrobe
Park and Play Clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms
Dressy Outfits: 2 tops, 2 bottoms
Grand Total: 35 Items
I created a worksheet and filled in the clothing for a boy’s wardrobe.
I made sure to note the colors I had, and collar or length, so that I could diversify, and make matches. So, I was ready to go for Malachi, now to take a deep breath and get to the girl capsule. THRILLING.
I mean, maybe your daughter only wants to wear skirts and dresses, maybe she puts clean clothes in the laundry, maybe she
hates strongly dislikes the clothes you love on her.
I decided I would print out a template for her, haul out the clothes I had in storage and just start chipping away at it. I didn’t need to know what the end result was, I just needed to start and worry about the numbers later.
It came together! Hey, I might have to do some flexing,we’ll try these numbers for three months. And here it is:
Girl Capsule Wardrobe
Bottoms: (pants, leggings, skirts): 12
Park and Play clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms
Outerwear (including cardigans): 3
Dress Clothes: 2 dresses
Grand Total: 37!
With Eva, I realized I have some shopping to do. I’ve got my plan in place, the worksheet helps me see the blank spaces quickly. I took good notes including the color of clothes, so that I didn’t buy all navy shirts and navy shorts.
Then, I took a picture on my phone of the list, so I’ll have it on hand when I’m at the store and see a sale. GENIUS. I mean… what a great idea.
To download your own kid capsule worksheet,
click here: Printable Kid Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet