Capsule Wardrobe for Kids (Part 2 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Laura

Have you had the experience where your kid has grown out of their clothes and as you’re putting away the “too smalls”, you realize they didn’t even wear some of them?  How frustrating that has been for me!

After doing my capsule wardrobe and my husband’s the kids were next!  (If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is start here.) I could reduce excess clothing, and plan for what I needed to buy ahead. However, it wasn’t as cut and dry as the adult capsule wardrobe. There didn’t seem to be a universal formula.

With the adult capsule wardrobe the number 37 is generally how many items are in the collection.  I liked the numbers method, it gave me boundaries and goals, so my aim was to apply numbers to the kids clothing categories.

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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.

malachi capsule

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 (Spring)


Bottoms: 9

Park and Play Clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

Outerwear: 2

Dressy Outfits: 2 tops, 2 bottoms

Grand Total: 35 Items

I created a worksheet and filled in the clothing for a boy’s Spring wardrobe.

Malachi Spring 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 spring 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 (Spring)

Tops: 10

Bottoms: (pants, leggings, skirts): 12

Park and Play clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

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.  #blueberrykid.

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

Happy Planning!


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2 thoughts on “Capsule Wardrobe for Kids (Part 2 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

  1. Erin

    Great job! That took a lot of time and organization so thank you for sharing. Oh, and a word of warning, you’ll soon see those same seven shirts every week in your tweens! 😉


      Erin, that’s so sweet. It was a big project but I am SO happy, as always, to share something that works for me in hopes that it starts a thought or a help to another mama.

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