Capsule wardrobes, or minimalist wardrobes, are very trendy at the moment. All the fashion bloggers are putting their own spins on it, along with creating their own accompanying how-to blog posts. A capsule wardrobe is made up of a set number of trousers, skirts, dresses and shirts, making life more manageable in the morning and ensuring the most amazing interior decor in one fell swoop. I’ve even got my own! These articles are all fantastic sources of inspiration to get an idea of how you can create a stunning new wardrobe for yourself. However, this content is not necessarily appropriate for creating a minimalist wardrobe for children. So today, I’d like to give you a few pointers on how on to build an easy and convenient capsule wardrobe for your little ones.
Understanding the Capsule Wardrobe
First and foremost, you may be wondering what exactly a capsule wardrobe is, so let’s dive right in. In short, a capsule wardrobe is a set of clothes that has been thought of as a whole. This allows you to compose several outfits because everything fits together. There are many ways of thinking up a capsule wardrobe, but to me, the idea is to save both money and time. For some, it’s an excuse to buy a brand new set of clothes at every new season. These people have the wrong idea!
While it’s true that investing in a few items of excellent quality to build the backbone of your kid’s wardrobe is a good idea, recycling what you already own is the best course of action. With that in mind, what you want to do first is review what you already have, what still fits and will continue to do so, and, most importantly, what your child enjoys wearing. Once that’s done, take a peek at some designer children’s clothes for inspiration and consider acquiring a few well-made, sturdy basics that can act as a centrepiece for your child’s outfits.
Adapting the Concept to Childrenswear
Here are the main points to consider when building a capsule wardrobe for your child:
- Choice of colour: For the wardrobe to work seamlessly, take care when picking colours. They have to match, so it’s best to keep the palette down to a minimum of three or four shades. I personally prefer neutral-coloured pieces (for top and bottom) with a few colourful items thrown into the mix to jazz things up a bit. My boys love blue, for example, so I collected a few blue statement pieces that complement neutral shoes and accessories, which means I always know that they will look smart, rather than look like they got dressed in the dark!
- Special occasion, casual and activewear: Depending on the accessories and combinations chosen, the wardrobe should combine outfits fit for special occasions with everyday outfits and sports or activewear. I know this sounds tricky, but trust me, it is doable!
- Fabric and origin of clothes: Children’s clothes should be easy to wash and care for — that’s an absolute must! If you buy them new, please pay attention to where they are manufactured. They should always be ethically made. For everything else, consider buying from second-hand stores — my favourite ecological and economical option.
The Perks of the Capsule Wardrobe
The major perk of having this type of minimal approach to dressing your kids up is the money-saving aspect. There’s really no need to constantly shop the newest trends and collections if you put together something that both you and your child are in love with and where everything matches together.
But having everything matching will also allow for your kids to get dressed by themselves in the morning, giving them a sense of independence and preventing you from having to interfere to avoid any dreaded wardrobe malfunctions. And that, my friends, means a little extra time for you for another coffee — or maybe even a little lie in!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.