A Guide to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for your Child
Is your child’s wardrobe getting out of hand? Do you find yourself buying loads of clothes and then throwing them out months later? If so, a capsule wardrobe full of high-quality pieces is what you need.
Not only does this reduce clutter, but it saves you time and money on shopping. At Village Kids, we have prepared a guide to help you get started on your child’s capsule wardrobe.
Browse our designer kids' wear today to invest in quality clothes that are built to last.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe focuses on pairing a limited number of versatile and essential items. This includes anywhere between 25 to 50 pieces.
The point of this is to collect interchangeable items to maximise the outfits you can create. This often includes clothing, footwear, and accessories.
Capsule wardrobes encourage minimalism and eco-friendly practices, reducing unnecessary consumerism and waste.
The Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe for Children
There are various benefits of switching to a capsule wardrobe for your child. Some of these include:
- Simplifies decision making: Children and adults can feel overwhelmed by choice. Having fewer items to choose from can make getting dressed in the morning much quicker and simple.
- Reduces clutter: Purchasing fewer clothes prevents your wardrobe from overcrowding and storing a lot of clothes you never wear.
- Cost-effective: By investing in fewer high-quality items, your clothes last longer, reducing the need for constant replacements.
- Reduces laundry: Having less clothes means less laundry, which is a great benefit for parents.
- Promotes creativity: With fewer items to choose from, children can get creative in how they mix and match pieces. This will help them develop their sense of style.
- Adaptable to growth: A capsule wardrobe can be more easily adjusted to growing children, with only a few replacements needed every now and then.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Child
Building a capsule wardrobe is really easy. However, it takes time to get used to having fewer clothes stored in the closet.
Follow these steps to get started:
1. Assess your Child's Current Wardrobe
Lay out all of your child's items and assess what ones are used often and which items are never used.
Consider factors such as fit, condition, and quality. Donate any items that are too small or unnecessary to keep.
2. Evaluate Your Child’s Needs
Consider your child's hobbies, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Choose pieces you know they will need or items that they will like wearing.
Then, factor in the climate of your area and the occasions for which your child needs clothing (school, play, formal events, etc.).
3. Set a Color Palette and Style
Choose a colour palette that will mix well together or colours that your child likes to wear.
We recommended sticking to mainly neutral colours as this sets the foundation for many outfits. Add a few accent colours or patterns to bring variety and personality to the wardrobe.
4. Shopping with Intention
When buying clothes for your child, focus on quality over quantity.
This means buying clothes with a higher initial cost that will help you save in the long term due to their durability and quality.
Essential Items for a Child's Capsule Wardrobe
To create a capsule wardrobe that is practical and efficient, you need to add a few key elements in there. This will help you create outfits that are suitable for your child.
Some key items to include are:
- Tops: Include a selection of basic short and long-sleeved tops and one or two dress shirts or blouses for occasions. Sweatshirts and hoodies are important for the winter months or casual wear.
- Bottoms: Jeans are durable and versatile, and they can create many outfits. For comfortable play and movement, include sweatpants and joggers. For occasions, add one or two formal trousers or skirts.
- Dresses and jumpsuits: A simple dress is suitable for everyday wear or for the summer months. Add a formal dress for events and include a jumpsuit or romper for casual outings.
- Footwear: Every wardrobe should include a pair of trainers for outdoor activities. Formal shoes are also a must for school or occasions. Include a pair of boots for the autumn and winter months and some sandals for warmer weather.
- Undergarments and socks: Your child’s wardrobe should include enough undergarments for a week or to last them between laundry days. They will also need a variety of socks to pair with different outfits.
- Seasonal items: Include swimwear for water activities and thermal layers for winter outfits. A raincoat and rain boots are also necessary for wet weather.
- Sleepwear: Choose warm and comfortable pyjamas that are made from high-quality materials. Include a range of short and long pyjamas for different seasons.
- Outerwear: A lightweight jacket is ideal for cooler evenings or transitional seasons, such as spring. Include an insulated coat or warm jacket for cold weather.
- Speciality items: If your child has a hobby such as dance or boxing, you will need to include their uniform for these activities.
- Accessories: Items such as woolly hats, scarves, and gloves are necessary for winter. When the weather gets warmer, your child will need sunglasses and a cap. Include items such as bags for school and children’s jewellery for dressing up.
Wardrobe Maintenance and Rotation
Complete assessments of your child's wardrobe every season to see if any items need adding or replacing.
Store away off-season clothing to keep their wardrobe tidy. Instead of throwing away items with a slight tear or loose button, repair them yourself to extend their life and prevent waste.
Allocate a budget for your child’s capsule wardrobe and involve your child in the maintenance of it to ensure it still reflects their style.
Build your Capsule Wardrobe with Village Kids
At Village Kids, we sell children’s designer fashion at discounted prices to make high-quality clothing more accessible.
Branded items are the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe; they last longer as they’re more resistant to wear and tear, and they can be used as hand-me-downs or re-sold.
Browse our wide variety of designer children’s clothing today to invest in a capsule wardrobe that you can rely on.