How to create a capsule wardrobe for your children

I don’t know about you, but we fight two frequent battles at my home: my kids wanting to wear things that don’t match, and my kids having a closet full of clothes they don’t wear. Each year, we seem to buy so many items of clothing, and some of them are outgrown before they are even worn. This causes us to waste money and waste space, as you are storing clothes you clearly didn’t need.

Enter the capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobes are not new. If you do a Pinterest search, you will find hundreds of blog posts and graphics about capsule wardrobes. Since kids outgrow clothing at an alarming rate, it makes sense to spend less on more versatile pieces. Capsule wardrobes involve spending less, less clutter, and more outfit choices. So how do you create a capsule wardrobe?

1. Take stock of what you have.

Clear out your child’s dresser and closet. Make three piles- one to keep, one to donate, and one to throw away. If clothes are stained or too worn, throw them away. Don’t donate anything you wouldn’t buy from the thrift store yourself. Once you have finalized your “keep” pile, look at what items you have, what items you need, and what colors you have.

2. Decide what you need

Think about your lives, your kids’ activities, and the climate where you live. We are in the mid-atlantic, and it gets hot here in the summer. We go to school and church and are in dance class. Therefore, they will need church clothes, work out clothes and enough outfits for the school week. We try to follow the 4-6 rule: have four to six pairs of pants- two pairs of jeans, one pair of dark colored pants and one pair of light colored pants; four to six dresses (sundresses are OK because you can wear a jacket or sweater over them); two skirts, four pairs of shorts, two swimsuits, 4 to 6 long sleeve shirts, 4 to 6 short sleeved shirts, three sweaters, one casual jacket and one dressy jacket. Don’t forget about underwear and socks.

3. Choose a color scheme

What colors do you already have? What colors do your kids absolutely love? What colors look best on them? My little blonde, blue eyed girls look great in blue, green, and hot pink. They also love wearing these colors. I make sure to include plenty of neutral colored pieces to tie the wardrobe together. Children’s boutiques often stick with a color scheme when they release new seasonal lines. This makes color scheming your child’s capsule wardrobe easy! Retailers like Gymboree and Carter’s are known for this.

4. Hand-me-downs and thrift stores are your friend!

I have two daughters and while I don’t save everything from my older child’s wardrobe, I do save gently worn items and big items like coats. If you don’t mind second hand items, you can save some big bucks reusing items from other children, or thrift shopping. We love ThredUp online consignment shop!

I’ve created an infographic for you. Feel free to print this off and use it as a checklist.

Here is a sample capsule wardrobe for my littlest child:

The above clothing items are all from OshKosh. Except for the romper, do you see how each piece coordinates and can be worn together? You only have a few clothing pieces, but you can create several different outfits from the pieces. All of the items go together so there is little chance of her creating a “Tacky Day” outfit that doesn’t match. How many different combinations do you see that will go together and be cute?

Feel free to hop online and start creating your own capsule wardrobe! Have fun and happy shopping!

Five Friday Favorites: Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

I have to admit, I had an entirely different post in mind for today, but I’ve seen so many cool things lately, it’s almost sinful not to share them. Today, I just want to share these treasures with you all.

1. Old fashioned Coca-Cola cooler from Tractor Supply

How cute would this look on my back porch? I would love to have this thing iced down, with a bunch of Cokes in glass bottles.

2. This extra large lantern from Pier One

I want two of these to put on my front porch. I love the cozy farmhouse vibe these give, and I can just picture them on our fireplace hearth. I love them!

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3. This shift dress from Marley Lilly is simple, cute, and it’d be nice and cool in our sweltering North Carolina heat. I can just see it now with a pair of white Jack Rogers.

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4. This galvanized farmhouse pitcher  is not only delightfully cute, it’s remarkably affordable, too.

Does anyone else love pitchers? I have so many already and I always want to buy more. This one would be super cute this fall with some sunflowers or black eyed Susans in it.

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5. This Classic Mistral bar soap from Anthropologie smells great and it looks beautiful. The packaging is almost too pretty to open. I love to keep it in my hall bathroom for guests to use!!!

 

Have a wonderful, awesome weekend.

 

Clothing Consignment Using Thred Up

Clothing Consignment Using Thred Up

I really enjoy shopping for clothing for myself and my daughters, but I don’t always love how expensive it is. I have always loved thrift and antique stores, as you can usually find some great deals.

I have noticed there aren’t that many good consignment shops in my area anymore, and that I often struggle to find time to visit the ones we do have. I have recently discovered Thred Up. Thred up has an app, a great, user friendly website and great quality clothing. You simply order a clean out kit, which comes with a large, postage paid bag you can fill with the things you wish to sell. Then, simply drop it off at the post office, free of charge.

You can also shop with them and purchase things. They come in a cute polka dot box or bag and are very well packaged. Check out this video of my oldest daughter opening her bag.

https://youtu.be/jy5RIXGJ08g

They’ve recently added a new service as well. Thred Up is now offering a box service similar to Stitch Fix. Simply fill out a survey about your sizes, favorite colors and favorite brands, and you’ll receive a box of goodies.

You pay a deposit to receive your box, which is then applied to your purchase total. You have seven days to return your unwanted items.

My box included all of these things:

Three business causal skirts

Three dressy shirts

Two casual shirts and one boho type shirt

Then, there were three pairs of dress pants and one pair of casual pants

One casual dress and two formal dresses

This necklace was in there too.

Everything was of name brand, great quality and some even had the tags still on. I tried on everything and this is what I chose to keep:

These are things I chose to return:

I already have two skirts that are almost identical to these. They fit well and I liked them; I just didn’t need them.

I didn’t really like how any of these shirts looked on me, so I sent them back.

The khaki pants weren’t my style and I just purchased a pair of black pants a few weeks ago.

These dresses are lovely but nothing I need. I don’t really do a lot of formal events so I don’t use formal dresses.

This necklace was pretty, but not my thing.

I came away with two pretty pairs of dress pants, three shirts, a dress and a skirt for less than $60. They are all things I can wear to work and church, and with multiple outfits. I am very satisfied and will likely order another box in the future.

Have you ordered from ThredUP? Comment below and tell us what you think!