When searching through the closet for something to wear, do you find yourself always choosing the same comfortable basics? Perhaps the cotton v-neck shirt or the perfectly worn-in pair of jeans?
Children are no different. They have their favorite items of clothing and will make those preferences known by choosing to wear a specific shirt or pair of shorts day after day.
While there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable, you might take a look at all of the unworn clothing in your child’s closet and think, what a waste! That’s when Denaye Barahona of Simple Families steps in with this timely advice: Build a capsule wardrobe for kids.
A capsule wardrobe means your closet contains a carefully curated selection of basics that don’t go out of style. In addition to always having something comfortable to wear, Denaye also reminds us, “Kids grow fast and we need to replace clothes quickly – so from a financial and sustainability perspective, it’s important to buy less to waste less.”
Here are more tips on creating a basic capsule wardrobe for kids, along with a link to Denaye’s original article from Simple Families.
- “Before preparing the capsule, give some thought to what you want your kid’s clothes to say.” Denaye recommends thinking through the super sparkly dress or monster truck shirt before purchasing, because whether we like it or not, “our clothes speak for us.” What first impressions does your child’s clothing give?
- Choose one or two stores to purchase from to simplify the shopping process. Denaye says, “Streamlining the purchases from as few brands as possible makes it easier to coordinate the style of the pieces and assures that you can get the size right on the first try.” What brands do you know and trust?
- Children grow out of clothing quickly, so consider where those too-small items will go when you’re done with them. If you purchase higher quality clothing, another family will get great use out of them. For Delaye’s family, that means that “Nowadays we are buying fewer clothes, but we are buying better clothes.”
- Back to being comfortable! Not only will comfortable clothing allow kids to be kids, but Denaye also reminds us that it will promote independence. “Soft, stretchy cotton makes it easy for my 3-year-old to put on his own shirts. Elastic waist bottoms make independent potty trips a breeze.”
Do you think a capsule wardrobe is the right choice for your family? For more ideas and examples of different color themes for capsule wardrobes, read Denaye’s full post at “How to Create a Basic Capsule Wardrobe for Kids.”
We’d love to hear from you! Did you make a capsule wardrobe work for your family? Let us know how it went in Guidepost Parent Chat.
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