Fashion capsules are picking up steam all over the internet, and within simple living communities. It’s not a new concept: it’s a small collection of seasonal clothing items, that are easy to mix-and-match. It’s basically garanimals for grown-ups. You can learn more about it here: What is a Fashion Capsule. Once I tried my own fashion capsule, and loved it, I couldn’t help but think: if this was going over so well within the adult community, why can’t we make a fashion capsule for kids?
Well, the good news is that we can. We make a fashion capsule for kids, each one of our 3 children, each and every season. Here are the tips and tricks that we use to make this as successful for everyone.
Decide On Fashion Capsule Count
While the usual fashion capsule contains 33 to 37 pieces, this may be too many items for a child. But, that depends on the child. For my fashionista daughter, we started out with 33 pieces for her, but her older brother (the uniform king) stayed with 21 pieces. Here’s the issue: my fashionista daughter didn’t need 33 items. That was way too much, even for her. I suggest picking between 14 and 21 items for each child.
Pick Fun Items
Kids love fun, even when it comes to their wardrobe. Be sure to pick fun items to add into their wardrobe. Character tees, funky but fun sweaters, and cool pants are items that you can put into your kids’ wardrobes. If you pick fun items, they will be sure to wear them, and wear them out. The big part of a kids’ fashion capsule is getting them to wear out items, since they grow out of them quickly.
Let Them Help
Yes, you kids will need to help you pick their wardrobe. For my daughter, we actually went to the thrift stores, and she picked her items. I told her that we needed 33 pieces for her wardrobe, and that they needed to be a mixture of shirts, pants, dresses, and skirts. She picked every single item of her wardrobe. With my son, who isn’t into fashion or shopping, I found items I thought he would like, and I let him select the ones he would like to add to his fashion capsule for the season. If kids help you pick the wardrobe, again, they will be more inclined to wear and enjoy the items.
Think About Your Washing Schedule
Do your kids wash their clothes every week? Every two weeks? Think about the washing schedule in your home, and make sure you plan accordingly. A 14 item fashion capsule is perfect for a kid that washes their clothes once a week. On a two week schedule? 21 items would be better.
Monitor Their Growth Schedule
Didn’t those pair of pants fit two weeks ago? Yup, I feel like I say this multiple times during a season. Think about how fast your kids grow out of wardrobe items, and plan accordingly. If you want your kids to have a 21 piece fashion capsule, either buy items in a few sizes up, or plan to add more pieces mid-season with a trip to the thrift store. We have a small stockpile of clothing that are a size or two higher than our kids’ current size. If you know that your kiddo will grow out of t-shirts in about a month or so, have a few of those same tees available, but in a size bigger. The big tip is to either have these extra items put in a place other than their drawers, or buy when necessary. Don’t overwhelm them with extra items in their wardrobe that they won’t be able to fit just yet. That’s unnecessary clutter.
Want to learn even more about making a fashion capsule for kids? Check out this video:
I hope these tips will help you create a fun and functional fashion capsule for kids. Have any tips to share? Be sure to leave them in the comments below.