In my last post I talked a little bit about why and how I chose to use a capsule wardrobe for my children’s clothes both to save money and space. Today I thought it might be helpful to share what items I include in my shopping list when I am preparing to go to the thrift store, consignment sales or other venues. These may not be comprehensive lists, but they are the actual lists I will be working from this fall for my 6 year old son and 2 year old daughter. (Tip: Scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to know how to get your own printable Kids’ Capsule Wardrobe Checklist!)
Boy’s Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe
- 6 t-shirts
- 3 dress shirts
- 2 fleece or hooded sweatshirts
- 3 pairs jeans
- 3 pairs sweats or athletic pants
- 2 pairs dress slacks (1 black, 1 khaki)
- 2-3 pairs long sleeved pajama tops and bottoms
- Tennis shoes
- Winter boots
- Winter coat
If I needed to buy my son new socks or underwear, those would also get added to the miscellaneous list. I would also note the sizes of each category of items needed. As you can see, I plan just enough of everything to get him through one week. Then we do laundry! Ha! Often times my children receive some extra clothes as a gift from family, offering more wiggle room between laundry days. But we get by just fine with this minimal amount of clothes.
My toddler girl’s shopping list will be a little bit bigger. This is mostly because she is not quite fully potty trained, so we sometimes need a few extra pairs of bottoms to get us through to laundry day, although she is getting much better! Also, she is going to be wearing mostly dresses and leggings or tights in the cold months, not so much for style (even though I do love the look!) but because she is so skinny! Especially without a fluffy diaper on her bum, I cannot find pants to fit her in length that will not just fall right off her slim waist.
Girl’s Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe
- 4 long sleeved shirts
- 3 long sleeved dresses
- 1-2 jumpers
- 2 cardigans
- 4-5 pairs leggings (2 black, 2 denim, 1 brown/grey)
- 4 pairs thick tights (black, cream, grey, pink)
- 2-3 denim or khaki skirts
- 3 pairs long sleeved pajamas
- Black dress shoes
- Play shoes
- Fleece jacket
- Winter coat
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So, there you have it! If you would be interested in seeing my basic spring/summer capsule wardrobe list, please leave a comment below. I would be happy to post that as well at a later date!