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Today, I am talking about my favorite subject…toddler clothes!
We are finally entering some warmer temperatures, so I created a toddler girl capsule wardrobe for spring and summer!
Shopping for your children’s clothes can be fun, but it can also be very overwhelming. Making sure they have what they need while also keeping in mind that they are children who grow out of their clothes in half a second and make messes like no other is so hard!
It can often feel like you’re just throwing money out the window because you know that they will grow out of their current size so quickly.
Whenever I am buying something for Lily I find myself asking, “Is this going to be worth the cost? Does she really need it? How much use can she get out of this piece?” I want to make sure that I don’t overdo it and buy her things she will never even get a chance to wear, while still making sure she has enough. It’s a tough balance!
Another thing that I struggle with is that I want her to be stylish. Duh, right? Just like I take a lot of pride in the way I dress and present myself to the world, I take a lot of pride in the way I dress my daughter, too. And I know I am not the only mother out there who feels that way!
That is why I decided to write this post. I can help all you mamas out there who want to have some stylish kiddos build a cute yet practical wardrobe for spring and summer!
Capsule Wardrobe Tips:
When I buy Lily clothes I try to be very intentional about every item of clothing I purchase. I want to make sure she has all the basics and that almost all the pieces will be interchangeable. I also don’t like to splurge on many items. Staying on a budget is very important to me knowing that Lily is growing like a weed and will be growing out of these clothes sooner rather than later.
1. Pick a theme
The most important part of building a capsule wardrobe is picking a theme. Making sure you have a cohesive style and color scheme allows you to build more outfits out of the pieces you have.
Pick a color scheme and overall esthetic and keep reminding yourself of that when you go to purchase an item. By keeping a theme in mind you are making sure all the pieces you choose will be cohesive and interchangeable. In return, you can get the most use out of every item.
2. Size up
Buying all your child’s clothes one size up from their current size will make sure you get as much longevity out of each item as you can. I think it is better for your child to wear slightly big clothes for a little bit and grow into something than have them fit perfectly right away only to have them grow out of it a couple months later.
This is especially true for sweaters and jackets. I think if you buy sweaters and jackets little big then you can get so much use out of them. Plus they are still practical even when they are baggy, unlike pants. If you buy pants that are too big, they will fall down. But sweaters and jackets are just extra cozy when they’re a little big and not a tripping hazard like big pants.
3. Learn to love neutrals
This one wasn’t really too hard for me because I already love neutrals, but if you like more bright crazy colors, this might be more difficult for you. The reason I say you should learn to love neutrals is that it brings so much versatility to your child’s wardrobe. Neutrals generally match everything and they always go well with each other too. So having the bulk of your child’s wardrobe be made up of neutrals allows more freedom to mix and match.
4. Buy multiples
One thing I think makes a big difference in any wardrobe is having multiples of your child’s most used items. This is especially true for the basics. For example, Lily has 3 pairs of black leggings. They are not all the same but they are still just black leggings. Because black leggings go with so many things, it’s nice to always have a pair in hand. The same goes for white undershirts or solid white tees. If there a piece that you realize you read for a lot, consider buying multiples.
Sample Capsule Wardrobe:
Below I created a sample toddler girl capsule wardrobe for spring and summer. In this capsule, I stuck to whites, beiges, blacks, denim, and pink..with a dash of brown and grey. Pretty much every piece matches and can be interchanged and worn with one another.
Most of the pieces are budget-friendly, but a few of them are higher priced. In my opinion, the higher priced items are totally worth the investment.
Scroll down below to shop this beautiful capsule wardrobe!
SHOP THIS CAPSULE
SHORT + LONG SLEEVE TOPS
SHORTS + SKIRTS
ROMPERS + PANTS
JACKET + CARDIGANS
SWIM + BEACH
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