How to Create a School Capsule Wardrobe for Your Kids

How to Create a School Capsule Wardrobe for Your Kids

Going back to school is an exciting time for kids and for parents, but, let’s face it, parents need to do a lot of planning to make sure kids are ready and have everything they need for the year ahead. Kids grow like bean sprouts, and what they wore at the beginning of the last school year is not likely to fit them this year. That means they have to shop for not only school supplies and backpacks, but also an entirely new wardrobe. That’s where capsule wardrobes come into play. Here’s everything you need to know about making a school capsule wardrobe for your kids.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

Before we start talking about making a capsule wardrobe, let’s talk about what it is. Essentially, it is a collection of items that can be mixed and matched with each other. When children get dressed in the morning, they simply have to choose what top to wear and what pants to wear, without worrying about whether or not they match. Additionally, it’s important to note that it is a slimmed-down version of a traditional wardrobe. You don’t need a full closet or dresser to have a capsule wardrobe.

Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

Having fewer items to choose from makes getting dressed easier. And the fact that any girls’ or boys’ tops will match any bottoms makes it easier for kids to piece items together, meaning less frustration in the morning. After choosing the top and bottom, they’ll only need to worry about shoes, socks, and underwear. Capsule wardrobes also save you money. How many times have you bought something for your son or daughter only to realize that it spent the year shoved toward the back of a closet or drawer, never to be worn? Capsule wardrobes help prevent those situations.

How to Plan a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids in Four Easy Steps

Planning is everything if you want to reap the benefits of a capsule wardrobe. Overall, there are four steps to the process:

  • Start by making a list of what your kids like to wear during different seasons. For the school year, this will involve planning mostly for winter weather but also have items that you can layer for spring and fall. A warm-weather kids’ T-shirt, for example, can be layered under a cold-weather cardigan or flannel during transitional seasons. Then your child can simply take off the outer layer as it gets warmer during the day.
  • You will also want to make sure that the items can be mixed and matched together. For that matter, neutral-colored bottoms will be ideal, as they’ll match any type of top your child decides to wear with them.
  • It will also be important to consult the school’s dress code before you embark on any shopping trips. Items such as graphic T-shirts and tank tops may not be allowed at some schools. Additionally, there may be requirements for what type of kids’ sneakers and clothing to keep at school for gym class.
  • Involve the kids! Especially if they’re older, some kids are pickier about what they wear than other kids. Choosing for them may seem like a good idea until they refuse to get dressed in the morning. The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to make mornings easier — not stressful.

An Example of a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

For an example of what a school year capsule wardrobe should look like, consider the following, which can be used for either boys or girls:

  • Five long-sleeved T-shirts or blouses
  • Five short-sleeved T-shirts or blouses
  • Five pairs of pants or jeans
  • Five skirts or five pairs of shorts (or a combination of both, if shorts are allowed)
  • Five sweaters, kids’ hoodies, flannel shirts, or cardigan sweaters (or a combination of all)

Having five of each type of item ensures that your kids have something to wear each day.

One Essential Element of a School Capsule Wardrobe: The Weather Forecast

Even little kids will find it easy to get dressed in the morning if they have a capsule wardrobe. But one sneaky thing can get in the way of making smart decisions: the weather. Especially in spring and fall, one day your kids can be wearing shorts or girls’ dresses, and the next day they may need to wear pants and a sweater. So be sure to give your kids some weather guidance in the mornings before they choose their options. Simply saying, “It’s shorts and short-sleeves weather,” can ensure they avoid the long pants and sweaters in their capsule wardrobe.

The simplicity of a capsule wardrobe reminds us that less is more at times. Of course, there will be picture days and special occasions to dress for, but having a capsule wardrobe to fall back on will not only help kids get dressed for school on their own but will also save you money in the long run.

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