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.
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.
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.
Planning is everything if you want to reap the benefits of a capsule wardrobe. Overall, there are four steps to the process:
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:
Having five of each type of item ensures that your kids have something to wear each day.
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.