Yes, Capsule Wardrobes Are Perfect For Toddlers and Other Littles As Well

File this under “too irresistible not to share,” but I just wanted to share my toddler’s capsule wardrobe for the summer season. Yes, I know this may make me sound super type-A/weird/fashion-obsessive or whatever — I did apply the capsule concept I use for my own wardrobe to my child’s clothes. But life is way simpler and less frazzled in the mornings. What can I say? Capsule wardrobes work for EVERYONE! Once you’ve done a few capsule wardrobe edits for yourself, it’s actually pretty quick and easy to do them for others.

I’m fortunate and privileged in the sense that I have a lot of kid clothes on hand — I was gifted tons of hand-me-downs from my sisters who already had kids, and I have a lovely, generous extended family who love to give clothes as gifts, no matter how much I protest. But the flipside is having piles of kids’ clothes that make me feel guilty for not wearing (and thus wasting) them. They also take up valuable space in our ‘cozy’ (i.e., crowded) tiny apartment. So you can see why applying the capsule wardrobe idea to my kid’s closet appealed to me.

So I followed the same principles and process that I applied to my own capsule. Basically I started with a general organizing principle. I don’t have a ‘fashion concept’ for my Budge — honestly, he’s too little to care, and honestly, I get a little weirded out when kids are too fashion-y. But I did follow a general color palette — in this case, it’s blues of all shades, browns, orange and bits of army and pale green, brightened with little bits of yellow.

I started with the base layer — for a toddler kiddo, it’s onesies, still. I do laundry once a week, so I like to have about 7-10 onesies on the ready. (Because, you know, accidents.)

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Then I do tops. I tried to choose about 10-12 tops, because, again, messiness. (Toddlers are sooooo messy!) I vary them between short-sleeves, long-sleeved tops and a few coverups for places with zealous air conditioning. (The featured pic above has most of the tops for the spring/early summer wardrobe.)

Bottoms are next. I tend to have fewer because — I know this sounds slovenly — I repeat bottoms. But again, I have about 8-10, and generally try to keep them neutral-colored.

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Anyway, I know this post was partly to immortalize my kid’s mini-wardrobe this season. But I do want to share that capsules are a practical way to organize clothing as well, in a way that cuts down on daily decision-making (so you can free up your mental energy to focus on other matters) as well as truly make use of the items that you genuinely love and enjoy.

And if you’re starting from scratch and buying new (or gently used) items for your kiddo, then thinking in terms of capsule wardrobes can help you curate a smart, targeted list for each season or size upgrade. If you’re trying to organize from an existing hodge-podge, it’ll help you create order out of potential chaos. Either way, you’ll have an adorably dressed kid with a minimum of effort — and a maximum of cute. Yay capsules!

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