You may have heard the term “capsule wardrobe” floating around the internets. It’s something I’d actually love to do for myself, as well. It’s a great way to think more like a minimalist when it comes to your wardrobe and your family’s wardrobe as well. It may sound silly to create a “capsule wardrobe” for someone so little who is obviously going to be growing rather rapidly, but just trust me on this one. A capsule wardrobe for baby (and toddlers and kids) definitely has its perks.
Everyone has “that one” outfit that only matches with itself. You can’t pair it with anything else because it just “doesn’t look right.” You know the one I’m talking about, right? It has a strange pattern or the pinks in that specific outfit doesn’t quite go the other pinks in the wardrobe? After purchasing way too many baby clothes for both of my girls, I’ve come to learn that different brands of baby clothes have different shades of pink that they stick with and those brands don’t go so well with every other brand because the shade of pink is “just a little” off. I’m sure boys have this problem with various shades of blue, too. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out!
Sticking with the tips that I outline below will help more clothes in your baby’s wardrobe match and go together so you can avoid only being able to put your baby in specific outfits. It’s all about mixing and matching and then using a few accessories to complete the look.
Because a capsule wardrobe most certainly doesn’t have to be boring!
(This is a rough outline. You can alter it to suit what you feel your little one needs.)
–2-3 Dresses/other items (vests, button down tops, etc)
–2-3 Sweaters, sweatshirts, cardigans
–7 Bibs/drool bibs
Capsule Wardrobe Tips & Tricks:
1. Stick with Similar Colors: You can choose the color scheme you’d like to stick with, but for Mckenna we’re all about the pinks, greys, whites, and then we mix it up with different appliqués and patterns on various onesies and/or pants.
2. Stick with the Same Brand: For many of Mckenna’s clothes I’ve chosen an affordable, convenient and quality brand to purchase most of her onesies and other forms of clothing and accessories. Gerber Childrenswear is absolutely perfect for a baby’s capsule wardrobe. Their onesies typically come in threes and they all can mix and match with the pants that they have as well. You can find the Gerber coordinated baby apparel collection at Walmart and it’s laid out specifically in a way that can help you find the items that go with one another.
3. Vary with Patterns: Building a capsule wardrobe for baby can get boring if you’re only looking at solid colors. Try mixing it up by adding some stripes, polka dots or floral patterns into the mix. You can keep the colors within the patterns similar to the colors you’ve chosen for your color scheme and then they will still fit within the capsule wardrobe.
4. Think Beyond Clothing Items: If you’re buying more basic clothing for your little one, you can still personalize their outfit and style with a few other items such as headbands, shoes, bibs, hats, and mittens. The Gerber apparel collection at Walmart has all of those pieces as well!
5. Wardrobes Vary by Seasons: For fall and winter you’ll have to remember the importance of layering with sweaters, cardigans, and other winter necessities such as hats, coats and mittens. I would maintain the same color pattern with these items as well so everything goes together seamlessly.
Like I mentioned before, we’re huge fans of the Gerber baby clothes in our household. They’re great quality and last through multiple washes. I don’t know about your baby, but Mckenna is always getting something on her clothing, so we use lots of stain remover and do lots of laundry and the Gerber clothes have withstood a lot! I also love that their items go together so seamlessly and if I need something to add to Kenna’s wardrobe, I can just pick it up when I’m at Walmart for my weekly grocery shopping! It’s just too convenient!
Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe?
Would you try a capsule wardrobe with your kids?