Building a Capsule Wardrobe with Designer Children's Clothes

As Emily and Isabelle are getting older, I’ll admit that I have really enjoyed following children’s fashion trends in recent years, and I couldn’t stop daydreaming about acquiring a couple of designer children’s items for special occasions. This got me thinking — with the slow fashion movement gaining momentum, it makes total sense to invest in a few timeless, well-made pieces. With those, you can build a smart wardrobe with plenty of mix-and-match combinations that all fit together. With spring around the corner, I feel like it’s time for a declutter, and today I’m thrilled to present you with some tips on building a capsule wardrobe for your children!

Time to Declutter

To create a capsule wardrobe for your little one, you first have to declutter their existing one. Only keep what is still in excellent condition and will continue to fit for months or, better yet, years to come. It’s also important to consider your child’s taste and favourite pieces. The last thing you want is a meltdown because you’ve thrown out your little girl’s favourite top! Make a list of all the essential pieces and keep in mind that everything should match together.

The goal is to keep what your child wears and loves most and build on that. For the clothes you no longer need or want, take the time to either donate to a friend or to charity.

Picking Wisely

Now, it’s time to make a list of what you think you may need. A capsule wardrobe should include around 30 to 40 pieces — and while that may seem like a lot, this doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can make up that number with trousers and tops. A great way to make sure you have several outfit combinations is to invest in a few layering items, such as dresses and other designer children's clothes. These make fantastic and durable building blocks that are not only long-lasting investments but are also often more ethically made than what you would find in well-known high-street stores. All it takes is a statement piece or two to get started.

Why Designer Children's Clothes?

As you might already know, clothes are, in large part, manufactured in developing countries, where environmental, health and human standards are often lacking. Fashion-related environmental problems arise not only in the cultivation of raw materials, production and transportation but also in the use and disposal of clothing by us, the consumers. Indeed, fast-fashion is so-called because it’s meant to be disposed of. Enter slow fashion and ethical designer items as the antidote. Designer clothes are made to be cherished and kept for a long time to come, passed from hand to hand and from sibling to sibling. They are also often produced locally, with high-quality fabrics and fewer chemicals. Let’s be honest here, we don’t want any pesky chemicals next to our children, do we?

Completing Your Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you have a couple of staple items your kids are absolutely in love with and can’t wait to wear, collect a few additional basics in neutral colours. Some plain shirts and trousers, long and short; some cotton tights for colder days, and a few accessories should have your sorted in no time. It’s important to pick colours in a limited palette. Your children’s designer piece, which will come to form the basis of many a stunning outfit, can always be used to add a pop of colour, but you don’t want clashing colours or patterns. If you decide to buy these supporting pieces new, pay attention to the place of manufacture, but for the rest, second-hand shops are economical and great for the environment, and you can find some absolutely gorgeous pieces for a bargain.

And there you have it! A capsule wardrobe is a great way to save time in the morning, save money by buying less and make sure you can leave your little ones to get dressed unsupervised without risking a wardrobe malfunction!

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