Getting kids dressed is not always a fun task. When they’re tiny and you have complete control over their clothes, you can dress them however you like! But as they grow (at least in our experience) our kids have developed their own tastes and preferences, around 18 months, which can result in frustration and the dreaded tantrum.
Keeping our kids’ closets pared down and listening to their input has really eliminated a lot of that tension for our family. Kids feel comfort from boundaries and repetition, so if they know what to expect they are able to stay calm and control their emotions. This is especially true for our oldest who has lots of opinions about her outfits. For this reason, their wardrobes are pretty small, filled with durable basics, and impossible to mismatch. (Hello, kid capsule wardrobe.) They get to wear the same thing a lot. And they really don’t mind one bit.
Here’s a peek at my daughter’s closet:
I built my daughter’s closet around the Wildly Co. Swing Top, which is the perfect shirt year round. We love it! With a pair of track shorts or sweat pants, she’s 100% ready for everyday play. With the ballet pink leggings and a cardigan she looks sweet but still comfy. And some days she adds a tutu for extra twirling fun.
We own 4 swing tops, they go through the wash every week, and still look great after a year and a half! The fabric is the best – a little stretchy, a little thicker, and very soft. This is like Evie’s uniform, it makes getting dressed easy since she knows what to expect, and she still looks super cute.
When I realized she had gotten picky about colors, the smartest move I could make was buying multiples of the same color – 2 tops in persimmon, 2 tops in mint, 2 pairs of ballet pink leggings. It has eliminated so many struggles over getting dressed. Don’t sweat the small stuff, right?
Have you heard the saying “shop for Tuesday afternoon, not just Saturday night”? For kids, it can be fun to shop for fancy outfits, but the reality is 95% of the time they need hard-wearing play clothes. And maybe I’m super tight-fisted, but I don’t want to waste money on clothes that my kids don’t wear and then outgrow. It’s just one more thing adding clutter to our home.
For the past couple months I’ve been trying a capsule wardrobe for myself, and I quickly realized I’ve never put much thought into my t-shirt even though I wear them daily. By finding a cute t-shirt I instantly looked put together every day, not just on fancy date nights. For me, it’s the Everlane Drop Shoulder Tee. For Evie, it’s her Swing Top.
a few notes:
++ The book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Happier, Calmer, More Secure Kids, has shaped our parenting style immensely. Highly recommend it.
++ If you have overstuffed kids’ closets and they’re stressing you out, consider donating the excess to ThredUP. You can earn some cash (they pay it directly to your PayPal account), or do what we did – buy next year’s winter coats for your kids (Crewcuts, secondhand, in excellent condition!).