It’s rainy and 55 degrees outside. Typical for a Pennsylvania fall, but that means it’s time to go through the kids summer clothes and see what they need for the upcoming colder weather.
As long as I’ve been a mom, I’ve done capsule wardrobes with my kids. If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, it’s a collection of a few pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched together to create many different outfits that you love. You won’t have to stare at your closet and say “I have nothing to wear” because its fewer pieces but its what you absolutely love and reach for over and over again. Same goes for kids! Some people put an exact number of pieces they should have and if that’s what you think will work for you then I say try it! But, that’s not what I do. I don’t have an exact number of pieces, but I pick a few things that can work multiple ways. I may do another post on capsule wardrobes but this post is all about transitioning your kids summer clothes to work in fall.
So to begin, I pull out all of their clothes. I go through and have a box for “save” and a box for “give away.” In the “save” box I will put hand-me-downs for Dawsyn to wear in the future from Sawyer, or I will put things that really can’t be worn in winter but they can still fit in and be worn in the spring. In the give-away box, goes things that Peyton and Dawsyn have grown out of. I’m ruthless. If it doesn’t get worn or only kinda fits still, its gone. And there’s also a pile of torn or stained clothes to throw away, because they play and they play hard and sometimes I can’t get the stains out. 🙂
Here comes the fun part, now that everything is shifted through and i see what I have remaining, I can see what I need to add and who grew the most and needs the most replenished.
Before I go shopping I will decide which colors I am drawn to for the season and I will pick 3 or 4 to mix and match with other neutrals. So this season, I am choosing; burgundy, mustard, and army green. This is how I end up always “matching” my kids because the colors go so seamlessly together, I don’t have to think about it when I get them dressed.
My favorite way to make summer clothes work into fall is, layers. Sawyer wears a lot of dresses (basically everyday) so to make a sleeveless dress work in fall… I will add a sweater on top or a long sleeve tee underneath or a flannel on top and always a pair of leggings or tights with a cute pair of boots. Get creative! When you buy good basics you can always make them work with other basics to make cute outfits. The same works with little boys! I hate when I hear people say “There’s not cute boy clothes” because there totally is! I love putting Bubby in a graphic tee from summer with a flannel, jeans, his favorite rain boots and knit beanie. OR sweatpants, a sweater, and probably those same rain boots because boyfriend loves his boots. Onsies for babies are a great basic, they can go with shorts in the summer or put tights under them and a sweater on top with some moccs or boots. Wa-la! Instant fall outfit.
Another thing to add some variety is in accessories. I don’t mean, bling out your kid. No. I mean, a few cute, quality bows or headbands, knit hats, and 1 or 2 pairs of shoes. My girls have a collection of bows that we use from one season to the next that they can both use. Knit hats and shoes usually have to be re-purchased yearly because they grow so quickly. One staple piece in their wardrobes that I don’t regret at all is their Hunter boots. S & P got them for Christmas last year and have worn them all winter, spring, summer, and now fall. They have held up GREAT. They wear them to the horse barn every week, one has even gotten stuck in the track of the car seat (don’t ask) and is still going strong. I got them in black so every kid can wear them as they grow out of them. Best. Investment. Ever.
The other part of this system is not buying a lot of “character” shirts. It’s going to be much harder to make a bright purple Vampirina or Disney shirt work multiple ways rather than a purple polka dot shirt. Now, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t have fun with their clothes. I like buying a few cute graphic tees and fun patterns to go under a flannel or sweater. I’m just not a huge fan of the character outfits, no judgement if you like them. 😉 To each their own.
So where do you shop for the kids? Old Navy is my personal fave. They generally will stick to a few signature colors per season, have fantastic sales and prices, have those perfect “basics” I keep talking about and are just so dang cute. I will get the bulk of their clothes there, once in awhile I will find a few things at Target and Kohls. I also have really been liking H&M and Zara (a little pricey in my opinion.) Typically, once I get them clothes at the beginning of the season, I won’t buy anything else until the next season. It saves me money getting everything at once. If I feel like adding some new things to their wardrobe mid-season, I will check out thrift stores or re-sale stores to freshen things up. My favorite bow shop is Willow Crowns, hands down. They are faster than Amazon (I’m totally not kidding, and my husband works for Amazon so I’m very invested in them continuing to do so well. haha!) It’s a small business owned by a supermom, Megan, that employs other moms in her area and the quality is incredible. I’m not getting anything from promoting her shop, I just seriously love it so much. I get the girls tights from Little Light Feet, another small, mama-owned business. I got their tights last winter & they still fit both my girls this year.
This time I spent under $80 per kid (including fall jackets) and they have plenty to get them through the fall/winter season. Like I said before, I will probably supplement a little bit once winter hits but majority is done until Spring.
So there’s my process for transitioning a summer capsule wardrobe into fall and winter for my kids! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time,