Have you ever looked at your kids wardrobes and thought, “Man, they have a truckload of $#!+?” So recently when my genius buddy, Nikki, mentioned the idea of a capsule wardrobe, my mind (and the heavens) opened.
Back to school usually means back to piles and piles of laundry the size of the pyramids – this perpetual (wash) cycle of clothing heaps that never end. And switching from winter to summer wardrobes… shoot me now.
A capsule wardrobe is basically a few items that are easy to mix and match to your heart’s content!
If you’re like me, you probably have drawers packed to the brim of clothes that no longer fit, items with sentimental value like the baby outfit they wore the first time they came home, and hand-me-downs from friends you politely accepted hoping an occasion would come where your kids could wear it. But when I took a browse through photographs, I realised my kids practically wore the same things over and over again.
Putting a capsule wardrobe together is so much easier than you think and will change the way you shop forever!
All you need are 12 items – 6 tops, 5 bottoms, and a dress (if you have boys who happen not to wear dresses, a jumpsuit will do). I think the biggest challenges for mums is this: kids grow faster that Jack’s bean stalk and you also want outfits that are adorable, affordable and durable enough to withstand mud fights and slippery slides – so shop smart.
THE GREAT PURGE
Start by donating items that no longer fit. There are so many children who need it more. As a fellow mum, I give you permission to store the items you cherish – like the outfit they wore the day they first rolled over in a (some may call it creepy, I call it precious) chest in the attic. If you’re strapped for cash, places like Petit Fox and Once More will pay for your second-hand items provided they’re still in good nick.
PICK A COLOUR SCHEME
What I love most about shopping for our kiddos is that most options come in packs of two or three – ready for you to mix and match. And you’ll usually find their matching tees right next to the leggings/pants/jeans – all the work is done for you. I’m not usually a “pink princess” mum (though I have let Lily choose her own pink unicorn or mermaid items she may like – I’m not a monster) but I noticed that most of her outfits fall in the navy and red category. Toss in a few white, grey and printed tees and you’ll have an array of easy- to-co-ordinate outfits in a jiffy.
SHOP AT TWO STORES, MAX
When it comes to kids’ clothing shopping, unless you’re doing it online, every scenario ends with you carrying them out surfboard style. So, pick a store, two at the most for all your items.
BUY BETTER, NOT MORE EXPENSIVE
Find a brand that has good quality at a price that suits your pocket. Look for stickers like “improved fabric” or stay new” – you want clothing with a little longevity that can survive vigorous play and help avoid endless trips to the mall. All stores sell 100% cotton nowadays that’s soft, cozy and comfortable. Look for added stretch too, such as elastic waistbands and easy slip on and off shoes.
UNPACKING THIS CAPSULE
All of these items are from Ackermans and Superbalist. As you can see, I picked up a legging set in grey and navy – SO easy to put together with a red, white, blue or print tee. Essentially one pair of leggings could create three or four different outfits.
How adorable is the Mickey tee from Superbalist? Usual price R99. Got 40% off.
Striped navy and red huggie tights, Superbalist, usual price R149! Saved 40% on sale.
Grey and navy 2-pack leggings from Ackermans, only R109 for both!
Ackermans ‘Love’ tee – R19.99! I can’t believe my luck.
Missing from pic: basic white tee, R19.99 Ackermans
WHERE TO SHOP FOR THE BEST BUDGET KIDSWEAR IN SA
Ackermans (no online shopping)
Pick n Pay Clothing (no online shopping)
Jet > Currently has a big sale on
MrP > Currently has a 3 for 2 sale on
Petit Fox > Amazing second-hand clothing
Takealot > Yep! You read correctly!