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I created a (weekly) capsule wardrobe for my toddler

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Since 18 months, my child has had an opinion about her wardrobe, an opinion that has only grown in strength. Once she could dress herself all bets were off. At first I cared. After picking out all her clothes, I wanted to continue to coordinate her outfits. I very shortly lost that. Now I love her strong sense of style. I would never think to pair gold lame leggings with a fringed suede skirt and a floral tank. I just don’t have that eye. The near-constant wardrobe changes however? They became a source of aggravation. A change after each activity meant it was not unusual for our child to cycle through half a dozen outfits each day. It’s hard enough to get clothes put away after laundry, so suffice it to say there was a perpetual pile of clothes sitting somewhere in the nursery.

When I could not take it any more I would try something even more complicated than simply putting away the clothes – installing new limitations (she could only change twice a day and the second change had to be from the previously worn clothes pile), taking all the clothes out of her room and putting them in my already cramped closet and more. Nothing ever worked because I didn’t really care how frequently Leila changes her clothes. I just wanted to be free of the chaos of clothes.

After a day with a particularly wearisome tantrum regarding a wardrobe change, I had an idea. Why not create a weekly capsule wardrobe. I cleared out all her clothes and sorted through those that were stained and needing attention and those that were clean. Then I picked out 10 outfits – 7 top/bottoms and 3 dresses – and 2 sets of pajamas. It seemed like an ample selection for her to choose from for one week. And displayed them lovingly on the couch.

The next morning when she woke up I brought her to the circumstance with as much pomp and circumstance as I could muster. After she’d picked out her outfit for breakfast, I neatly folded everything else into one drawer. It worked. She loved it. She showed Papa when he got home. She told me she wanted to show her cousin. She could hardly believe her luck that she could change as much as she wanted all day, every day.

Then week two rolled around. She’s appeared a little less enamored by this collection, but the fact that all would change within a week seemed to be comfort enough.

Week 3 starts Friday. I think I might have figured this thing out. (Famous last words)

Here is what I am doing:

  • Picking out 10 outfits and 2 pajamas (and adding a cardigan or two now that the weather is getting “cooler”)

Here is what I am not doing:

  • Coordinating the outfits so everything goes with everything. I love Leila’s style, and I don’t want to hamper it.

I think I might have figured this thing out. (Famous last words)

The (More) Perfect Closet

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I have been working towards that perfect closet. A season of no shopping certainly helped. Instead of perusing things online, I spent time taking things out of my little reach-in closet.

Over the past few months, I have made use of Leila’s empty crib to hold the things I no longer wanted, or was pretty sure I no longer wanted. The longer they spent time in the fashion purgatory, the less I hesitated on letting them go on to someone else’s closet.

I’ve whittled down my collection and pulled out an even smaller capsule wardrobe from there.

For the most part I am sticking to 7 pairs of shoes, 5 bottoms (jeans/overalls/shorts/skirts), 15 tops, 4 cardigans, 7 dresses, 2 jumpsuits and 2 jackets, though I continue to pare everything down until there is not much more than “the capsule” remaining.

I have come to learn that the less I own, the less I want. And the less I shop, the more I enjoy what I have.

I am being honest about what I actually need in my current life and what I do not (goodbye professional slacks, irregardless of how flattering you might be). And acknowledging that less (yoga clothes) is enough, even if it requires more frequent laundry.

I am taking fashion notes from my toddler and bringing my dresses back to playtime and being (less) fearless in embracing my sense of fashion.

I am honing my personal style and learning to recognize it when I see it. If I put something on and it feels uncomfortable or unflattering or I just want to take it back off, I do. And then I toss it in the trash crib.

A smaller closet is just as gloriously wonderful has I imagined!

The Perfect Closet

I have been thinking about the perfect closet for some time. It is wonderfully, gloriously, epically small. Fit in one carryon small.

I want to get there. I have been trying. I have been making progress – buying pieces I cannot wait to wear, choosing quality, filing in gaps instead of adding to what I already have and purging. Despite my efforts and intentions, I still managed to accumulate pieces that only served me in the dressing room. And there are many items I still need to acknowledge are not working for me and give them the opportunity to find a closet where they might be enjoyed.

I played around with numbers in my head, trying to figure out exactly how little I wanted. Then I happened onto this blog via Pinterest. It had exactly what I wanted – some guidance. At first I got distracted by her effortless style and wardrobe, and I was overcome by a longing to expunge everything I owned and just replicate what she was doing. Reason prevailed and the desire evaporated, and now I am sitting with a means to make our honest-to-goodness $0 clothing budget a lot more interesting.

My plan is to try it all out in March during Ben’s spring break. What better way to start the (Persian) New Year?