Hi friends! I’m super excited to be sharing this guest post with you today… for a couple of reasons. First, I just got back from New York, am sick, and am up to my elbows in paint (we’re frantically trying to get our house ready to sell). So I’m more than happy to hand over the reigns to someone else so I can get some non blog stuff done (#reallife). But most importantly, my second reason: I’ve been wanting to put together a capsule wardrobe for Kit for a very long time and so when Elizabeth from Cheeky Days reached out to me wondering if she could share her toddler capsule with you guys I jumped at the chance! So without further ado, I’ll let her take over!
So where do I start? Well I’m Elizabeth and I blog about mom and kid adventures and style over at Cheeky Days… And I’m a huge fan of Truncation! I’ve been following along and watching Karin create beautiful capsule collections for a while and she’s totally inspired me.
After a lot of should I or shouldn’t I, I finally decided to put together my first capsule collection for my little one! And let me tell you, I give Karin major props because narrowing down a closet to 40 pieces is a lot harder than it sounds.
I started by taking everything out from my little one’s closet. Next since we were transitioning from winter to spring I removed and stored all the winter items. After that I started counting all his pieces… let me just say there was a lot, like way too much, like oh my gosh I can’t believe I’ve never counted his clothes before and he really has that much. So it took me several sessions to pair down and pair down and pair down until I reached the magic number of 40. There were tears involved folks, I didn’t realize how attached I had become to not only my clothes, but his too.
When I look at what we ended up with I’m pretty happy and excited! My little one even helped pick some of the items in the capsule, shirts and shoes that he loves and wears regularly. The capsule is sprinkled with pieces from some of our fav stores (Gap Kids, Zara, Old Navy, Converse, Toms, Carters, Osh Kosh) that serve as our staples, as well as pieces from small businesses (Wee Rascals, Beacon Threads, Nano, Kapital K, Whistle & Flute, Everlane) and a couple of stores from the UK (Next Direct & Monsoon).
Since this was our first capsule, I went with what I know and what’s been working for us. Some basics like skinny jeans, colored harem trousers, unisex tees, polo shirts, tees with dinosaurs, pineapples and cars. We also have a fairly even amount of neutrals and colors/prints. I love mixing prints and patterns so I feel like we’ll have fun this spring mixing it all up. I always enjoy a wardrobe with great basics that can be jazzed up or allow you to keep it simple and that’s what we tried to accomplish here.
I will say Karin has not only inspired me to create a capsule, but to start paying attention to ethical fashion as well. And for our next capsule it’s definitely an element I want to incorporate. What’s also great about this is, all the pieces that we removed from his closet will be donated to our local homeless shelter and be sold on the Kidizen app (which is great place to buy and sell pre-loved clothing). So I love that the clothes we loved so much will find new homes!
Thanks Karin for your inspiring work and for letting us share our first capsule collection journey with you!!!