Okay, okay. So I know Emily isn't really heading "back to school" like kiddos a little bit older than her, but who says we can't participate in some of the fun and, ahem, the sales!? Right? I remember when I was a kid and the most fun leading up to the first day of school was of course school clothes shopping. It wasn't until I was probably around 13 years old and my parents started to tell me "no" to certain things that I didn't love it as much, HA!Read More
I'm so excited to finally begin sharing with you all about our family capsule wardrobes! I've been working on Emily's closet first. I really wanted to declutter our lives and simplify things so cutting down on clothing just made sense. There is less laundry, less time choosing outfits, less money spent, and more time DOING things and making memories!
So what IS a capsule wardrobe?
When I was researching capsule wardrobes I learned two basic rules which I used as guidelines:
- Everything needs to "go" together
- Don't skimp on quality
Now, let's be real, I started doing this in order to simplify our lives and to save money in the long run, so my primary objective wasn't just to get rid of everything we already owned and start new. I wanted to have simple, quality staple pieces that would hold up through multiple play dates, washes, and everything in between. I chose to stick to a few brands in order to maintain a cohesive style and have predictable sizing. Almost all of Emily's clothing is from Zara and Gap. We have a couple small shop/handmade pieces as well which are some of my favorites!
As you can clearly see when looking at Emily's closet I chose to stick with two primary colors: cream and blue. I'm a sucker for denim and just feel like it's so classic! I have thrown in a couple other pieces as well and one patterned romper that I just can't get rid of.
The only two pieces you're not seeing that's included in Em's capsule are her black leggings and brown Saltwater sandals; she's wearing them!
Not including shoes and and hair accessories, with the pieces listed below I should be able to make 94 outfits! Like, seriously!?!
When I began this process I was so overwhelmed. Emily had, no joke, about 200 pieces to go through! One morning I was so tired of it seeming like I took forever to pick out or even find an outfit for her, I was done. I threw every single thing on her bed and handpicked what I wanted to keep to begin her capsule. There are lots of basic pieces that, to me, seem classic. The colors, no characters, the fit, the fact that there is room to grow (which I never used to do with her clothing)...it all just set my mind at ease. One of the most important reasons I loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe was that because the pieces are mostly staples they will transition to other seasons just be adding or subtracting certain things, like a jacket or wearing boots instead of sandals. Although we're in the dead of summer here in Indiana, Emily has slight eczema so I tend to keep her in light weight leggings that cover the back of her knees throughout the year. Otherwise she'll scratch herself way too bad. Anyway!... I hope this post helps and inspires some of you that are interested in trying this out for your family! I'll be sure to keep you all updated on how it goes and be sure to follow along on Instagram to see our daily capsules in action!
Why 36 pieces?
I saw lots of different numbers when I was researching capsule wardrobes. I chose to stick between 33-37 pieces and ended up with 36. I don't feel like I have a lot of repeating pieces, outfits can be dressed up or down, and Emily can help pick out her own outfits!
Naturally Blonde Beads bracelet
Emily really likes pink so I did include a couple pink hair accessories I made. These Mason Dixon Made unisex boots are THE best ever. The craftsmanship is amazing and I love that they offer other shoestring options. Each shoestring color totally changes the feel of the boots. I also adore that someday these babies will be passed down to Brody! I'm addicted to these Old Navy clogs, too. I'm not kidding when I say I have one of every size they made up to size 11.
Living in Indiana my entire life, I sort of know that the weather is 100% unpredictable. I've acceptd that fact! Today is was so unbelievably nice outside for an Indiana February, we couldn't let it go to waste.
Emily has started taking after Scott more and more when it comes to being a homebody so it's difficult to get her out is the house.
Finally once Emily was finished with her pancakes, at 4pm haha, we were off to the park, just Mama and the babies!
Do you ever look at your first born and think, "Man, when did she get so big and independent!?"
Our family has had so many changes happen this week and lots of craziness with schedules changing and shuffling the babies around to be taken care of. It'll be nice when I'm able to have some time off with them at home just hanging out.
Emily has never had to go to a daycare until this week and it's been quite a chore getting her there. Once she's there though, she's fine and happy. Brody now stays with Grandma while I sleep.
Ever since Emily has gone to daycare, only for a week, it seems like she's already a whole year older! She asked to put her pajamas on today and started taking off her own jeans! I couldn't believe it. I know it's just getting undressed but that's a big step for my little two year old first born baby girl! Everything she does that shows more and more independent just makes me miss her needing me like she used to do. Ok, enough mommy blubbering.
Emily's jeans are from @twobytwo.blues!
Let's talk about rompers, shall we? I'm obsessed with rompers for girls about 3 years old and younger! They're so easy to wear and coordinate with so many things for different looks.
One of my new favorite small shop makers is Little Tree Togs! Their pieces are all handmade in good old California. The quality of all the pieces we've ever had is amazing. I love the fit too, very true to size, which is nice knowing how off some sizing can be! I know I can count of the right size to arrive to us from LTT.
First seen here, The Vintage Floral Romper. It's so beautiful for all year wear with the blues and teals seen here!
Secondly, we have The Willow Romper. How gorgeous are the straps on this romper?! I am seriously loving the ruffles, they add just the right amount of super femininity to these style rompers!
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