As if it isn’t already a challenge to downsize our own closets, keeping it simple for our kids is even more challenging. They grow insanely fast and things break or get dirty in a way that you may never be able to clean. I’ve spent the past seasons applying my own curated phylosophy to my son’s wardrobe and thought I’d share some of my learnings and tips.
Choose well, buy less, wear often has become my mantra. In the beginning I found it hard to apply to kids clothing. This season I finally felt like I was somewhat successful at it. Let’s break it down and see how each principle can be tweaked for a kids wardrobe.
For me this means good quality, preferably ethically made, season and schedule appropriate, and it has to be comfortable. A lot of ‘demands’, right?
For Sam I find it hard to invest because he will only wear items for a short period. My strategy now is to buy a few key pieces that meet all demands (and yes, they will probably be a bit more expensive), and I will sell them when Sam out grows them. I complete his wardrobe with pieces where I compromise mostly on the ethically made and/or quality. I try to go for the eco friendly collections from affordable brands like H&M and Lindex. I still wish I could buy more second hand, but we don’t really seem to live in a community where this is a thing. The only stuff I can find secondhand is of poor quality so that kind of defeats the purpose.
In terms of what type of items to choose, I go for a uniform approach with only small tweaks and add some variety with textures and colors. For the colors I stick to a set color palette. That makes combining everything a lot easier. This fall I’ve chosen black, (denim)blue, dark green, brown/beige and a hint of white.
When Sam was just born I shopped like a crazy person. I had to have a lot because I was so not on top of doing laundry. Now that we no longer have the stress of adjusting to life with a newborn, our household is back up and running at full force. Sam has enough clothes to last 2 weeks without laundry and that’s in my opinion more than enough.
And if you are lucky enough to have a few friends with kids – swap clothes!
Since Sam doesn’t have an insane amount of clothes, he kind of has to wear the same thing a lot. The good thing about this is that kids usually like to wear the same thing over and over again. If it was up to Sam he would wear his favorite shirt every day. And as long as it’s clean, I let him. It makes him happy and I win in 2 areas: less laundry and less discussions about what to wear. He can just pick something and every imaginable combination will work because we stick to a color palette.
Now, a side note to dressing kids: I don’t believe kids should look like they came straight from a magazine. The whole finding style inspiration step is stripped from the process in our household. I focus purely on the practical aspect of a curated wardrobe for Sam.
If you don’t have kids you’ve probably clicked that X up top, but if you made it to here I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic too! Feel free to share any good posts (including your own) about this topic in the comments.
– X Marloes
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