Kids Wardrobe Management

When you create a capsule wardrobe, you inherently start operating in seasons.  That's because an effective capsule wardrobe strategy is to select the clothes you will wear every three months.  While many pieces are repeated for multiple seasons, this (very achievable) cycle gives you a chance to refresh your selections.  When you first start, you might decide to store a few clothes in a box as options for future cycles.  After 3 months, pull the box out, evaluate what you have, and make your selections for the next 3-month cycle.  
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Personally, I really like the "rule of 3" to create a capsule wardrobe for both me and my kids. For adults, there is a lot of "rule of 3" application out there when deciding what's in your wardrobe each season or even what to pack when traveling.  Travel wardrobe planners are great for creating an organized family life; why not live like this every day?  But there seems to be less guidance for planning and managing kids' wardrobes. I assume this is because we are constantly living in the reality of growing kids- every season they are just a little taller than the last and admittedly it's hard to juggle the sizing game. 
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By age 2 or 3, you can buy clothes that are meant to last: quality shirts that withstand stains, dresses that fit for multiple summers, layer-able tops worn in any temperature, and pants that adjust to fit longer. This means that styles, cuts, durability, and versatility become critical when selecting the choice items that go into your child's wardrobe. With a little planning, you can approach the shopping experience knowing exactly how to filter the options.
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Ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? Me neither, until a few years ago when a friend introduced me to the concept. Essentially, you create a smaller collection of true wardrobe basics and then add a few seasonal or stylish pieces that "go with" the basics. This gives you plenty of mix-and-match outfits without a bunch of extra things that you only wear once in awhile. 
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