Kids,  Projects

5T Girl Capsule Wardrobe

I’m trying to get ahead and prepare for my daughter entering Kindergarten next year! The best time to buy clothes is after the season is over for the next size up, so right now is the time. Rather than go out and blindly buy whatever and end up with too many shirts or not enough bottoms, I decided to create a What To Look For List based on our needs.

I’ve always wanted to buy an entire year’s worth of clothing with pieces that all go together and can be mixed and matched easily so that she can pick her own outfits each day. I also wanted pieces that could easily be transitioned or layered so that they can be worn all year long! I wanted good quality fabrics and brands so that holes and wear would not be too much of an issue. I don’t mind shopping excellent used condition clothing for my children—I save time since I can’t be going thrift shopping and checking garage sales for hit and miss items every week, and I can find exactly what I want! My favorite from this last virtual shopping trip was an adorable chambray Gymboree blouse that was starting at $15 on eBay used, and I got mine for $8 brand new with tag on! I can’t say enough good things about being able to buy an entire wardrobe of great condition brand name clothing without ever leaving your home!

Anyway, I wanted to visually know what I’m looking for so that if I run into it at a thrift store or for a great price elsewhere I can recognize it! I checked out what was available online in consignment, what’s out at my latest favorite store for new affordable kid clothing (Old Navy), and Etsy for some adorable ideas for accessories.

  • 2 sleeveless tops (one dressy, one for easy play)
  • 3 short-sleeved blouses (one light, one dark, one solid, one in an easy fabric like cotton)
  • 3 shorts (one dark denim, one light khaki, one gray in an easy fabric for play)
  • 2 sleeveless special occasion dresses for church (one dark, one light)
  • 2 short-sleeved casual dresses (one dark, one light)
  • 3 skirts in solid colors that match any and every top (one neutral, two colored)
  • 1 long-sleeved dress
  • 1 white basic undershirt
  • 1 thick corduroy dress for special occasions that can be dressed up
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 chambray shirt
  • 1 denim jacket
  • 3 pants (dark jeans, gray jeans, lighter neutral corduroy)
  • 1 neutral long-sleeved undershirt
  • 2 cardigans (neutral, colored)
  • 1 bright sweatshirt
  • 2 outerwear (hoodie, pea coat)
  • 3 thick tights (gold, solid gray, simple patterned black and white)
I’ve already bought shoes in silver, brown, and pink, so I didn’t include them. My daughter loves pink, but I tried to make it an accent color so that her wardrobe didn’t end up all one shade. For colors, neutrals were awesome! I added some pops of pink, turquoise, and mustard yellow to keep it true to my daughter’s style. Some of the transitional long sleeved pieces can have the sleeves rolled up and be used in spring/summer, too!

She loves dresses, which is a bonus for me because depending on the cut and fabric it can be used all year long with bike shorts during the summer, with a belt and a scarf in the autumn and spring, or over thick tights and with a sweater in the winter. Skirts and shorts can also be used all year long if they’re made of denim or some over more structural material and worn over leggings or warm tights, and with boots or high socks. Most of the “warm weather” tops can also be used over long sleeved undershirts, and with the collar popping out under sweaters and denim jackets. A hoodie can be layered under a cute denim jacket or a pea coat. I also recommend sleeveless jumpers in a thicker material like corduroy, denim, or velvet to be worn over long sleeves and under cardigans during fall/winter. 


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