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How To Build A Toddler Capsule Wardrobe: Tips And Tricks

Recently I did a post on how I built a toddler capsule wardrobe. It was followed by requests to do a post for a girls capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobe works on the simple idea that you choose limited pieces of clothing that can be easily mixed and matched. Reusing clothes over and over again yet looking refreshingly different with each combination.

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This time around, I decided to do a post on tips on building a toddler capsule wardrobe. Be it girl or boy.

Points to consider before starting

Before you begin shopping for your toddler’s wardrobe you need to consider points like age, is your toddler home all day? or going to daycare/school? What does your toddler like wearing? his/her favorite color, your laundry routine and season of the year.

These points will help you decide on the perfect number and type of clothes needed for your situation.

Color Palette

Either opt for neutral colors or solid bold colors that can mix and match easily.


Choose a few key pieces like tees or leggings in prints of your choice. Just make sure that they can be matched with the rest of the wardrobe.

Bottom wear & Jackets

It’s best to stick to dark solid colors for jackets, pants, leggings, skirts and shorts. These colors don’t show stains easily. Black, navy, tan are great colors for bottom wear for both girls and boys. They can match with all the printed tees in the capsule.


Black, navy and white shoes are best bets as they are easy to mix and match.


Most important point here is to select sturdy and good quality materials. You want these limited items of clothes to last long. Don’t compromise on price if you know it’s a good quality clothing item that will last rough wear.


Headbands, socks and other accessories can be where you can experiment with other quirky details in print since the rest of the wardrobe is going to match seamlessly. These quirky elements can be picked keeping in mind your child’s character.

Stick to a few select brands

Brands usually create collections of clothing with an assigned color palette. Coordinating pieces can be easily found within a brand’s collection.This will help you as a busy mom saving time and effort. You don’t have to go from shop to shop looking for different things to match your chosen color palette.

I did this when I shopped for my son. At the time, I liked that H&M had neutral colors as a running theme and GAP had some good basic clothes in solid colors. So I went with it and bought most of his wardrobe pieces from these stores.

Here is a sample girls capsule wardrobe to get an idea how a capsule looks like.

Capsule Wardrobe Toddler

  1. Turquoise tee by Disney 
  2. Grey long sleeved tee by Fox
  3. Pink long sleeved tee by Fox
  4. Grey short sleeved tee by Fox
  5. Purple short sleeved tee by Mothercare
  6. Black and white stripes tee by Mothercare
  7. Pink top by GAP
  8. Turquoise bodysuit by GAP
  9. Denim shirt by GAP
  10. Denim Skirt by Fox
  11. Pink bodysuit by GAP 
  12. Pink gingham dress by Mothercare
  13. Pink and red stripe bodysuit by GAP
  14. Pink sequin dress by Miniklub
  15. Denim pull on jeggings by GAP
  16. Navy leggings by GAP
  17. Grey leggings by GAP
  18. Navy bubble shorts by GAP
  19. Pink sneakers by Carters
  20. White sandals by Clarks
  21. Brown booties by Carters

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16 thoughts on “How To Build A Toddler Capsule Wardrobe: Tips And Tricks”

  1. This is quite a revelation to me. As far as my grandchildren go they have minds of their own and a fashion style that they’ve developed . But this helps contain their choices . Thanks for this tip

    • Yes! Infact it is easier for kids to pick and choose their own outfit and match everytime. Since the wardrobe is made keeping in mind their tastes and a color palette it is very easy for a child to choose their own combinations too.

    • Hi Sarah, Yes a toddler wardrobe makes life much easier. Once everything is coordinated and built its a life saver for busy moms.


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