Kids outgrow their clothes so quickly, so creating a capsule wardrobe is both convenient and economical. The concept is simple. All you need to do is choose clothes that can be mixed, matched, and layered to add variety to your child’s outfits.
Consider making one in time for your family’s vacation trips. It’ll definitely make packing for your little tots a breeze. Don’t know where to start? You can pattern your kids’ capsule wardrobe after these items (for kids ages 3 to 6) from Marks & Spencer.
For your little girl:
2 casual tops: One with sleeves and one without for variety. Make sure to pick items made with comfy fabric like cotton.
1 jumper dress: A timeless staple for little girls that you can quickly pair with almost any kind of shirt—from a plain tank top to a dressier one
1 dress: Loose, light clothing can go a long way. Choose one that you can dress up or down for versatility.
1 pair of leggings: They aren't just comfortable to wear; they also allow your daughter to move comfortably and be protected from bug bites and scratches.
1 swimsuit: A bright one with a cute pattern will make for vibrant photo ops!
Casual and Comfy
Your daughter will look cute in these two casual outfit combos that she can wear while sightseeing, going on tours, or even visiting relatives.
Sweet and Dressy
Pack clothes that you can layer so your child is prepared for any weather. If it’s hot and humid, wear the dress but ditch the leggings. When the air’s brisk and cool, layer up!
Not all vacation trips include a visit to the beach, but it’s always a good idea to bring a bathing suit just in case. Your daughter can wear this by itself, or under the jumper for a quick change.
Quick Tip: Aside from these basic looks, you can also mix and match your daughter’s casual tops with the leggings, or dress up or down her dress depending on the choice of footwear. Strappy sandals for a more casual getup, and metallic ballet flats for a more polished look.
For your little boy:
1 casual top: It really depends on your destination, but make sure to choose an item that your son can put on quickly and move freely in.
2 pairs of shorts: Invest in bottoms for your tot that can be mixed with anything from plain sandos and T-shirts to dressier button-downs.
2 button-down shirts: Get ones made of light fabric like chambray, cotton, and linen. What’s great about these is you can use them as an additional layer for colder nights or as is for warmer days. Just roll up the sleeves and your son is good to go.
1 pair of jeans: Look for a good pair that’s not too tight and will suit even the most malikot of boys.
1 swimsuit: Aside from swim shorts, you can also throw in a rash guard for good measure.
Cool and Active
These are great for the days during your trip when your family is out and about exploring. Pair them with your son’s favorite sneakers or sandals, and you’re set.
Dressed Down but Dapper
Make sure your little boy looks neat and polished for the church, brunches with relatives, or even at a dinner at a restaurant.
Be it a visit to the hotel or resort pool or a morning at the beach, a swimsuit should be a no-brainer when it comes to packing for a vacation.
Quick Tip: Get even more mileage with these items by matching the casual top with jeans or the button-down shirts with the two pairs of shorts. Remember to pack a pair of sneakers, sandals, and rubber slippers, too!
When putting together your kids’ capsule wardrobes, pick pieces in the same or similar color family to make pairing them easier. Include a variety of items that will serve multiple purposes. But the most important thing to remember is comfort! After all, your kids will have more fun at your family vacation if they’re not fussing over what they’re wearing.
Marks & Spencer’s spring/summer collection, which was launched this February, offers a wide variety of items for kids ages 0 to 12. Check out the collection by visiting Marks & Spencer branches in Shangri-La Plaza, Glorietta, and Greenbelt 5. To know more about its products, follow Marks & Spencer on Facebook or visit its website.