Updated: Sep 26, 2020
We are delighted to share with you this insightful piece written by Charlotte Morley, founder of the little loop, the UK's first rental marketplace for children's clothing.
As mums, we all know the struggle of finding maternity clothes to fit our changing bodies during and after pregnancy - well kids are the same! Children are constantly growing and need clothing in different sizes and styles. We know from experience how difficult it can be to find sustainable clothing for children. Especially when you’re trying to balance being eco-friendly, fashionable, and financially conscious.
This is where a capsule wardrobe comes in. Basically, it’s a small wardrobe with a few staple clothing items that you LOVE, that can be easily mixed and matched to create different outfits. Building a children’s capsule wardrobe removes the stress of clothing your children, reduces environmental harm, and saves you heaps of time and money. Plus, you won’t have to deal with massive piles of kids’ clothing and unwashed laundry!
The capsule wardrobe trend has soared in popularity - and for good reason! Here’s everything you need to know about creating a sustainable (and stylish) capsule wardrobe for kids.
Let’s start by looking at the top benefits of creating a capsule wardrobe for your kids...
Reduce your carbon footprint
Did you know that the global fashion industry produces a whopping 1.7 billion tonnes of CO2 every year? Our desire to look stylish is coming at a huge cost to the environment and it’s time we all take action to reduce the damaging effects of fast fashion. One of the biggest advantages of a capsule wardrobe is that you can support sustainable brands and minimise clothing waste. Eco-friendly fashion brands like us (thelittleloop) offer a sustainable clothing solution when clothing your children. You can use our convenient subscription service to rent a select set of carefully coordinated children’s clothes, then replace items whenever you need to.
Visit our site to find out how the subscription works and check out our clothing collection featuring the best ethical and sustainable brands. Renting and swapping clothes is a great way to enjoy new styles, without harming the environment.
Take the stress out of clothing your children
We understand that the growing need to be sustainable, stylish, and financially conscious, can make clothing your children a headache. A children’s capsule wardrobe removes some of this stress and makes it easier to dress your kids in the mornings. You’ll be able to create a few signature looks using clothing staples your kid’s love. This means you can enjoy more quality time with your little ones, and spend less time stressing over their clothes.
Save lots of money!
As parents, we know that money can be tight and we could all benefit from saving a few pennies here and there. Building a capsule wardrobe for your kids can save you heaps of money, as you won’t need to worry about your kid’s clothing items going out of style. Plus, you’ll have staples to suit every season and occasion.
So, how do I build a children’s capsule wardrobe?
We hope we’ve convinced you that a capsule wardrobe is a fantastic option if you’re looking for an affordable and sustainable clothing solution for your kids. Luckily, building a children’s capsule wardrobe is pretty straightforward. Here’s our step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Go through your kid’s existing wardrobe and donate any unwanted items. This will help you identify what clothing items you need. Remember that a children’s capsule wardrobe is all about keeping things small and simple!
Step 2: Ask your kids what clothing styles they like - what’s their favourite colour, material, and so on. It’s important that your children LOVE their capsule wardrobe.
Step 3: Choose a few versatile base-items that can be worn throughout the seasons and on various occasions - trousers, leggings, cardigans, and layering t-shirts. Stick with neutral shades like navy and grey when possible.
Step 4: Add a small selection of seasonal pieces - dresses, applique tees, fun sweaters, skirts, blouses and shirts - which coordinate with your base items and can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Look for sustainable brands and consider renting your seasonal pieces from companies like thelittleloop.
Step 5: Keep your children’s capsule wardrobe organised to make your morning routine easier. You may decide to put only one season in your children’s wardrobe at a time.
Caring for your kid’s capsule wardrobe
If you’ve switched to a children’s capsule wardrobe, then you’ve already taken a great step in creating a sustainable clothing strategy for your kids. We recommend that you take extra care of your children’s clothing to extend their life and make your wardrobe even more sustainable. We know that kids equal mess and you’re likely to get clothing stains from time to time. Get your kids to wear protective layers when doing messy activities like eating fruit or painting. Take action quickly to banish stubborn stains and keep items looking new. Check out this parenting blog on how to care for your kid’s clothing - there are lots of great tips and hacks to make your kid’s clothing last longer.
So, what are you waiting for?
We should all do our part to save the environment and protect the planet for future generations. As parents, we are responsible for raising eco-friendly kids. Their clothing is a great place to start and we should all spare a thought for the environment when clothing our children. Creating a children’s capsule wardrobe will allow you to support sustainable brands, keep your kids’ clothing under control, and save heaps of time and money.