A couple of months ago, I posted my first endeavor into a capsule wardrobe for my daughter. I had researched the idea of a 37-piece wardrobe for quite sometime, and since we welcomed our fourth child into the mix 12 weeks ago, I decided that I needed to purge some of her clothing and narrow it down to only the things that she loves and wears often in order to make room for baby.
Feedback after our first season is: WE LOVE IT! Actually, we are obsessed with it! Together my 11-year old daughter and I created a complete wardrobe that contained all of her favorite things that met both of our requirements for texture, durability, color, and style. The only reason we decided to tweak her wardrobe is because the weather is getting significantly cooler for us Californias (50’s during the day, brrrr!!!), and she needed some more weather-appropriate attire.
One day we were sitting down for lunch, and I noticed the weather was becoming a bit cooler. I pulled out a napkin in the restaurant, we pulled up the Fall Capsule blog post, and started taking notes on what she wanted to remove, add, and replace. We also had the challenge of holiday outfits. I used to spend a good amount of money on a cute outfit she’d wear for the holidays, and this year we tried something different. Instead of buying something she fought me about wearing, then never had any shoes to match it anyway, we worked backward. We looked at the clothes she had, specifically the “dressier” bottoms (camo pants, black leggings, and chetah capris), and tried to find one top and one pair of shoes that would match all of those bottoms in addition to her regular daily wear. After working it through, we decided on a pair of high top skater shoes to replace the Vans, a long sleeve black shirt that maybe had some embelishments or sparkles to make it a little more feminine, and a Village Chill transformation scarf to “dress up” any of her outfits. These super cool scarves can be worn at least five different ways. The same day, we went shopping and found both articles of clothing at Ivivva (of course). This is where the capsule came into play — they had a ton of color varieties for the Vinyasa scarf, but the colors that were bold and beautiful and showed off her dark skin did not match her capsule. So, we made the mature decision to buy the scarf that would match her capsule, and we couldn’t be more proud.
Low and behold, we identified that she wore only six of the allotted 14 short sleeve/tank tops! We talked about why she gravitated toward the ones that she did, and it always boiled down to which ones dried the fastest after P.E. and Run Club, which ones were the softest and easily slid on and off her other layers of clothes without sticking to them, and which ones weren’t fashiony. We decided to get rid of two of them, but keep the other ten for layering during the winter. Let me be clear that I dig my daughter’s sense of style. It’s a no muss, no fuss look. She doesn’t want to fidget with clothes, pull it down here, nudge it there, make sure it’s covering the right places, etc. She wants it to be easy to get dressed and to be comfortable, so she can focus on her sportiness (like her new venture into Flag Football!) instead of trying to fit in with everyone else. I adore it. And her.
Next up was the long sleeves, and we had a super hot Indian summer, so she rarely wore any of them. Out of the seven pieces she had, we only got rid of one of them because it had stains and was falling apart. She added a new Under Armour long sleeve (a brand that is slowly becoming a favorite of hers because of the cute feminine cuts and details) and Ivivva long sleeve plus a cotton shirt from Justice that my mom bought her. My mom actually bought her six tops, but we decided it wouldn’t fit in the limited capsule, so she gave five of them back and will give this one top that matches her capsule a try. She love love loves sleeves that have holes for her little thumbs to stick through, and four of these six shirts have that feature. Two of the six are actually the same shirt, but reversible and made out of bamboo. It’s a win-win-win!
Shorts and pants were next, and this has been an issue forever. I am confident that she NEVER wore a pair of pants last winter at all. She bragged about it, actually, because she couldn’t move easily in pants. She even had her first overnight field trip last year in 4th grade, and she was so nervous about going because she was not allowed to wear shorts at all! She ended up getting sick and not being able to go, but part of me wonders if it’s all because of the pants issue… So this year, while I added pants to her capsule, I found myself adding them only to hit the 37 pieces and to make sure that I didn’t get rid of pants when she’d need them later on. Of the shorts, she wore the black Ivivva ones endlessly (so glad we splurged on that purchase because she wore them at least 2-3 times a week), she stopped wearing the two pairs of Justice shorts once she got the “longer” pair of black Ivivva shorts, and she only wore the turquoise Ivivva baggy capris. Okay, we were making some progress by her wearing something longer than a short, but not quite a pant…yet…
Then, we reverted back to our notes on the napkin regarding the type of pants that she wanted. She wanted pants that were more baggy than tight, super soft, and dark so as not to get too many stains. She tried on a ton of pairs of pants at Ivivva and narrowed it down to three pairs. When we compared the three pairs to what she already had in her capsule, there were a bunch that were similar, so she ventured out and tried the Match Maker Pant. OMG, she is in LOVE with this pant. She wears it every. single. day. I mean, it’s almost a problem how much she wears them. She loves them because they have a side zipper that unzips and she can slide them off over her shoes! The inner lining is super soft, and they are baggy enough for her to wear shorts underneath without bunching up and showing. So, she proudly tears these pants off for P.E., puts them back on afterward, takes them back off for recess or lunch, puts them back on, then takes them back off for Run Club. She wore them so much that I bought her another pair. FINALLY, a pair (or two) of pants that work! #success
Finally, the shoes. She simply outgrew a couple pairs, and she was tired of Asics. She is running farther and faster now in Run Club, so she is now sporting the Nike Zoom, which is a much lighter shoe than the Asics. She also has the Nike Free as a backup shoe for fashion moreso than function. The newest shoe is a DC high top that she can use for skateboarding instead of the Vans. We discussed the type of shoe she needed in advance, and we came up with a Converse high top, but when it came down to it, she really liked the funkiness of the DC instead. So, we matched it up to some of her other outfits, especially her holiday outfits since this high top will be her “dressy” shoe, and she really enjoyed her new look. I’m stoked she’s comfortable in her own skin, and we agreed on “dressy” outfits that work for both of us.
Here is a breakdown of the 37 pieces that have become my Athletic Tween’s Winter 2015 Capsule Wardrobe
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: FIRST SIX TOPS FROM OLD NAVY, RUN RUN RUN THIS WORLD DRYFIT SHIRT BY IVIVVA, STANFORD UNIVERSITY TEE, SEATTLE SOUNDERS DRYFIT TEE
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: UNDER ARMOUR, JUSTICE (a gift from grandma, we’ll see how it lasts after the season!), REVERSIBLE TOPS FROM IVIVVA (pink striped and solid grey), IVIVVA ELEVATE YOUR GAME LONG SLEEVE TEE IN TURQUOISE*, IVIVVA LONG SLEEVE IN BLACK
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: IVIVVA RHYTHMIC TIGHT, IVIVVA MATCH MAKER PANT IN GREY*, IVIVVA MATCH MAKER PANT IN BLACK*, IVIVVA LIVE TO MOVE DROP, H&M KNICKERS IN CHEETAH PRINT, IVIVVA RACE TO THE FINISH LINE CROP IN GREY, ABERCROMBIE CROPPED BOYFRIEND JEANS (hand me down), H&M SKINNY JEANS IN CAMO, ADIDAS WARMUP PANT
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: IVIVVA RELAY RACER SHORT*, IVIVVA RELAY RACER SHORT IN TURQUOISE
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: O’NEILL SNOWBOARDING JACKET, IVIVVA REMIX HOODIE*, IVIVVA VEST, COSTCO VEST, HANDMADE KNIT WOOL SWEATER FROM GRANDMA, IVIVVA VILLAGE CHILL SCARF
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: NIKE ZOOM, NIKE FREE, DC KIDS REBOUND, REEF FLIP FLOPS
You’ll notice that the colorways for her outerwear is not as cohesive as the rest of her clothing. Since the majority of her clothing will be layered in the winter, we were not as concerned about how pulled together her outwear looks. Plus, my mom hand crafted a super warm wool sweater that she refuses to take off, so I just roll with it. Fortunately, she also lives in her black and grey Match Maker pants, both of which match the orange sweater. If you count these items, you’ll see there are actually 38 pieces of clothing here, BUT since accessories don’t count, and her Vinyasa scarf is an accessory, we still fit within the 37-piece parameter.
At the end of the day, we DO NOT FIGHT about her clothes anymore, and not even one single time has she been mistaken for a boy since we implemented this wardrobe. I am so excited about it that my husband’s my next capsule wardrobe guinnea pig! Why not me next? Because I’m still losing the baby weight, but once it’s gone, I am totally game!