Capsule wardrobes – for kids!

A capsule wardrobe works particularly well for kids.

Teaching kids to buy fewer items not only enables them to keep their rooms tidier, but it also encourages them to care for their clothing properly and to choose well when buying.

Here’s a basic list, based on the Project 333 capsule wardrobe plan, that will suit most kids aged 2 – 20. I don’t believe that kids need accessories and high fashion items either, not at least until they’re buying their own clothes, so these are purely practical items.

The Project 333 – Kid Style!


If your child has a school uniform, here’s a basic list (11 items). This may differ from school to school

  • 2 x shirt / blouse
  • 2 x shorts / skirt
  • 1 x school jersey / jumper
  • 5 x school socks
  • 1 x school tie
  • 1 x school raincoat
  • 1 x school shoes
  • 1 x sports school top
  • 1 x sports school shorts / skirt
  • 1 x sports school shoes

Home – outerwear

Clothing that is all-year-round works best and is better value (19 items)

  • 2 x winter jackets / hoodies
  • 2 x long sleeve t-shirt
  • 2 x jeans
  • 2 x t-shirt
  • 2 x shorts / skirt
  • 2 x summer dress (girls)
  • 1 x winter dress (girls)
  • 1 x swimsuit
  • 1 x sandals
  • 1 x sneakers
  • 1 x jandals or crocs
  • 1 x ugg boots (slippers)
  • 1 x gumboots

Home – underwear and shoes

The Project 333 doesn’t count loungewear, pyjamas or underwear in the 33 item restriction)

  • 5 x socks
  • 7 x undies
  • 3 x pyjamas
  • 2 x onesie


  1. I love the concept but I’d say most toddlers need twice what an adult needs, especially in basics. My toddler has about 60 items in her wardrobe and I run out if I don’t get 2 mid week washes in after work. Maybe it’s just my toddler but she is always a mess. 2 or 4 tops would never get me through. She can do 4 in a day. I think before you could look at 33 items etc your child would need to be feeding themselves reliably and toilet trained fully… so maybe from 4 you could do it, or a mature 3 year old?


    1. Hi – my kids are a lot older, but I agree that for toddlers you might need more. Kids vary too – what works for one child doesn’t work for the next. This is just a guide, but overall I’d have to say that less is better. What I *did* find (which surprised me!) was that the fewer clothes my kids have, the less washing I do.

      I also think we hold kids up to ridiculously high standards these days. Kids are supposed to get messy! They’re kids! I don’t think it really matters if their clothes get a little bit dirty, just as long as they themselves are well loved and care for. Just my 2c 🙂

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s