Toddler Girl Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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Every season I find myself feeling overwhelmed that Sofia seems to need so many new items of clothing, whether she’s outgrown or stained most of what she has, or the New England weather makes them no longer seasonally appropriate. Then I place a few orders and her grandmothers give her outfits and suddenly we have too much! I’m trying to be much better at strategically planning, buying and asking for things she really needs – and so far it’s working!

What is a Toddler Capsule Wardrobe?

The concept of a capsule wardrobe is pretty simple – you limit the number of items you have in your wardrobe and ensure items can be paired in different ways. For adults, it’s more about investing in higher quality, versatile pieces. I have a hard time fully doing this for kids, but the planning process still helps map out what’s needed. Seeing a full toddler girl summer capsule wardrobe in one place helped me avoid overbuying and also identified gaps.

Over time, I’ve figured out which stores are best for which staples – for example, I buy a 4-pack of these black leggings in every size for every season (also in 2-pack), and these cotton dresses (also available in long-sleeve) are the best (worn with bloomers, biker shorts or leggings). And neutral 2-piece sets like this one can be worn with other items too.

How to Get Started:

Below is a great starting point and includes exact items from Sofia’s closet. However, note that we do have several colors/prints of many of these because she’s always getting messy at daycare and staining clothes. I also usually wait for a good sale to do a bulk order once I know what I want.

Shop my picks for our toddler girl summer capsule wardrobe underneath the pic below, along with a widget with more options you can go through to customize your own toddler capsule wardrobe!

Toddler Girl Summer Capsule Wardrobe

SHOP THE LOOKS:
Tops – One / Two / Three / Four / Five (set)
Bottoms & Sets – One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven
Dresses – One / Two / Three / Four / Five
Outerwear & Sweatshirts – One / Two / Three / Four
Hats & Swimwear – One / Two / Three / Four / Five
Shoes – One / Two / Three / Four

Sweatshirt
3-pack T-shirts
5-pack T-shirts
Jersey Biker Shorts 4-Pack for Toddler Girls
2-Pack Biker Shorts for Toddler Girls
Jersey Biker Shorts for Toddler Girls
Button-Front Crew-Neck Cardigan for Toddler Girls
Unisex Tie-Dye Pullover Hoodie for Toddler
Toddler Halter Tank Top
Toddler Girls' Floral Tank Top - Cat & JackTM Gold
Toddler Girls' Palm Tree Tank Top - Cat & JackTM Light Purple
Toddler Girls' Striped Tank Top - Cat & JackTM Navy
2-pack Ribbed Shirts
H&M - 5-pack Jersey Leggings - Brown
H&M - 3-pack Jeggings - Blue
Unisex 3-Pack Short-Sleeve Tee for Toddler
3-Pack Short-Sleeve Tee for Toddler Girls
Tiered Raglan Top for Toddler Girls
RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls Baby/Toddler Sun Hat with UPF 50+ Sun Protection and Floppy Wide Brim
2-Pack Elbow-Sleeve Swing Dress for Toddler Girls
Nike Court Legacy Baby/Toddler Shoes
Nike MD Valiant Baby/Toddler Shoes
Native Kids Shoes Jefferson Bling Glitter (Toddler/Little Kid)
Nike Sunray Protect 2 Toddler Sandals
Toddler Girls' Short Sleeve Dress - Cat & JackTM
Toddler Girls' Floral Ruffle Sleeve Dress - Cat & JackTM Blue
Toddler Girls' Woven Dress - Cat & JackTM Red
Toddler Girls' Floral Ruffle Sleeve Dress - Cat & JackTM Blue
Toddler Girls' Striped Smocked Button-Front Tank Dress - Cat & JackTM
Toddler Girls' Tiered Tank Dress - Cat & JackTM Pink
Toddler Girls' Tie-Dye Ruffle Short Sleeve Dress - Cat & JackTM Pink/Purple
Toddler Girls' 2pk Leggings Set - Cat & JackTM Black
Toddler Girls' 4pk Leggings - Cat & JackTM Black
Functional-Drawstring French Terry Pull-On Shorts for Toddler Girls
French Terry Pull-On Shorts 2-Pack for Toddler Girls
Toddler Girls' Seersucker One Piece Swimsuit - Cat & JackTM Pink/White
Toddler Ruffle Pull-On Shorts
Toddler Scalloped Pull-On Denim Shorts with Washwell
Toddler Twist Back Tank Top
Toddler 100% Organic Cotton Mix and Match Pull-On Shorts
Toddler Denim Pull-On Shortie Shorts
Toddler Denim Jacket
Rainbow-Stitch Snap-Fly Cut-Off Jean Shorts for Toddler Girls
Cotton Romper Suit
H&M - 2-pack Ribbed Cotton Bodysuits - Green
H&M - 2-pack Ribbed Shorts - Beige
H&M - 2-piece Jersey Set - Brown
5-pack Puff Pants
Toddler Girls' Short Sleeve Dress - Cat & JackTM
Infants' and Toddlers' Discovery Rain Jacket
H&M - Ribbed Cotton Set - Green
2-piece Printed Set
H&M - Ruffle-trimmed Jersey Dress - Blue
H&M - 2-piece Cotton Set - Blue
2-piece Cotton Set
Tank Top and Puff Pants
RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls UPF 50+ Sun Protective Wide Brim Swimwear Sun Hat
RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls Long Sleeve One Piece Swimsuit with UPF 50+ Sun Protection
RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls UPF 50+ Sun Protection Long Sleeve One Piece Swimsuit with Zipper
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Surfer Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's)
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Baby Girl's Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler)

More Toddler Capsule Wardrobe Tips:

  • Dresses are tempting to overbuy because they’re so cute. Stick with a couple fancier options and opt for cotton or others that you can dress up or down and wear more.
  • Bathing suits get harder when you reach official toddler sizes because most brands ditch the diaper snaps. Something to keep in mind – and why I love Ruffle Butts!
  • Pick things that grow with them – for example, roll up the sleeves of a sweatshirt, or buy cotton dresses a little big and start with biker shorts underneath and switch to leggings as the dresses get shorter on them in the fall.
  • It always feels like we have too many pairs of shoes, but oftentimes it’s because different brands run slightly differently with sizing. Be strategic about what you actually need – and in this case it’s not always best to buy super far ahead.
  • Bottoms are where you can keep things very minimalistic. Go for long pants or shorts in denim/jegging material, black, pink and a couple fun pairs with florals in colors you know you have multiple tops for.

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