Baby/Toddler Fall & Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Last Updated on May 20, 2023

Capsule wardrobes are great for babies and kids! They allow you to have a small number of pieces that you can mix and match for a variety of outfit combinations and since little ones grow so quickly having a limited number of items not only is more budget friendly but also more sustainable.

Outfit from the baby capsule wardrobe

How Many Items?

This will depend a lot on how often you do laundry. We do laundry about once a week so I need at least 7 outfits, plus it’s good to have a couple extra options as well in case she gets something dirty and needs to change.

Here’s the breakdown I used for this fall/winter capsule:

  • 7 tops (3 short sleeve, 4 long sleeve)
  • 2 dresses (1 dressy tunic, 1 dress)
  • 7 bottoms (3 leggings, 3 pants, 1 overalls)
  • 3 layers (1 hoodie, 2 cardigans)
  • 2 outerwear (1 coat, 1 snowsuit)
  • 3 shoes (1 slippers, 1 outdoor boots, 1 snow boots)

So there’s a total of 24 items including shoes and outerwear.

This will be a learning process though and as you use the capsule you will get a better sense of the number of items that works best for you.

Decide on a Colour Palette

Pick your neutrals and any accent colours, this might be guided by pieces you already have and in that case think about colours that can best tie them together to give you lots of combinations.

The easiest method is keeping accent colour and patterns to either tops or bottoms and neutrals in the other areas, however you can also mix colour in different, it just requires some more planning. Try to choose patterns that incorporate a few of your colours so they can go with a lot of items.

For this capsule I decided on greys and whites as neutrals, and yellow, rusty-orange, and dark green as my colours. I also have a purple and navy piece which are pretty neutral and still work.

Capsule wardrobe colour palette for fall

Pick your Pieces

As you’re selecting items keep in mind the kinds of activities your child will be doing, what they like wearing, and any clothing needs they have (for example if they often wear out the knees in pants look for items that have reinforced knees).

As you select each item, make sure that it goes with the majority of other pieces – you don’t want to end up with items that can only be worn 1 or 2 ways.

Fall/Winter 2020Capsule

Here is the capsule wardrobe I put together for my daughter for fall/winter. She is 13 months so hopefully all these pieces should fit until it’s time to get ready for spring.

24 piece baby/toddler capsule wardrobe for fall and winter

Most of the items I got secondhand however when I do get clothes new, I love being able to support responsible, eco-conscious and ethically-made brands.

Sustainable/Ethical Brands in the Capsule

Sustainable clothing for babies - organic cotton top, secondhand pants, eco-friendly cork shoes
B in her woodland jumper, secondhand knit pants, and cork slippers.

Soft Soul makes lovely cork slippers/baby shoes – the cork is sustainable and more durable than cloth slippers, her feet can stay warm, and the flexible and grippy sole is perfect now that she’s walking and developing her balance. I was also very excited to find a vegan/non-leather baby shoe option!

This adorable woodland jumper is from Pure Colour Baby – a Canadian brand who creates clothing in house with their beautiful custom prints. They use organic cotton and eco-friendly lyocell.

Photo: Amanda J Photography

Her rust-coloured romper/overall has already been getting a lot of wear, it’s a linen blend from Beya Made and is the perfect statement piece for the wardrobe. Their clothes are made in the US and designed to grow with your child!

I love the organic cotton harem pants from Parade Organic because they work so well over cloth diapers, plus they have some great colours and prints.

We also got an adorable pom-pom hat from Myssy to keep B cozy in the winter months. Our whole family now has Myssy hats – their pieces are all knit from local wool by the grannies in the community!

Finally one of my favourite places to get secondhand clothing is Mini-Cycle. They have a circular business model and will buy-back any items they’ve sold. You can get lovely and high quality pre-loved garments through their “re-cycle” section, but you have to stay on top of their weekly drops, because items can go fast!

I also visit my local Once Upon a Child (a consignment store with locations all over the US and Canada) to fill in any gaps in the capsule.

Pajamas & Sleepers

For bed I have 5 sleepers and prefer to stick to organic cotton since it’s in close contact with her skin for so much of the day. We get some of these secondhand and I also really like the ones from Pact , Parade and L’ovedbaby. Then we also use a sleep sack from Nest Designs.

You can also see more of our favourite organic and sustainable children’s brands here.

After 6+ years of doing a capsule wardrobe my biggest lesson is that it is an ongoing learning process – every capsule you can learn from what did and didn’t work and use that knowledge for the next one. So I definitely don’t expect this wardrobe to work out perfectly and since it’s the first one I’m sure there will be a lot to learn.

I’m very much looking forward to the ease and simplicity of getting dressed though!

Check out our updated 2021 toddler capsule here.

4 Responses

  1. Bettina
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    Thanks again (hopped over from the 2021 post as my son is now 13 months, so this is perfect!). We also do laundry around 1/week, so need at least 7 of everything plus spares to live in the nappy bag and send to nursery with him. Did you find that you were short-stocked with this capsule? I don’t want to get unnecessary stuff but this seems like cutting it a bit close maybe? Cheers!

  2. Judith
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    This is so nice to see. I look forward to your further experiences with it.
    Do you think it would work well to do this before birth? Or only from a certain age on?

    • Verena Erin
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      I think you could do it from birth, I just found that it took some time to figure out what we actually used and needed. Also sizing is weird the first year because they grow so fast, so some things only fit a month or two while others could last 6 months, so if you do plan a capsule I think you need to be flexible with it. 🙂

  3. Emma Evans
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    Beautifully put together. I will look forward to seeing how this works

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