Toddler Capsule Wardrobe (Part 2: Boy Version)
I'm not going to lie... this was equal parts intimidating and exciting for me to do since I've only ever dressed a girl! When Jordan and I were first pregnant, we both pictured our baby being a boy. It took us both a few months to process the girl news, to say the least! I wouldn't change it for the world, but having a little boy someday would be a huge blessing in my mind, so I really enjoyed getting to do this.
If you've been following along for awhile, you know B has a pretty defined style already. I err on the side of comfort, and any brands that combine comfort with style are always winners for us. I tried to follow the same rules when putting this together because little boys need room to play, run, and climb without constraints. One challenge I kept running into was finding dressy and casual pieces that could be interchangeable. In B's wardrobe, we have a lot of rompers and dresses that can go either way by adding different shoes, layers, etc. They're also very comfortable pieces, so that made putting her wardrobe together MUCH easier in comparison. Boys, however, are a little trickier since their dress shirt and casual shirts are totally different in both style and comfort levels. My goal was to create a capsule wardrobe that I would dress my own son in, and so there was a lot of overlap with our current favorite brands. I used some inspiration from my husband's closet as well because who wouldn't want to dress a mini of their husband? Is this creepy yet? Let's move along.
Linking everything for you below! Sorry in advance but quite a few of the rompers and hoodies are sold out in most sizes, but fear not - Childhoods Clothing should be doing another drop later this Fall (or you can check out the Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook here). Rags to Raches is the other romper brand, and I linked their general site below because they do drops every week with new styles!
Outerwear: 1. Black Puffer Jacket | 2. Patagonia Bunting (P.S. This is the same onesie we've had for B for 2 winters in a row - different sizes of course - and it's a game-changer. So warm and so easy to throw on for playing outside. FYI - It runs big!) | 3. Patagonia Puffer Vest
I have a way bigger, more information heavy post on Capsule Wardrobes for Toddlers that would work for either gender linked here. For boy-only info, scroll on down!
This is quite a bit different from B's wardrobe, and partly because it couldn't include dresses. I'm usually a big ran of rompers as well, but boy rompers are a little harder to layer so I stuck to tops and bottoms mainly. Let's just say this was a really eye-opening exercise for me! A few things I learned when putting a boy's (imaginary) wardrobe together were:
Hats are awesome accessories - This could be like the bow to a girl thing where they keep them on 10% of the time, but ya know. I have a few boy mom friends who rock the tiny hats on their boys, and it's such a fun way to bring an outfit up a level or two.
There really are less options out there - Holy cow, boy moms need more love. It took me quite a bit longer to find what I did, and I ended up choosing pieces from a very limited sphere. Overall, Zara was my favorite for edgier boy items in an affordable price-range. Their little biker jeans were killin' me with cuteness.
Comfortable dress outfits are harder to find - Obviously, I can just throw B in a dress (and we've found some great brands in my girl post that are super comfy) and call it dressy enough. I think kids are happier when they're comfy, so I like having stretchier, softer options for those random dressy occasions. But also, there are pretty rare occasions when you have to be pretty dressy, and for us that's usually Sunday morning or an evening out to dinner. I felt like most of these outfits were nice enough to work in a typical dressed up situation, and for bigger deal holidays like a nice Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve, I would possibly buy something special anyways.
Neutrals are your friend - If you're looking to do a true capsule wardrobe, having a good mix of neutrals and some key pieces in black or dark gray will be very helpful for creating outfits. I have a few pops of army green and chambray for color, and then a really fun mustard beanie that works well with everything in the wardrobe. It's WAY less colorful than B's wardrobe, but I love how edgy it is - it reminds me of a tiny version of my husband's wardrobe and I caaaaannn't.
I hope this was helpful for all you boy mamas out there! I have a few outfits below showing how everything goes together. If you take away anything from this, get your little man a snazzy hat. This little Etsy shop had me swooning, and they make matching daddy and me hats. CAN'T.