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With the changing of the weather, comes the bi-annual wardrobe assessment for our children. I have found that going through the clothes we already own, inventorying them and coming up with a list of items we needs saves money and prevents me from purchasing too many clothes. This keeps our wardrobes simple and our dressers and closets clutter free.

Here’s a glimpse into this process:

Simple Preschooler Wardrobe

I pull out the bin with the next size up label.

I choose not to stock up on a bunch of next size up children’s clothes because the rate at which they grow is never certain. For our 3 year old, our next size up bin contains mostly clothes that still fit at the end of the past season, any hand-me-downs we may have been given and any items I came across that I know my boys would love (like guitar and dino t-shirts) that were super cheap on clearance.

Last Winters Clothes

The contents of his next size up bin contained clothing that still fit with ample room at the end of last season. Always remember to look back at the clothes from the previous season because some items still may fit!

Everything in this picture (minus the dino shirt which I picked up for $2.50 on clearance this past May) were clothes that he wore last winter. Having this many clothes that still fit definitely got his fall/winter wardrobe off to a great start.

Inventory:

2 pieces of outerwear

2 dress shirts

2 nice t-shirts

2 pair play pants/overalls

3 play shirts

3 pajama sets

Current Clothes

The next step was to look through the clothes he was currently wearing to see if any of them would transition into the next season. A quick look through the closet and dresser came up with a few items.

2 hoodies

1 pajama set

1 sweater vest

1 pair of play pants

After assessing what we already had, I was able to make a shopping list of the things he was going to need. He needed jeans, a few nice t-shirts and a rain jacket.

Purchased Clothes
Once I had my list, I started stopping into our local resale store frequently (where I have store credit) and was able to acquire most of the items he needed there. The only items purchased new were the rain jacket and a t-shirt with construction equipment on it. The rain jacket is part of his Halloween costume (firefighter) and was purchased a size larger in hopes of it lasting 2 years so it was well worth the $18 I spent on it.

Items purchased:

Rain jacket $18 (Carters gift card)

Carters Khakis $7 (resale store with store credit)

Osh Kosh Jeans $6 (resale store with store credit)

Children’s Place Jeans $6 (resale store with store credit)

Children’s Place Jeans with Stretchy Waistband $5 (resale store with store credit)

Black/Red Stripe Tee $.50 (yard sale)

Black/Grey Striped Henley $5 (resale store with store credit)

Guitar Tee $2 (purchased used)

Construction Tee $3 (Carters gift card)

Thomas Tee $.50 (yard sale)

Total spent: $53

Purchased with store credit: $29

Purchased with gift cards: $21

Out of pocket expense: $3

It really makes me happy that I only had to spend $3 out of pocket for his new clothes. Using gift cards and store credit really help to stretch our clothing budget. And, I especially love that almost everything we purchased was secondhand.

 

His entire fall/winter wardrobe includes:

6 nice t-shirts

3 pair good jeans

2 dress shirts

1 sweater vest

1 pair khakis

3 pair play pants/overalls

4 play shirts

4 pajama sets

5 pieces of outerwear (2 hoodies, 1 sweater, 1 fleece jacket, 1 rain jacket)

 

I’m not suggesting this is the perfect amount of clothes for a 3 year old child. It is, however, the right amount of clothing for our 3 year old and our lifestyle.

We attend a casual church and there is not a need to dress up every Sunday, he does not go to preschool so he mostly wears his play pants and shirts on the days we stay home all day and we typically experience mild winters in Georgia so there is not a need for heavy coats and thick winter clothing. (If we do happen to have a super cold snap, we’ll just layer him up for warmth with his hoodies and fleece jacket!)

Handsome Pax

Modeling his new khaki pants with a dress shirt and sweater vest from last winter.

Secondhand Outfit

Jeans and shirt from the resale store. Both gently used and purchased with store credit!

Benefits of a simple child’s wardrobe:

  • Less clothing to organize and find storage for.
  • Costs less. Not having a large wardrobe means you spend less on clothing!
  • Easier to get dressed! It’s easier for the child to pick out their own clothes since they aren’t bombarded with a drawer/closet stuffed with clothes.

Do your children (or you) have simple wardrobes? 

Project 333

Project 333 – Wearing just 33 items over 3 months. 

The Basics (from the Project 333 website):

    • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
    • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
    • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
    • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
    • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I came across Project 333 a little over a month ago and was quite intrigued by just wearing 33 items.

Since I already had a small fall and winter wardrobe, I didn’t think it would be too difficult to pare down to just 33 items. However, factoring in shoes, accessories and outerwear into that figure of 33 quickly made it a bit of a challenge.

I ended up taking everything out of my closet (shoes, outerwear, clothing and accessories) and laid it all out on my bed and then began picking out my favorite items and the pieces I wear with my favorites. After 30 minutes of ‘shopping’ my own things, I had a 33 piece wardrobe hanging in my closet.

While I haven’t exactly completed Project 333 since 3 months have not passed yet, it’s changing my ideas about my wardrobe. I really think a 30-35 piece wardrobe is more than enough for me. (This mindset will save me a lot of money when it comes to purchasing spring/summer clothing!)

Over these past weeks, I’ve been completely content with everything in my closet, never worrying about what I’m going to wear.

The 33 Items in My Wardrobe

Tops

 1. Grey short sleeve tee

2. Black short sleeve tee

3. Black short sleeve tunic top

4. Teal/white stripe long sleeve thermal tee

5. Black long sleeve tee

6. Black/white flannel top

7. Black cardigan

8. Blue sweater

9. Grey chunky sweater

10. Black cable sweater

Dresses

 11. Red polka dot dress

 12. Paisley dress

 13. Black/white stripe dress

 14. Black/grey sweater dress

Jeans

15. Skinny jeans

16. Flare jeans

17. Dark skinnies

18. Comfy jeans

Bottoms

19. Teal skinnies

20. Grey leggings

21. Black leggings

22. Black dress pants

Shoes

 23. Black boots

 24. Tan boots

 25. Black flats

Accessories

26. Purple/grey chevron scarf

27. Teal scarf

28. Red necklace

29. Turquoise necklace

30. LOVE necklace

31. Multi-colored paper beads

Outerwear

32. Black fleece jacket

33. Black coat

 Have you ever participated in Project 333? Does Project 333 seem like a fun challenge? 

A couple weeks ago, I shared about my small fall and winter wardrobe and how versatile a small wardrobe can be if you have coordinating items.

While packing for a recent 5 day trip, I thought it would be fun to use the clothes I shared about in the 8 clothing items, 13 outfits post. I pulled out those 8 items and added in a shirt, an extra pair of jeans and a necklace, bringing my total pieces to 11.

I wore 3 of the pieces on day one as I traveled and packed the others in a small bag along with underclothes, pajamas and toiletries.

The 11 pieces:

Tops- Striped Thermal Tee, Black Tee, Paisley Dress, Grey Sweater

Bottoms- Teal Skinnies, Skinny Jeans, Jeans, Black Tights

Accessories/Shoes- Black Boots {not pictured}, Teal Scarf, Red Necklace

 

Outfits:

Day 1: Striped Thermal Tee, Teal Skinnies & Boots

Day 2: Black Tee, Jeans, Red Necklace & Boots

Day 3: Black Tee, Skinny Jeans, Teal Scarf & Boots

Day 4: Paisley Dress, Black Tights, Teal Scarf & Boots

Day 5: Grey Sweater, Skinny Jeans & Boots

I must admit, I was a bit nervous packing so little but at the same time excited that I could go away for a few days with so few personal items. It did help that I was going to visit family and had easy access to a washer and dryer, making it easier to wear the same things.

Packing light made packing and getting dressed each day simple. I’ll be packing light from here on out! {Now, I just have to start packing light for the boys…}

Do you pack light or do you tend to overpack?   

I have a small wardrobe so I try to mix and match as much as I can. I stick with a color scheme, currently it is black, grey, teal and purple. That may seem boring but I l love wearing these colors.

I wanted to share some mix and match outfits to show you how versatile a small wardrobe can be if you have coordinating items.

I pulled eight pieces from my closet and came up with thirteen different looks just using these eight items.

The Eight Pieces:

Black Cowboy Boots, Paisley Dress, Grey Sweater, Black Tee, Teal Scarf, Skinny Jeans, Black Tights, Teal Skinnies

 The Thirteen Looks: 


1. Black Tee, Teal Skinnies & Boots

2. Paisley Dress, Teal Skinnies & Boots

3. Grey Sweater, Teal Skinnies & Boots

4. Paisley Dress, Black Tights & Boots

5. Paisley Dress, Teal Scarf, Black Tights & Boots

6. Grey Sweater, Black Tights & Boots

7. Grey Sweater, Teal Scarf, Black Tights & Boots

8. Grey Sweater, Teal Scarf, Jeans & Boots

9. Grey Sweater,  Jeans & Boots

10. Paisley Dress,  Jeans & Boots

11. Paisley Dress, Teal Scarf, Jeans & Boots

12. Black Tee, Jeans & Boots

13. Black Tee, Teal Scarf, Jeans & Boots

It’s really amazing how a few coordinating items can result in so many different outfit options. When you add in a few more items, like a different pair of shoes, a chunky necklace or another top,  you have even more looks.

Here I am wearing outfit #13 (Black Tee, Teal Scarf, Jeans) but I replaced the Black Cowboy Boots with flats, giving the outfit a different look. Another scarf or a bold necklace would change up the look too.

Coordinating items is my ‘wardrobe secret’ that helps make a minimal wardrobe possible!

I challenge you to ‘shop your closet’ sometime this weekend and pull out coordinating items and see how many mix and match options you have!

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