Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer is in full swing here in Alabama, and we’re soaking up all of the sunshine and pool days! We’ve swapped our sweaters for swimwear, and our closets reflect the sunny weather. So today I’m sharing a simple toddler boy summer capsule wardrobe with you in honor of these warm summer days!

I’ve shared some toddler fall capsule wardrobe ideas in previous years, but never any for this time of year. So I hope you find this post helpful if you’re looking for summer capsule wardrobe inspiration!

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Here are the specs of Jack’s summer capsule wardrobe this year.

AGE: 2.5 years old

SIZE: 18-24 months (and 2T pieces that run small)

STYLE: classic, boyish


  • Primary Colors: navy, varied shades of blue
  • Neutral Colors: grey, white, khaki
  • Accent Colors: salmon, aqua, red
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

34-piece Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe


  • 2 button-down shirts
  • 3 soft polo shirts
  • 3 Henleys
  • 1 short-sleeved tee
  • 4 sleeveless tanks


  • 4 pairs soft cotton shorts
  • 2 pairs khaki shorts
  • 1 pair salmon shorts


  • 6 button-down shirts
  • 2 pairs nice shorts
  • 1 sailboat bowtie


  • 1 pair swim shorts
  • 1 rash guard


  • brown everyday shoes
  • black church shoes
  • blue water shoes

All told, Jack’s summer capsule wardrobe has 34 pieces, including shoes and accessories (not including pajamas, underwear, or socks).

We could have definitely managed with fewer button-down shirts (more on that below), but otherwise, these pieces are working really well for us.

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

What did I spend?

This year, I spent around $75 on Jack’s spring and summer wardrobe.

His new cotton Henleys and tanks are from H&M. His new Thomas the Train underwear and everyday brown shoes are from Target.

Everything else was either thrifted this spring, or carried over from last year.

Jack is fairly tall and thin (with a belly!), so all of the 18-24 month size shorts I’d bought him last summer still fit him well. The button-down shirts from last summer also still fit.

Because I didn’t realize how much slower toddlers grow after they turn one, I accidentally bought his clothes too big last summer, thinking he would grow into them sooner.

Then, while thrifting this past spring, I bought him more button-down shirts for the warm weather, not realizing that the ones from last summer still fit.

Whoops! So that’s why he has some extra shirts.

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe Organization

All of Jack’s shirts are hanging, and the rest of his clothes are organized directly below in an IKEA cube system with IKEA drawer organizers. I use the top two cubes for clothes, and the bottom two for books.

I prefer to hang Jack’s shirts to dry when they come out of the wash, so it’s really easy to transfer the hanging clothes from the laundry room to his closet. There’s no folding required!

In the left cube are his pajamas (left) and his shorts (right). I really like folding them upright so that I can easily see everything.

In the right cube are his underwear (bottom-left), socks and bowtie (bottom-right), and swimwear (top). I don’t bother folding his underwear—it’s easier that way.

Jack’s shoes just sit on top of the cube organizer.

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Mix and Match

One of the things I love the most about capsule wardrobes is that creating cohesive outfits requires so little effort. Once you’ve done the work on the front end, putting together cute outfits is a breeze.

In fact, it’s so easy to mix and match tops and bottoms that I can even let Jack pick out his own outfits!

Here are a few examples from his current summer capsule:

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

More Capsule Wardrobe Posts

I hope this example of my little boy’s summer capsule wardrobe has been helpful, and has given you some ideas and inspiration!

If you’re putting together a minimalist closet for your toddler, check out the other capsule wardrobe posts I’ve written:

Jack’s 2018 Fall Capsule WardrobeDetailed Toddler Boy Fall Capsule Wardrobe (with photos!)

HOW to create kids capsule wardrobes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Capsule Wardrobes for Kids

WHY you should try kids capsule wardrobes: The Life-Changing Magic of Baby Capsule Wardrobes

Toddler Boy Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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What are your must-have toddler clothing pieces for summer?