For those of you who have been following along for awhile, you may remember my post from last fall outlining my capsule wardrobe for the season, along with information about what a capsule wardrobe is, and the benefits of having one. You can read more about that here.
As a quick reminder, a capsule wardrobe is basically a seasonal wardrobe made up of a set number of items, specifically chosen to be mixed and matched to form a variety of combinations. The guiding principles are really minimalizing, budgeting, mixing/matching, and de-cluttering.
I am a huge fan of capsule wardrobes because they have simplified my life, made my shopping more intentional, helped me to better budget, and also de-cluttered my closet so that I’m not left looking at a million items and yet thinking, “I have nothing to wear”, every single day.
I had intended to post my winter capsule wardrobe, but to be honest, I basically just swapped out a few items from my fall wardrobe and kept several of the staples the same, so it didn’t seem to warrant a whole new post. However, being that it’s spring, and the summer season is upon us, I decided to re-vamp … on top of that, I’m also pregnant! So, this will be my first ever “maternity capsule wardrobe”, and I wanted to share it with you.
To be honest, creating a maternity capsule wardrobe has actually been easier than creating a regular, seasonal wardrobe. I think the reason for that is because with pregnancy being for a relatively short season of life, I don’t often go crazy buying maternity clothing anyway, since I know I won’t get much wear out of it in the future. This is especially true for me now with baby #4, knowing that this will be my last pregnancy.
That being said, I love fashion, and I firmly believe that one of the best ways to feel good about yourself – especially in pregnancy – is to like the way you look, and to feel comfortable. I have shared before on my Instagram posts that although I know how blessed I am to be able to have children biologically, I do struggle with the physical changes that accompany pregnancy, so for me, having a wardrobe that I feel great in goes a long way to having a more positive self-image throughout the experience.
The most difficult aspect of creating a maternity capsule was considering which sizes to purchase in the items I decided were essential to purchase– because I don’t want to have to buy these items more than once. So, it’s important to remember that your baby bump is going to keep growing, and if budget is your main concern, try and buy items in materials that will grow with you.
A couple of other tips and tricks for putting together your maternity wardrobe:
- Choose neutral basics
- Layering pieces are a great way to get the most bang for your buck, and often transition from season to season (ie: kimonos, cardigans, leggings, etc).
- Invest in a couple great pairs of maternity jeans/pants; there are a range of waistbands you can find for your greatest comfort.
- You can often get away with buying pieces that aren’t actually “maternity” items, depending on the style, fit, and fabric – so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a great maternity selection where you live.
- Make sure you invest in some quality UNDERWEAR! This might seem really silly, but I am not kidding you – being comfortable underneath your clothing goes a long way to how you’ll feel in your new maternity styles.
For this maternity capsule, I decided to increase my total number of items to 42 instead of 40, just given the fact that I want this to basically be one wardrobe that will span across two seasons. I’m due in October, so technically I guess that’s entering the fall season as well, but I’m not going to buy myself fall clothes for the very end of a pregnancy; instead I will probably put together a “post-baby-body” fall/winter capsule.
For this spring/summer wardrobe I was really drawn to solid, neutral colours, with some pops of floral, classic stripes, and a range of textures that feel great. I also incorporated a few pieces that can be worn both in a professional setting, and also paired with more casual pieces, since I’m still working. I am also obsessed with dresses this season, and I find them to be one of the most comfortable things to wear during pregnancy; most of my previous pregnancies have been in the winter months, so I’ve never worn dresses the way I am planning to in this pregnancy. Additionally, although I ended up packing away the majority of my “regular” clothing, I did keep a few pieces from my regular wardrobe to incorporate into this maternity capsule.
So, without further ado, here are my picks for my spring/summer maternity capsule wardrobe:
Items in wardrobe listed by category with links provided when possible.
Distressed “Bounceback” Jeans (Motherhood Maternity), Skinny Jeans (Jessica Simpson), Distressed Faded Jeans (Motherhood Maternity), Denim Overalls (Gap), Black Leggings (Lululemon), Black Pants (Gap), Denim Shorts (Jessica Simpson), Cargo Drawstring Shorts (Jessica Simpson) (Still on the hunt for a pair of black shorts and a pair of joggers!)
Black Tank-top (H&M), White Tank-top (Gap), Grey Tank-top (Gap), Grey Tee (Artizia), Pink Tank-top (Gap), White Tee (Babaton), Black Tee (Aritzia), Denim Button-Up (Gap), Striped Button-Up (Community – Comparable), Oxford Button-Up (Gap)
Oversized Cardigan (Aritzia), Navy Floral Kimono (Pink Blush Comparable), Yellow Sash Kimono (American Eagle Outfitters), Lace-Trimmed Kimono (Spank), Crochet Kimono (American Eagle Outfitters Comparable), Long Marl-Grey Cardigan (Banana Republic)
Steve Madden Flats (Town Shoes); Adidas Stan Smith White Runners (Aritzia), Birkenstock Sandals (Town Shoes), Grey Dress Flats (Franco Sarto – Comparable), Black Slip-Ons (Gap), Cognac Sandals (Gap), White Woven Mules (Gap)
So there you have it! I may swap out a couple of the more professional pieces for one or two more casual items once the summer rolls around, if needed. Every pregnancy is different, and it’s hard to know how the body will grow and change, so I’m going to give myself some flexibility in this wardrobe if I grow out of pieces too quickly. However, I think I’ve made some smart choices, and hopefully this wardrobe will do well until baby #4 arrives in fall! What are your must-have maternity items?!