I know, I know. I don’t really look all that pregnant in this photo do I? Why am I writing about how to create a maternity capsule wardrobe? Well, this was a couple weeks ago already. Just wait until you see my belly on my next pregnancy update post… I’ve grown a bit to say the least.
So, lots of people seem to be impressed with the fact that I’ve been successful in pulling off this whole capsule wardrobe thing in general (again, not an original idea on my part — I’ve been mostly inspired by UnFancy). But, you should see the eyebrows on folks when they learn that I’ve continued with it while pregnant. They’re like upside down, capital “U” ‘s.
Now I won’t lie and say that I didn’t have my own reservations, I had many, BUT once I really began to break down the anatomy of a capsule wardrobe — it’s core purpose and essence — a capsule maternity wardrobe seemed almost an even better idea than capsule wardrobe for the average sized me.
That being said, I still totally sympathize with all those capital “U” shaped eyebrows and acknowledge the very present intimidation factor in trying to accomplish a maternity capsule wardrobe. So, I’m sharing the top 5 tips I used that I believe were essential in allowing me to create a killer maternity capsule wardrobe.
1. Mix and match maternity and non-maternity pieces. I realize I’m not being revolutionary here. Any run of the mill maternity fashion piece you will read will tell you to do the same thing — but I think the secret key here is to plan for this. As in don’t just buy maternity pieces and buy non-maternity pieces and figure out how they go together after the fact. Sure sometimes you’ll be successful in doing that, I’ve come up with a couple outfits already that I didn’t originally plan for, but largely it takes a little more forethought to make this mixing and matching process sing.
2. When picking maternity pieces — pick super versatile, neutral and staple pieces. There are plenty out there to choose from, maybe even too many. But there are also plenty of special occasion or just too particular of pieces out there as well. I made the mistake of buying a couple of these for everyday wear during my first pregnancy. I am happy to say I did not make that mistake again. Tunics like this and dresses like this are a must. They are great pieces for layering, neutral in color and pattern, and would be considered staples in any regular wardrobe. (I am even considering altering them postpartum to non-maternity shape…) It is also worth noting that these pieces are where you may want to invest a little more money into — considering how often they will be worn, you want them to be able to take a beating!
3. When picking non-maternity pieces — pick good layering options and pieces that elongate your frame but allow for growth. All this can obviously be tricky, but sweaters and button downs are my go-to for here. Boyfriend length sweaters and drape cardigans are perfect because they help elongate the frame and are still really versatile — whether paring them with leggings, skinnies or dresses. Button downs, similarly, can take on many forms whether buttoned, unbuttoned or knotted above the bump. This flannel button down has been on repeat since the start of the fall season, along with my trusty chambray.
4. Have fun with shoes. Since your feet are one of the few things not rapidly changing in size and shape, they are an excellent outlet for variety when creating a capsule wardrobe. A simple swap of your “kicks” and you’ve gone from errand running to dinner with your main squeeze all without changing any other components of your outfit. I’m no fan of heels for the everyday, but a low one, like this one on my fav chelsea booties, proves form and function can coexist.
5. Balance basic solids with pattern and texture. The last thing you want to end up doing is wearing all black, all day, everyday. (Yes, I know I’m wearing almost all black in the above pictured outfit. It works though, right?) So while you may be keeping your maternity pieces to basic neutrals like black and white, remember to add some color, pattern and texture to your wardrobe with pieces like: jackets, button downs, sweaters and other layers. This variety will allow you remix your wardrobe to your heart’s content so you’re all like: Bored with my clothes? Say whaaat?
Are there any other challenges you think exist if/when trying to create a maternity capsule wardrobe?