So, I had every intention of curating a capsule wardrobe: maternity edition. In fact, I've probably had 3 "finished" capsules over the last 15 or so weeks. I was determined to find that handful of solid pieces that would last me all throughout pregnancy and stick to them. But the thing is, it seems like every week (nay, every day!) my body feels radically different. And it is!! There is a teeny tiny human growing and changing every single day inside of me--so no two days ever feel the same. An outfit that fits and feels great one day hugs and pulls in all the wrong places the next, which makes it hard to find + stick to a minimal number of pieces. And to be honest, I'm wearing a lot of Matt's cozy work sweatshirts and leggings around the house, and jogging shorts when I go run errands. I put so much pressure on myself, especially last month, to figure the capsule wardrobe thing out. I felt like I owed it to someone--my instagram followers maybe, readers of this blog, people who've "followed" my capsule journey--to prove that a maternity capsule wardrobe that is frugal, stylish, comfy and practical can be done. And maybe it can! I haven't given up hope. And I do still have some semblance of a capsule wardrobe--I'm just still tweaking it, modifying it, and not pinning myself down to any certain number of pieces, shooting for comfort and practicality instead. Even if that means jogging shorts all summer. I'm still hoping to share my real-life pieces with you soon, but for now I wanted to share some generic mix-and-match pieces that have been my staples, my go-to's, over the last few weeks. If you're testing the waters of the capsule wardrobe thing, or just find yourself feeling like you have no clothing options in this pregnancy season of life, these pieces have been lifesavers for me and might help you, too! Of course, this is all centered on the fact that I'm pregnant during the spring and summer in central Indiana. I'm dressing for warm days (high 60s and 70s), chilly nights (40s and 50s) and then once summer hits, it will be 80s to low 90s and HUMID. Your pieces might need to look different based on where you live.
Regardless, here are my recent clothing go-to's:
1. Dark wash skinny maternity jeans / I scored mine secondhand from a maternity Facebook group. They're GAP Maternity, have the demi panel (full panel is really bugging me, I'm discovering) and the dark wash makes them a little more versatile, so they can be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. I live in these.
2. Super comfy leggings / I bought two pair of full-panel maternity leggings around week 9, but really can't stand them now. The full panel irritates my belly! So I've been wearing my pre-pregnancy Old Navy leggings. The waistband now fits right below my belly, so they are super comfy. I was also given a pair of GAP Maternity leggings (demi panel) that I wear sometimes too. Those ones are soooo soft.
3. Maxi skirt / I bought a cheapie, basic version from Meijer, but these from Garnett Hill look so dreamy and comfy (out of my price range, though!) The waistband sits right below my belly and is so, so comfortable. It's also non-maternity, so I can still wear it even after baby is here!
1. Basic jersey dress / I got mine for 30 bucks from Old Navy and it's the best. I first tried one from American Apparel, but it was super thin and just looked baggy on me, instead of hugging those newfound curves like this one does. Like the dark wash jeans, this dress is soooo versatile, which makes it ideal for a capsule. I've worn it to a funeral, to a business networking event and to run errands around town. I love that it can be dressed up or down and is super comfy while also being trendy and cute. And, bonus, it's non-maternity! It's really stretchy so I just bought my normal size. I did buy it specifically for pregnancy, so I don't mind if it gets stretched out and I can't wear it after the baby arrives. But if I can, then bonus! It's really easy to add pieces to this base, too, like a blazer, a statement necklace, a denim vest or a belt!
2. Black maxi dress / Ahh, the maxi. If you buy ANYTHING for a summer pregnancy, buy a basic black maxi dress. This piece is a godsend. It's so comfy and soft and can be worn a thousand different ways. I just know I'll be living in it all summer! I got mine from Old Navy and bought the regular, non-maternity version. I did get it in a size up, but kind of wish I'd stuck with my original size--the straps are a bit big (but nothing my mama can't fix!)I've worn mine with a denim vest, belted, and tied a tshirt over top to make it look more like a high-waisted skirt. The options are endless!
3. Structured dress / I rolled over the grey play dress I've had in several other capsules, and it's working great. I like having a different option besides the basic, straight cut jersey dresses. The play dress I have is a lot like this one--it has a bit of a waist but it's not tight or really defined, so right now it sits up over my bump. I don't know that I'll be able to wear it to the end of my pregnancy, because it might get a little short once this bump is in full force, but it works really well for now!
1. Maternity cami / Oh, the maternity cami. These super long tanks come in super handy! I wear them under most shirts and other tank tops, which has allowed me to continue wearing pre-pregnancy and non-maternity versions of things. Most of the shirts I already had are too short by now since this bump is growing, so the camis are great for layering underneath and keeping that belly covered.
2. Basic tanks / I have a handful of pre-pregnancy tanks I'm still able to wear, but I doubt I'll be able to say that much longer. I really love the look of these tanks from American Eagle, and will probably get one or two once my current tanks no longer cover my baby belly.
3. Basic tees / I bought 4 basic, crew neck tshirts from Old navy for super cheap ($5 each!) and love them! I wear them basically everyday. I'm wearing one now in fact! Again, I don't know if these will last all the way through pregnancy, but they've been working great for the last 6 weeks and still have plenty of stretch room. They're non-maternity so if I can wear them after baby arrives, that's awesome, but they were so inexpensive that even if they get stretched out, it won't be a big deal.
Overall, most of my current "pregnancy wardrobe" is pre-pregnancy pieces or non-maternity pieces, with a couple maternity staples thrown in (like the jeans and camis!) When I wear an outfit that is comfortable, makes me feel pretty and I can stay in all day, I make a note of what I wore in my phone so I can refer to it later. That's been really helpful when I stare at my rack full of clothes and feel like I have nothing to wear.
Once our April spending freeze lifts and I have a small clothes budget again, I'm hoping I can round out my spring/early summer capsule in early May and share the official results with you all! Have you ever built a maternity capsule wardrobe? Any tips or tricks for maternity dressing? I'd love to hear! XOXO!