I have never been good at the capsule wardrobe (though it is one of my goals for next year.) But, during pregnancy I was able to curate a usable capsule that I thought I would share with whoever is looking.
I think it is really easy to get sucked into “cute bump dresses” or “jumpsuits,” and there is nothing wrong with that, BUT I found a few key pieces helped me to maintain a lounge and work set that made it through all the seasons.
- Capri over-the-bump leggings (grey and black) GOOD FOR SUMMER.
- Ankle length over the bump leggings (grey and navy)
- 2 pairs of jeans
- biker shorts ( I LIVED in these during the summer/fall, paired with an oversized button up or tee shirt, plus they are SOOOOO SOFT.)
- Black pants, these are not the exact pair that I own but are very similar, and I wore them 2-3 days a week for teaching.
- 2 blouses and 1-2 oversized button ups
- check clearance at Marshalls, Target, or TJMax if you don’t already own over-sized items.
- check Goodwill Men’s section
- 2 tee-shirts
- 2 sweaters
- THIS old navy sweater, I sized up on this, but post-pregnancy it will have a nice over-sized look
- 2 maternity tank tops (black and white or grey)
- These are great, and are long so I can wear them under anything.
- 2 nursing tanks (black) – for postpartum.
- 1 kimono (summer) / 1 cardigan (fall/winter)
- I bought a kimono from Marshalls that I was able to wear to church, teach, or date nights. It was an “extra” thing, but they are versatile for summer/fall/winter.
- 2-3 sweat pants/joggers – these will last after pregnancy because they rest UNDER belly.
- 1-2 bodycon dresses
- 1-2 pairs of shorts
- Belly Band– helps to keep pants up, I found this on clearance at target for $10.
- Maternity bathing suit, I order this in a large and wore it all summer long to the pool.
- Nursing Bras- make sure that you get bras that do not have an under wire, and do NOT have removable pads.
- rubber wedding ring, (my hand swelled up at 34 weeks and I couldn’t fit my rings anymore!)
I bought a few pieces that I wore A LOT, and I used my over-sized pieces from my pre-maternity wardrobe as much as possible.
My advice: stick to neutral colors, staple pieces, and make sure everything can be mixed and matched. WEAR WHAT YOU ALREADY OWN. I have several over-sized dresses and tops, so I didn’t have to buy any of that.