Maternity capsule wardrobe

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.

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  1. Capri over-the-bump leggings (grey and black) GOOD FOR SUMMER.
  2. Ankle length over the bump leggings (grey and navy)
  3. 2 pairs of jeans
    1. under-the bump side panel Motherhood maternity jeans 
    2. under- the bump side panel Old Navy Jeans, I got a size 4 which was my pre-pregnancy size. (look for sales for these, ON has sales ALL the time.)
  4. biker shorts ( I LIVED in these during the summer/fall, paired with an oversized button up or tee shirt, plus they are SOOOOO SOFT.)
  5. 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.
  6. 2 blouses and 1-2 oversized button ups
    1. check clearance at Marshalls, Target, or TJMax if you don’t already own over-sized items.
    2. check Goodwill Men’s section
  7. 2 tee-shirts
  8. 2 sweaters
    1. THIS old navy sweater, I sized up on this, but post-pregnancy it will have a nice over-sized look
  9. 2 maternity tank tops (black and white or grey)
    1. These are great, and are long so I can wear them under anything.
  10. 2 nursing tanks (black) – for postpartum.
  11. 1 kimono (summer) / 1 cardigan (fall/winter)
    1. 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.
  12. 2-3 sweat pants/joggers – these will last after pregnancy because they rest UNDER belly.
    1. a black pair of joggers that I could dress up for work
    2. (previously owned) this grey pair from Target
    3. these are my FAVORITE and I wear them every night pretty much.
  13. 1-2 bodycon dresses
    1. black– wore to church a lot, with different cardigans or my kimono. I ordered this dress in a medium and it fit all the way through (lots of stretch.)
    2. color– wore to baby showers or special events, I ordered a large and WISHED I had ordered a medium.
  14. 1-2 pairs of shorts
    1. This pair I wore all summer
    2. (previously owned) This pair was great for working out, non-maternity but has a stretchy band.
  15. Belly Band– helps to keep pants up, I found this on clearance at target for $10.
  16. Maternity bathing suit, I order this in a large and wore it all summer long to the pool.
  17. Nursing Bras- make sure that you get bras that do not have an under wire, and do NOT have removable pads.
    1. These for sleep
    2. These for day – make sure to get 2 sizes bigger than your normal size, because once milk comes in, you will need the room.
  18. 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.

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Him and Her. Life and Narrative. Married, partnered, friends. Simple and sweet. The ups and downs together. Be kind, be caring, be loving. A theatre artist and a military officer. Living in North Carolina, often long distance. We explore, we write, we share. We love to travel, eat, listen to music, try new things, be present each day, and live a minimal lifestyle.

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