The whole “capsule wardrobe” concept has had my attention for a few years, since it started becoming the thing to do, but I’ve never considered putting one together for myself (not enough time/inclination/boredom). Now that I’m pregnant, I’ve started to really want and crave a simple maternity wardrobe. The very idea that your closet doesn’t need to be filled with an extensive mishmash of clothing…and that you actually get more out of a very limited and well-thought-out collection of clothing…it all sounds pretty awesome. In theory, right?
But I’m starting to appreciate this concept even more now that I’m pregnant, because 1) I don’t want to spend copious amounts on a wardrobe that I solely wear for 9-10 months and 2) I get overwhelmed by too many choices. I’d rather have fewer pieces that I really feel awesome in. You know?
So. I decided to give it a go. Why the heck not? I’ll never know if it could have been the best thing to ever happen to my pregnancy style if I never give it a chance.
To curate a small maternity capsule wardrobe from Amazon Fashion (we picked seven pieces), and wear those pieces in varying combinations for an entire month. The entire collection must ring in under $500, and a few pieces can be pulled in from my existing wardrobe, but the main pieces of the outfit must be from the capsule wardrobe.
What is my goal through all of this?
Aside from wanting to push myself to be more creative, I’d like to see if a capsule wardrobe – specifically a maternity capsule wardrobe – actually works. Not kinda/sorta, but Does It REALLY Work? It’ll be a challenge to have to come up with many different ways to style the same 7 pieces. I may quickly run out of outfit ideas. I may end up wearing the same thing every day (no, Cams! You’re not allowed). I could also find out that I really needed to add another piece or two (or three). What makes a good capsule wardrobe, anyway??
These are all things I aim to find out. I guess we’ll seeee.
It’s hard to beat Amazon when it comes to ease of shopping (the one-click magic! the free two-day shipping!), so Amazon Fashion was a logical place to start. Especially for maternity clothes, since they take such a beating…reviews matter. That said, it’s easy to get lost. However, there’s one little trick I like to use when searching Amazon for clothes: the refinement tool. Let me show you the magic….
Ta-da! You see? I simply scrolled down the left toolbar and clicked ‘Amazon.com’ under Seller while searching for ‘maternity jeans’. Knowing that one simple step unlocked Amazon Fashion in a whole new way for me, where I found a more selective selection of clothing from great brands and designers, clothing with plenty of customer reviews(!). I love being able to read what buyers have to say about an item before I buy it and Amazon is great with it’s star ratings and customer reviews.
The Capsule Wardrobe
A well functioning wardrobe has to have some pretty solid basics….and a little bit of fun. I tried to incorporate the right mix of both. We’ll see, won’t we?
It looks a tad…limited. Yep. I actually did that on purpose and you know what? I’m really excited about it! I concentrated on quality over quantity.
Basic tank: the Three Seasons Maternity Side Ruche Tank Top I chose is a very basic item. It’s perfect, because it is simple. It can be worn often, with a lot. I plan on layering it under my non-maternity tops and sweaters.
Stretchy Midi: Ingrid & Isabel’s Maternity Midi Skirt. Man, is this thing comfortable. I chose this skirt, because it looks like it can successfully be dressed up or down. It also has two layers, so it’s not flimsy and see-through when stretched out a bit.
Go-to Maternity Jeans: PAIGE Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Maternity Jeans. For me, it is imperative to have a really great pair of maternity jeans. They are that basic that can be thrown on again and again, with a tee, sweater, tunic, etc etc. I knew that I had to find a great pair of jeans, so I went with Paige…which is well rated on Amazon. I tried them on and they are a looser fit, but I decided they will work out really well…as I continue to gain weight and the bump gets bigger and bigger.
The Interesting Pieces
A well functioning wardrobe needs a few statement pieces to save it from Snoozeville. Here’s what I picked:
Cozy Wrap: this Kensie Blanket Cardigan is amazing. I couldn’t pass it up. It makes the whole capsule collection more interesting, with it’s pattern and draping.
Something Striped: After looking through all of the striped top options, I went with this Splendid Canvas Double Stripe V Neck Tunic Top. It’s a little different from the usual striped t-shirt and offers more room for the growing baby bump. Perfect.
Cool Vest: Sanctuary Clothing Globe Trekker Vest – I knew that I needed something else, aside from the Blanket Cardigan, that would make the basic pieces I chose more interesting – something I could throw over the basic tank and it would instantly make it more cool. Well, this vest does it for me. It’s got that look to it that I love – a little grunge, a little sophistication.
Last, but not least…the wild card –
Statement Hat: I went with this red San Diego Hat Company Floppy Hat. I am not a big hat girl. That begs the question, whyyyy did you choose a hat then, Cams? About that. Ha. There’s a reason behind this craziness. I think that to make this capsule wardrobe work I needed an accessory that wows…something a little wild. One of the reasons I want to take on a capsule wardrobe is to challenge myself to be more creative and to try different things, things I may not have before. So. I went with this wild garnet colored hat and plan to put it on regularly (hopefully!). That’s my big plan.
That’s it. These are the solid pieces that, I believe, will really go the distance. Of course, I can’t solely wear these 7 pieces with nothing else added on. SHOES, for example. I have a few things in my closet that will simply act as embellishments to the capsule maternity wardrobe. They’ll just finish off the outfits and make them complete.
I’ve already started planning some of the outfits I want to wear…
The tank and vest will go well with some things I already have in my closet – maternity jean shorts (the one pair I own), my favorite sandals (that I have been wearing all Summer and plan to wear for most of the Fall, too) and a long pendant necklace. The vest is surprisingly cool, as in I can wear it comfortably in the still very warm temps down here in SC.
tank | vest | maternity shorts | sandals | necklace
The comfortable Maternity Midi Skirt and Basic Tank can be either dressed up or down and, while I am definitely looking forward to throwing on my Steve Madden’s with them, I am really looking forward to making the combo casual and cool. What can make anything more cool than a pair of Shoreline Converse and a sweetsweetsweet Herringbone Ballcap? Nada mucho. Except maybe a pair of aviators…hmmm…may need to borrow the husband’s. 😀
tank | midi skirt | shoes | ball cap
Now, haha…I love this outfit – adore it, actually. However, I am fully aware that I live in the dirty South where it remains dirtily hot for quite some time. HOWEVER, I had to have that wrap and that hat. They were a must and the reason why is, eventually it will get chilly here (even cold sometimes. crazy) and I will appreciate the heck out of them both. The wrap can even stand-in as my jacket/coat for all of the cold months that I am still pregnant. I’ll just layer a black turtleneck (that I already have from last Winter) underneath it with the basic maternity tank. BAM. This might actually all go down quite swimmingly. Yay!
wrap cardigan | hat | tank | maternity jeans | pumps
So that’s three outfits. Only a bajillion left to go…weeeeeeeee…
I’ll be styling daily outfits from the 7 pieces I found on Amazon, wearing them, snapping a pic of it all and sharing on Instragram (@camilledipaola)…everyday for the next 30 days. whoah. Yeh. DEDICATION.
So follow along to see me rock out this maternity capsule wardrobe thing for at least the next month.
(Oh and hey – any outfits suggestions are WELCOME.)
I’m hoping that having less may actually help me to create more. I’m excited to find out!
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I think for most of us, a capsule wardrobe is not an excuse to go shopping but rather a way to simplify the clothes already in our closets and to get rid of anything we find we really dont need after teh period of time spent not wearing them.
Guess it depends on what’s already in your closet 😉
Exactly. I, personally, only had a pair of maternity shorts, a pair of jeans and a dress. While those are niiiice…none of them really could work together and were a bit random. I wanted to put together a simple, fun maternity wardrobe that will (hopefully) help me to dress better this time around. I felt very blah and stuck during my last pregnancy. So yeh. That’s why, I believe, purchasing solid basics and some fun add-ons can be a great ideas…especially for maternity.
And a capsule wardrobe approach is actually brilliant for maternity which is by definition different from your “normal” wardrobe. I only think for the purpose of this particular experiment items like maternity shorts which will be in regular rotation should be included rather than acting as if it’s really only 7 items. That would give a truer account of the process I think.
Very good point, T. With the shorts being something I will definitely be worn regularly (until it gets cooler), it would make sense to have it included in the capsule wardrobe. This is all a test, if you will…and I’ll be reporting back in a month with another post – talking about how it all went down, what I would have changed, added or gone without. 🙂
Thank you for your feedback! Makes total sense. Cheers.
I love this idea and it’s perfect timing because fall is ideal for layering… much easier to capsule for fall than summer since you can pair things much better. Looking forward to seeing the post updates! And would really love you to do this for a career friendly collection too!
Thank you! So far, with the addition of a white tank, it’s been working out well.
Personally I like a crowd at the capsule wardrobe table- budding minimalists, style seekers, conscientious consumers and all other comers welcome.
I like T’s point about putting it all together- what you have and what you’re adding- for a fuller picture.
And I second Ava- would love to see The Mom Edit tackle working and SAHM capsules. I’m aiming for a hybrid of both for my part-time creative field job / part-time SAHM adventures and would find value in either/both posts.
I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe, and I’m not worried about feeling limited, but I feel like I am missing something when it comes to laundering. As a mom I am also a human Kleenex and very few things can be worn more than once or twice without a thorough soak and swish. So are y’all washing every day or there is some trick I am unaware of?
I think you have commented on IG, too :), but yeh…I did run into the problem of not having enough tops…and not having the time to throw them in the wash every other day or two. Since adding the white tank, that problem hasn’t been a problem anymore. Cheers.
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This is great! One of my favorite parts of being pregnant is my small, comfy yet cute maternity/just post-partum wardrobe. It’s basically a capsule, too. Makes getting dressed so much easier! I would love to share it and see other peoples’ as well, is there some way we can do that on here? Of course mine is not as daring as C’s, I have not worn a vest since Blossom was on TV. (And inspired said vest.)
Love this idea!! Shoot me an email and we can figure something out! firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, especially for pregnancy. I’m wrapping up my fourth pregnancy in a few and have kept my wardrobe fairly minimal. But, I have the same concern as Sara, laundry! How often do you do it! Or how do you keep clean with other littles running around? And I can’t just blame them, when I’m pregnant my clothes need to be washed more.
I have been washing all three tops once a week (I added a white tank, btw..will be included in final collage:). I just can’t manage to do it more often than that. I have found that I can wear each one 2-3 x without them getting too dirty or smelly. It has worked out for me! Cheers.
This is a great list! I recently put my own maternity capsule wardrobe together – would love to hear what you think!