Something I love more than anything? A good capsule wardrobe. I’m not one for wearing a million different things throughout the year. If anything, I’m closer to a cartoon character with one rotating outfit. (I can hear my mom snicker as I say this — my closet might not exactly reflect this, but we’re working on it).
Point is, sometimes all it takes is a couple of carefully curated basics to get you through the season. This time around I’m focusing on a capsule (with some outfit formulas) for all the expecting moms out there. Congrats, mama!
Cute, Casual Maternity Outfits: A Capsule Wardrobe For The Mama-To-Be
The main mission for a maternity capsule? Comfort and practicality in a chic way. Think: breathable tops, a comfy one-piece, stretchy pants, supportive shoes and all the layers for extra warmth.
Naturally, I gravitated towards neutral colors. They make mixing and matching a piece of cake. BUT one can easily switch out any of the neutral pieces (like the Free People Ruby Jacket) for a punch of color and it will still work with the rest of the capsule.
The full capsule, above, is a mix of maternity and non-maternity pieces. Most of these pieces should work for all three trimesters, too.
Included are a pair of maternity jeans that we’ve tried and love, (check out Amy’s praise for Madewell’s maternity jeans), but I also included a stretchy pair of leggings and pretty lounge pants. Trust me here. I’ve tried all the varying comfortable outfits because I am a jeans girl only when I have to be. Another option I love? Just skip the whole pants debacle and try out some loose jumpsuits.
When it comes to tops, finding things that aren’t constricting in any way is your best bet — loose tees, flowy tops, and short, lightweight turtlenecks. For flowy tops that aren’t maternity styles? Free People. And finally, like a good ol’ reliable friend…a simple tee (graphic or not depending on your personal style).
Most of these pieces can individually be worked into any season, but I kept this capsule cold-weather focused.
Outfit 1: Maternity Sweater, But Make it Modern
Something I’ve learned in my journey of making comfy basics look put-together — invest in an interesting jacket. For a growing bump, look for jackets that have a slouchy fit. Something like the Free People Ruby Jacket is super-casual and comfortable, but interesting enough that it adds a little something to the outfit. Try wearing it in the same color family as the maternity sweater. Monochromatic chic.
Another option (and my personal go-to): a shearling moto jacket. It goes from day to night and everywhere in between. The Avec Les Filles one included is actually in a dark green shade that I’m totally here for. A trend I’ve been seeing that makes any outfit look a bit more tailored: layer a turtleneck under the v-neck sweater. Just add cute winter accessories and your best winter walkin’ boots. We’ll praise our Sorel’s any day but these chunky Chelsea boots would look great, too.
Outfit 2: A Flowy Blouse From Day to Night
I’m not one for super feminine, frilly tops unless I counteract it with leather, badass boots, a beanie…you get the idea. But that style (that’s often times super flowy) is great for dressing around a growing bump. To make it winter-appropriate, layer a thin turtleneck under.
If you want to lean into the feminine style of that top…try a slightly tailored, wool trench (either untied or tied over the bump) with sleek Chelsea boots. If you’re on the same page as me, go for the leather moto and Vans.
Outfit 3: A Graphic Tee & All the Comfort
Obviously, I had to give some lounge-y pieces their praise. I am here to be comfortable at all times. Start with a graphic tee and layer a turtleneck under for more warmth. I’m all for wearing the shacket and lounge pants with the turtleneck fully tucked, the tee half-tucked and some sneaks. BUT…if you’re not into the casual slouch on slouch look, try out some leggings and boots instead.
Outfit 4: A Cozy One-Piece, Two Ways
One-pieces are a gift we should appreciate more. They make putting outfits together so much easier, and I feel like I can actually really move in them. And a pregnant bump in a slouchy jumpsuit? I think it’s the cutest look every time I see someone in it. (Check out the reviews for reference).
One way I’d style this is a more casual-cool vibe with a moto, beanie, graphic tee layered under, and sneaks. A more sophisticated approach? The tailored trench and turtleneck layered under with a fun scarf and Chelsea boots.
This one’s for the Pinners…