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Capsule Wardrobe – Maternity Edition

I am currently pregnant with my third child. I’m due in less than 3 months. The following list of clothing has gotten (/is getting) me through all 3 pregnancies. I was due at a different time of the year for each pregnancy (March, December, and July) and this group of clothing got me comfortably through all weather.

Maternity clothes can be hella expensive so it can be comforting to know we can get by with few pieces, supplemented with a few strategic non-maternity pieces. Note that these pieces worked for my casual job/lifestyle and the temperate New Jersey weather; always be mindful of your own lifestyle, location, and climate.

Without further ado, the list of my maternity wardrobe, keeping me warm and covered for 3 pregnancies and postpartum.

Maternity Pieces

  • 2 pairs jeans or trousers
  • 1 maxi-skirt
  • 1 knee-length skirt
  • 2 pairs shorts — I didn’t need/want shorts until my July due date pregnancy
  • 2 t-shirts — I only needed 2 at a time, but since t-shirts are generally made of thinner material for warmer weather, just 2 didn’t last for all 3 pregnancies and I needed to replace them when they wore out. So for 3 pregnancies, I’ve had a total of 4 t-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 long sweaters or short sweater dresses — I like them long enough to feel comfortable wearing with leggings, but short enough that they’ll still look good with jeans or trousers
  • 1 pair leggings — these can be maternity or not depending on your body, comfort level, and style of legging
  • 1 pair yoga pants — for sleeping, yoga, and lounging
  • winter coat — again, this depends on your due date. I needed one for my March and December due dates, but not this one. And I was actually able to wear a loose-ish flared non-maternity coat that I already had.
  • 2-3 nursing bras — during my first pregnancy, a saleswoman convinced me I would need 4. Now I know that I could easily get by with 2 or 3
  • 2 nursing sleep bras

Supplemental/Non-Maternity Pieces

  • 1 or 2 maxi-dresses — I found the type with a loose cross-over bodice to be quite convenient for breast-feeding, but racerbacks to be the most comfortable
  • 1 cardigan or light jacket — I didn’t need maternity because I just didn’t button them up
  • 2-3 loose shirts — long sleeve or short sleeve; for sleeping, yoga, and lounging
  • 2-3 more sweaters or t-shirts — I used these because I already had these looser items in my closet and they still fit during my pregnancy
  • wrap dress — will at least fit during most of a pregnancy
  • 10 pairs underwear — I find non-bikini briefs to be the most comfortable, but you be you

So that’s 25 pieces (not counting bras or underwear) to get you started for a capsule maternity wardrobe for any time of year. As always, quality pieces will last longer and thus through more pregnancies, but since pregnancy is such a short period of time, it’s pretty easy to make due with whatever quality you can find/afford.

Also, as with any capsule wardrobe, try to keep a simple color scheme in mind — such as 2-3 neutrals with 2-3 colors. You can also create a personal uniform with maternity pieces to make things super simple. Pick your favorite colors and fabrics and at least your clothing will be comfortable and pleasant, even if you don’t feel that way yourself. 🙂

The Outfit On Which I Consistently Get The Most Compliments

I’m mentioning this outfit because it is so simple. And simplicity is a pretty big theme on this blog, yeah?

For the outfit, the ratio of effort to compliments is crazy skewed. Like, minimal effort for maximum compliments. And I don’t know if someone else wearing this outfit will get as many compliments as I’ve been getting, but it’s so simple there’s no harm in trying, right? I mean, if you want an easy outfit and the confidence boost of acquaintances’ compliments?

Okay, okay, I’m going to shut up now. I think I’m hyping it up way too much already. Especially since it’s nothing new. (Just do an internet search for it — everyone’s wearing it already.)

It’s jeans and a white t-shirt.

My outfit:

  • jeans – right now I have 2 pairs of maternity jeans — both “jegging” skinny jeans, 1 black and 1 dark wash
  • t-shirt – also maternity right now. I prefer v-necks and usually don’t tuck it in.

Here’s how the outfit is specific to me:

And that’s it. Simple simple. Unoriginal, sure, but also so classic. Timeless. Comfortable and even chic.

Bruce Springsteen, with a red or blue bandana, famously wore this simple outfit. I also think it would work really well with a black t-shirt — and then there is less worry about stains! I think my husband looks so, so good in medium-wash jeans and a fitted black crew-neck t-shirt. I mean, of course all clothes looks best when they fit well.

I love this outfit. It is my current uniform. As the weather gets hotter, I will opt for some cuffed jean shorts. Maybe a floppy hat instead of the scarves.

I love the simplicity. I feel good. And I look good, too. A lovely trifecta. A fabulous new uniform for me!

Capsule Wardrobe | Having a Personal Uniform

Project 333 enabled me to learn a lot about my wardrobe and how I wear clothes. I learned that I like a lot less options in my closet — it makes it much easier for me to make outfit decisions in the morning. The more I thought about and researched capsule wardrobes, the more that the idea of having a uniform appealed to me.

Wearing the same thing every day is taboo. That’s a general statement, but I certainly feel it and I think a lot of other people in America do too, judging by what my friends, family, acquaintances, social media, and mass media say and do regarding the subject. But why?

School children wear the same thing every day. Millionaires and entrepreneurs wear the same thing every day. The president wears the same thing everyday. Even fashion designers wear the same thing every day. And they are happy and successful!

I wanted a uniform, too. But I didn’t know if I could wear the same thing every day. I live a fairly active life in an area with a pretty diverse climate. I want getting dressed to be easy, but I want my clothes to work for me, whether I am changing diapers, behind the desk at work, going for a family bike ride, camping, or having tea on a cozy afternoon with friends.

Instead of having a strict uniform where I would wear the exact same thing every day, I decided on a set of rules for my clothes — a framework that can include a variety of different pieces, but that all follow specific guidelines so I’ll know that I will look good and feel comfortable in whatever pieces I end up putting together.

The main frame is based around colors. I decided to wear only blue (preferably dark) or black (possibly dark grey) bottoms. And blue or “sand” tops. I am very lenient with my “sand” option. Since it’s a neutral, I will have anything from light tan to greyish tan, from “pink sand” to brown. I have a variety of blue shades in my tops as well. Blue or sand — any shade as long as I like it! I have dresses that mix several of my chosen shades.

Accent colors make it into my wardrobe as well, such as white stitching or color blocking, coral flowers, or reddish plum mixed with blue knits, to give a few examples. Most of my accents will fit on a color spectrum between blue and red/light pink, and are leftover from pieces I owned before I decided on this “uniform”. It is easy to fit these accents in, since the rest of my wardrobe is designed simply.

Getting dressed is easy. Sometimes I do wear the same thing for most of the week (especially if the weather is consistent). If anyone notices, they aren’t bothered by it, despite the taboo — or at least they don’t say anything about it. I do not feel hindered or limited at all. I have pants, shorts, skirts, tanks, tees, sweaters, and dresses. I have everything I need and I feel free. I found something I like and I’m going to stick with it for as long as I continue liking it.

I have so many options for how I spend my time. I want my family and fun experiences to be a priority, not dressing and shopping. Limiting my wardrobe helps me to accomplish that.

Enjoy.