A few years ago, capsule wardrobes–the notion of building a small, timeless set of clothes—were all the rage. Some capsule wardrobes included thirty items per season, while others gave a little more flexibility. The point of a capsule wardrobe is not necessarily to have an exact number of clothes, but more to hone in on basics, avoid fast fashion, and invest in quality.
I never truly subscribed to the capsule wardrobe philosophy with my regular clothes. With pregnancy clothing however, a maternity capsule wardrobe is definitely my goal. I love the idea of having staple pieces of clothing and saving money, especially because I will not be wearing the clothing for a long period of time.
When building a maternity capsule wardrobe, I like to think through everything I wear from the base layer up in the context of a normal week. If you are in the beginning stages of kicking off your maternity capsule wardrobe, let these suggestions lead the way.
- What is a capsule wadrobe?
- How to Plan for Different Seasons
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- Best Pregnancy Tee: V-Neck Side Ruched Maternity Tee
- Best Maternity Hoodie: Pull Over Nursing Hoodie
- Best Maternity Pajamas: Silk Pajama Set
What is a Maternity Capsule Wardrobe?
A maternity capsule wardrobe is a thoughtful selection of maternity pieces that mix and match well and serve a mama throughout her nine months of pregnancy. Every woman’s maternity capsule wardrobe will look a little different but most will include a handful of tops, bottoms, a dress or two, and one of my most recommended maternity items—maternity underwear!
If you are aiming to not overwhelm your closet with maternity clothes and want to stay within budget a certain budget, a maternity capsule wardrobe might just be for you. Also, if you think you might have more children in the future it will definitely work out to your benefit to strategically build a collection of maternity pieces that will last both in quality and style over the years.
How to Plan for Different Seasons
Every season will warrant a bit of adjusting to your maternity capsule wardrobe. Once you calculate your due date and determine when you will have your most prominent belly, you can start to plan ahead with what extra you might need.
Spring and summer will call for more dresses, less sweaters, shorts instead of pants, and supportive sandals. You might also want a maternity swimsuit depending how far along you will be whether or not you have a babymoon or somewhere pool-worthy planned.
Fall and winter will require thick leggings, a maternity coat, and possibly a fancier option for holiday attire.
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Best Maternity Bra
Best Maternity Jeans
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Best Maternity Pajamas
Frequently Asked Questions
How many clothes should be in a capsule wardrobe?
Traditionally, capsule wardrobes are in the 20-40 piece range. The point of a capsule is not the exact number but more the meaning behind each item. Can it be worn multiple ways? Is it a timeless style? Will it serve you through various events and seasons? You get to make the rules.
What month should you start wearing maternity clothes?
Some women begin wearing maternity clothes the day they get a positive pregnancy test. Others never do! It all depends on your body and preference. Granted, the sooner you start wearing maternity clothes, the more time you will have to wear them.
Can you wear plus size clothes instead of maternity?
You can, of course. Once again, it is all about personal preference. And of course, don’t forget that maternity leggings are always in style in our book.
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