If you've been following along with me sporadically this past year, you'll know I had made the resolution to create a more minimalist wardrobe, and to do so I was trying out the French 5 Piece Wardrobe method. Winter and Spring of this year, it worked great.
Then I got pregnant.
Over the summer, as I started to get bloated and my clothing tighter, I knew I wouldn't be able to survive on a sole 5 pieces for the upcoming Fall and Winter. No freakin' way. I was going to need all new basics in maternity versions. Jeans, trousers, skirts, button down blouses. Being I prefer really tailored, classic pieces, I just knew my current basics wardrobe just wouldn't work for me into my second trimester.
So I started searching the internet for solutions. To my delight, I came across a blog called Un-Fancy by Caroline, a minimalist fashion blogger. What Caroline does is every season (i.e. 3 months) she assembles a new "capsule" from basics already in her wardrobe collection as well as a few new pieces. Her capsules are all just 37 pieces! Yes, you read that right. 37 pieces including shoes! Everything else she has goes into storage. She also doesn't shop once a capsule is put into place until it's time to shop for the next capsule three months later.
She offers a great Capsule Wardrobe Planner worksheet, so back in early September, I decided to give it a go. I was going to create a capsule maternity wardrobe! Her planner actually worked really, really well for me to figure out what I like to wear, what was practical for me, what I could use from what I already had, and what I could shop for. It even helped me account for the percentage of clothing I should have for work vs. non-work life. In less than two hours, I had a shopping list and was ready to shop!
I purchased everything for my capsule online from online retailers I shop from when not pregnant, who happen to have maternity lines. The vast majority of the pieces came from Asos, closely followed by Old Navy.
I ended up with 40 pieces when all said and done as opposed to Caroline's 37. This is because I wanted to include plain black and white tees and tanks, so it bumped up my count a bit. It's still a heck of a lot less than previously and it's been so much easier getting dressed every day. I have yet to repeat an outfit since I started.
Without further ado, here's my Fall Maternity Capsule Wardrobe for 2014:
Click on the item for links on where to buy. For older items that are no longer available, I linked to a similar piece.