As soon as I came across the concept of a capsule wardrobe, I knew it was right up my street. I’d noticed that I tend to gravitate towards the same outfits each season, often neglecting other pieces in my wardrobe, for various reasons. But I was also not buying anything other than absolutely necessary closing items, desperate to loose my Gabapentin weight. With our plans for pregnancy, I knew that a maternity capsule wardrobe would be perfect for me. The last thing I wanted to be doing is spending lots of money on clothes I’ll wear for six months or less. But I also wanted to look and feel good during pregnancy.
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So, I thought I’d share with you my maternity capsule wardrobe for autumn and winter! It’s still a bit of a work in progress, and I’m happy with that. I don’t know how my body will change through pregnancy, so I’m taking each day at a time.
I was over the moon when the lovely people at The Fort, Birmingham invited me to take part in The Fort Theory of Shopping campaign and choose some items of clothing for my maternity capsule wardrobe. So massive thank you to The Fort!
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Tops (10 pieces)
Regular length long sleeve t-shirts are great options for underneath my knitted dresses and long jumpers. I have a white and black that I just had to include in my capsule wardrobe to wear with my jumpers. Because these two t-shirts aren’t longline, I won’t be wearing the, without something over the top covering my crotch area. I’ve spoken about my feelings on my crotch showing when wearing jeggings and leggings before, so won’t go into this again.
As I didn’t have any longline t-shirts that covered my crotch area, I invested in 2 maternity t-shirts. I bought a white H&M 3/4 length sleeve maternity t-shirt (see my Grey Chunky Knit Cardigan post, linked below) and a Star Wars inspired maternity t-shirt (outfit post for this coming soon).
For autumn, I also had a few black and white strappy tops in my maternity capsule wardrobe. These are great for underneath jumpers and my checked shirt. They add an extra layer without being too warm with a jumper. Some days in autumn I’ve even ended up too hot when inside with a strappy top and jumper on!
To add a little variety, I also picked up a black New Look top with lattice detail* when Dan and I visited The Fort. Looser than my standard t-shirts, but lighter than a jumper, this gives me another option depending on the temperature and what I’m doing.
Along the same lines, is my black and burgundy New Look checked shirt. Its loose and can be layered with tops underneath, as well as jackets and cardigans over the top. A very versatile piece and I love the colour scheme for autumn and winter time.
Then, we have my much loved fox shirt top. I’ve had this for many years and it’s continued to be a firm favourite in my wardrobe. I’m not sure how far into my pregnancy it will fit me. I don’t want to wear it when I get too big a bump and over stretch them. I’ll just have to play that by ear.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Jumpers And Cardigans (6 pieces)
Then of cause, I couldn’t have a capsule wardrobe without some cardigans. Cardigans are great pieces to throw over tops when you need an extra layer. But when I looked at my wardrobe, I realised that my only cardigans were thin, spring appropriate options. I needed to invest in some chunky knits.
With this in mind, I found my grey New Look cable knit cardigan* on our trip to The Fort and spotted my black ASOS knitted cardigan cardigan when browsing the site. These have both proved to be very useful, versatile pieces. I wore my ASOS cardigan in my burgundy skater dress post (linked below).
Then there’s my grey M&S gilet, which has been a firm favourite in my wardrobe since I bought it several years ago. This also featured in an outfit post last year and, while the skirt isn’t an option for me to wear while pregnant, I’m loving how the gilet drapes around my bump.
Along the same lines as my M&S gilet, is my burgundy V neck pullover. This was featured last year in my Road Trip Outfit post. It’s second hand, passed down from my Mum, and I love it!
I planned to include my white cold shoulder jumper, but this isn’t practical now that I need to use my wheelchair all the time. Because of the colour, I’m nervous of ruining the jumper if they pick up dirt from my wheelchair wheels. This doesn’t concern me as much with my white regular length long sleeve t-shirt, as it’s several years old and could do with being replaced soon anyway.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Skirts and Trousers (7 pieces)
My aim with my skirts and trousers was to incorporate as many items as possible that could be worn post-pregnancy into my maternity capsule wardrobe. As a result, I’m living in standard leggings and jeggings at the moment and turning the waist bands down below my bump. This is working well at the moment, but may not be quite as comfortable as my pregnancy progresses.
I currently have 3 pairs of jeggings in light blue, dark blue and black. I also have 3 pairs of black leggings. I’ve kept hold of a pair of size 14 jeggings, as the waistband is a lot larger. This is a back up option incase I suddenly feel uncomfortable in my current leggings and jeggings. I feel happier knowing I have an option available, as it’s not easy to just go out an buy new bottoms at the moment.
My leggings are getting a lot of wear with my dresses (see below), as well as my black stretchy Primark skirt that I bought a couple of years ago.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Dresses (4 pieces)
I currently have four dresses in my maternity capsule wardrobe. I’m not sure how long my grey jumper dress (outfit post coming soon) or red jumper dress will last though. As with some of my tops, I don’t want to over stretch them and end up ruining them. Before becoming pregnant, I styled both my red jumper dress and grey jumper dress with a thick belt. But I’m loving wearing them without at the moment.
My burgundy Primark skater dress has been so comfy and I’m hoping to get to Primark soon to see if I can find some more similar to this. The only down side with this dress is that it doesn’t have long sleeves. So it’s better paired with a cardigan for autumn than it will be for winter. I also have a black dress from TKMaxx (outfit post coming soon) that I completely overlooked as a maternity option until I tried it on recently. It’s gathered under the bust rather than at the waist, so I can see it being a great option for my growing bump.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Jackets (2 pieces)
I selected two jackets for my autumn and winter maternity capsule wardrobe, but have rarely worn them. I really need to change this! My black biker jacket and my denim jacket are such versatile pieces that they’ll go with almost anything. I suspect that this is because most of the time I’m at home, so prefer the comfort of a jumper or cardigan.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Coats (2 pieces)
I currently have two coats in my maternity capsule wardrobe, but I’m not sure I’m going to need them both. My navy New Look parker has seen better days. I was going to replace it this year. So far, it still fits me. I realised why, when I started writing this post. My navy parker is a size 12 and I am very much not a size 12 any more. So even with a growing bump, there’s likely to be a good amount of room for growth.
Minus the belt
I say that I’m not sure I’ll need them both, but that might be a bit presumptuous of me. I picked up a maternity coat, as I was worried I’d suddenly outgrow my navy parker and be left cold and without a coat. Not what you want when you have Raynaud’s. I looked around online and not only was everything really expensive, and I wasn’t going to pay a lot of money on a coat that I’d only wear for a few months. I was also quite disappointed to only be able to find one long style. While I don’t get to go out much, when I do my legs get very cold sat in my wheelchair. So the extra length is vital for me.
I spotted a grey New Look maternity coat on eBay, new with tags for £30, and I knew I’d be silly to pass it by. I’ve since read that maternity coats make good options when baby wearing, so hopefully I’ll get some good use out of my new maternity coat. It currently looks too big for me, which is why I haven’t got rid of my old navy parker just yet.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Shoes (2 pieces)
In the autumn and winter, knee length boots really are the only option for me. My legs get so cold when I’m out in my wheelchair that I need to do everything possible to keep them as warm as possible. While my navy parker still fits me, I have the option of two boots, both from New Look. One pair in brown, the other in black*. Once my navy parker becomes too tight, I’ll retire my brown boots until next winter and just wear my black boots.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Bags (1 piece)
I feel like my tan bag doesn’t really go with my brown boots, so at the moment I’m only using one bag, my black Nica bag. I love this bag, though it does feel a little small at times. But I’m trying to see this as a good thing. I can’t over fill it and weigh down my wheelchair!
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Daytime PJs (1 set)
This might surprise you, but I’ve decided to include PJs in my maternity capsule wardrobe. Some days, I just don’t have the energy to get dressed, but want to change my PJs to feel comfortable and fresh. I have a great set from Next that my parents-in-law bought me a couple of Christmas’ ago. They’re larger than I need them now that I’ve lost my Gabapentin weight, but this makes them really comfy for my growing baby bump.
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: General Thoughts
I make that 35 pieces in total for my capsule wardrobe, which I’m quite pleased about. I’m not sure whether to count my coats, boots and bag or not. So for now we’ll leave them in.
I can see myself picking up some more basic maternity t-shirts when my bump gets a little bigger. They’re comfy, flattering and not a big financial commitment. I’d also like one or two more cardigans to my capsule wardrobe, particularly really chunky knits like my grey one.
Chunky knit, baggy jumpers are a great options to keeping warm and comfy. They’ll also be great post-pregnancy. I’ve found these particularly great as outfit options for hospital appointments. They’re easy for scans, because they’re loose and, as long as you have something on underneath, if you get hot (like I did in my 20 week scan) you can take your jumper off. Layers are great for managing PoTS. You can never predict the temperature of places you’re going, but you can be ready to strip off if necessary! I’m very happy with the three I have, I don’t feel like I need any more.
I feel like my skirts and trousers category could do with a few more pieces in it. Particularly as my black jeggings are already not looking quite as black as they were when I bought them. I also want to add in a few more dresses. This might be an either or scenario, adding in some more dresses, or some more skirts. It depends what I can find.
I fee like I’m all set for jackets, coats and boots categories. And, although I only have one bag in my maternity capsule wardrobe, I don’t want to buy any more bags. I don’t know what’s going to work best with baby wearing as a wheelchair user, so it’s best for me to wait and see what happens when baby arrives.
I’m going to see how often I wear my daytime PJs and potentially invest in another pair or two.
I have a few other items (mostly shoes) that I can switch in for special occasions. But, the above is what I’m wearing on a regular basis. It’s been really helpful to not have to wade through lots of clothes to find something to wear every day.
Update: I converted to maternity jeggings, which you can read all about in my Converting To Maternity Wear post.
What do you think of my capsule wardrobe? What would you add in?
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