Okay. So I've wanted to build a capsule wardrobe for a while. A long while. But I've had some concern about not having enough to wear. When really? That's all relative. If you have enough versatile pieces you can mix and match countless ways, right?
Well. I didn't see it that way. And then I had to buy maternity clothes and well, having to buy a whole new wardrobe isn't cheap. Let me just say I didn't plan on buying maternity shorts and then I popped and couldn't button mine anymore. So after I got over that hurdle, I decided that my maternity wardrobe would have to be capsule in style. And it had to get me through fall and a good chunk of winter.
With a baby due in early February, well. I don't know what weather to expect. So planning for cold days and coldER days and not so cold days was built in. My thought was to get a good selection of neutral tops - tees, tanks, and long sleeves. I figured I could mix and match them with work appropriate skirts and pants (and leggings), as well as wear them for casual Friday and weekends. But I also wanted SOME color. So a friend gave me a couple long sleeved shirts that are colorful, I bought a bright pink one, and a couple fun and colorful tees, too. I also wanted a good selection of bottoms to mix it up with.
Now in my non-pregnant life I'm not a huge leggings person. I can't find any that make me go "these are comfy." Because well, most leggings seem to have true elastic waists instead of flat waistbands. That being said? I can't get enough of maternity leggings now that I look like I swallowed a cantaloupe whole. And some flat waistband leggings are totally on the "to find and buy" list for after Little Man arrives. Because I have three pairs of maternity leggings and they are literally all I want to wear.
I also picked up a couple maxi skirts, and a pencil skirt, all to help get me through the work week, a couple showers, a wedding, and the holidays. Mixed with some neutral tops and bright accessories? I'm golden for anything. Of course I have some jeans because it's almost winter. And a pair of slacks for the days I don't want to wear a skirt. And I managed to find a kick ass wrap dress at the gap on sale that I loved so much I bought two - one black, one slate blue. The bonus? They'll work for nursing once the baby is here.
Throw in a couple tunics and I'm set, maternity clothing wise. Counting shoes I have about 38 items in the basics, and I'm mixing it all up with cardigans, scarves, and other accessories I already had in my closet. My goal was to be comfortable and cute, and I think I'm managing that pretty well. I just hope that in 17 weeks I can still say that. For now? I'm just loving the dresses, skirts, and yes, the full panel pant.