Pregnancy Style

Pregnancy Style: My (completely unintentional) pregnancy capsule wardrobe

How I ended up with a capsule wardrobe for this third pregnancy.

I blogged about capsule wardrobes in the past and how after my experiment I decided it wasn’t really for me. However, I’ve ended up with a somewhat pregnancy capsule wardrobe the last few weeks.

This is mainly due to me knowing that this would be my last pregnancy and I really didn’t want to invest in any maternity clothing that I wouldn’t wear afterwards. I had plenty of clothes I already loved in my existing wardrobe and didn’t want to add unnecessary bulk to my closet. I did buy a few stretchy pieces to help accommodate growing bump – purchased primarily second hand – but these weren’t strictly maternity pieces. They were either oversized or a nice stretchy jersey that would bounce back after washing and could be easily worn post-partum.

What I seemed to forget was how big I would grow. For example, the French Connection skirt and Sportsgirl dress that I blogged about previously have already gotten too small to wear, but I’m hoping to squeeze into them post-pregnancy. I’m pretty much now down to about 25 pieces of clothing that actually fit me properly. Some of these (like my beloved Cecilie Copenhagen dress and tops) may not even fit as I get closer to D-day, so it’s likely I’ll have even less towards the end of the pregnancy.

The 25 pieces are a combination of items from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and some bought especially for this pregnancy. For example, this T by Alexander Wang tank was bought at the post-Christmas sale last year and was already oversized then, so it perfect to wear while pregnant.

These second hand Bassike pants (worn here and here) have been by staple pants for the last 29 weeks. I normally wear them higher on my waist to tone down the drop crotch effect but lately I’ve been wearing these below the bump so the crotch does look a bit more droppy.

Thankfully my feet haven’t changed too much during pregnancy and these were really the only things that fit true to size for me. I bought the Birkenstocks during my holiday in Perth, 1) because I really wanted them and 2) because clothes shopping was a bit depressing.

While having 25 items of clothing does make dressing a little easier, I’m getting a little tired of seeing the same old same old every day… and I look my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and say to myself “soon, my pretties, soon.”

Top: T by Alexander Wang (similar) | Pants: Bassike (similar) | Sandals: Birkenstock | Bag: vintage from Surry Hills Markets | Watch: Tag Heuer | Cuff: Alexander McQueen

If you’re curious about what my 25 piece pregnancy capsule wardrobe looks like, I’ve listed it below and links to either blog or Insta posts on how I wore them during pregnancy.

  1. T by Alexander Wang striped tee as above
  2. The Upside grey muscle tank (buy it here)
  3. Ragdoll LA khaki tank
  4. Wool and the Gang Stripy Coco Mariniere top
  5. Sportsgirl mustard swing top
  6. Ben Sherman navy open knit blouse
  7. Sass and Bide black tee
  8. COS white button up shirt
  9. Bassike striped tank (buy it here)
  10. Cecilie Copenhagen O long sleeved top
  11. Cecilie Copenhagen V long sleeved top
  12. Bassike grey stripe dress (similar)
  13. Bassike navy blue long sleeve dress
  14. Thrifted black sleeveless dress
  15. Sportsgirl orange and white printed dress
  16. Cecilie Copenhagen O dress
  17. ASOS maternity dress
  18. Metalicus black dress
  19. Zara striped culottes
  20. Assembly Label drawstring shorts
  21. Next UK white linen shorts
  22. Cecilie Copenhagen shorts
  23. Bassike black drop crotch pants as above
  24. Sportsgirl khaki drop crotch pants
  25. Topshop Jamie maternity jeans (buy it here)


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11 thoughts on “Pregnancy Style: My (completely unintentional) pregnancy capsule wardrobe

  1. I love this post! (And I really like your outfit!) I made myself a capsule wardrobe for the third trimester last time too. You need an area of your wardrobe you can keep going to and be assured everything will still fit, as those second trimester emotional ‘nothing fits’ moments are best avoided in the third trimester when emotions are even higher I found, haha! I had fun putting mine together but I can see stumbling into it too. It does make pregnancy dressing even simpler, even if it starts getting a little boring near the end!

    Hope that you are having a good week so far!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Aw thanks Mica 🙂 Tell me about those third trimester emotions. I’m on a rollercoaster at the moment. Clothes that aren’t fitting properly, not feeling really “me”, kids driving me mad… why did I decide to get pregnant again? 😛

  2. I love the idea of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ and yours is very stylish yet very practical. Do you think some Pregnancy Jewelry may be of benefit? – maybe take a look at my blog which has heaps of articles and information about Chiming Pregnancy Necklaces, or Harmony Balls and their benefits during and AFTER pregnancy – you may find something that would go well in your capsule wardrobe 🙂

    Harmony Ball

  3. Great post! Your capsule wardrobe seems very chic and sensible! I love birkenstocks but find that they can be difficult to order online without trying them on. I have compared my shoe size to the Birkenstock size chart and that has helped a lot!

    Great job on the post

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