How I ended up with a capsule wardrobe for this third pregnancy.
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.”
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.
- T by Alexander Wang striped tee as above
- The Upside grey muscle tank (buy it here)
- Ragdoll LA khaki tank
- Wool and the Gang Stripy Coco Mariniere top
- Sportsgirl mustard swing top
- Ben Sherman navy open knit blouse
- Sass and Bide black tee
- COS white button up shirt
- Bassike striped tank (buy it here)
- Cecilie Copenhagen O long sleeved top
- Cecilie Copenhagen V long sleeved top
- Bassike grey stripe dress (similar)
- Bassike navy blue long sleeve dress
- Thrifted black sleeveless dress
- Sportsgirl orange and white printed dress
- Cecilie Copenhagen O dress
- ASOS maternity dress
- Metalicus black dress
- Zara striped culottes
- Assembly Label drawstring shorts
- Next UK white linen shorts
- Cecilie Copenhagen shorts
- Bassike black drop crotch pants as above
- Sportsgirl khaki drop crotch pants
- Topshop Jamie maternity jeans (buy it here)