A minimalist maternity capsule wardrobe is all about keeping it simple. I like to choose maternity wear that can go through most seasons. Try to think of clothing that will fit the entire pregnancy.
This just so happens to be my third pregnancy so I have learned the hard way that less is more when it comes to maternity clothing.
Get the maternity style you know you will wear, and pick comfort over style! You will thank me later.
Minimalist Maternity Capsule Wardrobe Plan:
The first thing is to start with a plan! Look at all the seasons and what you will be doing while pregnant.
With my first son I worked full-time in an office so of course, I had to have work clothes and casual clothes.
This time around I am a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom. Now I have the luxury of picking clothes that are all casual.
By making a plan it will be easier to see what you really need and find options that will fit your lifestyle.
All the Trimesters
Through trial and error, I have realized it is best to buy maternity clothes that will fit in the third trimester even if you are only in the first trimester.
Usually, your regular clothes will still fit for the first month or so, but after that, it’s time to add some items.
I found that a lot of my flowy dresses and stretchy leggings still fit till about halfway through my pregnancy.
By the second trimester, it is a good idea to invest in some key pieces that will get you through to the final months.
Every pregnant person I have ever known told me they needed at least a few maternity items. To be honest it’s because maternity clothes are just more comfortable for your growing bump.
If this is your first pregnancy my only warning is don’t go overboard and buy too much. When I was pregnant with my first son I definitely bought way too many new clothes for my growing belly.
It’s a great idea to keep in mind that these maternity outfits will only be worn for a year at the most.
Maternity Things you Will Want
- Maternity Leggings – these can be worn around the house, as pjs, to work out in, or with an oversized shirt. (this was by best purchase)
- A Pair of Maternity Jeans – I know some people wear their regular jeans with a belly band, but that is really uncomfortable.
- Maxi Dresses – These are great for the summer months and in most cases can still be worn as a normal dress after pregnancy.
- Long Tanks – These are great under sweaters, as pjs, or as a shirt in summer.
- Little black dress – This is one of those specific pieces that will work all year long and for special occasions.
- Sweater dresses – work well in winter and can be used after pregnancy with a belt.
- Sports Bras or breastfeeding bras are a really good investment that can be used for a long time after.
- Loose-fitting dresses – These can be worn in the summer or in the winter with leggings!
Keep it Simple
Try to remember that you are only pregnant for 9 months. Keep it simple and find things that can be mixed and matched.
I don’t want to invest in a whole new wardrobe that I will have to donate after I give birth.
Everyone is different, but in my situation, I ended up wearing some of my maternity clothing a few months after I gave birth.
It ended up being about a year of wearing this wardrobe, something to keep in mind.
This time around I am working with about a week’s worth of clothing. Around 5 shirts/tanks, 3 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of pants, and 3 dresses.
Everything can be mixed and matched and yes I wear my pants more than one time a week.
Find Things That Go Through All Seasons
To stay as capsule and minimalist as possible I have tried to pick colors that will look good through all the seasons.
Look at when you are going to be the biggest the longest. So for instance I started to really show at the tail-end of summer. Because of that, I am avoiding a lot of extremely summer-colored shirts and going with shirts that will look ok in Fall and Winter.
Even though I am starting with tanks I am keeping in mind that a sweater over a tank will work fine all the way through winter.
By layering your summer capsule wardrobe it could take you through to winter.
Secondhand Minimalist Approach
Look for secondhand maternity clothing. This saves so much money!
On average a pair of shorts is about $30 where I live, but I was able to find some secondhand shorts for $6!
Thrift stores are a great place to find gently used maternity clothing of all styles.
Most secondhand maternity clothing is in excellent condition because people wear it for such a short time.
Some great places to check out online are eBay, and Facebook Market Place plus all the secondhand apps that are out there.
More Than One Pregnancy
If you are planning on being pregnant in the next few years then the good news is you can save all these clothes and you will have your perfect maternity capsule wardrobe.
Which can be worn pregnancy after pregnancy. This will save you a ton of money to reuse your wardrobe.
This is a good thing to think about when buying your clothes. If I knew I was going to use this wardrobe for my next pregnancy I would choose a sustainable brand if possible.
Also choosing organic cotton (when possible) and comfy clothes for my pregnant belly would be a must!
Minimalist Maternity Wardrobe Summer
I am starting with a few pairs of shorts and because of where I live these will be worn all the way through Fall!
Capsule Maternity Shirts
When choosing maternity shirts I kept in mind the color choice and the fact that layers can be added for cooler months.
Imagine an open sweater over a tank and now you are ready for Fall.
Minimalist Pregnancy Capsule Dresses
When it comes to dresses I picked one that will still fit even after I am pregnant and 2 that were more summery.
The idea here is when it gets colder I can add some leggings under them and possibly a bulky sweater over the top.
In this scenario, they will end up looking like a skirt and shirt, giving your capsule wardrobe another look!
Here is an example of a daily relaxed minimalist wardrobe outfit below.
This is what I wear most days when I am working around my house or hanging out.
Great Places to Find Affordable Maternity Clothing:
- Old Navy
- Isabella Oliver
- Thrift stores
Maternity Capsule Wardrobe Video:
In this video, I show you everything that I got and how I intend to wear it.
Baby Bump Capsule Pregnancy Wardrobe Conclusion
Hopefully, this gave you a few ideas on how to make a pregnancy minimalist wardrobe for all seasons.
I like to always keep in mind that this is a wardrobe for a limited time, think about what things you have in your wardrobe that can still be used.
There’s a good chance that this capsule maternity wardrobe will still fit and look great for the first few months postpartum.
Mix and match and have fun!
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