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Creating my Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

Creating my Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

I‘m not a big fan of buying new clothes; I used to be! I used to love buying a new outfit… but somewhere between the age of 16 and 22 I lost my passion for purchasing clothes and it’s become more of a chore… So having to buy maternity clothes has been a really fun process (not!) 🙈 Needless to say though, I have had to suck it up and purchase some new clothes to fit my newly fat belly – but there’s no way I’m going to spend more than I have to or buy more than I need!

Creating a Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

Since learning about the effect that fast fashion has on our environment throughout researching my Fast Fashion series, I’ve realized that having less and purchasing used is a more ethical and sustainable way to build a wardrobe.

Psst! Check out my Fast Fashion Series Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.

I’ve made it my mission to buy as little as possible and for what I do buy, try and get it used or from a sustainable retailer. Today we’re just going to focus on what I think you need if you’re pregnant from Spring to late Autumn. Obviously the season and the climate of where you live will definitely change what you need. I’ve been really lucky that I can pretty much live in long dresses throughout most of my pregnancy!


Use what you have for as long as you can!

It’s important to make use of the clothes you already have and be creative with how you wear them – for instance I was able to turn a few of my long dresses into maternity dresses (because they stretch) and even wear a few of my skirts for a while. For my pants, I used an elastic band to close them until I could no longer keep the zippers done up on them.

I’m into my third trimester now and only really started needing maternity pants since 2/3 of my way through my second trimester. Each pregnancy will be different, but I hope this provides an outline/ starting point!

Maternity Capsule Wardrobe Basics from Spring to Late Autumn

In total, I’ve only added fourteen items of maternity clothing for my pregnancy. For Spring to Late Autumn.





Maternity DressesTwoBlack + White Dress (New) and Black Nursing Dress (Used)
Maternity SkirtOneHerringbone Pattern Skirt (Used)
Maternity PantsFourLegging (New), Capris (New/Gift), Casual (Used) and Black Dress Pant (Used)
Maternity ShirtsTwoWhite Tank (New/Gift) and Blue Sleeveless Top
Maternity Long Sleeve ShirtsFiveBlack (New), Striped (New), Red (Used), Green (Used), Pink Patterned (New.)

As you can see I was gifted a couple items, bought some new and used. I’m going to write a post about how to find sustainable/ ethical maternity clothes on a budget soon!

Cardigans and Blazers are your best friend if you’re still working!

I have been absolutely loving cardigans and blazers – not only because the weather is starting to cool down, but because it allows you to wear stretchy tank tops that you already own to work during your pregnancy (I work in a business casual environment.) Unfortunately, I cannot walk into work wearing yoga pants and running shoes.

Maternity pants are especially helpful because they often have a large part of stretchy fabric at the top of the waist to help cover your growing belly. This helps to extend the life of your t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts as well. So if you’re going to invest in something right off the bat, I would go for a couple pairs of maternity leggings or pants.

Tailor your maternity capsule wardrobe to your lifestyle, but start small!

Providing you do laundry regularly, you really don’t need to have more than four or five pairs of pants (unless you’re someone who is especially clumsy or hates to re-wear things!) Shirts are something I wear once and then wash – so I have more of those to help get through the week before laundry day. And dresses are fantastic during the summer/ early autumn because they’re super comfortable and airy.

Certain basics like white and black shirts can be really helpful staples as well because they can go with absolutely anything. Same goes for black/grey pants – you’re not going to have any trouble finding a top to match with those. Luckily, a lot of maternity retailers sell pretty versatile items like that… It’s just a matter of finding a maternity store that isn’t ridiculously overpriced!

Finding somewhat attractive maternity clothes is a real battle, but I promise you it’s totally possible! If someone who loathes clothes shopping can find clothes, so can you!

What’s a staple item in your wardrobe?

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