Friday, 8 April 2016

Pregnancy Capsule Wardrobe: 22 Items for Third Trimester Maternity Wear

Dressing in pregnancy is a fun challenge as the baby bump grows and changes every day! In order to simplify things this time around, I implemented a third trimester capsule wardrobe.


Why I Made a Pregnancy Capsule Wardrobe:

  • I've never tried a capsule wardrobe before (unless you count living out a suitcase for travel).
  • The baby bump was outgrowing my current wardrobe faster than I anticipated this time around.
  • I didn't have the luxury of time that I had in my first pregnancy to try on lots of outfit options each night and find things that still fit. (Or I didn't have the energy to do so after spending time with my toddler!)
  • The summer heat and humidity (that continued well into autumn in Brisbane) left me less inspired to try new things.
  • I had lots of great maternity pieces I wanted to wear as much as possible to make sure I got my money's worth.


Third Trimester Capsule Wardrobe in Video Form:

Below is a video covering the pieces in my capsule wardrobe, how I wore them, and my general thoughts about the experience.




The 22 Items In My Pregnancy Capsule Wardrobe:









A Few Notes On My 22 Items:


I didn't include accessories (scarves or bags or shoes) in this count. I also didn't include 'completer' pieces like my printed kimonos or blazers. I freely grabbed these from my wardrobe as and when I wanted them.

The pieces included were suitable for my part time office job, as well as being perfect for a stay at home mum the rest of the week.

Not everything was a maternity piece, I used pieces from my regular non-maternity wardrobe too.

There were a few times at the start of the third trimester where I wore pieces that weren't included in the capsule, but after realising they were getting uncomfortable I stuck to my capsule wardrobe for the majority of the time.

The 22 items I had were great over summer (and multiple heatwaves!), but would need to be changed for cooler weather. Simple things like swapping the maternity denim shorts for jeans instead, and some long sleeved tops and fewer tanks.


Outfit Combinations from a Pregnancy Capsule Wardrobe:


Some photos of my favourite third trimester outfits from my capsule wardrobe to give you an idea of how I wore all the pieces in the third trimester. Not an exhaustive list, as 3 months worth of daily outfit photos would be a pretty big post! You can see all the outfits I wore in the third trimester here.


AwayFromTheBlue | 3rd Trimester Capsule Wardrobe Office Wear Work Outfits

AwayFromBlue | Third Trimester Capsule Wardrobe Maternity Denim Outfits

AwayFromBlue | Third Trimester Capsule Wardrobe Casual SAHM Outfits 01


For my first capsule wardrobe experience, it was pretty fun, and I hope that it gives you some ideas or inspiration to try your own capsule wardrobe if you've often thought about it too.



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51 comments:

  1. I don't think i could do a capsule wardrobe on a daily basis, but had less than 22 items for my third trimester. But then again I just don't care that much about fashion, which is why I didnt mind wearing the same things day in and day out without much change.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I was surprised by how many outfits I made out of the 22 items! I was still coming up with new combinations in my final week, so you definitely don't need that many :)

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  2. that is a great idea to do a capsule wardrobe for pregnancy!! i haven't heard of that before. love that idea!

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    1. It made pregnancy dressing so much easier! :)

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  3. You look gorgeous!! You definitely know how to dress well when pregnant!

    Darriyan xx | www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

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  4. This was such a smart idea to do a capsule wardrobe for your third trimester! You came up with so many creative combinations too. I'm going to have to save this for future reference, because I loved wearing a lot of skirts and dresses when I was pregnant too. They're the most comfortable!

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    1. Yes I found skirts and dresses the most forgiving all the way through my pregnancies! I am pleased I gave the capsule wardrobe a try, it worked really well for me :)

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  5. What a great round up! I love the jean shorts and the wrap dresses! Everything's so versatile!

    Becky
    www.bybmgblog.com

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  6. Great collection of items, and I think wrap dresses are very versatile for women in general. My sister like you also incorporated non-maternity pieces. :)
    Pistachio Cake

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    1. Best way to do it I think! The more non-maternity pieces you have the more you can rewear later :)

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  7. Wow, this is such an incredibly helpful post, Mica! This provides so many great ideas for preparing one's wardrobe to dress the bump ahead of time, taking the fuss and frustration out of the whole process. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have an amazing weekend!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Glad you found it helpful Jalisa! :)

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  8. What a great post. You did such a good job staying pregnancy chic!

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  9. This is a great idea and I love the pieces you've chosen. Casual and comfy yet stylish and chic at the same time. :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  10. Even if things didn't go "exactly" according to plan, you were super organized! Great putting a voice to the photos too in the video! XO
    Lauren-Blair
    www.prefertobedemure.com

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  11. You know there has been a surge of capsule anything in the tube currently. I have watched a few of them titled capsule wardrobe but I reckon yours is by far the most practical and realistic kind! Thank you for the inspiration and I am looking forward to see more and more of this type of fashion related and closet themed videos :) enjoy your time off with all the little princess you have at your house :)

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :) I'd been reading a lot about capsule wardrobes lately too that encouraged me to give it a go! :)

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  12. What a great round up! And I love the pieces that you picked here!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  13. Great capsule, your pregnancy fashion is very chic!
    xx Falasha
    Bite My Fashion ll Instagram ll Bloglovin'

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  14. Amazing outfits on you!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  15. What a clever idea to make a pregnancy capsule wardrobe! I need to send this along to several of my friends who are expecting!


    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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    1. Thank you! Hope your friends find it helpful :)

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  16. This is such a helpful post and a great idea!!! You did an awesome job rotating looks and I give you major credit for all of the style posts you kept up with during your last trimester!! Hope you and your new baby are doing well!!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today's Post: Jag Jeans Style Series: Girl's Night Out

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  17. Youve looked so chic during your third trimester! Making a capsule wardrobe is such a great idea!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  18. A capsule wardrobe is such a great idea, I wish I could sit and force myself to do one as I could definitely do with space and I just do not need all those clothes! I love how you've managed to make each piece contribute and look completely different!

    Musings & More

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    1. Yes I'd been thinking about it for a while, pregnancy was a great time to try as my options for what to wear were pretty limited already, haha!

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  19. so good!! i like that idea!! such a comprehensive post!

    Have a great weekend!
    Animated Confessions

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  20. A capsule wardrobe is such an ace idea and I loved how you made it work for you mixing and matching in so many different ways! That skeleton tee was my far and away favourite though!

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    1. It is a very fun tee! I enjoyed wearing it :)

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  21. You make pregnancy look so good! Thanks for all the ideas, if I'm ever pregnant I will make sure to come straight to your blog so I can look as amazing as you x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

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  22. Love to see all your looks in one place! Those wrap dresses have got to be my favorite!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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  23. Great job working from a capsule wardrobe to rock that third trimester style! I think I also had one out of necessity in a "whatever fits" situation, I definitely rewore combos a lot more than I did when not pregnant.

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    1. I think pregnancy is the perfect time to rewear more than usual - just wear whatever fits! I was lucky to have a lot to choose from :)

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  24. This is such a detailed post! I love that teal top you wear, paired with the floral jacket!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  25. You look fab in all the outfits! You wear your baby well :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. I'm trying to put a capsule wardrobe together. I still have to pair down. Mica, I think you did a fantastic job mixing & matching items. They all worked and looked great on you. Sometimes you don't need a lot of things! So good for you!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I think downsizing my regular wardrobe into more of a capsule is next for me too....but we will wait a while before I attempt that! Good luck with your capsule!

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  27. It would be so hard to limit your accessories! That's what helps you make so many different combos haha!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. It would be, especially for me, I love my accessories! ;)

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  28. I think its a great idea to put together wardrobe capsules, I do for travel all the time. I think that for pregnancy it's even better although more challenging for the last months. You certainly proved it can be done.

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    1. I wish I had travel packing down better, would have made capsule wardrobe planning easier!

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  29. Such a great idea! Love this post!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  30. What a great 3rd trimester pregnancy capsule wardrobe! I had a chuckle when I saw your photo wearing the skeleton tshirt - I love it! I would have loved a twin version of that when I was pregnant with my twins!

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    1. It is such a fun tee, I'm so glad I got to wear it again! :)

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  31. I had no choice but to have a capsule wardrobe when I was pregnant. I just ran out of clothing options!

    You looked just lovely. This shows the power of fitted clothing, hey!

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    1. It is crazy how quickly the choices whittle down!

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  32. I had no idea you did a capsule wardrobe during this pregnancy, which is great because it showed how versatile each piece was and you made all 22 pieces work and that's so few! You are adorable in the video too, by the way.

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised how many 'new' outfits I seemed to be able to come up wit with so few items! Definitely makes me rethink my overflowing wardrobe...

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  33. Thank you all for your kind comments! :)

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