Friday, October 17, 2014

maternity capsule wardrobe: business casual


10/10 - I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant and as a full time Project Manager I've had to figure out how to dress my ever-changing body for the office each day. As I've gotten bigger over the past months I have tried to apply the remixing principles I use to pack for long business trips in my approach to buying new maternity clothes. I tried to focus on the balance between figuring out what I already owned that could be re-used and supplementing those items with smart, basic, versatile pieces of clothing that could be mixed and matched into a large number of work outfit options.

In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
Here is a checklist graphic of all of the pieces in this capsule (this would also be a good checklist for a starter work wardrobe too!):


And finally, here's how I put together my maternity business capsule wardrobe -

The method:
  1. Basics - First step was putting together the basics pieces to lay the foundation for the wardrobe. I tried to choose very basic, very re-wearable clothes. Clothes that I knew I would be wearing over and over so they would need to be simple enough that they coordinated with everything else in the capsule and I didn't get bored if I wore them multiple times a week for weeks on end.

    For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I chose two pairs of maternity pants (bootcut & ankle), two simple tanks, a stretchy pencil skirt and a simple black (non-maternity) suit jacket.




  • Interest - Second, I added interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics in a mix of maternity (dresses & tops) and non-maternity (tops & cardigans) styles. I looked for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that would make the basic pieces more exciting. I tried to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this capsule I tried to stick to pinks, purples & teals in what I hoped were sophisticated prints.

    For this set of interest pieces I picked three maternity dresses, a striped stretchy non-maternity skirt, three non-maternity cardigans, two maternity blouses and one non-maternity blouse.


  • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I added some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves can be worn after pregnancy and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. For shoes in this capsule I just went easy and chose my super comfortable black wedges.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one scarf and one gold watch.  For shoes I picked a basic pair of black wedges.  


  • Hope you enjoyed!! 

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