On Wearing a Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

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Howdy! Have you heard about the “capsule wardrobe (Project 333)“? The idea of wearing only a small collection of basic, classic, interchangeable essentials is taking the web by storm. Also related is the more restrictive personal uniformβ€”wearing exactly the same thing every day. Many high profile, highly influential people are said to use a personal uniform or capsule wardrobe with the intention of saving brain energy for truly important decisions.

The idea of a truly minimalistic closet by way of capsule wardrobe or personal uniform is great because it takes up less space, is economical and generally leaves more energy and attention for significant things in life. That’s minimalism at its heartβ€”forgoing unnecessary items and steps and focusing on relationships, hobbies, goals, callings, whatever is most important to your heart.

The idea of a truly minimalistic closet by way of capsule wardrobe or personal uniform is great because it takes up less space, is economical and generally leaves more energy and attention for significant things in life.

So naturally I’ve been interested.

Pregnancy is a perfect time to practice a maternity capsule wardrobe because the clothes are only worn for about a year. You don’t want to purchase many new items for such a short stint. Also the styles, cuts and variety are limited.

Now that I’m very near the end of this fourth pregnancy I have no choice but to practice a capsule wardrobe. Because NOTHING FITS. πŸ™‚ Most of my outfits are based off of a denim/black/white scheme with pops of color added through jewelery or cardigans. If I’m staying at home, I’m wearing leggings or yoga pants and a tank top. If I’m leaving the house, I’m wearing jeans or a black skirt paired with a chambray or black or white top. I generally look like this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Or this: (Yes, there’s that tank top AGAIN. It’s really all I wear.)

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I really thought I would grow bored with a capsule wardrobe since I enjoy dressing to my mood and the season. I love colors. I love different prints. I truly like variety, and I am not one of those people who looks generally the same every day.

So far however, wearing a maternity capsule wardrobe hasn’t been unpleasant. I pull in pops of color and patterns with accessories. Since I’m only wearing the items that truly do fit me, most of the pieces I put on make me feel as confident as one can a few weeks out from delivering a baby. (Which, as many of you know, is not saying much.) πŸ˜‰

Now that I know I am capable of enjoying a more limited closet, I have one take-away from this experiment. I am not a big fan of the color black. If I do choose to build a capsule wardrobe, I will build it around a more grey-brown-navy-white scheme which suits me much better.

Oh. And here’s a bit of Caveman humor for you… He thinks he’s hilarious:

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Do you use a capsule wardrobe? Or a personal uniform?

Do you ever get bored with your clothes?

Do you find that you truly have more energy or brain power for more important decisions?

Any hints or tips or thoughts to share with everyone?

Comment below and share your wisdom with the world. πŸ™‚

 

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27 Comments
  • Jesse May
    May 26, 2015

    I became fascinated by the idea of a capsule wardrobe during my recent pregnancy, so just like you said, it was an easy way to try it out. I want to laugh every time I remember a little girl at my church coming up to me a couple weeks ago innocently asking, “Why do you wear the same dress every Sunday?” I assured her I’d wear some different dresses after having my baby…but personally, I’m loving the simplicity of a capsule wardrobe and look forward to tailoring it to my ideal style over the next year. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      May 26, 2015

      My thoughts exactly. πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re settling well into life with your new #3!

  • Jane Sasser
    May 26, 2015

    I suspect that when I retire, I am going to wear jeans and t-shirts or polo shirts every day. Grandma Rennich used to say about details, “I can’t be bothered with that.” The older I get, the righter that feels. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      May 26, 2015

      Haha. I love that! You really can’t ever go wrong with jeans and a t-shirt. πŸ™‚

  • Mandy
    May 26, 2015

    I understand why people like this concept for simplicity etc but I Love clothes! Colors, textures, fabrics and line – different colors and outfits for different days. Accessories! Now, I do have the cardigan or jacket in winter that goes over everything cuz I get cold easily – but the capsule wardrobe just doesn’t fit me at this point in life. I want to feel pretty, look good and find my own style. It’s fun and thankfully there’s a good used clothing store just down the road to help with budget constraints. But if others want it and need it, great! Pregnancy is a difficult cuz you just keep growing! So yea, a few basic interchangeable pieces are a necessity at this point for you – and you’re looking great!

    • Evelyn
      May 26, 2015

      Thank you Mandy. πŸ™‚ Love your thoughts!

  • Haley
    May 26, 2015

    I’ve never set it all out and intentionally planned the capsule, but I essentially have a capsule wardrobe. I don’t really care about clothes and only see a handful of people at work every day, so I have a work ‘uniform’. I have a couple sets of pants, v-necks, and open cardigans all in different colors (mostly black and gray) and mix it up with a variety of scarves. My biggest tip is to invest in the quality pieces. I have a pair of gap jeans that I’ve worn at least two times a week for almost 3 years and they’re just nearing the end of their life… I can’t remember how much I paid for them, but if I paid like $70 for them, that would boil down to $0.23 per wear. Thinking of clothes that way always makes me feel better about buying the nicer expensive stuff.

    • Evelyn
      May 26, 2015

      Thanks Haley! I am also a HUGE fan of scarves. I wear them 24/7 in the winter and miss them in the summer. πŸ˜‰ Wow, I never thought about doing the math to justify quality items. Great tip!!

  • Jaime L
    May 26, 2015

    I love, love, LOVE this post! I’m fascinated by the capsule wardrobe idea as I’ve recently felt I have too many things – and most of them I don’t wear anyway! And can I just say – you are the cutest preggo EVER!! Seriously.. The photos literally made me giggle out loud πŸ˜€

    • Evelyn
      May 27, 2015

      Hahah. Glad you liked it/made you think. πŸ™‚ No… YOU were the cutest preggo ever.

  • Rebecca
    May 30, 2015

    i went through my last oregnancy with a capsule wardrobe without any forethought. Once I realized what I had done, lived for 4 months with 3 pants, one dress, a cardigan and About 6 shirts I was sold! Not that I’m a mom of an 11 month old I really prefer the capsule wardrobe. It’s so easy to get dressed. Everything I own fits and looks good together. I love it.

    • Evelyn
      May 30, 2015

      Rebecca, that sounds great! I love your perspective. … and yeah, the ease certainly helps Mommies. πŸ™‚

  • Ellie
    May 31, 2015

    Finding the right maternity clothes is tricky! I have a few pieces from each pregnancy that have stood the test of seasons and a growing belly, so maybe that’s my capsule. I have this one Gap maternity dress – heavy navy jersey with a collar, falls just below the knee. It’s looked good at every stage, seems to minimize my belly while not looking like a tent, and is appropriate for so many occasions! I just wore it to a funeral and was SO thankful I had something appropriate. Since our weather is too hot for cardigans I’ve tried to add interest by doing my hair different ways, big statement jewelry, and rotating a couple pairs of flats in fun patterns. A sparkly gold flat and a multi-color floral flat have both been surprisingly versatile (thank you, Target).

    You are super cute, Evie!!! So excited for you all!

    • Evelyn
      May 31, 2015

      Thanks Ellie! I loved how you highlighted hair and shoes as ways to spice up the capsule. Great thoughts! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  • SarahW
    May 31, 2015

    You look so gorgeous! I’m jealous of your confidence-I would like some of that πŸ™‚

    I have absolutely no wisdom on this subject, but give me a couple years, and maybe I’ll have something of use to add πŸ˜‰

    And I do think Caveman is hilarious.

    • Evelyn
      May 31, 2015

      πŸ™‚ Your comment makes me so happy!!!!! Oh, and the “confidence” you perceive is nothing but “Oh well. This is how I look right now and someday I might be skinnyish again but it’s for the good of the community.” Or something like that. Whatever. Hah. Caveman is hilarious. With this pregnancy, he is totally pulling out all the jokes and jabs that would have sent me into tears with the first. And second. And maybe third pregnancy. πŸ˜‰ Love you!!!

  • Katie O'Brien
    June 17, 2015

    I’ve definitely embraced this idea while pregnant! I nearing the end of my second pregnancy and it’s all about being comfortable for me… especially because it’s typically around 90+ degrees outside! But on top of the comfort factor I make sure I feel great in the clothes I wear, too, not frumpy and unattractive.

    I rotate the same sundresses and have a few staple tanks and skirts. I like the dresses best because they help minimize the amount of laundry, too!

    I look forward to continuing to adopt this idea as I begin to shrink post-baby and revisit my wardrobe πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      Hi Katie! I’m also SOOOO looking forward to figuring out my “normal size” wardrobe. I think we’ve both probably been marked by our capsules during pregnancy and want to build our normal closets around the same idea. Hooray for that! πŸ™‚

  • Fiki Firmansyah
    June 17, 2015

    Personal uniform just works perfecly to me. Steve jobs and Mark zuchkenberg too.
    you must be read a books called “Paradox of Choises”. its awesome.

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      Thanks for the book tip! I’ll add it to my reading list… πŸ™‚

  • Linda Sand
    June 17, 2015

    As a retiree my needs are very different but I am into uniform. I recently discovered yoga pants and how comfortable they are. I wear shawl-collared long-sleeve t-shirts with them (everything is air-conditioned around here so I need warmth even in summer). It is wonderful to not have to decide what to wear every morning. I’m so comfortable I feel like I’m spending my days in pajamas. I change my jackets/scarves/jewelry when I need variety. I think packing for my next trip will be the easiest I’ve ever done.

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      Now that’s something I can’t argue with. πŸ™‚ I could definitely sign up for wearing yoga pants everywhere if I could get away with it! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah Esh
    June 17, 2015

    With my first pregnancy I basically had a capsule wardrobe, but it wasn’t intentional, leaving me feeling less-than-put-together. I become focused after my baby was born and put together a capsule wardrobe as I was replacing pieces that had worn out. Now I’m excited to go into pregnancy again, and actually embrace the challenge of dressing a baby bump and looking stylish while doing it.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah
    sarahesh.com

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      That’s great, Sarah! You have a jump-start on it since you’re building your preggo capsule wardrobe from the beginning. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      June 17, 2015

      … your blog is adorable. πŸ™‚ Glad to have you here!

  • FΓ‘tima Teixeira
    March 7, 2016

    Hey Eve!
    I always wanted to try a capsule wardrobe, but I have so many different events, that would be impossible for me. I workout, I like to be soft when I am at home cleaning or working, I have a lot of concerts as a professional pianist, I need to be professional when I am teaching… so I thought it would be impossible according to my lifestyle. But guess!!! I am pregnant πŸ™‚ And everything (activities) is reduced. I don’t need too much clothes, as you said, it is a short period of time!
    So I will be trying a pregnant capsule wardrobe….Thank you so much for your inspiration!!!

    And welcome you to my simple living and minimalism blog in Portuguese:
    http://www.musicacomcafe.net

    Greetings!

    • Evelyn
      March 11, 2016

      Congrats on the baby coming!! Yes, I loved the capsule for while I was pregnant. I’m just starting to get back to a “normal” size, so now I’m trying to figure how to create a new, regular capsule. Your blog is so nice; I wish I could read Portuguese to understand it! πŸ™‚

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