Finding out that you are pregnant can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming when it comes to figuring out what to wear throughout your pregnancy journey. Creating a maternity capsule wardrobe is the perfect solution. By simplifying your closet you can stay both stylish and comfortable during your pregnancy, while also saving money.
So what is a maternity capsule wardrobe?
Your Maternity Capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few quality, versatile items of clothing. These pieces can easily be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. They are often timeless in style and design and easy to pair with other items in your wardrobe. When you’re pregnant, finding comfortable clothing to see you through to full term can be a real challenge - so it’s important to choose a few select pieces which can grow with you in your maternity capsule.
Pregnancy can be a beautiful and exciting time, but it can also be a time where you feel like your body and wardrobe are out of your control. It’s also important that you do what you can to help you feel good about yourself through this time. Creating a capsule maternity wardrobe is a great place to start!
We’ve put together some tips to help you create your pregnancy wardrobe:
Start with the basics - your every day essentials
Start with a few versatile pieces that can be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond. These might include a pair of maternity jeans, some comfy leggings, a knitted dress and a comfortable t-shirt. Keep it simple and pick items you can dress up, or down.
In addition to the basics, you're going to want to add a few statement pieces to your wardrobe. Consider a few stand-out pieces to layer over your basics, so you can keep playing with your personal style. Or, you may need something new to wear for a special occasion, such as a summer wedding, baby shower, or a family birthday… Investing in a new maxi dress, or winter coat may not feel like a good investment when it will only fit you for a short period of time, so consider renting instead. This way you can experiment with your style, stay on trend and expand your wardrobe in a cost-effective and sustainable way! You could even opt for a rental membership where you can save even more and keep your capsule maternity wardrobe topped up throughout your pregnancy.
Invest in your underwear
It's a good idea to invest in good quality underwear which will help you feel comfortable and supported during pregnancy and beyond. One of the most important items on that list is a good maternity bra. As your body changes, you'll need a bra that provides the right amount of support you need. Look for bras with adjustable straps and wide bands for the best fit, and consider bras which double up as a nursing bra post pregnancy, such as the Bravado Silk Nursing Bra.
Shop smart and curate a wardrobe for motherhood
This is key to creating a successful maternity capsule wardrobe. As pregnancy progresses, your body will change, and so will your wardrobe needs so think ahead! Think about the seasonality and don’t be afraid to buy clothes in silhouettes with room to grow, stretchy/adjustable waistbands, or made of fabrics with plenty of stretch such as cotton or jersey.
Invest in quality clothes which will last, rather than throwaway items. Did you know that 10% of all maternity wear ends up going to landfill? By choosing quality clothes which will see you through pregnancy and postpartum, rather than choosing throwaway fast fashion means you can get more use out of your clothes and avoid contributing more clothing to landfill. You also won't have to worry about buying additional new clothes once your baby arrives.
There are so many ways to shop smart and save during your pregnancy - you can buy preloved, rent one-off items, or even subscribe to a rental membership, where you can get a delivery to your door every month.
Accessories - the little touches to make a big impact
Don't forget about the power of accessorising! From statement jewellery, to layering pieces there are many different ways to use accessories to elevate your wardrobe. Consider a pair of statement earrings, a cosy scarf, or an iconic handbag can make all the difference to your look. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your accessories choices as they can completely transform a simple look!
Stick to neutrals. Keep your essentials simple.
For your everyday basics, it's easy to stick with neutral colours which you can wear with almost everything, such as black, white, grey, or beige. These colours are timeless and so easy to mix and match!
Don't be afraid to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe, it's a way to brighten up your day and make you feel good! You can easily brighten up a neutral pair of trousers or leggings by throwing on a statement knit, such as the Whistles Mara Cardigan, or a jacket like the Summery Copenhagen Hannah Jacket.
Get creative, fashion should still be fun!
Don't be afraid to try new things! A maternity capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to dress the same every day - you should still get creative and enjoy styling yourself during pregnancy! Try to experiment with different clothing combinations and top up your wardrobe with a range of beautiful rentals. You can wear your wardrobe in so many different ways to work with your pregnancy bump.
With a little planning and some smart shopping, you can create a maternity capsule wardrobe that will keep you feeling like yourself throughout your pregnancy. Remember that your body and preferences may change during your pregnancy journey, so be open to adapt your wardrobe as your body and needs change and mix up your look accordingly!
You can check out all pregnancy essentials available to rent at For the Creators here and start building your Maternity Capsule Wardrobe!