Editor’s note: The gorgeous Jasmine Hunt from Pretty Chuffed had her second baby late last year and is on the blog with tips on creating an affordable capsule maternity wardrobe.
Ahh, maternity wear. Whilst you might only be pregnant for nine (well, technically ten) months of your life, it can arguably be the most challenging, wardrobe-wise. Firstly, you have the initial ‘hide the belly’ stage if you’re keeping the pregnancy under wraps; then you have the ‘oh I have such a cute belly’ stage, then there is the final ‘nothing fits and if I have to wear this maternity dress one more time I’ll burn it’ stage.
There is also the added complications of changing seasons and the fact that you usually don’t want to spend too much money on clothes you’re only going to wear for a few months – yet the items will be worn many times over those few months. Throw all that in together and you’ve got a tricky situation!
Despite this, I’m here to show you that an affordable winter maternity wardrobe is achievable, and today I’m showing you how to put together a simple ‘this goes with that’ capsule wardrobe. This 15-piece collection will last you all pregnancy and beyond, as many of the items are also nursing-friendly and/or will accommodate a post-baby belly.
This wardrobe is made for layering. I purposefully did not include heavy, winter-only items as you want to get as much wear out of your maternity items as possible, and all of these items can easily be worn in spring/summer too. In addition, the outerwear items (the cardigan and vest) are not maternity-specific so can be worn post-pregnancy too.
If you’re in a cooler part of the world, you may need to add in a heavier coat, and potentially some maternity opaque tights, however I’ve been pregnant through two winters and I’ve found the little heater I had in my belly more than enough to keep me warm without the need for too many woolies!
If you are feeling the chill, however, you could always add a maternity singlet underneath any of these outfits (try Target, Kmart and Bonds for affordable options) which will also provide extra coverage for the belly.
Black, white and grey is an easy option for a capsule wardrobe, and I think for maternity wear it makes sense. Classic black is comfortable, flattering and can be worn for dressier occasions as well as casual. It’s also flattering for those days when you’re feeling more bloat belly than cute belly.
I’ve softened the overall look with a touch of soft grey and beige, which is right on trend this season. The scarf, sunglasses and necklace all bring a lighter touch to the heavier outfits and can also be worn in warmer seasons.
Navy, white and denim are no-brainer additions to the wardrobe and I specifically love the denim dress as it can be worn as a dress, a tunic over pants or worn open as a trench coat. I would even wear it post-pregnancy as it would work well for nursing, too.
I’ve kept the shoes comfortable, however if your doctor has said strictly flats only (it happened to me – sad face!) you might want to swap out the ankle boot for a little flat boot or a pair of cute brogues in a metallic or tan.
2. New Look maternity black top $20
5. Target maternity midi dress $29
6. New Look maternity jeans $50
7. Topshop maternity leggings $24
8. New Look waterfall cardigan $30
9. Little Party Dress Uptown black vest $69.95
10. Rubi Shoes boots $69.95
11. Novo ankle boots $79.95
12. Seed Amber sneaker $59.95
13. Sportsgirl sunglasses $39.95
14. Sportsgirl necklace $29.95
15. Seed tassel scarf $49.95
For some ideas, here are just six of the many possible outfit combinations:
1 + 9 + 7 + 10 + 15
1 + 6 + 12 + 15
1 + 6 + 11 + 13
1 + 7 + 8 + 10 + 15
2 + 6 + 11 + 13
2 + 7 + 3 + 15
3 + 8 + 10 + 14
3 + 5 + 11 + 15
3 + 7 + 9 + 10
3 + 12 + 15
3 + 10 + 15
3 + 6 + 12
4 + 12 + 13 + 15
4 + 5 + 10
4 + 9 + 10 + 14
4 + 11 + 14
5 + 7 + 8 + 10
5 + 8 + 11 + 14
5 + 3 + 12 + 15
Have you ever tried putting together a capsule wardrobe? What were your go-to clothing items while pregnant?
Jasmine Hunt is a Brisbane-based clothes lover, style blogger, mother, wife and professional window shopper who loves to find the latest trends on a bargain and shares them on her blog Pretty Chuffed www.prettychuffed.com.au. Pretty Chuffed is a blog that aims to share the fun, the fashionable and the affordable, because you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look and feel great. Jasmine posts what she is wearing every day on her Instagram account @PrettyChuffed.