Building a Postpartum Capsule Wardrobe Spring

/
0 Comments
It's time to build a capsule wardrobe now that I'm out of maternity clothes. Since I'm new to the capsule game, I came up with a few guidelines to remember as I shop.

Spring 2016 Postpartum Capsule Wardrobe Guidelines 

1. All tops must be breastfeeding friendly. This basically relegates my option of tops to v-necks, drapey tops and button downs.

2. Buy at least one investment piece for the 3 month time frame. Due to planned postpartum weight loss, the investment pieces for April-June must be shoes, handbags or accessories.

3. Any dresses, tops or bottoms must be inexpensive fast fashion as I plan on dropping significant weight and most items will not be used for long.

4. Pick at least 2 items that are on trend and wearable for the season. My trend picks tend to run preppy classic. From Elle, white shirts, pleats, and blown out checks/plaids. From Marie Claire, graphic stripes. From Glamour, maxi dresses, lemon colors and prints, rocket prints, and Americana.

5. The budget for April is $300.


Shopping Notes

It was relatively difficult to find tops that met my breastfeeding needs while having different styles. I also have a large wardrobe that fits right now that will hopefully be too large within the next 3 months so I want to wear those clothes before my next smaller sized capsule round in July-August-September. I'm also going to be on maternity leave for the next 3 months so I don't need a huge wardrobe upgrade like I will when I go back to work. As a result, I ended up just buying a few things I really loved.  


Investment Pieces: 2 pairs of J Crew Cece Italian leather ballet flats. 

After going back and forth about whether or not to buy a pair of Tory Burch Revas or Tieks, I went back to my old favorite standby in ballet flats: the J Crew Ceces. After a bad run of poorly made Ceces, J Crew finally went back to the original design and manufacturing in Italy. I jumped at the chance when the $75 off of any $250 purchase promo came up. Actually, they run a 30% off promo all the time. These are inexpensive as investment pieces go but I know they'll last me year after year based on experience.

J Crew Cece Italian Leather Flats in Black: $128 or $98.50 after discount code.

J Crew Cece Italian Leather Flats in Burnt Sienna: $128 or $98.50 after discount code.

On Trend Fast Fashion: H&M tops and Fabletics gear.

After reviewing the trends for Spring/Summer 2016 from a handful of my favorite magazines, I decided on picking up a blown out plaid shirt in Americana colors and a graphic stripe tank. I also purchased a blue and white athletic outfit from Fabletics, which is reminiscent of softball, another nod to Americana. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the purchase so it is not pictured here but there is a link to a my review below.

H&M Blown Out Plaid Shirt: $24.99

H&M Graphic Stripe Tank: $7.99

Not pictured: Fabletics Cyclone Gear. $15.

Carry Overs From My Wardrobe. 

Along with packing up all my maternity clothes, I have culled my wardrobe down to the following items for the capsule.

Tops (13):  Chambray top, navy drape top, white linen pullover, ivory v-neck, white v-neck t-shirt, black v-neck t-shirt, grey v-neck t-shirt, lace mesh shell, gold cardigan, camel cardigan, black cardigan,

Bottoms (8): Striped navy and white skirt, a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, a pair of regular wash skinny jeans, black stretch slacks, camel jeggings, black leggings, black maxi skirt, black linen shorts.

Dresses (2): Blue and red seahorse dress, chambray dress.

Jackets/Blazers (2): Military green surplus jacket, grey blazer.

Shoes (7): Lemon and canvas sandals, blush flats, navy buckled flats, nude heels, canvas oxfords, canvas boat shoes, red suede flats.

Any recommendations for my next capsule? 





You may also like

No comments: