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4 Trimester Capsule Wardrobe

Jaime Tollas

This phrase is getting a lot of buzz in the post-Kondo internet age, when everyone is suddenly a would-be expert in home organization.

We're going to go ahead and surmise that in these first months post-baby aren't the most organized ones you've ever had.  And that's cool.  So here's an idea of one (fun) thing you can take control of: your transitional look! 

So what is a capsule wardrobe?  Well, it’s a carefully curated set of 30 - 40 or so items that can be mixed and matched to make up your whole wardrobe.

(Only 30 items in your WHOLE WARDROBE?!?  Sure makes getting dressed easy, no?)

The 4th Trimester is — possibly — the BEST time in a woman’s life to test-drive this kind of dressing.  Your body is in flux.  You aren’t in maternity clothes anymore but your “pre-baby” stuff is working for ya either.  You don’t want to spend a ton of money, and you don’t have a lot of time or energy for dressing up, but you’re nonetheless a human woman who maybe — we’re guessing — wants to look and feel halfway decent at least half of the time (without having to think about it too much).

So take stock.  What can you work in from your current wardrobe?  Items to look for that you probably already own:

  • black blazer
  • denim jacket
  • track jacket or puffer jacket
  • nice black yoga pants (not scuzzy throw-up ones, but brunch-with-friends ones)
  • big, cozy sweater
  • black booties
  • statement jewelry

Okay, so that gets us to 10-ish items.  Now for the fun part.  Make a shopping list:

  • 1 blazer or cardigan in an of-the-moment color.  (The green on this one, though.)
  • 2 pairs of jeans: one dark, slim, and sassy, one light-wash and comfy.  (Jean shopping: we know.  Did you see our feature on high-waisted denim for new moms last fall?  still relevant…)
  • 4 t-shirts: 2 white, 1 black, 1 gray.  Look for something long and drapey to flatter your tummy
  • 1 fah-bulous coat will literally hide all manner of fashion sins, AND will fit now, later and forever.  Invest!
  • 1 pair of mules, heels or clogs that you actually imagine yourself wearing.  Because a girl’s gotta dress up SOMETIME.

If you have some room to play, then play!  Have a favorite shirt?  Keep it!  That dress that you know will fit for your first big date night after baby?  Keep it.

This is a time in your life when your wardrobe should be the least of your worries.  Keep it simple, keep it personal, and if you wind up wearing the same jeans, t-shirt, and big necklace for the next five months, more power to you.  You look good, girl. 

And now you have more closet space for all that baby kit…

Graphics by Cori Magee (all items featured are linked in article)

Need inspo? Our home design contributor, Jess, spent some time earlier this year chronicling her transition to a capsule wardrobe on her blog, Nest Studio.  Also, you can search our archives for some tips on weeding out your closet post-baby and turning your storage into a showcase.

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