So here we are, finally! My 35 piece post-natal (breastfeeding orientated) capsule wardrobe.
I realise we are already in October, but I have been wearing this wardrobe as I built it, since the beginning of September and I plan for it to see me through until Dec 1st. I’ve decided that I will then ‘refresh’ it by swapping out a couple of lighter pieces for more winter appropriate items and then I hope I might make it through until the end of January.
(Why? – Because I want to live lighter, save money, and wait to buy more clothes until my shape has settled down post baby and maybe, I don’t need access to my boobs every 2 hours!)
My 35 pieces comprise:
- 18 tops. (7 tee’s/lightweight tops, 3 dressier tops, 7 jumpers and 1 coatigan/wrap outer layer.)
- 9 trousers/skirts, dresses and jackets. (2 jeans, 2 joggers, 1 skirt, 2 dresses, 2 jackets.)
- 8 pairs of shoes/boots. (2 trainers, 2 flats, 3 boots and 1 pair of heels.)
Oui Oui tee // Sweatshirt zip detail top // Zip top
Grey oversize tee // Blurred leopard top // Grey v-neck sloppy tee
Maroon stripe knit // Red shell // Oversize wine tee
Navy funnel neck knit // ‘Love’ stripe light knit (old) // Angel Sequin Knit (old)
Bright blue tunic shirt // Grey Knit (old) // Chambray (maternity) shirt (similar)
Sequin long sleeved top // Pink Cashmere zip knit // Aztec wrap (old)
I went heavy on the tops for ease of changing them post baby sick related incidents. Only 5 of these are tops I already owned as so many of my old wardrobe wasn’t suitable for what I need right now. The majority are cheap and cheerful however, from Forever 21, H&M, Zara and Warehouse. The more expensive brands were purchased with vouchers and discounts and are items I know will last beyond my current needs. There are no massive revelations here for breastfeeding as I’m pretty down with the vest under a top manouver now, but most are looser to enable easy lifting or I don’t mind stretching the bottom of them in the case of this old Moschino top. I really don’t like cardigans so stuck with looser sweaters I can lift, as per my usual style.
Skinny Jeans (similar) // Boyfriend Jeans // Print joggers
Khaki Joggers // Nursing dress // Ruched jersey skirt
Leather Jacket (similar) // Henley dress // Military jacket
Only 2 dresses here as I struggled to find dresses I would wear and were my style, that also worked for breastfeeding. My bottom half has been my problem area as I have found it hard to find Items that are flattering, comfortable and practical for the mum-tum/post c-section scar tenderness and crawling about on the floor with a baby. And only 2 jackets as I’m banking on not needing my heavy parka until December.
Leopard slip ons // Pony spot flats // Nike Air Max 1
Ankle buckle heeled boots (similar) // Brogues (similar) // Leopard heels
Over the knee boots (similar) // Knee boots (similar)
I could have included way more here but I was ruthless. You’ll notice there is only 1 pair of ankle boots but I knew I would seldom wear a heel, so these combine the two. The reason these boots look battered is because they are – they are super comfortable, warm and work with lots of items, so they easily earn a place. The top row are all new. Fancy trainers for some sneaker style, leopard pony skates as another trend-led flat and I just fell in love with the black and white pony spot points – to elevate casual outfits that little bit. I only allowed myself 1 pair of true heels as I supect I’ll rarely need them. Those boots bottom left? They’re over the knee boots. That’s right, over the knee. I had them and they’re bang on trend this season so I opted to include them as they make an average outfit super-sexy in 2 seconds flat whilst being flat and truly comfortable.
So what do you think readers? There’s no claim to being some kind of fashionista here, but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing how I wear these for everyday, easy style. I’ll try to do a regular update including a selection of recently worn outfits. Oh and the budget? I was doing really well until I splurged on the Cashmere knit, but I’m justifying that because it’s probably something I would have ended up buying for the December onwards wardrobe and it made no sense to buy it later when there is a 25% discount now. (Until tonight!) So the total came to £650, (£150 over budget) but I don’t feel bad about this as I’m selling old pieces on eBay to cover some of the excess and clear out my wardrobe.
I’d love to hear your thoughts? Anything you like here? How is your wardrobe looking for Autumn?
PS wondering why I’m doing this?