Recently, I shared a post about the changes my body has gone through since becoming a mom. In it, I mentioned that I have learnt to dress in a way that allows me to feel both beautiful and comfortable. Many moms responded to that post an some shared that they are at a loss when it comes to dressing their new bodies; those comments inspired me to write this post and share some of the items I have in my wardrobe at the moment. I mix and match these items and was inspired to decluter my wardrobe and find my personal style by reading blog posts written by @samiorenelda and @eleanorbarkes. Samio has a basic, classic style with a touch of classic-vintage (a little closer to my own) and she is really great at repeating and re-styling items in her wardrobe. Eleanor loves pretty, flowy dresses and her clothing items are elegant. Her latest posts have given me real inspiration for summer items. I will link both of their said blog posts at the end.
My style is a more casual and suits the everyday mom who wants to look good and feel comfortable while doing so. I love pairing basic items with dressy ones to create a casual-classic look. I decided to share my wardrobe staples and hope that this post and the ones I’ve shared helps mothers and women build a base of items that can be added to to suit individual style and body shape. These are my spring-summer items that form part of my capsule wardrobe for 2020.
The trapeze dress
Despite what consumerism may say, you only really need one of these, preferably in a neutral colour. I got mine while I was pregnant and wore it to my baby shower. I’ve since styled it with a denim shirt and sandals and with plain grey leggings and white sneakers. This summer, I’d like to add a hat and wedges to change up the look. My dress, in particular, isn’t practical for breastfeeding so finding one with buttons down the front would be a better option for breastfeeding moms.
Remember when this was a party staple? Oh how things have changed! The little black dress is great to style both up or down and black is and has always been really flattering. If your dress is plain, you can dress it down with a pair of sneakers and some simple jewelry (that’s if your children aren’t at a jewelry pulling phase) and make it stylish with a pair of wedges and an updo or headband. Bottom line, you will always need a black dress in your capsule wardrobe; I may add a t-shirt dress to my collection this summer.
Pumps/ sneakers/ wedges/ boots (1 flat and one heeled)/ sandal and/or mule/ flip flops. You only need one pair of each and could possibly add a colour or style variation on your sandals to have more than one go-to during summer. The key is to buy good quality, timeless, shoes that you can wear beyond a season. If you were to spend, I’d say do it here!
Skinny/ mom & cropped. One of each and in a different wash. Do you also find that you keep buying similar types of jeans and in the same wash? I’ve consciously decided not to do that this season and to only keep the ones I know I will wear. Personally, I’ve gone for an indigo skinny high-waisted jeans, a light wash mom jeans and a cropped, fitted black jeans. They are my staples and can be worn in so many ways.
White/ black/ nude/ colour or print of your choice. It’s nice to have that statement tee, so having a choice colour or print can add a little spice to your wardrobe but having plain, neutral colours definitely gives you more options in terms of wear. It’s easier to mix and match when items are plain as print is often very obvious. Buy different fits to allow for styling options to keep your wardrobe fresh.
A jacket and a blazer
Leather or denim are good staple jackets and a blazer (fitted or loose) can be dressed both up and down. You could choose to pair your jackets with pants and a tee or with one of the dresses in your capsule. Having a jacket that suits you body shape can change the look of a basic outfit, elevating your look and your style.
Joggers and tights
These are mom statements in general! If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that loungewear can be stylish, too! A pair of neural joggers can, once again, be paired with a tee a jacket and you could choose to dress it up with a pair of wedges or keep it casual, yet chic, with a pair of sneakers. Joggers and tights are perfect for a run to the shop or for spending time with your family. I tend to pair my tights with an over-sized tee and wear a jacket with them to make it look like trendy active wear when leaving the house.
If your style is more dressy or if you love colour and prints, do not be afraid to add them after you have chosen your staple items; try to choose prints and colours that can be re-worn with other items so that you are able to get a good wear out of your clothing. The key to a good capsule wardrobe is being able to put multiple outfits together with a limited amount of items.
I hope that you have enjoyed the post. Please leave a comment if you found these tips useful and share the staples of your wardrobe.
Until my next post,
Ps. Click on the links to read their posts about personal style:
Eleanor Barkes / Samio Renelda