Moms do a lot daily and with their hands full, dressing up and spending time curating a wardrobe each season takes a backseat. While it may seem like a tedious task, some tips can help make it simpler and take the stress out of it. After all, moms deserve to look cool and pretty too!
Often, the most common hindrance for a mom’s wardrobe is finding something comfortable and yet chic. In other words, it should be something in which they can run their errands and look great at the playground while staying comfortable. The next aspect that knocks in is the dent a new wardrobe might make to the household’s post-baby budget. The answer to all these stress points comes in two words, “Capsule Wardrobe.”
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A term given to the fashion world by Susie Faux in the 1970s, the Capsule wardrobe is still relevant and a smart way to stay updated with the trends. A capsule wardrobe essentially consists of certain clothing items which can be intermixed to create different looks for each day. The key here is that these items should preferably be classics such as skirts, slacks, trousers, cool shirt designs, jackets, etc. which can be accessorized and augmented with other pieces, based on the occasion or season.
Benefits of curating a capsule wardrobe
Once you have understood what a capsule wardrobe is, the essential question that follows is why you should have one. Here are 5 reasons that show various benefits of owning a capsule wardrobe:
You can achieve more with less
Having a huge closet space is a luxury; not all can afford. With modern apartments, we have limited storage and add to that all the baby stuff you got, closets get swamped. Being a mom, one doesn’t have the time or energy to fish through a cramped wardrobe and look for the right clothes to wear each day. Hence, it comes in the baggy pajamas. With a capsule wardrobe, you can create multiple looks with just a handful of clothes, for instance, you can club a creative t-shirt design with jeans and also a baggy white shirt with the same jeans. The capsule wardrobe will help you kill two birds with one stone — more looks and more closet space at the same time.
All the clothes see the light of the day
We all have a few preferred looks, which we don’t mind repeating. This means that sometimes there are clothes that remain buried deep behind the clothes that are being worn frequently — Out of sight, out of mind. Having limited and good pieces of clothing would mean that you can wear them all during the season.
Creating looks for a day is easier
Almost all of us have stood with our wardrobe open and puzzled expression, wondering what to wear for the day. A mom seldom has time even for that, and ends up grabbing whatever the hand lands on. Capsule wardrobe has pieces that go well with each other in all combinations that you create. This cuts down the confusion and makes deciding the look easier.
Creates room for new trends
When you have limited clothes and plenty of closet space with a capsule wardrobe, you always have room to add some more. If you come across a professional t-shirt design that you like, such as the one that says #MomLife for instance, you would know instantly which pieces in your wardrobe you can combine it with to create more looks.
We saved the best for the last. Capsule wardrobe saves money, one of the reasons it is famous not just with moms but with college students as well. According to some famous fashion bloggers, with some 35-40 pieces for a capsule wardrobe, you can create looks for a whole 3 months!
Once you are on board for creating a capsule wardrobe, it may seem a little overwhelming and alarming on what to get and what to keep from your existing wardrobe. Keep in mind that the pieces you should include in your capsule wardrobe. Do not include any accessories, nightwear, etc. To help you get started, here are a few ideas that would never go wrong:
High Waisted Mom Jeans
One of the quintessential items in a mom’s wardrobe can be high waisted, stretchable, and most importantly, breathable jeans. These can be a stonewashed blue or dark black, based on your preference. Having these jeans in your wardrobe can help you put together a look quickly for almost any occasion.
Oversized t-shirts or sweatshirts are great for outdoors when clubbed with jeans or leggings. These are one of the most comfortable clothes to wear when you are out for grocery shopping, at the doctor’s appointments, or even just chilling with your friends. Consider getting ones with a creative t-shirt design with some humor or inspirational graphic to keep you positive. You can also customize and create one for you using an online tool.
A t-shirt dress might have been a lazy girl fashion invention, but it has become a life changer for new moms, especially a SAHM looking for something super comfortable yet chic. Being a new mom, it can be physically uncomfortable at times to move around and add to that being sleep deprived; a t-shirt dress can be an answer to your clothing prayers.
Stretchable Leggings or Jeggings
The stretchable fabric it seems is one of the greatest inventions by humankind. Ask any new mom looking to find good leggings, and she will attest to it. Not only are leggings great to work out in, when clubbed with a bright tank top or a cool t-shirt, you can also rock them anywhere.
Tank tops are versatile and can be combined with shorts, skirts, leggings, and jeans to create great looks for the day. Adding an embellished jacket and you can be ready for an outing or evening with friends as well. We recommend trying some nursing tank tops so that it is easier to feed the baby while wearing tank tops as well.
Shorts can be worn with t-shirts, tank tops, loose tops, and even baggy shirts. Shorts made with stretchable fabric or denim would be great as it will help the new mom move around comfortably.
Also known as boyfriend shirts, these are oversized and baggy shirts that you can again club with jeans, leggings and even shorts. They are also great for nursing moms as they can be opened at the front. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have been known to sport such looks.
Summer Dresses or Caftans
Flowy and light dresses are fabulous for summers. Being a new mom, you look for clothes that enable movement and help you look pretty at the same time. The dresses you might have worn during your pregnancy can still work great for you! If you are looking to buy some more, consider adding some nursing friendly style in your collection.
Drapey Cardigan or Vest
Drapey cardigans or vests are needed to create more looks out of the old ones. Add them with shorts and t-shirt combination or pair them with a maxi dress and sneakers, and you are ready to head out!
Date nights are even more important now that you are in a new phase. Add a cute formal dress you feel comfortable and confident in. You can also club a simple plain dress with an embellished jacket or coat to create a formal look.
The Bottom Line
Initially, it may seem difficult choosing clothes that go well with others. We recommend you organize your closet. Archive those you feel, you may wear again sometime and donate the ones you don’t find you won’t be wearing. Another great way to create a fantastic capsule wardrobe is by creating a cheat sheet. You can find a lot for inspiration on Pinterest. Add your accessories and footwear to the one you create for yourself and put it inside your wardrobe. This will act as your vision board and make creating looks easier. Last but not least, have fun. Stay happy and positive in whatever you wear as you enjoy being a new mom!