You’re pregnant. Winter’s on its way. Nothing fits. Fear not, in 10 easy steps, you can build a beautiful capsule winter wardrobe to see you through your pregnancy and beyond.
“Start by getting the foundations in place”, says Sam Jones, founder & personal shopper. “Once you’ve nailed this, it’s much easier to play with mixing items in and switching outfits around”.
In a nutshell, the 10 key pieces of your capsule winter maternity wardrobe should be made up of: Shirting | Blazer | Day dress | Statement knit | Roll neck | Jeans | Cropped pants | leggings | Winter Cape | Ankle boots
It’s a great time to be pregnant in the world of fashion, as it’s another oversized season. Thanks to brands such as Vetements, shirting is practically worn hanging off oneself and at least 2 sizes too big.
Invest in at least one good oversized shirt now and not only will bump be comfortably housed for the duration of your pregnancy but you’ll find so much use for it once you’re back to normal size, by styling it tucked in, cinched with a wide corset belt or simply hanging loose.
Our obsession at the moment is with double-breasted blazers. They transform an outfit. Whether in velvet, tartan check, or plain, it’s the most versatile item of clothing to own this winter as you can style it up or dress it down. Worn undone with a growing bump exudes chic. The fit is all in the shoulders, so it doesn’t compromise your growing tummy. For guaranteed longevity, opt for something more classic.
Once you’ve nailed the blazer, you can style it every which way. For example, team with a simple tee and khaki pants, go smarter over a shirt for work or dress up for dinner over a dress and heels.
Bump needs to stay cosy during the colder months, but thankfully there’s some epic knitwear out there to do that job. It’s easy to feel frumpy when squeezing in to a knit, which is why I would recommend going for something a little looser and more statement.
Zoe Jordan’s iconic cut-out knits will undoubtedly make you feel stylish and cool. The exposed shoulders are really alluring and keep your body thermostat in check when you’re having a hot pregnancy moment!
Style with a pair of comfy pants, but also play with the idea of teaming over a silk negligee or skirt for a touch of glam.
Floral Smock dress
Finding the right dress will see you through many occasions. This season sees more of the printed peasant style dresses we saw coming through last year. The length to wear is somewhere between a midi and a maxi. What could be more perfect for a baby bump? Style with a pair of blocky ankle boots and your blazer, or layer a knit over.
Zara, Floral Midi Devore Dress, Mes Demoiselles, Katerina crinkled printed georgette maxi dress from Net-a-Porter, Ulla Johnson, Crimson Cotton Floral Clementine Dress from Avenue 32
This is a layering piece, but an essential style for this winter. In the colder months, you can team underneath shirts, dresses and heavier knits. It’s bang on trend and super snuggly for bump.
Isabel Marant Ã‰toile, Joey roll-neck sweater from MATCHESFASHION
Getting the bottom half nailed is quite possibly the trickiest part due to the ever expanding waist, but nevertheless the most important to get right. There are 3 types of pants to have in your maternity wardrobe, ensuring you have lots of different looks to play with;
Maternity denim – go for a more relaxed cut. Anything too clingy can look a little dated.
Cropped pants with an elasticated (worn below bump) are also a must as they act as something a little smarter teamed with a heel and a blazer, but look equally as cool with a sneaker. Hush have a good inexpensive selection, such as these Rachel trousers.
Leggings are thankfully a huge trend this winter, so we can now let bump grow happily in a pair safe in the knowledge that we’re on trend! They look particularly fab worn beneath longer silhouettes such as over sized shirts / shirt dresses and peasant dresses. Dare to update yours with a ski-pant loop, tucked in to a pair of heels.
When it comes to coats and bumps, there’s only one way to go and that’s to invest in a winter cape. It’s such a worthwhile investment as it works pre, during and post pregnancy and never goes out of style, not to mention giving an outfit an instant uplift.
RED Valentino, Scalloped double-breasted wool-blend felt cape from Net-a-Porter
A capsule wardrobe isn’t a capsule wardrobe without a pair of blocky ankle boots. Invest in a good comfy pair as you’ll be living in them. They happily go with every said item in your capsule wardrobe.
Isabel Marant, Garett suede ankle boots from Net-a-Porter
For help planning your maternity wardrobe, please contact Sam at The Style Alchemy.