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Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

January 27, 2017

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During Ainsley’s pregnancy I sincerely wish someone had sat me down and told me this piece of advice: When it comes to shopping for maternity clothes, buy high quality, classic pieces that you love and that make you feel great. Invest in a capsule wardrobe now and you won’t regret it.

You see, I got trapped into the idea that pregnancy is only nine months. Why spend money on clothes you will only wear for a short period of time, right? Wrong. If you hate what you wear during those nine months, if your clothes aren’t cut well and don’t make you feel and look good, it will feel like nine years. Truth.

If you plan to have more than one kiddo, I promise you won’t regret it. I didn’t do this and I sincerely wish I would have. I’m convinced that while some of the items listed below are pretty expensive, I would have actually spent less in the long term by really curating a capsule wardrobe for pregnancy. Since we hope to have one or two more kiddos down the line, I’m thinking of doing this for the remainder of this pregnancy in hopes that I’ll get plenty of use out of my clothes down the road.

When selecting the items listed below I picked quite a few pieces that were designed to be worn during and after pregnancy, hence the large number of Hatch pieces that I’ve suggested. I have a few friends who own clothing from them and they have said that their Hatch items have gotten wear long after baby has arrived, which I love!

I also avoided most tops with any obvious rouching on the sides, as that just screams “maternity!” and you will never wear those items after you have baby, even if you do have a bump after delivery.

Oh, and on the subject of seasonality, I tried to keep that in mind as well. By selecting slightly lighter weight dresses and tops you should be able to get wear out of them in any season. Pair your tops with an open cardigan or utility jacket in the winter and wear them alone in the warmer months. Chances are if you’re pregnant during the winter you will run a little warmer, anyway. The same holds true for dresses! You will, of course, need to invest in some seasonal items – a maternity winter coat, perhaps, or an extra maxi dress or swimsuit, but I tried to just cover the basics here.

TOPS 

1. Classic Striped Top :: Hatch The Bateau Striped Top 
2. Basic White Dress Shirt :: Hatch The Classic White
3. Chambray Shirt or Tunic :: Old Navy Maternity Chambray Pullover 
4. Tunic-Length Top (either sweater weight for winter or lighter weight for summer)
2. Well-Cut Basic Top :: Hatch The Everyday Top

JACKETS & CARDIGANS
1. Basic Layering Cardigan :: Liz Lange Maternity Open Layering Cardigan
2. Military/Cargo Jacket :: Gap Maternity Utility Jacket 

DRESSES
1. Dressy Day-To-Night Style :: Hatch The Tulip Dress 
2. Casual Everyday Style Dress :: Hatch The Shirt Dress or The Afternoon Dress

JEANS 
1. Skinny Jeans You Absolutely Love :: AG Stella Maternity Skinny Jeans

BASICS
1. Basic Layering Tanks in Black, White and Grey :: Liz Lange Maternity Tanks
2. Basic Maternity Leggings in Black and/or Grey :: Gap Maternity Pure Body Low Rise Leggings
3. Basic Layering T’s and Shirts :: Liz Lange Maternity V-Neck Tee or Long Sleeve Shirt

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Stitch Fix August Review

August 7, 2014

Dotted Blouse

I can’t tell you how pleased I’ve been with Stitch Fix over the past few months. The last 3 to 4 fixes that I’ve received have been so much better than I could have expected, and I’m really glad I stuck with the service and looked past the couple of fixes that were less than impressive.

I think one of the biggest changes has been the fact that I requested a new stylist and have really loved my new stylist. She seems to get my style and understand what I’m looking for. After my first fix from her, I requested to continue to get fixes from her, and it’s been great.

{PS: If you’re looking to sign up for Stitch Fix, you can do so here!}

Let’s get to this month’s fix, shall we?

Item #1: Amour Vert: Alessandro Abstract Dot Print Silk Blouse (above)
I was in love with this blouse at first glance. The neutral black and hunter green dots and abstract pattern were right up my alley. I really loved that this blouse was almost a little too big since I’m hoping it will last for a while through pregnancy. If you can tell, it’s quite long, which was another plus.
Verdict: Keep!

Kimono Top
Item #2: Pixley: Monty Scarf Print Kimono Cardigan
The kimono top was cute but it wasn’t something I would normally consider buying on my own. Surprisingly I liked the top when I put it on, but I couldn’t really see myself getting much use out of it aside from a very casual setting, and it was a little pricey for something that I felt I could buy at Target for much less.
Verdict? Return!

Sleeveless Blouse

Item #3: Skies are Blue: Witherford Colorblock Pleat Detail Blouse
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not a huge fan of sleeveless blouses and tops. I rarely wear them at work and when I do, I usually cover my arms with a jacket of some sort. Thus, sleeveless blouses just aren’t versatile enough for me. The blouse was pretty and I liked the neutral colors but when thinking about staple pieces that I would wear time and time again, this just didn’t make the cut.
Verdict: Return!

White Blouse

Item #4: Daniel Rainn: Bilson Embroidered Tab-Sleeve Blouse 
Oooh, this blouse was exactly what I’ve been looking to buy for quite a while. I don’t have a good basic white blouse, and I’ve pinned a lot of photos with white tops on Pinterest. I loved the sheer top layer and the built-in camisole underneath. Additionally, the top was long and loose around the middle.
Verdict: Keep!

Zebra Dress

Item #5: Tart: Teina Abstract Chevron Racerback Belted Maxi Dress
I’ve already Instagrammed this dress and worn it a bunch of times since I’ve received my fix. I just love it! It’s the perfect length, just barely touching the floor when I wear sandals, and the dress is made from a thicker, super-comfortable material that provides nice coverage and doesn’t show every little bump and bulge (a big complaint I have with cheaply made maxis). It was a little pricier, around $98, but I was willing to make the investment knowing I would get a lot of use out of this dress in the summer and the fall months to come when paired with a jean jacket.
Verdict: Keep!

I was tempted to keep the entire box to get the 25% discount you get when you keep all 5 items, but thinking about my capsule wardrobe challenge really kept me committed to keeping items that I truly love, not items I’ll only wear once or twice and give away later.

Find more of my Stitch Fix reviews here.

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Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

May 21, 2014

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You know those weekly roundups that people do on their blogs? I love them. Although I don’t currently have my own version on Espresso and Cream, I soak up the roundups from other people.

Recently my dear friend Laura posted a round-up which included a link to the blog Un-Fancy. It was all about creating a capsule wardrobe. If you’re like me and have no idea what a capsule wardrobe is, then check this post out. As I was reading the post, all I could think was, “Yes! That’s me!” 

Truth be told, I have a lot of clothes in my closet. It’s a little ridiculous how many items of cute, nice clothing I have. But when I go to get ready in the mornings, I have the hardest time finding something I really love wearing. I have a handful of dresses I love, a favorite pair of jeans and a few shirts I go to time and time again, but the rest of the items in my closet just sit there looking pretty 90% of the time. That’s crazy talk!

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way, but I’m incredibly sick of spending money on clothes I don’t really love. It’s wasteful and frustrating. So I decided to take the Un-Fancy challenge.

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How does the challenge work?

1. Pair down your wardrobe for a single season to just 37 items. (okay, I cheated and included 40) This doesn’t include workout gear, pajamas, undergarments, swimsuits, and/or jewelry and accessories. The items should only include pieces you really love and get super excited about wearing. Keeping this in mind helped when deciding what to keep. I just kept asking myself, “Do I really love this piece? How often have I worn it lately?”

2. Store all your off-season clothing somewhere else. Put all the in-season items that you took out of your closet for the challenge in a box for storage. I love that you don’t need to throw out the clothes just yet. If you really miss something you can go get it from the box. It made it much easier to part with these items.

3. Don’t buy anything new for the full season! Yikes! That made me nervous, but thinking about the money I’ll save each month in our clothing budget got me excited. I’m planning on putting that money away for the next three months for the next step…

4. After you’ve made it through one season, you can start to think about the next season’s capsule wardrobe. Some summer pieces may transfer over into the fall season and so on, but you can only have the same limited number of pieces. You can, however, make purchases for this next season. The idea is that after a full season of doing this experiment, you’ll get a good feel for your true style. And since you can only have 40 (or 37) items in your closet at any given time/season you’ll make smarter, more “you” purchases. I’m guessing the items I buy will also be more expensive and higher quality. Less = more!

5. Keep doing this for a full year. At that point you should have a fully fleshed out capsule wardrobe. After that, you enter maintenance mode, slowly and carefully adding pieces only as needed and only if you truly love the item you’re buying.

Does anyone else feel as excited about this idea as me? Something about it speaks to my inner minimalist, and more than anything I’m driven by having a closet full of curated items that I deeply love. The prospect is so appealing! I’ll be sharing more photos of my Un-Fancy challenge this summer using the group hashtag #unfancy and following the blog’s writer, Caroline Joy on Instagram for inspiration. I would encourage you to take up the challenge, too, if you’re as frustrated as I am!

Has anyone considered taking on a challenge like this? Is anyone on board for doing the Un-Fancy challenge with me? Let me know! I would love to follow along with you on your journey!

Madison