A few weeks after the initial excitement of finding out that you’re pregnant sets in, you begin thinking about all the ways that your life is about to change. You may already feel very different (morning sickness and fatigue, anyone?). And how to outfit your growing belly and body probably becomes an immediate concern, as much of your wardrobe soon won’t fit for the next several months! The thought of building a whole new wardrobe can be overwhelming and financially nerve-wracking—so, as Caitlin’s pregnancy comes to a close, she’s sharing how she saved money by creating a capsule wardrobe and shopping at one of her favorite retailers: Target! Target has a great selection of maternity clothing (and even more online!) that’s functional, stylish and affordable.
“I love to shop, but I knew I didn’t want to spend a fortune on maternity clothes I’d only wear a handful of times. I didn’t intentionally set out to create a capsule wardrobe, but when I noticed that all of my outfits were comprised of the same 10–15 pieces (both maternity and non-maternity), I realized I had done just that! Since Target is where I purchase a lot of basics, it made sense to start there when shopping for my maternity wardrobe. Overall, this minimalistic approach has made getting dressed a breeze—I think I’ll continue with it after my pregnancy, too!”
Liz Lange For Target Maternity 3/4 Sleeve Denim Top // J.Brand Maternity Jeans // Fossil Bag // Zara Heels
1. Begin by assessing which items in your wardrobe you will be able to wear through some of your pregnancy. I was fortunate enough to not need many maternity clothes until I was five months pregnant. During that in-between time, I relied on the BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel BeBand—a total lifesaver! It enabled me to continue wearing many of my regular jeans and pants, which wouldn’t have otherwise fit. Keep in mind that loose-fitting tops, oversized sweaters, cardigans, blazers and even several button-up shirts from your existing wardrobe may work throughout your pregnancy.
2. Remove what you know won’t fit from your closet. This will make getting dressed so much easier—I can’t tell you how many times I tried to squeeze into a top that I thought would work, only to be disappointed. Just pack those things away for the next nine months!
3. Make a shopping list. Determine what you’re willing to splurge on and where you want to save. Create two categories—”essentials” and “extras.” I knew I wanted to stock up on comfy knit dresses, tees, leggings, tanks and a few trendier pieces at Target. I could try those pieces on to see how they fit (and discover how comfortable they are) at my local store. I’d heard that it would be worth it to splurge on maternity jeans, and I’m glad I did!
4. Pick pieces in a cohesive color palette that you can easily mix and match. I love chambray, and I knew I’d be able to wear this Liz Lange tunic with white skinny jeans as well as leggings. I’ve dressed it up for a denim-on-denim look, too! I thought about colors when picking out my basics, like this Tee Shirt Dress, knowing that the gray and white options would work well with the denim jacket and camel-colored blazer I already owned.