There are these things called capsule wardrobes (you’ve probably heard about them, as keeping one is a pretty popular thing right now), where you basically pare down your wardrobe into a set number of pieces of clothing, and sometimes accessories, that coordinate. The idea is that these pieces can mix and match and all work together, all while keeping you from buying items that don’t coordinate with anything else you own and/or may never be worn. While I don’t have a capsule wardrobe, I was inspired to sit down and figure out what colors, patterns, and types of items I like. I made the visual list you see above over a year ago. It’s proven handy when considering clothing items to buy, and also helped inspire the colors and patterns I use in my crochet designs.
To start, I listed colors that I like and gravitate towards/want to own more clothing in. Then, I listed a few colors that either I look good in or others tell me I look good in but don’t wear as often. After that, I listed patterns I like – florals, stripes, paisley – and a few specific items of clothing or accessories I’d like to wear more often but never think to, or want to have on my “to buy” list when I budget money for clothing.
Before my baby was born, I furthered this by making a plan for outfits I would wear after having the baby. It helped, and still helps, me to more carefully consider items when I’m out shopping, instead of just buying things because I like them.
As a work-from-home mom, for me, specifically, all items needed to fit the following criteria:
– easy to wear as a nursing mom
– comfortable for wearing around the house
– dressy enough that I could easily wear out to lunch with a friend/to look like an actual outfit and not just pjs
I started with a quick list of items that would work as a work/mom “uniform”, thenI made lists of items I had already and items I could be on the lookout for when shopping. I divided them by seasons (basically cold weather/warm weather).
– longer sleeved tops
– nice pajama/lounge pants
– nice houseshoes
– nursing-friendly sweaters and cardigans
– tank tops, tees – some long and loose-fitting
– nice lounge shorts – loose, comfortable, nice enough to wear out
– lighter socks
– v-neck tees, long-sleeved
– v-neck tees, short-sleeved (all long and loose)
– long, stretchy tank tops, lower necklines
– comfy, discreet nursing tops
– nice houseshoes
– lounge pants and shorts with pockets
– nursing bras and camisoles
Breaking things down like this really helped me to not be overwhelmed when shopping for nursing-friendly, postpartum clothing and still helps me when shopping now and am deciding on whether items are worth it by reminding me of colors and patterns I like. I’m starting to develop a wardrobe that I really like, with items that I pull out of my closet to wear often. I’d definitely encourage anyone to sit down and make their own lists.