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My New Mum Capsule Wardrobe

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A few weeks ago, I realised I’d inadvertently adopted a capsule wardrobe.

I guess it was inevitable, really, I’ve already talked a bit about how motherhood has changed my style by making it more casual, and the fact is, I kind of like it. I mean, sure, I might complain about how I don’t have time to plan outfits any more, or an excuse to wear some of the “fancier” pieces in my closet, but when you have a capsule wardrobe you don’t NEED much time to plan outfits, and honestly? I’m just really into the basics right now. Simple, classic… er, BORING… call them what you will, but the truth is, I’m quite enjoying being able to get up in the morning and just throw something on without having to put much thought into it: hey, maybe I’m a capsule wardrobe convert after all?

Well, not REALLY, no. I mean, as much as I’m currently enjoying the minimal look, I wouldn’t want to wear it ALL the time, or to restrict myself to a certain number of items. As I’ve mentioned in my other capsule wardrobe posts, though, I do love the idea of a capsule-within-a-capsule: so, a collection of core pieces that you can always fall back on when you don’t know what to wear (or don’t have time to think about it), but which you’re also free to supplement with more interesting pieces, too. And here’s mine:

capsule wardrobe for busy moms: my real-life capsule wardrobe as a new mum
Now, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll no doubt recognise many of these items from some of my previous capsule wardrobes. I make no apology for that, though: this is my ACTUAL wardrobe right now, and, like most people, I don’t tend to radically change my style every season: instead, I sometimes wear the same things for years – and then repurchase them when they finally wear out. I’ve done my best in the image above to show the exact pieces I have, but, of course, some of them are old and out of stock now (or I just couldn’t find an image of them I could use here), so I’ve gone for similar pieces instead. I’ve linked the items that are still available to buy at the bottom of the post, but, well, as you can see, there’s really nothing unusual here, so if you can’t find the exact item, you should be able to find something very similar.

The other way in which my capsule wardrobe isn’t REALLY a capsule wardrobe, meanwhile, is in the fact that I tend to use it more as a set of outfit formulas, rather than as a restrictive set of clothing. I’ve only included one trench coat in this set, for instance, but I  have about 5, and they’re all different cuts and colours. The thing about that, though, is that any outfit that works with the trench coat pictured, say, will work with any of the others I own, too, so that trench basically stands for ANY trench coat, as they’ll all work just as well. The same could be said of stripe tops and slogan sweaters/tees – I have approximately 67,967 of each, so when I include a photo of a stripe top in a capsule I don’t mean, “I will wear THIS top and ONLY this top from now on, because I put it in my capsule,” but rather, “I’ll wear this top…  or any of my other stripe tops, depending on how I feel.”

(I wrote a bit more about outfit formulas here, for anyone who’s interested…)

When I do these capsule wardrobe posts, I usually also put together a graphic showing all of the different combinations in which the various different pieces can be worn. This time around, I’m afraid I just don’t have the time for those kind of shenanigans (I don’t just need some kind of “capsule” solution for my closet, I need one for the rest of my life, too…), so I’m just going to wear them all instead – or continue wearing them, that is, and make a point of photographing them when I do.

I’ve already started posting daily outfit shots over on my Instagram page: as I said, I don’t ONLY  wear pieces from this capsule (Some days I have a little more time to get creative, or my parents are babysitting, so I have an excuse to wear something different), so I’ve been using the hashtag #foreverambercapsule to keep track of them all, and will be posting some of the outfits here on the blog, too – hopefully including a roundup of all of the various different combinations I come up with, once I think I’ve exhausted them all.

In the meantime, here are some links to the items in my capsule that are still available to buy: happy shopping!


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  • LindaLibraLoca
    May 7, 2018

    I have a similar form of capsule wardrobe as well, one for the weekends and one for the office, but never thought of calling it that. It is a great idea though, a capsule collecyion of outfit formulas instead of actual outfits which limit you to a certain number of pieces.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  • JHP
    May 7, 2018

    So I have definitely read through ALL your capsule posts and many, many, many other online articles and tips because I so desperately wanted to simplify into a capsule wardrobe. The problem is I just LOVE too many items of clothing and happen to live in the middle of the US. Three weeks ago today we had a blizzard with 18 inches of snow and today it’s 82 degrees (F) with about 95% humidity. Sometimes I’d put together a spring capsule and have to run into my basement and grab out all of my long, fleece leggings to wear under my clothes when we’d have a random spring snowstorm. Or, in the summer, we would have a random couple day patch where it would be 40 degrees and raining and I’d be back in the basement finding my sweaters. Or in November once it was 70 degrees (F) and I was sweating in my wool trousers. It just never worked because there was no predictability for a capsule. But I’ve found myself kind of doing what you are now (except I’m not a mom) with a kind-of capsule. At the beginning of the month I pick about fifteen pieces of clothing to fit my mood and rotate them all together. Plus, I have a drawer with standby basics like fleece leggings, big wool sweaters, culottes and lightweight wide-leg flowy pants, etc. for those random weather days that don’t fit the pattern. Then the next month, I completely scrap what I wearing the month before and pick a whole new set. It’s really helped me to start wearing all of my clothes and not feel like I can’t be creative. For April my capsule theme was green, ivory and floral. For May it’s stripes, floral, navy and pink. And, uh, I do mix floral and stripes because stripes are neutrals, right? As a redhead, I get so many ideas from your outfit posts-I can’t wait to see what more you post!

    • Amber
      May 7, 2018

      Ah, I love this idea! A monthly capsule is such an awesome way to simplify things, but still get to be creative and keep things interesting – I would love to do something like that! (And I also love florals and stripes together – stripes really do work with everything 😉 )

  • Sascot7
    May 8, 2018

    Thank you thank you I needed this!!!

  • Debs
    May 8, 2018

    Love the check trousers. Everything is very cute!
    Debs @ https://tiger-mint.com

  • Nickolina
    May 14, 2018

    I want you to know that I got a striped top and it makes me feel classy. My husband asked me if I escaped from jail, tho. But I still feel classy when I wear it!

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