A woman’s body changes after kids. For me it’s mostly subtle things like wider hips and a bigger bra size. But those things have resulted in the majority of my wardrobe not fitting anymore.
Getting dressed is slightly depressing right now because nothing fits right and I’ve had to redefine my size and style. Not to mention the fact that most of my clothes are from college and not exactly practical for a mom of two.
So I’m on a mission to build myself a workhorse capsule wardrobe.
Workhorse Capsule Wardrobe Definition: A capsule wardrobe composed of quality anchor pieces that accentuate the positives, hide the negative and therefore make it easier to get dressed and look amazing every day.
The key here is “quality”. In the past, I’ve purchased the cheapest thing I could find because I felt bad spending money on myself. But I’ve learned that sometimes investing in a few quality pieces is smarter financially.
Quality clothing tends to fit better, wash better and last longer than a cheapo t-shirt from who knows where. So I’ve picked out a few staples that I want to update with quality and I’ll fill in the rest as the budget allows.
I’ve decided that I will no longer purchase something if it doesn’t look great on me. I would rather spend more money on one piece that looks amazing and will last a long time than several mediocre pieces. Every single piece of my wardrobe will have a defined purpose.
As to figuring out those amazing pieces, I’ve come across several resources over the past couple of months that have really helped me define my style, body type and what exactly looks good on me.
Color Me Beautiful.
I mentioned this book a while back, but this was huge in helping me figure out what colors look good on me. I also learned about different necklines, shoulder seams, lengths and skirt seams that help accentuate my good features and hide the ones I’m not so fond of.
Shopping was kind of overwhelming before and I had a tendency to stick with black because it was safe. Now I can shop more efficiently that I have this knowledge. And online shopping at places like Twice and ThredUp has gotten SO much easier.
Free Wardrobe Planner
I finally broke down and filled this out. I was getting so overwhelmed looking at Pinterest trying to figure out what my style was and this little exercise helped me define it so much easier.
Combined with the information from Color Me Beautiful, I am now equipped with a specific list of pieces to complete my capsule wardrobe.
Twice and ThredUp
Although I’m dedicated to finding quality workhorse pieces, I still have a pretty limited budget. I’ve been able to stretch it SO much further by utilizing online sites like Twice and ThredUp.
I personally prefer Twice (although ThredUp is pretty nifty too). Their pictures, measurements and sizes make it so much easier for me to find things that will actually work. I’m able to get quality pieces from Banana Republic, Limited and Anne Taylor for a fraction of the cost. And I’m not talking a little fraction either.
You can check out my posts on 5 Tips to Help Get the Most Out of ThredUp and Twice and ThredUp vs Twice: Which is a Better for You to help you get started.
If I could afford it, I would totally have someone pick out my clothes for me all the time. It’s just not one of my strengths.
Which is why I decided to test out Stitch Fix. I told them I wanted the lowest price possible for all the items, told them specifically what pieces I’m looking for and built my Pinterest board. I’m excited to see how it works out, my box is set to ship next week.
It’s not for every budget and I’ll probably be utilizing Twice more than this one unless they totally wow me. But it’ll be fun to test it out.
I’ve never been very good at picking out my own makeup. I just don’t enjoy trying to find the right shade and compliments to my skin tone.
So I usually go to the Clinique makeup counter at the mall and have them help me pick out something. I did that for my wedding makeup and I’ve done it for all my other daily makeup needs.
It can get a little pricy since it’s not your typical cheapo drugstore brands. But it looks better, stays on better and last longer than the cheap stuff. Minus mascara, I still buy the cheap stuff for that.
Properly Fitting Bra
These things make a huge difference. I personally love the Soma Nursing Bras. They’re about $20 a piece when you find a sale, so not too bad. And they hold up great. They’ll size you there and that helped everything else look good on me when I had a properly fitting bra.
Has your style changed now that you’re a mom? Have you been able to update it if it has changed?