Mothers are some of the busiest people on the planet. Not only are they up first in the morning, getting that first coffee in, but it’s all about making sure the lunches are packed, everyone has a nutritional breakfast, and all the sports kits are ready to go.
Then it moves on to the school runs, fitting in a workout, working, cooking, cleaning, and in the midst of it all,
sometimes, oftentimes, our wardrobe can take a back seat. It’s much easier to grab the same leggings and jumpers repeatedly throughout the week than it is to put thought into a proper outfit.
And over time even though you end up purchasing lots of new clothing and footwear – for the kids – you simply remain in the same lounge pants you had when you were pregnant, the first time around.
That’s not to say that what you have is incredibly comfortable, and in most cases, practical, but sometimes we all want to look a little bit more made up.
This is where a capsule wardrobe can be your best friend. Not only is a capsule wardrobe always 'ready to go', but with it's simple mix and match value is also a great investment. Every T-shirt will go with every pair of bottoms that you have, and every pair of shoes will work with any outfit that you choose. And that includes at 6:30 am on a Thursday morning, while it’s raining.
However, before you check out these great Pinterest capsule wardrobe ideas for inspiration, there are a couple of basics to keep in mind for a capsule wardrobe to come together efficiently.
Be like Marie Kondo and throw everything that doesn’t give you joy out. Chances are you have a few jeans that are a few sizes too small, a T-shirt that has more holes than Swiss cheese, and some other items that you don’t even look at. If it fits and you love it, then keep it; anything that doesn’t fit or you don’t enjoy can be donated or sold.
The fewer options you have, the more quickly you will get dressed. The issue with the paradox of choice is that the more options you have, the less likely you are to make a decision quickly. A capsule wardrobe will help you address this issue, as long as you keep on top of things.
Leggings have been a staple of almost every woman’s wardrobe since years. You can wear them in the house, out of the house, to run errands, dressed up or dressed down. But it only works if you have high-quality leggings. Invest money in your leggings, and opt for something that is made in breathable cotton. This will ensure that they are comfortable in the heat and in winter.
A black dress is potentially one of the most versatile things you can own. Next to black leggings, of course! They can be worn for almost any occasion, and accessorized with different jewellery and shoes for a new look each time.
Skater style dresses are very relaxed and suit most body types and can be worn through the year (all you need to do is throw on a pair of tights and boots during the colder months). Dresses, in general, can make up the bulk of your wardrobe; after all, if you’re wearing a dress, you don't need to think about the top and trousers matching. All you need to consider is a pair of shoes.
Tank tops and blouses
Tank tops are great for layering in chillier weather, or can be worn alone in the summer. Want to add some more style… throw a thin blouse over it during the summer!
Blouses are simple and elegant and perfect for both office wear and an evening out.
Much like leggings, jeans are a staple in every wardrobe. Again, their versatality is their strength – jeans can be worn with a tee for a casual coffee with friends or paired up with a blouse or for a smart casual occasion. Choosing the right cut and style for your body shape is important to get the best look (and feel) from your jeans.
The last few items that you’re going to need to complete your capsule wardrobe are a cardigan, a few jumpers, some long-sleeved T-shirts, and some skirts. The best thing you can do is to make sure that all of these are in colours that go together.
You’re going to need at least three pairs of shoes for your day-to-day wear – a good-quality pair of sneakers (for the school run and general errands), ballet pumps and shoes with a small heel (that are perfect for glamming up a pair of jeans and a nice top).