A 12 Piece Ultimate Mom Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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Becoming a mother is a very transformative experience in a woman’s life. But, there is also a side that we don’t talk about. Along with the joy and love that come with motherhood, many women also encounter an unexpected challenge: a sense of losing their personal style.

It happens, and you don’t even realize it happened until one day you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at you.

That realization is a scary moment.

Some of us take that moment and push it into the furthest recesses of our minds because we don’t have the mental bandwidth to deal with it at that moment, or we don’t know how.

Others take that moment as an awakening to make some changes to regain themselves.

Neither are right or wrong directions to go, but I wanted to show you that it is entirely possible to regain and even reinvent your style post-parenthood without as much effort as you think you might need.

I am a huge proponent of capsule wardrobes. I think they are an easy way to get a good grasp on understanding and developing your style.

So if you feel overwhelmed, don’t go purge crazy with your wardrobe and start from scratch. Build a small capsule wardrobe beside your existing wardrobe.

That way if you find it isn’t working for you, then you can grab from the existing wardrobe as you find things that integrate well into your personal style.

With this capsule wardrobe, I wanted to make it easy yet practical while still maintaining a sense of fun, cool, and effortlessness.

I also wanted to make this a transitional wardrobe since we are heading towards spring.

We always want to be able to bring as much forward as we can into our next season’s wardrobe, so I kept that in mind.

To get a variety of outfits, styles, and looks you can layer pieces, tuck, untuck, and wear boots over and under your pants.

Wear coloured socks, use colourful accessories and shoes for some visual interest.

Find pieces that work different jobs like cardigans can be worn open layered over or done up and worn as a shirt on its own.

Play with both the cuffs on your shirts, and sweaters, as well as the cuffs on your pants and jeans.

Learning how to style your clothes by making simple and small changes is how you can make a small wardrobe give you unlimited outfits.

Wearing your blue button-up tucked into your blue jeans, worn with a belt and heeled boots is going to give you such a different vibe than wearing your button-up over a turtleneck.

Cuff the sleeves so the turtleneck sleeves hang out, and leave several buttons undone, and untucked.

Then cuff your jeans and wear them with some fun coloured ballet flats.

Totally different looks built from the same small wardrobe.

So my number one style tip is to learn how to creatively wear what you have to give you new and interesting outfits.

I give you 24 outfit ideas at the bottom of the post, but with creativity, there are so many more that can be built.

A 12 Piece Stylish Mom Winter Capsule Wardrobe

A white background with 12 pieces and accessories for A 12 Piece Cool Mom Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

Sonic Youth Sweatshirt | Blue Jeans | Riding Boots | Flat Cap | Earrings | Black Cardigan | Coat | Belt | Ballet Flats | Grey Sweater | Turtleneck | Red Handbag | Houndstooth Trousers | Black Jeans | Scarf | Heeled Boots | Green Tote | Grey Button Shirt | Navy Blue Trousers | Blue Button Up | Sneakers | Brown Handbag | Socks | Sunglasses | Navy Sweater | Uggs

How to Reclaim Your Style After Motherhood

The Style Shift in Motherhood: For many women, the transition to motherhood brings a dramatic change in lifestyle, priorities, and body.

This shift often impacts their sense of style.

The focus moves towards convenience, comfort, and functionality, which can sometimes mean sacrificing personal style preferences.

Nursing-friendly clothes, easy-to-wash fabrics, and practical footwear often take precedence over fashion trends and personal aesthetics.

Understanding the Change: It’s important to acknowledge that this change in style is completely normal and often necessary.

Your body is undergoing significant changes, and your daily routine now revolves around your new baby.

Embracing comfortable and practical clothing during this time is not just understandable, but also wise.

The Emotional Impact: Losing your sense of style can be more than just a physical change; it can also affect your identity and self-esteem.

Clothes are a form of self-expression, and when that form of expression changes drastically, it can feel like a loss of a part of yourself.

Recognizing this emotional impact is the first step in the journey back to rediscovering your style.

Reclaiming Your Style: As you adjust to your new role and routine, you’ll find opportunities to start reclaiming your style.

This doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to your pre-parenthood wardrobe (unless that feels authentic), but rather creating a new one that reflects who you are now.

Here are some steps to help you on this journey:

Assess Your Current Wardrobe: Look at what you currently have and decide what still works for you. Keep the pieces that make you feel good and are practical for your current lifestyle.

Identify Your New Style Goals: Think about how you want to present yourself now. You might be drawn to different styles or colours than before.

This is your chance to experiment and find what makes you feel confident and happy.

Have fun with it because fashion should be fun.

Start with the Basics: Build a new wardrobe foundation with quality basics that are versatile and comfortable. These can be mixed and matched to create different looks.

Basics doesn’t mean all plain and neutral. A t-shirt basic for some will be a white tee, for others it may be a print or bright colour, for you it may be a band or graphic t-shirt.

You just need something that fills that slot while remaining true to who you are.

Incorporate Personal Touches: Bring in elements of your personality through accessories, unique pieces, or signature colours.

Even a small touch can make a big difference in how you feel about your outfit.

While practicality is key, don’t lose sight of your unique style.

If you love bold prints or bright colours, find ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe.

Motherhood is an extension of your identity, not a replacement.

Embrace Your Body: This is a hard one for us. Your body may have changed, and that’s okay. Choose clothes that flatter your current shape and make you feel good about yourself.

That may mean sizing up, and that is NORMAL. Do not focus on the number on the tag, focus on the fit.

That is the only thing that matters.

Seek Inspiration: Look for style inspiration from other moms, fashion blogs, or social media. Seeing how others navigate motherhood and style can give you ideas and encouragement.

But also don’t compare yourself. Many of those accounts are aspirational accounts and do not reflect their reality.

A lot of influencers wear something for a photo and then return the item.

Pay attention to tags, there are many times that they forget to tuck tags and you can see them still hanging off the clothes in pictures.

Also, don’t wear and return. Try and return, yes. Wear and return, no.

That isn’t cool or fair to the person who ends up buying your return at full price, and it is dirty, has stains, or smells.

And that is even if the store resells returns instead of disposing of them.

We need to make conscious purchases, especially when navigating this new style adventure. Because we don’t want to end up with a closet full of things that we don’t wear again.

Take Your Time: This is super important. We expect instant changes, when in reality rediscovering your style is a process. And it can be a long process.

For me it is almost like a lifelong process where I am always learning new things about myself and my style.

Don’t rush it. Enjoy the journey of experimenting with different looks and finding what works for you.

Embracing Online Shopping and Personal Styling Services: Let’s face it: shopping with kids can be challenging. Online shopping can be a lifesaver.

Additionally, consider using personal styling services. They can help you find pieces that suit your style and body type without the hassle of browsing through stores.

The Role of Self-Care: Taking care of your appearance is a form of self-care. It’s not about vanity, but about respecting yourself and your needs.

Allocating time to focus on your style can have a positive impact on your overall well-being, so never feel like spending this time on yourself is selfish. And never let anyone make you feel like that either.

Losing your style through motherhood is a common experience, but it’s not the end of your fashion journey.

It’s an opportunity to rediscover and redefine your personal style.

Remember that style is an evolving part of your identity, and motherhood is just another chapter in your style story.

Embrace this period of change with an open mind and heart, and enjoy the process of finding your style once again.

Easy Outfit Ideas for Moms

A white background with 12 outfits for A 12 Piece Cool Mom Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

A white background with 12 outfits for A 12 Piece Cool Mom Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

Sonic Youth Sweatshirt | Blue Jeans | Riding Boots | Flat Cap | Earrings | Black Cardigan | Coat | Belt | Ballet Flats | Grey Sweater | Turtleneck | Red Handbag | Houndstooth Trousers | Black Jeans | Scarf | Heeled Boots | Green Tote | Grey Button Shirt | Navy Blue Trousers | Blue Button Up | Sneakers | Brown Handbag | Socks | Sunglasses | Navy Sweater | Uggs

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Sara is the founder and creative behind livelovesara. A George Brown College Fashion Styling Graduate, she provides advice on finding your personal style regardless of age and budget. She is always on the hunt for the perfect wardrobe piece and is a vintage and thrifting enthusiast who can't wait to share her newest finds. She is also trying to learn French.

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